Sunday, 16 October 2016

Kylie Lip Kits - worth the hype?

I am not a fan of the Kardashians - it's not that I don't like them per se but I don't watch their TV shows or follow them on social media. We know the makeup loving world went crazy for the Kylie Jenner lip last year when Kylie exploded on to the scene wearing a variety of 90s nude and mauve shades so I was not at all surprised that she decided to capitalise on this trend and launch her own cosmetics line with her Lip Kits being the first offering. I wasn't immediately enticed by these - quite the opposite actually - celebrity endorsed products usually have the effect of turning me off and I vowed that I wouldn't buy into the Kardashian krap. Also, at $29 for a lip kit plus $15 international shipping AND the risk of getting caught by customs, it wasn't worth it to me. As the months rolled on, I grew more and more curious because of the hype that was generated online around these lip kits. I am weak for liquid lipsticks - in fact, I think 2016 will forever be known as the year of the liquid lipsticks in my mind - and because of this curiosity, I decided it would be worth trying out these lip kits myself. The original formula of these was met with criticism but the formula has been reformulated and this new composition seems to have down swimmingly with the masses.
I made several small orders when Kylie reduced the price of international shipping to $5 for 48 hours a couple of weeks back, and I'm pleased to let you all know that I did not get caught for any customs charges on any of my orders (this is purely luck however so be wary that you run the risk of customs charges any time you order from the US and your order including the price of shipping is more than $30. I ordered three lip kits in total - Koko K, Candy K and Posie K. The packages arrived in about a week which I thought was impressive and they were packaged well with foam. I got three varieties of pink shades in total.
I have found that all of the shades have applied in the exact same way and have lasted similarly in terms of pigmentation. wear time and feel on the lips. I will show you the colours I picked up first before sharing my thoughts on these.
Koko K is a nude light warm pink shade. When you apply the lipliner, the shade was almost bordering on coral, but the liquid lipstick brought it back down to a pink again. I think this is one of those pinks that would be flattering on pretty much any pale or fair skin tone. 
Candy K looked more brown in the tube than I was expecting but is actually a dusty rose colour of my lips and against my skin tone. I heard that NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm was meant to be a good dupe for this but I think Candy K is a lot rosier than Stockholm is. If you're into your 90s lip shades and are afraid of veering too far into the brown spectrum, this is a great colour. 
Posie K was my favourite out of the three shades that I tried because it is just such a gorgeous shade. I'd describe it as a wearable bright blue toned pink. The lipliner alone is a softer shade but when teamed with the liquid lipstick it is just perfection. This is such a great colour for the office because it literally does not budge all day long. 
So for my collective thoughts on the formula and wear of these - I don't want to admit it but I will admit it - I really really rate these. I wanted to be able to pick out some flaw with the product but I really can't. I like the packaging, I like the small head on the doe-foot applicator, I like the smooth creaminess of the lipliners and the comfortable texture of them on my lips when I apply them. The liquid lipsticks apply in quite a thin layer so they are pleasant on the lips and because they dry down to a completely matte finish, they last surprisingly long, particularly when you pair them with the accompanying lipliners. The product smells nice, it applies smoothly and evenly and doesn't dry so quickly that you don't have the time to work with it. They remind me a lot of the Colour Pop liquid lipsticks but I feel that the formula is just that little bit thinner in consistency when on the lips which I actually prefer. I suffer from dry lips at the best of times but these lipliners and liquid lipsticks have not exacerbated this - I always put a good thick layer of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream every night and this puts a bit of moisture back into my lips. I would say that your lips have to be primed and moisturised before you apply these as they will really highlight any fine lines or cracks in your lips over the course of wear. I use the MAC Prep + Prime Lip and it does the job perfectly. These last for HOURS - particularly Posie K - I've been able to apply this for work at 7am and come home at 7pm and it still looks perfectly decent after a day of talking and eating and drinking.
My only criticism of these products is the price tag - at $29 a pop, I think these are far too expensive. Granted, they are good quality and they perform well, but when you consider that a Colour Pop lipliner and liquid lipstick duo would set you back $11, you can really tell how much you are paying for the celebrity endorsement. Not only are the products themselves expensive. the cost of international shipping is $14.95 which pushes you into the customs danger zone. These are nice lip products but not high end lip products. A few weeks back, Kylie Cosmetics offered a $5 international shipping promotion which definitely took the sting off a bit and if they offered a similar promotion in the future, I would definitely consider purchasing another.

Have you tried any Kylie lip kits or are you tempted to try them? I've my eye on Moon and Lovesick next and we won't even get started on that Burgundy palette! 
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  2. Love seeing swatches of these. I think Posie K is my favourite. I'm seriously tempted to order a few of them to try out.

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    1. I'd hold out for one of those $5 shipping deals Anita, I might order another 1 or 2 next time Kylie does one of these :)

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  3. Love Posie K on you! Il be in the states soon, definitely considering a purchase!

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    1. Posie K is my fave! I'll be going to NYC in November so I'll be keen to see what beauty bits you pick up :)

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  4. I haven't bought any but I'm not the biggest liquid lipstick fan, however I love the look of Posie K! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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    1. I vowed I wouldn't get any but I love liquid lipsticks so much and kept hearing people talk about the Kylie Lip Kits that I just had to try for myself! Total FOMO of course! :)

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