Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara–Clean Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara

Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash MascaraI’ve reviewed a few mascaras here on IntegriBeauty, and honestly I’ve loved them all. Most recently, I reviewed the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara. I like to try mascaras from a variety of brands, so I didn’t expect that the next mascara I’d try would also be from Pacifica. Well, when the new Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara launched, I couldn’t resist for very long. The photos looked so promising!

I was very surprised when this new mascara launched, because Pacifica’s Vegan Collagen collection started out with only skincare products and expanded to include some hair products. I never thought the collection would include any kind of makeup! In addition to this mascara, Pacifica Vegan Collagen Lash Serum & Primer launched very recently. I haven’t tried it yet, but based on it’s high ratings I think I should!

I’ve now been using Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara for close to a month, and I look forward to using it every day. It’s a really nice mascara and I’m so excited to tell you more about it! Please continue reading for a full product review which will include information on packaging, ease of application, how well it lengthens lashes, staying power, ease of removal, and price.

Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

All the fluff, no bad stuff! Formulated WITH vegan collagen and plant-based fibers to fluff up lashes while helping to condition, lengthen and add volume and WITHOUT any ingredients you don’t want weighing you down – clean, 100% vegan and cruelty-free formula. The 100% vegan spiral Fluff It Up Brush rolls the glossy, true black formula evenly onto every single lash and separates them for a feathery, fluttery effect. (The following claims are based on a 3rd party clinical trial.) Instant appearance of longer lashes. Lashes look thicker and healthier after use. Up to 12 hours wear.

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Other product details

  • Price: $16.00
  • Net weight: 0.24 oz. | 7 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Formulated without talc, parabens, phthalates or mineral oil
  • Ophthalmologist tested
    • Safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Lengthening: 10/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Ease of removal: 9/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Packaging/ease of application

I’ve said it before, but I have to say it again: Pacifica makes some of the most beautiful packaging! Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara comes in a glass bottle that’s soft pink and purple to look like cotton candy or a sunset that turns the sky those gorgeous pastel colors. In addition to being beautiful, it feels very luxe. 

The wand is plastic, but well-made. The applicator is a vegan “natural” bristle brush (instead of having rubber “spiky” bristles) and the bristles are in a spiral pattern as the description states. The way the bristles are arranged, they’re actually quite far apart which I thought might be a problem for application, but it really isn’t.

This is actually one of the easiest to apply mascaras I’ve ever owned. The formula is very smooth and the bristles glide over the eyelashes effortlessly. I think that’s partly because this mascara has more of a wet formula. I find this mascara to also build quickly.

The only complaint I have about this mascara in regards to its packaging and ease of application, is the size of the brush. Like the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, this mascara’s brush is larger than average (though it is smaller than the Stellar Gaze brush). I don’t have very large eyes, so I’m more comfortable with a smaller brush. 

With all that being said, I don’t have the same problem with application that I have with the Stellar Gaze mascara. When I used that one, the large size of the brush would cause me to get mascara on my skin almost every time. For some reason, it’s very rare that I have that problem with this newer mascara. 

Lengthening

Length and separation are the most important things I look for in mascaras. My eyelashes are probably average length, but I really like the look of long lashes. Separation is important to me because my eyelashes are a bit sparse. If they clump together, then it looks like I only have a few eyelashes and that is not a good look!

Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara lengthens lashes instantly for a natural look. Since I like my lashes to look quite long, I usually add a second layer to make them extra bold. I’m able to build as much length as I want with this mascara! 

I have a lot of trouble layering some mascaras because that can cause them to clump. Fortunately, I’ve never experienced that with this Pacifica mascara. Since it’s a wet formula, there’s plenty of time to build it up for the desired effect. The brush does an excellent job of separating lashes even once a lot of mascara has been applied.

Some of you reading this may be wondering if this mascara provides volume. While volume isn’t a priority for me, I’m happy to say that this mascara actually does a great job at providing volume! My lashes always look thicker and very healthy with this mascara applied. In this photo, you can see a big difference between the length and volume of the eyelashes on the left with mascara applied, and the eyelashes on the right that are bare.

Staying power

Besides the benefits of mascara like length and volume, I often hear people looking for mascaras that won’t smudge or flake. Some people seem to be especially prone to this, and there could be a variety of reasons such as oily under-eyes or watery eyes. I’m actually very fortunate that I don’t often experience problems with mascaras smudging or flaking on me, though it has happened before and I know how annoying it can be. Nobody wants raccoon eyes!

Since Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara has such a wet formula that almost feels oily when applied, I thought it might smudge on me. I was wrong! This mascara has never smudged on my skin, or flaked throughout the day. It stays in place perfectly all day long.

I always curl my eyelashes before applying mascara because my lashes are naturally almost straight. After I apply this mascara, unfortunately the curl drops slightly. I think it’s because the formula is wet and a bit heavy, weighing down my lashes. This is a common problem I have with a lot of mascaras, so it’s not a big surprise. If your eyelashes naturally have a bit of a curl, you may not have this problem.

I only deducted one point in this category because I’ve found a partial solution to the problem of this mascara not holding a curl. I normally curl my lashes to the point where they look curled, but not unnaturally curled. If I do a little extra to make them very tightly curled, then when the curl drops, it doesn’t drop as far and my lashes still look curled. I hope that makes sense!

