June 14, 2017

Kylie Cosmetics Vacation Edition Reveal | Information and Pricing Comparisons


On June 11th, Kylie Jenner revealed her Vacation Edition: an 11-piece collection in beige and gold summer-themed packaging with a range of products for face, lips, and eyes. On June 13th, the prices of everything were revealed a lot of people weren't necessarily happy with some of the numbers, so I want to break those down completely in this post, compare with other brands, and discuss them with ya'll. In this post you'll find all of the information you need (plus some) to help decide whether or not you'll be jumping on this limited edition collection.


GENERAL INFORMATION


RELEASE DATE AND TIME: June 15th at 3PM PST
RETAILS AT: exclusively at Kylie Cosmetics 
AVAILABILITY: These products are all limited edition and will be available internationally
WHAT'S SO DIFFERENT: Kylie Cosmetics has had several different limited edition collections, but this one not only has stunning beige and gold summer-themed packaging (that you will see below), but introduces product types that are not in her regular lineup. She has never launched a highlighter palette or a 16-pan eyeshadow palette (also is a new formula), plus she is introducing three new loose powder highlighters.
ABOUT THE BRAND: Kylie Cosmetics launched in 2016 and was founded by, of course, Kylie Jenner. After her liquid lip and lip liner duo (AKA Kylie Lip Kit) exploded in the beauty industry, she began and expanded the line into more and more products over the past year. This brand is also 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
MY EXPERIENCES WITH KC: I have a pretty vast collection of Kylie's products, including the entire Holiday 2016 collection and the Valentine's 2017 collection. I have a variety of standard lip kits plus three of the highlighters that launched earlier this year, so I feel pretty experienced with the performance of many of the products. I will be throwing in my thoughts and experiences throughout the post.

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EXTERNAL PACKAGING


For this collection's packaging, Kylie went with a mix of textures and patterns with most beige and gold, including polka dots, camouflaged, and marbled. Each different item features unique design.



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TAKE ME ON VACATION EYESHADOW PALETTE










PRICE PER PALETTE: $52 USD












WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR: This palette features 16-pans weighing in at 0.02 oz per pan, which is half of the product found in Kylie's other palettes that contain about 0.05 oz per pan.  0.05-0.06 oz is pretty standard; it's the net product weight of most Colourpop and ABH single shadows. Let's look at the numbers: 


Kylie also mention that this palette is a new formula, so that could easily contribute to why her prices have increased. This palette contains a variety of nude shades, with both cool and warm undertones, plus a few stunning pops of color such as the shimmery teal blue and warm peach color.

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JUNE BUG LIP KIT



PRICE PER LIP KIT (includes lip liner): $30 USD

WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR: This product is $1 more expensive than the standard lip kit price. Honestly, I cannot say why this is but I believe it could be because purple shades are one of the hardest to make in the beauty industry; the pigment is very expensive and hard to formulate with. Or, it could be because it's a special edition.

June Bug is a very bright almost neon purple with a matte finish that would be flattering on any skin tone. Just for comparison, I added a photo of Jeffree Star Cosmetics' You. Better. Work. from his summer collection. Check out the rest the information on his limited edition collection here. For price comparisons, check down below in the Send Me More Nudes section.

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SKINNY DIP FACE DUO



PRICE PER UNIT: $34 USD

WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR: This face duo includes a warm matte bronzer in the shade Sun Kissed and a shimmery champagne gold shade called Glow Up. Let's say you're paying $17 for each pan. 

With these numbers, Benefit is twice as expensive and BECCA is more than three times as expensive.

 Now let's look at Glow Up compared to a few popular brands (also assuming it's $17 per pan):


Even compared to Kylie's Kylighters that launched a few months ago, this is still much cheaper than some high end brands.

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ULTRA GLOW LOOSE POWDER HIGHLIGHTERS



In this collection, Kylie is introducing a brand new product that she's never launched before: loose powder highlighters. From what I've seen, the first thought that came to my mind was Make Up For Ever Star Light Powders that give off a BLINDING highlight and can be used as an eyeshadow or lip topper as well. These loose powders look super pigmented and packed with glitter. 


Kylie will be launching three shades (pictured below from left to right, top to bottom):
Tahiti (a shimmering pink), Santorini (sparkly silver), and Fiji (a true gold). 

PRICE PER UNIT: $14 USD

WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR: These loose powders are often incredibly pigmented and act just like a pigment, plus are usually always more expensive by weight than pressed powder highlighters. Let's compare prices to the Star Lit mentioned above and MAC loose powder pigments.


In comparison to the two other products that are the closest dupes, Kylie is the cheaper option of the three.

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SEND ME MORE NUDES 4-PIECE LIP SETS



The Vacation Collection will feature two 4-piece lip sets: one with velvet finishes and one with matte finishes. The sets, however, both contain the same nude shades.

The shades are (shown from left to right, top to bottom below):



Bare - a light dusty pink

Nude - a warm light tan
Commando - a warm pink with slight brown undertones
Birthday Suit - a cool-toned light brown nude


The matte swatches are on the left while the velvet swatches are on the right.

