And here we go – starting to chip away at some of the items languishing in my stash waiting to be reviewed!
I’ve had these items in my stash for nearly a year! 😳 I did take photos of them back in September so I did manage to wear them on the weekends while I was doing Project Pan.
Kiko is an Italian makeup brand that I first heard about from Pixiwoos (who else?) and I’d been wanting to get my paws on some items for ages. Luckily for me, I did a swap last year with the lovely Isabelle of Girl with Pink Cheeks and among the items she sent were these 3 Kiko pieces:
• Color Fever Eyeshadow Palette in 101 Coral Burgundy
• Moon Dust Face Powder in 02 Fairy Mauve
• Shade Fusion Trio Blush in 05 Marsala
She pegged my makeup taste to a tee! 😀 Let’s have a look at each:
Color Fever Eyeshadow Palette in 101 Coral Burgundy (£13.90 / ~C$23.50)
This contains 4 x 0.7g for a total of 2.8g of product. Typically, baked powders are more airy and lighter weight compared to their non-baked counterparts.
This is a baked palette of 4 coordinating shimmery colours. The colours are pigmented, long lasting and blend beautifully on the skin.
I’m not normally a huge fan of baked eye shadows because I find their pigmentation usually lacking – but not these!
The 2 lighter colours are more shimmery whereas the darker 2 are more of a satin finish.
My favourite way to wear this is the darker burgundy shade in the outer third of the eye, the coral pink in the middle, the champagne in the inner corners, and the deepest shade along the lash line.
The compact looks so expensive – it reminds me of a Chanel eye shadow quad!
Moon Dust Face Powder in 02 Fairy Mauve (£6.90 / ~C$11.70)
Look at the pretty box!
I thought this were limited edition but it appears they’re part of the permanent line – thank goodness.
This is a gorgeous baked blush that rivals MAC Mineralize Skin Finishes (and at a fraction of the price).
It imparts a glow onto the skin that isn’t garish and is suitable for wearing during daytime. Although this shade is called Mauve, this applies quite warm-toned – I would call the shade a muted peachy bronze (I just noticed that it’s similar to the 2nd shade from the eye shadow palette – the blush is less pink and not as shimmery as the eye shadow though).
And the packaging on this one is really striking – the unusual heptagon pan shape along with the red bevelled case – I certainly won’t confuse this with any other blushes I own!
Shade Fusion Trio Blush in 05 Marsala (£10.90 / ~C$18.50)
After the shine and showiness of the other 2 baked items, this matte blush seems a little understated.
But I think this blush might be my favourite item of the 3.
It is so versatile – you can use a small brush (I like MAC 109 Small Contour Brush) to pick up just 1 of the shades. Or, you can swirl all 3 together for a combined colour. Or, if you’re game for a challenge, try using a flatter blush brush (like Anna Sui’s Cheek Brush) to sweep across all the colours without mixing them, and sweep onto the cheeks for a gradient blush (with the deepest shade acting as a contour and the lightest shade as a highlight). It actually works!
The powder is so silky soft, it blends into the skin for a natural flush. I found the wear time of this blush to be exceptional – more than 10 hours and still going strong.
I found it interesting that there is no consistency between the packaging of all 3 products – from matte black to splashy red to shiny chrome – I’m assuming they’re from different collections?
All of these products are made in Italy (but of course!) and perform as well as any high-end products. I cannot believe how affordable these are and I’m so happy that I received these in the swap – thank you Isabelle! (Kiko, I beg you, please please come to
North America Canada!)
Have you tried any Kiko products? What are your favourites? I need to plan my next vacation based on where Kiko stores are located! 😉