09 August 2013

Kardashian Beauty Review: Beauty Joystick in Retro Red; Beauty Au Naturel Lip Set in Ultra Nude




Kardashian Beauty Lip Products

I’m always wary of celebrity makeup lines. Are they just a route to a quick buck, and will the sleb in question actually care about what’s being touted in their name?

But if anyone knows about the power of makeup, it’s the Kardashian sisters – who hasn’t watched Kim’s transformative contouring routine with utter fascination? And now that cloud10beauty is stocking the line, curiosity got the better of me; are the products actually any cop?

Kardashian Beauty Joystick Retro Red
Rebranded from the original name, Khroma, to the more sensible (I think) Kardashian Beauty, the line includes a whole suite of products for lips, nails, eyes and complexion.

I’ve tried the mascaras in the past and of the four in the quartet, I really liked Whip Lash – it sounds gimmicky, going on as it does about eyelash health and the like, but it delivers amazing long lashes and a fanned out flutter. The others I could take or leave.

Kardashian Beauty Joystick Retro Red Face Swatch

This time I was given some lip products – the Beauty Joystick Lipstick Pen in Retro Red, and the Beauty Au Naturel Lip Set in Kim’s shade, Ultra Nude.

The Beauty Joysticks are slender lip crayons, with a pointed  nib which makes it easy
to line lips before filling them in. There's a fairly strong vanilla scent but the product itself is lovely: it’s soft, creamy, pigmented and the colour, an orangey red, is really gorgeous. 

This could easily rival any high end beauty brand lip product – but at €13.95 it’s a few quid cheaper than the likes of MAC or Bobbi Brown.


Kardashian Beauty Au Naturel Lip Set Ultra Nude


Eight colours are available and I'm interested in trying out a couple more: the punchy Shocking Pink, perhaps, or  the softer, peachy Sea Coral.

With a double-sided lip pencil / lipstick and a nude gloss, the Ultra Nude set (€18.95) is a three-step ticket to the trademark Kardashian pout. The products here have quite a distinctive, strong, sweet honey scent and I'm not wholly convinced by the lip pencil - it's quite 'draggy' and dry, and hard (for me) to achieve a clean, sharp line. 


Kardashian Beauty Au Naturel Lip Set Ultra Nude Face Swatch

The lipstick is lovely though, with a similar winning formula to the Beauty Joystick, and the gloss is nice - the packaging looks more expensive than either the Joystick or the pencil/lipstick combo. 

The colour is a very pale, beige nude which is quite tricky to carry off - in the wrong light it edged towards that unflattering 'concealer lips' look - but I kinda liked it anyway. With a really strong eye, I think it'll be a winner. I'll let you know! 

What do you think, have you tried anything from the Kardashian Beauty range, or would you like to? 

24 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I like these colours, they are quite lovely. I never really thought about using any of their stuff as I don't really have a thought for them, haha. But, if it works, it works. I don't think about the labels anyways. Both colours look great on you, will have to give it a whirl!! xo

Karen Constantine said...

OH MY GOD WOULD YOU LOOK AT THOSE LIPS!!! That red is amazing on you and I totally need to try the nudie shades too.

Gowjus!

Cuti-CLUE-les said...

Seriously, your lips are amazing!

Emma Henderson said...

Aw thanks guys! xo

Overdose De Maquillage said...

I've seen the range in a few pharmacies and have been wanting to try out a few things - both lippies look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I have browsed through the Kardashian makeup line, but I've never actually bought anything. I LOVE that red color so much, I might actually go out and buy it. I'd look like a ghost in the nude, I'm afraid! (I'm very pale).

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Aoife - A Little Infinity said...

Ooh that red looks amazing. This is a line I would have passed up, but I think I need to have that! Your lips look crazy good in those photos too!

Miss Y. said...

Both look really nice on you! Though I agree that the nude one is borderline concealer/ foundation lips...

YourBeauty said...

Your lips are gorgeous! Prefer the red for me, but on your skin tone both shades look stunning x.

Anonymous said...

WOW your lips are AMAZING!! I love both of these on you but that red is amazing!

sarah gill said...

Love the red, it looks fantastic on your incredibly pouty lips!
I'm not convinced by nude lips in general. I think they look good on others but I just can't convince myself to buy one.

Avril Joanne said...

I just picked up the nude lip set, very excited to try it! Love the look of the red!

Chantel said...

Gorgeous lip colors, I want them both.

Blathin said...

Oh wow serious lip envy! That is literally the perfect pout!! Love the red! Wouldn't have expected their line to be so good!!

Ale said...

I'm not a fan of the K sisters but this products look fab! the lipstick shade is fantastic. x

Emma said...

Both of these shades look gorgeous on you Emma, you have the cutest shaped lips! I was definitely intrigued by this line when I first heard about it (the kardashians are my guilty pleasure much to the annoyance of my bf) they seem to be getting a lot of good reviews. I'll have to try them in person next time I see a stand.

Emma x

Johanna said...

Oh I am so happy you posted this. I have really been wondering about the line. I love nude lips but I wonder as a pale blonde if I can pull it off.

Sarah B said...

The red is gorge on you! I actually would like to try this range some of the reviews have been great!

Eimear Mc Keown said...

I have to admit I'm surprised their products are so good. Love the look of the lipstick pen, the colour is divine!

Kim Alston said...

I didn't know they had a makeup line. Looks good! I would have to choose different colors. Don't think those two would agree on me, but they really do look great.
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Nicky mywishstyle said...

Didn'k know about this brand! The lipstick is amazing,
Ciao
Nicky

Melissa B said...

I would like to try but I have no idea where to purchase or if it's even available in my city :(

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little t said...

Hmmm I'm intrigued now too. I love the colours - especially the retro red. I think Kim's trademark nude lip really suits you.

Lorrrrraine said...

Oh dear, these are beautiful. I am immediately going to order them. Look so amazing on you.