Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer – Review

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I have an extremely oily t-zone which up until a few weeks ago I’d just given up with. My oiliness is so bad that even when wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (anyone who wears this knows how drying the formula is) AND powdering it within an inch of my life, it still gets oily by lunchtime.

I’ve never had any luck with mattifying primers in the past with them either just not working or breaking me out. I do love my Hourglass mineral veil primer for special occasions, but in terms of oil control it does nothing for me. I’d been recommended the Mat Base Corrector primer numerous times over the last year and decided to finally drag myself to Kiko to purchase it. At £8.90 for a 25ml tube it’s extremely affordable so I was really excited at the prospect of being oil free on a budget!

I tested this product on and off for around 3 weeks to be able to give a full, honest review.

Packaging: I really like the packaging for this product. It’s an opaque tube with a very small opening that makes it easy to dispense the correct amount of product. There is no air and light exposure making the formula stable.

Formula: The formula for this primer looks promising for oily skin. It’s water based and doesn’t contain any silicone which has been known to break out blemish prone skin. There are a number of oil controlling actives such as the oily absorbing clay magnesium aluminum silicate, propylene glycol and Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract. It also contains antimicrobial ingredients to prevent break-outs such as phenoxyethanol, butylene glycol and oleanolic acid. It doesn’t contain any fragrance or colourant. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of alcohol in formulas but considering I only wear foundation two or three days a week I’m okay with using a primer with alcohol in it.

Application: This product comes out as a thick clear gel, when I apply it on my skin it doesn’t glide on and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. I find that I have to spend more time applying foundation on top of this primer as it does make foundation drag and catch.Once the product is on my skin looks completely matte and doesn’t look cakey.

Longevity: By the end of my 12 hour day I’d say my skin is around 50% less shiny compared to using foundation alone and remains oil-free for up to 8 hours. There is no oiliness around my cheeks but there is still some shine on my nose and especially above my eyebrows. I didn’t experience any breakouts when using this product either which is great.

Overall I’m quite pleased with this primer, it’s pretty good for everyday use when it’s not too hot or humid outside and keeps my oil at bay for a maximum 8 hours in the T-zone. I don’t think it’ll hold up in the heat of the Summer for my skin personally so the search continues for a really strong oil controlling primer.

Have you tried this primer before? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for me? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

KIKO Milano Smart Lipstick – Review

Kiko Make Up Milano is an Italian brand that offers a line of professional make-up and cutting-edge face and body treatments. Having never tried or even heard of the brand before I decided to try a few of their lipsticks out.

As I was new to the brand and I was buying online I bought the cheapest lipstick range (Smart Lipstick) which is priced at £3.90 per lipstick. Initially I was searching for a pink and mauve colour that I could wear during the day so I opted for 913 Rosewood and 915 Mauve.

The packaging is sleek, matt, black and simple. It definitely does not look £3.90!

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From left to right: 913 Rosewood, 915 Mauve
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From left to right swatches: 915 Mauve, 913 Rosewood

913 is a lovely pink colour that suits my dark skin tone perfectly and is my favourite of the two. I find that 915 is a little less pigmented and has a more metallic finish on my lips but is still very nice. The Smart Lipstick is super pigmented, super creamy, does not dry out your lips and lasts at least 4 hours without touching up.

Having tried these lipsticks I am 100% going to be buying a lot more from this brand, their lipsticks are a great value for money and are comparable in quality to lipsticks twice their price.

One thing to note is that the pictures on the website appear darker than the lipstick is in real life so it’s best to Google for colour swatches before purchasing.

http://www.kikocosmetics.co.uk/make-up/lips/lipsticks/Smart-Lipstick/p-KM002010129

Are you a fan of KIKO Milano Cosmetics? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x