MAC – Punk Couture – Studded Kiss Lipstick: Photos, Swatches and Review

There are a total of four lipsticks in MAC’s Punk Couture collection, which was released the day after Christmas… I realize this post if a bit late but I didn’t even receive my products until earlier this week! Because I’ve received these lipsticks in different shipments, I’m reviewing them individually rather than as a group… I may start using this format anyway, so let me know how you like it!

For this post, I’m reviewing Studded Kiss… It’s probably the most wearable of all of the lipsticks in this collection, as in more people would be comfortable rocking this on a daily basis rather than the dark purples and black!

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

MAC’s Matte Lipstick formula is one of the most highly pigmented, long wearing formulas that they make. For this reason, Matte’s are my favorite! Because the drier, though still creamy texture, they really adhere to the lips and wear well without feathering or fading for an average of 5-6 hours. That’s a pretty good wear time for any lipstick, BUT you can make it last even longer! With a liner, you’ll add several hours of wear time, extending it to closer to 7-8 hours. The purpose of the liner is to keep the lipstick in place and also give it something even drier to stick to, especially if you line, then fill in around the edges and corners or even all over the lip. Another trick is to use a primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, before applying liner and lipstick to add even more wear time and smooth out the lips for a super easy application.

The texture of Matte Lipsticks is dry, but still feels creamy and glides on without tugging on your lips. The benefit to this is an intense, bold lip without shine. I feel like when you’re going for a bold or bright lip, Mattes are perfect because sometimes too much shine and intensity can seem like it’s overdone. The only down side I can think of with Matte texture Lipsticks is that the drier texture can potentially emphasize chapped or dry areas on the lips… However, there’s a very simple solution for this! Once again, Prep + Prime Lip works as a lifesaver… It’s a color-free lip primer that gives the lips a tiny bit of extra moisture on in addition to locking in your lip’s natural moisture. On top of that, it smooths out the lines and texture on your lips so everything applies smoothly and stays in place. I’ve also found that when wearing dark, more intensely pigmented lipsticks, Prep + Prime Lip will help prevent staining!

Studded Kiss Label

The Lipsticks with the Punk Couture collection are all limited edition and were released on December 26th both online at www.maccosmetics.com and stores and counters and are now available IF you can find them… Unfortunately, these sold out insanely fast, so I can’t promise that your local MAC will have it in stock but there’s always a chance that the website and/or local MAC will have more for sale at some point, so keep checking! Like the majority of MAC Lipsticks, these sell for $15 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. They have a faint vanilla scent but no flavor. There is also no special packaging with this collection, which is why they sell at the normal price (thankfully!).

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Studded Kiss swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.
For color reference, I’m a NC15 in MAC terms.

Studded Kiss:   This lipstick is described as a “dark oxblood red” and has a true Matte finish. The color is a medium-dark, slightly warm toned red with some brown/burgundy undertones. Though it’s somewhat warm toned, it’s not the orangey type of warm, so it still works for all skintones. Although this is a Matte, it does has a slight, natural sheen to it for about the first hour of wear time. After that, it fades into a drier, true Matte lipstick. I like this because it makes the lipstick creamier at first and easier to apply. I easily got complete coverage and opacity with Studded Kiss, even with very little product used. As usual with Mattes, I got 5-6 hours of wear without a liner and 6-8 with one. This left behind a teeny bit of a stain, but that was kind of nice because it made it seem like it didn’t fade unevenly!

Some MAC Liners I would suggest using with this (in order of lightest to darkest) Cherry (for a brighter look), Brick, or Burgundy Lip Pencils if you’d like to stick with the red family… If you want to make it a little more vampy and darken around the corners and edges, try Currant, Vino or Nightmoth Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   Diva is darker and has more wine-stained undertones but would probably be your closest match in the permanent line. Extended Play Pro Longwear Lipcreme (also permanent) is close, but is a bit more brown toned. Fixed on Drama is slightly deeper and less warm.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

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