- On May 22, Kylie Jenner released the first range of products from her new skin-care brand, Kylie Skin.
- YouTubers are sharing brutally honest reviews of the beauty products.
- Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson described the products as “basic.”
- However, other YouTubers like Caroline Hirons and Patrick Starrr said Jenner’s skin-care brand worked well and is good for beginners.
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Kylie Skin, a new skin-care brand by Kylie Jenner, launched on May 22 with a range of facial products. Nearly every item in the line, including a controversial walnut scrub, sold out in minutes following the launch. But YouTubers don’t seem to be holding back their honest opinions about her products.
On Sunday, the beauty mogul Jeffree Star uploaded a video in which he reviewed the Kylie Skin line alongside Shane Dawson. At the start of his video, Star said he was both nervous and excited to try the line.
“I’m a little nervous, because when it comes to reviewing anything Kylie, people think, like, there’s past tea – which there is – but like, we don’t care about each other,” Star said. “There’s no, like, real, like, animosity. I just don’t really review her stuff anymore on my channel.”
Star and Dawson began by reviewing Jenner’s $10 makeup-removing wipes, which they both described as “a little dry.”
From there, they tried the $24 foaming face wash.
“There is fragrance in here, which I don’t like,” Star said, adding that skin-care products “really shouldn’t have added fragrance because it could be an irritant if you have sensitive skin.”
- Jeffree Star/YouTube
Next, Dawson said the $22 vanilla-milk toner made his skin tingle and turned his face red, while Star said it “did remove a lot of dirt.”
To complete their review, Star said the line’s $24 moisturizer didn’t leave him feeling as moisturized as he’d hoped, and he compared the $20 eye cream to a similar one from the skin-care brand Tatcha.
Dawson also said the $28 vitamin C serum smelled like “dog bacon,” though he seemed to like the texture of the product.
- Jeffree Star/YouTube
Despite their mixed reviews of the products, Dawson and Star said they felt overall that Jenner’s skin-care line was “basic.”
“I’m going to be honest: Everything to me feels very, like, basic, which is totally fine,” Dawson said. “There’s nothing wrong with that.”
“My face feels basic,” Star said, adding, “I don’t feel like myself.”
Facialist and YouTuber Caroline Hirons also reviewed the full Kylie Skin collection
In her video, Hirons said she wasn’t a fan of the makeup-removing wipes (though she did say she doesn’t use them at all) and walnut scrub, and criticized Jenner’s advertising campaign for the line.
“Not mentioning a dermatologist and trying to make people think that perhaps you could have skin like Kylie just by using this – you’ve got plenty of time to fix it,” Hirons said of Jenner. “Just be a bit more honest in your future videos.”
Still, Hirons shared mostly praise for the brand.
“What I think we shouldn’t forget is there is potentially a whole demographic of young people, predominately girls, young women, who previously may only have used a face wipe and nicked a bit of their mum’s moisturizer,” Hirons said. “If this is encouraging them to take care of their skin, then I am fully on board.”
One of the most positive reviews of the Kylie Skin line arguably came from makeup artist Patrick Starrr
Starrr reviewed Jenner’s products after attending the brand’s launch party.
“But that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be honest with you about her new brand,” Starrr said in his video.
While testing the products, Starrr said he mostly enjoyed each item, though he said that the foaming facial cleanser was scented too strongly for his preferences and that the packaging for the vanilla-milk toner was “not legible,” especially for “a more mature audience.”
At the end of his review, Starrr advised his followers to check out Jenner’s vitamin C serum, eye cream, and walnut scrub, all of which he said he would purchase.
Starrr’s review was met with backlash from some viewers who accused him of not being fully honest. Some said they believe Starrr didn’t want to criticize the line in an attempt to stay on Jenner’s public-relations list, which would allow him to receive free products from her brand, primarily for reviewing purposes.
“A review from someone who is friends with the owner will NEVER be genuine,” one YouTube user wrote. “That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.”
“I understand it’s hard to say anything bad about your friends products but always be honest,” another user commented under Starrr’s video. “You have a big following and people will actually believe anything you say.”
“This review seems so fake,” another said. “I feel like he’s reaching for good things to say.”
Representatives for Jenner, Star, Dawson, Hirons, and Starrr did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s requests for comment.
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