Product Review: Kiko Cosmetics Neo Noir Limited Edition Collection

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Remember doing “back to school” shopping for school supplies? Fresh new notebooks, pencils waiting to be sharpened for the first time, a pristine pink eraser, maybe some stickers—everything so tidy and promising.

I get the same feeling when I buy new makeup. And although I don’t reserve the experience for early September, it still feels the perfect time to pick up a few cosmetics staples.

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Kiko Cosmetics releases a limited edition collection every season, and this fall’s line is my favorite so far. It’s called Neo Noir, and it’s a generous range of reasonably priced color cosmetics designed for eyes, lips, face, and nails. The packaging is black and silvertone, with sculptural ripples and “gathers.”

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I selected three products (after extensive browsing): Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow, Design Flower Enriched Highlighter, and Enigma Lipstick.

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Here are the three items together in some early-autumn sunlight. The Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in Shade 2 (Sculptural Bronze) shows up well here. It’s an eye shadow pencil with a smooth, almost gel-like texture and very fine shimmer.

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(Bonus shot with cat whiskers)

I’ve been rubbing the Sculptural Bronze pencil onto my fingertip and using my finger as an applicator, patting and spreading the shadow onto my eyelid. I like wearing it on the outer half of my lid, over an ivory or champagne cream shadow.

Sculptural Bronze applies as a sheer medium brown with shimmer, and it’s decently buildable if you want more concentrated color.

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Kiko’s limited edition lipsticks have impressed me before, and Enigma Lipstick is a high quality item that would cost twice as much if it were being sold by a brand like Lancôme. I chose Shade 6 (Seduction Rose), a warm rose color with a creme finish.

I hope Kiko will repeat this formula: it feels creamy and it gives full coverage, it stays put and it has above-average lasting power. And this shade is really versatile—sort of neutral, sort of feminine, very modern.

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The third item I picked out is Design Flower Enriched Highlighter. It’s a powder highlight duo in a mirrored compact, designed to be applied with a brush. I’ve been using my Ecotools blush brush to apply the lighter shade to my temples and the tops of my cheeks. It gives a subtle matte highlight without any sparkle; no wacky Instagram “strobing” here.

Since I have a light skintone, I can use the deeper shade as a bronzer, applied with a big fluffy brush to both sides of my face in a “3” shape. Again, it’s a quiet way to add a little color and depth without any wannabe Kardashian-kontouring.

And, if you’re curious, my receipt for these three items totaled just under $40 before tax. Much less than I used to spend on my back-to-school makeup indulgences in years past, and yet the quality is surprisingly good for this price point. Do check out this collection if you have the chance!

Product source: I purchased these products at my local Kiko Cosmetics boutique

Images: all product photos by TC

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