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I hope you’re having an incredible day, I’m really sorry that I didn’t post on Sunday or yesterday, I’m having a super hectic time at the moment and am really tired. As always, I will be creating three blog posts this week to make up for not posting two last week!
As you can tell from the title, this is going to be another beauty battle!
Today I’ll be battling Kylie lip kits Vs Barry M lip kits. Specifically I’ll be looking at the following:
- Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in ‘Maliboo’ – $29.00 (roughly £22.16)
- Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in ‘Posie K’ – $29.00 (roughly £22.16)
- Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in ‘Ginger’ – $29.00 (roughly £22.16)
- Barry M ‘Matte Me Up Lip Kit’ in ‘Bespoke’ – £6.99
- Barry M ‘Matte Me Up Lip Kit’ in ‘Prestige’ (Metallic) – £6.99
- Barry M ‘Matte Me Up Lip Kit’ in ‘Runway’ – £6.99
So since Kylie Cosmetics brought out her lip kits, it seems like every brand has bought out similar kits (containing a liquid lipstick and a lip liner). I went into Boots to pick up some kits from a brand to review in comparison to the Kylie ones I already owned, and found the Barry M ones.
I will be breaking this battle down into the following categories:
- Ease of Application and Final Look
- Price vs Results – Are the Barry M kits a dupe?
- Final Thoughts
As you can see, the packaging is very different between the brands. The Kylie cosmetics boxes are larger, white, and have the signature dripping Kylie lips (or Vladamua dripping lips) and I personally prefer them over the Barry M ones. The Barry M packaging is much thinner and very different. When I first saw this packaging, I had to check if there was actually a liner and liquid lipstick in there, as I genuinely thought that there was no way that both could fit into the box.
I have quite mixed feelings on the packaging here. Whilst I do prefer the overall look of the Kylie packaging, the large nature of them does mean they take up a lot of space. Whereas the Barry M boxes being smaller means they don’t take up as much space and are easier to store.
‘The #KylieCosmetics Lip Kit is your secret weapon to create the perfect ‘Kylie Lip.’ Each Lip Kit comes with a Matte Liquid Lipstick and matching Lip Liner.’
‘This ultra-long wearing Lip Liner has a creamy texture that glides across the lips for a very easy and comfortable application. The Lip Liner sharpens easily in most standard sized sharpeners – just make sure your sharpener is not dull!’
Matte Liquid Lipstick
‘The Matte Liquid Lipstick has high intensity pigment for an instant bold matte lip. The extremely long wearing lipstick contains moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable, emollient and silky feel that does not dry out your lips.’
‘Reach pout perfection with the Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint and Liner. In 6 gorgeous, statement shades, its non-drying, ultra-long wearing formula is easy to apply and will leave lips with a gorgeously bold finish. Each kit comes with a matte liquid Lip Paint and Lip Liner.’
As you can see there’s quite a difference in the descriptions of these products. The Kylie one breaks down exactly what each product does whereas the Barry M one is much shorter and more direct. However, the general idea for both of them is similar – that they both claim they have a non-drying formula, are long-wearing and are pigmented.
Ease of Application and Final Look
Kylie Cosmetics – ‘Maliboo’
On the Kylie Cosmetics website, this lip kit is described as being a ‘light cool-tone nude’. I actually bought this during a promotion on the Kylie Cosmetics website quite a while ago (in March). The promotion was to get the Kylie Bronze palette (if you want to see a review on that then comment below), and a liquid lipstick as a bundle. The bundle was grouped into ‘light’, ‘medium’, and ‘dark’, skin-tones and had a different colour lip kit recommended for each. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about beauty and makeup since then, but at the time I just took the recommendation and went for the ‘light’ bundle. When I received this I was disappointed as the colour is very very light (almost the exact colour of my skin-tone).
I’d tried it once and decided that it washed me out and I didn’t like how nude it was, and never reached for it again. However, when I tried it for these photos I actually really liked it. I think that I will be reaching for this when I have quite a heavy eye look (like in these pictures) and don’t want a super intense lip. However, for me this colour isn’t my favourite and isn’t amazingly wearable.
Also, the claims that this product isn’t drying just simply isn’t true. Unless she’s changed her matte formula since March, these liquid lipsticks are very drying and they will cling to the fine lines in your lips. However, because of this they last through everything and, whilst you may have to touch up the centre if you eat something oily, I personally find that these lipsticks last the longest of all the ones I own.
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit – ‘Posie K’
When I received my order back in March, I was really only just getting into beauty properly and pink-toned nudes were basically the only thing that I felt comfortable wearing. I’d got into that phase where you know something suits you, so you’re too scared to buy outside of that in case it doesn’t work for you. So I absolutely LOVED this colour when it arrived. It is slightly more on the pinker side, than the nude side, and is described on the Kylie Cosmetics website as a ‘cool mid-tone berry’, but it was my favourite at the time. However, as time has gone on, I’ve started to move away from only wearing these colours and find myself reaching for other shades more, or pink-nudes from other brands instead.
This is definitely one of Kylie Cosmetics’ most popular shades, and was named the ‘winner of the 2017 Allure Magazine Best of Beauty Award for Best Bright Pink Lipstick’.
