Review: Kiko Shadow Sticks

If any of you remember my Toxic Glow Goth look you’ll remember me using the the metallic grey colour I used (Anthracite), I’d only spotted Kiko Cosmetics at Westfield a few weeks earlier and Anthracite and Golden Beige were the first two I tried and the first ones that got me hooked on Kiko cosmetics.

“Once set, the colour remains uniform and radiant for up to 8 hours, without streaking or smudging”

Since then I’ve collected a few more of their shadow sticks, hoping to use them quite a bit over the next few tutorials so it’s about time I reviewed them.

I absolutely love using these as a base to apply other colours on top, when you layer eyeshadow over eyeshadow sometimes you really have to pile it on. But when I use these as a base after primer what ever I apply on top just pops like crazy.


  • £4.90
  • Cruelty-Free
  • 20 shades
As far as their claims that they’re smudge proof for up to 8 hours I wouldn’t say that’s entirely true, after 8 hours your you will start to notice a few lines but it’s the kind of thing you’d notice it you were looking for it. 

All of them (or at least the ones I’ve tried) are all highly pigmented and creamy, Violet is slightly less thick than the others, Black is an ever so slightly drier consistency and Anthracite is very thick, to the point where you can get small lumps when applying it. The easy way to fix this is just blending it out with a blending blush.

Under warmer lighting you also get these lovely yellow and light blue flecks of colour that under cooler light you don’t pick up. The Kiko website is actually one of those rare companies that actually have accurate swatches, my lens can’t quite pick up all the lovely little flecks of colour these have in them, so if you want a more accurate idea you you can check out the website.

I really need to lean how to make gifs, I would love to be able to show how these look when you hold them under warmer light.

You can get these at a Kiko store or online


  1. says

    I only have 2 of their shadow stick as they tend to be to shimmery for me. So I’m more into Gosh ones and can’t wait to try out Deborah satin sticks.

  2. says

    As far as I know, we don’t have this brand in the US, but I wish we did! It seems like European drugstore brands are generally so much more exciting than US drugstore brands (or maybe it’s just the old “grass is always greener” effect) Anyway – These look lovely, thanks for sharing :)

  3. gingeranna says

    If you need help finding Kiko products I can help you. There are a lot of stores around Italy.
    Some things are very good (like these one, I own a couple myself, or the eyelid primer and one mascara which I love). Other things like blushes sometimes tend to be poorly pigmented and always too full of glitter for me.
    But anyway I think it’s a good brand and I hope it will be available more outside Italy.