If you ever happen to find yourself in a Kiko store and you're not sure what to buy, then this is the post for you.
I recently found myself staying right next to a Kiko store in Rome and hadn't a clue what were the best products to get. I knew they have a cult following and can be hard to get hold of, or expensive in the UK, so I had a good old trawl around the beauty blogs and found the products with the most mentions. I then went in armed with my uber-list and bought it all! It was only £30 for all 9 products (it would be more like £50 in the UK)
Ultra Tech Curve Mascara - £7.90
This was a steal. It really does curl the lashes and gives some decent length and volume too. The wand is a small plastic curved affair and works perfectly. You need a few strokes of the wand to get the kind of coverage I like. It was on offer when bought it, and was only 3.90 euros, which is less that £3 so I bought 4!
Double Glam Eyeliner £6.90
This was recommend as a dupe for the Urban Decay 24/7 liners that are reknowned for their stay-put-ability. I swatched this shade on my hand and the blue glittery end is just beautiful, it is such a deep blue and has a jewel tone to it. Both ends are equally smooth and glide without any drag. I do find the black end to be a little soft and so is better for a full on smoky eye rather than a daytime look. Both ends have some serious staying power, I just swatched them in the shop end then had a shower and washed my hands twice, it still didn't budge. I ended up having to use eye makeup remover to get it off my hand.
Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow - £6.90
I bought these in 2 shades as I couldn't make up my mind. The first one is a bronze golden shadow (06 Golden Brown) and the second a shimmery navy (17 Midnight Blue.) Both are a stick format and are super pigmented. I apply them to the lid and then blend them out with a brush as they are too dark for my eyes on their own. I would use them a s a thick eyeliner without smudging. These again have great staying power. The bronze is definitely my favourite. It gives a nice sheen and some depth. I like the navy, but it is a shade too dark and so looks more grey on application.
From Top - blue eyeliner, navy eyeshadow stick, golden eyeshadow stick and purple super colour liner
I have been trying to get one of these for a years, but I refuse to spend £15+ for the privilege of MAC's offering. When I saw this for £3ish, I jumped at the chance. It is designed to be used with a loose eyeshadow like MAC Paint Pots or Barry M Dazzle Dust as it gives the powder something to adhere too and makes the colours more vibrant. The main reason I bought it was for intensifying eyeshadows to use as smudgy lines. I have been using saline drops so far, which works well, but I wanted to know what the proper version would be like. I must say, so far so good. I don't think it is necessarily much different than using saline, but it does add a little more staying power and the dropper is handy.
Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush £7.90
I have always wanted a NARS multiple but the price has put me off. What happens if I spend £30 and the shade isn't quite right! I decided to try one of these as they are often touted as a good dupe. I really like the blend ability of these, You just dot the colour on and you can either rub it in with your finger or a buff in with a blending brush. I went for the shade 06 Geranium as it has a more dusky colour to it. It is a dark, peachy rose, if that makes sense, and is super natural on my skin. It has no shimmer at all, which is exactly as I wanted it. There is however other shades with a sheen if that is what you are looking for. I have enough highlighting products at the moment so stared away from the glitter, and they can be a bit tough to get right on older skin.
Super Colour Eyeliner in 110 Pearly Regal Purple - £6.90
Love, Love, Love this. It has the nicest wand and the colour is just sublime, it a vibrant deep purple and is shot through with fine glitter. It is great to add some shine to your eyes and looks perfect with hazel eyes. I would just as happily use this on the school run as for a Christmas Party. The applicator is excellent as it has just the right amount of give and so is a doddle to get a nice tight line along the lashes.
I bought 2 of these as they were about £1.40 each! These are just their standard formula. Both are great neutral rose colours that you could wear all week and they would go with whatever you choose to wear. I got 486 Tea Rose and 375 Bois de Rose. They have good coverage, a decent high shine finish and last as long as any other nail varnish does on me. I found the brush wide enough to coat the nail in one go, which is my standard test for ease of application. They don't necessarily need 2 coats either. Result!
If you fancy trying any of the above, Kiko now offer free delivery in the UK. It can take about 7 days to arrive, as it comes from Italy. But for those of you not lucky enough to live near Westfield or Oxford Street, it 's ideal. The prices in the UK are identical to Italy's Euro price which means that you pay a slight premium as the fx rate is around 1.4 euros to our pound at present. It is still great value for money though and easily on parr with brands such as Bourgeois and Revlon.