Reviewed: A Matte Lipstick for Those Who Missed the Kylie Lip Kit

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best ones we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Due to my job as a beauty editor, I felt it was my duty to purchase a Lip Kit by Kylie Jenner: It’s for work, I told myself. (I’m good at lying in my head, so things like that third glass of wine are “totally fine”.) You see, I really, really want a Lip Kit in my life, work related or not. In fact, when I saw that the website had been restocked earlier this month with the new shade Koko, I headed straight there, put Koko in my cart and then… hesitated. Did I want Koko K or Posie K? And, the horror, I shut the tab to explore the shades on Google Images. Once I clicked back—I did want Koko!—Koko had gone. Sold out. Of course it had: It’s not just the new Kylie Jenner Lip Kit; it’s the one named after Khloé. Idiot, I thought (this time I wasn’t lying to myself).

In the meantime, I have been sent the new shades of Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick (£17); I’d forgotten about these little tubes that look like gloss but impart a strong matte pigment onto the lips. There are eight new shades to choose from, some more wearable than others. There’s Wonderland, a sort of washed-out blush pink; Chatterbox, a bold fuchsia; and Voodoo, a deep, dark vampy red; among others. Then there’s Envy, a funny name for a lip colour I have never envied—a dark teal-navy—having said that I am sure plenty of women could pull this lip shade off with aplomb. I am just not one of them.

“What the hell is that on your lips?” my boyfriend asked as I slicked Envy on. “Lipstick,” I deadpanned with a steely gaze that said Don’t mess with my makeup.

Anyway, these high-coverage, highly pigmented, matte-finish liquid lipsticks really do give a Lip Kit–esque look to the lips. Enough that the frustration at myself for not bagging Koko is starting to wane. Of course, Kylie’s kits are called that because they come with a matching liner, but you can pick up very good lip pencils at Kiko, and there are enough shades you should find a good-enough match (Envy, not so much, but it does a versatile goes-with-every-lipstick Invisible Liner, £6). While these Liquid Velvets don’t come with liners, they are packed with hyaluronic acid, which means lips don’t dry out, the formulation feels weightless on the lips and they last for hours.

Am I still watching Kylie’s Lip Kit website like a hawk? You bet I am. But am I newly obsessed with the new Ciaté Liquid Velvet shades? Yes, very much so.

Have you tried theCiaté Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slicks before? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.