Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Review & Swatches

Kat Von D is a brand I’ve always wanted to try, but being the quiet, everyday kind of girl that I am, I do find the brand’s “gothic” theme quite intimidating! Of course, it all changed as soon as I laid my eyes on their new lipstick collection called Studded Kiss Lipsticks. With a whopping 30 colors in the lineup, I knew it’s time to start my adventure!

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye

First of all, can we just take a moment (and deep breath) to admire the immaculate packaging here? The whole thing is studded. The whole shiny black case is seamlessly studded — the cap, the base — which  makes it look like some sort of an architectural piece rather than a lipstick! It feels sturdy in the hand, too, even though it’s made of plastic. On the outer crown is the brand’s Kat Von D monogram which adds even more solidity to the structure. And if that’s not enough, on the lipstick bullet itself, another Kat Von D monogram is also engraved on the side. This has to be one of boldest lipstick packagings I’ve ever come across! :)

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye

Studded Kiss Lipsticks are currently exclusive to Sephora. There are 30 shades in the lineup — some are new colors, others are old and cult favorites. The one I picked up is called Lullabye which is described as a “sparkling iridescent magenta violet“. Upon closer inspection, it is basically a fuchsia base with lots and lots of micro fine iridescent pink and purple glitter. It is really unique and may I say quite stunning to look at in person. I don’t think I have anything similar in my lipstick collection.

The formula has a sweet Crème Brûlée scent that I find very similar to that of MAC lipsticks. It does linger for a while on the lips which I don’t mind since I find the scent very pleasing.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye

The lipstick is formulated with the Color Cushion Technology that supposedly combines long wear time (10-hour), one-swipe payoff, and smooth velvet touch comfort.

The 10-hour wear time

Oh, this I wholeheartedly agree! I wore this to a party on Saturday night and Lullabye just stood up to drinking, eating, and talking and laughing like a champ. And I didn’t even line my lips with anything but a thin coat of my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment! I am absolutely impressed! This is with multiple layers on the lips (with blotting in between), though. When worn sheer as an everyday, office-appropriate pink (yes, Lullabye can be worn sheer, too, and its effect on the lips is quite lovely!), it doesn’t wear as long, may be 5-6 hours, which is still quite impressive in my opinion. I also noticed a soft stain effect once the color wears off.

The one-swipe payoff

This one I questioned. The statement may ring true for other shades in the lineup but Lullabye does not go on fully opaque in one swipe. In fact, it takes quite a bit of building up to reach the maximum opaqueness of the color (as you will see in the arm swatch below). This may be due to the slight “sheerness” of the formula. Imagine a good sheer to medium lipstick with a bit of slip, add in tons and tons of glitter, and you will have Lullabye. One swipe yields a thin layer of pink with transparency and the glittery effect is very subtle. Once you start building the coverage, the color intensifies exponentially with each pass, and the end result is a full-on multidimensional, metallic fuchsia.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye built up (L) and one pass (R)
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye built up (L) and one pass (R)

The smooth velvet touch comfort

Once again I don’t think this is a fitting description for Lullabye. Due to the glitter overload, you will experience the gritty sensation during application. It is very mild, though, and you may not even feel it at all if you prime your lips with a lip balm or lip primer first. The formula is also slightly drying so be aware if you have dry, sensitive lips as this can exacerbate your dry lip condition (laying down a thick layer of a good lip balm underneath should help!).

Application tips

  • Exfoliate and moisturize lips well prior to application.
  • I find that the color moves a lot if I don’t blot between layers. If you find your application leaving a streaky or patchy finish, try lining your lips with a matte lip primer first.
  • Blend out the color with a lip brush to achieve a smooth and even finish. The brush also reaches the corners of the mouth better for a precise and clean application.
  • Top with a little bit of gloss to keep the glitter from flaking off during wear.

The clean party look

Wearing Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Wearing Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye
Base: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique
Lid color: MAC Hocus Pocus
Crease: MAC Steamy
Outer corner: MAC Black Tied
Inner corner: Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop in Au Revoir
Brow bone: MAC Vex
Liner: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Swan
Blush: MAC Crew High-Light Powder
Bronzer: Tom Ford Bronzing Powder
Highlighter: theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye

I hope you find my review helpful and that you like the finished look! Contrary to most reviews, I don’t find Lullabye a difficult shade to pull off at all. The formula could be a little more moisturizing but then the wear time would not be as impressive. It is certainly not a swipe-and-go type of lipstick but this color wasn’t intended for that purpose anyway (at least I don’t think so). It is still very wearable when applied lightly and sheered out but the effect is most striking when worn at its full opacity.

So what do you think of Lullabye? Are you interested in trying the Studded Kiss Lipsticks? What color are you drawn to the most?


US$21 at Sephora

฿900 at Sephora Thailand

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  1. says: Carolyn

    Oh, Jaa, you look so STUNNING!!! :D This lipstick really suits you! Thank you for the thorough review; my sensitive lips may not like this one, but I appreciate how you broke down all the pros and cons for us! And, beautiful photos to really show off the unique packaging!

