Although I’m an eyeshadow palette lover through and through, I do make an effort to bring out my single eyeshadows and have a play every once in a while – sometimes on lazy days, all I need it one shade all over the lid to keep me happy. Two of my favourite easy options come from Kiko, a primarily European brand that I always try to check out when I’m over there – the Kiko Water Eyeshadows. Beyond the stunning design, the formula can be used wet or dry with fairly incredible results.
Obviously, the first thing that drew me to these was the stunning design – it’s not often you see this much effort being put in from a budget brand. I’d had 208, a stunning true-gold, for a year or so before picking up 200, a metallic champagne-taupe, when I was in Europe earlier this year.
For daily wear, I prefer to just swipe a little on with a flat, dense brush without wetting the formula. When applied dry, 208 is your stock-standard gold shade, not super metallic but really flattering. 200 is much more metallic, even without wetting the brush – a little more intense from the get go. I’ll admit that I often actually forget how intense these are when applied wet, the metallic really shines and provides a foiled effect to the lid – the pigmented and sheen is quite intense. 208 really amps up the sheeny quality of the gold, transforming into a stunning golden foil. And 200 is just incredible – intensely metallic and foiled on the lids with a heavy silver gleam to it. For both shades, the pigmentation is incredibly dramatic, probably a little much for my everyday eye look. But for a night out, placing the colour with a damp brush on the center of the lid gives fairly incredible results.
L to R: Kiko 208, Kiko 200.
I’m careful to keep the fluffy brushes away while applying the colour as the shades do tend to leave glitter on the cheeks if I don’t use a dense brush but apart from that application is a dream. The formula is soft and very easy to work with (although I do hate digging into the beautiful pan design).
Kiko should be on your ‘must-go’ list if you’re heading to Europe. The product range is incredible, there’s a shade to suit anyone, their limited edition stock is always tempting and above all, their prices are very easy to work with. Now it’s time to hope they decide to bring a couple of stores to Australia!