kylie lip kit

Well friends, after weeks of bitching and moaning and huffily hunting for dupes, it finally happened: I got my hands on Kylie Jenner‘s Lip Kits ($29). Well, technically didn’t get my hands on them—one of my co-workers did, but the good thing about working in a predominantly female office is that sharing makeup is the norm. And what is the American Dream if not having complete access to Kylie’s Lip Kits without actually having to pay for them?

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I’d already read a number of reviews for the product, and the general consensus is this: the lip liners are the best thing to happen to the beauty world, the product is fast-drying, velvety, and almost impossible to take off, and your lips will be horrifyingly dry by the end of the day. That last comment wasn’t universal, but enough people brought it up that I figure there has to be at least some truth to it.

In the interest of science (#lol let’s be real, this is all in my own self-interest), I tried out the three newest Lip Kit shades: Koko K, a pink nude, Posie K, a dusty rose, and Mary Jo K, a bright true red. Spoiler alert: the experience was truly glorious, but only if you have plenty of lip balm on hand.

Here are the three new shades in all their swatched splendor:

lip kit swatches

L-R: Posie K, Koko K, Mary Jo K

The lip liner is definitely as smooth as everyone says. I didn’t feel like I had to press hard to get a good color payoff like I often do with other pencil liners, and the color was a perfect match to the liquid lipstick. The lipsticks themselves have a VERY strong artificial cake smell, which only got worse as the colors got darker (I could almost taste the smell of the Mary Jo K, and Jillian, who was sitting across the room from me, said she could smell it from where she was). The pigmentation of the lipsticks, though, was absolutely beautiful, and the shades dried to a matte finish in about 10 seconds.

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Now, on to where the Lip Kits really belong: my smug lil’ face. First up, we have Posie K:

posie k

This color is absolutely stunning. I think dusty rose shades are a great universal neutral because they provide a certain degree of pigment without overwhelming the face or distracting from either the rest of your makeup or your outfit. It goes with everything. And as soon as I put it on, it was clear that Posie K wasn’t going anywhere. Like, not even if I wanted it to. I had to really go at it with makeup remover to get the product off my lips.

That said, It was with this shade in particular that I fell in love with the lip liner in this kit. I didn’t feel like I was dragging the pencil along my lips, and honestly, I probably would just wear the liner on its own if Kylie chose to sell it individually, which she totally should.

Next, I took Koko K out for a spin:

koko k

I love this nude. It’s actually not all that different from my natural lip color, which is probably what I liked about it, since I’m not really about the nude shades that make your lips look skin-colored. And it looks different on different skin tones, as we learned when two other girls in the office tried it on, so even if you’re not a ridiculous pale-y like me, you might find that it works well for you too!

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And for the grand finale, we have Mary Jo K:

mary jo k

This is probably the best matte red liquid lipstick I’ve ever worn. The shade is just stunning, and it looks good on everyone.

As great as the shades and the initial feeling of the formula of Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits were, I’m not without my complaints. I wore Posie K for an entire day last week when my co-worker first brought the kits in, and after about six hours, my lips felt absolutely terrible. I could see every crack in my lips, and stretching them into a smile or even opening my mouth too wide to take a bite of something was uncomfortable. A few of my co-workers had the same opinion, while others didn’t, so this could just be a skin type thing. So, if your lips run a little dry or if you’re prone to flaking in the winter or when you wear longwear lipstick, just be aware that Kylie might be trying to dry out your lips.

Also, the price is a huge killer. I mean, paying close to $30 for a liquid lipstick and a lip liner isn’t totally obscene (a drugstore purchase of the same two products will really only run you a little bit less, and there are luxury lipsticks that sell for way more), but when I’m shelling out that kind of money, I expect really good results all day long, not just at the beginning of the day. To be honest, when it comes to Mary Jo K in particular, I can get MAC‘s Ruby Woo, which is an almost identical shade of red, for a fraction of the price, and I can trust that I won’t hate it at the end of the day.

So, to make a long story short, are Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits worth it? Yes, if only for the incredible lip liner and color payoff. Just make sure you’ve armed yourself with plenty of Rosebud Salve.

Have your tried Kylie’s Lip Kits? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

(Photos: Sara Steinfeld/The Gloss)