Worth The Hype | Kylie Cosmetics
I'll admit that I've never been much of a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. But when I started working at my current job, the break room during lunch often had "Trash TV" playing, and with it was Keeping Up With The Kardashians. No longer can I use not watching an episode in a game of 'Never Have I Ever' with friends. But I will admit that with all of the publicity that this family has, they really know how to work certain angles. And Kylie Jenner's lips have been the talk of the beauty town for years now. From which MAC lipstick shade she was wearing, to her overdrawn pout, to her injected lips - her lips were ev.ery.where. When she came out with her lip kits I was not at all surprised to see them fly off the shelves like hot cakes. Girls be freaking cray over her ish. I abstained from the chaos and didn't think the products could be that great. My coworker would show me the meme 'Why are y'all buying lip gloss from somebody who ain't have lips til last year?'
But during a recent re-stock, a few of my coworkers were ordering Kylie Cosmetics lip kits and I decided to join in and split the shipping cost. I've been looking for a more subtle bright color for everyday wear and a fail-safe neutral, so I went with 22 (vibrant burnt orange) and Dolce K (deep beige nude). 22 is a beautiful color and one that I don't have anything like. It's soft and great for pairing with a winged liner for a fun everyday look that can easily be taken to night. Dolce K is a color that I'm oddly regularly drawn to - I even found some dupes in my stash so check back next week for a comparison post!). Each lip kit is priced at $29 and includes a liquid lipstick (0.11 fl oz) and a full size lip pencil (0.03 oz). If you were to buy the items separately, the liquid lipstick would cost you $17 and the lip pencil will cost you $14. This is a great alternative if you're in no need of a lip liner.
I don't really know what I was expecting but I had heard great things about these liquid lipsticks. Might I say, this may be one of the best liquid lipstick formulas I've tried to date. These are extremely comfortable on the lips and it doesn't feel like you're wearing any product at all. It's lightweight and nearly undetectable, dare I say moisturizing - it passes the lip smacking test and the product from the top and bottom lip does not stick or transfer. HUGE thumbs up for that. The liquid lipstick does have that strong frosting scent, similar to the Stila Liquid Lipsticks and the Sephora Cream Lip Stains, but it fades away rather quickly and isn't too bothersome.
The lip liners are also quite great. These have a very smooth consistency and do not pull or tug on the lips at all. They can be worn all over the lips and will pair well with a ton of other lipstick shades. I have worn both shades for 6+ hours while having 2 meals and several drinks in-between. There has been no bleeding or transferring. 22 did start to fade away from the center of my lips, but the fact that I was at happy hour (with multiple drinks and food) and ate Indian food for dinner - I'd say it held up pretty damn well. And that was with zero reapplication the whole day (half because I forgot to put the lipstick in my purse for the day).
Now onto whether or not I would actually repurchase these products. As much as they were a "WIN" for me, I am a bit hesitant due to the business ethics behind the company. Shortly after I had purchased these lipsticks, the BBB released their rating for Kylie Cosmetics - a solid F. Kylie's team quickly scrambled and brought this up to a B stating that they were working on the complaints received. I just checked the website and it looks like she's back down to a C-. I know there have been some incidents in the news where products just were not delivered as expected. When the lip glosses first came out there were a bunch of issues with the brushes, even so that Jeffree Star complained about them. Kylie and her team quickly worked to fix this problem and sent it out. Recently there have been complaints about the Metals where unhappy customers have posted videos showing their almost empty tubes. They were scraping at the sides and the glass was showing through. There also was not any product on the wand - so you know that the tube really didn't have much in it. The company is new and Kylie is young, but I do feel like she should try a bit harder to make sure the product in itself was good and of quality standards. But in the end, she is Kylie Jenner and fans around the world will continue to buy her products regardless of these "minor" issues. I'll probably postpone and wait until the rating goes up or until I see some substantial changes in the way the business is run.
What are your thoughts on these? Have you given them a go / what are your thoughts on Kylie Cosmetics?