With each new release, my love for Kiko Milano grows. The packaging is always flawless and despite the affordability of the brand…always luxe. The products never fail to impress and the latest Neo Noir collection is no exception.
Starting with the packaging – the geometric printed design on the outer packaging is beautiful, classy and eye-catching. Though the internal packaging is black and sleek, it is the powders themselves that really draw you in with a gorgeous mix of flattering colours and tones.
The collection itself is the lovechild of Kiko and industrial designer, Ross Lovegrove which would explain the geometric shapes and textures in the products themselves.
I’ve tried quite a few of the products from the collection and I am impressed with each one. So much so, I ended up picking up another Strobe & Sculpt Palette and the Skin Modernist Foundation as well. More on those a little later in this post but for now, I’ll be discussing the powder products from the collection.
Starting with the Design Flower Enriched Bronzer in 02 Couture Sienna* (£16.90) which is a beautiful creamy bronzer with petal extracts to give a velvet and fine texture. There are two shades of this bronzer and I have the darkest which surprisingly wasn’t too dark for me and blended with ease. Each bronzer comes with a section of blush to add radiance to the skin and can be used separately or swished together to add luminosity to the cheek.
As with the bronzer, the Strobe & Sculpt Cream Contour Palette* (£14.90) comes in two shades, with the darker (Medium to Dark) being included in this post. This is wonderful cream based palette for a more natural contour but also works well with powder layered on top for a more long wearing application. The creams both blend beautifully and the contour shade does not look muddy or too warm in the hollows of the cheek. Furthermore, the highlight shade adds a soft glow to the face. I ended up purchasing the Light to Medium palette and both of these will be going into my freelance kit. I’m a big fan of these!
Probably my favourite powder product from the collection has to be the Design Flower Enriched Blush in 01 Alluring Rose* (£12.90) which I really enjoy using. The colour is just the right amount of neutral and peach to work with any and every makeup look and the product itself builds beautifully on the skin. The powder blends into the skin with ease and works well with other powder and cream products. There are two other shades available.
As I enjoyed the rest of the collection so much, I decided to try the Skin Modernist 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer in Warm Rose 10 (£18.90). I am always on the look out for new foundations and my concealer obsession grows by the day. These newer 2-in-1 foundation and concealers really excite me as I’m definitely one for cutting corners! I use the wand applicator to add dots around by face before blending in with a buffing brush or dampened sponge. I found the texture to be rather lightweight for a product that aims to conceal and give a more flawless finish as I expected it to be much thicker. The coverage is actually quite buildable and depends entirely on the amount of product used – the less you use, the more medium the coverage and the more you use, the result is more full coverage.
This foundation blends nicely and evenly for an easy application and smoothes over any imperfections with ease. I find this hides my pores well and without clogging them which is always a bonus.
Once again, another exciting release from Kiko and I am very impressed with all the products I’ve tried. I can’t wait to see what they release next!
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Love, Kate xo