Feeling I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T with Skylie and Freedom

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Do you know what that means?! Ahhhh, early 2000’s hip-hop.

 

Though I’m only 2 months late in showing you these, that’s roughly 14 years in the makeup world – which means, it’s high time to talk about Skylie and Freedom (and check out lip swatches after the jump)!

 

While these were technically released at the end of June, they were launched to celebrate Independence Day and supposed to arrive to those who purchased them by the 4th of July.

 

Well.

 

I received mine well after that date – if memory serves me correctly, maybe around the 11th? (Just checked, it was actually the 12th.) I was really irritated, as I had planned my whole outfit around Freedom, the navy shade. This actually seems to happen to me about 30% of the time I order from Kylie Cosmetics, though. The expected arrival date and the date it actually gets to me are often around a week apart. I don’t mind paying for fast shipping, but roughly $9 in shipping for a product that takes 2 weeks to arrive is not ideal!

 

As usual, most ill feelings dissipated when my babies arrived!

 

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Skylie is a graphic, cartoonish blue, often compared to the classic hue of Smurfs. It’s clearly meant to be fun, summery, and most often worn for snapchat selfies (as evidenced above) or festivals. That being said, if you’re bold enough to rock this shade on the daily, then please, don’t be shy! Let’s see those blue lips!

It strikes me as funny that a shade like purple, which is fairly unnatural, is considered an ‘acceptable’ lip color by society, but something a little more primary is outrageous. You do you! Blue brightens the face and makes teeth appear whiter, so there are some real benefits to stepping outside the box.

 

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If you’re not afraid of some crazy shades, but bright colors aren’t your thing, Freedom is an amazing navy. Since it’s deeper, you really get that teeth whitening effect, and the vampiness also makes it more wearable on the whole.

My biggest complaint about these, which is most obvious when looking at Freedom up close in the swatch above, is that the lip liners are a little lighter than the colors themselves. This makes the shade look slightly faded even when freshly applied, and makes it harder to get a crisp, clean look.

While this was officially a summer release, I love to see colors like this one repped more often during the fall and winter. That’s when I’ll be rocking mine!

 

If you’re new to the site, you can find reviews of all the other Kylie Lip Kits here to get a better idea of the formula and other offerings from the brand.

 

These lip kits retailed for $29 each, and while they were limited edition, Jeffree Star has two extremely similar shades (Jawbreaker and Blue Velvet) that are only $18 each and restock periodically. Go get you some!

 

 

 

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