If there’s one product type in the vast sea of cosmetics out there, that I truly love – in case they are good, that is – then it’s cream eyeshadows.
The drugstore barely had anything to offer for a very long time, and even when they did – they just weren’t good. By now, however, that has changed, Maybelline definitely upped the game of good/affordable cream eyeshadows, their Color Tattoos aren’t that popular for nothing!
So now, there’s another contestant of good and affordable cream eyeshadow products on the market:
Pure coincidence made it happen: I had been to a KIKO store when these babies hit the market and I obviously couldn’t resist. I bought two of the just three (!) matte colours and went back later to get one of the less shimmery pearly shades.
Mat Taupe and Mat Light Mahogany jumped at me right when I saw the new display, both shades I would usually go for and wear on a daily basis. The consistency, though, is something else: Very creamy, they almost feel like melted chocolate on skin contact!
Slightly denser, less of a mousse consistency is my third shade, Pearly Apricot. Since there’s a 30% on everything discount right now, I bought this one as well.
Even thought the range offers many pretty colours it was these three that caught my eye first: I do have plenty of bronzy tones, the lighter shades were pretty shimmery. I did like the purple and green shades, though:
As promised on Instagram, some swatches in comparison to somewhat similar Maybelline Color Tattoos, so you can get a feel about the colours:
Interestingly enough, Pomegranate Punk is the only colour, that is pretty much identical to its KIKO counterpart Mat Light Mahogany – obviously not regarding finish. I regard Permanent Taupe and Mat Taupe unlike enough to use both.
1 • Maybelline Pink Gold 2 • KIKO Pearly Apricot (10) 3 • Maybelline Permanent Taupe 4 • KIKO Mat Taupe (4) 5 • Maybelline Pomegranate Punk 6 • KIKO Mat Light Mahogany (3)
The consistency impressed me even though I admit I had second thoughts regarding lasting power on the lids. But KIKO continued to impress: The applications works perfectly with both fingers and synthetic brushes. As soon as you finish blending the shadows turn into an almost powdery feel. I didn’t have creasing problems so far, have been using eye primers though.
A subject of criticism is the jar design for me: The opening seems to narrow/deep to dip in with your finger tip without getting product underneath your nails (pet peeve!) – I do recommend using a dense synthetic brush for these cream eyeshadows, for example the Zoeva Concealer Buffer.
Since 30% off apparently was too good to restrain myself: I also purchased another one of the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows.
I love these eyeshadows crayons! Maybe even more than “ordinary” cream eyeshadows in a pot, even though they are much more expensive in comparison. The colour selection in these is amazing – they often pop up in limited editions as well – and their lasting power is incredible. There is also the advantage of applications since the stick shape makes it super easy. I chose Passion Fruit (21), a perfect, shimmery Peach shade. I was thinking of easy-glowy-bronzy summer make ups, obviously, and since I already had
some a few of these sticks I swatched them all in one go, so pretty they are! 🙂
1 • Golden Beige (07) 2 • Light Taupe (25) 3 • Golden Brown (06) 4 • Rosy Brown (05) 5 • Burgundy (37) 6 • Golden Mauve (36) 7 • Passion Fruit (21)
These eyeshadow pens are definitely recommendable if you cannot decide on anything esle 😉 There are plenty of netural as well as eyecatching shades and their simplicity makes them very attractive for any morning-5-minutes-looks.