Okay, so this is one of those posts that I just couldn’t wait to write, I was that excited about it. Last time I was in Reading I picked up a couple more of the KIKO Rebel Romantic Metallic Shine Eyeshadows, (and they were half price so get in there quick!) Once I got my purchases home I also noticed a great similarity to one of the Gwen Stefani shadows so this is a 2in1 post, here goes…
These shadows are simply stunning, packaging wise and also application wise, KIKO really nailed this collection. I have three of the shades 01, 02 and 04, all of which are as good as each other. 01 is a light pink champagne, the pink becomes clear when in direct light as there is a pink iridescent shimmer to it. 02 is then a metallic pink and 04 a dark blue black with blue shimmer running through. The texture is what I am most impressed with, especially on 01 and 02, one touch and iridescent, metallic shadow is yours. 04 has a slightly different texture because it is less metallic and also a lot darker in colour, but when it hits the light the blue shines true. The shadows, for a drugstore/highend hybrid is pretty good, it doesn’t take long to apply but still looks quality.
Swatches never do the products the justice, when applied to the eye these look slightly different depending on the base, but with a white base the shadows are so much more beautiful and the colours shine true.
Now here is the fun part, the dupe! Everyone has been going on about the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette, you can find my post here, and as soon as I got the KIKO shadow home I realised that it seemed very familiar. And I was right, it was, it looks so similar to Danger, one of the standout Gwen Stefani shadows. Even without swatching you can see how much of a close match they are, dark blues and both metallic and shimmery.
As you can see, they’re not identical but they’re certainly close. The Urban Decay shadow (left) is unsurprisingly the better shadow, it has a slightly brighter blue undertone and also is a lot easier to work with. Then the KIKO shadow (right) it has slightly less oopmfh, slightly less shimmer but still is a very close match. Now the Urban Decay shadow comes in a palette at £40, each shadow is 0.4 grams with a value of £2.60. The KIKO shadow, now on sale at £3.40, has 4g of product which does make it better value but it’s up to you when it comes to resisting the gorgeous palette!
I am quickly falling in love with KIKO, affordable products and a whole store dedicated to it not too far from me, it’s almost perfection. Would you buy anything from KIKO? Is there anything you’re lusting after?