Make-up Look // KIKO Milano The Artist Collection

I am a sucker for good packaging, so when I first laid eyes on the KIKO Milano The Artist Collection*, I fell hard - just look at those paint splatters and brush strokes. Despite my wardrobe being primarily monochromatic, I do love colour, especially when it comes to beauty. The latest limited edition KIKO collection is just that; an explosion of colour, lines and contrasts where make-up doesn't just imitate art, it becomes art in its own right. The palette mixes bright hues with softer, subtler tones, which are the ideal combination for spring. KIKO is one of my favourite high street cosmetic brands, especially for eyeshadow - and more specifically - spring eyeshadow hues, so I couldn't wait to see how the new products lived up to my already positive expectation. Instead of doing swatches, I thought I would put all the products on my face and create a look with what I had - using products only from The Artist collection.

KIKO Milano The Artist Collection
I don't know whether it's because spring is on the horizon, but brightening foundations have become my thing lately, and I am building a nice little collection to see me through the season. The KIKO Glacial Light Soft Sifter Foundation (£12.90) is a nice little addition to my current line up of liquid base products. The main difference is the way it is packaged, which reminds me a lot of the Lanc├┤me Miracle Cushion. This is the first foundation of that kind in my collection, and one that I have welcomed with open arms. The product is versatile in application; whether that be your fingers, a beauty blender or brush - I find the latter two the best (I'm just not a fan of using my fingers, however fun it is to bounce the tips on the sponge). The water-based foundation quite literally glides onto the skin and is super light-weight when blended - almost like a second skin. It provides such a healthy, youthful glow and actually colour matches pretty well (I have shade 02, which initially I thought looked quite dark). In my look below, I have not powdered, nor have I used concealer. Although, concealer is definitely needed, it covers really well and just evens everything out. Overall, I am pretty impressed with this one; it's a keeper!

KIKO Milano The Artist Collection
For eyes, I used the KIKO Artist Stroke Mineral Loose Eyeshadow (£6.90), which is a really pale shade (01), ideal for the base. I wouldn't use this on its own, purely for the fact it is a super pale shade that doesn't do much for the lids in terms of colour. I really like the loose pigment formula though, and again, it's something that isn't currently in my stash. I am definitely going to go in-store and check out the brighter colours in the line-up.

KIKO Milano The Artist Collection
One of my favourite items from the few that I've got is the KIKO Blending Wave Multicolor Blush (£10.90) in 03 Expressive Biscuit. This was another, that at first sight, I wasn't overly excited about due to it being a shade that I wouldn't usually go for. I have to hold my hands up and say that I was so wrong. I can see this becoming a staple for me during the warming months. It's a very warm terracotta and bronze two tone blush, which has a really lovely pigmented, and creamy texture. I got a bit heavy handed with this the first time I used it, but it blended out so easily. The KIKO Glowing Pearl Cushion Highlighter (£8.90), which is housed in a handy little pen with cushion applicator is also particularly nice and easy to use. I have the shade 01 Virtuous Gold, which is probably a little too golden for me, but it's light enough for a subtle sheen. 

KIKO Milano The Artist Collection Makeup look
As a lipstick junkie, the pinnacle products in this line up are the KIKO Colour Click Lipstick (£6.90) and KIKO Fine Art Lip Pencil (£4.90). I have shade 03 Clamorous Stawberry, which is as the name suggests, a gorgeous, bright pink-hued strawberry juice shade. The lipstick formula is incredibly creamy and hydrating, which in turn means it's not the longest lasting. This, however, can be helped by using the complementing shade of the lipliner, which provides the ideal base when used all over the lips. I took it to my lips like it were a colouring pencil, which is enabled by the convenient triangle shape - super easy for defining your lip line and not as tough to apply as some higher end lip pencils I own. They're not super creamy, but for the price, these are soft and really easy to work with.

KIKO Milano The Artist Collection Lipstick in Clamourous Stawberry

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