Kylie Jenner and her super full lips have become quite the talking point in the media over the past couple of years so it came as no surprise when she announced she was releasing her own range of lip products. I mean, she'd be stupid not to right? If you've got a pair of the worlds most famous pouts, it's only right they have their own products, no? Now I realise her lips have been 'enhanced' and wearing her lip products aren't going to make my lips look like hers but despite knowing this, I still had to give them a try and see what all the fuss is about as it seems the world has gone mad for them with each new launch selling out in a matter of minutes.
The reason this review is so late is because it took me SO long to actually get my hands on them. I tried ordering them as soon as they launched and numerous times after that only to get a 'sold out' message staring back at me. However, after a few more weeks of trying, my order finally went through, yay! I received them a couple of weeks ago now so I thought I'd share my thoughts with you guys and am going to split this post into five categories - the ordering and delivery process, the packaging, the quality of the product itself, the value for money and the most important question - are they worth the hype?! Keep reading to find out what I think.
ORDERING & DELIVERY
As I mentioned earlier, it took me a long time to actually order the products as overtime I tried, they'd sell out. I guess this can only be a good sign as it means they're in high demand and people are excited about them. However, when you're sat ready and waiting with your card the minute they launch and still can't buy any, it does get quite irritating. Apparently things have calmed down a bit now and people have been finding it much easier to place orders over the past couple of weeks. There's even been certain shades still available to buy a couple of days after the launch which is pretty surprising - maybe the whole world has bought a lip kit by now?! Hehe!
Other than them selling out so quickly, when I did actually manage to get to the checkout without them selling out, the process was really quick and simple. I added the items I wanted to my basket and then waited a couple of minutes for the order to go through. When the order has been confirmed I received an email with details or my order, an order number and a link which enabled me to track the status of my order.
So far, so good. That's until I received a Royal Mail 'Fee to Pay' card and has to pay a £27.99 customs fee before the items would be delivered - fabulous. I could have bought another two lip kits for that price. Very annoying but I paid it and scheduled a day for delivery. However, Royal Mail decided to not deliver the parcel which resulted in me complaining and emailing them back and forth numerous times before it finally got delivered. I know that's nothing to do with Kyle Cosmetics and their service but it definitely wasn't the most straight forward delivery I've ever had. I think it took about 5 weeks for me to receive it from ordering.
The items arrived in a plain black box (apparently it used to have Kylie Cosmetics on the box but they had to change this as parcels were being opened and items stolen) and inside they were well wrapped with bubble wrap and in pristine condition. There was note in the box written by Kylie which thanked me from my order which I thought was a nice though. Obviously she didn't write every note individually but it still added a nice little personal touch.
The packaging of the products themselves is lovely too - the lip kits have Kylie's lips on them with the colour of the product dripping off them and come in a rectangular box with two sides in it - one for the lip pencil and one for the lipstick. The glosses are fairly similar but are obviously in individual size boxes rather than the large rectangular ones as they're a single product - they also don't have the lip image on them but they do still have that same dripping effect on one end of the box in the corresponding shades. I really love the packaging - I think it's chic, quirky and cool!!
QUALITY & SHADES
I've read and heard really mixed reviews about the lip kits so I was curious to see how I'd get on with them. Some people say they're really drying to the point they couldn't wear them whilst others have said they're the best thing since sliced bread. In my opinion, I'd have to agree with the latter bunch of people as I LOVE them. I ordered four of the lip kits in the shades Dolce K, 22, Posie K and Koko K. I also wanted to get Candy K but it was unfortunately sold out so I'll be ordering that one along with some of Kylie's new gloss shades and a couple of the metals at a later date. Yep, I can see this being a new addiction. I also ordered two of the glosses in the shades Like and Literally.
I'm not going to do in depth about the shades as I'm sure you all know what they look like by now and if you don't, you only have to take one look at the Kylie Cosmetics Instagram to see them in all their glory. However, what I will say is that all of the shades I got are really wearable and there isn't one that I won't wear. My personal favourite from the four lip kits I ordered would have to be 22 as it's the most perfect muted orange toned red. I know most people's favourites are the more neutral shades and whilst they're beautiful, I've always been more of a bold lip girl so 22 is right up my street and it's like no other red shade I've worn before. In terms of the glosses, I love both of the shades I ordered as they're neutrals and perfect for every day wear.
What I love most about the lip kits quality wise is how long lasting they are. Trust me when I say these things do not budge. I wore 22 on a recent night out and it stayed on virtually all night, even with lots of drinking and eating. I also find them really comfortable to wear which surprised me as I was expecting them to be really drying after some of the negative reviews I've read. I haven't found them to be drying at all which is a big bonus for me! Another thing I have to mention is how pigmented they are - I only need one swipe to get the desired colour and they're totally opaque. The lip liners are nice and creamy too and I like that you get a perfect match for the lipstick as it makes all the difference and really does create a flawless looking lip. The glosses are also super pigmented which is quite unusual for a gloss and because they have such a shiny high gloss finish, they're perfect to wear over the matte liquid lipsticks or on their own to create a really full looking pout. The last couple of things I have to mention is that the applicators are really nice - the lip kits have a doe foot applicator and the glosses have a cute little brush. They also smell absolutely amazing!!
VALUE FOR MONEY
The lip kits are priced at $29.00 (£22.16) and the glosses are $15.00 (£11.46) which in all honesty, I think is pretty reasonable. Considering the Kardashian/Jenner clan are one of the most famous families in the world, she probably could have got away with charging more for her products and people would have still bought them so it's nice to see that she's made them a reasonable price and accessible to everyone. I have heard reports that the lip kits have the same formula or are at least very similar to the Colorpop liquid lipsticks which are cheaper in price but I haven't tried those personally so couldn't comment on any similarities or differences in the quality and value for money.
WORTH THE HYPE?
One word - YES!!
Have you tried the Kylie Cosmetics products? I'm excited to see what's next - I'd love her to bring out a whole line of makeup, not just lip products!