A month ago we told you about the latest internet obsession: this jelly flower lipstick by Kailijumei. Its gorgeous appearance has made many beauty enthusiasts lose sleep over it – because it’s perpetually out of stock and everyone wants to get their hands on it! This includes many Daily Vanity readers.
Because we love you so much, we camped out on the Kailijumei website until stocks were finally available. We bought two of them at USD30 each (about SGD41 before adding shipping fees) – one for us to review, and the other one given away to a lucky winner from among our readers.
Now that the fever has subsided a little (although it’s still out of stock at the time of writing), we thought we could give this a proper review so you can decide if you would want to continue camping at their website for new stocks to arrive.
Is the Kailijumei jelly flower lipstick worth its price?
What is in its ingredient list?
When we first published the article about this popular lipstick, many readers were wary because it’s by a never-heard-before China-based brand. These are the ingredients listed: cocoa butter, plant extract, stearyl alcohol, beeswax, candelilia wax, olive oil, citric acid, grape seed oil, lavender oil etc.
It doesn’t look like there are anything seriously wrong about the ingredients. Most of them can be found in products designed to moisturise. The only one that you probably have to be a bit concerned about is stearyl alcohol (third on the list), which is a fatty alcohol that has low toxicity. Studies show that this may cause irritation to skin, and in very high dosage can be poisonous and may cause cancer. However, this ingredient isn’t a stranger to the cosmetics world. It is often used as an emollient in cosmetics products and also in hair products like shampoo and conditioner.
The other point of concern is that “plant extract” sounds very vague, and that instead of listing every single ingredient in the formula, it listed some and ended off with “etc.” It also doesn’t really give a hint as to what gives it its colour, what are the gold flakes made of, and so on.
How it looks
The main draw of the Kailijumei lipstick and why everyone went crazy over it was its gorgeous looks. Featuring a flower and gold specks encased within a clear jelly-like bullet, it reminds us of the enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast.
But its good looks ends pretty much at the bullet. For a lipstick that costs almost SGD45 (after including shipping fees), I expect its overall packaging to be luxurious. But its box and casing look disappointing.
The box of this China-based brand even comes complete with incomprehensible English description: Touching on love, surplus bright lipstick, bright surplus magical formula.
To put it into perspective, SGD45 is significantly more expensive than an Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (SGD29).
Or a Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (SGD32).
Besides the pretty jelly bullet, what was probably most interesting about the lipstick was that it has a colour-changing formula. While the lipstick goes on clear on the lips at first (just like what you’d expect), it slowly transits into a light pink shade, and then a darker pink shade. Watching it transform was actually pretty exciting and adds to the “magical” dimension of the lipstick.
The colour eventually becomes a rather bold shade of pink, especially if you go over your lips with it for a few times. This was how it looked on me after several swipes.
How it smells
As you open up the lipstick, you’ll notice a nice fruity scent to it. The scent will transfer onto your lips after application. However, after a while the scent becomes mixed with a not-so-pleasant stale, crayon-like smell. I didn’t like it at all and definitely didn’t want to keep the lipstick on during lunch because I’ll definitely be eating some of it with my food. I wiped it off but the smell lingered.
When I first applied it, it feels very lubricating. But this feeling didn’t last. My lips quickly felt dry and it even started peeling. I applied more of the Kailijumei lipstick in an attempt to moisturise my lips but it didn’t help. My lips flaked even more. As a remedy, I cleaned off the product from my lips, exfoliated my lips gently and applied some good ol’ lip balm.
This may indeed be one of the most gorgeous lipstick bullets you’ll ever find in the market, but it isn’t a practical one to invest in. For the hefty price tag of SGD45, I’d expect it to be an all-rounder. However, besides gorgeous looks and an interesting colour-changing formula, it fell short in every other aspect that makes it a lipstick that I would want to keep wearing.
If you’re a collector and want to get your hands on something that has broke the internet (and the Daily Vanity server) and is Instagram-worthy, go ahead and splurge on one (if you can get your hands on one, that is.) By the way, Zalora has just brought it into Singapore at a cheaper price of SGD29.90 and you can get it here.
But if you’re hoping to buy something fun and that you can also wear on a daily basis, I’ll suggest that you look elsewhere. There are many cheaper options that don’t just look great but feel great on the lips too. Ask us for recommendations anytime.