Kylie Lip Kits | Worth the Hype? (+ Dupes)


The little voice in the back of my head has a lot to answer for, not least when it comes to beauty purchases. 'What if it's as good as they say?' 'You should probably try it for yourself though'... Today I'm talking about what it made me do one night after a couple of glasses of wine: make a Kylie Cosmetics order! I got myself the Dirty Peach Lip Kit ($29) and the Exposed Liquid Lipstick ($17).


Background

Personally I don't really care about the Kardashian-Jenner clan - they're a bit annoying given that they're *everywhere* but I don't hate them or think they're all that's wrong with society. On the flip side I'm not a fan either. So I guess I went into this without an agenda. There's been a lot said about Kylie Cosmetics that totally put me off ordering during the first few months after the first few products were launched. People were having empty boxes show up, faulty applicators, customer informations leaking, orders taking weeks and weeks to show up. You name a controversy and Kylie Cosmetics had had it! However in recent months things seemed to have quietened down so I considered placing an order. It wasn't until recently that I found two shades that appealed to me and weren't just like every other nude liquid lipstick I owned (the original shades are honestly SO dupe-able).

Ordering

The ordering process was fine for me; it seems like each time they do a release of these, they become easier to get hold of. In the first few months you had to be there refreshing the page over and over again! Now you can pretty much go on the website at your leisure and most of the shades will still be in stock. I placed my order (the shipping was $14.95) without any difficultly and it showed it two weeks after. There was a customs charge which I'd been expecting - I believe it was around £14 including the annoying Royal Mail handling fee. Everything was in order and I didn't have any problems in this respect.

Packaging

The packaging seems to have become so iconic that it's almost not worth going into detail on. The Lip Kit box has the 'Kylie' logo with the signature lips coated in the colour of the product inside. The individual Liquid Lipstick is obviously much smaller and only has the dripping product effect with the colour of the product on it. I don't have any complaints on the actual tubes; they again have the drip effect and I haven't noticed the writing rubbing off. They both have a doe-foot applicator and the product seems reasonably weighty, though still perhaps a bit cheap for the cost. Exposed has the old standard doe-foot applicator (which I prefer by a mile) whereas the newer shade Dirty Peach has the updated, 'fluffier' version (which I find makes application messier). The pencil I ordered is what it is, though it's worth noting that you have to put the lid on quite firmly for it to stay in place.

The Formula

This is where it all falls down for me! In case you weren't aware; there have been several issues flagged regarding the formula of these. It has been noted by diligent YouTubers that there are several different versions of the original shades and it seems to vary with each release. The second observation is that the formula is very similar to the $6 Ultra Matte Lips from ColourPop and rumour has it that they are manufactured in the same factory and have some of the same business bigwigs behind them. Make of that what you will... Although the formulas are similar, all the reviews I've read and watched did state that the ColourPop offering has several more ingredients so they are by no means the same, though that isn't necessarily a compliment!

They have quite a fluid formula and are very opaque in colour. When they set down, they actually don't feel too drying on my lips; there's a slight tackiness that stops them feeling like too much. What I don't like is that they seem to settle into every little wrinkle on my lips (I wasn't aware until trying these that I had particularly wrinkly lips!) so even if they don't feel that drying, they do look dry. But for me the total deal-breaker is the flaking! People want to say the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips are essentially the same product however although I do find those drying, I haven't experienced flaking. I can't wear these lipsticks on a normal day when I'm eating, drinking and going about my daily life without it flaking and me feeling self-conscious about it. They just end up looking a mess by the end of the day and I can name 20 liquid lipstick formulas out there that are far better than these. I honestly don't know how a normal person can go through their day without ending up looking a mess using these liquid lipsticks! Maybe there's some special technique people use to apply these (though I can't think what that might be...) but to me, I don't have this issue with other liquid lipsticks, some of which cost as little as $6 so I don't expect to have them with these. It's not a dud batch issue either because clearly from the difference in applicators, I have two products from different batches.

On a more positive note, the liner is really nice; it's very creamy in texture and is so comfortable it can even be worn on its own. It isn't the longest-wearing but overall I do really like it, so if you fall for a colour from this range I'd recommend just getting the liner in all honesty.

The Shades

Exposed is a light-medium warm nude shade that I can *just* about pull off without it looking like I put concealer on my lips! It wasn't what I expected because I thought it would be a darker shade, however I do still like it.

Dirty Peach works much better for me; it's a light-medium peachy nude, as the name suggests. It's vibrant in a way and really pops when you've got a bit of a tan. Overall I really like the colour and think it's a unique addition to my collection.



