While I was having a little glance at the holiday sets that have been released over the past few weeks on the Sephora website (a largish haul will be coming soon) this mini lip set caught my eye.
For US$39 you get a set of 9 Mini Lipsticks – yes the lipsticks are small at 1.2gms (of product) each, but it gives you a great range of colours to try and also lets you really get the feel for the brand and the formulations.
I haven’t got any Kat Von D Lipsticks yet because one, they aren’t available here in Australia. Sephora will be bringing the brand here when they open here in Sydney in December. Secondly lipstick is one of those things where I like to have a feel of the products before I commit to buying them online. So when I saw this was available, I jumped on it.
The packaging is the same as the full-sized lipsticks, the black ‘studded’ look which I think is a nice touch, it’s small enough to easily carry when you are going out with a smaller clutch or not take up too much room in a makeup bag.
This is what they say about the ‘Studded Kiss’ Lipstick
“An innovative lipstick that coats the lips with bold colour, 10 hour wear and luxe comfort… Drench your lips with bold colour and unstoppable femininity…. this revolutionary lipstick is formulated with colour cushion technology that combines 10-hour wear , one swipe payoff and velvet touch comfort”
Colour cushioning technology… Really?! Marketing seems to have gone to a new level with that statement! Lets just ignore that part and focus on the 10 hour wear, one swipe payoff and velvet touch…
The colours you get to try in this set are:
Countess – An orangey red – This is a very dry matte finish and makes application a bit harder as it pulls a bit on the lips. This one needs more than one swipe.
Agatha – A light peachy nude – Same dry texture which accentuates dryness and doesn’t apply evenly.
Adora – A deep red with gold shimmer through it – A smooth creamy texture, very nice to apply and comfortable to wear.
Sexer – A vibrant blue based hot pink – A smooth creamy consistency. Lovely to apply and feels very comfortable on the lips.
Wonderchilde – A rich purple with a blue duo chrome shimmer through it. When applied the purple doesn’t have much payoff and feels a bit gritty. Almost like you’re applying just the blue duo-chrome glitter. If you were wanting a vibrant purple finish you may be disappointed, but its different.
Bachelorette – A bright reddish pink. I found this less drying that the others but still slightly dry. Once applied it was a comfortable matte and didn’t feel like it was sucking the moisture from my face (aka Ruby Woo by MAC).
Motörhead – A deep blackened cherry which reminds me of ‘Black Dahlia’ Liptar by OCC. I found this the hardest to apply. It was dry, and dragged on the lips, when I went over it I found that it took the product off that was already there. After 3 attempts the best I could get was a patchy application. I would need to put a deep cherry lip liner on first to avoid this. It’s such a shame because this is the one I was wanting to be amazing! .
Lovecraft – A dusty mauve nude. This is creamy, nice to apply and a nice nude shade for my skin tone.
Hexagram A standard hollywood style blue based deeper red. This is the smoothest to apply out of all the reds. It wasn’t at all dry, didn’t pull on the lips and applied evenly.
Here are some swatches of the set
And some lip swatches
As far as ‘One Swipe Payoff’ goes I found the texture of the lipsticks to vary, some of them are quite matte and dry and they tend to pull on the lips and kind of skip over dry patches on the lips leaving them very choppy and patchy so you defiantly need a second and sometimes a third layer to get a smooth application.
Others, like ‘Adora’ have a smoother metallic finish and you could certainly get one swipe out of that formulation.
As far as 10 hour wear goes, I would say that’s unfortunately not the case. A good 4-5 hours wear without the need to touch up maybe. I was wearing Motörhead today and after 4 hours there was a fair bit of wear from the inside of the lip and because it is so dark it was very noticeable and I had to remove it.
When we talk about the ‘velvet touch’ they claim to have, for matte lipsticks they are more comfortable to wear that other brands. They don’t feel heavy or too thick and the creamier ones do feel very comfortable to wear. The purple felt more gritty than anything which was a bit less comfortable but in general, I would say they are comfortable for what they are, mostly matte lipsticks.
Nice colour selection. In this whole set there is only 1 shade that I wouldn’t wear (Agatha) so I feel I got good value
They are comfortable for matte lipsticks – not half as drying as others I have tried
Very cute packaging
The ones that are ultra dry don’t apply evenly and pull at the lips
Not the 10 hour wear that they state
The gritty texture and no purple payoff with Wonderchilde
Overall I am not disappointed in the set, I think this set is great value for what you get. As it was my first time I have experienced Kat Von D lipsticks I did have high expectations from the brand as a whole. I feel the formulation was a bit hit and miss in the lipsticks and if those matte shades applied a little better they would be great.
I will certainly be looking at some of the other shades once Sephora opens here in Sydney but until then you can order online using a mail forwarding service, (I use and recommend www.myUS.com).
Have you tried any Kat Von D Lipsticks? What are your favourite shades??