Kylie Cosmetics: Velvet Singles

Since there’s a restock later today, I figured this would be a good time to put this post up! This review contains nine out of eleven of the Velvet Liquid Lipstick Singles. The other two, Commando and Birthday Suit, will be reviewed soon in another post because I got them in the set from the Vacation collection this past summer (don’t worry, I’ll find you all dupes for the limited colors in that set).

Anyway, I’m going to try to keep this pretty short and sweet since there are so many liquid lips to cover in this post. Overall, I really like this formula because it’s super comfortable and very pigmented. This coming weekend, I’ll try to post a look using one or two of these on here and Instagram so be sure to follow me! I usually give updates on my Snapchat and Twitter Twitter too… All of which are under the name @lesley_makeup.

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Left to Right:   Karma, Surprise Me, Boy Bye, Punk, Basic, Low Key, Savage, Goals, and Brat 

The packaging for these is a basic matte black with KYLIE printed in a glossier black finish, as opposed to the brighter packaging of the Liquid Lip Sets. The component (tube) itself is like the other permanent Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lip Products with her signature on the front and drippy design around the top of the tube.

The applicator is a typical, small, somewhat fuzzy doe foot wand that applies the product evenly. It’s not as tapered as the wands you find in most other liquid lipsticks, but it’s still pretty easy to get a precise application with.

According to Kylie Cosmetics, “The Velvet Liquid Lipstick has high intensity pigment for a full coverage lip. This long wearing, ultra pigmented liquid lipstick contains moisturizing ingredients that glide on for a creamy matte look that does not dry down.”

As I mentioned, this liquid lipstick formula is incredibly comfortable to wear and isn’t too sticky like a gloss or too dry like a matte liquid lipstick. It does seem to be slightly nourishing even after wearing it all day and doesn’t leave my lips feeling chapped or dehydrated. The finish is closer to a satin or a soft matte. There’s not a glossy type of sheen once it sets… Instead, there is a muted, velvety finish that’s similar to if you put a balm on top of a matte lipstick. By the way, when I say “set” that doesn’t mean that these completely dry down, as stated in the brand’s info above. It’s definitely not transfer proof or even transfer resistant, but it does wear pretty well. These are all really pigmented so you don’t have to apply a ton of product for opaque coverage. One downside to these is that a couple of the shades stain pretty intensely and VERY quickly! Another downside to some people may be the sweet scent which these have… It fades not terribly long after you apply your liquid lip but to me, sometimes it’s a little overwhelming and gross. I haven’t noticed that these have a flavor. As usual, I’ll go into more detail in the individual reviews below so if you’d like to read those, keep scrolling down.

The Velvet Liquid Lipsticks sells for $16 from www.kyliecosmetics.com. You may also be able to purchase these at her pop-up shops but don’t quote me on that! Each tube contains 3 g / 0.11 fl oz of product, which is on the same level as similar products from MAC or Anastasia Beverly Hills, among other brands. Kylie Cosmetics is a cruelty free company and while I’m not sure this applies to the Velvet Liquid Lipsticks, the website says that “all shades of The Kylie Lip Kit℠ are vegan”.

I will post liners and dupes for these sometime this weekend. I apologize for not getting it done immediately but I’ve been sick so I’m currently typing this from my bed rather than my desk where I keep all of my makeup. I wanted to get this post up ASAP today so you can check these out before the Velvet Liquid Lipsticks are restocked!

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Left to Right:   Karma, Surprise Me, Boy Bye, Punk, Basic, Low Key, Savage, Goals, and Brat 

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Basic Ingredients

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Basic

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Basic:   Basic is described as a “midtone taupe.” It’s a medium, cool toned taupey nude with a soft matte finish. I can definitely see this being wearable by just about anyone, but if you have dark to deep skin, you’ll definitely want to pop on a liner to create a more ombre look with Basic… Otherwise it may look a little too cool toned and washed out.

