With the exciting news that Kat Von D Beauty will be launching in Debenhams in October, I thought that this was the perfect time to review the Mi Vida Loca Studded Kiss Lipstick Set that I picked up in the US. You can see my entire Sephora haul here.
I obviously don’t know whether this set will be available over as it seems pretty limited edition to me (although it doesn’t say it on it) but I thought it would be good to review the lipsticks anyway as the Studded Kiss Lipstick line will surely be sold over here and most of the colours are permanent.
The set includes seven mini lipsticks and one full sized lipstick which is exclusive to the set. Again, I don’t know what kind of mark up there will be when Kat Von D is available over here but I paid $42 for it, while a single full sized Studded Kiss lipstick costs $21 so this is excellent value for money. I don’t mind that they are mini lipsticks as there are very few lipsticks that I actually finish! I uploaded a YouTube video with live swatches here
but if you aren’t into that kind of thing, you can just read on.
The lightest shade in the set is Noble which is described as a melody of matte petal pink nude.
I don’t usually gravitate towards nudes as they can wash me out but this is a very universally flattering shade.
I would definitely say this leans more peach than pink and is a really pretty shade that I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of.
This is described as a lyrical matte lavender.
In my mind (and correct me if I’m wrong) but lavender leans pink while lilac leans blue. I would pop this more in the lilac category as I think it has a very blue undertone.
I was really glad that this came in the set as it is one I had admired in store but worried about splashing the cash on because realistically, how often would I wear it? I do think it is a really unique colour which obviously won’t be for everyone but I’m happy to add it to my collection as I don’t have anything similar.
This is described as a high octane orange and it has a shimmer finish. This shade was new to the set but is now a permanent colour available in full size.
While the shimmer is visible in the bullet on close inspection, I didn’t realise this was supposed to be a shimmer. I just thought it was a vibrant bright orange. It has no gritty feel on the lips.
I never wear oranges as I usually don’t like them on my skin tone/with my colouring but this is an absolutely beautiful colour and actually, the very first shade from this set that I wore for an entire day!
This is described as an all-night anthem of iridescent hot pink. It has a matte finish.
To me the word ‘iridescent’ means sheer but this is far from it. This is a highly pigmented pop of colour.
I adore a good hot pink and this is no exception. It is neon bright and beautiful. I think if you like these type of shades, you will love this.
This is described as a ballad of gold-laced blood-red shimmer. This is the one full sized lipstick in the set and the shade is exclusive so not available in store.
This is a stunning red shot through with gold sparkle. The sparkle won’t be for everybody because when you press your lips together, you can feel the grit of the glitter.
I can overlook that detail because of the stunning colour. This is, dare I say, a very festive shade that I can see myself wearing frequently come December.
This is described as a rhythmic reddish fuschia. It has a matte finish.
When I saw this in the bullet I assumed it was a straight-up red but it is right in the middle of red and fuschia.
This is a really unique shade that, despite my vast collection, I don’t have a dupe for. I have been looking for a pinky red for a long time and I think this could be the one!
This is described as an untamed tribute to metallic berry.
Given an option, I would never choose a metallic finish on a lipstick – unless it was a really unique shade. Pink metallics, to me, border dangerously close on frosty pinks.
I do, however, love a good berry lip and this is no exception. I actually think the metallic finish gives this an edge and elevates it to an undupeable level.
This is described as a heavy metal hit of gunmetal shimmer. This was new to the set but now available as part of the permanent line. Sadly, mine had a bit of an accident when I twisted up too much product and then pressed too hard.
In the bullet, I thought this was a black shot through with glitter but it is such a unique grey colour instead. This, again, has that gritty glitter feel on the lips that won’t be for everyone.
While I appreciated the fact that this was an unusual colour, I never expected to fall for it as hard as I did. I find it strangely wearable as it isn’t a stark black. This is not one I’m expecting everybody to agree on but I love it.
Overall, I was really happy with this set. I thought it was great for someone (like myself) venturing into the Studded Kiss lipsticks for the first time as it gives a great cross section of colours and finishes.
When I first picked it up and saw a pink, a red, an orange, I was happy to try them but didn’t realise the colours would actually be so unique and that I wouldn’t have dupes for them in my collection. The only colours I think you may find similar of by other brands are Sexer and Noble, although no obvious dupes spring to mind.
While the majority of the lipsticks have a matte finish, they feel quite emollient on the lips – sort of slick – and although the photographs look like a true matte, I think they are more of a satin finish. I didn’t find them drying on the lips at all and they don’t stain. I swatched all eight shades TWICE in the space of one day and my lips were perfect afterwards which is unheard of! They have great pigmentation although the lighter shades need a little more work during application which is par for the course for most brands.
My one issue with most of the lipsticks is that I found that they wouldn’t stay on the inner rim of my lip – something that is particularly noticeable in the photographs of NaYEON. I would try using a lip liner or something in future to help that but I didn’t want to affect the true colours of the swatches by doing it in the photos. This is something I can deal with but others may not be happy with.
As I mentioned, I wore Halo for around six hours yesterday and was really happy with how it wore although it is still very early days with these lipsticks for me to comment more.
In all, this is not my new favourite lipstick formula in the world but I think it is definitely good and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up more shades when the line comes to Debenhams. These are definitely worth a look, if only for the incredibly unique shades. There are 26 mattes, 8 metallic and 5 shimmers to choose from.
Again if you fancy a look at the lipsticks in action, how they apply and my genuine FIRST impressions, you can check out the video here.
Which was your favourite of the eight shades?
Do you think these are worth a look come October?
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