Buying base products like foundation and concealer online is super hard so in occasion of the launch of the new Nabla Close Up concealer, I wanted to share a comprehensive comparison of all the concealers I own. So here we are with my concealer swatch comparisons, which doubles as my concealer collection.
As I mentioned in my Project Pan post, I am in the process of moving at the end of the year and part of it is reducing the size of my makeup collection to those products I really love and use. I thought it would be fun to bring you with me through my makeup collection declutter.
I am not one to dwell on the past, but going through my stash to find my 2016 makeup favorites is another matter. I have discovered a lot of amazing new makeup this year, some of which has become my go-to, holy grail, marry me-status makeup so I can’t wait to share them with you. This is a long post!
Everyone knows I’m a sucker for new releases, especially when they come from one of my favorite brands. Ever since I tried the Kiko Unlimited Foundation a few months ago, I have been impressed with the improvement in quality of the base products of the brand. So when they launched a new line of foundation and concealers, I purchased the new Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation and Dark Circle Concealer to try and test. I have been wearing these together for the past week and will be sharing my first impressions.
The new Kiko foundation comes is a sleek frosted glass bottle with a very convenient dropper. The formula is very liquid and lightweight, putting it in the same category as the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint and the Maybelline Dream Wonder foundations. However, the dropper makes the whole difference in application because you can easily dose the amount of product you’re dispensing.
The Liquid Skin Foundation is said to give a second skin effect thanks to the active ingredients in the formulation: hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin, Vitamin C and resveratrol are strong anti-oxidants that improve the texture and elasticity of the skin ad creatine smooths the skin and gives a silky finish. This base also comes with an SPF 15 which is always handy when going towards the sunnier and warmer seasons. There are 14 available shades with warm, cool and neutral undertones, so you’re sure you’re going to find a good match. I guessed mine online to be Warm Beige 30 and it is a perfect match!
Left: bare skin; right: with Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation in WB30
I find that the best way to apply this foundation is to use one or two drops at a time per section of the face and work them in with my hands. The formula is too liquid to be used with a brush because you would end up with stripes. As you can see in the before and after pictures, the Liquid skin does a good job in uniforming the complexion and the coverage is light, giving you a real second skin effect. As you can see the breakouts on my chin and forehead are still visible but the overall look is smoother and more uniform. I definitely see this as a summer / good weather foundation because it is very lightweight and you cannot feel it on your skin at all but you need to have good skin to begin with or this will not be enough.
Regarding lasting power, the Liquid Skin foundation lasted around 4 hours on my combination skin feeling and looking fresh, then as my natural oils came up it broke down quite quickly in my t-zone so I’d say it is not the most long lasting I have tried, but a great option for an afternoon out shopping or with friends.
With Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation in WB30 and Dark Circe Concealer in 4 Cream
To increase coverage is specific spots I used the new Kiko Dark Circle Concealer under the eyes, around the nose and on the breakouts on chin and forehead. This little guy comes in a cute black packaging with a pump. First thing to be careful about is actually the pump itself because it erogates a lot of product, it actually reminded me of the MAC Pro Longwear’s overly generous pump. The formula is fluid and lightweight and easy to blend. There is a wide range of colors available and a handy table that matches your concealer to your foundation shade so that ordering online is quite easy. As you can see in the photo, the concealer does a great job at brightening but I wish it gave higher coverage. I am used to my Maybelline Fit Me and I don’t think that this is enough for my dark circles or other imperfections.
To sum it up, the Kiko Liqiud Skin Foundation and Dark Circle Concealer are nice lightweight and light coverage options, but for the price, 18.90€ for the foundation and 8.90€ for the concealer, I would probably choose for other similar products on the market such as the L’Oreal Nude Magique foundation and Maybelline Fit Me concealer.
If you want to try these or other Kiko products (check out some previous posts to see my favorite), until tomorrow you can have 20% off your order with the code 4ALLWOMEN in occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Are your going to try these out or do you prefer fuller coverage?