Review: Kiko Water Eyeshadow in Shade 206

During my September holiday in Italy, I picked up a couple of products from Kiko Makeup – I’ve shown them in a haul post but after playing with them for a couple of months, I’m finally ready to give a verdict on some of them! First up is the Kiko Water Eyeshadow in shade 206.

Claims from the website:
Revolutionary eyeshadow with instant colour release and dual wet and dry use. A mixture of groundbreaking spherical powders for an outstanding colour effect, bringing together extreme coverage, pure luminosity and long lasting. Its soft, creamy texture enables the creation of a multi-dimensional make up, for colour with “bright” volumes and remarkable purity.

I bought this for 8.90 euros; I thought the price was reasonable – not exactly cheap but there’s quite a lot of product at 3g, as compared to 1.5g for a single MAC eyeshadow. The product is housed in a simple light weight black plastic square shell with a small mirror, without the usual lousy applicators. I love how it looks in the pot with its wavy shape and I almost feel bad about using it. Shade 206 is a shimmery dark brown/coffee colour.

The eyeshadow can be used wet or dry. In the above picture, I have made a few swatches using different application techniques – going from top to bottom: foiled with no primer, used dry with primer and used dry on its own without primer. I find that using it wet gives makes the shimmer stand out a lot more whereas using it dry makes it more of a satin coffee colour.

I have to say that I really love it; it’s very pigmented even when applied dry, blends easily and I don’t really experience any fall out. It lasted throughout my long work day with a primer. I don’t usually apply it wet because I just find it too troublesome. I also like how it appears to be multi-dimensional; I can achieve different ‘shades’ by switching between brushes such that I can get a deep dark brown with a stubby hard brush and a soft satin brown when using a really large fluffy brush. One tiny flaw is that it doesn’t feel as soft as it can be – it is a tad dry but I don’t find it a problem to work with. My only regret is that I did not grab more of these!

Rating: 4/5


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