Ohh yes. The time has finally come, yall. After the long awaited reveal of these coveted Kimmy K nudes (not that kind of nudes from her this time 😉 ), these babies are finally in my hands. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I spent last weekend in Arizona. I arrived back to my apartment Monday night to find that little black box waiting for me. I just love coming home to packages, it’s seriously like Christmas and I couldn’t wait to get these open. Of course, a picture was posted all over social media before I even took them out of the box (duh), but then next came my next dilemma– that 108 dry heat from the weekend DESTROYED my lips. I tried putting them on, but I can’t even tell you how awful it looked…you don’t wanna know.
Please be aware that these opinions are from my personal experience and will differ from person to person. One may love it, one may hate it, that’s just how the cookie crumbles.
When anything from Kylie Cosmetics arrives at your door, it comes in a little black box. The change from her distinctive logo and design plastered on the box to just solid black, from what I have read, was made after so many boxes were being stolen or “lost” as a result of it being so recognizable. Okay for one can we just hone in on the fact that people were actually STEALING OTHER PEOPLE’S PACKAGES?? How selfish and disrespectful can you be. Ugh. People. smh. Anyway.. open it up and you see this beauty in all it’s glory.
You also receive a handwritten (photocopied 3 million times, but handwritten nonetheless) note from Kim. There’s something so fascinating to me about seeing celebrities’ handwriting. It’s something so simple, yet so unique and personal that makes you feel like you’re getting just a tiny glimpse of them and their true selves. Not to mention, I just love hers. It’s so girly and fun!
The actual package is so pretty. Very simple and to the point, nothing flashy or in your face. It combines the same nude color scheme you see in the liquid lips, tying everything together very nicely. Names and ingredients are on the back. They’re itty bitty, but I have pretty good eyes so I’m still able to read it though. The size and weak contrast between the font color and background color may make it difficult to read, but how many people actually want to look at the ingredients anyway 😉
I love the slide out cover, but I almost wish it was a flip-up instead in case you somehow misplace it or it gets ruined (counting down the days until it ends up on the floor and I accidentally step on it..the tears are already forming). And maybe with a mirror…hmm..ideas.
The individual tubes are G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. They all carry on the same color scheme as the box and have the same famous design you see on the rest of her products, this time in a nude-y/pink shade throughout the writing and cap. The frosted tube is a beautiful touch, though it does make it a little difficult to see what the actual color inside it. Doesn’t both me, though, I think it’s great.
The price for one set is $45. After shipping, it’s either $53.95 for domestic ($8.95 flat rate) or $59.95 for international ($14.95 flat rate). I somehow got free shipping and cannot remember why or how that happened lol but I’m not complaining!
For the most part, I think the price is fair. On paper it looks expensive af, I know, but divide $45 by 4 and they’re only $11.25 each, which is super reasonable! They formula can probably best be compared to ColourPop’s satin finish liquid lips though, which are only $6, so if you cannot afford the KKW at this time, try those out!
Before we get to the colors, let’s talk about the names. In order, they are: Kimberly, Kim, Kiki, and Kimmie. Not the most exciting, but it definitely keeps in line with many other Kylie products (particularly the original matte lip kits) being named with very personal reasons kept in mind. For this collection, it’s all the names Kim goes by in her day-to-day life. Now, I can totally relate to having different names based on friends and loved ones. Heck, the name of my BLOG is dedicated to my whole childhood only being called Sarah B and many people in my life–including my dad half the time–still calling me that and only that. It’s special and sentimental and I love that she chose something meaningful to her.
I already knew going into my order that these were all going to be fairly similar and more on the pinky side of nudes. I tend to watch at least 4 or 5 video reviews on youtube and read 10-20 written reviews on a product before buying it. Or, if your Jaclyn Hill or Jeffree Starr, I’ll buy it immediately simply because they said it’s great haha! That’s how I landed on the Dior Forever Foundation and bought it without even a blink of an eye–thanks Jac!
