KIKO Neo Noir Review Swatches

REVIEW | KIKO Neo Noir Fall Collection

The brand new KIKO Neo Noir collection was designed by Ross Lovegrove

Everyone knows that you don’t change a winning team, right?

Well, KIKO seems to know that too, and after teaming up with designer Ross Lovegrove on the gorgeous Wanderlust summer 2016 collection, they also had him design their Neo Noir fall collection.

But is this a The Dark Knight (amazing beyond expectations) or Blues Brothers 2000 (completely disappointing) type of sequel? [Sidenote: I think remaking certain movies should be forbidden by law. Like, a new Ghostbusters…? Really?]

Let’s have a look at my picks!

KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lipstick in 03 Graphic Mauve (£11.90) & Enigma Lip Pencil in 03 Graphic Mauve (£5.90)

KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lipstick in 03 Graphic Mauve Review SwatchesThe KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lipstick in 03 Graphic Mauve really is an enigma… I mean, what the hell was Ross Lovegrove thinking when he designed it?

Sorry, Ross, but this is really the most horrendously packaged lipstick I’ve seen in my entire life. It’s so chunky and, well… just plain hideous!

But after all, you’re an award-winning designer, and I’m just a nobody, so who am I to critique your art?!

KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lipstick Lip Pencil 03 Graphic Mauve Swatch ReviewWearing the KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lip Pencil in 03 Graphic Mauve and the Enigma Lipstick in the same shade on my lips, and the Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette on my eyes

Anyways, the lipstick itself is pretty good. It’s a mauvy plum with a shiny finish – perfect shade for the season that comes after summer (I have a hard time using the f-word before September – and no, I don’t mean a cussword). It’s comfortable on the lips and longevity is not an issue, so if you like the packaging (or don’t care about it), I’d say go for it.

KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lip Pencil in 03 Graphic Mauve Review SwatchesDespite being pretty creamy, the KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lip Pencil in 03 Graphic Mauve has good lasting power. Its formula is very similar to (or possibly the same as) the KIKO Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liners, which I personally love

The Enigma Lip Pencil in 03 Graphic Mauve is creamy and even enough to be used on its own all over the lips. If used under the lipstick, it makes it darker, more purply, less shiny, and longer-lasting.

KIKO Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in 03 Sensual Burgundy (£6.90)

KIKO Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in 03 Sensual BurgundyThe KIKO Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in 03 Sensual Burgundy is an intense metallic burgundy when heavily swatched, but once blended out it loses its metallic finish and looks more maroony

I’ve mentioned before (both on this blog and on Makeup and Beauty Blog) that I’m a big fan of KIKO‘s permanent line eyeshadow sticks (06 Golden Brown is my favorite), because they allow me to get a long-lasting eye makeup in a matter of seconds.

Unfortunately, though, the KIKO Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in 03 Sensual Burgundy has a completely different formula. I usually apply it straight from the stick all over the mobile lid, and then have to spend a good deal of time buffing it in an blending it out with a fluffy brush. If I don’t do that the shadow looks pretty uneven and creases quickly.

After I take my time buffing and blending, the KIKO Neo Noir Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in 03 Sensual Burgundy usually stays in place for about 8 hours on top of the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Honestly, all things considered, I don’t think this is a must-have product.

KIKO Neo Noir Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette (£16.90)

KIKO Neo Noir Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette Review SwatchesThe black shadow is matte, while the others are shimmery

KIKO Neo Noir Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette Swatches ReviewWearing the KIKO Neo Noir Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette on my eyes. I used the lighter brown all over the lid, the darker brown in the outer corner, in the crease, and along the lower lashline, the black along the outer half of the upper lashline, and the champagne in the inner corner

If you ask me, the eyeshadow palette is where it’s at! The shadows are super silky, nicely pigmented, easy to blend, and pretty long-lasting.

The shades may not be the most original around, but if you’re looking for a decently priced, workhorse palette, the KIKO Neo Noir Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette will hardly disappoint.

KIKO Neo Noir Swatches ReviewSwatches of all the KIKO Neo Noir products I mentioned. L-R: Enigma Lipstick in 03 Graphic Mauve, Enigma Lip Liner in 03 Graphic Mauve, Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow in 03 Sensual Burgundy heavy and blended, and Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Mahogany Silhouette

What do you think of KIKO’s Neo Noir collection? And do you believe that you should never change a winning team or that it’s very hard to replicate a big success?

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  • Reply
    Alina Bostan
    August 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Ooh what a beautiful collection, loving the look of this Mauve lipstick shade… it will be perfect for the darker AW makeup looks x

    Beauty with charm

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    Sangeeta G
    August 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    The eyeshadow pencil shade is amazing. And I should mention the packaging looks amazing!

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    Lulinaiem Sakura Viet Nam
    August 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I am finding a review about KIKO Neo Noir Enigma Lipstick. Thanks for your review 🙂

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    August 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Oh very cute eyeshadow palette!

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    August 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve never heard of this brand! I love the lipstick. It would be such an amazing color for fall!

