it can’t be all about high-end… I mean, a girl has got to eat!
on the day I tried to go to the Sephora’s Marc Jacobs launch, it was so chaotic when I arrived, I decided to blow off some steam at Kiko while I waited for the thing to calm down a bit. I ended up leaving with some cool stuff from their Special Editions for Fall and Winter — no nail polish on sight! proud! — and I thought I’d show you what I got.
let’s open the bag of goodies!
from the Rebel Romantic Collection, I picked an eyeshadow quad in cool pinky-mauvey-plummy shades (no browns, proud!). it’s the Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette in 02, Fiery Rose.
all four shades are matte, from a lilac-y off-white to a dark plum, with pretty good pigmentation (not as good as the Infinity Eyeshadows from the Clics System, but still). good blendability, and if you layer them a bit more or go in with a wet brush (with M.A.C. Fix+ or similar), you can get great depth of color for a strong smokey eye.
from the same Collection, I brought two Metallic Shine Cream Eyeshadows. the packaging is super classy, with Arc Deco inspiration.
03, Strong Chocolate, is a beautiful brown with an interesting cool undertone that actually is not metallic, but has more of a velvety finish (which I love, because there it’s the closest I got to a matte cream eyeshadow on the low budget side), and 06, Dynamic Taupe, is a cool greige-y shade perfect for everyday wear.
these shadows are not as pigmented as their permanent collection eyeshadow sticks, but that isn’t necessarily bad. no glitter on sight, which is a plus: only a beautiful satin-metallic sheen that can be intensified by layering.
still on the cream eyeshadow front (I admit I have a problem), from the Midnight Siren Collection, I picked up two Water Infused Eyeshadow Sticks and a Dark Tide Eyeliner (twist-up pencil).
the eyeliner is pretty darn good: creamy enough to apply, long lasting on the waterline, and the shade I chose, 02, Tempting Violet, is dark enough to be understated.
the eyeshadow sticks are a bit different from their permanent collection, a bit more slippery in a creamy way, and they feel really fresh, but never menthol-ish. a bit more sheer than their counterparts, yes, they have a hint of glitter, but it’s really fine and it doesn’t get on my nerves. I have 02, Mysterious Chocolate, and 03, Attractive Plum.
since I bought three items from the Midnight Siren Collection, I was given a free Matte Muse liquid lipstick. I chose the colour Haughty Mauve — a dark magenta-berry colour. I thought it would get darker once it sets, but it actually stays true to colour. it’s comfortable and long-lasting, but I noticed it transferred when I drank or ate. I didn’t test it enough to give my full opinion on it, though.
another lipstick that jumped right into my shopping basket was, from the Rebel Romantic Collection, the Intensely Lavish Lipstick. first, let’s talk about the packaging: stunning! rose gold, a magnet closure, and an embossed art deco pattern on the bullet. just like the fancy über-expensive lipsticks we drool over everyday. I got it in 01, Lusty Peony, a beautiful soft rosy nude, super creamy, matte-satin finish, quite long-lasting, great for every day.
oh, I also brought an Everlasting Kajal eye pencil in black (sorry, no photo), “Everlasting” being the jump-starter of it all — it says that it lasts up to 7 hours on the waterline. LIES! after about 20 minutes, no trace of pigment on my waterline and a blob of black on the outer corners of my eyes…
the black one from the Midnight Siren Collection has to be a better choice.
oh, well, you can’t win them all, can you?