KIKO has been popping up on my radar quite frequently this past year. I first spotted it in Rome and may be because it was a weekend, the store was packed with people and I avoided stepping in. If that was any indication of its popularity, KIKO has been everywhere, on blogs on videos! As expected, one of the brands I was determined to explore on my next trip to Europe was this. Here is what happened at the KIKO store in Madrid, one fine afternoon!
If you haven’t heard about KIKO before, its an affordable, great quality makeup brand with its roots in Italy. Its a cruelty free professional makeup brand which caters to women with different beauty needs and preferences.
First thing I picked up was their Long Lasting Shadow Sticks in 04 and 06. These shadow sticks have gained a lot of popularity in recent times, and after a couple of uses I agree with the hype around them. They were more than 30 shades to choose from but I stuck to the basics. The ones I picked are both bronze-brown colors with shimmer, 04 which is darker and 06. I used these to create a soft smokey eye the other day, and it stayed put for 8 hours with no creasing! The shadow sticks were €6.90 each.
I also picked up the Vibrant Eye Pencil in 600, black. It reminded me a lot of the Nars Larger Than Life eyeliner in Via Veneto, in color pay off and longevity. Another color which i couldn’t resist was No. 603 from the same line which is pretty similar to MAC Teddy with less red undertones. I have issues with several eye liners that cause my eyes to tear, but none of it happened with these beauties. They retail for €5.20.
KIKO’s Nail Lacquer aisle was my next stop. They had several formulas and I picked up the classic ones. Plenty of shades as you can see and they are all fabulous! Again there were a multitude of shades to choose from in each formula, without any funky smell, glossy and non-streaky finish and long lasting! The price €1.99! What do you get for that much these days? Another thing that I got was the KIKO alternative to the Bourjois nail color remover, which comes in the pot. This by the way, was half the price of that and just as good!
Other recommendations from the brand include their Full Coverage Concealer which was reminiscent of the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer or the MAC studio Fix. It stayed put well under my eyes without creasing and comes at a fraction of the price of its high end alternative.
Their face powders and blushes were very smooth and pigmented. The products had no discernible smell which made them feel like a more expensive product than they actually are.
This was definitely a eye makeup heavy haul, but for a good reason. I am pretty happy with my haul and excited about each of these! I wish I had picked up more but, doesn’t that always happen? Another time!
Have you tried anything from KIKO? What are your recommendations from the brand? Let us all know!
Thank you so much for reading! 🙂