Since launching in 2016 with her infamous lip kits, Kylie Cosmetics has become one of the fastest-growing beauty brands in the industry and catapulted Kylie Jenner to billionaire status. Kylie Cosmetics is currently one of the biggest beauty brands on Instagram, with over 20 million avid fans, but the brand remains divisive in the eyes of many consumers. Is Kylie Cosmetics really worth the hype or is the brand only successful due to the mega-stardom of the brand’s famous founder?
In today’s review, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the Kylie Cosmetics High Glosses. Please keep reading for arm swatches and my honest thoughts.
Kylie Cosmetics Brand Ethos
Kylie Cosmetics is one of the fastest growing brands to launch this decade and helped to make Kylie Jenner the youngest billionaire in the world. The brand is most well-known for their Lip Kits containing a matching lipstick and lip liner to create a cohesive look, which was originally a new concept in the market. The Kylie Cosmetics line is meant to capture Kylie’s beauty aesthetic from skincare to eye, lip, and completion products.
Kylie Cosmetics launched in 2016 as part of the Seed Beauty family of brands. Like all all other Seed Beauty brands, Kylie Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free and made in the USA.
Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss Product Claims
The Kylie Cosmetics High Glosses promise to be an ultra-glossy, luminous gloss that glides on the lips. The brand claims that the glosses apply evenly due to the shea butter in the formula. The finish is meant to be radiant and moisturizing whether worn alone or overtop another lip product.
High Gloss Packaging, Price, & Retail Distribution
High Gloss Packaging | The High Glosses come in a clear plastic tube with a millennial pink cap and pink Kylie label. The tubes are thick and sturdy. The applicator is a huge, fuzzy doe-foot applicator that makes applying the glosses on the lips easy.
High Gloss Price | The High Glosses retail for $16.00 USD individually, but are often bundled in kits that sell the glosses at a slight discount. Currently available kits include the 4 High Gloss Set ($49.00 USD), 5 High Gloss Bundle ($66.00 USD), 7 High Gloss Bundle ($100.00 USD), Complete High Gloss Bundle (containing 9 glosses, $120.00 USD). The price is comparable to those of other prestige glosses. The 4-Gloss kit is a limited edition release, while the larger are permanent bundles that commonly sell out on the site.
Where to Buy the High Glosses | The High Glosses used to be an online exclusive product sold on the Kylie Cosmetics site, but are now being sold at Ulta in the US! All Ulta orders qualify for free shipping starting at $35.00 USD, while Kylie Cosmetics Orders over $40.00 USD qualify for free shipping.
High Gloss Arm Swatches
The below High Glosses were one-swipe swatches of each shade I own in the line.
Most of the Kylie High Glosses pictured above are glitter-infused, with the exception of Snatched, Crystal, and Clear.
High Gloss Application and Wear-Time
The extra-large doe foot applicator of the High Glosses make it easy to apply the glosses with just one swipe across the lips. As promised, the formula glides across the lips and feels hydrating and comfortable. These glosses are high shine, without feeling overly sticky or goopy. For comparison purposes, the High Gloss Formula is less sticky than the ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips & So Juicy Plumping Gloss, but more sticky than the Fenty Gloss Bombs.
Within the line, there is a mix of opaque, pigmented shades and sheer, shimmery finishes. The sheer shades transform any lippie worn underneath these high glosses, while the opaque shades will cover any liner or lipstick worn underneath.
The high glosses are not the most long-wearing glosses in my collection, but last for several hours on the lips. These are glosses that you will have to reapply throughout the day to maintain that high-shine finish.
The Kylie Cosmetics High Glosses have a fruity smell and taste taste. Although not overpowering, the scent does linger. Keep this in mind if strong fragrances don’t appeal to you. Finally, as strange as this might sound… the glosses are loud. How can a gloss be loud? As you turn the doe foot applicator and remove it from the tube, a loud juicy sound is made.
Ranking my Kylie Cosmetics High Glosses
Although I enjoy the Kylie Cosmetics High Glosses, I love some glosses in the line more than others. Please see the below for my ranking of the glosses in my collection, from my favorite to my least favorite.
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Daddy’s Girl (Sheer Baby Pink with Copper Shimmer)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Oh, You Fancy? (Sheer Silver Champagne Pearl)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Klear (Sheer Light Pink Tint)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Lost Angel (Baby Pink with Pink & Gold Shimmer)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Crystal (Clear)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – My Moon & Stars (Warm Pink with Multi Dimensional Shimmer)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Snatched (Opaque Mauve Pink)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – I’m the Catch (Amber with Gold Shimmer)
- Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss – Slept On (Watermelon with Gold Shimmer)
If the above list didn’t make it Crystal Klear, I prefer less pigmented, transformative glosses with shimmer and glitter over the brand’s more pigmented shades. Not only do the clear glosses make the lips look more supple and plump, but they are more universally flattering and can be worn over a wider array of lip products. The more opaque colors paint over base lip products worn underneath and fade less gracefully throughout the day (especially after eating).
Final Thoughts on the Kylie Cosmetics High Glosses
If it wasn’t apparent by the number of glosses that I own, I enjoy the High Gloss Formula for an easy, high shine, luscious-looking gloss. The packaging is simple and sleek, but still trendy and the price is slightly less than the majority of the prestige glosses that I own.
Naysayers often remark that Kylie Cosmetics’ products are ColourPop products with a markup, I can say that ColourPop’s glosses are nothing like the High Gloss formula from Kylie. I find the high gloss formula to be easier to apply, much less sticky, and more impactful on the lips in terms of shininess and plumping ability. If you’re interested in trying something from the brand, I’d definitely recommend any of her lip products – especially the lip liners, bullet lipsticks, and high glosses.
Do you love Kylie Cosmetics or celebrity-owned brands? Check out my Seed Beauty Fourth of July Haul or my Beau-Tea Talk on celebrity-owned brands.
Love other brands in the Seed Beauty Family? Check out my February ’19 ColourPop Collection (my collection has since grown quite large), Super Shock Shadow Double Rainbow Kit Review, ColourPop Sweet Talk Eyeshadow Palette Review.
Have you tried anything from Kylie Cosmetics or any brands in the Seed Beauty Family? What is your favorite gloss formula? Please let me know in the comments below.