I will admit, I have had these products for well over a month. I purchased them instore less than a week after they had been released because I happened to be near one. Long story short, I have used the Kiko Less is Better range for well over a month, and my thoughts haven’t changed then from when I first used it. Let’s make this plain and simple shall we: I am not impressed.
Generally speaking, I adore Kiko products. There are even some of products I made sure I did not leave the UK without. Truly, it is a brand that I tend to flock for. Yet this range was just lackluster. It’s only saving grace, in my opinion, was the packaging. Such beautiful powder blue and cool powedered pink. That seems to be where my like of it ends as it too is odd. I don’t know why they chose it to appear as a camo, but there you have it.
As a whole, the range Kiko Less is Better range is quite cool toned, and that makes it limited. Limited in who will use it, and who can use it. Plus, with only four matte lipsticks, this further reduces the reach. Additionally the palette itself has cooler tones in them that seem to range from the same colour spectrum. This complicates things just a smidge further.
Let’s break it down.
Kiko Less Is Better Eyeshadow Palette
The Less is Better eyeshadow palette, £11.90: is a compact, “travel sized” palette that houses 9 square pans. Sadly, these shades don’t have a name to them, but I don’t mind as I wouldn’t want to remember them any way. The swatch above was tricky to create as they simply are not that pigmented in the first place. Pick up with your fingers makes it hard to apply as it does not want to move, and never mind using a brush. It just does not want to layer too well either, making application as a whole quite rough.
Wear time wasn’t steller either. I aways wear a primer on my eyes, however, they didn’t even make it half of the day. As these shades all fall along the same colour spectrum, they grew muddy, and quite dirty looking. By the end of the work day, it even started to run down my eyes. Just NO. And this has happened more than one time. With any other brand, never once. It was just a creasy mess.
Kiko Less is Better Matte Lipstick
I was going to say “let’s not go there” about the lipsticks, but yes, let’s go there. Less is Better Ultra Matte Lipstick, £6.90. In four shades, though I only purchased three are not the pick of the bunch. The doe foot applicator gives the formula an odd velvety yet dry applicator. While it doesn’t tug on the lips, I just couldn’t get over the increasingly weird feeling I got applying it to my lips.
The lipsticks themselves apply as matte straight away, so there is more messing with dry time, which is a plus. Also, thankfully, they don’t claim to be long wearing, nor transfer-proof because they certainly are not. Additionally, the supposedly enriched formula with brazil nut and peach exrtact does little to nothing to your lips as they still end up feeling, and looking dry. Some pamper at the end of the day was definitely needed. As a major saving grace, they at least have goog pigmentation. I simply cannot fault that.
Further more, with the purchase, I received a free bracelet plus charm for their 20th anniversary, but… sorry, I am just not a fan of the design.
In the end, the Kiko Less is Better range is just a pass for me. Maybe a future range will spark more than just interest.