Saturday, 2 March 2013

My Recent Kiko Haul, Review and Swatches

I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this post due to my bad experience when ordering from Kiko a while ago (if you don't know what I'm talking about, read this post, but basically their customer services based in Italy were a pile of cr@p), however, to be fair to Kiko, despite their non-existing customer service their products are actually very good and the staff in their Westfield store have only ever been helpful and nice. I still won't be ordering from their website, but it's worth checking out their store if you're near one.


On a recent trip to Westfield London I picked up four of their water eyeshadows, one long lasting stick eyeshadow and two nail polishes. The nail polishes were in the sale, I believe they are from the holiday collection which I never saw because I stupidly forgot to pop into the Kiko store when I was in London in December, and one of them is even holographic (I believe there were four of them in the collection)! The water eyeshadows are permanent and the long lasting stick eyeshadow is limited edition (although there are also some permanent shades in different packaging).

I haven't tried the nail polishes yet, so I won't be reviewing them in this post. I have tried other Kiko nail polishes and they were fine, but they come in lots of different finishes and colours. I got shades 402 and 404. Kiko nail polishes cost £4.90 for 11 ml, but I think I paid £2 each for the ones I got in the sale.

I have reviewed the long lasting stick eyeshadows (permanent line) before, if you want to read my review, it's here. The new limited edition shade I bought is 31 Hypnotic Iris Blue which is a bright blue with purple duochrome. It gave me a very hard time as my camera just couldn't pick up the beautiful duochrome, so I had to use my phone to capture the true colour (as a result I have to I apologise for the bad picture quality). It's such a beautiful, vibrant colour though, I had many compliments while wearing it. I used it over Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and it lasted very well without fading or creasing. It was easy to blend out and stayed put without smudging. The product come in a twist up pen like many other cream eyeshadows. Long lasting stick eyeshadows cost £6.90 and you get 1.64 g product.

The water eyeshadows are basically wet and dry eyeshadows with an excellent texture and colour payoff. They come in 32 shades and I chose 4 of them: 212 Emerald Green, 221 Cyclamen, 225 Indigo Blue and 224 Lavender. The latter was also a troublesome shade, it has a gorgeous purple duochrome to it and of course that didn't show up properly either (cue bad quality phone camera photos). The eyeshadows are a little bit like the gelee powder shadows Estee Lauder and Mac have come out with, very smooth, easy to blend, almost creamy, but with the non-creasing advantage of powder shadows. They are quite shimmery and a bit metallic, but not glittery at all. I wore them on top of Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and they lasted all day without creasing or fading and with no fallout. I seriously love them, they are gorgeous. They come in mirrored black compacts and have a design that resembles ripples on water. The water eyeshadows cost £8.90 each and you get 3 g for your money.

See more pictures including swatches and looks I did with these products after the jump!






Top row: 212 Emerald Green, 221 Cyclamen
Bottom row: 225 Indigo Blue, 224 Lavender
Taken with flash

Top row: 212 Emerald Green, 221 Cyclamen
Bottom row: 225 Indigo Blue, 224 Lavender
Taken without flash in natural daylight

This is the colour my camera thought the stick eyeshadow looked like:

Long lasting stick eyeshadow
Taken with flash

This is what it actually looks like:

Long lasting stick eyeshadow
Taken without flash in natural daylight

212 Emerald Green, 221 Cyclamen, 225 Indigo Blue, 224 Lavender
Taken with flash

212 Emerald Green, 221 Cyclamen, 225 Indigo Blue, 224 Lavender
Taken without flash in natural daylight

212 Emerald Green, 221 Cyclamen, 225 Indigo Blue, 224 Lavender
Taken without flash in natural daylight with my camera phone for better colour trueness

Long lasting stick eyeshadow

Finally here are the two looks I did. First one with Cyclamen, Indigo Blue and Lavender water eyeshadows, the second one with Hypnotic Iris Blue stick eyeshadow (once again apologies for the bad quality camera pictures).








10 comments:

  1. They seem like very "you" colours!

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  2. Those shades really suit you - strangely enough I had been 'enabled' elsewhere to try an order from them - so far I have received an email from them saying that one item will be missing from my order - and order consequently delayed :( At least it seems that they will be worth waiting for :)

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  3. oh such beautiful colors! you look beautiful!

    the only Kiko's product I own is a blending brush and I like it

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  4. I went into Kiko the other day for a quick look at the spring collection shadows and that Lavender in 224 was my favourite thing in the shop! Gorgeous it is. May need a return visit for it at some stage...

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  5. I just got my (rather larger than I'd remembered!) order from Kiko - my only complaint is that they took forever to dispatch - having one item missing seems to have made them delay by about a week! The products are gorgeous - I'm very impressed with the Water Eyeshadows, beautiful colours. The packaging isn't the best, but I can live with that! Not sure I'll pay the postage, now that my free postage has expired, but would definitely buy again if I'm ever near the shop in London. I really am hoping to get to one of the Westfield shopping centres this year - I haven't been to any large shopping centre since I went to Lakeside about twenty years ago, when it had just opened!!!!

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    1. Glad you like the products, I really can't fault them, it was the service that ticked me off! Which colours did you get? I love going to Westfield, I usually manage to find an excuse every 3-4 months at least to go. :)

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    2. Oh, I was so bad - I got the Automatic Precision Eyeliner in 704, 712, 713 and 714. The Long Lasting stick eyeshadow in 28 and 33. The Water Eyeshadow in 200, 201, 204, 206, 208, 209 and 230. But that's actually not all - while I still qualified for free shipping for being a new customer, I topped up with some of the other shades. They are all so lovely though :) I'm cutting back on some spending now, mainly because my makeup is spilling out of its storage all over the house! If I am to buy new, I have to get rid of something first (maybe some of the kids' toys?). (Just joking, I think....)

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    3. Wow, that is a fantastic haul! I'll have to look up the colours on the website. As for the toys, mine have so many, hardly ever play with them, it's usually computer, DSi or Wii nowadays, maybe puzzles or board games, but not actual toys. My make up is taking up every inch of our bedroom, I've actually pretty much stopped buying clothes so I can accomodate them. Who needs new clothes anyway, eh?

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