Each time I visit London I try to make a point of calling into Kiko and purchasing a few items, as an Italian brand that has next to no retail space within the UK you have to grasp such shopping experiences when they are presented. Due to the level of customer service within the Regent Street Store (borderline rude) I do make my trips short and sweet so I don't have as much as a haul to share, rather a handful of goodies.
My favourite Kiko item is Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadows Sticks, I own a good few and have yet to be disappointed by any of my choices. They are often noted as the ultimate By Terry Black Star Ombre dupe, I can't say I fully agree but they are a lovely product within their own right and one I rely on almost daily. Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadows Sticks are a silky, soft and easy to blend out cream eyeshadow but that is not all, they stay in place all day long (even on oily skin), come in a huge variety of shades and are more than affordable at £6.90 each. The latest two additions to my stash are: Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in 21 Passion Fruit - a peachy pink, with gold nuance and shimmer aplenty - think of it as a good alternative both in shade and texture for MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque. I also purchased Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow in 28 Bright Ivory, which is more of a creamy matte beige than Ivory tone. It reminds me a lot of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly only marginally cheaper. I can't get enough: convenient, cheap, diverse (they can be used as eye liners, an eye base as well as a standalone eyeshadow), long wearing and easy to use. Make the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks your next Kiko purchase, you can find them here - link.
It's not often I am able to say believe the hype but Kiko Water Eyeshadows are incredible, sadly there wasn't a huge variety of shades to chose from in-store but online the colour selection is vast. As fellow bloggers have surely pointed out the texture and formulation is not too far removed from the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows and blushes for that matter. Kiko Water Eyeshadows have been created to be used both dry and damp - when dampened the pigment becomes more intense but as you can see from my dry swatches it isn't really necessary, they are certainly not lacking in this department. The texture of the eyeshadows have a certain gel/gelee quality which led themselves well to both the eye lids and cheeks. I purchased the Kiko Water Eyeshadow in the shade 218 Grapefruit Pink - a golden tinged, perfect peach based pink that is not world's apart from NARS Orgasm Blush in tone, only far more flattering. Unlike said blush Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 218 it does not settle into open pores or fine lines as well as being a blush and highlight rolled into one - not too shabby for an eyeshadow huh? As an eyeshadow well I can happily report it is just as wonderful - long wearing (with or without a primer), not prone to fading or creasing and are a joy to blend out. I think it is safe to say I am a huge fan and can't wait to pick up a few of the lighter shades to use them as highlighters. Find them here for £8.90 each - link.
Lastly we have the newly launched Kiko Extra Sculpt Mascara - a great everyday lengthening and volumising mascara that doesn't cost the earth. Personally along with fragrance I find mascara to be one of the most subjective areas of the beauty world - what works for one, won't the other. Admittedly the huge brush head can be a little messy but it does effortlessly coat each lash, expanding and thickening as it goes. One coat of this jet black mascara gives a natural flutter, two to three an almost false lash effect that is not prone to clumping, smudging nor smearing. At just £8.90 I am suitable impressed, you can find it here - link.
Kiko is a brand I want to familiarise myself with a little further so please let me know your favourite products and shades - it is only fair that you enable me every now and then ha!