13, 07, 2017

KKW

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You’ve all already heard about it by now, but Kim Kardashian West has finally launched her own makeup line. Since I’ve already tried out Kylie Cosmetics, I thought I’d give it a go with another Kardashian/Jenner beauty product. Right from the get-go I knew I wanted to try KKW Beauty‘s first products, which happen to be contour and highlight kits. Aside from eyebrow products, natural contour and highlight are my second favourite steps when it comes to doing my makeup. When you have soft features such as myself, it’s nice to add in some more definition and depth.

There are tons of cream contour kits already out there in the world of beauty, however this was the first one I ever felt the need to pick up. Why you ask? I think we can all agree that this launch being highly anticipated since Kim is the queen of contour. From seeing other reviews, it’s obviously that everyone has their own view on what contour and highlight should look like. Some prefer very dramatic results, while others such as myself prefer the more natural, perhaps even unnoticeable route. Yes, foolishly spending $48USD plus $14 shipping, PLUS $18CAD (taxes hit hard) on makeup is absolutely insane — I know — but sometimes curiosity gets the best of us! I went ahead and purchased the Creme Contour and Highlight Kit in shade Medium.
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DUO BRUSH.

The kit comes with a duo end brush that has a sponge on one end, and a kabuki brush on the other end. The sponge reminds me of that one guy you had/have in your life that gives you mixed and mismatched signals — just very confusing! Sometimes it works fine, but most of the time it doesn’t do much at all — actually it tends to move the product around your face in a patchy way instead of blending it in. The weird thing is that it worked best when a few hours have gone by, and when my skin is already oily. The kabuki end however is my absolute favourite, and in my opinion I’d say it works wonders paired with the dark contour stick. It’s a very soft brush that makes the application very easy to control and maneuver around the product for a nice natural contour. I love the size of the brush since it’s perfect to travel with, however the sponge side really needs major improvements.

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CONTOUR + HIGHLIGHT.

On the Medium Highlight stick there’s a matte side, while on the other end is a shimmer. I’ll admit that the first time using the matte highlight was very unimpressive, in fact, the first application I had with it are the results in my photos. Upon first application it was very thick and take time to blend out. However, I’ve had this kit for 2-3 weeks now and have figured out a way that works best for my skin. This is going to sound a bit unconventional, but it works best when the product is a bit warm (I haven’t used A/C once during this summer). The product slides on a lot smoother and is never patchy on warmer days. That being said, a product shouldn’t have to rely on a certain condition to work it’s best, especially at the KKW Beauty’s high price point. I do however like the coverage from it and does help to brighten up the areas. On the other hand, the shimmer highlight is gorgeous. The glow it gives your complexion is very natural and is the perfect, “I spent hours in the sun” kind of look.

As for the Contour stick, I honestly love the shades that were picked out for the Medium Kit. The lighter contour end is a perfect caramel tone, while the darker contour is ever so slighty warmer and deeper shade. Overall they balance each other out perfectly, which is a relief since other cream contour kits that I’ve swatched are either too red, too orange, or too cooled toned on my skin — KKW Beauty pretty much nailed it with this one. Before I go on I should mention the amount of product you get on each end (same on the highlight stick) is utterly ridiculous that it pains me to know that I spent so much money for product that’s about the same size as my thumb nail. To make myself and other’s who’ve also purchased this kit feel better let’s go back to the pros. Each end glides on extremely smooth like butter. Blending this product in with the kabuki brush is foolproof. The results are a beautiful natural bronzed look that I can honestly say is the look I’ve been always wanting to go for, but could never really achieve without mixing many colours and other products together.
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YAYS & NAYS.

There are quite a few things I actually really like about this kit. It’s made really simple for both those who are and aren’t experienced with contouring, the colour selections are on point for the medium skin tone, the creaminess of the contour sticks make the end result beautiful and flawless, and last — I like the cute nude compact packaging. All that being said — the things I don’t like about the kit are how much product you actually get (0.9 g of product in each end…ugh), the inconsistent hard sponge end of the makeup brush, and although I like the minimalistic packing, I also think it feels and looks way too cheap to be worth almost $100. And although I like the contour stick I’m not sure if I’m going to repurchase it again — unless more products is included, or if the price is lowered to reflect it’s actual worth.
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31 responses to “KKW”

  1. It looks very natural on you! Such a shame that the price is so high though. I watched Tati Westbrook’s review on it and the amount of product is really disheartening – but it definitely has that “no-makeup makeup look.”

