Love them or hate them, you’ve got to admit the Kar-Jenner family is pretty business savvy. Hello, Kris Jenner built an entire empire off of Kim K’s tape! I say genius. Kylie Cosmetics was one of the first brands to get me excited about cosmetics. The launch of her lip kits was crazy in the cosmetics industry with her lip kits selling out in seconds. Everyone, including myself, really wanted a Kylie pout. Since it launched a couple years ago, I have bought my fair share of products. From lip kits, to glosses, to highlighters. Being in Canada can make it harder to purchase the products at a reasonable price because of exchange rates and customs taxes, so I have to really commit to wanting something. Her 2018 summer collection definitely caught my attention.

Summer 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Summer 2018 Palette Packaging

This is the first eyeshadow palette I’ve been excited about since Kylie first launched her eyeshadow palettes. I purchased the Burgundy palette way back when, and was underwhelmed by it. It performed okay, the colours were nice and ones I wore on a regular basis, but it wasn’t worth the money in my opinion. Especially after exchange and customs taxes.

Damaged shadow

First things first, my palette arrived DAMAGED.I emailed Kylie’s customer service account and they offered to send one right away. I was still disappointed because of how excited I was. Luckily, only the first shadow in the palette was broke so I was still able to play with the other shadows.

UPDATE: Aug 16/2018
My new palette arrived! It took almost a month to get here due to an excessive processing time because of the launch of her birthday collection – but it made it here not broken! The first shade is an interesting one – kind of reminds me of pressed glitter.

Kylie Cosmetics Summer 2018 Palette Colours

I like that she changed the look of her palettes from her first palettes to now. The packaging feels sturdier, I like having the mirror, and the increased number of colours makes the palette more versatile.

Performance

The shadows really are beautiful. Both the mattes and shimmer felt smooth to touch. I definitely notice an improvement in the formula from the burgundy palette. The purple and black shades are a little patchy, but not impossible to work with. The matte shades are decently pigmented and blendable, and the shimmer shades perform well when used with a wet brush.

Kylie Cosmetics Summer 2018 Palette Swatches

The colour palette of this eye shadow palette is versatile and pretty beginner friendly. Your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the matte pink shade (Melon) and the orange shimmer shade (Juicy), yet there are lots of solid neutrals in the palette.

The mattes in this palette has an incredible amount of kickback.  I’ve tried using different kinds of brushes to limit the amount of kickback occurring and I’ve yet to succeed. Luckily, this doesn’t translate into an excessive amount of fallout on the eyes. Thankfully since I always forget to do eyes first. Kickback is mostly annoying because it feels like such a waste of the product.

Matte bullet lipsticks

Kylie’s matte liquid lipsticks are my ride or die. I own about 20 of them. Some people complain that the formula is too drying but it doesn’t bother me. And your lipstick isn’t going anywhere – which is key.  I wear Invisalign so I like to know that my lipstick isn’t going to slide off of my lips and onto my trays.

After watching  a few Youtube reviews on these bullet lipsticks, I knew I just had to try them.  Even though I liked all the shades in the bundle, I decided to only purchase Nova and Miami because I would get the most wear out of them.

Performance

The shades are beautiful. Miami was a little less nude than I expected, but I still enjoy the colour. These are the only two bullet lipsticks I own – so I had difficulty applying them. The application wasn’t as smooth as with liquid lipsticks.

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Bullet Lipstick Swatches

The lipsticks go on smooth and really creamy. It actually takes about 5 minutes or so for the colour to dry down completely matte – which makes it easier to apply a second coat and do touchups. Once they do dry down, the formula is really comfortable. I don’t feel like I am wearing anything on my lips. The staying power isn’t as good as the liquid formula, but it is not bad. I actually find myself reaching for them pretty often.

Final Thoughts

I really did enjoy these products from the Kylie Cosmetics Summer 2018 Collection. The total cost for everything was US$78.00 (17 x 2 for the lipsticks; 44 for the palette) and I ended up paying C$106.24 after the exchange rate PLUS C$17.49 in customs taxes. That is obviously an extremely hefty price tag for these products.

The USD price tag for the lipsticks is extremely reasonable in my opinion, and I definitely recommend them. The palette is expensive for what you’re getting, but it is still beautiful and performs well. I enjoy it, but if you’re not super drawn to the colours and dislike working with a fair amount of kickback – this palette is a pass for you.

A lot of people say you’re only paying for Kylie Jenner’s name on the products which is kind of  true – but it doesn’t mean the products don’t work. What are your thoughts on the Kylie Cosmetics summer 2018 collection? Purchase or pass?

Until next time, XX.