It seemed as if every time I checked my Instagram feed, looked on Pinterest for makeup inspiration, or snooped at what lip gloss the girl sitting next to me at the Knights game was reapplying with, these Kylie Cosmetics products were everywhere. I get why they’re popular. She’s hot, has over seventy million followers on Instagram, and every plastic surgeon is thanking her for their increase in lip filler sales, but this lip kit craze is a tad ridiculous isn’t it?? I mean, her lip glosses are more difficult to get your hands on than the Tickle Me Elmo once was. (Anyone over 25 remembers those days! Parents waiting in line outside Toys”R”Us for days to buy the creepiest toy ever created. Yeah. That happened). Anyways, I thought to myself these lip products have to be at least decent since they are selling out within seconds of becoming available. And, for goodness sakes I’m a makeup artist! If a client asks me my opinion on them I need to have one.
I ordered the Maliboo Lip Kit for $29.00 (ouch) and it arrived on my front doorstep rather quickly. As it should considering I also paid a whopping $8.95 for flat rate shipping. With that price I expected a rainbow unicorn to be delivering it. On a serious note, though, fast shipping is a big deal for me and the packaging for the lip kit was super cute. I couldn’t wait to try it and discover what all the fuss was about.
First, I exfoliated my lips to make sure I got a smooth application and applied a light coat of Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip magic for a little hydration. I like to line my lips first, then apply the lip color and finally go back in with the liner at the end to make them more defined. The liner glided on my lips like butter. So easy to use and the color was beautiful. The liquid lipstick smelled so good I almost put ketchup on it and ate it. I applied one coat and It went on incredibly smooth, blending very nicely with the liner. It dried super quick and I had no issues going over the outer corners again with the liner. The color was a little darker than I anticipated it being, the finished product was a rich dark brown shade. I may not rock this color right now but it will be fantastic for Fall and Winter.
Brides, listen up! The best part was the fact that I never had to reapply! I wore it for approximately nine hours and never touched up. Say whaaaaat?! Yes girl, I’m serious. Not once! A lip product that not only lasts all day but also handles the embarrassing way I devour a burrito from Chipotle and puts up with my constant drinking is life. Calm down, I don’t mean drinking as in alcohol. I mean, I am a sucker for vodka red bulls but I am mainly known for always having something with me to sip on. Regardless of what drink I’ve got in my hand, I need my lip color to hang out just as long as I do, and this one does. Two thumbs up for that.
One complaint I have is that it didn’t necessarily feel great on my lips. I can’t quite put my finger on it but they just seemed dry to me. My lips weren’t peeling or anything, they just felt dehydrated. I’m glad I only applied one coat because any more than that would have looked way too cakey. Normally when a lip product is drying out my lips they will start to crack and peel while I’m still wearing it. This one didn’t do that, it simply just didn’t feel wonderful.
Removing it that night was a bit of a struggle too. Not because of the vodka red bulls, but I seriously couldn’t get it off my lips. I used a makeup remover that is so tough, it makes taking my waterproof eye makeup off a piece of cake. However, this liquid lipstick would not budge. I ended up using an exfoliator to remove it and that was still a pain in my flat booty.
On another sour note, some of you may have heard recently it was revealed that the ingredients for Kylie Cosmetics’ liquid lipsticks have changed over time and eventually became identical to the ingredients found in ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick. Coincidence? No, it’s not. Kylie Cosmetics is a sister company of ColourPop. This really bothered me. I can get one ColourPop Lipstick and a liner for $11. Add shipping and tax to that and I’ve spent approximately $16. I paid $37.95 for my Kylie Lip Kit with tax and shipping. Homegirl is making quite the profit and I have zero interest in contributing to her growing bank account when I can get the exact same product for less than half the price somewhere else. Long story short: nice product but not worth the money. Spend your hard earned money wisely girlfriend!