Retractable stick eyeshadow pencils seem to be all the rage lately and after trying the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 05 Rosy Brown, I'm beginning to see why. Kiko is an Italian brand that is available only in select European cities which is a shame considering they make some fantastic cosmetics at a reasonable price!
For only €6.90 (about $9) you get .05 ounces of product in a sleek twist up tube. For reference, the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colors contain the same amount of product but retail for $24. Above is the eyeshadow twisted all the way up and you only need a tiny amount so I know one tube will last me years.
The color is absolutely stunning. I literally stood in the store and tilted my hand in the light for about five minutes, deciding which color I wanted to get. I was between three of the neutral brown tone shades and ended up with 05 because it leaned more purple and taupe whereas the others were more bronze and warm. Now I wish I had scooped up all the colors that were available.
The eyeshadow applies very easily straight from the tube. I find that gliding the pencil directly over my eyelids and then using a finger or fluffy brush to blend out the color after is the easiest and most effortless way to use this product. Of course you can also use it as a base for powder eyeshadows and the multi dimensional shimmer in the cream will add a pop of brightness to your look.
I wore this product over Too Faced Shadow Insurance (I apply eyeshadow primer 99% of the time I wear eye makeup) and the color stuck around for the entire day. There was no migrating or creasing which is great and, frankly, what I expect since it's touted as a long lasting product. *EDIT* I wore the shadow without primer, by itself, and it stayed on for over eight hours with no signs of fading or smudging. The claims are true!
If you can get your hands on Kiko cosmetics, you need to try at least one of these stick eyeshadows. For the price and the quality, you cannot go wrong. Since it will be difficult for me to haul anymore of these particular eyeshadow sticks, I have many others from various brands on my wishlist. What is your favorite stick eyeshadow?