This Kiko lipstick was part of a limited edition collection for Valentine’s Day. I really wanted to love this because the bullet is heart-shaped. Yes, heart shaped!!! The packaging is so cute as well, and the shade is gorgeous swatched. However, the shape of the bullet makes it really hard to apply and when you do apply it, it’s really patchy. I know colours like this are really hard not to get patchy, but it just looks really terrible on my lips. Even with a lip brush it comes off patchy and weird looking. I usually love Kiko products and rave about them, but this lipstick did nothing for me. I’m going to keep it around though for its novelty factor. I love how cute it looks.
I bought these products with the best intentions and I really wanted them to work for me – either I had heard great things on the internet or they’d swatched really well in store. However, sometimes, as in life, things are just not meant to be. And this was the case with these products. I have tried them in many ways but they’ve sadly never done it for me. And I’m going to tell you why.
First up is this cream contour palette from NYX. This is just bad. The contour shade is the best of all three, but the textures of all the products are waxy and greasy and do not blend without dissolving your foundation, and are not strong enough at all to be worn under. They kind of sit on your skin like a goopy, patchy mess and are not at all flattering. In a way, I’m kind of biased, because I really am not a fan of cream products (apart from Topshop cream blushes which are amazing) but I especially hate these. As you can see by the swatches above they are patchy and ugly. I just have no good things to say about this product. What a mess.
This particular Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush is not my favourite. It is the shade ‘Dollface’ and all I can say is that it’s just not pigmented in the slightest. The texture is stiff and it is not easy to pick up. Again, this is a product I wanted to love so badly. It was something I’d coveted for ages due to internet hype but it’s just not something I reach for at all. It now lives in my rose gold No7 box where products go to die. When I get enough pigment on the brush to actually apply this blush to my face it’s really beautiful. But that’s not often and there are so many other blushes that I adore far, far more. Sorry, Tarte.
Just because these products didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they’re all-round bad products. Have you tried any of these? Do they work for you?