Last weekend, Jennifer (link) and I decided to visit the new Givenchy counter at Lane Crawford, Canton Road, and we met up for afternoon tea. Right outside the Moomin Cafe, LCX, was a brand new Kiko store. I abandoned my son, my husband, and went swatching frenzy with my sister; although she didn't particularly persuade me to buy any, she wasn't helpful in eliminating my choices. I came out with 12 products, all about the lips, and roughly HKD $1k debited. The pricing of Kiko here is very reasonable, I looked up the European price and it is around 1:11 (okay, the exchange rate is about 1:8 this moment, but hey).
After I checked out at the cashier, there's a lucky draw of discount coupon, and I managed to get my hands on a 20% off one. Now I need to plan for my next visit which may induce an even bigger haul. Please, enable me, enlighten me, what should I buy/try next?
Spent too much time typing the Chinese part of this post, I hope you'll accept my apology of keeping the English words concise.
Kiko Milano HK website (link)
上周末我跟妹妹相約到廣東道連卡佛拜訪新開的 Givenchy 專櫃。
在 LCX 找 Moomin Cafe 吃之際，竟然被我發現，
我其中一個愛牌 Kiko Milano 竟然神秘地登陸香港。
希望這幾天還有餘力把手上的其他 Kiko 玩具拍一拍照，多寫一篇文？
如果大家有推薦不妨留言燒燒我（我的 Kiko 燃點頗低的）。
$135 Angel Kiss Set #Cranberry Crumble (lip scrub 20 g SPAIN, kiss balm 3 g ITALY)
在我買的十二件產品當中，這 已經 是最貴的了。
（可想而之 KIKO HK 定價有多佛心！）
除了這個 小紅莓 口味以外還有另外三個甜品／糖果味，我覺得太甜不合我，所以沒有買。
我有一支常態色的 Kiss Balm #05 Raspberry ，是很油潤的淡彩護唇膏，非常可口，所以看見這個套裝不能錯過。
The other flavours, which may be bubblegum and caramel, smell extraordinarily sweet to my pregno nose. If you have a sweet tooth perhaps those will suit you better. This Cranberry scent has a slight fruity tartness to it which makes it salivating. I am new to Kiko's lip scrub (not a big lip scrub person anyway) so this excites me.
$125 Temptress Lip Set #03 Deep Wine (lipstick 3.5 g ITALY, lip pencil 0.2 g USA)
唇膏的形狀跟 Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution 長得一模一樣，
This set caught my eye as the bullet resembles greatly of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick. The formula is creamy with a subtle shine though - definitely more 'cremesheen' than 'matte'. The lip pencil is also beautiful, a twist-up with a built-in mini sharpener at the end of the pencil, very long-lasting and comfortable.
CT compared to Kiko Temptress (Instagram photo link)
$125 Twin Stars Nail Lacquer & Lipstick #01 Lavish Beige (lipstick 3.5 g ITALY, nail lacquer 10 ml FRANCE)
另外這套聖誕唇膏加甲油的唇膏一樣是 CT Matte Revolution 樣子，
而且唇膏是霧面的，所以根本就是 dupe 啊！
Another Christmas set with a CT Matte Revolution shaped lipstick. With the Twin Stars set, you get a matte lipstick with a shiny nail polish. To me, swatched, the formula of this lipstick does not differ from the CT Matte much. A pity they do not do more colours I want!
|colour of bullet in this photo not accurate|
$99 Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick #128 Masala (3.5 g ITALY)
這條唇膏是最新［奢華］系列的其中一款，推出了 30 個顏色。
奢華灰管 Gossamer 比較實色。
如果不是重量較輕，很容易令人聯想起 Chanel 的管身。
說奢華，又可能已經是品牌裡單價最高的唇膏，都只是 $100 有找。
要上網才能看到名字 e.g. Masala
The new Luxurious line includes this Creamy lipstick, which is highly pigmented and satin-matte. I love the boldness and comfort of this, and it is totally not drying at all given the heavy pigment. I find that if the intensity is too strong, especially for the dark shade I pick, a few dab will deliver a good amount of colour.