Basic feels creamy but not so thick that it’s difficult to apply evenly. This particular color didn’t seem to dry down as quickly as some other Velvets, so it did still have a bit of a soft sheen in this photo. It does look like more of a soft matte/velvet finish after it’s been on for a while. Color payoff is intense, although on me, Basic actually looks cooler on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is fully opaque but I did have to dip into the tube once for the top lip and once for the bottom lip, which may be partially due to the small applicator rather than the product itself. I got about 3 hours of wear before it began to fade in the center of the lip and close to 6 hours before it faded anywhere else.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Boy Bye Ingredients

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Boy Bye:   Boy Bye is a “pinky mauve” according to the Kylie Cosmetics website. It’s a medium, cool toned, dusty rose with a velvety finish. This color seems like it would be suitable for all skin tones, but like many other light to medium, cool toned lipsticks, you’ll definitely want to use this with a liner if you have dark to deeper skin tones so everything blends evenly and doesn’t look too harsh or washed out. I honestly think that Boy Bye is my favorite out of all the Velvet Liquid Lipsticks because this color is one of those “your-lips-but-better” type of lipsticks that works for just about any look or occasion!

The formula for this Velvet lippie is comfortable and consistent with the others, applying easily. Boy Bye seemed to “set” a little more quickly than Basic did. Color payoff is great but it does look a little darker and cooler toned on the lips (for me, anyway). Coverage is full and even. Wear time was about 4 hours before it started to fade in the center, and closer to 6 or 7 before I really had to touch up all over my lips.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Brat Ingredients

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Brat:   This color is described as a “terra-cotta plum”. It’s a medium to medium-dark, brownish plum with a velvet finish. I have noticed that this can look warmer or cooler toned depending on who is wearing it, and even seems to pull more brown or more plum depending on whether I’m spray tanned or my naturally fair self. Maybe that sounds weird but I kind dig it since it makes Brat adaptable and easy for anyone to wear.

Brat has the same liquidy, yet creamy formula that glides onto the lips as all of the other Velvet Liquid Lipsticks do… Like Boy Bye, Brat doesn’t stay shiny very long, but you still have plenty of time to apply it and blend a liner in with it or layer it if needed. Color payoff is great and full of pigment. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much product. Wear time is about 2 to 3 hours in the center of the lip and 5 to 6 hours for the rest of the lip. I will warn you that this shade STAINS SO QUICKLY and NOT in a good way! I had this on for about three minutes when I photographed the lip photo and it left behind a bright, very pinky-plum stain which lasted for several hours, even after using a makeup wipe, washing my face, and repeatedly applying lip balm. When I wore this out one day, the stain lasted even longer once my lipstick had faded and I wiped the remainder of it off.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Goals Ingredients

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Goals:   The Kylie Cosmetics website calls Goals a “soft strawberry”. It’s a medium to medium-dark, warm toned pinky-red with some brownish undertones. It’s kind of like Brat’s slightly brighter, warmer toned sister, and in my opinion, is a little more wearable for day to day looks. In my opinion, Goals is going to be a great color for spring and summer!

This formula felt just like the other Velvets and applied well. Color payoff is really nice but, like many of the other Velvets, Goals seems to look darker on my lips than it did in the tube. Coverage is exceptional and full using little product. Wear time was the average 4 hours around the center of the lip and about 6 hours for the rest of the lip.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Karma Ingredients

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Karma:   On the website, Karma is described as a “midtone raspberry”. It’s a medium-dark to dark, bold berry color with cool, purple undertones and a velvet to almost satin-like finish. I say that because it takes Karma a while to dry down to it’s true velvet finish and looks like most other satin formulas until it does. It’s a color that will get noticed and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s fun and bright!

Karma felt a little creamier than some of the other Velvets but still applied easily and evenly. Color payoff was great and it actually looked a bit darker and more subdued once I put it on. Coverage was great and fully opaque. Wear time was about 4 hours in the center of the lip and between 6 or 7 for the rest of the lip.

Unfortunately, Karma stained my lips SO BAD! It was much more intense and longer lasting than the stain that Brat left behind. When I wore this initially, I had it on for a while so I figured that’s why my lips remained bright magenta-pink the REST OF THE FRICKIN DAY, but no, even after having this on for a whopping two minutes to photograph it, it stained my lips almost as badly as it did when I had it on for five hours… I used a makeup wipe, MAC Cleanse Off Oil, washed my face, held a cotton pad with micellar water up to my lips for over a minute and NOTHING got rid of the stain. I’m sitting here 6 hours later after eating, having tea and water, and putting Blistex on my lips about 9,000 times and the stain is still there. The photos below show the staining AFTER removing it two hours earlier! Also, I know it looks like I went around my lips with concealer or something because the shape is really precise for a stain, but this is after I took off Karma and the foundation around my lips!

