I’ve never written or spoken about Kylie Jenner or her eponymous makeup line on this blog before. This is not due to any personal feelings I may or may not have towards her, the Jenners, or the Kardashians in general. It’s simply because I really have no experience using her products (except one of the early lip kits in the shade Posie K). But Kylie Skin launches this week on May 22nd, and I couldn’t help but notice the internet’s response. Spoiler: it’s not great.
This is Jenner’s first foray into the realm of skincare, which is probably a long time coming to be honest. Skincare sales have been growing steadily for a while now, much faster than color cosmetics. More than ever before, consumers are passionately talking about skincare. They check ingredient lists, ask tons of questions, and expect transparency from brands. Kylie Skin is entering a minefield of public opinion, for sure.
I want to start this post by quickly running through the product line, and then I’ll segue into the controversy surrounding the impending launch. According to the Kylie Skin Instagram account, all of the products are cruelty-free, gluten-free, sulfate & paraben-free, vegan & dermatologist-tested.
Read this: My speedy skincare routine for dry skin
KYLIE SKIN LAUNCHES…PRODUCTS!
Foaming Face Wash ($24.00) contains:
- Kiwi Seed Oil
- Cleansing agents
- Sodium hyaluronate
Walnut Face Scrub ($22.00) contains:
- Sodium hyaluronate
- Blend of fruit extracts and fine walnut powders
- Ginseng extract
Vanilla Milk Toner ($22.00) contains:
- Avocado Oil& Apricot Kernel Oil
- Apple Fruit Extract
- Lightly Fragranced
Vitamin C Serum ($28.00) contains:
- Vitamin C
- Camellia Oleifera Leaf
Face Moisturizer ($24.00) contains:
- Shea Butter
- Banana Leaf Extract, Oat Bran Extract, Orange Peel Extract
Eye Cream contains:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Jojoba Seed Oil
- Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, Pomegranate Extract
FYI – all this information was compiled from the Kylie Skin Instagram. (I couldn’t find the price for the Eye Cream listed on there.) If you’re interested to see the products in action, check out this YouTube video where Kylie demo’s everything.
KYLIE SKIN LAUNCHES…CONTROVERSY!
It’s really all about the Walnut Face Scrub. It doesn’t seem anyone is paying much attention to the other five products…yet. I’m absolutely no skincare expert or connoisseur (I’ve said that many times before on here), but apparently a lot of other people are as this product quickly came under fire on Twitter and Instagram.
Many publications including Allure, Cosmopolitan, and BuzzFeed have covered this story. Apparently walnut powder, however finely milled, can cause micro-tears (eww, so creepy!) in the skin over time, allowing bacteria and other nasties to seep into the deeper layers of the skin. Walnut scrubs can also cause redness and inflammation over time as well for certain people.
Kylie herself says in this video that her scrub is gentle enough to use everyday, although she only uses it two to three times a week. Hmm, questionable. From what I’ve gathered online, it’s best to be careful with exfoliation of any kind, whether it be physical (scrubs or beads) or chemical (AHAs/BHAs). Over-exfoliation can cause all the aforementioned symptoms and long-term issues, full-stop. I found this article from Prevention.com particularly helpful as it included info & opinions from skincare specialists and dermatologists on the subject.
I think the large takeaway from this is do your own research, especially when it comes to skincare and products that will affect your overall skin health. Continue to question brand claims. Don’t listen to all the noise from social media from people who may or may not know what they’re talking about. Opinions are everywhere; they may not speak to you and your particular skincare needs. If you’re concerned over whether or not to use a product, talk first to skincare experts and/or doctors who have no stake in whether you buy a certain product or not. Don’t consult Twitter.
But I love how people are out here saying that Kylie Jenner is actively trying to ruin people’s skin. I don’t think that’s the case, hun. If you don’t want to use the product, simply don’t buy it. If you’re offended Kylie Jenner is even producing skincare, well keep being offended. She’s not the first celeb to do it, and she won’t be the last (Madonna’s MDNA Skin, anyone?).
