14 September 2015

New Release | Kiko Milano Rebel Romantic Collection Review

I fondly await Kiko's Limited Edition collections as they always exude creativity, for example the Daring Game Collection or Modern Tribes etc.  I was a massive fan of those collections solely because the theme, the packaging - everything was exciting!  The new Kiko 'Rebel Romantic' collection is themed around a muse who is feminine yet rebellious.  The rose gold packaging reflects the feminine side whilst the gunmetal grey reflects the rebel.  The packaging is good, but is a bit meh in comparison to all the amazing collections they've had previously.  You know I love Kiko, but the packaging just didn't wow me like before.
Kiko Rebel Romantic Collection Review - Aspiring Londoner

Moving on to the products, there was a mixed bag in terms of quality.  The collection consists of Contouring Pencil Set, Bouncy Blushers, Lipsticks, Lip Liners, Eye Pencils, a dual ended face brush, a mirror and a makeup pochette.
Kiko Rebel Romantic Contouring Pencil Set Review - Aspiring Londoner

Kiko Rebel Romantic Contouring Pencil Set Swatch - Aspiring Londoner

One of the items I tried out was the Kiko Contouring Duo Pencil Set (£9.90).  Basically there are two crayons, one for bronzing and one for highlighting.  I have the shades Light/Medium.  I quite like the bronzing crayon as it has a creamy texture and can be built up and blended.   However the highlighting crayon was completely different.  It didn't have that creamy formulation but quite dry, I had to go in with quite a few strokes to get the swatch and even then you can't see much.  I expected a sheen from the highlight, instead it had quite a patchy glittery effect.  As they come in a set, it's a little disappointing to see that.

Kiko Rebel Romantic Metallic Shine Eyeshadow Review - Aspiring Londoner

Kiko Rebel Romantic Metallic Shine Eyeshadow Mysterious Sapphire Swatch - Aspiring Londoner

I'm usually a fan of Kiko's eye makeup.  They formulas are always on point and pigmentation quality is perfection.  They didn't disappoint, the Kiko Metallic Shine Eyeshadow (£6.90) in shade Mysterious Sapphire is great.  Minimal fall out, lasts well (with primer) and really pigmented.  It blends really well with eyeshadow brush and works well with other shadows as well.  The Kiko Colour Definition Eyeliner and Kajal (£5.90) have creamy smooth formula, glides on like silk on the eye and the colours are so intense!  I'm completely besotted with the shades Amazon Blue and Emerald Green.  Love!  I've always loved their eye pencils.

Kiko Rebel Romantic Lip Liner Eye Liner Swatch - Aspiring Londoner

On to lip products, I've previously tried Kiko's Smart Lip Pencil and found them to be a little dry.  So I was curious to see how the new one performs.  The Kiko Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil (£4.90) is actually much better!  The formula is creamy, but matte.  It really lasts through the day; big thumbs up from me.  I tried the shade RED, and will be stocking up on the other shades!

Kiko Rebel Romantic Intensely Lavish Lipstick Review - Aspiring Londoner

Kiko Rebel Romantic Intensely Lavish Lipstick Pretty Mauve Swatch - Aspiring Londoner

Last but not least, the Kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick (£6.90).  The packaging of this is so pretty!  The lipstick comes in six shades, and I have 02 Pretty Mauve.  The formulation is really creamy and has a satin finish.  If you’ve tried Soap & Glory lipsticks, these are very comparable to them.  The pigmentation is intense as the name suggests, and the colour is opaque in one swipe!  These are fantastic.

After trying out various products, it feels like a bit of a hit and miss collection.  Some of the products are fantastic like the lipsticks, lip liners and eye liners; however products like the contouring pencil set are disappointing.  Perhaps releasing so many collections in a year is taking its toll?  Let me know what you think of Kiko’s latest collection!

Will you be trying out the Kiko Rebel Romantic Collection?  Which is your favourite Kiko Collection?  Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.

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