A: We recently made a trip to London for a launch party (click here if you want to see more!), and whilst Chloe and I were taking the obligatory ‘we’re on a train’ selfies, I suddenly realised I had left my lipstick at home. But don’t panic, our route from the tube station to the event was planned by following make-up shops (we are beauty bloggers after all). Our first stop was KIKO MILANO – an Italian professional cosmetics brand that features a range of cutting-edge makeup, face and body treatments. We knew we would probably end up heading here anyway; regardless of the lack of lipstick situation, because Chloe’s lovely mother-number-two actually bought her some Kiko goodies back from a trip to Italy in June (you can find the post here). She loved the products, and with the first UK store opening in April this year we hadn’t had chance to visit one for ourselves (we live in the middle of nowhere) – until now!
We visited the store on Regent Street, just off Oxford Circus, and it was SO busy. The layout of the store is amazing though, with really good lighting (you know when you go in some make-up stores and the lighting is SO bright and makes you look/feel horrendous? Totally not like that, we didn’t feel too scared to look in a mirror) and the products were well labelled and stocked. There was a lot of pushing from customers though, with everyone desperate to have get a good look everything. The products were spread across two floors but we actually only had a look round the one floor because we didn’t have much time! So what did I purchase?
Velvet Mat Satin Lipstick in Autumn Pink Shade 611 – £6.90
“Mat satin lipstick with exclusive design”
This is the best lipstick packaging I have ever seen – hands down. It’s rose gold and beautiful – but does take a little working out (there are even instructions on how to open it on the inside of the box!). Once its open, you can see the quality of the product. It smells lovely and when it’s applied it super creamy and velvety too. This shade is a gorgeous deep brownish pink with a subtle red tint. It lasted all night too, I only had to reapply once, it almost has a staining quality. As you can probably guess, I am head-over-heels in love with this. The colour, the formula – everything about it. Plus it’s one of the only pink shades I’ve been able to find that suits me!! Ginger and pink clash in a very bad way. I also cannot believe the price of this. I would even go as far as saying that I prefer it’s texture and quality to that of my MAC matte lipstick (!!?), and it’s less than half the price!
Colour Sphere Eyeshadow in Avio Multicolour Shade 26 – £5.90
“Baked silk effect eye shadow, brilliant and easy to blend”
I normally wear eye shadows as a liner, rather than an all-over lid colour, but I thought this could work really well for both – if I am brave enough to branch out a little. Plus I don’t have a bluish toned eye shadow and I read somewhere that it’s the best colour to wear for blue eyes (I might be wrong!). It has a navy base colour with undertones of grey and gold with a gold/silver shimmer and micro glitter. I’ve used this nearly everyday for since I’ve had it, it works so well as a liner applied with a damp brush for an every day look – but also smudged out more of a smokey-eye effect. It lasts all day too! The packaging feels really high-end and durable. Not something I would expect at all from spending £5.90, it almost has a MAC look about it. There are 30 colours in this collection, plus a massive range of other eye shadow collections, all at amazing prices!
I thought I’d include some swatches to give you a true photo of how the products look when they’re applied. I’m so happy with my choices, it wasn’t an easy decision to make because Kiko have such a wide range.
If you haven’t checked out KIKO already, you should head to their website right now. They are like ELF, but better quality – don’t get me wrong, I love ELF but sometimes their packaging can be a little off, and KIKO have hit the packaging nail on the head.
Have you tried any products from Kiko Cosmetics? #twolittleowlsblog