I’m starting a series on my blog called, “Is it worth it? Let me work it” (every time I type this, sing the song in my head haha) where I will be swatching and reviewing hyped up products!
I’ve *somehow* managed to get my hands on all the Kylie Cosmetics lip kits, and boy it was so hard! Every time she had a restock, I would have some in my cart and the processing took so long that I would see products leaving my cart one by one until I had none left. I think it took a total of 4-5 times for me to get all of these. It was definitely a headache. Is it worth the headache though? Let’s find out!
In terms of the company, I appreciate that Kylie Cosmetics restocks regularly, as the prices on eBay are absolutely ridiculous. I can tell you that one lip kit is not worth over $100, that’s for sure! Geez.
I have to admit I have had some struggles with this company. The second time I attempted to purchase lip kits, money came out of my account, but the next day it was put back in. I e-mailed them asking why this happened, and they said it was likely due to a lack of stock–which I thought was unfair to be honest, because the money already came out of my account. Anyways, long story short, I think we sent a total of nine e-mails back and forth, each time, someone new answering my question so therefore–my question never got answered. Very frustrating. But, long and behold, I got my lip kits afterwards. Sigh.
In terms of packaging, the lip kits I think are quite cute. They retail at $29 USD which in my opinion, makes sense for a liquid lipstick and a lip pencil. I don’t think it is necessarily cheap, but it is not expensive either.
I quite enjoy the packaging–I’ve heard a lot of yays and nays, but overall, I like how it is decorated and I enjoy her name on the packaging with the heart on the ‘I’. I think the lipliners look really nice as well in terms of the packaging, but I wish it had a retractable component to it as I would hate to have to sharpen it because the packaging is really pretty!
I also quite like the boxes of the packaging. It is supposedly her lips on the box and I enjoy how it shows the colour of the shade on each box.
I wish the lipliner and liquid lipstick were sold separately though, as I don’t tend to wear lipliners that often. I think this way, people could then choose to buy either or, and even decide themselves to buy both.
I didn’t notice a strong smell from the lipliners, but the smell of the liquid lipsticks are quite strong. It smells like vanilla and I can smell it a lot when I apply it and as it dries on my lips. After it dries though, it is not strong. But if you are not into fragrant scents, I would skip on this.
The lipliner applies really smoothly and they are all really pigmented. Sometimes when I use liquid lipsticks, I have to dip the applicator in the tube a few times–but with this product, I did not have to do that at all. One swipe was enough for my lips! The doe-foot applicator is a bit hard, but it is easy to line my lips accordingly and fit appropriately in my cupids bow, which is helpful.
In terms of the liquid lipsticks, they have a thin consistency. They dry fairly quickly, but they give you enough time to work with them a little. Once it dries though, it dries! These liquid lipsticks can last for multiple hours (depending on what I eat), and they have faded pretty well on my lips, leaving a stain.
I tend to have very dry lips so therefore, a lot of liquid lipsticks don’t work well for me. These were borderline for me–they weren’t very comfortable, but at the same time, they weren’t uncomfortable to a point where I could not wear them. I found that it was helpful putting a lip balm on beforehand, and to exfoliate. If you do not moisturize or exfoliate your lips, they will definitely look crusty, which has happened to me a few times while wearing this product.
Although I do not wear lipliners often, the fact that it applied smoothly helped in terms of the liquid lipstick feeling a bit more moisturizing. I think together they work well together, so I’m glad they did come together in my experience because I probably wouldn’t have bought the lipliner if they were actually sold separately.
When these products completely dry, they are transfer proof. If you eat greasy foods, it may start to transfer a tad, but when I just drink water or eat something more simple they do not budge. The formulas that tend to be more moisturizing also do transfer–so I think it is impressive that this formula is not overly drying, yet it is quite transfer proof!
I thought some performed better than others throughout the day. In fairness, food and drinks could attribute to the difference. Throughout the day, I found that most of them crumbled a bit in the middle of my lips, but I also think I should have exfoliated my lips prior to using this product.Depending on the colour, the crumbling was not noticeable by looking at my lips, but I could feel it–whereas others would crumble and you could see it quite obviously.
I have heard rumours that these lip kits are dupes for Colour Pop’s Ultra Matte Lip and I have to say that it false! I really dislike the Ultra Matte Lip formula and I find it so drying–these are definitely more moisturizing than those, and smell much better in my opinion.
- Arm Swatches/Colours
The swatches above were taken in direct sunlight. The first swatch you see will be the lipliners, and then the liquid lipstick.
In terms of the colours, I really liked each shade. I think I definitely have favourites, which would primarily be the nude colours. The one I am least likely to use would probably be True Brown K, as I feel I have colours somewhat similar and with better formulas.
- Lip Swatches
Koko K: By looking at the packaging, I honestly thought this colour may appear too light on me. To my surprise, I really quite enjoy this colour. I don’t think it washes me out like other light nudes, and I like that there is a hint of pink. This colour wore well if I exfoliated!
Candy K: This is the shade I have gravitated towards most, and a colour that I feel goes with most looks. This shade did not look as crumbly throughout the day on me, even when I did not exfoliate. I also found this shade to be pretty comfortable on my lips. I would say if you are looking for a very wearable nude shade, this would be the perfect one to try.
Dolce K: I really enjoy this colour too! It has a bit more of a brown tint to it, but it is still a very wearable nude. I would say this colour along with Candy K is probably my favourite. The more I wear it, the more I love it.
Posie K: I would say that after an hour or two of applying this colour, I could feel it crumbling but also see it a bit more obviously than the lighter/nude shades. It wasn’t overly obvious though, but I think exfoliating with this shade is key. I think this is a beautiful colour though!
22: This was the shade I was least excited for out of the kits, but the addict in me felt like I needed it haha. It is quite an interesting shade–I would say a mix of a hint of red, and orange as well. It kind of reminds me of Kathleen Lights liquid lipstick Miami Fever by Ofra Cosmetics. I haven’t compared them to say they are dupes, and I think this one is a bit different, but they are along the same colour scheme. I do enjoy Miami Fever better than this shade though.
Mary Jo K: This is a beautiful bright red shade, one that I find elegant and classy. I did find throughout the day when wearing this that there was a bit more of a noticeable crumbly look on my lips. I think I would need to re-apply this throughout the day, but I feel like red is a pretty high maintenance shade in general.
True Brown K: I’m not sure why, but this colour did not apply as consistently and right in the middle of my lips it did not turn up as pigmented, even when I went over it a few times. I’m not sure what was up with that at all, but out of all the shades Kylie has come out with, this is probably my least favourite. The name of this shade it very fitting as it is legitimately a true brown colour. I feel like I have other dark brown shades I enjoy more than this one, but I can see how people would enjoy this colour. This one just was not for me, unfortunately!
So, was it worth it?
I would say yes, but it is not my holy grail liquid lipstick. I would also say it is worth it to try one or two shades, but I don’t think the entire line is necessary–unless you are a beauty junkie and cannot resist!
I definitely think I will be using Candy K, Koko K and Dolce K regularly. Those three are my favourites, and my top recommendations in terms of colour and staying power.
So, will you work it? 😉
Let me know down below!