REVIEW: KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Crème Liquid Lipsticks – Kimberly, Kim, Kiki & Kimmie

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Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that whatever the Kardashians/Jenners put out would certainly sell like wildfire. The constant bombardment of the family across the social media has sort of voodooed us into splashing our money on whatever they promote and I’m not gonna lie – I’m one of those who have unknowingly been sucked into the Jenners vortex. Ever since Kylie Jenner started her own cosmetics line, I’ve been religiously keeping tabs on her product launches and am now owner to many of her lip kits (which I will find time to review here). Recently, she has also been getting her family involved in the behind-the-scene process and I can’t help but feel excited about what they have in store for us!

So, following the massive success of her collaboration with Khloe Kardashian last year (which prompted three restocks, by the way), the Queen of Snapchat teamed up with yet another of her sisters on a capsule collection two months ago, once again sending fans of the Kardashian clan into a complete state of hysteria. Well, well, well… who could it be?

KKW X Kylie

KKW X Kylie

Yes, it’s the undisputed queen of the nude lip herself! This time, Kim Kardashian, or better known as Kim Kardashian West (KKW) after her marriage to mic-grabber rapper Kanye West, got a share of the pie as she jointly launched a four-piece lipstick set with her makeup maven of a sister under the Kylie Cosmetics label. This collaboration also saw the introduction of a new range of products by the brand – the Créme Liquid Lipsticks.

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

Featuring a highly moisturising formula, the lipsticks come in four shades of nude to recreate the signature Kim Kardashian look: Kimberly, Kim, Kiki and Kimmie – all variants of her first name – and are packed in a matte, pale pink velvety sliding box which essentially makes this collection the classiest and most professional-looking of everything the brand has offered by far. The liquid lipsticks are full-sized, filled in slightly frosted tubes marked by an unmistakable pale pink drip motif below the cap and.. it’s only US$45 with free shipping!

But unlike the very first Koko collection which sold out in under six minutes, this collaboration met with lukewarm response from the beauty community and were moving relatively slowly off the shelves during launch-time. Either a lot more stocks were prepared or the choice of (really light) nude shades just didn’t go well with most people. Nevertheless, I finally carted mine out after a 15-minute wait on the holding page and was nearly late for work 😒 The sets sold out after an hour but were swiftly restocked three days later.

As always, the company was experiencing high volume of orders so I half-expected my shipment to be held up. But the delay was exceptionally long this time for a domestic order – it took them seven days to ship out my parcel and another eight days for it to reach my U.S. address although I acknowledge that the latter is beyond their control. I was still collating orders to be shipped to Singapore so I wasn’t in a hurry to receive my item. Can you imagine the anxiety and frustration of other buyers, though?

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics

Before the launch went live, there were already comments about the shades being vastly similar to one another (I thought so too but I caved in because of the packaging). The swatches depicted above should more or less confirm that suspicion – they are indeed very similar (especially Kim and Kiki) and, as a matter of fact, boring. The only shade that stood out was Kimmie because it is the darkest of the lot. Still, all of them reminded me of M.A.C lipsticks that I had rated poorly in the past. But giving a conclusive opinion before actually wearing them would be unfair, so here goes..

#1 Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimberly

Channel some serious Kim Kardashian vibes with Kimberly, a light cool beige described as a “true nude” and named after Kim K’s birth name.

It is glossy and has a sheer, barely buildable coverage despite reports claiming otherwise. I had tried applying more layers to intensify the colour but all it does was adding more moist and watery patches that diffuse into the fine lines around the lips. The runny consistency of the lipstick also makes application messy and uncontrollable. The formula doesn’t bleed, but it spreads out to reveal an uneven and wrinkled appearance no matter how I tried to conceal it with more product. Besides, it does not dry down a single bit so it is not at all transfer-proof. The moment it touches something, practically the entire coat gets removed, maybe save for some leftover streaks. Yucks!

#2 Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kim

Kim is a light warm beige described as a “peachy nude” with a similar glossy finish to Kimberly. But this goes on thicker with a drier texture while still keeping the lips adequately hydrated. Although sheer, it is slightly more pigmented and buildable. However, due to the watery nature of the lipstick, the product settles into lip lines immediately upon application, therefore accentuating dry patches and that is a big ‘Nope’ right there because I have naturally chapped lips.

