KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks – “Crazy Colours” in 323 Imperial Blue and 324 Slate Grey ($12/£10.90)
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but KIKO just recently expanded their Velvet Passion range (which I reviewed last year) with five new “Crazy Colours”: 321 Orchid Violet, 322 Sapphire Green, 323 Imperial Blue, 324 Slate Grey, and 325 Black. So I took advantage of the 30%-off sale KIKO had around Christmas and purchased the blue (to see if it could be a dupe for my beloved Rouge Dior in 602 Visionary Matte) and the grey (because I had been wanting to try a grey lipstick since I saw the MAC x Halsey Lipstick last spring).
Let’s have a look at 323 Imperial Blue first.
KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks in 323 Imperial Blue
Lip swatch of the KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in 323 Imperial Blue. It looks pretty even on the lips, but I still recommend to apply it on top of a blue liner
First things first: no, Imperial Blue is not a dupe for Dior’s Visionary Matte. Dior’s lipstick is a beautiful deep navy blue – the perfect mix of edgy and elegant, while KIKO’s looks lighter and greener. I personally prefer the former, but formula-wise they’re pretty similar: same satin-matte finish, same comfortable feel. Lasting-power is also similar, and that means you’re going to need to apply a matching eyeliner first if you really want it to last – a few hours, not a whole day, mind you (if you want to know more about this, check out my personal tips on how to make blue lipstick wearable).
Comparison swatches: Rouge Dior in 602 Visionary Matte (L), KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in 323 Imperial Blue (R). Nail polish is the Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in 505 Particulière
324 Slate Grey is a deep bluish grey – a beautiful shade of grey, if you ask me, but the formula doesn’t deliver. It looks pretty patchy, even upon application, so you absolutely have to apply it on top of a matching eyeliner (which I think you should always do with very deep shades regardless of the formula, but, still, I think 324 Slate Grey could be improved).
KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks in 324 Slate Grey
Lip swatch of the KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in 324 Slate Grey. As you can probably see, I just couldn’t make it look even, especially on my upper lip
Honestly, I’m not exactly wowed by these new KIKO lipsticks, but they at least give you the chance to experiment with unusual shades without breaking the bank. Just remember you’ll need to use them on top of a matching eyeliner! 😉
Have you tried any of these new KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks – “Crazy Colours”? What was your experience? And if you haven’t, do shades like these appeal to you?
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