For me, if I were to buy anything from Kylie Skin it probably wouldn’t be the Walnut Face Scrub. I’d probably go for the Vitamin C Serum or the Face Moisturizer since those slot in better with my current skincare routine.
But what do you guys think? Would you use the Walnut Face Scrub, or anything else from Kylie Skin? I’d love to know!
*All images courtesy of brand’s Instagram account.
I’m not a huge fan of hers, but I have to say that at least the packaging is pretty! I often wonder if these celebrities actually use their own products or if they are just in it for the money. Do they really stand behind and test what they use? She’s probably using the same skin care from CVS that I use. 😀
Honestly, who knows! Does Jennifer Garner use Capital One? Does Matthew McConaughey drive a Lincoln? No idea! I’m definitely not swayed either way about a product just because a celeb endorses or creates it. However, I know I can be swayed by effective marketing and packaging, like all of us!
A definite no thanks…have my skincare favorites and don’t intend anytime soon to change them. GO Weleda and Clinique!
I’m with you!
Because of import charges, I wouldn’t use her product as it would cost ridiculous amounts. But… having said that, if they were available in the UK, then I would give the products a go. I don’t think you can criticize something if you haven’t tried it. And I do feel that a lot of this hate is personal… if someone like, Ellen, Reese Witherspoon or Serena William’s were to release products like this, I don’t believe they would be seen as money grabbing and have that kind of negative feedback before the products have even been released. I’m not a massive fan of The Kardashians or the Jenners, I used to be in my teens but not so much as an adult. Regardless of that, I don’t think anyone, or their products should be judged just because of personal opinion.
Great read, and thank you for the insight on the products 🙂 and if you do by any chance use any of the products then I look forward to reading your review, as always 🙂 x
If I ever try this line, I’m sure I will blog about them don’t worry!
I think her products definitely get more hate than a lot of other celebrity brands do. I’m no personal fan either, but then I wouldn’t call myself a big hater either. I think I’m just weary. Her and her family are just not likeable for the most part, and they have bad reputations all around. So I think it’s hard for people to judge her stuff objectively.
But at least try the stuff before you hate on it!
Tbf I’ve heard nothing but great things about the KKW beauty line, but again with import charges, its slot of hassle to try something just because it’s got a celebs name on it. Rihanna’s Fenty line has only just become available in the UK drugstore, Boots this month! So frustrating x
Never tried anything from KKW, but I have to admit that packaging is beautiful! I heard about Fenty becoming available in the UK finally. I’ve only tried her new bronzers, and they are divine!
Eh, I dont really care for her stuff or her sisters to be honest. I’m never gonna buy their products but people are really complaining about that?? A stupid face wash? Really? People just want to create drama where there is none.
Regardless, good luck to her but I wont be buying. I already have products that I use and love. Lol.
Yea people just hate on her stuff immediately before trying, which really bugs me. It’s one of the big problems with social media, in my opinion. Everyone thinks they’re an expert at things they probably don’t know the whole story on. Like, if you’re concerned to use something either don’t buy it at all or talk to your derm. It’s not that difficult people! 😒
That’s why the internet sucks. People like to bandwagon without thinking or doing their research first. An angry mob for no reason lol. It’s too bad she’s getting a lot of hate for it but really, in the end, if they really feel so strongly about her products, they should just shut tf up and NOT buy them! People are so dumb! And also this “cancel culture” is getting ridiculously out of hand. I don’t understand it.
Oh don’t get me started on “cancel culture”!! So ridiculous and toxic!
The packaging is super cute! I doubt she wants to ruin people’s skin… she just probably didn’t do enough research. 😛 I’m not her biggest fan either but some people go too far lol.
Yea I agree. I’m really not into this range; I feel like it’s geared towards teens and really young adults anyway. But I hate when people hate on stuff just for the sake of it. Such a pet peeve of mine!
I just saw the review Shane and Jeffree did, and all I can appreciate about this collection now is the packaging, haha. Great post!
Thank you ❤️! Didn’t see that video, but definitely heard about it!