It’s disappointing when a lipstick is great but not perfect. In the case of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks, there are pros and cons (and you, as the customer, must balance and decide which attributes are more important before purchasing).
I picked the Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Bauhau5 simply because of the shade - I saw it, I loved it, I got it. Bauhau5 is a deep fuchsia color that brightens the complexion and creates a lovely, alluring pout (Bauhau5 is the lighter in-between the Mac Rebel lipstick and Melt Cosmetics Darkroom lipstick). This particular shade is unique as it contains red, pink, and purple tones, and I’ve find it difficult to dupe (but seriously, how beautiful is this color!). The Studded Kiss Lipstick packaging may not be everyone’s favorite, but the studs are fun and different (and with all those studs, this lipstick will never slide down from the counter to the floor as you frantically try to catch it, ha!).
Unfortunately, while the Studded Lipstick collection contains a variety of shades and finishes, the quality of the product leaves me wanting more (a lot more!). Many of the Kat Von D products are surprisingly good and worth the investment, but the Studded Kiss Lipsticks miss the mark.
Formula wise, Bauhau5 is a matte, but the actual texture of the product cannot be flattering on anyone. The Bauhau5 lipstick applies extremely unevenly, with patches of product in random places, and unnecessary color dragging. I tried swatching on my arm believing that dry lips were the culprit, but ultimately, this formula is just terrible. The matte finish, combined with the uneven application, brings out the dryness and fine lines in lips (the Bauhau5 swatch above was carefully applied, after many attempts, using a lipstick brush). Despite the stunning shade, the Kat Von D Bauhau5 is not worth the $20-plus investment - for a fraction of the cost and at a much better quality, I recommend the Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks (review here) or the L’Oreal Le Matte lipstick pencils (review here).
With the Studded Kiss Lipstick collection, a reformulation would be a welcomed change to experience both pretty color and quality wear. Have you experienced any products that you wanted to love, but just couldn’t?
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.