Kiko feels like a relatively new brand on the scene, with the store on Regent Street opening last year (there’s also one in Wesfield) it’s basically the only affordable make-up brand to be sold in stand alone stores as far as I’m aware. Rather than the usual stand within Boots/Superdrug. Which to me, makes it a very interesting brand all together. If you have been to the Regent Street store you know that selection is not something it is short of – with a product range to rival the likes of MAC in terms of selection and colour choice. In fact, I think MAC is probably a good comparison as there are some products in there that can be seen as pretty decent dupes of some MAC favourites… plus some other non-dupe, but equally fab products. These are the Kiko product picks that I picked up at the store opening.
These products are a selection I picked out when I went to the store opening – to be honest, the range is so extensive it was actually a bit overwhelming! But I have been really impressed with a few bits I selected so wanted to share my thoughts.
So apparently I was having a bit of a brow and eyebrow moment when at the store opening – with two of the picks I’m loving the most, but also the most basic being the eyebrow wax and the eyebrow Gel Mascara. The wax is my favourite of the two and whilst it’s not the most wildly exciting one to talk about it’s a good addition if you tend to have unruly brows as it tames them without any tint or colour. It’s just that bit stronger/with more hold than the mascara.
On the eye front I picked up a couple of eye crayons in a bronze and taupe shade – both pretty, although fairly heavy on shimmer. The combination of primer (currently using Smashbox Eyelid Primer) then a crayon shade, plus a touch of powder over the top and this will stay put all day long. Even on my oily eyelids. Impressive stuff.
I also picked up two loose shadows that come in a pen design where the applicator sort of sticks into the loose powder and sticks to it, so you can avoid loose pigment spilling everywhere. It does have a sort of spring mechanism so it can sort of jump out at you – but it does make it easier to use than straight loose powder so quite nifty. Those shades are the more matte taupe and the pale gold. Really like both of these although it did take a little while to get used to the applicator – I tend to apply and then use another brush to blend.
My final choice was the Soft Light baked mineral powder – a decent dupe of MAC Mineralise for a Skinfinish. This is my favourite of the bits I picked up as I really like baked powder for touching up shine without it ending up too flat and matte. Mineralised baked powders tend to be a happy medium between matte powder and just enough natural glow. At £11.90 for this it’s half the price of the MAC version and just as good (if not better for on the go as the compact also has a mirror). I like to apply this with a kabuki brush to dust on and buff rather than cake on too heavily.
There’s my run-down of the top picks I chose – I purposely didn’t choose nail colours as there are loads that are great but too many to make an immediate decision so will have to go back!
Have you seen anything you fancy from Kiko?!
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