Monday, 11 July 2016

Kylie Jenner Lip Kits; first impressions

 Today, after a long and exciting wait, I finally received my Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits in the post. Once I found out that the Lip Kits were back in stock in June, I was eager to purchase one to see if all of the fuss is really worth it and after a heated debate about whether to order 'Posie K' or 'Candy K', I went for 'Posie K' as well as 'Heir'. I will just warn you now that this is a rather long and rambling post as I wanted to include as much information as I knew so feel free to go and grab a nice warm or even cool drink before sitting down and relaxing. I hope you enjoy!

As this is a first impressions post, I will start with the packaging. The products arrived in a black box which is a new design and simply had all of my details as well as Kylie Cosmetic and Royal Mail details covering the front and the sides. The box folds out and has "KYLIE" boldly written on the inside as well as some foam, my order details and both my Lip Kit and Lip Stick inside as well as a quick message from Kylie.

Starting off with 'Posie K', I really like the individual and unique packaging of the Lip Kits. I think that the illustration of lips with the dripping lipstick of the shade that you order works incredibly on the white background. I especially like how the shade that your chosen shade is written on the top of the box and determines the second main colour of the packaging, giving you and insight and computerised swatch of what this colour will look like. "Kylie" is again boldly written on the bottom with a small description written below, briefly explaining what is included. Turning on to the back, at the top is Kylie Cosmetics dripping lipstick illustration with her signature underneath. In small print below this is everything that you need to know about the Kits including Kylie's tips, ingredients and the address that they came from. When opening up the box, the 3.25ml lipstick and the 1.0g lip-liner are separated using a cardboard divider.
Now to talk about the packaging of the exciting part.. the products! The lipstick comes in a clear and transparent acrylic tube allowing you to be able to clearly see the shade of colour that you have ordered as well as being able to see your usage and when you need to restock. The twisty lid is black and has the dripping lipstick illustration leading to the bottle. The lipstick is again signed with Kylie's name and explains what the product is again in small print. A small sticker on the bottom of the tube has the shade name as well as the country that the product was made in. The lip-liners seem to appear as a contrast to the lip kit packaging. It is all black, with Kylie's signature and the shade in silver and a small swatch of the product covering the end of the product.

Moving onto the shade 'Heir', as this product is only a lipstick it comes in a much slimmer and less bulky packet but is fairly similar to the lip kits packaging, only with the information about the product facing vertical down the box. The product inside is packaged and presented exactly the same as the lipstick within my 'Posie K' lip kit which can allow Kylie's lip products to be easily recognised as the brand develops and becomes more popular.

I feel that the pricing of these products is an important aspect when reviewing because of course, you want to know if what you're buying is worth the money before you actually proceed to purchase. I worked out the total cost of the 'Posie K' lip kit and the 'Heir' lipstick that I bought and I will say now, it was pretty expensive and I will break down the costs and the British pound conversion below.

  • Posie K Lip Kit prices at $29.00 which converts to £22.34 which is a bit pricey but not too bad considering that you receive a lipstick and a lip-liner.
  • Heir Lipstick prices at $18.00 which converts to £13.87 which again, isn't bad at all for a high-end lipstick leaving these three products (including the lip-liner) costing $47/£36.21.
  • However, you must remember to add on the shipping which costs at an international rate $14.95 which converts to £11.52, nearly the price of an individual lipstick. This left me with an order total of £47.72.
  • Not only this, but if you live in England, Royal Mail will mostly deliver your products and some individuals have not been charged customs at all but I got charged £14.41 which includes an £8 handling fee. This annoyed me as I have friends who ordered more products than me who didn't get charged customs at all. This takes my Kylie Cosmetics order up to £62.13, which in all honesty I don't think is worth it for three lip products. Although, having said this, the customs charges are nothing to do with Kylie but simply to do with Royal Mail.
This leads me on to the shipment time of my order. Once your order has been placed, you should receive a confirmation email of your order date and how long your shipping should take. I placed my order on the 25th June and received my products on the 11th July, sixteen days after placing my order which I don't mind due to being given an estimated delivery time of between ten and fifteen days.

Both of my lipsticks contain a strong sweet aroma of butterscotch which I personally think is a fairly nice scent for a lipstick and makes them relatively unique. I haven't yet worn these products as they have only just arrived but I did manage to swatch them on my hand and will include swatches on my Beauty Swatch Cards as soon as they arrive. I feel that 'Posie K' comes out as a much darker shade than suggested on the box and is more of a deep purple than a bright pink. After looking at other reviews, I have also noticed that some people have mentioned how the new batches of the products seem to be completely different shades to the old despite having the same shade name. I feel that 'Heir' is almost identical to the swatch on the packaging and the packaging represents the metallic aspect well.

Another interesting thing that I came across whilst doing some research into these lip kits is that apparently the ingredients are exactly the same as the ingredients within the Colourpop liquid lipsticks however, the Colourpop lipsticks actually contains more ingredients which should surely make the Kylie Lip Kits the dupes but despite this, Colourpop matte liquid lipsticks are popularly referred to as dupes for these Kylie Lip Kits and once this brand starts to ship to the UK which is rumored to be tomorrow (12/07/2016) I will defiantly be buying a couple to compare and contrast against my Kylie Lip Kits as these are meant to be the best dupes and retail at a much more realistic price than Kylie's do.

Moving on, but continuing on the topic of dupes. I have created a small wishlist of dupe products that I would like to purchase and compare when I next have the chance. Starting with 'Posie K' I have researched into some alternatives to this lipstick and will list them below.
  • NYX Soft Matte Lipstick in shade 'Prague' which retails at £5.50 and can be found easily in most Boots drugstores across the UK.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in shade 'Party Pink' which retails at $26 which isn't much cheaper than the full lip kit but could be ideal for Anastasia lipstick lovers.
  • Jeffree Star Liquid Velour Lipstick in shade 'Doll Parts' retailing at $18.
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in shade 'Rainbow' which costs £19 or $21.
  • Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lipstick in shade 'Lychee' which costs only $6.
  • Urban Decay Lipstick in shade 'Revolution' which retails at £15.50 or $22.
Finally, moving on to the shade 'Heir', I could only find two alternatives which still looked like this shade, these are both listed below.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Shade 'True Rose Gold Shimmer' which retails at $21.
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Shade 'Dolce' which retails at £16.

I feel like it is too early on with these products to be able to leave an overall review. However, I will test the wear of these products throughout the upcoming days and will feed back to you soon! I hope this post was somewhat useful or gave you some advice on where to find some dupes from as I know that I can't wait to try some of them out. Despite this, from trying on these shades I feel that they are very easy to apply and not much product is required at all. 'Posie K' dried much quicker than 'Heir' and I feel that until 'Heir' is completely dry, it looks like a very sheer lipstick due it being so metallic. The only concern that I have with these products is that due to them being very matte, they may make my lips feel dry compared to other matte lipsticks with much creamier formulas. So far, I love both of these products but unfortunately I don't believe that any two lipsticks and a lip-liner are worth as much as they cost me. And finally, if anybody has any questions then please don't hesitate to ask.

Shade 'Heir'

Shade 'Posie K'

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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