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Kim Kardashian has pretty much dabbled in every pillar of beauty and fashion (SKIMS and KKW Beauty, we’re looking at you). So it’s no surprise she has finally put her own spin on skincare. The mogul announced her namesake skincare brand, SKKN BY KIM, in early June—and the long-awaited line is finally here.
With the collection of products, Kardashian is giving fans a direct line to how she maintains her skin. Her not-so-simple secret? A nine-step routine she’s curated with the help of experts like celebrity facialist Joanna Czech (Kardashian’s go-to skincare guru for almost a decade).
The two put their brains together to come up with a routine that mimics one Czech created for Kardashian over the years. Kardashian has been vocal about her struggle with psoriasis, which she credits as the fuel behind her fascination with skincare, 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 got to try the entire routine ahead of the major launch—and have some thoughts.
What Products Does SKKN BY KIM Consist Of?
The nine-step routine is pretty well rounded: It's made up of a cleanser, toner, exfoliator, 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 (that’s also refillable). Kanye West is behind the sleek design shapes and fonts, which is apparent after you see the lineup.
I had the chance to get a facial from Czech herself using exclusively SKKN BY KIM products. And while my skin looked spectacular and snatched post-treatment, I couldn't help but feel a lot of the end result had to do with Czech's magic 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 the counter-worthy packaging.
Are the Products Worth It?
Cleanser ($43): This light foaming cleanser removes makeup and dirt nicely—without stripping the skin, thanks to hydrating glycerin. I love the creamy cleanser as a second cleanse or a gentle morning cleanse. But if you’re looking for a deep clean, this won’t cut it.
Exfoliator ($55): I’ve had my fair share of exfoliating faux pas, so this super-gentle one felt amazing on my skin without being too abrasive. Czech recommends mixing the cleanser and exfoliator together for a lighter exfoliation.
Toner ($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 skin feeling refreshed. If physical exfoliating is too harsh for you, this toner works wonders.
Hyaluronic-Acid Serum ($90): Off the bat, if you’re sensitive to fragrance, then this serum is not for you. In addition to multiple molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, this serum has a rose essence that gives a strong floral scent. However, I love that it has a few different-sized molecules of HA (tl;dr: Lower weight molecules hydrate deep below the skin, while higher weight ones hydrate closer to the surface). The silky texture absorbs into the skin immediately. However, I do think you can find great hyaluronic acid serums at lower price points.
Vitamin C8 Serum ($90): I applied this in the morning, and it left my complexion super glowy. It felt more watery than other vitamin C serums and felt tingly on my skin, but not to the point of being uncomfortable.
Face Cream ($85): During my facial with Czech, she told me this was her and Kardashian’s favorite product to formulate. The moisturizer has an airy yet hydrating texture that’s composed of squalane, shea butter, and a retinol alternative. I use retinol a few times a week, and when used with the cream, I didn’t have irritation (a win in my book).
Eye Cream ($75): I am picky about eye creams; in my experience, they either don’t layer well under makeup or just sit on my skin. The cream (dosed with peptides) melted into my skin and worked perfectly under concealer. I typically reach for brightening eye creams, but I like this one for nighttime, or days when dark circles aren’t a concern.
Oil Drops ($95): This oil contains vitamin C, so it leaves a nice glow, plus squalane to moisturize. A little goes a long way with this oil, but I like it for times when I need a boost of hydration and radiance (so—always).
Night Oil ($95): To me, a nighttime oil feels super luxurious. I slathered this formula, which is filled with 14 oils—from sweet almond to argan—on my face, neck, and chest, and it helped lock in the moisture from the face cream. The formula also felt lightweight, so I didn’t feel greasy going to bed.
SKKN BY KIM is available to shop now online at skknbykim.com.
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