Last summer, when Kim Kardashian said she was closing KKW Beauty and planned to come back with new formulas and sustainable packaging, fans were wondering what would come next. Nearly a year later, she announced the launch of a skincare line called SKKN (a name that has been met with criticism because a black-owned Brooklyn skincare studio SKKN+ has been using it since 2018. ). yesterday, the day finally came: SKKN, which was formulated with skin care veterinarian Joanna Czech, also a longtime Kardashian beautician, officially launched.
In honor of the brand launch, I cleaned up my entire skin care routine (except for the proven daily sunscreen, because the collection doesn’t include SPF) for a week and tried the products. Disclaimer: One week is not enough time to see long term results. But since I try about ten to 12 skin care products a month and know my skin well, I judged the products by their texture, smell, and immediate changes in my skin, such as redness, differences in complexion, and irritation.
It’s a nine-step skin care collection that includes a cleanser, toner, exfoliator, face cream, eye cream, hyaluronic acid serum, vitamin C8 serum, oil drops, and a night oil. According to the website, Kardashian’s psoriasis diagnosis was the catalyst for the line.
The packaging and font were created by Kanye West, and you can tell. It’s minimal and almost architectural, but attractive for a shelf. It is “based on an ethos of sustainability,” according to the website, and refills are sold online.
Photo: SKKN by Kim/
Some products are. As someone who tries a lot of expensive skin care products and believes in investing in the right ones, I’m a bit biased. But here’s my analysis of what’s worth it and what’s going to steal your money.
the night oil$95, it’s expensive, but it’s worth it. It’s actually truth It is worth it. I don’t usually use oils because I have combination to oily skin and I’m prone to pimples. Still, this is my favorite product from the entire collection. It’s formulated with 14 oils, including sweet almond, grapeseed, and argan, but it didn’t give me any flare-ups. In fact, the light texture sold me fast: I woke up the next day with noticeably smoother skin. So if you only want to spend one product from the collection, this is the one for you.
the cleaner, $43, not worth the price, in my opinion. While it successfully removed all of my makeup with little to no residue, and the creamy texture — which lathers lightly when mixed with water — kept my skin hydrated, it offered nothing more than CeraVe or Cetaphil, which are a fraction of the price. Overall, if you have a cleaner that is working well, keep it.
the toner$45 is worth it… if you like toners. Personally, I don’t use toner and prefer an essence, because like Hailey Bieber, I like to look like a glazed donut. For a light exfoliation, it did the job of smoothing my skin texture. It’s made with AHAs and fruit enzymes and is 6% witch hazel water, which can be troublesome for some and great news for others.
the scrub, $55 will work for you…if you like a rough exfoliation. As someone who exfoliates too often, I prefer a gentler one. I would caution against overdoing it and ruining the skin barrier.
the moisturizer$85, it’s worth it. I’ve used creams that are triple this price, and this one is just as good. It’s a very light texture that melts into the skin almost instantly and leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated without feeling heavy or sticky. I credit squalane for that.
Similar to face cream, the eye cream$75, it’s light and hydrating. While I might not have to worry firmly at my age, the nutrition it gave was definitely 10/10. I loved the texture of the eye cream so much that I used it as a full face cream before the gym for a few days. My skin was great.
This hyaluronic serum$95, it’s a splurge, but it’s worth it to keep your skin’s moisture intact. Hyaluronic serums are meant to plump up the skin, and this one is primarily made with centifolia rose water, known for its soothing properties. Although it has no perfume, there is a hint of rose scent, which can put off people who, like me, don’t like roses. The initial application is a little sticky, but it’s nice when it installs.
I need more testing time to really tell if this vitamin c serum$90, it’s worth it. But the texture wasn’t sticky, didn’t smell like bacon (which some vitamin C serums do), and it left my skin glowing and radiant.
Again, I need more time to see if these oil drops, $95, helps with hyperpigmentation like they say they do. I have hyperpigmentation and am constantly looking for products that will help. What I saw was an immediate glow, and it didn’t feel too oily on my skin. But I can stick with Topicals Faded cream, an OG hyperpigmentation product, for now.
TikTok has accused Kardashian of “greenwashing”, meaning she is touting the products as more “sustainable” than they actually are. The website says they are made with “eco-friendly” materials, but it doesn’t provide complete information about the material of the actual bottles, so we can’t verify the facts. All bottles are refillable, which means you don’t have to buy a new one when you run out. Refillables, which are cheaper, are made from recycled materials and delivered in compostable kraft bags, according to the brand’s website.
People are also upset about prices: “Kim Kardashian has lost her mind over these “SKKN” Kim product prices. The complete collection costs US$575”, a tweet to read. A handful of influencers and celebrities have received the collection, but no one who has tried it has given full reviews yet.
Overall, I’m someone who loves the ritual and luxury of a beauty routine, so if you have $575 for the entire collection and want to try it out for yourself, why not! The products are lightweight; deliver plenty of hydration and Very elegant. If not, (what, anyway) I’d spend it on the night oil and/or moisturizer and stick with your regular hero products.