Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kylie Cosmetics Vacation Collection - Is It Worth The Hype?

One thing you can always count on with me, is that I'm a sucker for a new beauty launch.
As the years have gone on and I've tried more and more products, I'm so much pickier with what I deem as 'worth the hype'. At the end of the day, if you're spending your hard earned cash on these products, they've got to live up to expectations!

Kylie Cosmetics is a real pain in my bank balance, I can't resist her new launches, I can't resist those bundles!! There is a reason for it though, and it's because I'm consistently impressed with the quality and presentation of the products. However, this is the first launch I've got a hold of where there's a multitude of new product lines, so here's my thoughts!

I've been a huge fan of Kylies eyeshadows since the Bronze Palette launched, so I knew I'd love the quality of the 'Take Me On Vacation' palette, it was a case of whether the shades would be enough to my taste for day-to-day wear. I actually think this looks so much more beautiful in person, the colours seem a lot more vibrant. 

I purposely didn't do the classic 'hard swatch' that appears all over social media, although that is usually how I choose to swatch! As this is a review, I wanted you to see how each shadow appears with one swipe on my arm. 
As you can see, the shadows are overall nicely pigmented. There is definitely a chalky theme running through the very pale shades on the top row, but I've used these on the eyes and it doesn't seem to be an issue. The shimmers are creamy to the touch, and they apply to the eye very similar to how they swatch. If you want a more foiled finish, definitely use a wet brush!
Kylies mattes always blend really well for me, and the variety of colours in here can create so many looks that I usually opt for! You even have those pops of colour, which I personally would use on my lower lash-line.
You do get a brush with this palette, as we did with the Royal Peach Palette, both of which are very good quality, and I always add these to my main brush collection. 

I was very excited about these! I had never tried the 'velvet' formula before, and totally matte lips are starting to take a back-seat for me, (although I'll always love them!). The shades are the same in both sets, so essentially you would buy whichever formula you prefer, unless like me you got the bundle which means you receive both!

Shades/Formula L to R Velvets & Mattes - Naked, Birthday Suit, Commando & Bare

So as you can see in the swatches above, the colours are exactly the same, the only difference being the finish. Personally, I prefer the velvet formula as it's super creamy, but still has that 'matte' look. My only complaint is that you do get that ring of colour of the inside of your lips! If you've tried a Kylie Cosmetics matte, the matte formula in these ones is of course no different, they can get a little dry, but they're still comfortable to wear. 

I really wish there was a deeper nude in this collection, these shades are a little too pale for my medium skin-tone, so I wear a deeper lip liner with them. For those with fairer skin, I think Naked and Birthday Suit would be perfect classic nudes, with Commando and Bare being a gorgeous pink-toned nude. 
If you were to buy one set, I'd suggest the velvets, but make sure you know you'd get your use out of the shades as they're all of a very similar colour family.

My heart stopped when I saw these swatched during the reveal of the collection. Serious heart-eye emojis. 
As someone who's becoming a regular wearer of lip-gloss, (never thought I'd say that!), these were totally up my street as they're perfect to layer over lipsticks too!

Shades L to R - Glitz and Glamour

Look at those swatches, glitter heaven! They come in two gorgeous shades, Glitz and Glamour. Glitz is more of a soft peachy gold, with Glamour being the rich true glittering gold.  I like to layer these over a matte lipstick, and then blot them down so the glitter lasts all day on the lips. You can definitely feel the glitter in them, so if you don't like the feel of anything on your lips, you won't be a fan, but if you don't mind that then definitely grab one, (or both!). I really hope she brings out more of these, wouldn't some holographic ones be insane?! 

This colour is a real head-turner. It's a super bright almost neon purple. It's absolutely not a colour I usually opt for, but I LOVE it. It's so unusual, and with a tan it's just a knockout shade. I'm glad she chose this colour to be the stand-alone lip kit as it's definitely one you could do with having a matching lip liner to!

My pictures doesn't show how bright the shade is, but I can assure you it's not one for the faint hearted. Surprisingly, for such a bright shade, it doesn't apply patchy or uneven, so one coat is all thats needed for an even application. If you love your bright colours, and are looking for something unusual, this is worth checking out.

Since I was yet to try out one of Kylies 'Kylighters', I was really looking forward to trying this little duo to see how her face products perform. 

Before I share my thoughts, I just thought I'd point out that both swatches are built up on this occasion, particularly the bronzer as it's a very close match to my skin-tone, only more cool-toned. 
As the bronzer is so close in colour to my own skin, it really didn't show up very well on me. It's a shame because the formula was really nice and it was easy to blend. This would be perfect for fair skin, but wouldn't work on medium/deep skin unfortunately!
'Glow Up' highlighter is a beautiful light champagne gold, a classic shade that I usually wear.
If you like a softer, more natural glow then you would love this. I like it for day-to-day wear, when I'm not trying to take someones eye out with my highlight! Overall, I think the palette is limiting to who can use it because of the bronzer shade, however if it would work for you, it's a lovely set.

I was the most excited about these three products in the bundle! Besides the Wet Set, (which I didn't manage to get a hold of!), these were the most hyped up out of the entire bundle. I completely agree with the rave reviews, they're stunning!

Shades L to R - Santorini, Fiji & Tahiti

Aren't they beautiful?! Each 'Ultra Glow' comes in a small pot, and is in the form of a loose powder. I've never used a loose powder highlighter before, I'm not sure there's many out there! At least none that are accessible to me with ease. I'm always concerned I'll create a mess when I use these, but they actually apply so well, and incredibly smooth. These are definitely a 'blinding' highlighter, but they melt into the skin, yay for no harsh lines!!
Santorini is a classic pale white gold, ideal for fair skin tones. Fiji is a beautiful soft gold, my favourite out of the three! Tahiti is for those who love a pink glow, and a very rose-y gold.
I'm so into this product, if you can get a hold of it when it's back in stock, go for it! This is another one I hope she brings out in a huge range of shades!

So, is it worth the hype?!

Unless you're a make-up collector like me, the bundle isn't necessary. You do get a lot of products in it that are catered to lots of different skin-tones, meaning you'll have at least a few products that aren't 'perfect', and for the price you're paying, they should be!!
Luckily, you can buy the items individually, and there's quite a few stand-out products that you should jump at. The Ultra Glow powders are a must. I'd go as far to say pick up all three! For $14, it's so worth it. If you're in to glitter glosses, the Super Glitter Glosses are a beautiful new addition to Kylie Cosmetics. I love love love all of the products for the most part, but those two are my stand-out recommendations, and totally worth the hype!


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