Simply Lippy Challenge Day 306 | Kiko Smart Fusion Lipstick in Shade 418, Blackberry 

Today’s lipstick shade is a very bold berry shade, and although it won’t be to everyone’s taste, I love a bold shade like this especially in Winter.

I’ve tried a few different shades in the Smart Fusion range, most of which have been lovely, particularly Grape, which I wore a few weeks back.

One of the things I liked about this range initially was the pigment which is very good, especially as the finish of these lipsticks is a slightly sheer cream. I don’t know if it’s because this shade is so dark though, but the pigment in it just wasn’t as good as some of the previous shades.

The sheer element was much more obvious and I felt like the colour was slightly dragging when I applied it. If you’re dubious of shades like this, a good way to try them out is by choosing a sheer finish as it’s not quite as dramatic as an opaque matte. But given that I usually adore this kind of shade, I just found myself feeling a bit disappointed by it.

The creaminess is nice and it smells of delicious sweet vanilla, and it also makes the lips feel very smooth and moisturised. However, I wouldn’t call it hydrating and because the shade is so bold, I found the lasting power wasn’t as good as with previous shades.

All in all, I love the colour, but wish the finish had been more opaque this time around.

What do you guys think? Do you love a bold lip too or is this a step too far? As always I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 294 | Kiko Smart Fusion Lipstick in Shade 415, Raspberry

I first tried one of these smart fusion lipsticks from Kiko a few weeks back, and I really loved the moisturising, creamy feel that it gave to my lips. The colour pay off and formula was very nice, so today I decided to try a second shade from the range in a rich raspberry colour.

Though the name of this shade is Raspberry, when I first opened it, it looked very much like a cherry or deep red shade so I was a little dubious. However, as soon I applied it, the raspberrry shade came through and I really loved the colour pay off I got with it.

The formula is very creamy like I mentioned above, and it has a gorgeous vanilla scent that made me like it even more. The creaminess meant it was very easy to apply and blend, and a little goes a long way too.

For such a creamy lipstick, it does have a slight sheer finish, and is probably best described as a satin finish more than anything else. Because of its shine element, I didn’t think the staying power would be amazing, but it actually was pretty good considering.

As pink shades go, raspberry is definitely my favourite pink, and I really liked how this one looked on. For me, Kiko is one of the better budget brands, and these lipsticks are just further proof of that. It’s just a shame there are no Kiko shops here in Ireland!

Have you tried any Kiko products?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 290 | Kiko Jelly Stylo Gloss Lipstick in Shade 506, Cherry Red

Over the past few months I’ve tried and tested a few different Kiko lipsticks and overall, have quite liked them. As a budget brand, for me Kiko is one of the better ones out there and their lipsticks are pretty good considering their very reasonable price point.

Of the few that I’ve tried, I think today’s is maybe my least favourite. Now don’t get my wrong, it’s fine, but I just didn’t know if it was a balm, a lip gloss, or a lipstick really.

First off, the shade is a a cool toned red with a cherry undertone, which is nice and the pigment is very good for a high-shine gloss lipstick. But, as nice as the pigment is, the staying power isn’t good and I found myself having to reapply it over and over again throughout the day.

The formula itself is very light, so light that it feels like a balm, and it kind of just sits on your lips rather than blending or soaking in to them. That’s probably why each application doesn’t last very long either. Yet the finish being super high-shine, makes it feel slightly like a lip gloss too, especially as it’s oil based and doesn’t have the creaminess that a balm or lipstick would have.

As with all my lipstick posts, I only ever get to try each for one day so my posts are more first impressions really than reviews, and because of that, I hate to talk negatively about something without giving it a proper go. However, apart from the pigment, there’s not a whole lot else that would make me rush to try this again.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 268 | KIKO Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in Shade 131, Tea Rose

As budget brands go, KIKO is one that I’ve always quite liked. A few weeks back I tried my first lipstick from them, and today I’m trying out my second in this lovely rich, rose shade.

I’ve become such a big fan of rose shade lipsticks, but apart from loving the shade, the pigment is so good. It is rich with full coverage, very blendable with great colour pay off, and a little goes quite a long way.

The formula is very creamy and has a gorgeous vanilla scent, similar to the scent that Charlotte Tilbury matte lipsticks, and I absolutely love it. It kept my lips smooth and hydrated all day, and they felt very soft throughout.

I don’t often talk about packaging unless it seriously impresses me, but this one definitely does. The bullet shape is very sleek with a silver metallic finish, and the gold button at the top releases the lipstick from the bullet to open.

It sounds gimmicky but I am always drawn to makeup with good packaging and I’m particularly loving this!

The best thing about KIKO lipstick is the super affordable price point which allows you to splurge without breaking the bank. But also, the quality of product you get for your money is really very good.

I’m so impressed by this lippy and this shade is definitely going to be a regular in my makeup bag once my challenge has finished.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 257 | KIKO Smart Fusion Lipstick in Shade 428, Grape

It’s been quite a while since I’ve worn any KIKO makeup products, but as budget brands go, this is one of the better ones out there. I’ve always been partial to their powder highlighters but until now, hadn’t tried any of their lipsticks.

Luckily for me, my mum was away for a few days and picked up a few for me to put to the test and the first one I’m trying out today is this gorgeous red toned grape shade.

As with all my new lipstick choices for my challenge, I only wear each lipstick for one day so it’s hard to give a thorough, full review. So my posts are always more ‘first impressions’ than anything else and my first impressions of this are very good.

The pigment is lovely and very true to the colour you expect it to be. It has a sheer to cream finish which gives a medium coverage to the lips, and great colour pay off too.

One thing I really liked about wearing it was the super moisturising element; it reminded me very much of Catrice in this sense. The formula was very creamy giving it a balm like feel, and because of that my lips felt so soft all day.

The finish was maybe just a little sheer in coverage for me; when it comes to rich shades like this I love a full, opaque coverage on my lips. In saying that however, I was very impressed with it overall given the super cheap price point and look forward to trying out the other shades I have.

Sorcha 💋