The grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it?
Well, it’s actually not always greener on the other side, but I think it’s human nature to want what we don’t have and take for granted what we do have.
Look at me for example: I always lust after makeup products I don’t have access to, but often ignore those I have within easy reach.
You know, like, KIKO stores here in Italy are literally everywhere, and I can easily walk past them without even entering (sometimes, LOL). But if, say, a ColourPop store magically appeared in my local mall, I’d get as excited as when I heard there would be a Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix (any fellow fans out there?). That is, super. Freaking. Excited. Bordering hysterical. 😉
Which, you know, is totally unfair to KIKO, since they actually make some truly kick-*ss products, like the ones I’m showing you today, for example. Definitely worth getting very excited for!
KIKO Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks in 106 Mauve & 117 Papaya ($12)
The gorgeous packaging is what first drew me to the Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks, but I was delighted to find out that the formula is not half bad either. Their texture is creamy in a non-slippery way, so that they’re comfortable on the lips, but you don’t need to worry about getting lipstick all over your face and teeth.
Shades 116 Mauve and 117 Papaya are nicely pigmented and pretty long-lasting, but I’ve heard that some colors (the range features 30!) are sheerer and have a shorter wear time than others.
Actually, now that I think of it, I also have 130 Black, which I used for my 2015 wearable Halloween look, and it definitely is sheerer. And, by the way, if you want to go black (or any other very dark shade) on the lips, I’d recommend opting for a matte formula, so that you don’t need to worry about it smearing or getting on your teeth. Just saying…
KIKO Flawless Fusion Bronzer in 03 Cinnamon ($18)
I’ve been using the KIKO Flawless Fusion Bronzer in 03 Cinnamon throughout the winter to give my sallow, corpse-like complexion a pretty healthy glow. It’s one of those sheerer types of bronzers that I usually tend to prefer over the very pigmented ones, as I find them to be more fool-proof and natural-looking.
If you’re interested in a more in-depth review, I have one for you on my blog.
KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadows in 05 Rosy Brown, 06 Golden Brown & 07 Golden Beige ($12)
I’m pretty sure the Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadows are among KIKO’s bestsellers, and they are with good reason. 06 Golden Brown is one of my favorite One Wash Wonders, but the other two shades are still very pretty and have the same long-lasting, easy-to-blend formula that is perfect for when you don’t have much time to do your makeup.
KIKO Velvet Mat Satin Lipsticks in 602 Natural Rose & 607 Passion Red ($9)
Unlike the Gossamer Emotions, which were launched last fall, the Velvet Mat Satin Lipsticks have been around for years and are a real KIKO classic. They’re the closest you can get to a matte finish within KIKO’s permanent collection, but they’re definitely not completely matte. Their satin-matte finish means they last pretty well on the lips without drying them out.
KIKO Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow in 03 Mat Light Mahogany ($14)
Lately I’ve been sooo obsessed with the KIKO Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow in 03 Mat Light Mahogany! If you remember, it was one of the very few products in my travel makeup bag when I recently spent a few days in Edinburgh.
I really like its bouncy, long-wearing formula, but what I love the most is the shade. When I swatched it in store I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I do. I mean, I did like the look of the swatch, as it was a lovely warm brown, but it’s on the lids that it really comes to life. It didn’t translate into the pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one, but it makes my eyes pop like crazy!
What I usually like to do (but forgot to do today, oops!) to make sure I don’t look like I have an eye infection is apply dark brown (or black) liner on the waterline. Nude liner would be great as well, but I never use it since I don’t think it suits me.
All of these beautiful products are from KIKO’s permanent range, and you may find them at KIKO stores or on kikocosmetics.com. Also…have you seen their brand new summer 2016 collection? Let me just tell you it’s a BEAUT! I’ve tested a few pieces and reviewed them for you on carolinapage.eu. See you there! 😉