On my last trip to Berlin, I picked up 4 eyeshadows from Kiko Cosmetics, a brand from Milano. Kiko Cosmetics is located in selected cities in Europe, and is starting to expand into new territories. All the prices in the store are very reasonably priced (blushes are 6 euros, eyeshadows are 4 euros and mineralised eyeshadows are 6 euros), and even cheaper than those found in the drugstore. It has a large variety of shades and products - from nailpolishes, eyeshadows, face products, lippies, blushes, eyeliners you name it. And they're not conservative either - if you need to find that right tone of green blue eyeshadow, they probably have it. The store is always packed, and there's always someone restocking the displays. There is simply no such thing as 'sold out' here in Kiko Cosmetics.
Now, I must say that I was rather conservative in my selection of eyeshadows. Perhaps I should have been more adventurous, but I wasn't really feeling like it that day. I did settle with 4 neutral tone shades to be paired up for this look I have on today.
'Highly Pigmented Eyeshadows' is the name, with shades named in numbers (which makes it even more confusing!) - so here it is:
118 - is a neutral tone champagne, almost like my skin colour, and has a slight shimmer. I was quite disappointed in the texture of this eyeshadow - I hardly had any oil on my fingers, and I already notice that hardening on the surface. I had to rub vigorously to get a decent swatch on my fingers. I dislike it, and I'm already considering of tossing it.
122 - is a matte greyish beige, which I thought to use to blend out harsh lines. It has better pigmentation than 118, fortunately enough.
135 - is a plum with microglitter. This one was pigmented and rather beautiful when swatched, and probably my favorite of the four.
134 - is a dark brown with microglitter. This one was also pigmented, and applies beautifully on the extension of the lashline. HOWEVER, this was a real b£$(* to blend. Really.
I hate to say this, especially knowing that there are so many good quality drugstore dupes out there, but sometimes I really do believe that you get what you pay for. Burberry eyeshadows are exquisite - even shades that are barely noticeable on the lids, blend well with other shades. Of course there are exceptions to this rule - many expensive brands release terribly mediocre quality. What do I think of Kiko eyeshadows? They're great in terms of variety, but the quality of them is largely a hit or miss. For 4 euros a pop, it's not bad to experiment.
Here is a look featuring all the four eyeshadows swatched today.
What are you up to this Saturday? I am off to an Orthodox Easter Mass at midnight! But first heading to the bar for some drinks. How unorthodox! :-D
Have a lovely evening!