Discovering Kiko

I have been wanting to try Kiko Makeup for what feels like forever. I don't have a store near me, and with shipping taking 3+ weeks I just haven't got round to making an order. But a few weeks ago I went to visit my bestie in Birmingham. Obviously shopping was involved and the Bull Ring having nearly every makeup shop, I came back with a bank balance significantly lighter. So today I thought I'd share the bits I picked up from Kiko.

Cushion foundations seem to be the taking the beauty industry by storm, with high end and low end brands launching there variations. Being desperate to see what the hype was about I picked up this offering. This is a colour perfect foundation, that releases particles from the sponge to help foundation bond with the skin, to give a natural, perfected, radiant finish. This is really easy to use, just dab your brush into the sponge and apply. The foundation itself is very light and watery making it easy to apply. It gives a nice demi matte finish, which lasts all day on me. Although I did find this doesn't work well with my much loved Becca Primer, I have to use something a lot more hydrating. I picked up the shade Warm Biege 60, which is slightly too pale for me, but perfect for when my false tan starts to fade. Overall, this is a pretty good foundation. Not the best but not the worst.

This blush was love at first sight. It was the first thing I noticed upon entering the shop. The beautiful mauve colour, stood out to me straight away and I put this straight into my basket. Its from their new limited edition artist collection, which is inspired from art around the world. The packaging is lovely. But the blush itself is brilliant. The two tones used together create a stunning matte mauve colour. The formula is silky, easy to blend and lasts all day on the cheeks!

This was a whim purchase that I picked up while I was paying. This is also from the artist collection. When the sales assistant showed it to me, it looked like a beautiful golden toned highlight and I don't own anything like this. Its a kind of pen highlighter with a cushion on the end as opposed to to a brush. I'm kind of disappointed by this. When I got it home and used it properly, it blends out to nothing basically, you can hardly see it! Although, this would probably be good for those who like a very subtle highlight. But for me this is just no good.

Everybody has been raving about these beauties in beautiful gold packaging. I pick up the shade 02 Natural Rose, which is a mauve-y nude colour. I think I have 20 very similar lipsticks in my collection, but what's one more. The finish is matte, but this is so comfortable on lips, its not drying in the slightest. The staying power is pretty good, I got good 3-4 hours wear. I definitely want more shades from this line! I'm still on the fence about the packaging though.

Kiko Glacial Light Soft Sifter Foundation | £12.90

Yes, I brought 2 foundations, I just love foundations! This is pumped full of glacial water, for extra hydration and promises to give a fresh, radiant, glowing complexion - so I just had to buy it. I really like this. It does give a soft radiant finish, with a light to medium, buildable coverage. The lasting power of this isn't great, after 6 hours it had gone patchy around my chin. The foundation itself is contained in a sifter pot to make dispensing the right amount of product easy. I like to dip my brush straight in it. Its also means there's less mess, which is always a plus for busy mornings! I got the 02, I think, I chucked away the box and I cant find this shade online, but like CC cushion foundation its a shade to pale.

Overall, I'm very happy with my experience of Kiko products (apart from the highlight pen) and I definitely want to try some more from the brand.

What should I try next? Have you tried any of these?

Until next time...

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