Are Kiko mascaras any good? Review of 4 Kiko Mascaras- Maxi-Mod, Luxurious Lashes, Lengthening Topcoat and Unforgettable Waterproof.It’s hardly a secret that I’m a big Kiko fan, I’m always going on about Kiko. Their Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner is pretty much my favourite makeup item. They do lovely eye products- eyeshadow, eyeshadow sticks, eyeliner pens. They’re all terrific. Kiko is such good value too. And they do makeup sales, what could be more fun than a makeup sale? I can’t think of anything.
Kiko is doing an offer on mascaras at the moment- £3.90 on all of them. This gave me the ideal excuse to buy loads of them so I could do my Kiko Mascara detective work. I picked the ones with the most appealing brushes.
FYI I have quite thick black curly lashes, I like my mascara to have good separation, lengthening and lasting ability. Here are my un-mascara-ed lashes-
Kiko Unforgettable Waterproof Mascara
This is described as a curling mascara. The wand is curved to catch and curl the lashes. It’s enriched with Carnuba wax and Beeswax. Initially I was impressed. The brush combs through the lashes softly depositing a nice even coat with no clumps. It gives a natural look but you can build up the layers to increase volume. I only noticed a small amount of flaking by the end of the day.
After a few days I started to notice that Unforgettable was getting a bit dry and leaving little mascara balls here and there. I think that is just the way it is, it has a dry finish. It’s a bit of a pain to remove, you need a proper biphase eye makeup remover.
I give Unforgettable WP a reasonable 7/10. The brush is lovely, it gives quite a subtle lash and has quite a dry finish.
Kiko Luxurious Lashes
Luxurious Lashes has a bit more oomph to it. It has a big fat brush made for building volume. The size of the brush makes it a bit difficult to catch the tiny lashes in the corners.The packaging is quite meaty and heavy. But! There is zero clumpiness. The formula is creamy and contains Hyaluronic acid and Collagen for conditioning. It stays on really well; better than Unforgettable.
I took this photo at the end of the day to demonstrate how well it lasts. No smudging or flaking. It’s easy to remove with face wash or makeup remover.
Luxurious Lashes gets 8.5/10. I love the brush, it gives great volume and stays on all day.
Kiko Maxi Mod Mascara for the Neo Noir Collection
The packaging is beautiful. Chic matte black. Maxi-Mod has this tiny little plastic brush, the photo doesn’t do justice to how tiny it is. You can really coat every single lash with this mini mini brush. The formula is pretty wet, it sort of glues lashes together a bit. It makes for a voluminous 60s esque look.
The effect is most appealing. I nearly flipped my lid when I first tried Maxi-Mod, it looks so cool. But it smudges! this makes me want to cry. Maxi-Mod is so promising, but it doesn’t last the day.
Maxi-Mod gets 6/10. Beautiful packaging, innovative brush and wide eyed full lashes are let down by poor longevity.
Kiko Lengthening TopCoat
Lengthening Top Coat comes in a short, fat tube and it’s bright green. Don’t be alarmed, the mascara itself is black. Kiko does a variety of topcoats- glitter, volume, curling and lengthening. Designed to beef up your existing mascara, it comes with a natty round brush for easy application. The brush makes it easy to catch all the little lashes. The formula contains many tiny black fibres for additional length. Beware contact wearers, those little fibres could cause problems for you. Here is Lengthening Top Coat over Unforgettable-
Lengthening Top Coat is a cute product with a cute brush that adds a bit of length to your lashes. Avoid though if you wear contacts 7/10
All in all, Kiko Mascaras feel like they cost more than they do. The brushes are lovely. None of them felt stiff or uncomfortable, but they are somewhat let down by the longevity. Luxurious Lashes is my top pick for great volume and it lasts beautifully.
All mascaras are £3.90 from Kiko