KIKO High Power Pigments

rectangular pans of red orange, pink, and muted purple eyeshadows sat on a black polka dot background

When the TooFaced Sweet Peach palette hit the blogosphere, I was just as enraptured as everyone else, but ultimately I decided it was the pinks and peaches that really had my heart, and I had no need for the browns and bronzes. I turned my attention to my blush collection instead, and loved adding a dash of warmth into my eye looks.

My peachy collection expanded further thanks to my CarnLIVal goody bag, in which I found these cool High Pigment compacts from KIKO. They can be carried alone as singles, but were created with palettes in mind, and have strong magnets on the back of each pan to firmly stick them into KIKO's own system. With 91 shades to choose from, offering serious quality and fun finishes, I can guarantee that everyone will adore at least one.

a square compact of red orange eyeshadow sat on a black faux fur background
square pan of pink eyeshadow and two makeup brushes on a white background with black polka dots

I do wish they had better names, as Shade 12 seems far too boring to describe this beautiful tomato red shade, which is similar to Makeup Geek Morocco. While it is bold, it looks amazing in the crease with a copper shadow on the lid to pull it more toward the orange side. The dusky pink, 38, also looks intimidating for an eye shade, but I have found it to be an easy way to switch up classic looks, and it's actually very flattering. I prefer to wear it in the crease instead of the lid, as it can stray into 'infected eye look' territory if there isn't a colour to break it up. It also makes a beautiful blush, and I really appreciate that the pans are big enough for me to swish a blush brush in.

The purple, 36, may seem like the most ordinary of the three, but it's the most unusual purple tone I've seen. The shimmer in it is a cool silver, but the pigment itself is a beautiful balance of pink, purple, and brown, making an on trend mauve shade that would suit almost anyone. This is such an easy, flattering colour to swish onto the eyes for a simple eye look. I also think it would be beautiful as part of a brown smoky eye look to add something different and new.

All of the shades can be used wet or dry to alter between a buildable wash of colour and a powerful pigment. I'm going to layer them with the cream eyeshadow sticks next time I need a quick smoky eye look, and I will definitely be packing the pink into my travel bag for a duo eye and cheek shade.

Which KIKO products would you recommend? 



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