Kiko is not a brand that I have ever bought. Not for any particular reason, I just dont really see the brand where I tend to shop, but I had seen a few reviews of their products recently, so thought I would pop into my local store at Lakeside shopping centre. Kiko, for those of you that havent come across the brand, is an Italian product house that has been around for 20 years. It is cruelty free, and prides itself on its quality and performance.
Id been looking for a new mascara as although I absolutely love my Dior one, I am always keen to try new brands and new products. Id mentioned on my Instagram story that I was on the lookout, and the lovely Steph from Priceless Life of Mine recommended the Kiko one.
Now, anyone that knows me knows that I cannot walk into a make up shop, (especially a make up shop with a sale on), and buy just one item. I just cant do it. The brand is so reasonably priced anyway, that the 30% off that a lot of the products had meant that it was an ideal time to try a few of the products that Kiko offered. These are the items I went for;
Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks
I have a love for eyeshadow sticks. Maybe borderline obsession? I love the easy application, the high pigment they usually offer and the way they take up no room in my make up bag! I know, according to “make up rules” that as a more mature lady (ahem) I am supposed to lock up, never to be used again my cream eyeshadows. Apparently the cream formula is a no go for anyone over about 30 but I stick my toungue out to that and will wear what I like. I love some of the cream formulas and Iv always had a mantra that rules are there to be broken……(ask my mum). I have long been a fan of the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks, (full review in the post Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Eyeshadow – A Review from an Over 30 ) so was keen to try these ones as a more cost effective alternative, and see how they compare. I chose two colours, number 25 Light Taupe and number 38 Golden Taupe, (errr, I seem to have a taupe issue too)
They are amazing. Honestly, these babies do not budge. If you saw my Instagram Story, you would have seen me attempting to demonstrate the staying power of these bad boys. So, so good. The formula is a cream to powder finish, and they last all day. No creasing or flaking, and stay comfortable all day. I will be going back for other colours, I think some of the greys that they have will be lovely for a soft smokey eye.
Usually £6.90 but £4.80 in the sale. See the full colour range here
High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow
I liked the idea of these as the fact you could use them wet or dry, it made me think they could be used as eyeliner too. Usually, a high pigmented shadow, used with a damp brush, intensifies the colour to make a great eyeliner. I love a product that can be multi purpose. They are a generous size, and I really like the packaging. The two colours I went for are number 5 Metalic Warm Rose and number 16 Metalic Rosy Beige, (again, no idea I had chosen two with similar names…). I LOVE these colours. Used dry, they create a soft sheen of colour.
They do have a little fall down when you use them, but lots of eyeshadows do, from brands of all price ranges. I havet tried them wet yet, but I am pleased with them already. Both colours are quite soft and natural. Beautiful.
Usually £6.90 but £4.80 in the sale See full colour range here
Volumeyes Plus Active Mascara
I absolutely love my Dior Pump and volume mascara, (full review in this post Dior Pump and Volume Mascara – A Review) but am always happy to try new recommendations, and love it even more if it introduces me to a new brand. This mascara is one of the brands original mascara offerings, (they have loads of options of mascara) and I am really impressed with it. My number one thing with a mascara is that it dosent clump my lashes, and this one is amazing for that. The brush is really tapered too, so you can use the end on the lower lashes. I really like a “real” brush too, as opposed to the plasiticy, tiny bristle brushes that lots of brands seem to favour now. Whether I apply one coat or two, no clumps. Love that! It dosent have fibres or any of that jazz in it, so if you like a very dark, very full look then I think you may be better with one of the other offerings. I love it because it adds volume, but without being thick looking. Im loving the look it gives my lashes. I may go back for the 30 day extension mascara (apparently has a serum in it) as that one appealed to me too.
Rrp £7.90 You can see the full mascara range here
That was it for the eye make up items that I bought. I could have bought so much more, but thought I best see what I thought of this little lot first. The last item I chose was a blusher.
Shade Fusion Trio Blush
I chose this blush in the colour 02 Sand . Again, I was impressed by the packaging with this product. It feels more expensive. These shade fusion blushers are three colours, infused with vitamin E and aragon oil, that you can use alone or swirled together. I have used mine so far together as I like the soft shimmer and colour it gives. The colour is very buildable, and blends really easily. I really like it.
Usually £10.90 but £8.70 in the sale. There are 6 shades available and you can see them all here
So, thats it. My first ever Kiko haul. Im really impressed with the brand. I havent ventured into their foundations or lip products yet, but I will certainly look at them in the future. I think for any make up addict, Kiko are a really affordable, but still quality way to get a fix.