Jen Thomas

Radio Presenter, Journalist, Blogger

This lipstick was actually a 5am post-Rock City buy, so you have a few lurid blue VK’s to thank for this post! (not now though, this was powered by tea, followed rosé. Bit classier.) Kat Von D’s range, including the Studded Kiss lipsticks are available on, which now offers shipping to the UK for a flat rate of £3 if you spend over £50.  I also ordered the liquid lipstick in L.U.V but I’ll do that in a separate post.  Since going back to black for my hair (it changes colour regularly) I’ve started to be a lot more adventurous with my lipsticks – be bold!

I opted for the matte Studded Kiss lipstick in ‘Slayer’, a deep black. The packaging is stunning, as the name suggests the case is studded and jet black. The lipstick itself has a creme brulee/vanilla scent, and no noticeable taste, and a creamy texture. It’s free from parabens and sulphates, and Kat Von D’s range is cruelty free.

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In the first picture, I applied the lipstick without liner, and the colour pay-off is surprisingly intense with only one or two swipes needed. Gone are the days of unbranded patchy black lipsticks that ‘drag’ your lips when applied! I have a thin top lip, which various beauty rules would have you believe means that I should shun darker or bold colours, or hugely overdraw it. In this second attempt, I used MAC lipliner in ‘Nightmoth’ to fill in and line the edge, aiming for a little more definition on my top lip. It’s cool toned, and it could be used for some beautiful looks if you kept the eyes simple. It’s not just for goths!

I teamed it with a black Collection Cosmetics Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner for winged eyeliner (which is my absolute must have), Maybelline One By One black mascara, and Rimmel Soft Kohl liner in black to darken my eyebrows (I’m naturally blonde!) with Lipcote over the top to seal it before I went out. It lasted for over 6 hours without being redone, before I took it off! It didn’t go patchy or fade, and didn’t stain. I loved this so much I’ll be buying it in ‘Poe’, a beautiful navy shade. Watch this space!

Taken with Lumia Selfie

Look at that packaging!

**Update** The amazing Jodie Paterson just tweeted me this sketch that she did from the blog pictures, thank you so much! Super talented. Follow her at


One thought on “Be Bold: Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in ‘Slayer’ from Sephora.

  1. Awesome packaging and colour and an even more awesome name! I remember the days of crappy black lipsticks and I agree generally they are much better now 🙂 I’ve got the Illamasqua ‘Pristine’ which is pretty lush, I’m going to pick up that lip liner you mentioned too xx


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