Last weekend I finally got to visit the beautiful city of Cologne. I haven’t been around Germany all that much, even though it’s right across the border, but my few experiences have been extremely positive. Warm atmosphere, cafes and restaurants buzzing with life, of course my beloved dm, and let’s not forget all the other lovely stores…
The one guest starring today is KIKO. Most of you perhaps already know this brand; it’s an Italian makeup brand originating from Milano. I have been in a KIKO store only once before, when I visited Rome several years ago. The quality of the products is quite good, especially given the price range is pretty affordable.
Visiting a store dedicated to makeup is always a really fun experience for me…Sephora, Inglot, KIKO… could easily be my described as my personal version of Disneyland. I go in, and as my husband likes to say “your eyes light up”. I go into a state of pure frenzy…seriously!
Most of all, I need to restrain myself from throwing everything on the display in my shopping bag 😛 As far as this KIKO visit goes, I think I did pretty well because I had set my budget to €20 tops, and not a cent more!
So what did I get for the 20 bucks?
- 2 Super Colour mascaras (#02 and #03)
- eyeliner pen
- gorgeous blue nail polish
- Colour Shock long lasting eyeshadow (#106 Custom Sugar Green)
I have been a fan of colourful mascaras even since I can remember…some of my first makeup possessions were actually a blue and a brown mascara. As usually the case with these babies, they give colour, but you should not expect much more from them. The Super Colour mascaras are no exception. I got a turquoise (#03) and a blue (#02) one. In the misleading lighting of the store, I unfortunately mistook the blue for purple…..Years ago I had a purple mascara from GOSH, and I have been trying to find something similar ever since. I have not succeeded yet.
Overall, I am happy with the KIKO mascaras. The colours are lovely and subtle, they apply well…That being said, your lashes will get neither length, nor volume. Not a problem for me. I will use these mascaras every now and then, for a pop of fun…after all summer is coming! And that’s all they are meant for to begin with 🙂
I don’t have a whole to say about the eyeliner pen and the nail polish. They are both great!
I would like to share a tad more about the Colour Shock e/s in Custom Sugar Green with you though:
I think I was also the most excited about this product. Why? Well, as you might know, I use mint green plenty in my makeup looks and I figured using a similar colour as a base would intensify the shades even more than the NYX JEP Milk does. When I saw this little jar, I squealed with joy.
It is supposed to be a cream eyeshadow/eyeliner. As you see from the swatch the colour is gorgeous! Once you apply a thin layer of it, it dries quite quickly.
This is where my feelings for this product become mixed…
First of all, the texture reminds me more of a mousse, rather than a cream. It’s just not thick enough to be an eyeliner. I tried applying it that way, but to make the colour come out, I used a lot…so it ended up looking bulky and flaky. It also felt heavy and unpleasant on my lids.
This is the look I attempted with it, inspired by the beautiful Ahitsrosa.
A few days later, I tried using the Colour Shock e/s as a base for CM Detox (mint green loose e/s, one of my absolute favs), instead of NXY Milk…However, it didn’t live up to my expectations. The e/s didn’t attach very well and was not as vibrant.
I am sure that I will eventually find the perfect use for this fabulous green beauty..it’s just too pretty to lay neglected in my makeup stash.
Anyhow, I had a great time in Cologne and am enjoying my new KIKO goodies.
Do you own anything from KIKO? Which is your favourite product from this brand?
And last, but not least, happy Easter holidays everyone!!!