KIKO Milano has recently released a new baked eyeshadow formula that comes in a variety of colors and finishes. KIKO powder products are usually quite good and when I saw these new eyeshadows in store I didn’t hesitate. I chose two shades – for fun and everyday makeup.
KIKO Bright Duo Baked Eyeshadow ($15.00) – can be used wet and dry. The product imparts bright, rich and buildable colors. The compact’s two colors can be used alone or combined for a striking look. Baking the powder creates a smooth creamy and uniform texture that adheres well. It feels wonderful, delightfully soft to touch. The formula is enriched with jasmine, camellia and rose.
These eyeshadows come in a beautifully designed black plastic compact with a see-trough lid. The design and quality is quite comparable to luxury makeup and deserves a praise. It has a magnetic closure that saves your nails. Each compact has a shade number on the back, contains 2.5 g or 0.09 oz of product and is divided into two colors – either from the same color family or completely opposite. You can choose from 24 duos and the finishes are: pearly, satin, metallic and matte.
KIKO Bright Duo Baked Eyeshadow in shade 09 Pearly Emerald – Metallic Violet is a combination of a bright cool-toned magenta purple shade with pink and silver micro shimmer and a soft metallic sheen and a bright turquoise blue shade with neutral undertone and a finely-milled golden shimmer.
Both shades have a very soft to touch and easy to blend texture that goes on completely opaque in a couple of stokes and can be applied even more intensely if used wet. Both shade stayed put for as long as 8 hours on me applied over the Nars Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base. Both colors look equally gorgeous used together or alone.
KIKO Bright Duo Baked Eyeshadow in shade 20 Pearly Gold – Pearly Sand is a combination of a bright warm-toned peachy-gold shade with tons of silver and gold shimmer and extremely shimmery finish and a toned-down taupe brown shade with quite an amount of multi-colored glitter and a strong metallic finish.
This duo has a bit drier formula compared to the 09 duo, that can be partly explained by the amount of glitter both colors incorporate. Nevertheless, both shades apply beautifully and stay put for at least 8-9 hours. There is a bit of fall-out that usually happens with shimmery eyeshadow so I recommend doing your eye makeup first if you use it. Eyeshadow glitter doesn’t migrate all over the face during the day. This duo performs best if applied wet.
On the swatches above you can see how bright and opaque both duos apply over the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, that I always use with all my eyeshadows. I would totally recommend using Duo 09 shades together whereas Duo 20 shades are too close compared to one another and do not look too different in an eye look. Though I still created one for you using Duo 20.
I used Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Matte Eyeshadow in Rosewood (that is a makeup must-have of mine) in the crease, then applied the lighter shade from the Duo 20 all over the lid and used the darker shade in the outer corner only. I also used The Balm Schwing Black Liquid Liquid Eyeliner to create a winged liner and my all-time favorite Urban Decay Perversion/Subversion Mascara and Primer Duo (that I also featured as one of my must-haves).
I loved both of the KIKO Bright Duo Baked Eyeshadow compacts for a nice baked formula and interesting finishes. The color intensity and pay-off is beyond praise. Both eyeshadows wore beautifully for the whole day and were easy to remove. I am currently looking forward to purchasing more of these. I really liked different color combinations of the eyeshadows when I swatched these in store – and I have quite a few other shades on my wish-list now.
Have you tried the new Bright Duo eyeshadows by KIKO? What do you think?
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