Hey lovely ladies,
I am back with another lipstick review – yes, again a liquid lipstick 😛 If you have read my review on Kylie’s Lip Kit in “Spice,” you would know that I am not enamoured with the lip products in her line. I have come across shades that I liked but just didn’t feel they were worth it. So, why “Heir?” Well, this was gifted. And they do say that you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and yet I’m gonna go ahead and review it.
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Heir | Metal. 1 Metal Lipstick (0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.00 ml). Heir is a golden metallic peach. Kylie created the #KylieCosmetics Metal Lipstick as another secret weapon to help you create the perfect ‘Kylie Lip.” Liquid lipstick meets metallic. The Metal Lipstick provides bold metallic lips with a creamy feel and rich mousey texture. While this is a long wearing formula, it does not ever dry down on your lips, lips remain moisturized and comfortable with a shimmering metallic finish. For an ultra-dramatic look, layer Heir over the top of your favorite Matte Liquid Lipstick.
US $18. While buying Indie brands like Kylie, you have to take into account that the lipstick won’t really cost you $18. Add the taxes and the shipping charges, this would work out way more than $18, so you have to take into consideration whether the final amount is worth the product.
My Experience with Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick Heir:
This lipstick comes in a cardboard box. The liquid lipstick tube is the same size as her matte lipsticks in the lip kit. The lipsticks are the same dimension as that of the Colourpop liquid lipstick – in length and in thickness. The only difference being the detailing.
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Color: The shade “Heir” is described as a “golden metallic peach” color. I think the description is fairly accurate. The shade is in fact a frosted metallic shade with a soft peach base. This is the kind of shade which is difficult for me to pull off since the base shade is so light. However, if the shade was denser (more pigmented), it might still have worked. I will discuss pigmentation in detail later. Bottomline – unfortunately, it is very difficult to pull off the shade on its own. I have shared pics of this.
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Since it is a metallic shade, I thought of using it on top of another lipstick – like a lip topper shade. While it does work well as a topper shade because another shade is providing base for it, it isn’t an actual lip topper. Okay, I know I seem to be going in circles, let me explain. Ideally, a lip topper is a shimmer/glitter shade with a transparent base. The shimmer/glitter particles may vary in colour – providing you with variety of shade options to chose from, so when you apply this lip topper on an existing lipstick, the lipstick shade remains the same, the shimmer/glitter will add the sparkle and elevate the look.
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However, in the case of the shade “Heir,” the base isn’t transparent – it’s a soft peach shade, so when you apply this on your existing lipstick, while it will add the metallic sheen to the lips, it will also change the shade of the lipstick you have applied – giving you a totally different shade which you may/may not like. It is kind of experimental. I don’t mind it changing the base shade because it’s a fun way to get a new shade altogether, but if your intent is to just add shimmer to an existing, say cool-toned pink lipstick, it won’t do that. The lipstick shade itself will change to a more warm-toned colour.
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Another way that I make this shade work for me is to apply it and then fill in my lips with a slightly darker or rosier lip liner and blending it inwards – little more than the edges. This helps to give coverage to my pigmented lips and darkens the shade to allow me to feel more comfortable wearing it.
Texture: The texture of this liquid lipstick is quite different from the matte one I had tried (Spice). This has a more creamy texture which doesn’t really dry down fully. While it isn’t as movable as a gloss, it still doesn’t fully settle. This results in a more comfortable texture on your lips. It is not hydrating but it is not drying at all.
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Pigmentation: I feel that this is the point which causes the product to suffer – its pigmentation. While the lipstick has a peachy base, the product isn’t very pigmented. This results in a patchy application. No matter how much you try to even it out, it doesn’t apply evenly. Also, since it doesn’t fully dry down, the moment you purse your lips, you will see lines appearing. Honestly, on its own – it’s pretty much a no-go. The only way that it works would be with a lip liner or another lipstick as base. Had the pigmentation of the base shade been better, this would have worked despite it being a light shade – just like any n*de shade available in the market. In its current form, its neither a lip gloss, nor a lip topper and neither is it a good liquid lipstick.
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Lasting Power: It gives me about 3-4 hours of wear on its own. With a base, I get about 5 hours or so. While the wear time does not surprise me – considering the texture, I would expect this wear time. However, I do find it surprising that it has been listed by the brand as a long-wearing formula, it isn’t.
Pros of Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick Heir:
- An interesting metallic peachy shade.
- Creamy texture which does not dry down completely.
- Feels comfortable on the lips.
- Easy to apply with the applicator.
- No feathering or bleeding.
- Decent packaging.
- Easy to identify colour from the tube itself.
- Does not flake.
- Ships internationally.
Cons of Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick Heir:
- Nauseating caramel smell!!
- Pigmentation is an issue. Pigmentation is so in-between that it stops to from working as a good liquid lipstick or lip gloss or lip topper.
- Applies patchy
- Marketed by the brand as long wearing – which it isn’t.
A 3.5/5 product.
So, is it worth it, or not? Do I use it? I do actually use it – but only on top of another liquid lipstick, I have shared pics of that too. It changes the shade of the base lipstick to a warmer colour but I am okay with that because I enjoy experimentation. I actually like it over Kylie Spice – it gives a beautiful, unique hue.
Do I Recommend Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick Heir?
Not really. There are hoardes of metallic lipsticks, lip toppers, lip glosses available in the market – depending on what it is that you need. I don’t think this is worth the money or the hype.
Would I Repurchase Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick Heir?
While I continue experimenting with this shade and will use it, I am not likely to repurchase.
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