Complete Swatches & Review- Kiko Make up Milano

Hi everyone,

This is the third and last instalment about my Kiko Make up Milano haul .
-Swatches and review-

(To read part 1 -background and misc products- click here).
(Part 2 is e/s but you don't need to read it as I will show you the e/s here as well)

After playing for a few days now with these eyeshadows I came to the conclusion that to get the best pigmentation it's better to use them either on top of a dark base (paintpot, eyeliner, dark colour base...whatever you fancy) or to use them wet.
I would strongly suggest you wet the brush rather than the e/s as you can seal them.

Let's get started shall we?

Firstly, I would like to mention that I intended to do a real swatch (meaning showing you how the eyeshadow looks on the lid) for all eyeshadows but after the 8th swatch my eyelids were crying for a rest so I decided to continue doing swatches on the inside of my arm.
I hope you will still see their potential.

Secondly, I tried to find dupes (within my personal collection) to show you if they can mirror any Mac e/s. Whenever I thought it would be the case I show it to you.

Thirdly, please do zoom in by clicking on the photos to see the e/ss in their full potential but please ignore my ungroomed eyebrows and my fine lines. Every time I crop a photo I feel 10 years older! I can see loads of fine lines that I cannot see in the mirror. :-/

Number 36
( A glittery deep blue)

Swatch on my lid:
-I used a creamy black eyeliner as a base and I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s-

Wondering if this is similar to Blue Flame (LE) e/s by Mac?
Let's see:


Comparison swatches:
Left: Mac Blue Flame
Right: 36 by Kiko
(these are both wet swatches)
I would say that they are not the same. 
Blue Flame has more reflects than shimmer and it has a lighter dark base. 
Number 36 is more pigmented but the glitter or reflects are not that strong.
I love both of them but they are slightly different.
I would recommend having both ;-)
(I'm thinking that UD and Nars may have a similar colour to number 36)

Number 26
( A mixture of grey, purple, silver and gold)

Swatch on my lid:
-I used a creamy black eyeliner as a base and I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s-


Number 27
(A glittery dark green)

Swatch on my lid:
-I used a creamy black eyeliner as a base and I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s-
This is not a brilliant application -sorry- but it's gorgeous.

Number 18
(A sandy beige)

Swatch on my lid:
-I just used a wet brush to pick up the colour.

Number 41
(A glittery dark purple)

Swatch on my lid:
-I used a creamy black eyeliner as a base and I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s-


Wondering if it's similar to Young Punk (LE) e/s by Mac?
Let's see:



Left: Young Punk by Mac
Right: 41 by Kiko
(these are both wet swatches)
It's kind of the same as with the blue.
Young punk is more glitter than pigment. It has a bit of dark base but not enough.
Number 41 by Kiko is a more pigmented e/s with a bit of glitter and shine to it.
They are not similar in my opinion and they are both worth having :0)

Number 108
(A duo e/s: shimmery lavender and a dark shimmery purple)

Swatch on my lid:
- I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s-


Number 210
(A duo e/s: a very sparkly white/light lavender highlighter and a light purple/pink)

Swatch on my lid:
- I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s-
I cannot explain how glittery the highlighter is. It's packed with what looks like Mac's reflects in pearl.
Unfortunately it didn't show up on this photo.

I thought from looking at the pan that the darker side looked similar to Mac's Stars and Rockets e/s...but it's not.
Left: The dark side of number 210 by Kiko 
Right: Stars and Rockets by Mac.

If you have Stars and Rockets you know that it's like a duo-chrome shadow: pink with some blue tones depending on how the light hits it.
The Kiko e/s is only the pink tone of Stars and Rockets...there is no blue tone to it but it's still pretty.

Number 203
(A due e/s: a light lavender and a plum purple with a matte finish)


Swatch on my lid:
- I used a wet brush to pick up the e/s and then I topped with dry e/s.


Numbers 22 and 08
(Number 22 is mocha brown)
(Number 08 is a mixture of light blue and light green)



Swatches on my arm:
The first line for each colour is a dry swatch.
The second line for each colour is on top of a dark base (a creamy eyeliner).
The third swatch is a wet swatch.

Numbers 59, 21 and 05
(Number 59 is a classic dark copper)
(Number 21 is a medium ashy brown)
(Number 05 is a very warm light orangey brown)




Swatches on my arm:
The first line for each colour is a dry swatch.
The second line for each colour is on top of a dark base (a creamy eyeliner).
The third swatch is a wet swatch.


Numbers 09, 88 and 200
(Number 09 is a mustard yellow with a matte finish)
(Number 88 is a shimmery white with a pink shine to it and I can see some silver glitter)
(Number 200 is a duo e/s: a dirty white/cream and a green/brown with matte finish)




Swatches on my arm:
The first line for each colour is a dry swatch.
The second swatch is a wet swatch.


And that's it!

My review:
All in all I'm very happy with my purchase.

I will say tho that most of these e/s are on the glittery side and even though you cannot see the sparkles on the pan they suddenly appear when you swatch them so have this in mind if you are buying online.

Quality & value: I think they are brilliant value for money. Brilliant for when on a budget.

Application: I would suggest you use a base/ primer to get the glitter to stick and then use a wet brush to get most of the pigmentation.

Fallout: Yes, you will have fallout if you are not careful. I find that the wet brush solves this problem.

Finally: I confirm that Kiko Make-up Milano is definitely now part of Ms Purple Make up's recommends list
:-)

I will update you on the other products I purchased as there are some disappointments!

I hope this post was useful.

(I need to share this: I have willow next to me fast asleep and she's wagging her tail in her sleep!!!...I wonder what's she dreaming about? She's so sweet).

Take care.

XXX

Mercedes

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  1. Catanya

    Catanya on 09/05/2010 7:28 p.m. #

    Hello Mercedes!<br />Thank you so much for this: I am quite new with Kiko cosmetics and I appreciate some reviews and swatches on the web. I have also purchased a couple of things myself and I am planning to write a small blog post too.<br />XOX<br />Catanya!

  2. Gaby

    Gaby on 09/05/2010 9:17 p.m. #

    Number 36 and 41 are my favorites! Great swatches!

  3. Andrea

    Andrea on 09/05/2010 11:42 p.m. #

    Great review! It&#39;s great to be able to see so well the colours. I love the first kind of e/s, the ones that seem mineralized...I may give them a go! xx

  4. liloo

    liloo on 09/06/2010 12:30 a.m. #

    Thx a lot for those swatch :)<br />Some color look really vibrant on your lid, love them :)<br />xoxo

  5. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 09/06/2010 9:37 a.m. #

    @ Catanya: Uhh let us know when you do your post so we can have a look! XXX<br /><br />@ Gaby: Thanks! XXX<br /><br />@Andrea: They look mineralized but it doesn&#39;t say they are. the consistency is the same anyway. Have a go and let us know what you think. XXX<br /><br />@Liloo: :-) XXX

  6. About Makeup Savvy

    About Makeup Savvy on 09/22/2011 12:21 a.m. #

    These are all so amazing and pigmented!! Really lovely. <br /><br />Fee x

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