I have writer’s block. Combined with a lack of website for several weeks, a new keyboard which although I love, it doesn’t feel the same as my old one, and having a backlog of posts to do has made the whole blogging sitch become slightly unbearable at the moment. I love writing, I really do but I seem to have become a bit bogged down with everything. There is one thing that I know I can talk about til the cows come home and that is lipstick. So, without further adieu, lets break the block by bringing in the big boys. That’s right, its the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Glosses, the hotly anticipated set from the girl who has cashed in on lip products when eighteen months ago, she had no lips.
I keep telling myself to stop buying anything from the Kylie Cosmetics range, because it’s since been announced that she uses Color Pop, which are also a damn sight cheaper than what she is shilling her Lip Kits for, but I can’t help myself. Going back to the day I ordered the Lip Glosses, I didn’t actually intend to buy these. I’d seen tweets saying they were online so I as they were still in stock I bought the full set. It was only whilst waiting for my delivery when the whole Jeffree Star controversy hit the Interweb. A huge complaint regarding badly made brushes in the lip glosses, combined with dreadful customer service and I wasn’t looking forward to these as much as I was when I made the order. Thankfully, Kylie Cosmetics took this on board and sent everyone who ordered at the beginning of April a brand new set with the new brushes so I had a lovely set when they originally turned up.
The glosses are priced at $15 each which work out roughly as £11. Not too expensive, and quite reasonable in price for the modern market. Packaged in the same designed boxes as the Lip Kits, the dripping lipstick box is sleek, with the name of the product clearly visible on the top of the box. The casing of the lip gloss shows the same lipstick drips on the outer casing whilst the clear tube shows the lip gloss colour inside. The short, slender brush allows for a good application with a good control. The formula of all the lip glosses is the same; thick, sticky and ultra glossy when applied, and totally opaque in one go. They are incredibly thick in consistency which also makes them slightly difficult to get an even coat when applying. It’s definitely more noticeable on the lighter shades, than the darker.
The three shades in the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Glosses are Like, Literally and So Cute, with Like being the darkest and So Cute being the lightest. Originally I thought that I wouldn’t get any wear out of Like as it was so dark but it’s actually the one that suits me the most, with the colour being a flattering warm brown nude. Literally is the shade that has had the most compliments. It’s that peachy pink nude that would flatter absolutely anyone and looks great on everyone I’ve seen wearing it. So Cute is my least favourite, mainly due to the uneven application and difficulty in getting it to look good. I have to pair it with a darker lip liner as any shade that is lighter than my lips just looks silly.
Once the glosses are on the lips, I find them to be comfortable to wear, but there isn’t any hydrating properties that I can feel. They do feel quite warming on the lip, which I can only put down to the thick consistency. They are quite sticky, and anyone who says that they aren’t are fibbing. Hair and gloss = streaks of gloss across my cheeks.
The question that everyone asks is ‘Are they worth the hype’. This is where I am tied. The quality of the glosses are great; ultra glossy and thick, opaque and pigmented. Perfect. But, what irritates me is that this $15 lip gloss, and the $29 Lip Kits actually sell on Colour Pop for $4 and $6 respectively. The customs and shipping charges are also a bone of contention. Each time I order, I have to account for the $15 shipping and then a further £15 customs fee on top. I won’t be buying anymore and having them delivered to the UK, that’s for sure but I also think I am just buying them for name. The jury is out on this one. What do you think?