PRICE PER UNIT (set of 4 with matte or velvet finishes): $45 USD

In the past, Kylie's sets with 4 liquid lips have been $40 for as long as I can remember. Even the newest Koko Kollection that launched late last month was $40, so the reasons for the increase in price for these sets is something I'm not really sure of. It could be because of how well her lip products sell as they're her biggest selling product, but that's just a guess. However, I still want to show ya'll the difference in price between Kylie's formula and other popular brands.


So compared to other brands, Kylie is in the middle of the spectrum with these brands shown (except for ColourPop, of course). Like I said above, this does not surprise me much considering her lip products are her biggest sellers, so the increase in price may be because demand is so high (like I said, just a guess).

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SUPER GLITTER GLOSSES



Kylie will be launching two brand new Super Glitter Glosses with this collection, Glamour (top) and Glitz (bottom). Glamour looks like a bronze with (a lot) of gold sparkle, while Glitz is a sheer pink with (again, a lot) of pink and gold glitter.

PRICE PER UNIT: $15 USD

WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR: All of Kylie's glosses have retailed for $15 in the past, so there's no increase in price with these glittery shades. Additionally, there's actually 0.02 oz more (at 0.11 as opposed to usual 0.09 oz) than her other previously launched glosses. Compared to other brands with glittery lip glosses/toppers, just like her lipsticks, Kylie is about in the metaphorical ballpark (glitterpark???).


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THE WET SET HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE



As Kylie's first highlighting palette, I think this does a great job catering to all skin tones. This palette includes four shades (left to right, top to bottom):



Privacy Please
Unbothered
Do Not Disturb
Get-A-Way



When hearing people's reactions to the formula of this when they swatched it, they said that it literally felt like it was wet or more like a cream even though it was clearly a powder. That goes to show how creamy and full of pigment this formula is, which is much different from the texture of Kylie's Kylighters.




PRICE PER UNIT: $62 USD

Now, this is the product that people have had the most issues with when it comes to retail price. I'm going to say that it's safe to assume quite a few people were comparing the price point to Huda Beauty's 3D Highlighter Palette, which retails at $45. Not only does the formula of these highlighters look like they're comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, but the pan size is much larger than most of these. Take a look:


I think it's safe to say many people (because we've only seen it in pictures) weren't able to see the true size of the pans in The Wet Set so yeah, for a highlighting palette $62 sounds a little on the crazy side.

 If you check out the picture on the left, the top three look like they're exactly the same size pan... but they're definitely not. The bronzer (Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer) is 0.38 oz, compared to the Kylighter at 0.34 oz, and on the far right is BECCA's Champagne Pop pressed powder highlighter coming in at 0.21 oz. Then, in the bottom left you have Jeffree Star Cosmetics coming in at a whopping 0.53 oz. Looks can be deceiving, because most of the time we don't get to see pan depth. That's why I ALWAYS do a little bit of quick math to standardize all of my products and compare them. 

So with that, I hope that ya'll see the The Wet Set is a lot up front, but you're paying about what you should be for the amount of product you get. Plus, as I said, the formulas look like they're completely different from Kylighters so I'm super excited to compare/see them compared.

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THE VACATION EDITION COLLECTION BUNDLE


Of course, there will be a bundle option to get all of these products... except The Wet Set palette (slightly annoying). Hopefully it will come in a cute bundle-exclusive package, but that hasn't been released yet if it is. Also, BOTH Send Me More Nude lip sets (in both finishes) will be included in the bundle.

PRICE PER BUNDLE: $250 USD

WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR: With the bundle, you get everything listed above (except The Wet Set):

Take Me On Vacation Eyeshadow Palette - individually $52
June Bug Matte Lip Kit (includes lip liner) - individually $30
Skinny Dip Face Duo - individually $34
Ultra Glow Loose Highlighting Powders - individually $14 each
Send Me More Nudes 4-piece Liquid Lip Sets (velvet and matte) - individually $45 each
Super Glitter Glosses in Glamour and Glitz - individually $15 each

TOTAL INDIVIDUAL PRICE BEFORE BUNDLE: $278 USD (about a %10 savings)
BUNDLE SAVINGS: $28 USD

If you were to also buy The Wet Set with the bundle, your total would be: $312 USD

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 Alright, glow-getters. I hope having all of this information condensed and having prices broken down will help you decide whether or not you'll be website camping on the 15th because I have a feeling these are going to see out fast... like 5 minutes fast. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on this, how you felt about the price break down (did it help or was it unnecessary?), and what you plan on buying! Thanks for reading!


2 comments:

  1. The price break was definitely helpful. If anything I probably look into the matte lipsticks since I really am in the need of some but I would rather wait for the reviews and see what you and every one has to say and I'm super excited for that since summer is here and I love all things summer and shimmer lol

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    1. I'm glad to hear it helped! It never hurts to wait for reviews; you can even check reviews on some of her other matte liquid lips because the formula is consistent with those. My review will be going up this weekend, so hopefully you'll stop back and check it out! XO

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