Kiko Cosmetics’ Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow collection review

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  • Manufacturer: Kiko Milano
  • Availability: from the webstore; released in September 2016
  • Contains: 6 colored eyeshadow pencils
  • Cost/Amount: USD$9.00 per 1.2 g / 0.06 Oz per jumbo pencil
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Kiko Cosmetics’ Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow collection

Why am I reviewing these so very late in the game? Well…buying a house, breaking my ankle, moving into the new house (while on crutches no less!), job loss, new job, panic panic panic. The downside is that I wasn’t exactly timely reviewing these, or even trying them. The upside is that I get to enjoy them now! I have three of these in my go-bag - they’re that useful and well-loved.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

Two jumbo eyelid colors, close-up detail photo and swatched: Modern Ice Rose, and Structured Bronze Two eye pencil colors, close-up detail photo and swatched: Sensual Burgundy, and Feminine Emerald Two eye pencil colors, close-up detail photo and swatched: Power Blue, and Rose Anthracite

The format is your standard jumbo-eye-pencil in a twist-up casing. The product stick is accordingly thicker, and even going on two years old, these had not dried out or hardened. Just like Kiko's staple Long Lasting Shadow Sticks, they apply easily and blend very well. The primary difference is that they stay blendable for a bit longer, and they've got a scattered-sparkle finish. (I tend to blend mine out, so the sparkle's more minimalized.) The overall effect is a softened shimmer finish.

This collection contained:

  • 01 Modern Ice Rose
  • 02 Structured Bronze
  • 03 Sensual Burgundy
  • 04 Feminine Emerald
  • 05 Power Blue
  • 06 Rose Anthracite

Modern Ice Rose and Rose Anthracite are tied for my "daily wear" color. Feminine Emerald is a gorgeous shade, but it's my least favorite because it doesn't apply as evenly or opaquely as the others.Sensual Burgundy, which was my anticipated favorite, applies as a nice solid rich "burgundy" shade but blends out a bit softer...which just just makes it more versatile.

If you love these colors and are sorry you missed them, they do have shade equlvalents in the permanent-collection Shadow Sticks. Light Taupe matches with Modern Ice Rose; Structured Bronze is closest to Rosy Brown; Sensual Burgundy matches with Burgundy; Power Blue is close to Blue Iris; Feminine Emerald matches with Emerald Green; and Rose Anthracite is similar to Smokey Grey.

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