Liquid Lipstick Dupes & Alternatives



My alternative to Exposed is the NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim (£6.50). Ok, this isn't my favourite liquid lipstick formula but it's still better than the Kylie one! It's a tad drying but it does have the pigmentation and the longevity, plus doesn't flake. As you can see, it does have slightly pinker undertone as opposed to Exposed, which has a sandy colour to it. However they look similar once applied and Ruffle Trim is a fraction of the price (plus you can simply find it in your local Boots).



I won't lie; I found it so hard to dupe Dirty Peach! One of the reasons I got it was because it was different to anything else I own, however I've found a colour dupe in my stash that give a similar look (though obviously this is a traditional lipstick as opposed to a liquid formula). Maybelline's Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush (£6.99) has more of an orange-brown undertone but is actually pretty similar to Dirty Peach. Although it's not the most opaque formula, it still wears well and doesn't dry out the lips at all. 


So, are they worth the hype? No! And I almost knew it when I bought them, but curiosity got the better of me... I was expecting them to be 'ok' but not great, however they turned out to be some of the worst liquid lipsticks I've tried!


Have you tried the Kylie Lip Kits? What did you think of them?




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40 comments

  1. With all the controversy surrounding these lip kits I've just never been interested in purchasing them. When they first came out everyone was trying to get them, and to be honest I am really glad I held back. I know some people love them, but I just don't think they would be worth it for me.

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  2. How disappointing! I haven't bought them & whilst I have been tempted at times, I won't buy them because the reviews vary so much and I hate paying customs!! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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  3. I really like the colour of Dirty Peach, but with all the issues I can't see me picking it up any time soon.
    Thank you for such an honest review :)
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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    1. Well you can always try Clay Crush :) no problem! xx

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  4. Never tried any of them lipsticks and I actually don't feel curious about it. I'd rather try ABH liquid lipsticks! I am sure they are probably worth the hype!

    www.thelisasworld.com

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  5. Thank you! I thought I was the only one who suffered the wrinkles and just put it down to my age. Wish I'd seen a review like this before I gave in and bought 3 sets aswell :( shame cos the colours and liners are lovely. I bought mine in May but I'd think thrice now with the terrible exchange rate x

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    1. Aw such a shame - and that's a great point about the exchange rate too! xx

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  6. I wasn't tempted to get any of these lipsticks and I'm sure they won't be on my 'to buy' list ;) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  7. Heard so much about these but never really wanted to give into the hype! So glad I seen this post just confirmed my mind even more :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. If there's a gossip that colourpop and Kylie ones are manufactured in the same factory, then it might probably be true. All they need to do it put in different packaging. I wasn't keen on to try them and I am so happy that I haven't ordered any of them. x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  9. I have a couple of the Kylie ones which I got as gifts and I do like them but yeah the ColourPop ones feel and wear exactly the same so I won't be buying anymore! Exposed is such a pretty shade though.

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    1. Yeah fair enough if they're gifts ) at least you got to try them without denting the bank balance! xx

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  10. I'm not a fan of the Kardashians either so I've stayed away from Kylie Cosmetics even though I've been tempted a few times. I think she herself confirmed that her products are made at the same factory as colorpop and is run by the owners of colorpop buuut the formulas of colorpop and kylie are different. Anyways, I'm glad you don't think they're worth the hype because now I'm less tempted :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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  11. I own a Kylie Lipgloss and for now, im loving it. Its not super sticky like others and smell like vanilla cake. I love some of her liquid lipsticks shades but, I find them toooo expensive! And having ColourPop alternatives on $6, I highly doubt buying Kylie's.

    Kate x | http://katealifestyle.blogspot.com

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  12. I love the few shades I have and although I haven't found any exact colour dupes, the nyx lingerie lipsticks are so similar formula wise! xx

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  13. Aw, I can't work with the Kylie lipsticks either. The formula just isn't for me! I totally agree that they aren't worth the hype.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. Yeah the formula sucks - it's a shame given the pretty shades xx

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  14. No, I haven't tried any and I don't really want to! too stressful, too pricey, the only thing I love is the box with the lips XD

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope.com

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  15. I have a love/hate relationship with her lip kits.
    The formulas aren't the best, but I just LOVE her colour range. I feel that when you apply them they are good for the first few hours, but as you've mentioned they just turn into a dry mess mid-day. So with these I think it's best to take it all off, and reapply it, instead of just caking over the top of it.

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

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  16. I'm not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks in general or the Kardashians so I haven't had any desire to try these. I like the color of Kristen, one of her newest releases, but they seem too expensive for me and I'd rather get a similar Colourpop one. Pity that these flaked on you after paying the customs fees and everything!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm pretty sure I saw a dupe list of Kristen on Pinterest you might want to check out :) xx

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  17. I've been pretty hesitant with ordering this liquid lipsticks and I still am!
    great post though!

    xoxo Olivia
    www.ourwanderingmind.com

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  18. Thanks for the honest review. It was thorough and informative. I own Posey K and it actually works well, but owning one Kylie Lipkit is good enough for me.

