For those that don’t know, Kiko is a brand from Italy that has an insanely impressive selection of products – all at really decent prices, very good value for money and some absolute gems to be found. The brand releases some exciting collections each year – they’re especially good at eyeshadow palettes and bronzers. But more on this later -this post is dedicated to a bit of a surprise ‘wow’ in my latest testing process – the Kiko Kiss Balm * , a slightly tinted lip balm.
Much like the many other tinted balms out there, this feels really hydrating and creamy – with the sheer hint of colour. This shade is 03 Tutti Frutti and probably the brightest of the bunch. I liked it for the hot pink shade, with the idea being that as a sheer colour it would still add something rather than being so sheer that the tint becomes pointless. As you can see this it does deliver some colour – and I find it builds well, with almost a bit of a stain effect. The colour builds and almost becomes more long lasting the more frequently you apply? If that makes sense…?
But what I like most about this is how hydrating it feels – really moisturising, but still light. Not sticky or too shiny or anything. It’s slightly sweet in the scent, but not so strong that you smell like tweenie with a strawberry gloss. Very subtle but pleasant to wear. This is a great every day, easy to apply colour – perfect if you have dehydrated lips at all.
When I say this was a surprise wow, it was because it was a bit of an impulse purchase – the new Kiko Store opened on Regent’s Street a couple of months back and I was invited down for a preview and invited to have a bit of a shop. I have to be honest, the two floors or product left me a tad overwhelmed! There was so much to choose from, and all at such good prices I was left all confuddled. But I popped back and took things a little more seriously – picking up a few bits, including a good dupe of the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish, a couple of gorgeous eyeshadow crayons and this tinted lip balm. This was the last thing I added to my basket as a bit of a ‘token’ lip product (had mostly gone with nail, eye and face) but oddly enough this was the one that has really won be over and become a daily love.
Moral of the story – impulse purchases for the win.
Kiko is available from www.kikocosmetics.co.uk or the store on Regent’s Street (make sure you pay a visit next time you’re on Oxford Street – it’s amazing)