Imagine this scenario, which actually happened/is happening to moi. You log on and manage to beat the masses and successfully order a $29 Kylie Lip Kit, all of which have sold out instantly upon launches and restocks. You know makeup fairies are on your side when you receive confirmation that your order was accepted and you will be charged almost $30 for a matte liquid lipstick and liner. But what about shipping? How much does that cost and what is the total amount a KLK will set you back? The flat fee shipping rate is actually quite affordable.
The Kylie Cosmetics shipping policy is clearly posted on the brand's website. KLKs ship via the USPS both domestically, for $8.95, and internationally, at $14.95. So if you are U.S.-based, you'll end up paying $37.95.
Domestic orders are processed within three to five business days, with delivery expected three to six days after that. The shipping page is explicit about the reasons that delays can, do, and will happen. However, you can track the package, so you'll always know where it is. It's GPS for your Kylie Lip Kit, which you are so coveting.
Yours truly is currently experiencing one of those delays, but more on that in a sec.
The site notes the following: "We are not responsible for any shipping deliveries that may be affected by customs, natural occurrences, transfers from USPS to the local carrier in your country or air and ground transportation strikes or delays, nor any extra fees, customs or back end charges once the package has exited the United States."
So, there you go. The price and the policy are spelled out in black and white.
Now, by doing the math quickly, your order can take anywhere from six to 11 days to arrive. But if yours is processed first, it could take as little as three days to arrive. It really feels like a matter of luck and perhaps the proximity of your location to the shipping origin.
I somehow managed to score a glorious tube of Candy K on Friday, Feb. 5 when the Valentine's Day colors and a restock of the original trio of neutrals were made available. It's Monday, Feb. 15 and I AM STILL WAITING FOR CANDY K'S GRAND ARRIVAL!
I am tracking the package and it's at a local post office, waiting to arrive at the one down the street from my house. It should land tomorrow. Good thing I wasn't planning on wearing it on Valentine's Day.
Here is a screenshot of my receipt, with the breakdown of the cost. You can see the actual Lip Kit price, the shipping charges, and the grand total.
If Candy K gets here tomorrow, it will have been an almost two-week situation, not accounting for weekends and the holiday. Expect a full report once I paint my pout.
Images: Kylie Cosmetics/Instagram (4); Amy Sciarretto (1)