Ever since their UK launch many moons ago, I have been wearing Kiko makeup, trying out their limited edition collections and loving the results. So to say that these lipsticks are my favourite type of product from Kiko Milano, EVER, is a pretty bold claim.
They have created over 65 different shades in three different finishes to suit everyone, every look and all tastes.
Firstly there’s the Kiko Milano Glossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick of which there are 30 shades, then theres the Kiko Milano Glossy Dream Sheer Lipstick which comes in 15 different colours and finally theres the Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick which currently comes in 20 shades.
The first thing that drew me to these lipsticks is the packaging. One simply cannot get away from the fact that the packaging is absolutely stunning. They open by clicking the button on the top and sliding the bottom part out; very luxe, weighty and expensive feeling, especially with the copper combined with the gunmetal and brushed champagne metallic packaging.
The packaging varies slightly between the three different formulas. However they’re all distinctive and a touch of luxury at a realistic price point. They even have the KK logo imprinted into the lipstick itself which is another luxe touch that tends to be associated with higher end brands.
These Kiko lipsticks are housed in by far the most sophisticated and beautiful packaging that Kiko have ever done and for me, they have really elevated my opinion of the brand.
When I was first asked if I’d like to try out these lipsticks, I requested creamy and sheer formulas as I thought that I couldn’t possibly like the matte formula.
I have tried matte lipsticks in the past, such as Ruby Woo by MAC but the formula is far too drying for me. I have found a small number of matte finish lipsticks that I have liked but the vast majority I have tried have felt so drying, I thought my lips were going to peel off. Don’t even mention Colour Pop to me or my lips may shrivel at the very thought!
However since I first received these lipsticks and tried them out, I have been into a Kiko store, tried out and bought the Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick formula and I’m pleased to report that I was wrong to have not wanted to try them in the first place.
The Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks are a matte formula but they’re a comfortable, creamier matte- not too dissimilar from the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks. I have quite a few of those now and while I haven’t compared them side by side yet, I would say that they are an exceptionally good alternative- the shape of the bullet is even similar!
I’ll be sharing my latest purchases in a Kiko post very soon, including that matte lipstick, as they’ve just opened up inside the Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland which is near to where I grew up.
However for now, I’ll share with you the four lipsticks in the two formulas that I have had plenty of opportunity to try out over the last couple of months.
Undoubtedly, my favourite of the four lipsticks has to be the Kiko Glossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in the shade 104 Vintage Rose which is the gorgeous nude shade that you can see me applying in these photos. I have worn this lipstick so frequently since I got it and it has quickly become a go-to shade for me whether its the daytime or night.
As to be expected, this lipstick is creamy in formula but not slippy so it feels very comfortable on the lips and stays put. It is opaque in one swipe and so flattering against my skin tone.
The lipstick on the right is the Kiko Glossy Dream Sheer Lipstick in the shade 215 Cyclamen which is a very bright pink. I wore this a lot in the summer with a lightly bronzed face but during the winter months, I’ll be pairing it with a silver and black smokey eye for a pop of colour on my lips.
The two lipsticks above are the ones that I’ve been wearing a lot over the last couple of weeks as we head into Autumn; their shades couldn’t be more perfect for this time of the year!
On the left we have another of the Kiko Glossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks, this time in the shade 110 Wine which is a gorgeous berry shade. Like the other Glossamer Emotion lippies, it has a creamy formula, a highly pigmented, bold colour and a deliciously shiny finish. These lipstick have orchid extracts within the formula and hyaluronic filling spheres so give the lips a full and perfected, hydrated look.
It feels so smooth to apply and doesn’t need lots of coats to build up the colour- the pay off is really good. I was expecting a colour like this to bleed without a lip liner but it didn’t on me at all which I’m really impressed with and it certainly gave me the confidence to wear it out without feeling the need to check my lips in a mirror every few minutes.
The same goes for the Kiko Glossy Dream Lipstick on the right, in the shade 206 Sangria which is a beautiful red. This lipstick has a shiny, light reflecting finish with a semi-sheer colour but as you can see from my swatches below, it still packs a punch. It didn’t bleed on me either which I was so pleased about, especially with it being a shinier formula.
I absolutely love everything about these Kiko lipsticks, from the incredible packaging to the long lasting, highly pigmented colour. If you’re looking for a gorgeous lipstick that rivals the high end brands but at a more affordable price tag then I’d highly recommend checking out Kiko.
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