I have wanted to try the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow sticks for such a long time now, ever since I heard they were comparable to the By Terry Ombre Blackstars, which happens to be one of my favourite makeup products of all time. Finally, I managed to get my hands on a few after checking out their new store at Merry Hill.
I picked out four shades, at £3.40 each they were a steal, you can get them for the same price here. It shocks me that four of these still don't amount to even half the price of a By Terry stick. The eyeshadow sticks come in matte black boxes which reminds me of Nars. One thing that bothers me is that nowhere on the packaging can I see the actual name of the shadow, just the number is visible. I like names, I am just a bit funny like that.
They all come in black tubes and you can see the actual colour, or an approximation of the colour on the bottom. They are nice, nothing super fancy and not as luxurious as the By Terry sticks, but they still look well-made and not cheap or inexpensive at all.
The four shades I picked up, after deliberating and swatching up my arm were Golden Brown (06), Golden Beige (07), Black (20)and Golden Taupe (38). Sensing a "golden" theme here. You can see them swatched below: Golden Taupe is a beautiful mauve, cool-toned taupe with a slight shimmer; Black is a rich matte black that I thought would make a brilliant eyeshadow base, Golden Beige is a gorgeous shimmery gold, and Golden Brown is my favourite it's an almost greenish brown with gold flecks. I really thought these colours would compliment my eyes and they were good everyday shades.
In swatching them, I noticed that they were beautifully pigmented, smooth and creamy. They would blend out beautifully on the eyes, you could wear them on their own or as a base for other eyeshadows. I actually left the swatches on my arm all day and even showered, as it claims to be water-resistant. Eight hours and one shower later here is how the swatches looked:
I am quite impressed, the top swatches were subjected to the most amount of water and although you can't clearly see them there was still quite a bit of product left on my arm. I was shocked as I wasn't being careful at all, of course I didn't scrub the swatches but it was under direct water for about twenty minutes. Brilliant, I definitely might be going back for more, if you want to suggest any more shades or any products you would like me to review please leave me a comment below and do not forget to subscribe, it means so much. Take care.