    Love your visuals in this post 🙂

    • Stacey says:

      The kit in my opinion is actually great but the price tag and like you saw, the amount of product you get is VERY disappointing :[

  2. Imogen says:

    I definitely think that Kim’s products should have been extremely high-quality when you consider price, and honestly it’s upsetting to see that they’re so small! Although these do look gorgeous (not too sure about the sponge though!) I don’t know if I’d purchase them purely because of the price. You look absolutely stunning, though!

    Imogen / http://www.faux-silk.com

    • Stacey says:

      For sure! Kim is a very glamorous woman so I really though the products would reflect her to the T…but apparently not in this case hahah. I hope she listens and makes the changes to make everyone satisfied.

  3. I’ve heard so many good reviews on her contour kit as they are very creamy and seriously looks very natural on you too! The only issue I have is the pricing and how much product you actually get. Thanks for sharing this review.

    Nathalie
    http://www.nathalie-alexandra.blogspot.com

  4. ellieloveellie says:

    Ough… I never ever put on makeup, haha.<3
    Really don't even know how to…
    I love the lighting in the pictures tho!<3
    http://www.blogellive.com

  5. gemintauberge says:

    Oooh I’m loving the branding + packaging, but for such a high price tag I’ll admire from afar haha. Your photos are gorgeous!

    X X
    http://WWW.MILKWHITEMOON.COM

  6. Marina Rosie says:

    The price is kind of outrageous! xx And you barely even get any product! But the product you get is actually half decent so it’s a real shame! x
    Marina x
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

    • Stacey says:

      Yes it’s truly a love/hate product…I’ve had time to cool down from how much I spent, but well what’s done is done hahha

  7. Velvet Blush says:

    I do think it looks nice on you, but I think the price is too high for the amount of product and packaging too! I’ve actually had a similar experience with a high end corrector I brought, the amount included is tiny! x

    Velvet Blush

    • Stacey says:

      That’s a shame for you as well! I rarely buy very expensive makeup so it kind of sucks at the one time I decided to splurge it was kind of a disappointment 🙁

  8. Yiota says:

    I love the final result, looks so nice on you. On the other hand, it is so expensive for the products you get, too bad it is not worth it!

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

  9. jordynpamela says:

    I was very worried the brush would be poor quality from the looks of it. The sponge side does look like it does nothing. I do really like the shades, though! Would buy it if it was a little cheaper! xo

    with love, Jordyn | jordynpamela.com

    • Stacey says:

      Yea the sponge isn’t well designed at all. I think Kim said she was listening to people’s complains and going to change it up though. I also think it shouldn’t be purchased until everything is fixed and like you said, when you cheap is lower…if ever :/

  10. gymbagsandjetlags says:

    Aww, I’m kinda bummed to hear that this product isn’t like sent from the gods haha. I would have wanted to try it but given my lack of makeup knowledge, maybe not for that price… You make it look awesome though!

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  11. Dasynka says:

    I love so much the result on you, and your review is so accurate 🙂 even if I can say that I’ll never buy them cause it’s too much for me..but I can easly understand why you bought them (and the design is amaing!)
    With love,
    Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

    • Stacey says:

      I told myself at first that I wouldn’t buy it because of the price but those damn Kardashians drew me in! I hate that I spend that much but I don’t often splurge this much on makeup (especially on one item) so it was alright in ways…kind of :/

  12. Emily says:

    Oh gooosh, I can’t believe how much money this lot was! Sounds like it was a bit of a mixed bag for you but you don’t know until you try eh? It definitely gives off natural vibes though!

    Musings & More

    • Stacey says:

      It was definitely a life experience hahha. I think we all have that stupid thing we regret buying…who am I kidding, we have a lot of those :]

  13. I like how it looks on you, but I don´t think I would spend that much money on KKW makeup, not even out of curiosity.

    • Stacey says:

      It’s all preference 🙂 although I’m not a fan of the Kardashians, I have to admit they’re smart business women plus Kim is gorgeous and always has amazing makeup <3

  14. allisonwdunn says:

    I love hearing a real and honest review on the product! I’ve watched tons of youtubers review it but I always wonder how honest the reviews are! It looks great on you but I don’t know if I could spend the money on it!

    Allie

    http://www.champagne-tuesdays.com

    • Stacey says:

      I know what you mean! Especially when they were sent the products and went to her launch party, it’s hard to believe how honest they can be. I don’t think it’s worth it’s price tag at all even though the shades are great. If the kit was $20-30 including tax and shipping it would be a more reasonable price (and that’s me being nice about it) :/

  15. yuka says:

    That glow though! you look amazing! I think I’m def going to have to pick up the medium kit as well!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  16. caterina sosso says:

    This is the first review I’m reading about those! Love a good old honest post 🙂

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

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