Finally, A Purple Eyeshadow I Can Wear!

KIKO Cosmetics

Oooh the dreaded purple eyeshadow. Purple eyeshadows may be very pretty but if you’re not careful, you can end up looking like you’ve been punched in the eye. I’m always very wary of purple eye makeup because if the eyeshadows are not properly blended (or even over-blended. Oh yeah, it can happen), the chances of looking like you’ve got a black eye (or two) is high.

Me, I usually stay away from purple eyeshadows. I’ve seen a lot of very beautiful ones. Heck, I even have a lot of beautiful ones. But it was always the case of swatch, “omgsoprettymustbuy!”, bring it home and when it’s time to take it out to try ….

*sound of crickets*.

KIKO Long Lasting Wet and Dry Use Eyeshadow in 204

When I was in Rome last year, I popped into the KIKO Cosmetics store. This is a very popular European brand and it’s a pity they aren’t available in Australia because believe you me, you will love it. It was very difficult deciding what to buy at KIKO that day because 1) I truly was spoilt for choice 2) there was a sale going on and a lot of eyeshadows were selling at 2 Euros each. TWO FREAKING EUROS and 3) there were far too many people in store because of the sale. In the end, I just picked up a few eyeshadows and I was out of there.

One of the eyeshadows I picked up was the Wet and Dry Use Eyeshadow in 204 (they don’t do names). It’s such a beautiful dark purple with reddish tones. When I finally tried it out on my eyes, holy moly. GAWJUS!

KIKO Long Lasting Wet and Dry Use Eyeshadow in 204

It’s such a lovely shade that I don’t even need to add on another colour. I apply it on my lids with my finger, blend the crap out of it and I’m done. Add on an eyeliner for emphasis if I’m up for it but even without it, it looks fab.

KIKO Long Lasting Wet and Dry Use Eyeshadow in 204 Swatch

Best of all, this stays on my lids for ages. I have terribly oily lids so I must have primer on and even so, a lot of eyeshadows tend to crease at the end of the day. I’ve had this on for over 10 hours on a couple of 40C days and not a single smudge or crease on my lids at the end of the day. Colour me impressed!

KIKO Long Lasting Wet and Dry Use Eyeshadow in 204 Makeup Look

Unfortunately, this isn’t available in Australia. So far, the only place I know you can get this is on the KIKO website but they don’t even ship outside Europe! *insert cuss words here*. So if you’re going to Europe soon (can I be your best friend?), I highly recommend you check out the KIKO stores.

KIKO Long Lasting Wet and Dry Use Eyeshadow in 204 Makeup Look

Have you tried anything from KIKO Cosmetics before? Do you rock purple eyeshadows? If you do, what’s your favourite?



16 comments… add one

  1. Norlin

    Hmm..the purple is I think a lot warmer than the usual purple I guess…more mauve? That’s why it’s perfect on you…or rather why you dare to have it on. It’s pretty neutral. I’ve heard of Kiko! My trainer was telling me about it after she came back from Europe!
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    1. Tine

      MAUVE! Damn, that was the word I was looking for! I was thinking so hard as how to call it. See what I mean by I’m lousy with colour description? :P

  2. Megan

    That is a stunning colour, I keep reading more and more about Kiko lately and am desperate to try. I’m hoping to get over to Europe in April so if I do end up going I’ll get you some Kiko stuff!
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    1. Tine

      Oooh then you have to check out the KIKO store! They have so much makeup; you’ll be spoiled for choice!

  3. gio

    I can’t believe I haven’t tried this yet! Looks gorgeous! I love Kiko but I don’t go to their shop much because they have the pushiest SAs I have ever met. They try to sell me pretty much everything that’s in the shop as soon as I set foot in it. So annoying! But I think I’ll pop in one of these days, maybe when the shop is full so they’ll be too busy to notice me. lol.
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    1. Tine

      Aww that sucks about pushy SAs. I didn’t experience that when I was at the Rome store. Then again, the shop was so crowded because there was a sale going on so they were too busy to come bother me :P

  4. Jane

    OMG I got so excited when I saw it was a Kiko eyeshadow because I thought you’d found a way to order it from Australia. I stumbled on this brand when I was in Italy and France last year. I spent about a hundred bucks on my last day and bought an enormous amount because it’s incredibly cheap. Their range is massive too, larger than any brand I’ve come across and the quality of their products is superb. I’ve tried everything under the sun to buy them online but there’s no way!

    1. Tine

      Sigh sadly no, I have no idea how I’ll be able to get this here. The only way to do it is use a parcel-forwarding service in the UK, buy the makeup from the UK store and get the parcel-forwarding company to send it to you. Then again, you’ll need to buy a lot to justify the fees. Then again, there’s always Boots and Superdrug. ;)

  5. Kellee

    That colour is fantastic! Definitely a purple shade i would wear, shame it is not available in Oz :(

    1. Tine

      Yeah bummer :(

  6. Allison

    No, I’ve never heard of Kiko. I haven’t been to Italy in about 10 years so I guess that’s why. I love the look of that little shadow package, the pan design is cool too. I’d call that shade “prune” since it looks like a purple mixed with brown. I think it looks great on you, and I think I could wear it too. It’s essentially a neutral. Great for a smoky eye!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Allison. I don’t know when KIKO came about but when you do go there again (notice I said WHEN :P), you’ll have to check it out. They have such gorgeous (and cheap!) makeup.

  7. Annabella

    I’m a hardcore fan of KIKO – been replacing all my used up makeup with theirs. You have to try their nail polishes – they are fooking amazing! :D
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    1. Tine

      I didn’t get any nail polishes, only the eyeshadows. Boo!

  8. kahani

    I’ve just hauled 5-6 of their cream shadow sticks for myself and ANOTHER 5 or so for Lisa. LOVE. THEM. They beat Laura Mercier’s expensive caviar thingies hollow in terms of shade selection and long-lastingness.
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    1. Tine

      Damn, I missed the cream shadow sticks! I didn’t think the Laura Mercier ones were all that good, to be honest.

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