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We road test Kylie Jenner's Lip Kits.

Unless you’ve been living under a Kardashian-proof rock, you’ve probably have heard of Kylie Jenner’s ‘Lip Kits‘.

One of the most-hyped up cosmetic releases this year, it’s a set containing a matching lip liner and liquid lipstick designed to give the wearer the illusion of Jenner-worthy pouty lips.

The day my Lip Kit arrived, I didn’t need much help in the way of blown up lips. No, I hadn’t had fillers – I’d woken up with a delightful cluster of cold sores on my upper lip.

Watch: The find: the product that combines lipstick and lipliner. Post continues after video.

Yes, there’s nothing like spending an eyewatering $102 online (two lip kits plus shipping) on a makeup purchase you have never tried before, bugging the postman for a week and a half while you wait for the package to arrive, and then having painful, angry looking blisters stand in your way. #Glamorous.

Then I recalled a tip I’d learnt from Zoe Foster-Blake about the wonders of liquid lipstick in semi-camouflaging cold sores. Forget lasting through coffee or burgers, surely this would be the ultimate test to put the lip kit through its paces?

For hygiene reasons, I would never apply a product direct to a cold sore, tingling or not – you’re just asking to spread it all over your lips. My go-to solution is Compeed patches as not only do they help treat it, but they provide the perfect cover to minimise the appearance of cold sores.

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Simply line up the circular patch with your lip and trim or tuck under as necessary. Then it was time to apply the product.

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After finally giving into the hype after months of resistance (not to mention hearing all of those mixed reviews), I was ready to be disappointed. Was I proven wrong.

I'd opted for Mary Jo K, a deep, dark but flattering blue-based red.

The matching lip pencil looked a little darker than I was expecting, but felt creamy without bleeding much and it applied easily without pulling on the skin. I used it to line and fill my lips, taking care when applying over the plastic patch.

What patch? Image: Supplied

The lipstick glided over the liner, with great pigmented colour. It dried quickly from shiny to matte and although felt a little dry on the lips it was certainly not uncomfortable. The vanilla scent was noticeable but not overpowering.

While the liner around my patch and cupid's bow required a little touch up, standing back from the mirror even I could barely see the coldsores or patch. Win.

I stepped out the bathroom, received three compliments in less than 15 minutes and even got a discount on my gnocchi for lunch. Thanks, Kylie. (Post continues after gallery.)

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As for staying power? Like most bold colours, the liner did bleed a little as the day wore on and required a few little touch ups with concealer. Because the pencil is so creamy, it also became blunt within a day, so keep a sharpener on you.

Despite copious amounts of tea and pizza, the lipstick did not budge. Twelve hours later the colour was a little lighter but still there, helped by the liner underneath holding it in place. Fair warning though - the staying power comes with a price and it took a fair effort to remove it at the end of the day.

From L to R - first applied, five hours later, 12 hours later. Image: Supplied

I've since worn it twice sans cold sores and it's been equally impressive. It's long-lasting, you don't have to worry about ending up with stains all over your face and it's a universally flattering colour. Call me a sheep, but I'm firmly on the bandwagon.

Image: Supplied.

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