Kim Kardashian dabbled in all the pillars of beauty and fashion (SKIMS and KKW Beauty, we’re looking at you). So it’s no surprise that she’s finally put her own spin on skin care. The mogul announced her eponymous skin care brand, SKKN BY KIM, in early June — and the long-awaited line has finally arrived.
With the product collection, Kardashian is giving fans a direct line on how she maintains her skin. Her not-so-simple secret? A nine-step routine she put together with the help of experts like celebrity facialist Joanna Czech (Kardashian’s skincare guru for nearly a decade).
The two put their brains together to create a routine that mimics a Czech created for Kardashian over the years. Kardashian has been talking about her struggle with psoriasis, which she credits as the fuel behind her fascination with skin care, so she claims her line is ideal for all skin types, tones, and most conditions. While there’s a lot of buzz around the line, we’ve got to try out the whole routine before the big release – and come up with some ideas.
What products does SKKN BY KIM consist of?
The nine-step routine is quite complete: it consists of cleanser, toner, exfoliant, hyaluronic acid serum, vitamin C8 serum, face cream, eye cream, oil drops and night oil. But what you might notice first about the line is the minimalist architectural packaging (which is also refillable). Kanye West is behind the sleek design shapes and fonts that become apparent once you see the lineup.
I had the opportunity to do a facial from the Czech Republic using exclusively SKKN BY KIM products. And while my skin looked spectacular and ravishing after the treatment, I couldn’t help but feel that much of the end result had to do with Czech’s magical hands and high-tech tools.
So I decided to test the line on my own for a week. Here, I share my full review of each product, detailing which products I think are worth investing in – for reasons other than counter-worthy packaging.
Are the products worth it?
Cleaner ($43): This lightweight foaming cleanser removes makeup and dirt well – without stripping the skin, thanks to hydrating glycerin. I love the creamy cleanser as a second cleanse or a gentle morning clean. But if you’re looking for one deep clean, that won’t cut it.
Exfoliator ($55): I’ve had my fair share of faux pas scrubs, so this super-gentle one looked amazing on my skin without being too abrasive. Czech recommends mixing the cleanser and scrub together for a lighter exfoliation.
Tonic ($45): This toner is packed with AHAs and fruit enzymes, which continues the exfoliation theme and leaves a nice glow. The texture feels like water, so it leaves the skin feeling refreshing. If physical exfoliation is too harsh for you, this toner works wonders.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($90): Right off the bat, if you are sensitive to fragrances then this serum is not for you. In addition to multiple molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, this serum has a rose essence that imparts a strong floral scent. However, I love that it has a few different sized HA molecules (tl;dr: Lighter weight molecules moisturize deep below the skin, while heavier weight molecules moisturize closer to the surface). The silky texture is absorbed into the skin immediately. However, I think you can find great hyaluronic acid serums at lower prices.
Vitamin C8 Serum ($90): I applied it in the morning and it left my skin super bright. It felt more watery than other vitamin C serums and I felt my skin tingle, but not to the point of being uncomfortable.
Face Cream ($85): During my facial with Czech, she told me that this was her and Kardashian’s favorite product to formulate. The moisturizer has an airy, hydrating texture made up of squalane, shea butter and a retinol alternative. I use retinol a few times a week, and when used with the cream, I had no irritation (a win in my book).
Eye Cream ($75): I’m picky about eye creams; in my experience they don’t look good under makeup or just stay on my skin. The cream (dosed with peptides) melted into my skin and worked perfectly under the concealer. I usually use lightening eye creams, but I like this one for the night or for days when dark circles aren’t a concern.
Oil Drops ($95): This oil contains vitamin C, so it leaves a nice shine, plus squalane to hydrate. A little goes a long way with this oil, but I like it for times when I need a boost of hydration and shine (yes, always).
Night Oil ($95): To me, a night oil feels super luxurious. I spread this formula, which is filled with 14 oils – from sweet almond to argan – onto my face, neck, and chest, and it helped the face cream retain moisture. The formula also felt light so I didn’t feel greasy going to bed.
SKKN BY KIM is now available for purchase online at skknbykim.com.
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