I’VE GOT A CONFESSION TO MAKE. I stared at this Kiko Artist Spring Makeup Collection for a whole month thinking ‘what pretty packaging’, but still feeling entirely uninspired (very un–artist like, I know) for a very long time. YES I’ll admit, it was in makeup snob in me. I am suckered in too easily by the high-end brands and their haute couture packaging and pseudo-expensive sounding ingredient list, which means I stupidly almost didn’t discover how AWESOME the Kiko Artist Collection really is.
Makeup girls love KIKO. It’s like a much more affordable MAC but still with the quality and integrity. Rumour has it the products actually come out of the same factory as MAC, so there may be some truth behind the constant the comparisons…
Why do I love this collection? Let’s start with the amazing base products. Glacial Light Soft Sifter Foundation (£12.90) is a water based brightening foundation that comes in a screw top pot with a light cushion dispenser. I was never a fan of the spongey foundations that came about a few years ago but there seems to be a recent revival in the form of cushion/netted foundations and I’ve been super impressed with everything I tried so far (the PUR minerals one is ON POINT).
I’m still testing this and am dubious about how long the product will last. Will it dry up due to the packaging? Time will tell but so far I love the coverage and feeling of this product. It feel distinctly high end on the skin. I think my spring makeup looks will feature this ultra light glowing formulation a lot.
The 2 Blending Wave Multicolor Blush (£10.90) I received are also uh-mazing. 2 shades artistically yet complimentary clash in the pan. I’m using one to add in a bronze-y glow and warmth and one as a blush. The effect is glowy and natural with just the right amount of colour. I love the sheen in them too, perfect for spring.
The Artist Stroke Mineral Loose Eyeshadows (£6.90) are pretty but I honestly don’t have enough hours in the day to mess around with loose pigment. I’ll leave these to the real MUA’s.
The Fine Art LipPencils (£4.90) and Colour Click Lipsticks (£6.90) are all super bright spring shades and are well matched to a liner. Also, not sure if this is accidental or just plain genius thinking but the triangular shape means the pencil doesn’t roll off surfaces and destroy my carpets every time I use it. I’ve tested these and the liners are a fair comparison to MAC in pigment and longevity. The lipsticks are moisturizing and have a subtle shine to them but I’d have preferred these in a more matte formulation to match the liners. The colour way is cute from spring but nothing groundbreaking.
Let’s talk about this Signature Eyemarker (£6.90) with its unique spatula shaped nib to enable thick or thin lining. It’s super black and pigmented, although because of the lack of ergonomic tip I did struggle to create that infinite looking point I crave when I do my liquid eyeliner. Although this could just be my very limited liquid eyeliner skillz, I suggest giving this a go before purchase.
The star of the collection and because I am highlighter crazy right now, is the Glowing Pearl Cushion Highlighter (£8.90), an illuminating pen with a click click pen cushion/sponge delivery mechanism. There are 2 shades and is perfect for running over the areas you want to highlight with ease. I like to run mine down my nose for that covetable instaglam-glow, as most of my highlighter brushes are too clunky for this. *Apologies for lack of photos of this* I lost this product mid shoot and had to just move on before I lost the will to live. Very unprofessional of me and of course it showed up when I was tidying up half an hour later #realife.
Finally KIKO have included 2 pretty awesome brushes in this drop. 10/10 for eye catching design, the Artist Powder Face Brush and Artist Foundation Face Brush (both £13.90) are really good quality for the price point as well. I think they are super pretty to look at but in the back of my mind I’m like “Shit, these are gunna get real dirty real fast” :/.
The Artist Collection is limited edition and is available in store and online now.
First impression on this collection? Will you pick a few pieces up or let it pass you by?