When my hubby went to Amsterdam a few months ago he stumbled across a Kiko store and treated yours truly to the Arctic Holiday Eyeshadow Palette in Midnight Toast (originally £15 now reduced to £11.10). Initially, I thought the boy did well. The holographic packaging is beautiful. The case is designed by Ross Lovegrove and comes with an inner mirror and double sponge applicator. It looks like it should be heavy but it’s actually made from lightweight silver plastic. I love a smokey purple eye at this time of year and I love the thought behind it (not many husbands have a clue about Kiko Milano), however, this is one of the most disappointing products I’ve tried in a long time and the first ever from Kiko.
The palette contains 4 shades of baked eyeshadows (the middle pan is divided into two) in three different finishes: metallic, satin and matte. Kiko makes some bold claims about these eyeshadows. They promise that the baking process ensures “absolute purity of colour and extreme brightness of shade, making them easy to blend”, normally I love the intensity of baked eyeshadows but these are some of the patchiest, chalkiest shadows I’ve tried in a long time. The colour payoff is abysmal and even though wetting your brush will slightly intensify them, overall they are lacklustre and uninspiring.
This little trio had so much potential. I usually only swatch eyeshadows once to give you a clear representation of the pigment and texture, but the truth is my first swatches were barely visible on a camera. I layered the above shadows and really had to dig my finger in. On the eye, they blend out into a dull greyish shade and don’t even last particularly long. I really wish Kiko would put the same amount of effort and attention to detail into their limited edition collections as they do to their permanent range. Overall, I love that my hubby awkwardly wandered into Kiko and made an effort to buy me something pretty and despite the dire performance of the Arctic Holiday palette he’s still earned a few brownie points in my book!