Kiko Makeup Milano


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Yeah, I recycled this photo from my Westfield post.. bad blogger!

Kiko Makeup Milano is an Italian cosmetics brand that has just opened its first UK store in Westfield Stratford City. When I popped in there on my first visit to Westfield, it was opening weekend and the place was heaving so I didn’t have a proper look around like I wanted to. In fact, I let Colin pick out which few items I should pick up to try.

The products don’t seem to have names, but the nail polish I got was number 300. Take a look!

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An undeniably beautiful blue with a seriously shimmery finish. Up close it looks as though it has tiny microglitters in it – blue, green, silver. It’s lovely! The formula was great, just the right consistency and really easy to work with. Slightly sheer, though – the above is three coats to cover any visible nail line. The brush is really nice to use too, it’s a flat one – reminiscent of the OPI wide brush but skinnier. Which is good for me, because my nails are narrow so the OPI wide brush is always too big for my little fingernail! Haha. Either way, for £3.50 I have no complaints with the polish.

I did feel there was a little something missing, though, so I slapped on a coat of a polish that turns the average into the stunning. Inglot XL1, a no-nonsense sparkle-in-your-face topcoat. Now THAT is a good combination! It almost looks galactic :)

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Now as much as I love blue nail polish, I very rarely wear blue on the eyes because my eyes are blue and I feel like it does nothing for them. But Colin loves blue eye makeup on me, so he chose the Colour Sphere eyeshadow in 36, a mineralised eyeshadow, along with the Long Lasting Stick eyeshadow in 18.

I probably would have picked up the stick of my own volition – they are just like MAC’s Shadesticks but BETTER! These are softer, creamier (I always find the MAC ones get really hard and you have to warm them right up to get any even colour out of them) and just nicer to use. Shade 18 is a beautiful gunmetal grey packed with micro shimmer particles in all colours of the rainbow. SO pretty! The Colour Sphere eyeshadow, though, I definitely wouldn’t have gone for myself for the simple reason that it’s blue. Colin swatched it on my hand and I was like ‘meh, it’s alright’, then I swatched it over the shadestick. PHWOAR!

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Shadestick 18, eyeshadow 36, then the eyeshadow swatched over the shadestick

HOW pretty? Powerful shimmery blue goodness! I wasn’t going to argue with the swatch, it was too sparkly and pretty. So I parted with £5.90 for the shadestick and £4.90 for the eyeshadow (I think). And I regret nothing!

A few days after buying them, I wore the eyeshadow over the shadestick (with another base of MAC Paint in Bare Canvas to minimise creasing), with a little matte black eyeshadow in the crease for a full on smokey eye. I really, really liked it actually! And after about 10 hours of wear (8 of which were spent in the hot kitchen at work) I’d experienced only minor creasing. Nothing that wasn’t fixable with a quick smudge with my finger… come on, we ALL do that! What I found interesting though was that the shadestick claims on its packaging to deliver ’8 hour no-transfer performance’ – so it actually surpassed its own claims! And I’m always impressed when something holds up well in my work environment.

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In short, I am thoroughly impressed with my first experience of Kiko. I’m definitely going back for more – I want to explore everything in the store! In fact, by the time this goes live I should already be in possession of more from the brand as I’m scheduling quite far in advance at the moment. So watch this space for more Italian goodness from Kiko Makeup Milano!

Have you tried Kiko?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00884299797866623834 Laura

    Oh yes, I do like Kiko. I picked up 5 polishes when I discovered their store in Paris and love them all. I think they were cheaper there though at €2.50 a bottle!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16718808617292111069 Robyn

    We have one of these in the other Westfield…. did NOT realise it was so cheap! Will check it out today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01610878056667602844 Divassence!

    The colour looks gorgeous! Wish we get stuff like this in India!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05888948546222748026 Demonicsmurfette

    Wow- that eyeshadow is AMAZING- especially at that price. I was sure Kiko would be more over here. They need to expand their stores! Get out of London, interesting MU companies!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05260503842142417404 Patricia

    yayyy, glad you loved all your purchases :) i love all my Kiko products too, and the best thing is that everything is so inexpensive it really doesn’t matter if it’s not that great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12177884553178125456 Alice @ NailsbyAlice

    I love kiko producs and I’m proud of this italian brand :) :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04326188460158185336 Kim

    Holy moly the shadow over the shadestick is right up my street! I demand you set a date for a Westfield trip avec moi so we can raid Kiko! :) xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13592839668699751429 Migo

    Those are some cool colors to choose from. Have the ones suited for your skin.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17822004306035220634 jasmin rio

    The price is cheaper than I expected. I’m loving that shimmery blue eyeshadow.

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