Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft - Swatch and Review

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Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft. I got a mini size as part of a Sephora set and though I've swatched a lot of the lipsticks in store, I hadn't gotten a chance to really try one.

The shade range for this lipstick is massive, thirty nine different shades in typical and atypical colors (including a navy and seafood green). Lovecraft is more a typical color, described as a "matte mauve pink nude". It's like a dusty pinky mauve, a color I find surprisingly flattering on my skin.

Kat Von D makes some pretty lofty claims about the formula but does it live up to the hype?Click through to read my review and see my swatch.

Lovecraft ($21.00 for oz, available at Kat Von D and Sephora) comes in a gorgeous black studded lipstick tube (like the name implies!). I do believe that the Studded Kiss Lipstick line is vegan.


Kat Von D says "Drench your lips with bold color and unstoppable femininity...this revolutionary lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology™, which combines lasting-wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet-touch comfort. This color-true lipstick leaves lips supple..."

Kat Von D says it's long lasting (apparently they used to claim 10 hour wear but I don't see that mentioned anymore), pigmented with one-swipe, and comfortable on the lips leaving them supple and flexible.

Unfortunately I do think the formula promises a lot more than it can deliver. For Lovecraft specifically, it's semi opaque in one swipe and requires a few passes before it's fully opaque. The formula is on the drier side and multiple passes help warm it up to apply more smoothly on the lips.

When it comes to wear time, I can get about six hours of wear but the formula is one of the ones that wears off unevenly from the middle of the lips but more specifically, it starts to "crumble" off. I do wish it wore more evenly on the lips for longer. I do find the formula to be drying, which isn't surprising since it's matte.


The lipstick was photographed in natural indirect daylight with no flash.


Though a gorgeous color, the formula does leave a little bit to be desired. If you don't mind needing to recheck/reapply after a few hours then you may like Lovecraft but personally I'm a little lukewarm about the formula. I know that Kat Von D is releasing a liquid lipstick version of Lovecraft so that might be something for me to look into to get better longevity from this kind of shade!

Do you have any of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks? What do you think of the color?

Disclaimer: I purchased this lipstick myself. All opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post which provide me with a commission based off your use of the link. I wasn't paid for this post.

1 comment

  1. It pulls much cooler when worn than you'd think in the tube! It's lovely on you :) I haven't yet tried any KVD, but I'd really like to! I think I'd pick up a liquid lipstick over her bullet lipsticks, though.

    Lexie | nailgirl.net


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