When it comes to makeup, I’m a snob. I’ll admit it. I’ve shopped at Ulta and Sephora since I could afford it and even then, I’ve probably made superficial sacrifices like purchasing the thinnest and cheapest toilet paper possible to save up enough to eventually afford a contour kit. I have a problem. And I’m OK with it.
That being said, when I heard the youngest Kardashian/Jenner was dabbling in cosmetics, and more specifically her “Lip Kit”, I was intrigued. Let me be clear that it physically ailed me to endorse or support the Kardashian/Jenner’s in any way. However, one cannot deny their daily make-up appears as if it was applied by Archangels.
My interest instantly peaked when I realized they sold out in less than 5 minutes. It then turned into a challenge. Apparently, you must have Kylie’s App to even be notified when there will be more on the website.
*Snort. Scoff. Rolls Eyes. But continues to refresh web page*
After hearing rave reviews from previous purchasers, I had to get my grubby hands on it, somehow, someway. A friend of mine literally took a half day off to ensure she could be online to purchase our lip kits when they became available. (Like I said before, it’s a problem, but at least I’m acknowledging it).
She was able to successfully order our Lip Kits in the color “Candy K”, a nude-ish-pink flush of matte color, for $30 bucks each. However, the Kit also comes with a matching lip pencil, so it was essentially like paying $15 for each item (not bad at all when it comes to high end cosmetics).
The first thing I noticed about the Lip Kit was that the colors look different on everyone. When I applied Candy K upon its arrival (after ripping into the packaging like a deranged animal), it went on mocha brown, while my friends appeared only slightly brown with very pink base. The smell of the liquid lipstick is only comparable to a freshly baked cake. Aromatic and delicious.
You need literally ONE swipe of this stuff. After even application it dries into a velvety finish. Applying anymore makes it look cakey and gummy.
I wanted to love it, but…
I noticed within the first hour of wearing it, it began to get flakey. Upon close inspection of my mouth in the mirror, it appeared to settle into fine lines (WHAT?! I’m 23?!). I ate and drank and inspected my made-up lips again, and much to my frustration, it had worn off on my inner lips – leaving me with a semi-flaky and undesired ombré lip.
The packaging is questionable. There is no controlled opening to take off the excess lip paint, and if you store it on its side, it may drip off the wand when you open it to apply. The lip liner has its quirks as well; every morning I’d have to search my makeup bag for its top because it refuses to stay on.
As far as “friendly” ingredients go…well, anything that literally adheres to the skin can’t be exactly stellar for you. But, a positive is that when it’s time to remove, you are not left with angry red ring around your mouth from aggressive scrubbing. Taking off the Kylie Lip Kit is just as seamless as putting it on.
My only excuse for the lipstick is, just like all make-up, it reacts differently to different skin types. My skin tends to be on the oiler side, while my friend’s happens to be drier, and she SWEARS by the stuff. If you’re considering ordering the Lip Kit, I would suggest prepping your lips before application. Exfoliate with a warm washcloth and apply Chapstick before the lip liner. I’m sure you’ll have much better luck that way regardless of your skin type.
As far as reviews go, I would say I’m mildly impressed. But for all the hoopla, I probably could’ve just gone to Sephora and found a copycat without having to support the Kardashians.
Featured Image Via Kylie Jenner