Tuesday, 9 April 2013


KIKO cosmetics Long Lasting lipstick, Loose Pigment eyeshadow, Long Lasting Stick eyeshadow*.

KIKO are a brand that I'd never heard anything about before last week but after doing some research and trying out a couple of their products I can honestly say that the brand really appeal to me.
The company are Italian based and their products retail throughout Europe. This time KIKO are back with their limited edition spring collection and it has some truly beautiful additions.
I personally have tried out their Long Lasting Lipstick, Loose Pigment Eyeshadow and Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow.
The lipstick is probably my favourite of all three products that I own. I have it in the shade Tea Rose (01), but there a six shades in the collection so I'm sure you'll find one that suits you. The reason I love this product so much is the fact that it is unlike any other lipstick I own.
Firstly the design of the packaging. It's so sleek and looks really expensive. It's almost like a pen compact which makes it perfect for just popping in your bad. The same is also true for the eyeshadow stick which is packaged in the same way.
Tea Rose is a beautiful mid-pink shade which reminds me a lot of Sleek's Rose Gold blush. I think is probably why I like it so much. I had almost a gold shimmer to it, without it being glittery. It's very subtle and looks lovely on. It had a satin-like finish and feels comfortable to wear. I wore it over the weekend for one of my friend's 20th birthday celebrations and it stayed put through a more than spicy Thai Green Curry and the odd cocktail so it's lasting power is really great too. At £6.90, I cannot rate this lipstick high enough, it truly is beautiful.
The eyeshadow pigment that I received is in the shade 31, Radiant Freesia. It's a bright looking purple and as a neutral kinda girl, I'll admit this was a little 'out-there' for me at first glance, however after actually trying it, I've come to realise that it's actually really rather beautiful. It's a lot more subtle than it looks in the pot. It provides a slight wash of colour which a shimmery finish. It's a beautiful shade for summer days and summer nights and I've actually tried using this as a highlighter on the top of my cheek bones too. It worked perfectly.
The quality of the eyeshadow pigment is amazing. It feels velvety and smooth, applies nicely and stays put. You need only use a small amount for maximum colour pay-off and because it's in pigment for, one pat will last such a long time making it such a bargain at only £5.90.
Finally, the stick eyeshadow. I have never owned a stick eyeshadow so I don't really have anything to compare this to but I imagine it's a variation of the popular Chubby Stick for eyes by Clinique. I have shade 33 which is a grey/black with the tiniest hint of purple thrown in for good mix. Now, I find this perfect as an eyeliner alternative. It's a little dark for me personally to use all over the lid on a day to day basis but would be an amazing addition to a smokey eye. I do like the effect it gives when smudged a little under the eye and on top of the lashline.
The stick is waterproof and so doesn't budge with those pesky watery eyes that seem all too common in this windy weather. On first application you have a short smudge period but once that's up, the eyeshadow will not budge, for hours. It doesn't crease and feels lovely and creamy to wear. This product also costs £6.90 and KIKO have introduced this along with some other new shades into their already existing collection.
I really like KIKO as a brand from what I've seen so far and their products that I have been able to test out have been a welcome spring update to my make up bag. I will definitely be adding some more products from the range to my collection, especially the lipsticks.
Have you used any products from KIKO before? Will you be looking into them more now?


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