#3 Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kiki

Kiki, as Kim K’s family so affectionately calls her, is a light coral beige described as a “pinky nude”. In comparison to Kim (because this shade made me doubt my eyesight for a moment so I figured some of you may not be able to tell them apart at first glance as well), Kiki is slightly warmer with more red undertones.

Likewise, it has a lightweight and creamy consistency that is sadly overshadowed by its rubbish staying power due to the fact that it stays liquefied even after hours of wear. Its opacity – or should I say, translucency – is comparable to that of a gloss and the streaky mess is truly a shame. The Crème formula is really basically just gloss under the disguise of a more hydrating Velvet finish, minus the tacky texture. And it is awful.

KKW X Kylie Créme Liquid Lipsticks - Kiki & Kim swatch comparisons

KKW X Kylie Créme Liquid Lipsticks – Kiki & Kim swatch comparisons

#4 Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Créme Liquid Lipstick in Kimmie

Despite having ranted against every lipstick in this collection so far, there is actually one shade among the four that I find rather wearable with decent coverage, and that’s Kimmie. It is vaguely (and inaccurately) described as a “deep nude” but I think it appears more as a muted terracotta.

Perhaps because of its darker hue, Kimmie has a more buildable and pigmented payoff and on top of that, applies more evenly and does not cling to the dry areas on the lips as conspicuously as the rest. Still, I cannot ignore the fact that it is short-lived on my lips. Reckoning that this would probably not withstand the test of gluttony and would require constant reapplication on the go, I ended up bringing my regular lipstick in a bullet along for touch-ups when I wore this out. I was so glad I did because it started to budge by the first hour and what was left on my lips after my dinner were a few unsightly powdery streaks.

KKW X Kylie Créme Liquid Lipsticks - Kimmie & Kimberly swatch comparisons

KKW X Kylie Créme Liquid Lipsticks – Kimmie & Kimberly swatch comparisons

As a bonus, here’s a lip swatch of all the four shades side-by-side:

Spot the difference... 🙄

Spot the difference… 🙄

All in all, unless comfort wearing is your utmost priority or you’re into creamy liquid lipsticks with diluted consistency and preposterously short lasting power, this new formula is utter garbage and should be avoided at all costs.

I really don’t see the point in this new formula at all. If Kim isn’t a fan of mattes (which is understandable since her makeup artist prefers creamy- and satin-finish lipsticks), she could have just stuck with the existing velvet formula, right? Arrrrgh. What a waste of our money 😒

Final verdict: 👎

Final verdict: 👎

What are your views on this collection? Let me know in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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KKW × Kylie Cosmetics is a limited-edition collection launched on 25 April 2017 on kyliecosmetics.com and restocked in limited quality on kkwbeauty.com on 21 june 2017. now sold out, it can still be found in the reseller market (beware of fakes).

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REVIEW: MAC x James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

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While many of us (still) struggle to find our ultimate goal in life, Detroit-born James Kaliardos realised his calling to be a makeup artist when doing his mother’s makeup at just age seven. His interest for makeup sparked after constantly watching his mother doll up her lids with eye shadow and despite his tender age, he was able to translate his love for colours and drawing into the beauty looks he saw on Vogue. This passion followed him through his formative years – where he helped his female friends look aesthetically rad for school proms – before it progressed to theatrical makeup.

Now a master makeup artist among other trades, he creates trends backstage across all international fashion weeks and had worked on the most famous faces in the world including Hillary Clinton, Madonna (especially Madonna – you know her Ray of Light-era boho-tech look? Yeah, that’s the work of James Kaliardos!), Julianne Moore, Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham (source). On top of that, he is a publishing mogul, having co-founded one of today’s most exclusive and expensive magazines Visionaire which ranges in the hundreds of dollars with very limited circulation, and an actor with his own troupe, the Innocent Theatre Company. Holy moly, how the heck does he do it?! I can’t even keep up with one job 😨

That’s not all! Adding to his already-impressive portfolio of achievements, Kaliardos recently collaborated with M.A.C on a new makeup range as part of the 50-piece Make-Up Art Cosmetics collection with two other notable makeup maestros Diane Kendal and Kabuki (which I passed on). But he commands a larger chunk of this launch with 22 pieces. However, as my money was saved for other upcoming releases, I only spent on a single lipstick (out of 4) from this sub-collection.

