I’ve been using and experimenting with Kiko Makeup for a few months now and I definitely found myself surprised when finding some good quality products with that low a price tag ( think of it as the Italian Nyx or Milani or elf makeup ) .
First up , the eyeshadows. Pictured below are 2 eyeshadows from the water eyeshadow line. Pretty similar to the Nars dual intensity eyeshadow range, I was immediately intrigued by how this would compare. Surprisingly, it’s a very close dupe of it. I say surprisingly because the Kiko eyeshadow retails for £ 8.90 whereas the Nars eyeshadow retails for £ 21 .
The formula is pretty pigmented when applied dry and super pigmented with a more intense sheen when applied wet. It lasts for a whole day without budging although if you plan the wear the look into the evening, you’ll definitely need to touch up a bit if you want to keep the intensity. Or you could wear a primer , I found that a primer always adds a few hours of wearability . The formula is dry but really applies and blends like a cream/dream. The one minus though is the packaging, it requires you to kind of click it open with your thumb which can damage a fresh manicure if you’re not careful.
Also, Some of the shades are better than others, I personally don’t like those that have very obvious glitter to it.. Evidently the ones I picked are not the uber glittery kind. ( 204 plum and 218 grapefruit pink ) See the swatches for yourself below . What do you think ?
I also tried the moonshadow eyeshadow pencil after I read a review on PoresforThought about Kiko’s long lasting eyeshadow stick. She mentioned how it is a dupe for By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow pencil. I don’t tend to chase dupes but because I had quite a few good experiences with Kiko, I wanted to give a try too. Read PoresForThought ‘s review here.
For one, I ended up buying the wrong eyeshadow pencil. Lol. I purchased the limited edition variety called moon shadow water infused eyeshadow pencil. I wasn’t disappointed though which is always a relief. It applies like a dream , blends easily, is quite pigmented and lasts for a good part of the day . It reminds me a lot of the Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh effect eyeshadow by Chanel. As a matter of fact, the Chanel and Kiko eyeshadow pencils both have a similar cooling effect. I did find that the Kiko pencil lasted longer though. Which ,again, is surprising. This Kiko eyeshadow pencil is available for £ 7.90 as part of their Midnight Siren collection and is available in Kiko shops or via their online website ( they deliver to most European countries ) . Check out the swatch below.
To wrap up this review, I want to mention the colour definition eyeliner and kajal in 01 ( darling butter ) which is part of the rebel romantic collection . It’s pigmented , applies well and easily ( no tugging here ), comes with a hidden sharpener and lasts well into the night. It’s pretty awesome. Costs £ 5.90 .
As for the eyeshadow crush . It’s a cream eyeshadow and is pigmented et all. I found it to be ok but I don’t quite like how it feels once It’s on. Felt a bit dry. I know it sounds like I’m being picky considering the price but I like makeup to look and feel good. This looked good ( apart for some of the glitter ) but it felt drying. If you don’t mind that, then you’ll love this. Costs £ 6.90 . Check out the swatch below.
Alright well , thanks for reading . This post got a lot longer than anticipated. ☺️
How about you ? Any of you tried Kiko makeup? What did you think ?
Talk soon ! Xx