Beauty Find - Kiko Cosmetics Black Impulse Collection

Over the recent 2014 holidays I picked up a very glam and ultimately, very versatile "Black Impulse Holiday Pochette at a newly opened Kiko Cosmetics in New Jersey.

Now, the thing that makes this so special is that I originally discovered Kiko cosmetics in Italy a few years ago, and was AMAZED by how fun, varied and high quality the products were - at prices that were much closer to drugstore than department store.

But, what I found out when I stumbled upon that New Jersey Kiko was that the Italian brand, rather quietly, has begun opening up stores in the US*. Kiko has it all - from makeup and nail color to skincare and fragrance.  

You really have to spend some time in a Kiko to just see the clean, bright and fun space and their sheer breadth and depth of their offerings and color ranges - with amazingly inexpensive prices.  *Note: Kiko stores are now in Miami, Florida, Woodbridge, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, Brooklyn, NY and several other locations on the East coast.  There is no US online shopping at this time, however.

I want to share with you three of the products that were included in this limited edition clutch shown above (not currently available).  As of this writing, they do have close product dupes that are currently in their stores.

The clutch contained a Impulse Black eyeliner which is very creamy but still allowed me to draw a fine line for a cat eye, or smudge it out easily (with fingers or a brush) for a smoky eye.  I find myself reaching for this pencil frequently now.  The black finish is  rich and slightly glossy.Once this pencil is on - it very long lasting.  I got all day wear with no fading or smudging what so ever. Note: Vibrant Eyeliner is the closest to this product currently in stores.

Also included was the glam Gold Maxi Mascara, which features a huge, conical brush and a rich, slightly dry mascara formula.  It gave me great separation and volume with a glossy black finish, but this is not for major length in my opinion.  I love the packaging and think this is great for when you just want to have a more fanned out lash look. Note: This exact mascara was also limited edition, but there are similar formulas in stores.

The third item in the clutch is their newly formulated nail lacquer in a rich, true cherry red which would flatter all skin tones. It's called Black Impulse Nail Lacquer.The formula is creamy and medium weight. I got the rich, glossy color with two coats and used with a good base/top coat, I got about 5 days of wear with minimal chipping. Note: While this exact shade is limited edition, there are similar ones in stores. 

The faux black leather clutch with gold studs and a wrist strap (perfect for storing makeup/extra accessories, or to use as a evening clutch) was part of the limited edition holiday set. But be on the look out for more of their makeup accessories in store - they have new items coming in for Spring now! - RLB 

Note: If you live in or are traveling to Europe, Kiko cosmetics is in most major cities or can be purchased online, e.g. London, Milan, Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Stockholm etc. Please visit the Kiko Cosmetics site for more information. 

Go--> Scroll down the page on the Kiko Cosmetics site to view the Kiko Cosmetics US location map 

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