As promised in my Kylie lip kit swatches video, this blogpost is going to be an in-depth review of my lip kits and the whole experience involved. I did a poll on Twitter asking whether people would prefer a short swatch video or an in-depth review, a short swatch video had the most votes. However, only very marginally, so I decided to write an in-depth review over here on my blog for the people who want to read it and the people who just want to see them on the lips are happy too!
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How I Got 3 Kylie Lip Kits For Free!
I was lucky enough to not pay for a single one of these lip kits, I actually won all three of them, in two separate competitions. Call it crazy luck or my guardian angel knows when a girl needs a matte lip. The first competition I won was on a Kylie lip kit updates twitter page, you had to fill out a google form and then just retweet the tweet. I entered loads of these competitions because I was desperate to get my hands on one, but like many, I don’t have cash to just splash out on them. I never expected out of thousands of entries to actually ever win! I got a DM on twitter off the lovely girl saying I had been randomly generated as the winner and I could choose two Kylie lip kits of my choice. The restock was an hour after this, I chose poise K and 22 as they’re the two I had my eyes on the most, she put my shipping information in but her billing information. I honestly couldn’t believe my luck. And then… A few weeks later I was announced on Really Ree’s snapchat as the winner of her Kourt K giveaway! This lip kit had already been purchased by her so she just sent it up to me and it actually arrived before the other two.
Obviously I have not experienced the order process first hand but I am aware that they are a lot easier to get your hands on now as the initial demand for them has calmed down and they now stock more for the demand needed.
To make sure you get a Kylie lip kit;
- Remove the “/password” from the end of the url
- Be on the website before the restock page goes up
- Have an account already set up
- Make sure all your shipping & billing information match
- Know what you want before the restock
- Have your credit/credit card information beside you
- Put them straight in your basket and just go go go
- I have heard speculation that you are more likely to be successful on a mobile device
My order took about 3 weeks to come, I cannot understand how it takes this long yet Sephora, another America based brand, can arrive in 5 days. I tracked my parcel all the way and the main delay was at the Kylie Cosmetics end, she knows the demand for her products so should be able to supply it. I know compared to others that my parcel wasn’t delayed much at all, people have said to have waited 1/2 months for their lip kits, a bit ridiculous eh.
The Kylie lip kits retail for $29 which equates to roughly £21. For this price, you get a lipliner and a liquid lipstick. I do not believe that this is an extortionate price as in Mac you would pay £12.50 for a lipliner then £15 for a lipstick! You can only buy Kylie’s products on her website, Kylie Cosmetics, people often mass buy the products then sell them on websites like eBay and Depop for extortionate prices.
My problem with price is in relation to shipping costs. $15.95 for shipping, is she crackers?!! That is an extortionate amount for shipping, I feel as if she is taking advantage of people as she knows they will pay for her name. If you only bought one lip kit, you pay the same price as if you bought ten, I think this is completely illogical. There should either be a smaller shipping fee the less you buy or discounted shipping if you pay over a certain amount.
The biggest uproar about Kylie cosmetics aside from the colourpop scandal is that on top of that hefty shipping charge, people were getting customs charges as well. The most frustrating thing was that people was not receiving a customs charge while somebody might make three orders and get hit on all of them. I had to pay £16 customs fee on my two Kylie lip kits as they came directly to me. I wasn’t too bothered, two Kylie lip kits for £16 was how I looked at it, however if I had bought them myself I would be pretty annoyed at having to pay customs as well as the other costs. Using Sephora as an example again, they are American based and nobody gets charged customs, I feel if Kylie has cared more about her buyers she would have tried to prevent this.
I thought it was a nice touch that the parcels were decorated with the signature dripping lips. The original packaging had this on the outside, but due to parcels being stolen, the inside now features the design whilst the outside represents just a plain black box. I know that it is hit or miss whether you receive one of Kylie’s special message cards but I was so happy to get one! I just think they are a really nice touch and make the whole experience a bit more special.
The lip kit boxes are gorgeous, I love the strip of colour around the edges corresponding with the colour inside. Overall I think she has done really well with the packaging, I always chuck makeup packaging away but it is actually currently on display on my dressing table.
The packaging of the makeup is minimalistic but stylish, I like it a lot. You can see the colour in the tube as it is clear which I also like. The lipliner is just matte black packaging with a tip of colour at the end, the lipliner and liquid lipstick correspond as a set, which is what I believe makes it feel so special.
Posie K is a gorgeous dusky pink, it reminds me a lot of Mac mehr. This shade really suits me I think, I feel as if Koko K might have been too light for me as I’m not super pale anyway and do fake tan quite frequently. I knew that it would be this colour from looking at a lot of swatches but it does look purple on the box so keep this in mind as it is most certainly pink. The applicator makes applying the product so easy, it glides on and takes about 10 seconds to dry then you’re good to go.
Again, 22 is a different shade to what it is on the box, I feel that the best way to describe it is as a rusty orange. On lip swatches I had looked at it looked much brighter, it also looks odd in my lip swatch, it looks very red which it isn’t. If you look at the swatch on my hand, I feel as if 22 is more true to itself on there. 22 is defiantly my favourite, I don’t own anything like it but I would describe it as a very “me” shade. The smell reminds me of a really sweet kids drink, a bit like strawberries and cream, I absolutely love the scent. Sometimes I go open one just to smell it, haha, how lame!
I was so excited about Kourt K, a purple that will last whilst I eat and drink, yes please! The colour is a beautiful vampire purple which I feel would suit lighter and darker skin tones. I was very disappointed with Kourt K, as you can see from my lip swatch, it applies very patchy. I can make this work if I use the lipliner all over the lip and clean it up with concealer but it takes me a very long time to get it to a point where I would leave the house in it.
When I first tried the lipliners, I was like YASSSSSS, so creamy and made the liquid lipsticks easier to use as it’s just like colouring in between the lines. They colour match the liquid lipsticks perfectly but you can apply pressure to the lip line to intensify the colour for more of an ombré lip. However, they are a pain in the ass to sharpen, as you would have seen in my video, they snap SO easily as the packaging is plastic and the product is so creamy. If I had bought these myself, I feel as if I would have been ripped off as even though you are paying for Kylie’s name, you expect the products to be of a decent quality.
The liquid lipsticks have me split down the middle.. I honestly think the formula of posie k and 22 is my favourite formula of lip product ever! They are industrial strength, especially posie k, even my micellar water struggles to remove it. They last whilst eating and drinking without any signs of wear, I’ve never used a product with such longevity before. On the contrary, kourt k is patchy and if you try and build it up, goes claggy. I believe it is a manufacturing fault as kourt k was released separately to the rest.
I’m wrapping this blogpost up now, I feel as if I’ve covered a wide range of topics concerning the Kylie lip kits, I’m conscious I don’t want this to be too long and to bore you all. If you have any questions that you don’t feel I’ve covered then feel free to ask me down in the comments or drop me a message on any of my social medias (rubyredr0ses), I always reply to every comment and I’d be happy to help in any way I can.
Have you got any Kylie lip kits? Have you jumped on the hype? Whats shade/s do you have or are eyeing up?
Ruby Red R0ses xoxo