One of the best things about travelling is getting the opportunity to find shops and products that aren’t available at home. On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I found a Kiko store and decided to try a few bits from them for the first time. You can read my first impressions of what I picked below.

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Unlimited foundation, €14.90

Kiko was jammers when I was there and there was no room to swatch anything so I panic bought Unlimited Foundation in warm beige 15. I was convinced it wouldn’t sit well on me but it actually looks really natural on my skin even though it has a bit of a yellow undertone.

The formula is quite thick and takes a bit of work to blend but once it does it looks lovely and lasts for ages with medium coverage and a velvet finish. I reckon a beauty blender gets the best results with this one; it can start to look a bit streaky with brushes. The foundation dries really quickly so you have to move fast to get a nice, even coverage.  It does tend to cling to dry patches so I wouldn’t recommend it for very dry skin but normal/oily types would get on well with it. The shade range is great for such a budget friendly foundation with 14 to choose from so you should find something to suit you. The packaging is nice considering the price too, the glass bottle and pump feel much more expensive than there €15 price tag. So far I’m liking this and will use it when I have that extra 5 minutes to spend in the morning to get it looking right.

Luxurious Lashes Extra Volume Brush Mascara, €7.90

This was on special offer when I was in Kiko and I picked it up for €3.90. It’s usually €7.90 which is still a very decent price for mascara. I was a little scared of using this at first as the applicator is huge and I have a habit of poking myself in the eye with them but so far no injuries. This is probably my favourite thing I picked up from Kiko and would definitely re-purchase. It lengthens lashes and creates mega volume without a clump in sight, even when multiple layers are applied. This is one of the best budget-friendly mascaras I’ve used and really makes me question why I’ve ever spent more than a tenner on one! They’ve a huge range of mascaras on their website so I’ll definitely be giving some of their other offerings a go in the very near future.

Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner, €5.20

This is another winner from my trip to Kiko. I swear I’m not on their payroll. I got this is in pearly bronze and it is a lovely metallic bronze/gold shade that was just made for green eyes. I picked this up for day time wear as black can look too much on me if I’m not in full going out clobber. It’s really creamy in texture, glides onto the lids and has great staying power too. There are 16 colours in the range, varying between matte and pearly finishes. There are some very bold shades available and they don’t look too dissimilar to Urban Decay’s Glide-On Eye Pencil’s, a firm favourite of mine since I was about 16. If you’re looking to play around with some interesting colours but don’t want to spend a month’s wages on eyeliner, I’d give these a go.

Blush Cocoa Shock, €10.90

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Not gonna lie, I bought this purely for the packaging. Seriously though, how cute is this blush? It comes with two baked blushes inside; I got adorable pink and peach. If you’re a fan of a well-pigmented blush it might not be for you. The results are very subtle but pretty. The pink shade is very natural and I like it for everyday wear and the peach looks lovely when used with The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze for a bit of a glow. They have a strong vanilla scent when you first use them but it wears off pretty quickly. Texture wise they are really soft and very blendable. Thumbs up from me.

As you can probably tell, my first impressions of Kiko are overwhelmingly positive. I love when I find a brand that is budget friendly but really delivers on quality. I’m looking forward to trying some of their other products out; they’ve a massive inventory online and even do a bit of skincare too. Delivery to Ireland is €5.90 or free when you order over €49.

Have you tried anything from Kiko? What should I buy next?

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