Calvin Klein used to have a range of cosmetics, but it didn’t do so well so gradually vanishes from shelves. But around a month ago the CK One range was launched, re-launching Calvin Klein cosmetics into the UK market – and here’s a little look at some of the offerings.
First thoughts, I adore the black and white packaging. With a white gloss and a matte rubberised black finish (like NARS) it looks good and different to anything else. It does remind me a bit of the 90’s but mostly because CK One and the 90’s go together like macaroni and cheese.
First up, a look at the face products – a 3 in 1 foundation and a pressed powder. Again, loving the packaging – the foundation bottle shape is really unusual, sturdy and a bit like a giant tic tac? The bottle has a little transparent window so you can see the shade and see how much product there is left. Downside is that the shades don’t feel quite right – the one I have swatched here is ‘fair’, but I’d say there’s not really anything fair about it. So colour matching is definitely something to do for your own skin tone rather than guess online.
Next up is the lipstick – this is a lip colour that I feel deserves a ‘BOOM’ sound effect. Like I need to say ‘Boom’ each time I apply it. This is the shade Wanted and I LOVE it. The shade, pigment, texture, packaging – everything. So good.
Next we have eye products, the mascara in shade ‘Attract’ and double ended liner in ‘Candy and Poison’. I’m not a huge fan of the comb brush style for mascara, so didn’t love this but I do like the twist function so the brush is a little adjustable.
The combination of shades for the liner is really interesting too – an aubergine purple and a peachy/orange shade. The peachy orange can go both ways – it can be really flattering on blue eyes or possibly look a little sore… I personally love the shade as like the contrast of orange on blue eyes. But it is quite pinky shades.
My overall view of the CK One cosmetics range is that there are some lovely products in there that I’m really liking (LOVE the lipstick) and I do love the style of the packaging. Other than the lipstick the products haven’t blown me away at the moment – but I would love to check out a blusher or skin illuminator from the range as from other blogs I’ve seen these look really interesting.
But I really do hope that the CK One range builds a nice little loyal fan base and sticks around for a bit longer this time!
Available from Debenhams
(prices starting from £9)