  2. says: purva

    Good God this looks absolutely stunning. I am not someone who wears brish dark lippies as I have thin lips but this looks great on you. Grey on eyes compliment the lip color perfectly :)

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Purva! I think you can still rock Lullabye, though! I would think it would look good on either thick or thin lips! :)

  3. says: Sylirael

    Did the wizard accidentally set you on fire? ’cause you’re SMOKIN’, JAA! :-D

    Eh? Eh? Like my cheesy pickup line? LOL :-P

    More seriously this lipstick looks fab on you! I love the colour, the sparkle, everything! I badly wish we had this line here, because need Poe at the very least! Now I want this one too ;-)

    1. says: Jaa

      Hehe thanks, Syl! I think I nailed the lighting on this one!!! ;D I’m looking into buying more stuff from the brand, too, so if you ever want me to pick up anything, you know what to do! ;D

      Poe is BADA$$!!!!

  4. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, whoa this is a HOT party look!!! This is such a bold shade as well. Kudos for pulling it off so well!

    I am mildly intrigued by this line, but I’ll have to see more reviews/swatches before I make up my mind!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you, Sunny! I honestly didn’t expect to like Lullabye this much!!! It is bold but still very feminine! I hope you get to try one soon!

  5. says: Rachelle

    Holy cow!!!!! The colour is gorgeous. Suits you really well!!! You are making me feel like getting this colour too lol

  6. says: Erin

    Don’t be afraid to come to the Goth side Jaa. We’re all about quiet nerdy science girls who express themselves with make-up! You don’t have to have purple hair and wear black lipstick everyday to fit in :)

  7. says: Liz

    Awesome party look!

    I’m interested in these lipsticks but every Sephora here only seems to have a handful of shades in the most obscure corners. Hoping to find a good counter for a major swatch session soon!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you, Liz! Yes, please do it! There are so many gorgeous colors in the lineup! I’m actually thinking of picking up a few more shades myself! ;D

  8. says: Divya

    You look so fabulously goth in the picture! :D These lipsticks have me impressed with their pakcaging.. I love it.. and the colors are great, this is a stunning one!

    1. says: Jaa

      “Fabulously goth”!! I LUV IT!!! ;D I think you should break your no-buy spell and just get one! ;D You’ll LUVVVV it!!!

  9. says: Jeannie

    You look like a rockstar in the final look, I love it! I may have to get my friends in the US to send me a package with these new Kat von D lipsticks :)

      1. says: Jeannie

        I love this shade you’re wearing and after seeing Christine from Temptalia’s review of Poe, I’m so tempted to get that (even though I think I’m only brave enough to wear it out VERY late at night, during winter haha)

    1. says: Jaa

      Haha thanks, Kristen! ;D Yup, her eyeshadow palettes are next on my list!! Do you have any suggestion which one I should try first?

  10. says: Johnna Quick Owens

    Wow! This isn’t a shade for my skin tone, but this looks gorgeous on you. I love Kat von D products, they really are more versatile than people imagine. Great look!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you so much, Johnna! You’re right — the more I look at the brand, the more I realized that they are actually more versatile than I thought! They have some really bold colors but they also have some neutral/everyday shades as well. I’m definitely going to try more things from the brand. Do you have any favorites?

      1. says: Johnna Quick Owens

        I have several favorites, they are divided into ones that are beautiful and practical and I wear all the time, and then the beautiful, impractical, I love to look at them and maybe wear them out on a date night on a rare occasion. :) Lolita is probably my real favorite, it is a My Lips But Better shade for me, and one that I wear daily. The other practical one for me is Hellbent, it is a matte deep true red, and makes me feel fearless and fierce. I love what makeup can do for you! The ones I love but really don’t wear often are Prayer, Vampira, Homegirl and Motorhead. I splurged with a gift card, otherwise I wouldn’t devote so much money to products that won’t get much practical wear, but her products last forever so I may get more wear than I think. If you are interested in some of her other lines, I love her eyeshadows. They are soft and buttery on your skin, but beautifully pigmented and stay all day. They build for really intense colors, and she has some amazing palettes. Also, her concealer is probably some of the best on the market, in my opinion. Sorry for the rambling reply, but I love makeup, and I love to talk about makeup. Great blog by the way!

        1. says: Jaa

          Hey Johnna! Oh you can talk to me about makeup ALL DAY LONG! Haha. My problem is none of my close friends is into makeup so having this blog is such a blessing because it connects me to like-minded people who are crazy obsessed with makeup the same way I am! :D

          I am definitely going to try her eyeshadow palettes and concealer! I have been hearing nothing but raves about them. I hear that her concealer is strong enough to cover tattoos, is that right?! Must be super full coverage! I hope I can find a good match!

          What eyeshadow palette do you recommend I start with? I’d like something neutral at first of course but please feel free to suggest anything that you’ve come to like! :)

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