Thursday, 5 June 2014
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: KIKO COSMETICS
Hi lovelies! On my most recent trip to Stratford Westfield (a record four times in May), I tortured my poor boyfriend Darren by spending a seriously long time in 'Kiko', a makeup shop that I'd never actually been in before. I'd always walked past it and kind of ignored it when shopping in Westfield, but this time, I wandered in and instantly wondered why I'd bypassed it so many times.
Let me tell you, this shop is heaven on earth (not for boyfriends, but definitely for us ladies), they had a huge range of everything, eyeshadows, lipsticks, blush, base products, nail polish, skincare etc etc etc. The colour ranges are huge and the best part? It's seriously reasonably priced! The prices ranged from £2.50 for a nail polish to around £19 for an anti-aging cream, with a lot of the makeup priced under £10. I could've picked up so many things, but I was very restrained as I hadn't tried the brand before so didn't really know what to expect.
So, after a lot of browsing, I finally decided on two lipsticks in the shades 900 and 910 and and a blush in the shade 109. The two 'Smart Lipsticks' were priced at £3.90, while the blush was £7.50, so all pretty reasonable as it all came to just over £15. One thing I don't love is the fact that the shades are all numbered and don't have names, I know it's not important and doesn't affect the quality in the slightest, it's just something I like! The website lists descriptions for the shade numbers but not actual names, so 900 is rosy beige, 910 is baby pink and the blush, 109 is candy rose.
When I swatched the lipsticks on the back of my hand in store, I was seriously impressed with the buttery texture and fab pigmentation for a product priced at less than £4. When I got them home and tried them on my lips, I was even more impressed! The quality is just incredible for the price, they're super soft and smooth on the lips and leave a satiny finish, not too glossy but not matte or drying either. The formula glides over the lips, leaving a smooth finish without clinging to any dry patches at all. While it looks like a slightly darker nude in the bullet, shade 900 is a gorgeous very slightly pink toned nude, perfect for everyday, or use with a darker lipstick. It reminds of a slightly less concealer lips version of 'Creme D'Nude' by MAC. The pink, '910' is a bright, but light barbie pink. It's light enough to wear during the day, but the brightness gives a statement effect, without going too mad! I can't wait to wear this on holiday with a tan!
The blush is called 'Soft Touch Blush' and it definitely fits the name! The formulation is so smooth and soft and not at all chalky, which can be a problem with a lot of lighter coloured powder blushes. There isn't a great deal of fallout and dustiness when you swirl your brush in the pan either which I like. Due to the softness of the product, the colour sticks to your setting powder or foundation and really sticks around all day long. '109' is a beautiful natural rosy pink. There isn't any shimmer to this blush, so it's perfect for if you want a natural look, but still want a rosy pink colour to your cheeks. This has become my go to blush as it's so easy to wear and perfect for everyday.
If you're interested in Kiko you can check out their website here. (No, this isn't a sponsored post, I was just seriously impressed with the brand!)
Let me know your thoughts! Have you tried anything from Kiko? What would you recommend?