I love it when brands experiment with bright colours for Spring/Summer. By bright I really don't mean Sleek or Illamasqua bright, which, no offence I personally find a little unwearable for my taste. When I say bright and vivid, I mean colourful make-up but in rich, luscious, soft and creamy textures. Ones that glide on like a dream so you don't even have to think twice before wearing them. Formulas that are modern and flaunt worthy, not tackily frosty that I'd be afraid to smear them on my face. KIKO as usual, is one of the brands that knows how to do it's bright colours well and it's Life in Rio collection is no exception.
Everything from their eye crayons, liquid eye liners, nail paints, lipsticks and blushers have flawless formulations that I couldn't dissect and point a finger towards. Especially when you glance at their price point, it seems like a deal that's too good to be true. Kudos to KIKO for also keeping the packaging looking lush and chic. Bargain high street brands can sometimes compromise with packaging by promising a great formulation but I simply love how the glossy gold touch here makes it reminiscent of YSL and Estee Lauder.
There is nothing skippable in the collection besides the odd nail paint if you're not a huge fan of frosty, metallic shades. However, I have to say these would look fabulous paired with a tan on an exotic holiday. The bronzer and blusher smell like chocolate caramel and are super silky and light weight. Perfect dupes for those mineralise MAC blushers and bronzers. The eye crayons are unbelievably pigmented and make the eyes glimmer instantly. The liquid eye liners are ditto and do not budge. As for the lipsticks, the texture is scrumptiously glossy and hydrating and the packaging can give YSL's rouge volupte a run for their money.
The innovative double sided brush, with one end for foundation and one end for blusher/bronzer is ingenious and well made. On the whole, whether it's a festival you're planning to head over to or a beach holiday this season, this collection you simply cannot miss.