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  19. That's disappointing but as soon as I learnt that the makers of Colourpop also worked with the Kylie Jenner lipkits, I knew they'd likely be the same sort of product but just made more expensive because of her name.

    Sorry you splurged on the Kylie Jenner lip kits but at least you've warned us not to buy! Appreciated!

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    1. I would say the formula is different but given the info out there on the ingredients, the fairly similar components etc. the increased price is excessive! xx

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  20. I wont be trying these, one they cost a bomb to get over here and there are so many bad batches I know how my luck goes! I do love my NYX ones so I will stick to those!

    Lovely post as always hun!

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  21. I'm not too bothered about her lip kits but I really want to try her new Burgundy Palette it looks so gorgeous!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  22. I think MUA Luxe has got a similar shade to Dirty Peach in their lip lacquer collection and costs only £3.

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    1. Ooh might have to check that out :) xx

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  23. I don't care for the Kardashian clan so I don't support them at all. That said, thank you so much for an honest review, these are just not worth the money imo. I don't understand how some YouTubers could go on and on and on about how amazing these are, like they are the best thing since sliced bread.

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  24. I have been doing a lot of research about the formulas and emailing a few companies about it. I think people would be are over reaching a bit.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  25. Ahhh nooo! Sad to hear you had a negative experience but loved reading your review! Pictures are so dreamy as always, I love the swatches you included :D custom charges are so frustrating, especially when you aren't expecting them haha!

    P.S Just wondered if you might be interested! I am currently giving away the Grande Cafe Gingerbread palette xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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  26. I'm surprised that you like the NYX Lingerie considering that they are soooo drying! The only one that I like is Exotic since it's the most comfortable one out of all of them on me but still so drying. I have very dry lips, like 24/7 they are dry and no matter if I wear a lip balm or whatever they just end up feeling so dry to the point of it hurting. I wasted money buying those NYX ones (yay for having a good return policy at Target!) but Exotic was my sister's and she couldn't stand it so she gave it to me. Luckily it worked out for me as I really like it as a color but they are not the best for my dry lips :(

    I like Kylie's liquid lipsticks, I'm surprised that I do! They are not drying on me and have a nice color range for my fair skin, although very dupe-able. I don't care about duping things personally for myself, so it's not a big issue for me since I get a lot of usage out of them and I don't own too many liquid lipsticks, but I hear both negative and positive things about these products. Especially the horrifying first months oh god, the whole lip gloss situation was a disaster and I wasted my money on them! They did send out replacements but still the wand was horrible, cannot use them at all. They mixed up my liquid lipstick order and I ended up getting someone's order from Norway, but they luckily re-sent me the products I originally bought without having me send the mixed up order back (so free products that way I guess, but I felt bad for the person in Norway). Trying to find a non-biased review of them is like looking for a needle in a haystack, I swear! I'll keep on buying Kylie's liquid lipsticks because they, along with Jouer and ColourPop Satin's, are the ones that really work well for me and my dry lips.

    Living in Southern California I hear about the Kardashians non-stop, it's become like background music to me haha I'm glad that at least you tried it out! The colors look really pretty on your skin tone!

    xoxo
    www.hellohimawari.com

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    1. I only used 'like' in a comparative sense haha - I wouldn't say they are anywhere near my top 10 formula-wise, I did mention it's a bit drying but to me the Kylie ones are a lot worse so I recommend them over Kylie's due to accessibility and price difference xx

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  27. I've avoided these for ages too after all the bad press, but felt like I'd cave soon and try some out. Now I know not to really bother - flaking is an absolute no-no for me!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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  28. Thank you for your comments - hope this was helpful! xx

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  29. I have not tried these Kylie Lip Kits yet but I know I will sooner than later just to see for myself and same goes for Color Pop. I am sure I am the only girl (ok beauty blogger) in this planet who has not tried Colour Pop or Kylie Lip Kit hehehehe. I am really curious but I don't want to pay any custom charges. The shades you chose look lovely on your skin tone!!...xx

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  30. don t carry about them either. I think kylie lipstick are bit overpriced. I do want to try maybe 2 shades. I do diying to get my hands on the new palette

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  31. I've had zero interest in trying these and you've just affirmed my decision lol. Honestly though they just weren't on my radar in the least...but you're opening paragraph pulled me in and I had to find out how you got on with them. Great writing as always! x


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  32. I really enjoyed reading this - also I have heard that the only people that these really work for are those who have had fillers. Which makes sense seeing as Kylie HAS and ofc when you have fillers your lips are a whole lot more plump than without! I don't think I'll ever bother making a purchase, like you said there are a bunch of better formulas out there!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

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