M.A.C X James Kaliardos lipstick packaging

M.A.C X James Kaliardos lipstick packaging

Every item in this collaboration is decked out in limited-edition packaging with the name and autograph of the makeup artist printed below the M.A.C logo in gold foil on both the black box and container, so the lipstick is no exception. The lipstick tube has a matte surface that feels smooth to the touch. All of the four lipsticks in the James Kaliardos collection are shades that he frequently uses to create red carpet looks and for photo shoots.

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper (US$17)

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper (US$17)

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

Described as a deep reddish brown with Satin finish, Jasper is in fact based on the brown from Paramount with deep wine pigment mixed into it. In appearance, it is a drop-dead gorgeous burgundy with cool undertones.

It runs smoothly on the lips with no tug and leaves a comfortable and hydrating texture topped with a healthy sheen. It is mostly opaque with a buildable intensity – swipe once for a just bitten look and two more coats for full coverage. It has a slightly patchy consistency so some parts of the lips would seem darker than the rest, but it’s not really visible from far and you can fix it momentarily by pursing your lips.

This lasts relatively long on me (I don’t really take note of the duration because I pig out a lot and lipsticks generally don’t remain in their original state after coming contact with anything) and fades to a natural-looking stain. Jasper is a shade that goes well with every skin tone!

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Jasper swatch comparison - Diva is brighter and warmer whereas Hearts Aflamed is more muted and warmer

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Jasper swatch comparison – Diva is brighter and warmer whereas Hearts Aflamed is more muted and warmer

What do you think of this lipstick? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll! 🙂

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M·A·C James Kaliardos was launched in january and is still available on MACCosmetics.com (collection page taken down, so lipsticks only here or view the full list of items here on the australian site). do check with your local M.A.C outlets on its availability.

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REVIEW: MAC x Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

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Since drifting away from the pop culture scene (is it normal to gain a preference for oldies music as you age?), I’ve lost count the number of times I have gone, “Who is that?” whenever M.A.C announced a new collaboration with a pop artiste. Having not tuned into any local contemporary hit radio stations for the past decade, needless to say, I had the same reaction when I got wind of their partnership with a Canadian singer-songwriter who calls herself Kiesza. But hey, if not for this collaboration, I wouldn’t have known about this talented yet underrated lady (look her up on YouTube and treat your ears to some upbeat H&M-worthy music if you must), so it’s all good 👍

Joining the ranks of other celebrities such as Halsey, Tinashe and Brooke Candy, all of whom I honestly didn’t know existed until they teamed up with M.A.C, Kiesza presents her first makeup collection with the well-loved cosmetics brand – a four-piece capsule collection comprising a Matte Lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, Liquidlast Liner and Big Brow Pencil – and they (except the eyeliner) are brown-hued. Hence, even without finding out who Kiesza is, this collection, or rather the lipstick, already has my name written on it.

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (regular packaging again..)

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (regular packaging again..)

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (US$17)

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (US$17)

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

Named after Kiesza’s latest single off her sophomore album, Dearly Beloved – the sole lipstick in this collection – reflects the understated look that she had been experimenting while trying to move away from her usual red lip colour.

Described as a warm soft brown with Matte finish, it appears to have ashy undertones when applied. Far from the usual drying Matte formula of M.A.C lipsticks, the payoff of this shade feels almost like a Satin as it goes on smooth with a creamy consistency and even has a slight sheen to it. Mostly opaque, it is moderately pigmented with a buildable intensity but emphasises every fine line (very noticeable on the upper lip) and dry bit of the lips. Having said that, it does leave my lips feeling moisturised and comfortable the entire time I had it on, so I guess it’s a fair trade-off!

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison - Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

M·A·C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison – Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

What are your thoughts of this? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll 😉

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M·A·C × Kiesza is now available on MACCosmetics.com. This collection is not available in Singapore.

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