From KKW Beauty to SKKN: How Kim Kardashian's Beauty Brand Evolved

Kim Kardashian attributes shutting down KKW Beauty to wanting to launch a better, more sustainable brand. Here's everything to know about SKKN by Kim.

Jennifer Farrington - Author

Apr. 28 2023, Updated 11:20 a.m. ET

Kim Kardashian stands next to a display of KKW Beauty products.
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In 2017, Kim Kardashian launched her cosmetic line, KKW Beauty. Naturally, the brand received significant attention from fans of the KUWTK star and those who idolized the business mogul for her flawless makeup.

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Although the cosmetic line appeared to be doing well, Kardashian announced that she planned to shutter operations in 2021. What happened to KKW Beauty?

Kim Kardashian replaced KKW Beauty with a brand called SKKN by Kim.

A lineup of products from Kim Kardashian's skincare line, SKKN by Kim.
Source: Instagram/@kkwbeauty

If you attempted to visit the KKW Beauty website in early 2022, you likely encountered this message: “We’re currently away working on a more modern, elevated, sustainable brand and customer experience — the way Kim has always envisioned.” The message then thanked customers for their continued support and prompted visitors to provide their email addresses for details on the re-launch.

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Despite what the KKW Beauty website said, Kardashian made it clear during a 2022 interview with Allure that this isn't “a KKW Beauty rebranding.” According to Kardashian, “that’s all done (referring to KKW Beauty)” and her latest skincare line, which launched on June 21, 2022, is her “new venture” that she “started from scratch.”

SKKN by Kim features many products including cleanser and toner.

Kim K’s SKKN by Kim skincare line features nine products — Cleanser, Toner, Exfoliator, Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Vitamin C8 Serum, Face Cream, Eye Cream, Oil Drops, and Night Oil. Her products “won’t be restricted to a certain demographic,” but will instead be available for use by anyone, of any age, and range from $43–$95 each.

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The formulas used to create the products are said to be “more modern, innovative, and packaged in an elevated and new sustainable look,” shared Allure. Some of the ingredients you’ll find in certain SKKN by Kim products include witch hazel, vitamin C, and glycerin, and all of the packaging used “emulates stone in varying neutral shades.”

Kardashian decided to go with “lightweight plastic” packaging for all of the products featured in her skincare line, which also happened to be refillable.

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Also, Allure shared that SKKN by Kim products are “cruelty-free, vegan, and meet the clean standards of major beauty retailers like Sephora and Ulta Beauty.” Nearly all of the products included in the collection are fragrance-free, with the exception of the scrub, which Allure claims contains a “light scent.”

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Here's the real reason Kim Kardashian shutdown her KKW Beauty.

While Kardashian attributes shutting her beauty line down to wanting to launch a better, more sustainable brand, there's speculation she may have done it for other reasons.

For instance, some believe the Skims founder may have decided to end KKW Beauty’s existence over the fact that it contained a W in the name, which stands for West. Kim launched KKW Beauty at a time when she was married to Kanye West, who now goes by the name of Ye.

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Allure reported that Kardashian may have also shuttered the beauty brand over Coty Inc.’s investment in 2020. According to People, Coty purchased a 20 percent stake in KKW Beauty for $200 million, which valued the business at $1 billion.

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Here's what people think of SKKN by Kim so far.

So far, SKKN by Kim is getting positive reviews from customers. Popular TikTok content creator Ling.KT, who says she studied trichology, raved about the SKKN by Kim line in one of her videos. In addition to pointing out the “cute” packaging the company stores its products in, the TikToker rated the SKKN by Kim exfoliator a 10 out 10.

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TikToker Ben Neily was another to review SKKN by Kim. While he says the cleanser has a nice consistency, he skipped using the exfoliator over the fact that it “has a ton of fragrance.” If it’s any consolation, SKKN by Kim does have more than 5 million followers on Instagram.

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