Lipsticks of the Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks by Kiko Milano have positively surprised me, with their matte finish, their pigmentation and their long duration.
The new collection comes with 20 colors alongside 16 lips contour pencils, called Everlasting Colour Precision Lip Liner. Each Kiko shop has a convenient display on each stand, to suggest the best matching of lipstick and liners. This same information can be found also on-line on Kiko’s website.
Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks offer a great performance, in spite of their low price. Among their greatest virtues, despite their matte finish, is that lips don’t get dry. Fans of this type of lipstick know well that this is quite uncommon, as matte colors tend to dry up, highlighting chapped lips, while the texture of Kiko’s lipsticks compensates for this unpleasant effect. And texture indeed is the characteristic that showed off the most, as I found them creamy and easy to apply, very similar to Lip Velvet by Burberry. Another great merit is their duration, they can last for 6 or 7 hours, and that gets even better using the matching lip contour pencil. If you happen to eat during this time, well, a quick touch-up might be needed then. It is not over yet: all colors have very high pigmentation, ensuring a smooth and homogeneous layer, right after the first application. Finally, Kiko’s offers is appreciated also in term of color diversity.
Here below the swatches of the colors I tried personally:
A last mention goes to their packaging, linear and convenient, yet elegant, with its aluminum body and its magnetic lock.
I have tested also the lip liner pencils, whose performance also scored good results, on both duration and pigmentation.
On the downside, they are a bit drier when compared to the lipsticks, and their application is less smooth, although they are excellent at their job as lip liners.
Also, their leads are a bit fragile and tend to break up a bit too easily.
On the upside, a practical sharpener is built-in.
As a conclusion: Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick by Kiko have successfully passed my test, ranking among the best matte lipsticks I have ever tried, with excellent duration, texture and pigmentation. Definitely, you can call them a “must have”.