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    August 11, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Lo smalto malva è bellissimo. Un nude bellissimo. Quante volte ho detto bellissimo?

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    August 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    The eyeshadow shades look gorgeous! Kiko is opening a store near me soon and I can’t wait!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    August 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Oh my gosh the packaging is gorgeous! It looks so luxurious as is the collection xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    Husna Favaz
    August 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    The eyeshadow stick as well as the eyeshadow, both looks amazing

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    August 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Wow, I just received an email from Kiko about their New Noir collection and before I head to the website, I see your post! How weird is that haha! Love the packaging of these products and how adorable is the Enigma lipstick! I am so ready for fall!!


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    Michelle Morchella
    August 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Love that lipstick, nice deep color for autumn.

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    August 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I am not a fan of the packaging! As you said after teaming up with an award winning designer, you would expect something original and catchy instead of something bulky! Graphic mauve is a gorgeous Autumn colour, it is coming so you should be ready for gloomy rainy weather 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

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    Shireen L. Platt
    August 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    For a winning designer, the design of this collection is pretty disappointing. That said, the eyeshadow quad is the one that caught my eyes, the pigmentation is intense!

    I have yet to see the original or the new Ghostbusters, I thought the remake was pretty good?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    August 12, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I love that lipstick color! I think that has to be my favorite from this collection. It’s the perfect color for the upcoming fall season too.


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    August 12, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I think it is very hard to replicate a big success, and just like you said I think the design is … not my favorite. But the lipstick color is so pretty I could probably oversee the fact. Did I tell you that there is a KIKO store opening in my hometown soon?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    H A Parker
    August 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    How stunning do you look?! I love that you show the products that you’re reviewing as a finished make-up look too – it’s so helpful. It’s a shame about the Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow, I’ve tried a few from KIKO and really loved them. But it wasn’t this exact one, so they must have changed formula like you said. But your eye make-up looks so pretty. I think I need that palette in my life. As I just love a good neutral eye look – shocking I know haha. – Tips on How to Start a YouTube Channel – Soft Beach Waves Hair Tutorial

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    August 13, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Love the colours!

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    August 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    The mauve lipstick looks lovely on you! Also love the look of this burgundy eyeshadow stick! I really need to try out Kiko.
    Christina ♥

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    August 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Such a stunning collection! I love such deep colours. Wish this brand was available in my country! 🙁 Great pictures by the way! 🙂 xx

    Gorgeously Flawed

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    August 14, 2016 at 8:49 am

    great review!

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    Kiss & Make-up
    August 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I am so jealous of how you literally wear ANY lip color and rock it! Very pretty.

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    August 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    That burgundy color is so pretty, too bad it doesn’t perform well! These eyeshadows are very pretty though. I still haven’t tried anything from Kiko….

    And I agree with everyone else, that lipstick looks stunning on you!

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    August 14, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Oops I haven’t heard of Ross Lovegrove before! Haha the lipstick packaging kind of looks like a tree trunk, but the colour is stunning!!!

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    August 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Enigma Lipstick 07 is stunning , I love the Sparkling Trail eyeshadow ( blue ), It performs very well I must say . The packagings well are chunky lol I agree . But the collection itself is really good in my opinion .

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    August 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    The packaging is definitely not as attractive as the golden compacts from the summer collection! The pieces you bought create a perfect fall color combination, but I don’t know…. I’m not super excited for this collection? I feel like nothing looks very unique. And if the cream eyeshadows are hard to work with then there’s nothing I really feel like buying.


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    August 15, 2016 at 1:51 am

    The eyeshadows look gorgeous! Aw, too bad the eyeshadow stick wasn’t good.

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    August 15, 2016 at 4:54 am

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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    The Fashion Folks
    August 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

    The lipstick looks gorgeous indeed and lovely for the f-word (though I don’t mind writing fall as I love it hahah). Such a gorgeous and deep shade! Xx

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    August 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I loved your blog! I follow you on G+ and I will see you often 🙂



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    August 15, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Firstly, I’ve just got to completely agree with you on how film sequels should be 100% banned unless they’re going to live up to the originals haha. Secondly, I’m yet to try any cosmetics by Kiko, though the Muse Eyeshadow palette is doing a pretty good job at persuading me 😉

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    August 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Great review, I’ve yet to try any Kiko products yet but that eye shadow palette has me dreaming of fall looks and ready for a pumpkin spiced latte… sorry for my use of ‘the f word’ haha
    Great review!

    What Raj Wants

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    August 15, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Such a gorgeous collection! Love it x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    August 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

    the collection looks great but ur makeup is perfection, fell in love on instagram!

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    Meron Dymphana
    August 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

    My makeup artist uses Kiko makeup on me during my shoots, so I agree that it is amazing and she actually imports it from UK. Thanks for sharing!

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    Julia Nacheva
    August 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Interesting post! Lipstick looks so chic! And other products are also look amazing! Started to follow you in Instagram and Google+ 😉

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    October 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Well personally I’m getting tired of Ghostbusters 2016 bashing… but I can agree on the design of the lipstick packaging. I might pick up a bronzer or a blush from the collection.

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