Ahoy, me makeup mateys! I mentioned a trip I made to the KIKO shop in the Garden State Plaza the other week and among the picks, I chose four matte eye shadows from the enormous Infinity eye shadow range. By enormous, I mean taking up a huge section of display area with dozens and dozens of colorful eye shadows in a whole host of finishes.
|in Stewwwwwwwdio lighting|
I said to myself, "Self, go crazy. Pick the craziest colors you can find in the most blingy of all finishes." How did I do?
These individual pans click into the Clics palette system which comes in three, nine and twenty-four pan configurations. The pans are not magnetized since they click into the palettes. I just picked up the pans because I can always apply a metal sticker and use my preferred Z Palettes. The Clic system and eye shadow pans remind me of the Urban Decay system.
I've actually been highly coveting the Viseart matte palettes but have been holding off because some of those shades might not be ones I would actually use. Also these matte KIKO shades I selected greatly expands my matte eye shadow collection and...cheeep and cheeeeeerful at $8 a pop.
|swatches in UNNATURAL lighting|
- 237 is a ight slightly pinky beige shade. I've been using this to blend out edges, but I think it is too cool for me for that function.
- 239 is a light putty beige shade. GAH! Lately, I am really struggling with color descriptions!
- 240 is a medium cool grey brown.
- 217 is a medium warm brown.
When I was playing with them in the store, they swatched really nicely. Each are moderately pigmented, but the swatches above are two layers (with fingertip) so by no means highly pigmented.
I've become unfortunately picky about eye shadow textures recently where perfectly loved textures from brands no longer performed the way they used to. Is this AGE?!!! I was really pleasantly surprised at how nicely these matte shadows looks on my lids. They are very smooth and apply really nicely with a brush, and kick up very minimal dust. They blend really easily and don't get all muddy and chalky on my eyelids.
I always apply all eye makeup over Nars Pro Prime. They are not bullet proof, because I saw some noticeable fading at the end of a long day but they held up well into that day.
A brand I often cite as my standard for beautiful mattes is Rouge Bunny Rouge. They have some of the dreamiest and smoothest formulas around. They have a very teeny offering of shades, and I wish they would expand it! I would gobble those up.
|lighting up with HOT FIRES OF HELL lighting|
Here are my new KIKOs compared to my Rouge Bunny Rouge standard bearers: Chestnut Napped Apalis, Go Grey Away Lourie, and Black Pepper Jay.
I think you can see some quality differences right away, especially for CNA and GGAL which are much more richly pigmented and smoother in application. One swipe! Black Pepper Jay is just a tab patchy with one swipe.
|in studio lighting|
While not as rich and pigmented as my Rouge Bunny Rouge mattes, the KIKO Infinity mattes add some welcome variation in tones to my matte singles. They are a wonderful value as well.
I think the next time I am at the shop, I would like a warmer version of 237. Any suggestions on a color to fit the bill?
Do you notice that the pictures are kind of weird? I recently purchased a inside lighting situation so I'm giving that equipment a try. The foam board I have been using recently has gotten filthy so I purchased this display board that can be wiped down. I also got some new studio lighting which is giving me some grief in being able to white balance correctly. I think the pictures above look a bit weird (but close). I think changing my lighting set up completely made me unable to take pictures! I have a giant load of blurry pictures in the trash. Oy, time to read up on the manual again. I also purchased a light tent that is so comically large that I think I can put my whole makeup stash in there! Ha! Hopefully you can bear with me while I figure this situation out.
KIKO currently has US shops in the Woodbridge shopping center and Garden State Plaza, both in New Jersey. There is no telephone order and no webshop available.