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It is on the third day of a roadtrip my friends and I did during the Summer, that I had the opportunity to shop at Kiko Milano. This cosmetic brand is known among bloggers and vloggers who are interested in anything concerning makeup and beauty. It offers a wide range of products - from nail polish to makeup, but also skincare items, brushes, and travel pouches - and has a price range comparable to the drugstore with amazing quality products. When I am about to go somewhere I have never been to, I always spend a bit of time beforehand getting to know some places to eat, shop, and particular points to see. It was during one of those sessions, when I was looking what was available in the city of Lille, that I came across Kiko and my mind was made up. If there was a window for me to shop once we were there, I would take it.
Naturally, I was like a kid in a candy shop...although I am not going to lie, I am the kid in the candy shop whenever that happens, so nothing has changed. In the end I took seven items back with me to the hotel - three lipsticks and four long lasting eyeshadow sticks. The latter was mentioned by Lily Pebbles, and intrigued me. Eyeshadow in a stick form that is easy and quick to apply. Right up my street, I thought. Personally, I find it hard to get myself to take that extra step of putting eyeshadow on even though that the times I do, I love the look. It's not like I do not have the availability of colours, but for some reason I just can't get the hang of it. An idea like this was something I had to try. Luckily for me, it was on offer - hence the four shades: 4, 6, 38, 39. Unfortunately no fun names on the packaging, but they do have names on the website next to the numbers which is quite logical as there are 44 shades available. The four shades I have are basically a brown eyeshadow quad - 04 Golden Chocolate is a warm brown, 06 Golden Brown is a gold bronzed brown, 38 Golden Taupe is a cool taupe brown, and 39 Dark Taupe is a dark brown. Things to dislike? The shimmer can be a bit overpowering. Shade 4 especially has quite chunky glitters in it that I really dislike, but if you blend quickly you can get most of them away so it is manageable. Things to love? The longevity, ease of application and blendability, and a wide range of available colours.
Then, I also picked up three lipsticks from the Velvet Mat-Satin lipstick line (consisting of fifteen shades in total) in the shades 611 Autumn Pink, 612 Strawberry Pink, and 614 Dark Berry. The packaging has a unique click system, by pushing on the top the lipstick clicks loose and comes out at the bottom which is a nifty feature I really like. There are several other ranges within the Kiko brand, and each one of the standard lipstick lines has a distinct coloured packaging, making it easy for you to distinguish between the different finishes. It is the little things that count. Things to dislike? This is up for personal preference of course, but keep in mind that I choose pretty "neutral shades" to match my complexion, the colours are not intense, although nicely pigmented. Things to love? The overall longevity is great. Pat the product in and it even lasts through your meal. The finish gives a semi-mat finish and does not dry your lips because of its finish.
Here are some photos I took wearing the eyeshadow stick in shade 39 on my lids and a bit under my waterline along with the three lipstick shades. On the left we have 611, a brown nude with red undertones, in the middle 612, a more bright and uplifting pink with a slight hint of coral, and on the right 614, a darker pink with warm red undertones. Overall, I am very happy with the products I got, and am very pleased to tell you that I went to Amsterdam on Friday and visited Kiko for the second time. Soon there will be one in Eindhoven which is a lot closer to home - an hour by train - so you might be seeing more of this brand.