|KIKO Makeup Haul|
While away in the beautiful Mallorca last week the agenda consisted of relaxing, relaxing, and tracking down the nearest KIKO store. Thankfully I was successful on all counts...
If you have ever set foot in a KIKO store you will be familiar with the overwhelming selection on offer. Therefore I entered with a plan, of sorts. I mostly had my mind set on sourcing KIKO's Long-Lasting Wet & Dry Eyeshadow #200 an alleged dupe for MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinish. As beautiful as it was, in person it was also (dare I say it) too shimmery and my rational 'I won't get much use out of it' thinking experienced a rare victory over 'Oooh, but it's sooo pretty'. I did still pick up some lovely bits though.
As my skin has gone from being normal-dehydrated to slightly more normal-combination these days I decided to try out KIKO's Soft Light Powder in #03 Medium Beige (€11.90). Although I've only ever tried MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish on counter, this seemed like it might be a similar kind of product - a 'natural finish' face powder. This particular shade also acts as a subtle highlight for me - which is nice (Fast Show reference anyone?). I've been using it around my T-zone every day since I got it and I'm really enjoying it so far. I also chose a basic medium sized makeup bag (€5.90). It's black, sleek, and the perfect size for everyday makeup or some basic overnight bits.
|KIKO's Soft Light Powder in #03 Medium Beige|
I also picked up KIKO's Soft Touch Blush in #109 Candy Rose (€7.50). This is a nice matte rose shade, perfect for everyday wear. Like the face powder, this comes in a great black compact which has that slightly rubberised texture packaging similar to that of NARS. This makes them both very travel friendly and each has a convenient mirror inside. Wonderful.
|KIKO's Soft Touch Blush in #109 Candy Rose|
Out of the overwhelming selection of shadows on offer I went with a fairly typical 'me' colour - a matte peachy shade. This eyeshadow shade #204 (€4.90) is from KIKO's CLICs system intended as an insert for one of their customisable palettes. For an extra euro or two I could also have bought a single cover to insert it into, but I will be instead popping it into one of my Z Palettes. I like shades like this, again, for everyday wear. It's a nice alternative to brown which adds subtle definition or a wash of colour and helps bring out green eyes .
|KIKO Eyeshadow #204|
KIKO's Face Brush #106 (€6.40), a duo-fibre style brush, has enabled me to rediscover such brushes for foundation application - something I was obsessed with in my late teens. I've been combining this with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (#55 currently) for a fairly flawless finish, as well as using it for blush, bronzer and highlight. I've noticed a small bit of shedding, but this is pretty common with newer brushes before they settle and it's an absolute bargain for the price! Lastly I picked up a beautiful mint green Nail Laquer in #389 (€1.50). I am absolutely amazed with the quality of this polish which is extremely opaque with just one coat and demonstrated decent staying power with my Seche Vite Top Coat.
|KIKO Nail Laquer in #389|
All in all I am extremely impressed with my KIKO purchases - they offer a massive selection, great quality, and fantastic prices! I also picked up some other bits on my travels (see here and here) so expect to see posts on those soon!
Have you tried KIKO?
What are your favourite KIKO products?