KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks in 307 Cyclamen Pink, 312 Cherry, and 319 Chocolate
You know I love me some matte lipsticks…
So when I heard that KIKO’s most recent launch fell into this category, I got pretty damn excited!
The brand new Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick comes in 20 shades, and I think it’s going to replace the fan favorite Velvet Mat Satin Lipstick. I’ve been playing with 307 Cyclamen Pink, 312 Cherry, and 319 Chocolate over the past week, and today I’m ready to share my opinion with you.
Packaging-wise, the Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks feel heavy and more expensive than they actually are, and I like that the matte finish of the tube hints at the finish of the lipstick itself.
The formula is pretty creamy, which means that they glide on the lips effortlessly and are very comfortable to wear. Their texture is quite thin, so longevity is good, but not the best, with 312 Cherry being the most long-lasting one and 307 Cyclamen Pink coming in a close second.
307 Cyclamen Pink is the only one I wouldn’t recommend, though, as it emphasizes dryness on my lips I don’t even know I have and looks pretty unflattering (it didn’t translate into the picture, but trust me, it’s true). I wonder if I got the only ‘bad’ shade or if the quality is not consistent throughout the range…
Alongside the Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks, KIKO launched 16 new twist-up pencils, the Everlasting Colour Precision Lip Liners.
Based on the only shade I got, 412 Fuchsia, I think these are the type of pencils that work best when used in combination with lipstick, in order to extend its wear time and get a sharp edge (unlike the Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liners, which in my opinion are better suited to be used on their own). The Everlasting Colour Precision Lip Liner in 412 Fuchsia is neither too hard nor too creamy, so that you can outline the lips precisely without it feeling scratchy or uncomfortable.
All in all, if I consider the Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in 307 Cyclamen Pink as an exception, I think these new launches are definitely worth checking out.