When it comes to a nude lip, I think they needed to have more neutral/brown options rather than only one up against 3 pinks. Some may consider these to be a “my lip but better” kind of lippie, but I don’t think they were as “nude” as people were hoping and expecting. As you can see in the picture below, they are all extremely similar. I do wish they offered more shades for darker skin tones. I think they would look beautiful, but they would definitely need to put it over lipliner or another lipstick to make it pop and they for sure wouldn’t be their nude. This is Kims, though, so it makes sense as to why the colors were chosen as such.
Overall, I think she did a great job picking out those light toned shades that many people have started to look for now. For a while there it was all about the brights, but lately I’ve seen so many searching for the perfect everyday lip and this is a great start. I think they’d be PERFECT as mattes and wish they would consider coming out with that in the future. More on that later…
I want to go ahead and save you a read (unless you want to!) in this section and tell you that I am not a huge fan of the applicator. I will say I do love that it’s a doe foot, which I always find to provide a much easier application. The size, though, is what gets to me. It’s very, very small. The length of the wand I thought was good and made for easy control, but with the actual tip being so small made it hard for me to apply it in one or two long swipes. And trust me, I don’t have very big lips, so it was a slightly longer process. For those who know and love Colourpop Liquid Lips, I have put them side-by-side to show the difference in size.
To clear up any confusion, this is NOT a liquid matte. It is a creme formula and will not dry down to your lips..like..at all. It’s a very soft and smooth consistency, but it was a little too thin for me and made it difficult to be clean and precise in my application. It does get a little tacky after a few minutes, but it does not completely dry like your typical matte. I also had to go over a second time to get it all even. One thing that did bother me a bit was that with it being such great colors, it was very sheer which made for patchiness in my experience. Layering made it a little better, but it also just made it kind of goopy. I also tried it over both liquid mattes and regular lipsticks and both seemed to be better than the KKW by itself.
Short and sweet–in both writing and in product. This did not stay on my lips very long. I tested it both after eating/drinking and after basically not doing anything at all. If you’re planning to go out to eat, make sure you pack it in your purse because you for sure will need to reapply. I expected this though and I knew going into it that it was not a matte. What I didn’t expect, however, was for it to basically vanish after 30 minutes of wear. Yesterday, for instance, it was the last part of my makeup routine and by the time I got in my car to leave for work, it was already a bit patchy. I reapplied once I got to my desk and feel the slight tackiness for the first 15 minutes or so, but when I went to rub my lips together it was as if nothing was there. I brought up my front camera on my phone to see if it had dried down or if it was just gone and sadly..gone. 🙁 My coworker had the same experience when I let her try them and her comments about patchiness only surfaced about 20 minutes after application. I did notice, however, that Kimmie stayed on the longest.
Is it a horrible product? No. Is it my favorite thing I’ve ever tried? No.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I LOVE Kylie Cosmetics and have had great success in many of her products, which is why this came as such a surprise and slight disappointment. They are not the worst liquid lip I have ever tried, but I would not purchase again and probably won’t be reaching for it very often in my makeup drawers. As I said during our color discussion, if these were in the the OG matte formula, I would be ALL. ABOUT. IT. Even better, if they would do matte AND sell individuals. A matte Kimberly has my name written all over it! Wishful thinking, I know.
I really hate that this was not the most positive review, but I made a promise to yall and to myself that I would always be honest in my opinion of something and not sugarcoat a product or experience that I don’t personally enjoy 100%. If I say I love something, I love it. If I say something is my holy grail, it is MY. HOLY. GRAIL. GO. BUY. IT. RIGHT. NOW. HERE. IS. THE. LINK. !!!
Most of the reviews I leave on a product or write about here on my blog are positive mainly because I am just not the type of person to go out of my way to be negative and completely put something (or someone) on blast, especially if it’s ALL bad. I’ll review something that has some negative parts to it, but overall I look past and still recommend. This product in particular though I knew was something that everyone has been anticipating and excited about, so of course I was going to make a review of my own! That being said, though, I also was not going to give an over-the-top sunshine and rainbows of a review just because it’s a popular product and everyone else loves it. Gotta stay real, ya know.
Remember that this is just one person’s review. I have heard COUNTLESS posts raving about it and I will always recommend you seeing something for yourself and forming your own opinions cause who knows, it could be your next holy grail!