Kiko are such a great beauty brand, with highend quality products and packaging with higher end drugstore prices. I first discovered Kiko back in 2015, and I’ve placed several orders ever since and I love that more and more Kiko stores are opening up, so I can get my swatch on instore as well as placing online orders. Kiko always create really interesting and unique collections with packaging to match, but I instantly fell in love with the Kiko Asian Touch Makeup Collection from first glance as I love anything that’s Asian/K Beauty inspired. Kiko describe the Asian Touch Collection as being a ‘capsule’ collection, however it consists of 13 different products which I think is a pretty decent for a capsule collection and I’ve been trialling a selection of the products so I can now report back.
“The collection evokes Eastern culture, offering high-definition makeup products with a focus on fiery red lips and eyes accentuated by eyeliner – the perfect look for a metropolitan geisha. The collection is topped off with super defined eyebrows and a glowing complexion, which can be yours with the perfecting mask made from 100% natural fabric extracted from bamboo.
The collection’s Asian Touch is best seen in its packaging. It’s clean and simple, whilst simultaneously classic and hyper feminine, which is reflected in the must-have limited edition clutch in black satin. A nod to Japan, it’s adorned with an elegant knot in the middle, reminiscent of those seen on kimonos.”
This is a single use perfecting face mask made from 100% natural fabric extracted from bamboo, which fits the Asian Touch theme perfectly. The special weave of the face mask is inspired by ancient Asian rituals, providing a unique experience and perfect skin. The delicate weave holds water within the packet and releases it onto the skin during use to give the complexion an even and perfected appearance. It’s a round, one piece sheet mask with a gap for eyes, nose and mouth. I like that this mask has a flap cut into it for the nose so you can press it down against the sides of your nose, whereas a lot of sheet masks tend to gape around the nose area. It smells very fresh, and feels so cooling and soothing on the skin whilst imparting moisture and softness. I think £3.90 is a great price for a sheet mask, especially one as lovely as this.
Kiko Asian Touch Blush £7.90
The Kiko Asian Touch Blushes really intrigued me as the tubes reminded me of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, with a plastic squeezy tube and slanted applicator which the product seeps through. The tubes are also colour coded to reflect the shade inside, just like the Clarins balms and I’ve never used a balm which is packaged like this before. I didn’t know how much or how little to apply with it being a liquid which squeezes from the tube. The blush comes out of the tube pretty bright, but as you can see from my swatches above the effect is more a translucent tint which looks so fresh and natural on the skin. I much prefer a subtler blush so these are right up my street, especially as you apply them directly to your cheeks with the applicator and blend with your fingertips or brush. Aspirational Rose is a muted light pink whereas Gestual Peach is a pinky coral.
When I first got these I assumed they were either eyeliners or nail polishes as I’ve never seen lipstick in a bottle like this before, but I love the packaging so much. They’re little rounded bottles with long lids, and a doefoot applicator but the consistency is amazingly thin so you have to shake the bottle before use. They feel like a watercolour paint as they go on the lips but they’re extremely pigmented; especially Plushy Red (a neutral toned bright red) which is opaque in one generous swipe.
Silky Burgundy (a deep purple toned berry) is a little patchier but that’s often the norm with deep intense shades such as this, and is best applied in two thin coats. Due to how lightweight they are, you can’t feel them on the lips once they’ve dried and I forget I’m even wearing them as they’re non drying and non sticky too. I would so love for Kiko to launch some nude shades in this very formula as I’m smitten, and I just love the adorable packaging.
To go with the three shades of Matte Lipstick, Kiko have three shades of Lip Pencil which is such a genius idea as you can buy a matching lipstick and liner and know they’re going to work well together. The packaging of the Asian Touch liners is simply stunning, with an elongated ‘handle’ which feels so comfortable in the hand and somehow makes application a little easier in my opinion. The liners are exceptionally soft and silky and require only the slightest pressure on the lips, and the shades do match the lipsticks perfectly. I think there must be some type of nourishing oil within these pencils which makes them so soft and silky on the lips, as they’re also comfortable enough to wear alone. Again, we need Kiko to launch more shades in this formula as it’s a winner.
There are three eyeliner shades and I have two of them, there’s also a plum shade available all of which have the same elegant elongated handle which Kiko say can even be used as an hair accesory for a geisha inspired updo. The eye pencils have the same super soft formula as the lip pencils which is exactly what you need with a pencil on the eyes. You never have to drag them, nor do you have to warm them up before use. Aspirational Beige is a great nude liner for the waterline if you need to try and disguise any late nights to brighten the eyes, whilst Ancient Black is the perfect matte black we all need in our collection. Their softness makes them easy to smudge and I don’t find that they smudge or fade throughout the day.
There is only one shade of eyebrow pencil within this collection from what I can gather, which is slightly strange as the shade is ‘Calligraphy Red’ which isn’t the typical brow colour you’d see within a brow pencil line up however it makes sense with the Asian Touch theme of the collection. I have very dark brown brows so this doesn’t work as a brow pencil for me, it does however work fantastically as an eyeliner pencil and it looks stunning when teamed with a warm toned smokey eye look.
I love everything about this packaging from the outer boxes, the packaging of the products, the colours, the formulas and the quality. It’s such a beautiful collection, but it’s limited edition so if there is something/s you like the look of, you’ll need to get them sooner rather than later as they will sell out as all Kiko collections do. I’d love to know which is your favourite product from the collection? Let me know in the comments below…