So, I was heading home from a lovely little meet up with a couple of friends in London when I see something shining bright like a diamond out the corner of my eye. It stopped me in my tracks. “For goodness sake” I thought to myself as I had already just spent enough money on dinner and a couple of items of clothing, plus the fact that my train was literally 20 mins away from being missed didn’t help.
Ok… So I have run out of my powder and my mascara is getting pretty dry, and a makeup artist can never have enough makeup right? So, feeling like a naughty school kid going for a sneaky fag break, I sidestepped into the shop as if I was on an undercover mission. HELLO KIKO!!!
So, one of my weaknesses is a good lip product, whether it be a lipstick or lip liner. I was in need of a new natural lip liner, however the colours were just pretty limited, so I ended up being tempted by the pencil lipgloss, which I thought being in a pencil form would be a good alternative. All a little bit controversial for me as I’m not really a massive gloss fan.
THE VERDICT. The consistency is glorious… it goes on real smooth and like a gloss isn’t sticky or gloopy due to it being a pencil. The colour pay off is also very good, it doesn’t take forever to build up. However, if you like a gloss.. it really isn’t very glossy, as you can see from the photos. Another slight downfall is that, unlike a normal lipliner which is generally more solid in form, this being a gloss means it softer and runs down quicker so you have to sharpen it a lot, not ideal on the go.
I then looked at the insane wall of mascaras. There were soo many! Recently I have had lash extensions (which I will also be blogging about) and they are all getting slightly ratty where I am letting them drop out naturally, so I asked a kind young gentleman for some advice on making the most of my balding lashes. He ended up selling me the volumeeyes+ mascara because I said I needed something to get to the little hairs that are between my extensions but volume them up. The brush is wicked, because it does just this.With the thick wand tapering into a skinny end you can cater to any type of lash. From what I can tell you with the way my lashes are at the moment, it gives a really nice buildable finish and IT DOESNT DROP!!! I struggle so much with mascara leaving me with panda eyes it drives me nut, so this is ideal. It maybe not the blackest of mascaras though. I will re review this when I am back to just my natural lashes.
The last purchase was the compact mineral powder. I absolutely love MAC mineralise skinfinish powder… so I thought, due to the Kiko alternative being £9.90 it would be interesting to see how it compares. The first thing I will point out is it’s actually really natural on the skin. it does take quite a while to build, so you may get through it quicker, but its very smooth looking, i.e. not powdery. With any powder, I personally prefer to use a brush as it gives a more even and blended finish. However if you do like quite a full coverage a sponge may do that quicker. Colour wise, I would always say try before you buy. Unfortunately, I was in the shop with extremely white lighting which made the colours look slightly bleached out. In a hurry i just picked one and when I got home, it was too dark and I looked like a satsuma.
All in all, the three products are amazing value for money, and I would purchase them again.