KIKO is not a brand I have tried before, but I was recently lucky enough to try five of the products from their new range. For those of you who haven’t come across KIKO Cosmetics before, here is a little about the brand…
KIKO MILANO was established and founded in 1997 by the Percassi Group. It is an Italian professional cosmetics brand that features a range of cutting-edge makeup, face and body treatments. Safe and effective products of the highest quality, created to satisfy the beauty requirements of women of any age. “Be What You Want to Be.” This is how KIKO sums up its vision of Beauty. Through its extraordinarily wide and diversified range of products, KIKO allows everyone to express their own personality with custom-made products. A variety of colours, effects and sensations that are unique in the market to suit your style, skin tone, skin type and specific requirements, at every phase of your life. KIKO’s identity is rooted in “Made in Italy” values and the world of the capital for fashion, art and design. The research into original textures and colours is combined with research into quality formulas with guaranteed performance, for a perfect fusion of quality and creativity. The result of cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the latest fashion trends, KIKO continuously renews itself with products that are always new and closer to the multiple ideals of beauty.
Daring Game Face Brush £15.90
This is such a different styled brush to those I have come across before. It has a unique heart shape within the black and white bristles and is perfect for applying face powders.
Due to the shape, it enables you to apply brightener and bronzer in one single step – yay another multi-use tool! It also comes with a plastic bristles cover which is really handy for when you are popping it in your make-up bag as it protects both the brush and your other products. The bristles are synthetic fibres and are flexible and really strong for applying powders. Definitely my new favourite brush, I love the way it glides across my cheeks.
Color-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Shades 22 & 31 £7.90 each
Shade 22 Fine Jade is a gorgeous Christmassy green and Shade 31 Tasteful Indigo is a true blue colour. They are in the shape of an eyeshadow crayon, which I find really quick and easy to use. The creamy, smooth formula goes on perfectly to give a really intense colour, or if a lighter colour is required, simply use less pressure upon application.
Another thing I love about these eyeshadow crayons is that they are blendable, and so you can use a couple of shades to create a totally different look. I found that the colour lasted all day, without smudging or fading, which I don’t often get with other similar products.
Ace of Diamond Lip Pencil £5.90
I was sent shade 32 Dainty Oleander Rose, which is a really pretty pale pink. I have never really used a lip pencil before and this is a great nude pink shade to start me off with. It is a thin crayon type container, with a twist up applicator and a really soft and smooth formula that has a sharp point to produce a really neat line.
As with the eyeshadows, I found that with this lip pencil, the colour was long-lasting, without signs of smudging or fading – so I don’t go around looking smeared as a clown after a long day entertaining kids! You even get a sharpener in the packaging so that you can keep the lip pencil point in tip-top condition.
Mystery Smoky Eye Pencil £6.90
I have shade 6 Powerful Burgundy, which I am really pleased about as I have wanted to try different coloured eyeliners rather than plain black. This eyeliner has a gorgeous creamy texture that glides on my eyeline perfectly and effortlessly.
It looks great with lashings of mascara or blended in to a smoky eye and gives a fabulous depth to the eyes. Now the casing is something else! It is the usual pencil but is covered in a gorgeous gold toned case that protects the product and looks fab in your clutch on an evening out.
Have you tried KIKO Cosmetics before? Check out the full range at www.kikocosmetics.co.uk