When it comes to beauty launches, I have two favorite times of year. Of course Holiday beauty launches are absolutely EVERYTHING. The packaging, the gift sets, and the sparkles! Oh my goodness, the sparkles! However, this year, the Summer launches have been leaving some very large shoes for Holiday to fill! We’ve had Huda Beauty’s Tantour, Too Faced’s Shake Your Palm Palms eyeshadow palette, Supergoop’s Shimmershade eyeshadow with SPF 30, and now we have the Kylie Cosmetics summer collection – Under The Sea. A collection of summer ready lips and eyes, including the all new Shimmer Eye Glaze and Lip Blush formulas.

Complete with Millennial Pink, gold, and white packaging, the Kylie Cosmetics Under The Sea products look light, effortless, and oh so perfect for summer. Not only are the packaging colors great, but the product colors are even more fantastic. The eyeshadow palette is full of light neutrals with a pop of purple and a splash of green. The lip products are all fantastic shades of neutrals and corals. For my must have products, I chose the four Shimmer Eye Glaze shades and the new Lip Blush in Bikini Bod.

When I discovered both the Shimmer Eye Glaze and the Lip Blush were new formulas, I knew I had to try them out. On the Kylie Cosmetics website, the Lip Blush is listed as “an ultra lightweight formula” with “a sheer wash of color with creamy application”. It comes in two shades – Bikini Bod (a light warm rose), and Boss Bay (a rosy terra-cotta). The formula is super light weight and almost translucent. It does dry down to a matte and wears nicely, but does feel a bit dry after a while. Due to the fact that it is a more sheer formula, make sure that you don’t use the Lip Blush to overline your lips. If you are a fan of overlining, make sure to use a lip liner first.

The Shimmer Eye Glaze comes in 4 shades. Aqua Mama (a metallic ocean blue with a green and gold shimmer), Deep Sea Dreams (a metallic soft pink with a purple and blue shimmer), Night Swim (a metallic champagne bronze with silver pearl), and Ocean Child (a metallic bright gold with silver pearl). They are all absolutely stunning, but Aqua Mama is a total show stopper. Each of the four shades have the most incredible sparkle. Plus, you need only a tiny bit of product to get a huge payoff.

However, I have some thoughts about the Shimmer Eye Glaze formula. First, I think it’s hard to get the product out. The jars arrive about half full, so you have to stick your finger kind of into the jar to get to the product. I’m not sure how that will work when the containers are almost empty. Luckily, my nails are currently short, but if I still had long nails, I’m not sure I’d be able to get to the product! Also, the formula is difficult to apply with a brush. I tried to apply it under my lower lash line, and it gave me some trouble.  It’s either very flaky and crumbly when loose, or creamy when pressed. But neither works on a brush. Plus, why call it an “eye glaze”? When I think of a glaze I think of chocolate ganache or icing. Something more gel or liquid-like.

Nonetheless, the Shimmer Eye Glaze formula is so great. I love that you can dial it up with Aqua Mama. Or you can create a more neutral shimmery beachy look with Ocean Child or Night Swim. For my look, I used a peachy shade of eyeshadow in my crease, Kylie Single Shadow in Island Girl on my lid and blended into my crease, Aqua Mama all over my lid, and Ocean Child on the inner corners of my eyes. I kept the rest of my makeup fairly neutral and finished it off with Bikini Bod Lip Blush. Overall, I think the both the Shimmer Eye Glaze and the Lip Blush are fantastic for summer. I even think the insane sparkle of the Eye Glazes are perfect for year round. I hope they launch new shades in the future. Especially for Holiday!


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