It's no secret I am a big fan of KIKO, a brand I regularly feature here on Tattooed Tealady and a brand whose budget-friendly products are often really up there as a great comparison to high-end beauty brands. I have tried a lot of KIKO products over the past couple of years, and I am yet to be disappointed by anything - they have great pigmentation, lovely formulas and fab longevity with lovely packaging, product designs and collections which are swoon-worthy. Add to that their super expansive shade range for their vast makeup range, alongside having an nice selection of body care and skincare, and KIKO is definitely a brand which should be on everyone's 'to try' list.
I was recently invited along to check out the new KIKO store which has recently opened up in Nottingham. I think we're pretty lucky here in Nottingham, as we really do have such an amazing variety of shops to suit any beauty needs, including standard high-street must-haves such as Boots and Superdrug, to department stores such as Debenham's, John Lewis and House of Fraser, and we even have a Space NK! There's a ton of brands which are easy to get in Nottingham and it's fantastic to see KIKO joining the ranks. Located in the Victoria Shopping Centre, just inside the entrance, it's super easy to get to and is pretty big, meaning we can now get a large majority of the KIKO range in store.
When I went along it was really busy; not in a hectic pull-your-hair-out kind of way, but in a everyone wants to know what KIKO is all about kind of way. There were girls - and boys - of all ages browsing everything in the store, and with a huge sale going on both in-store and online (which is still going on - see here), it's safe to say KIKO is going down a storm in Nottingham! I spent a good 20 minutes or so just looking around at all the different products on offer - and trust me, there are a lot -, swatching away and picking up a few products which caught my eye the most.
KIKO Eyebrow Expert Styling Kit - £13.90
I love doing my brows and even if I'm just having a concealer and mascara day, I have to do my brows - I just don't feel like 'me' without them. It's been a while since I tried anything new for my brows, being pretty content with the kits I have used for years from HD Brows and Benefit, or my Illamasqua brow gel. When I spotted the Eyebrow Expert Styling Kit, it looked too good to pass up. A kit with a wax, two powders, plus some fab travel-friendly tools; tweezers, eyebrow brush and applicator brush, it comes in a light-weight compact case with mirror. Available in two shades combinations; 01, the kit I went for which is best for those with black or dark brunette hair, whilst 02 is best for those with blonde, red or brunette hair.
KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow - £6.90
Easily one of my favourite ranges from KIKO, ever, I am completely in love with the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow range, which in quality, formula, longevity and pigmentation far surpasses any other brands I've tried - including high-end. There are so many shades within the range that I am eager to get my hands on, but a lot of the shades I wanted on the day were sold out (not surprising, as they were stunning summer-appropriate shades!). I ended up picking up 07 Golden Beige and 36 Golden Mauve, which are both beautiful shades. Golden Beige is exactly that; a beige with golden undertones, whilst Golden Mauve is a beautiful warm summer mauve with rose gold undertones. Love!
KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner - £6.90
I'm coming to the end of my current liquid liners, so it was a great opportunity to pick up one from KIKO and see how a more budget-friendly option fairs in comparison. The Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner has the perfect applicator for me; a felt tip nib that's firm enough for precise application but not so firm it drags across the delicate skin. The shade itself is a true black - but I'd love to see a brown added to this line, as I find a good brown liquid liner so hard to find!
KIKO Generation Next Mosaic Blush - £11.90
Unfortunately this is no longer available online, although the handful of KIKO stores around the UK may still have it in stock. Part of the Generation Next limited edition collection, I think there were 3 options available in total - I picked up 01 Inspiration Rose Coral. A really lovely soft coral with a splash of dolly pink, it's perfect for all year round and so, so pretty!
KIKO Supergloss - £4.90
I am a sucker for pretty glosses and the Supergloss range caught my eye because it's extremely similar to the Chanel Levres Scintillantes lipgloss range, which is a lot more expensive at a pricey £22. Like the eyeshadow sticks there were a few shades I wanted which were unfortunately sold out on the day, but I ended up picking up 113 Pearly Gold which is going to be lovely above some of my nude lipsticks.
KIKO Soft Focus Concealer - £7.50
I am a big fan of the YSL Touche Eclat, but considering it's very high-end price tag I am always on the lookout for more budget-friendly alternatives. Although not quite the same in purpose as Touche Elcat, I often find going for a lighter shade of concealer does the job well, so the Soft Focus Concealer seemed like a great alternative to try. I do think KIKO could do with expanding the shade ranges for all their base products, as they seem to have a really odd variety of shades that don't make much sense. In regards to the Soft Focus Concealer, I picked up the lightest shade which was 01 Light, which isn't very light at all. That said it does have yellow undertones, which is perfect for my complexion.
KIKO Purifying Pads - £7.90
Admittedly when I picked these up I thought they'd be more along the lines of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, which I'm beyond eager to try, but it seems not! All the same they seem lovely and with the aim to tone and purify skin, they are perfect for my oily/combination skin type.
KIKO Nail File 06 Glossing Buffer - £3.90
Last but not least, I love doing at-home manicures and the Glossing Buffer seemed like it would be the perfect addition to my manicure box - plus I wanted to see how it compared to my slightly more pricey Leighton Denny buffer! It has two sides, one for buffing nails, one for smoothing.
I'm pretty happy with everything that I picked up and I will of course be featuring full reviews of most, if not all, of the products once I've given everything a proper try! I know one thing for sure, the new KIKO store is going to be hard to resist whenever I am in Nottingham...
You can check out the full range of KIKO products in-store and online at www.kikocosmetics.com.
*PR samples; I was kindly provided with a gift card
for my visit to the new Nottingham store. - Disclaimer