First off, I want to apologize for the poor photo quality in this post; I was in a bit of a rush to take these pictures and, as I no longer have this kit, I unfortunately can't retake any.
At this point, there starts to be shift in the performance of these shades. While I have heard mostly good things about these lipsticks, the one complaint that I hear again and again is that the performance really varies with the color. This is true of many liquid lipsticks, and nine times out of ten, the darker or more neon a shade is, the patchier it applies. I think one of the reasons why I ended up exchanging this kit is that I had really high expectations for these lipsticks, based on my experience with only a handful of the colors; I love bright, bold lip colors, and, while I do need to add more nudes to my collection, I was most excited for the bolder colors in this kit and was disappointed when they did not live up to my expectations.
Would I suggest this kit? As you already know, I ended up exchanging it because for me, the $49 value wasn't there; the packaging didn't feel like anything special and I ended up only really liking three out of the eight colors, so I wasn't saving much by getting this kit versus the full sized lipsticks. Plus, there are so many other lip kits out there right now that this one doesn't really stand out to me (I actually ended up exchanging it for one of Sephora Favorites lip kits); the Mi Vida Loca mini lipstick set last year felt a lot more valuable--it was a bit cheaper in price and one of the items was full sized and only available in that set.
That being said, I would not have known what colors I liked and didn't like if I had not purchased this kit and was able to try all eight of them myself, so it's a bit of a catch-22. If this kit had been a little cheaper, like $35 or so, I would have been very happy with it and most likely would not have felt compelled to exchange it. As far as the lipsticks go, I think overall they're as good as people say, but, also like people say, the quality of the pigmentation can vary greatly from color to color. If you're a fan of KVD products and/or liquid lipsticks, this is a great way to try eight different colors at once for the price of two and half full size lipsticks, but only if you know you're going to get use out of at least four of the colors (if not, it's probably better to just buy the full sizes of the ones you like).
Thanks for reading! <3