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit – ‘Ginger’
When I purchased my haul, ordering this shade was my version of being ‘risky’. However, it’s rapidly became my favourite shade out of the three. I think this shade flatters my skin-tone really nicely and generally just looks really good. I’ve been finding myself reaching for this more and more, especially now that we’re into the colder autumn and winter months. On the Kylie Cosmetics website this is described as a ‘warm terracotta brown’ which I would say is an accurate description.
My only issue with this shade, and in fact all of the Kylie lipsticks I have, is how drying they are. Whilst this shade may be perfect for autumn and winter, the formula isn’t. I’ve still been wearing them but taking them off at the end of the day is the best feeling. I always apply the MAC Prep + Prime lip base, which I do find helps with these lipsticks, but if you have really dry lips and want to wear this in the colder months then I’d recommend carrying around a hydrating gloss or a balm to put over the top if your lips start feeling really dry – I find the Fenty Beauty gloss works really well for this (you can read my review of that product here).
Barry M ‘Matte Me Up Lip Kit’ – ‘Bespoke’
Okay moving onto Barry M we’re kicking off with the shade ‘Bespoke’. Firstly, none of these shades have a colour description on the Barry M website, or on the Boots or Superdrug websites.
From the box, I thought that this would be a much more muted purple, or even just a purple-toned pink shade. However, when I applied it I was surprised by how purple it actually was. Personally, I don’t find how purple it is to be an issue (although you’ll have to excuse the fact it doesn’t go with the eye look), and I can definitely see myself wearing this again as I think the shade is interesting.
However, again I found the claims that this isn’t drying not to be true. Whilst I only wore this to take a photo, it was very matte, and felt drying on my lips almost immediately. Additionally, I found it to be quite crumbly, so I don’t see this lasting anywhere near as long as the Kylie kits. I also didn’t find this as easy to apply as the Kylie kits as the formula was thinner and harder to control.
Barry M ‘Matte Me Up Lip Kit’ – ‘Prestige’ (Metallic)
I was really intrigued by the metallic lip kits as I haven’t tried a metallic liquid lipstick before, so I couldn’t help but grab one to try out. Initially this was going to be a separate review but I thought it would be better to just add it into this one.
The formula of this metallic shade is completely different to the other two Barry M matte shades that I have. I found this formula to be extremely thin, even thinner than the other two shades. How watery it is made it difficult to apply and I found it to be extremely patchy. I also found that this shade began flaking off almost as soon as it dried, and when I pressed my lips together, the product was removed in random patches on my lips. I’m unsure whether I just got a bad one, or if all of the metallic shades are like this, but I definitely will not be using this again. Additionally, I don’t think that it’s very metallic. It still dries down matte, and does have a slight sheen to it but personally I was expecting more.
Barry M ‘Matte Me Up Lip Kit’ – ‘Runway’
With this shade I’d firstly like to address that I spent roughly 10 minutes staring at photos of this shade and the ‘Posie K’ Kylie lip kit trying to work out which was which. I ended up having to go back through the photos on my phone and compare my body posture, and the background of the photos, to establish which was which.
On that basis I would say that this shade and ‘Posie K’ photograph very similarly. I do think that this shade is just the slightest bit darker, but it’s not a huge noticeable difference (if you want me to add in a photo wearing half ‘Posie K’ and half this shade then let me know).
However, there is a very noticeable difference in the formula of these Barry M kits to the Kylie Cosmetics kits and I never thought I’d say this but, I actually think the Kylie kits are more hydrating than these ones. Whilst the shade is virtually identical, I don’t think you’d get the same amount of wear out of this product, and it may get uncomfortable if you have dry lips
Overall, I personally don’t think that these are a dupe for the Kylie Comsetics lip kits. Whilst there are some similar colours (take a look at the swatches picture to see how close in colour ‘Posie K’ and ‘Runway’ are), the formulas are completely different. Additionally, the Barry M kits contain less product.
For me, I would prefer to save up and buy one good Kylie lip kit, rather than a few of the Barry M ones. However, that’s just my personal opinion. I’m really fussy when it comes to the texture of liquid lipsticks, and how drying they are. The Kylie lip kits are right on the boarder of being acceptable for me (if I order again I would definitely buy the velvets instead of the mattes – they didn’t exist when I made my original order), and I find that these Barry M kits are more drying than the Kylie ones.
I think if you can take some drying liquid lipsticks, and don’t mind applying balm throughout the day, then these lip kits could potentially be a good option for you if you can’t afford, or can’t get, the Kylie ones. Especially if you like the look of ‘Posie K’ (which is currently sold out on the Kylie website), then I’d recommend maybe trying out the Barry M kit.
If you want to purcahse any of the Kylie kits then you can get ‘Maliboo’ here, ‘Posie K’ here, or ‘Ginger’ here. If you’d like to get any of the Barry M kits, then you can get ‘Bespoke’ from Boots here, ‘Prestige’ here, and ‘Runway’ here (they’re currently on a 3 for 2 deal as of 14/11/2017).
This brings us to the end of this battle! I really hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please give this review a quick like! Additionally, comment down below your thoughts on either the Kylie lip kits, or the Barry M ones, or both. Do you think the Barry M lip kits are a good dupe? Do you have any other lip kit recommendations? If you think my blog is something that you might be interested in reading then please follow me, I post at least twice a week!
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