Kiko Haul – First Impressions

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;

Even the Angels were shining their light on my haul 🙂

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)

Kiko Long lasting stick colours 25 and 38

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.

Beautiful pigment. Colours 05 and 16

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.

Have you tried any Kiko products? Any thing that you think I should try? Let me know in the comments x



  1. August 18, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    These look lovely. there’s a Kiko in my local shopping mall so I’m definitely gonna have a look now. That mascara sounds lush, I need a new one, I’m going off my usual Benefit mascara… I also like the sound of the eyeshadow sticks, never used them before but they sound great. Loving the tip about wetting eyeshadow to use as eyeliner. Love it!
    Heather xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 18, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Oh Heather go in and check them out. I was like a kid in a sweet shop haha. I am so pleased with everything I got x

  2. August 18, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I’ve never heard that about cream shadows before, but I’m 35 and they are all I wear! I didn’t know that Kiko did them too – thanks for the tip. If you like the sticks, you might like the ones from the Body Shop as well.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 18, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      I know, I love a cream shadow! Oh really, I didn’t realise Body Shop did sticks so will definitely check them out, thank you x

  3. August 18, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I never tried anything from Kiko, but I really want to try some of their eye shadows. That blush also looks so nice, love the colors. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 18, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you! The eyeshadow sticks are really gorgeous, and stay put forever!

  4. August 18, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    I’ve never tried anything from Kiko either but everything you chose looks right up my street too.. P.S. ignore the “makeup rules” 😉 xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 19, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks for stopping by xx. Oh Im glad you liked them. I will definitely be going back for more of the eyeshadow sticks, they literally don’t move. Thank you Claire, what make up rules eh? 🙂

  5. August 20, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Kiko is a brand i’ve seen a lot but never sure what it’s like as hadn’t heard mch on it. Your post has definitely made me wanna try some products as it is so reasonably priced.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Yes it is amazingly priced as its great quality Grace. They have a sale on at the moment too……

  6. August 20, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I love the kiko cream eyeshadow sticks! I have a gorgeous gold shade, I’ll check the number when I’m home later and let you know!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 20, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Ohhh brilliant, thank you, sounds lovely. Im planning on heading there tomorrow to get some more of the sticks. I love them

  7. highstreetbeauty11
    August 22, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Kiko is one of my favourite brands. I haven’t tried any of these products you chose but they all sound right up my street! ou’ll have to try a lipstick next time! xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 22, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Its such a great find isnt it! Its funny you say about the lipstick. My friend brought me three items from Kiko, one of them being a lippy……

  8. Culture and Couture (@CoutureCulture_)
    August 23, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I love Kiko, but I’ve only tried a few of there products, will definitely be testing out a few more! Their nail polishes (I picked up 3 for £1 each), are really good, especially the metallic ones and they last for ages (much longer than any other polish I’ve tried). The eye shadow sticks are my favourite, I’ve got a couple of Love of Colour sticks from Birchbox and their staying power is incredible! xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 23, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Oh thats good to hear about the nail polishes, I will bear that in mind. Thanks for the recommendation on the other colour sticks too, I love an eyeshadow stick!

  9. August 23, 2017 / 7:54 am

    I’ve never tried any Kiko products, after reading this I really want to – I didn’t realise how affordable they were! The blush is beautiful!

    Amy, x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 23, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Hi, thanks for visiting x I was exactly the same Amy. I was so pleasantly surprised. The quality is good too. I would 100% recommend a browse if you have a store near you, (or even online) xx

  10. cjwoodhouse
    August 23, 2017 / 8:22 am

    To be honest, I have never heard of this brand, but I think I might have to try them now! The eyeshadow sticks look so dreamy! xoxo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 23, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      I know, its weird how some brands slip under our radars isn’t it. Im sure you wont be disappointed if you try them x

  11. Lise
    August 23, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I’ve never tried this brand, but their packaging looks so pretty! I’m a sucker for gold, black and sleek packaging so this would be right up my alley x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 23, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      It looks more expensive than its price dosent it. Its a great discovery x

  12. August 23, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I have never tried this brand,,,But now I have to try this

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 23, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Glad to be of assistance haha xx. Thanks for reading x

  13. August 23, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Great reviews, lovely pictures and that mascara looks like it’s worth its money!!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 23, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you! The mascara is amazing. I should have put a pic on of me wearing it but I havent mastered the art of using my tripod to get make up shots yet x

  14. August 30, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I’m obsessed with my kiko blush! I have the shade 01 and I went through a fase where I wore it everyday! The cream shadows are great too! Would you mind check out my page? It would mean the world to me, maybe if you want we can follow each other?
    Love, Mimi

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 31, 2017 / 6:49 am

      Hi Mimi, thanks for stopping by. I agree, I think I have started myself on a new obsession with Kiko….. Of course, I will go and check your blog out xx

  15. September 1, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    Not tried Kiko but I will do now. Think I’ll break those eye shadow rules and try the sticks … I’m 52 so I’ve passed the age of giving a damn! LOL! Thanks for the inspiration 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 2, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Whooo Hooo! Break those make up rules, your my kinda gal! They are fab, I am confident you will love them. Thank you for visiting xx I shall pop over to visit your blog x

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