Photography & Words: Zoe London
Meet the new and improved formula of the Studded Kiss Lipsticks, from Kat Von D.
Those of you who are Kat Von D Beauty aficionados will know that the Studded Kiss formula is old school. It launched way back when, as the brand was just beginning it’s humble status on the shelves of Sephora. I owned only one, not majorly impressed with the formula nor into the shade selection in comparison to the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, that became a cult classic and instant hit. Well, Kat and the brand knowing this – have revamped, reformulated and reborn the Studded Kiss for 2o18, and it’s launched in 40 brand new shades. I got to choose three to keep for myself from the UK launch of it a few weeks ago, and here’s my thoughts.
The three I chose, top to bottom: Bow ‘n Arrow, Sanctuary, Homegirl.
Some of you eagle eyed fans will notice some familiar names there, and that’s because some of the 40 shades are the Everlasting Liquid Lips shades made into lipsticks. Hurrah! Bow ‘n’ Arrow is my ride or die lip shade, nine times out of ten if you spot me in the wild that’s what I’m wearing on my lips. I love it so much and it’s become so synonymous with me that I’m even considering wearing it on my wedding day… that’s how much it means to me! Anyway, as I mentioned, quite a few of the 40 are current Everlasting Liquid Lips, which is great news for those of you with dry, sensitive lips or if you’re living in a colder country – it always wreaks havoc with mine! None of them are true matte finishes, which makes sense when you consider how matte the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick range is and how many of these shades are the same. Some are metallic, some are creme and some are satin finishes.
I went slightly safe with my choices, picking ones I knew I would wear a lot and reach for – but there are some unusual shades in the range. One of which is the shade White Out, which is a pure white you could mix with any other lipstick to make a brand new shade. Not unique to KVD, but a cool idea none the less. Some of the original metallic shades have disappeared in place of more ‘safe’ reds and nudes, but with a brand like KVD being a bit niche, I don’t blame them for wanting to expand out and reach the wider market. I think there’s plenty in there for the goth crew, as well as opening up to a new audience of mainstream cosmetics users, and that’s a smart, cool move for the brand.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bow ‘n’ Arrow – £17*
As I mentioned earlier, Bow ‘n’ Arrow is my every day shade. It’s described as a ‘fawn-nude’ on the KVD website, and for me it’s the perfect blend of peachy yet brown nude for every day wear. I honestly wear the liquid counterpart all the time, and I’m so glad it exists in lipstick form too, as my lips need a break from the liquid lips formula from time to time! I found this applies creamy, easy and pigmented, leaving the same effect but in a soft creme finish to the Everlasting Liquid lips.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Sanctuary – £17*
Sanctuary is another one that I own in liquid lipstick form, and absolutely love. Again this is a creme formula just like Bow ‘n’ Arrow, and is described as a ‘nude-coffee’ shade. It’s warmer than Bow ‘n’ Arrow, and also a much deeper brown. This would be the perfect nude on darker skin tones, but on me it’s a grunge brown 90s nude, and I love it. Again this applied quite easily, smoothly and creamy with an even pigmented finish.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Homegirl – £17*
The last one out of the three I chose is new shade ‘Homegirl’, which is described as a ‘black berry’ shade, and is a satin finish. This one is harder to apply than the other two, it seemed to drag across the lips a bit more, but when warmed up it evened out to a more pigmented and even finish. This one is definitely patchier than the other two though. I love the shade, it’s so wearable on my skintone and for me is such a nice statement lip for when I want something a bit bolder!
So I think some of the formulas and shades in the new Studded Kiss range are seamless and totally better than what they were before, but it seems some of them still drag/are a little difficult to apply. I’ve seen a few mixed reviews of some of the metallic shades floating around as well, with some patchier swatches. One of the things Kat was committed to doing was making the entire range vegan, and I guess with that does come some hiccups. I think overall the range is amazing, such an incredible mix of shades and beautiful packaging. For me there’s definitely about ten more that I will eventually own in my life that I think are faultless and another perfect weapon in my makeup arsenal, but some of them I’ll skip.
Kudos Kat for a cool new lipstick range! What do you think of the Studded Kiss reborn range of lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!