It came to my attention while shopping in Primark last week that like most cosmetic brands both high end and drugstore, Primark beauty also has its own range of Matte lip kits. I’m sure if you are reading this you will most likely be aware that these kits came about thanks to Kylie Jenner and her infamous lip kits which are supposedly “Your secret weapon to creating your perfect Kylie lip” although surprisingly a voucher to your nearest cosmetic surgeon does not come as part of the kit?….Hmmm.
Anyway, I never jumped on the Kylie bandwagon so this won’t be a comparison post. I have always liked the idea of a matte lip kit though. What’s not to love about an already perfectly matched lipstick and liner? And now they are so easily available in drugstores (and Primark) not to mention affordable. As my last experience of Primark lip products was a positive one see this post. I couldn’t resist adding this to my basket.
The lip liner comes as a pretty sleek black pencil, there’s no bells and whistles here. What I do like is that with a little extra push unlike most pencil products, the lid actually clicks closed (it’s a rather satisfying click too.) So there’s no chance of it falling off and getting lost in your makeup bag. Again the liquid lipstick isn’t housed in fancy packaging. The tube colour corresponds to the shade of lipstick inside. However, the shade name is not printed anywhere on it. Slightly annoying.
Really impressive! The liner is smooth and creamy so it glides on almost effortlessly. The liquid lipstick is well pigmented so you only really need one coat to finish the look. I recently popped my Charlotte Tilbury cherry, I know! I’m terribly behind, (post on that coming shortly!) and the liner reminds me of ‘Pillow talk’ not only in appearance but also the application. So much so that I’m ever so slightly regretting forking out for the CT one.
Wearability/length of wear
As matte liquid lipsticks go this one is pretty comfortable to wear. I could feel that it was on my lips but it was a reassuring feeling rather than an uncomfortable, dry one. Speaking of dry, I also didn’t find it highlighted any dry areas on my lips at all. I have been using my Balmi lip balm (which I bought from Primark at the same time as this lip kit) rather obsessively though so maybe my lips are just in good condition at the moment.
I applied this at 1:30 pm (very lazy morning!) and it stayed put firmly until 7 pm when I noticed it was starting to wear off. It did wear away nice and evenly, there were no weird patchy areas, it just faded gradually. I kept an eye on how it was wearing throughout the afternoon and even after eating and drinking it didn’t move. I’ll have to add that I didn’t eat a large meal while wearing it. I only popped a few sweets in my mouth so it wasn’t put to any extreme testing. It may or may not withstand a greasy bucket of KFC for example.
Obviously, as it’s a Primark product it is extremely affordable. The Matte lip kits are just £3 for the Two products.
I only noticed Three shades of the matte lip kits on display in my local Primark (which is a medium sized store as they go.) I’ve done a little research on Primark’s website, and it appears that there are Five shades to choose from Two of which are metallic. The shade I have is ‘Flutter’ which is the very ‘on trend’ right now Mauve colour.
Overall thoughts on Primark’s matte lip kit
The only things that I can criticise are the fact that the shade names aren’t printed on the products.The wear time isn’t amazing. And that the packaging isn’t too pretty. In fairness, the fact that the kit costs £3 overrides any of that. I absolutely love the lip liner’s formula, shade and it’s fabulous click down lid. It’s so similar to the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow talk’ liner formula and application wise. The colour is just a little darker. I’d definitely recommend picking up one of these kits the next time you are in Primark.