Not gonna lie, but shopping at Kiko Make Up Milano was hella stressful.
I checked out one of the big Italian brand’s freestanding stores in Milan last month, and it was PACKED! Wall-to-wall teenagers, makeup and Japanese tourists, except for one short, brown beauty blogger and a really clueless American dude who zigzagged into the store, held up a shopping list on his phone and bellowed to no one in particular, “I need to bring all this home to my girlfriend or she’s gonna kill me.” HA HA! Seriously, I couldn’t make this sh*z up.
There wasn’t a lot of room in the store to move around because every square inch was covered with makeup (stimulus overload!). Enhancing the effect, they blasted loud techno music, so it was kinda like being in da club, or a makeup hybrid of Forever 21/Claire’s/Abercrombie and Fitch.
But the store was hopping for a reason. COLOR! It’s everywhere at Kiko, and the line is HUGE! They must have thousands of different products, everything from makeup to skin care to nail polishes, and even stuff for dudes. Better still, their products are all fairly affordable at 2-20€ apiece (about $2.50-$30).
In the short time I was there, I looked closely at some of their eyeshadows, lipsticks and polishes, and from what I saw/tried, the line compares to some of our upscale drugstore brands like Sonia Kashuk here in the US.
Which means it’s good.
Here are some overview shots of their eyeshadows and nail polishes. As you can see, the selection’s HUGE!
I didn’t have much room in my luggage to bring home very much, but a few things did make it home with me, you know, for further research.
From left: Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 10 (7 euros), Volumeyes Mascara (4 euros), Sparkle Touch Nail Lacquer (4 euros) and Double Glam Eyeliner in 05 (7 euros)
From top to bottom: Sparkle Touch Nail Lacquer, Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 10, Double Glam Eyeliner in 05 and Volumeyes Mascara
From left: Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 10, Double Glam Eyeliner in 05 and Volumeyes Mascara, Volumeyes Mascara
and Sparkle Touch Nail Lacquer
Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 10
The green side of Double Glam Eyeliner in 05
The purple side of Double Glam Eyeliner in 05
Swatches from left: Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 10, Volumeyes Mascara, green side of Double Glam Eyeliner in 05 purple side of Double Glam Eyeliner in 05
Sparkle Touch Nail Lacquer
Swatch of Sparkle Touch Nail Lacquer
Some notes on the products:
Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 10: My favorite of the bunch. Not only is it unbelievably soft and blendable, but the color’s shockingly bright yet still lasts hours before fading or creasing (it’s also somewhat waterproof, although I can’t tell if it’s classified as such). This gets an “A” for Awesome from me.
Volumeyes Mascara: Maybe not the best thickening mascara I’ve ever tried, but it separates and lengthens lashes well. Applying it atop an extra layer of a separate mascara should give it more oomph!
Double Glam Eyeliner in 05: This dual-ended pencil liner is like Kiko’s version Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners. It applies smoothly, with tons of color, and stays put once dry.
Sparkle Touch Nail Lacquer: Frak me! I should’ve checked this bottle for “freshness” at the store, because when I opened it back at home, I saw that it had clearly been used. The rim was crusty and covered in the gunk. YUCK! The polish itself is just a’ight — thick, but that may be due to the fact that it was probably sitting in someone’s bathroom for months before they decided to return it. Grr…
As far as I’ve been able to tell, the line’s currently only available at Kiko stores or through their website, kikocosmetics.com. Sadly for us and at least for now, they only ship to addresses in Italy. Hopefully that changes soon, and I suspect it will.
They do have an English version of their website, but it’s just to tease international visitors (no online purchases).
Have you ever heard of (or tried) Kiko Make Up Milano before?
A dizzying experience at the pool
The weirdest thing happened to me at the pool yesterday! And, no, thankfully it doesn’t involve public nudity or mysterious things floating in the water.
I’d spent about 10 minutes just kinda floating and doing a slow, lazy freestyle stroke back and forth in the water. Then, when I got out of the pool I swooned and almost fell to my knees. I got hit by a sudden dizzy, nauseous spell, unlike anything that’s ever happened to me before. I’ve always felt pretty comfortable in the water, so I’m not sure if the swimming had anything to do with it.
Has anything like this ever happened to you after swimming? I wonder what it could be…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,