I recently visited a new cosmetic store, Kiko Cosmetics. I was first introduced to the brand by a good friend that mentioned how affordable their products were and that a new location opened up in our region. After seeing a few of their products featured in one of Jackie Aina’s YouTube videos, and being the product junkie that I am, I had to check them out. I visited the location in Westfield Mall in Annapolis, Maryland and spoke with one of the sales associates to discuss more about the brand.
Kiko Cosmetics is an Italian professional cosmetics company that has been around since 1997. Their success in Europe led to openings within the US. Kiko Cosmetics offers a full range of makeup, skin care, nail polish, and accessories. I didn’t have the time that I would have liked to peruse the store, which was probably a good thing, but I was able to test a couple of items before checking out. I was really impressed with the products that I selected. Here’s a look at the products that I purchased.
I am truly pleased with the quality of theses eyeshadows. Let’s first talk about the visuals of the eyeshadows. They are beautifully embossed with a ripple/wave effect that mimicks the patterns that water makes. It slightly reminds me of the MAC In Extra Dimension products that came out a few years ago. When swatching, the shadows were very pigmented and transferred to the skin smoothly without much effort. They have a slightly shimmery metallic effect (more metallic than shimmer). It is good to mention that these shadows can be used dry or wet.
The shades that I purchased were 228 (Taupe), 206 (Pearly Coffee), 205 (Chocolate), and 200 (Champagne). These shadows retail for $14 each, which is a bit more expensive than their traditional eyeshadows.
I hope you did not expect me to get some type of sheer or glossy color because I will disappoint you every time. I always gravitate to matte lipsticks and there were some pretty nice shades on display. I picked up shades 601 Nude Rose (top) and 610 Rosey Brown (bottom). The lipsticks apply smoothly on the lips and are not too drying. They are not super long wearing, you might get a good 3 hour wear from them. It was a wrap after eating and drinking came into play. Although shade 601 is a really pretty soft nude, I could have passed on it because I’m pretty sure I have something similar in my collection. But shade 610 was a keeper because I have nothing like it and the 90’s brown lipstick is on trend right now. These lipsticks retail for $9 each.
I have yet to try this foundation because my tan hasn’t quite lifted enough although the shade that I selected was close. The shade that I picked up was 110 (Warm Beige). This foundation has a relatively decent color range if your skin tone is light to medium, but if you have a deeper skin tone they have like 2 shades (no bueno). This foundation appears to be similar to the MAC Water Weight Foundation for a bit less ($26).
The formula is pretty lightweight and appears to spread nicely, which means that a little will probably go a long way. I also believe that this foundation has buildable coverage. The foundation appeared to dry to a natural skin-like finish. I’ll blog my findings once I give it a try.
I picked up only one lip pencil, but at $6 each I should have gotten a few more. I selected lip pencil 312 (Plum) that appeared to go well with the Rosey Brown (610) shade. The formula was very smooth and did not tug too hard on the skin.
Overall, I think that Kiko cosmetics is a great brand for those who may want to purchase products that are a bit more luxe than drugstore brands while staying within their budget.
Have you tried Kiko Cosmetics yet?
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