$99 Glossy Dream Sheer Lipstick #205 Wine (3.5 g ITALY)
同樣是奢華系列的，有 15 種顏色，
Another Luxurious lipstick is the Glossy version. I personally do not enjoy it as much as the Creamy one, as this colour I chose has significant amount of glitter particles. They can look flattering, but not the most comfortable especially when lips are rubbed together. The biggest problem is the glitters remain after the colour wears off. Apart from the glitter though, it has a smooth balmy texture that makes it possibly a pleasure to wear.
$79 Intensely Lavish Lipstick (3.5 g ITALY) #01 Lusty Peony #02 Pretty Mauve
很心動。想把餘下的 4 色都包下來。
This lipstick is the most comfortable and moisturising on my lips (out of the bunch I bought this time). I first got these two more nude shades as I'm afraid the creaminess will cause the darker shades to bleed or migrate. It is not a problem because it really isn't too thin, and nothing a little lip liner won't help!
With the rose gold case integrated with magnetic mechanism as closure, this is a must-buy. I can't find reason not to get all the remaining four shades before they are sold out or discontinued. (No, I don't want any reason, don't stop me!)
From left: 由左到右
Kiss Balm #Cranberry Crumble
Intensely Lavish #01 Lusty Peony
Intensely Lavish #02 Pretty Mauve
Glossy Dream #205 Wine
Gossamer Emotion #128 Masala
Temptress #03 Deep Wine
Twin Stars #01 Lavish Beige
Same order, from bottom to top. I realise the colours still look washed out under the poor lighting and my poorer photographic skills. In reality all of them has more depth the texture is denser. Try to enlarge it to view and remember to refer to it with a pinch of salt.
$55 Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner (1.2 g GERMANY) #301 Nude #314 Masala
$55 Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil (1.3 g ITALY) #01 Lusty Peony #02 Pretty Mauve
($125 set) Temptress Lip Pencil #03 Deep Wine (0.2 g USA)
$30 Smart Lip Pencil #710 Rouge Noir (1.12 g ITALY)
價錢合理（專櫃通常接近 $200，MAC 最近一次我買要 $155），
所以當我看見 Kiko 把多個系列的唇線都全帶過來賣，
Order from top to bottom: 由上到下
Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner #301 Nude
Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner #314 Masala
Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil #01 Lusty Peony
Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil #02 Pretty Mauve
Temptress Lip Pencil #03 Deep Wine
$30 Smart Lip Pencil #710 Rouge Noir
Finding good quality, affordable lip pencils with a wide range of colour selection is out-of-this-city difficult. Probably also due to the fact that lip pencil is not generally an item the customers in Asian market look for. Even department store brands with a full range or products may not make any lip liners. Therefore, when I find that Kiko brought over the many types of lip liners over, I drooled.
A remark by fellow mummy blogger +Cynthy Chui (her blog link) I'd love to share: don't you find the Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner greatly similar to CT Lip Cheat? For instance, #301 Nude to #Pillow Talk? --- --- I have both and I swatched them side by side, CT #Pillow Talk is waxier (cling to skin harder), a hint darker and more rose-tone; whereas Kiko #301 is less waxy, more silky (more comfortable on skin), has a beige tone and leaves a soft satin sheen. My verdict? Not a perfect dupe but good enough to not get the CT if you can get hold of Kiko.
I've also rubbed my arm inhumanely harshly with a cotton swab, after the lip liners dried down. Interestingly, all the Italian made smudged and the rest stayed. Not that you'd mistreat your lips like I do to my forearm, but I think it's fun.
|rubbed and smudged. for science.|
希望在我出發去 K 家再敗家之前
Now, comment below with what I should buy with my 20% off voucher!
Tell me what's your favourite Kiko product(s) are!