I have been waiting for the Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks (4.3g or 0.15oz for $28) for a while now. I regularly stalked my local Sephora until they arrived last week. The Sephora website shows nine different colors, although my local store only had six Kiss Pop shades available.
The packaging is what initially drew me to these lip color sticks. They look like chubby crayons with a very sleek metallic silver finish and a colored tip mimicking the shade inside (which makes it easy to identify them). Once you take off the silver cap a shiny black tube is exposed as well as the actual lip product. These are twist-ups so you will not need a jumbo pencil sharpener. The Kiss Pops do not have a discernable scent –which is a plus in my book.
I swatched the six shades available at my local Sephora (sorry for the in-store lighting). They were all very pigmented matte shades. Left to Right: 614 Pop Rock, 610 Crush, 608 Headliner, 606 Pop-Arazzi, 604 Wham & 602 Heartbreaker.
I came home with two Kiss Pops—602 Heartbreaker and 614 Pop Rock.
Heartbreaker is a warm poppy medium pink. A brink pink. It is very pigmented and applies smoothly on my lips. As with any matte lip product I try to prep my lips before application (namely, exfoliate with Sara Happ lip scrub and moisturize with Fresh Sugar Lip Balm). Heartbreaker did slightly emphasize some dry patches on my lips but did not dry them out.
The color lasted on my lips for 4 hours before starting to fade. Heartbreaker left a lovely stain on my lips. I did not experience any feathering or color bleeding. Some matte lipsticks feather if I do not use a lip liner, but the Kiss Pops stayed perfectly put without any lip liner.
Pop Rock is a fun and bright red orange shade. I love this color on my warm complexion. Pop Rock very slightly dried my lips a bit but nothing near uncomfortable or very noticeable. I made sure to exfoliate and moisturize my lips to prep for this intense shade.
The wear on Pop Rock was incredibly impressive. It stayed put on my lips for 8 hours with minimal fading on the center of my lips even after eating lunch and drinking water consistently throughout the whole day. I am very pleased with the wear and the color so I am more than happy to deal with the slightly drying texture. Once Pop Rock finally started to fade it left a lovely stain on my lips.
I am very pleased with my two purchases from the new Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks. I recommend prepping your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing before application of ANY matte lip products. I read some reviews stating that the Kiss Pops are very drying, but that was not my experience. I suspect it has to do a lot with the lip prep (or lack there of).
I highly recommend you check these out. They are definitely going to give my favorite matte lipsticks (NARS Pure Matte lipsticks) a run for their money and may even dethrone them! I love the packaging and the performance was excellent. I suspect both of these shades will become part of my go-to products. These are currently available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs.