WHEN Kim Kardashian introduced that she was launching SKKN by Kim, the comparisons to Kylie Jenner’s skincare line had been inevitable.
Both girls have constructed magnificence empires, however which is profitable the skincare recreation? I tried related merchandise from both lines to discover out.
8Kim Kardashian has simply launched SKKN by Kim, her first skincare lineCredit: Mario Sorrenti
8But how does it examine to Kylie Cosmetics skincare, which launched in 2019?Credit: Kylie Skin
SHIPPING AND HANDLING
I know, I know, you need to know the way good the merchandise are. But the supply expertise and packaging already began to sway my opinion in Kylie’s favor.
I positioned my orders for SKKN by Kim and Kylie Cosmetics on the identical day – Tuesday, June 21, when Kim’s line debuted – and forked over an additional $20 for expedited two-day transport on Kim’s merchandise.
For Kylie, the quicker transport possibility normally prices an additional $10.95, however was thrown in free of charge with my buy.
And but Kylie’s arrived first, displaying up at my door two days later – and Kim’s got here in three days, a irritating delay given how a lot it value.
Opening Kylie’s field felt like getting a care package deal from a good friend: Inside the pink packaging and Kylie-branded tissue paper was a cute pink sticker sheet included with my pink product containers.
But when I opened Kim’s field, I swear, I let loose a yelp of shock. The merchandise had been wrapped in printer paper emblazoned with a darkish close-up of Kim’s face, staring proper up at me.
Though that was weirdly off-putting – and sort of felt like a prank – the containers holding every of Kim’s merchandise had been earthy and cool, produced from thick recyclable paper and held along with tiny steel clasps.
Finally, time to open these infants up and check them out.
The least costly merchandise from SKNN by Kim, the $43 cleanser, comes within the model’s signature stone-like packaging, which will not be recyclable however meant to be refilled. Refills value $37.
A bit of goes a good distance, and I wanted only one small pump of the creamy liquid to wash my complete face.
Kylie’s Foaming Face Wash prices simply $24 and went on about the identical, albeit foamier.
I’d imagined that both Kim and Kylie would have picked some yummy signature scent to run via their lines, however was shocked that neither of the face washes had a perfume in any respect.
Ultimately, both acquired the job achieved in cleansing my face, and neither felt better than the opposite.
8Surprise! I actually yelped when I opened the field to see this tremendous close-up shot of Kim staring again at meCredit: Carly Stern/The US Sun
8Though the picture of her was bizarre – and printed on cheap-feeling paper – I’m sort of in love with the person containers for every of the merchandiseCredit: Carly Stern/The US Sun
8Opening Kylie’s made me joyful – it felt like getting a care package deal from a good friend. Also, extra issues ought to include free stickersCredit: Carly Stern/The US Sun
Aha, a perfume! Kim’s $55 exfoliator was the one product of the bunch to scent like something, and I actually liked the sunshine floral scent.
It was additionally a lot thicker than I anticipated, with the consistency of a balm, and Kim supplied a useful little steel spoon the scale of an ice cream taster for scooping it out.
So, it smells good, it appears cool, however how does it go on? I’ll admit it, I’m impressed: There should be some sort of moisturizing agent in it, as a result of my pores and skin truly felt noticeably softer as soon as I’d washed it off and dried.
Meanwhile, Kylie’s Walnut Face Scrub, $22, squeezed out of a tube and felt the identical going onto my pores and skin, however did not have that very same super-soft end.
The upside, although, is that hers is over $30 much less.
8Fans have gone wild for Kim’s packaging, although there’s been some backlash over the excessive costs. After charging over $400 price of her stuff, I’m not shockedCredit: Carly Stern/The US Sun
Confession: I was satisfied that I was going to give you the option to examine the labels of those merchandise and they’d have an identical components.
I very confidently advised a number of folks they had been going to be precisely the identical, simply in several packaging and with wildly totally different costs.
I can admit when I’m wrong. I held the labels up for every of those merchandise, together with the hyaluronic acid serums, and the formulations and components are positively totally different.
That being stated, I cannot converse to how a lot better Kim’s components are to justify her eye-watering $90 ($77 refill) price ticket.
Kylie’s serum prices solely $28. And whereas I cannot this say with absolute certainty as a result of I have not used both one long-term but, I actually cannot think about Kim’s makes a $62-more-per-bottle distinction.
8I was so certain that Kim and Kylie’s merchandise would simply be the identical stuff in several packaging. I’ll admit it, I was wrong. This is Kylie’s vitamin C serumCredit: Carly Stern/The US Sun
8There’s naturally some ingredient overlap, however Kim’s vitamin C serum (pictured) is unquestionably made in a different wayCredit: Carly Stern/The US Sun
VITAMIN C SERUM
I’ll say it once more: I cannot see how Kim’s $90 ($77 refill) Vitamin C8 Serum could possibly be that a lot better than Kylie’s $28 Vitamin C Serum.
Using any vitamin C serum in any respect goes to assist your pores and skin, and my hunch is that any variation between what Kim’s does and what Kylie’s does is negligible – so spending that rather more feels foolish.
These go on the identical and both get factors for coming in pump bottles, which reduce down on contact with the air that may destabilize vitamin C and make it much less efficient.
But if I had been solely shopping for one, I suppose I’d go for Kylie’s and save myself $62. Who is aware of – if it isn’t as efficient long-term, I made want that additional money to put towards fillers down the road.
Kim’s $85 ($72 refills) moisturizer is available in a light-weight brown sphere with a twist-off high that jogs my memory a little bit of a Kinder egg, however there’s clearly no chocolate and the shock is my bank card invoice.
I do like how thick it’s, and it feels fairly heavy-duty occurring – which is a plus for me as a result of I’m nearer to Kim’s age than Kylie’s.
But Kylie’s moisturizer additionally felt loads hydrating and was solely a few quarter of the value at $24.