Kat Von D had me riled up about the extension to the Studded Kiss Lipstick line for weeks before they finally launched three weeks ago. The original thirty shades dropped around July of last year and I was debating whether to pick up a couple. After seeing swatches and reviews, the shades I wanted seemed to the worst performers, overall I saw a lot of reviews stating the whole collection was hit and miss. I heard KVD reformulated the lipsticks (they are now 100% vegan!) so I was very excited to purchase shades. I decided to pick up 'Chula', 'Piaf' and 'Nayeon', which are three of the nine new shades.
The Studded Kiss Lipsticks are all packaged in a plastic, black cylindrical bullet that has a square stud impression all around it. They contain 0.10 oz of product and sell for $21 USD. On the Sephora site, the Studded Kiss Lipsticks are described as being "formulated with Color Cushion Technology™, which combines lasting-wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet-touch comfort."
'Chula' is described as a "rich, warm sienna". No tugging or dragging when applying it, 'Chula' is very creamy and pigmented. A very comfortable shade to wear and it was the best performer of the three based on application, wear-time and pigmentation. I hope all the non-glittery shades in the line are this awesome. 'Chula' wears well on me for 6-7 hours before fading.
'Piaf' is described as "cool chocolate with purple shimmer". There is a grittiness when applying it because of the purple glitter and it isn't as pigmented as the other two. 'Piaf' is definitely the worst performer of the three. There is some slip when applying and it needs a couple extra passes to really pack the color on. The thing about 'Piaf' is that is is such a unique shade, it changes with different lighting and skin tone. I have not seen anything like it out on the market, which makes up for the problems with it for me. The shade lasts around 5-6 hours and it'll fade a little unevenly, but I just carry it around with me when I do wear it because I'm just that in love with the shade.
'Nayeon' is described as a "pitch black with gunmetal shimmer". The same grittiness with 'Piaf' is in this shade as well though it applies more smoothly than 'Piaf'. 'Nayeon' gives black lipstick a nice boost with it's chunky glitter that actually makes it more wearable for those who shy away from darker shades. I found that two passes of the shade made for the perfect opacity.
Overall, I am really happy with the three shades I chose. I'm looking forward to picking up a couple lipsticks from the original thirty when I get the chance. Have you guys tried the Studded Kiss Lipsticks? What do you think?