Monday, 15 August 2016

Kiko Milano Glasgow Haul

Hi Guys,

A couple of months ago Kiko Milano opened a store on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, although they already have another store in Glasgow, located at the Fort. It can be a little tricky to get to unless you drive, so I was very excited to hear about its launch in the City Centre. Kiko is a store I've visited a few times when down in London at their Regent Street store, however I haven't tried much from them at all. Although they are highly raved about, especially when it comes to their eye products. 
As part of their launch day, they had a special promotion on, that the first two hundred customers would receive a goody bag with a purchase, so really how could I say no? But as well as running in on the launch day, I've been back to pick up more items from their sale. Which had up to 70% off a lot of popular and limited edition items. 
 Included in the goody bag on the launch day, were three full size items. Which I couldn't quite believe as they are mainly all products I had heard great things about beforehand. It was a bit of a pick and mix when it came to the colours you received, but luckily all three items are something I would wear.

Included in the bag was the Lavendar Water Eyeshadow, you can use this eyeshadow formula wet or dry. I love how it dips in the centre which is great for using it when wet, so not to wet the whole shadow. Once wet you find it applies more opaquely than when dry, when they are used dry they result in more of a wash of colour. 

I haven't tried this product yet, but also included was the Perfect Gel Duo in Fuchsia.  After a bit of investigating, I've noticed that you cant actually buy these separately either, so if you're looking for a Gel Topcoat, you have to buy it in the duo form. Which I do find a bit frustrating as I think overall I would use the topcoat more than the colour, but oh well!

There was also the Super Gloss in Mat Pink, which is the first lip product I've tried from Kiko. It's got a good amount of pigmentation to it and doesn't feel sticky on the lips. It wasn't drying either and the wear time meant that it disappeared evenly and slowly, compared to other glosses. However I would say the shade itself is more on the coral side than pink. 
Possibly one of the most popular products, especially in the blogosphere, are the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. I must admit they were my sole reason to pop into the store and I cant actually believe its taken me so long to join in and grab a couple. I got the shades Golden Chocolate and Golden Brown, as I've realised I don't actually seem to own a lot of neutral shades. So I'm going back to the rustic shades with these wonder sticks, the subtle shimmer that runs through them just mesmerises me.

I think certain products, especially creams with a shimmer can sometimes be deceiving, as shimmer and glitter usually falls down straight after application. However with these, the shimmer is staying put, you don't need to worry about being left with a wishy wash of colour. The pigmentation of these is incredible, especially for their price point. Even once blended out, you don't lose that intense colour and they will not budge, you don't even need to worry about setting them with a powder either.
On my second venture to the store, I bumped into Andrew from Beauty and the Boy (surprise, surprise, we were watching the shadow sticks...) and he may or may not of talked me into a few things, haha. Including the Artist Stroke Mineral Loose Shadow in Skill Blue, a loose pigment, housed in a little jar with a lace sift top. Andrew swayed me on this one after saying its a pretty good dupe for Illamasqua Android, so of course I had to give it a go. It's a really finely milled loose midnight blue pigment, with a subtle silver shimmer. Plus because its got a lace top, you cant really spill too much product at a time, as it keeps it nice and contained in the pot. 

I also grabbed another Water Eyeshadow in Emerald Green to pair up with the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Emerald Green. I think once both of these are layered, you can make a really gorgeous dark emerald smokey eye with quite minimal work. Buff out the cream stick first and just pat on the water shadow, just to boost the colour and to add that little bit of extra sparkle to the eye. Plus to fuel my blue obsession this season, I added a Ocean Blue shadow stick to my basket too. 
(Swatches: Left to Right - Mat Pink, Lavender, Emerald Green Water Shadow, Skill Blue, Golden Brown, Ocean Blue, Golden Chocolate, Emerald Green Long Lasting Shadow Stick)
Two other products, which were last minute buys, but I forgot to photograph! Are the Mixing Solution and Pure Clean Mini Wipes, both recommendations from Andrew and both great little handy products. The mixing solution alone is a massive bottle, 50ml for such a fantastic price. A lot of mixing solutions for loose pigments can get quite pricy, but this one is cheap and cheerful and most importantly effective.

But if I could only tell you to run out and grab one thing to give a good go from Kiko, its just got to be the Long Lasting Stick Shadows. Im already tempted to run back myself... 

Eloise x


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