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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo Lipstick Set. Review and Swatches.

Previous to my Kiko Cosmetics purchase I had not heard about the brand other than the review that I read about some of their make-up, which lead me to my purchase. I mean, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't venture out and try brands I've not heard of? (My poor excuse for purchasing new make-up.) So with the January sales in full swing and my basket stocked I placed my first order.

This past month or so I've had a great interest in lipstick, perhaps it's since I purchased my lipstick storage that I wrote about Here and had to fill it up, I just seem to have gone lipstick mad and wanting so many beautiful colours and different kinds, which could be the cause of my purchase of the Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo Lipstick Set. 

As soon as they arrived the first thing I had to do was photograph them, I had to get them in all their beauty, brand new and unused. I was put off slightly when I seen some of the colours thinking "Like I will be wearing those anytime soon." I'm talking about Poppy Red and Hot Pink, however photoshoot over and I finally get to swatch and play with them, unlike the bright colours they appear they are actually rather sheer and very glossy. I would actually think of these as somewhere in the middle of a tinted lip balm and a lipstick. They can be built up or worn as a simple wash of colour to brighten up our look, perfect for daytime. The shine is delightful and not at all sticky like a gloss. There isn't a great deal of pigmentation in the Neutral Sand, Calypso Rose or the Pearly Peach but makes it easier to wear them with any look. The brighter colours seemed to apply better than the others although they all applied with ease, covering any dry patches and smoothing them over. With a sweet vanilla scent and gorgeous pearly white packaging I simply don't regret my purchase in the slightest.

Let's take a closer look at each colour:

821 Pearly Neutral Sand.
Quite a nude looking colour when applied although it would seem to be a light brown pictured above. Not at all thick or drying but a nice, silky wash of colour. I'm loving nude lips at the moment so a great colour to take into Spring.

823 Pearly Poppy Red.
I seen this red and thought it was going to be a colour that would be put to the back of my collection since I rarely apply bright red lips. However upon swatching I've found this to be extremely wearable and rather a flush of colour than a full on red pout. The easiest to apply it gently glides on and is just a pleasure to wear.

825 Pearly Hot Pink.
My favourite of the 5 colours, not only amazing to look at but a pretty pink colour that is going to be perfect for the coming warmer months. Like the Pearly Poppy Red, this was also effortless to apply and evened out hiding any dry lips. An ideal pink for a brighter look.

822 Pearly Calypso Rose.
An almost neutral pink colour. I didn't find this was anything 'special' as such however it's a colour I would turn to for daily wear, so that's got to be good right? It's a charming rose colour to look at though and once built up adds a rather nice finish to many looks.

824 Pearly Peach. 
I'm thinking more coral than peach. I've never owned a coral, or a peach for that matter so I was interested in trying this one to see what all the fuss was about, I still think I prefer pink but I must say that I shall no longer be shying away from corals and it's all thanks to this wonderful colour. The ability to be built up means that we can become used to wearing this kind of colour if it's not one we would normally go for.

Left to Right: Poppy Red, Hot Pink, Calypso Rose, Pearly Peach, Neutral Sand.

Left to Right: Pearly Calypso Rose, Pearly Poppy Red, Pearly Peach.
Left: Pearly Hot Pink Right: Pearly Natural Sand

What hasn't really pleased me is the fact that there is no colour indication on any of the packaging other than the number, slightly disappointing since I like to store them all facing up and don't tend to reach for them a lot since I have to take off each lid in turn trying to find the colour that I'm looking for, the numbers don't give much away and since I haven't yet learned the numbers of the colours I find myself reaching for lipsticks that are more convenient to find. 

I don't think it's enough to put me off though and with these being my brief introduction into Kiko and how impressed I was means I shall certainly be purchasing more lipsticks for sure in the future. 
Although this set is no longer available there is a fantastic range of lipsticks to choose from on the Kiko website with many different formula's and colours. The prices are exceptionally reasonable with some on sale at the moment starting from £2.50 and for new subscribers there is free delivery. However after the first order this shoots upto £5.90 (eek) or free on orders over £49.00. 

What do you think? Have you tried Kiko before or is this the first you've heard? Will you be checking out any of the outlet items?

Lots of Love


  1. I keep hearing rave reviews about Kiko's mascara, and now it looks like I need to add their lipsticks on my list! 821 looks like the sort of shade I would go for.

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

    1. I've not heard any reviews on the mascara yet but I will be sure to look out for it. I was really impressed with everything from them and lipsticks for £2.50? Like we need another excuse :) lol. xxx