In addition to staining quite heavily, Karma also seemed to irritate my lips and caused a few very, very small, itchy bumps to pop up quite quickly. There’s one ingredient on the list that stands out as something that may also be shared with Brat’s formulation due to their cool, plummy undertones, and that ingredient is Manganese Violet (CI 77742). I don’t recall seeing this ingredient very frequently in other lipsticks and liquid lipsticks that I have, but I do remember it being in some of Revlon’s Balm Stain lip products, so perhaps it does cause staining? I’ll definitely be looking into this more deeply and I’ll keep you all updated!

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Stain left behind after removing Karma

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Stain left behind after removing Karma

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Low Key Ingredients

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Low Key:   Low Key is referred to as a “warm pinky coral” on the Kylie Cosmetics website… It’s a medium, very warm toned, peachy-coral with a hint of pink and a velvet finish once it sets. I really like this color and feel like it would look great on anyone and with all kinds of looks!

This shade felt a little more liquidy or slippery than some of the other Velvets but still applied okay, aside from not wanting to stick to the center of my lip at all. It also took a little longer than most of the others to set to it’s soft matte/velvet finish. Color payoff was lovely but once I put it on, it appeared a bit warmer on my lips than it did in the tube. Coverage was opaque and even. Wear time was 2 to 3 hours in the center of my lip, as I had trouble getting this to stick to that area on more than one occasion, but it stayed on the rest of my lips for around 5 to 6 hours before fading.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.1 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Punk Ingredients

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Punk:   Punk is a “warm plum brown” with a velvet finish, but it does take a little while to “set” and lose the sheen. On me, this color is mostly a dusty, almost greige, chocolate with warm plum undertones. This is definitely the kind of color that will look a little different on everyone, depending on your skin tone. Personally, I love this type of color, especially for winter, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite vampy lipsticks.

This Velvet Liquid Lip felt very similar to Karma and Low Key and has a thinner, more slippery feeling formulation that stays shiny for a little while before it turns into a velvet/soft matte finish. That said, the thinner formula doesn’t seem to effect the color payoff or coverage at all and both of those are fantastic! Wear time was around 3 hours in the center area of my lips, and closer to 6 hours overall.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Savage Ingredients

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Savage:   On the Kylie website, Savage is described as a “warm apricot nude” and has a soft matte finish. To me, it is a medium, warm toned peachy nude that also has some mauve hues to it. This is a really wearable, versatile type of color that can be subdued or brightened up, depending on what liner you pair it with. Savage is one of my favorite Velvets because it works with so many looks!

Savage feels creamy, but still thin enough to glide on without any problems. It does take a moment to set to the more velvet finish, but it doesn’t take so long as shades like Punk and Karma. Color payoff is awesome, though it did seem to look a little darker and warmer once I had it on my lips. Coverage is even and opaque without having to apply a lot of product. Wear time was 2 to 3 hours for the center of the lip and near 6 for the rest of the lip.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Surprise Me Ingredients

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Surprise Me

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Surprise Me

Surprise Me:   This Velvet Liquid Lipstick is a “bright fuchsia” with a velvet finish… It’s a medium-dark, bright fuchsia, just like the website says, with warm pinky-red undertones. I’m not typically one to reach for colors like this, but I liked it a lot more once I put it on than I did seeing it in the tube.

Like Punk, Karma, and a few of the other Velvets, the texture of Surprise Me felt a little thinner and took a little while to set and lose the sheen, but it still applied well. Color payoff looked a little warmer than it did in the tube (on me, anyway), and coverage was totally opaque. Wear time was just about three hours around the center of my lips and 5 to 6 everywhere else.

Liners:   Coming soon!

Dupes:   Coming soon!

Overall Rating:   4.4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

 

 

 

 

 

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