Ease of removal

When I was using Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, I was so surprised by how difficult it was to remove, considering its formula is not waterproof. I wondered if Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara would be equally as tough to remove. Whew, thank goodness it isn’t!

If I forget to grab a separate product to remove my eye makeup, I try to remove it all with whatever face wash I’m using at the time. I wasn’t able to do that with the Stellar Gaze mascara and even cleansing balm wouldn’t remove all of it. I’m able to remove Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara with any of my three methods: cleansing balm, baby shampoo, and face wash. I’m so glad I don’t have to struggle to remove this mascara, because when mascara is hard to remove I tend to pull eyelashes out more often and I don’t want that!

I think the only way this mascara could be easier to remove would be if it had a tubing formula. Tubing mascaras are unusual, but extremely easy to remove with warm water alone. As this is not a tubing mascara, I’m very pleased with how easy it is to remove.

Price

Compared to other drugstore brands, Pacifica’s makeup can be pretty expensive. Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara is $16.00 for an average amount of product (the Pacifica Stellar Gaze mascara is $14.00). Mascara is one of those products that varies greatly in price from brand to brand. Looking at drugstore brands, there are some mascaras priced as low as $3.00! However, on the other end of the spectrum, prestige brand mascaras are sometimes $30.00 or more. 

So the question is this: is Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara worth the $16.00 price tag? In my humble opinion, yes it is. While there are a lot of very affordable mascaras at the drugstore, I don’t think they can compete with this one. It’s pretty close to perfect in so many ways and is formulated with great ingredients that are safe for sensitive eyes. I don’t always put as much weight on clean ingredients, but since mascara sits right above our eyes, I definitely prefer a clean formula.


Between the product photos and before/after photos shared when Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara launched, I truly couldn’t resist picking it up! Both the packaging and the formula are beautiful. The only things that would make this mascara better, in my eyes, would be a slightly smaller wand and if the formula was a bit lighter to hold curl more effectively.

Let’s take a look at those lengthy product claims from Pacifica. First, they state that this mascara conditions lashes, lengthens, and adds volume. Based on the ingredients and the feel of this mascara, I’d say it does work to condition lashes. It absolutely lengthens and volumizes as well. They say the brush applies this mascara evenly to every eyelash and separates them to give a fluttery effect. I have to agree with this claim too! 

The final claims are from a 3rd party clinical trial. Of ten participants, nine agreed that Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara instantly makes lashes appear longer, thicker, healthier, and wears up to 12 hours. I agree with all of these claims! My lashes always look long, thick, and healthy when I apply this mascara, and it lasts at least 12 hours.

I definitely recommend this mascara! I hope to try it with the Pacifica Vegan Collagen Lash Serum & Primer eventually. I’m curious to see how that affects the application and overall look.

Have you tried any Pacifica mascaras? Do you think you’ll try Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush–Liquid Blush that Applies Effortlessly

Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy BlushKiko Milano launched a fruit-themed collection for summer this year, and as expected, it’s adorable! The collection includes a wide variety of products for the face, cheeks, eyes, lips, and even a brush set and makeup bag. I believe this collection will only be available for a limited time. I try not to purchase too many products that are limited edition, but I couldn’t resist the liquid blush. It’s the Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush, and I am loving it!

Most of the blushes I own are powder instead of cream or liquid. I really struggle to make a lot of non-powder products work. However, I decided to give this one a shot because I’ve been enjoying several Kiko Milano products, the shades looked beautiful, and I like the packaging very much!

I’m really not sure why this product was launched as part of the Fruit Explosion collection instead of Kiko Milano’s regular line. Except for the product name, there’s nothing “fruity” about this product. That’s OK with me though, I still really enjoy it! Now that I’ve had a chance to test this blush several times, I’m happy to share a thorough review. 

Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Liquid blusher, bright finish. The innovative refreshing and ultra-light texture enlivens your skin with a delicate touch of colour with a super luminous finish. It blends easily, for a result shaded from light to intense. Offered in a handy on-the-go size with built-in applicator, it is also perfect on holiday! Provided in 3 fantastic trendy shades.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.00
  • Net weight: 0.16 oz. | 5 ml
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Available in three shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Inclusivity: 6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Team player: 9/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

In my review of the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer, I mentioned that the shade ranges for many Kiko Milano products aren’t the greatest. I’ve noticed that it’s even worse in the limited edition collections. I can understand to a degree, but I think they should at least try to make shades that will work for every skin tone.

Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush comes in three shades (Kiko Milano doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll describe each one as best I can):

  • 01 Sweet Biscuit is a neutral brown/pink
  • 02 Lively Mauve is…mauve
  • 03 Brisk Pink is a peachy pink

Even though I have fair skin, I went for the shade that appears to be the boldest, which is Brisk Pink. I had a feeling that this blush would sheer out as it’s blended, and I was right. In this photo, I swatched it on my arm two ways: directly from the applicator, and blended out. The blended swatch actually looks more intense here than it appears on my cheeks, as I don’t use that much product on my cheeks.

I think these shades are definitely sufficient for those with fair to light skin, maybe even medium skin. However, I don’t believe any of them would show up on deeper skin tones. I think Kiko should’ve included one or two deeper shades, or at least made the formula more pigmented to work for more skin tones. I hope that Kiko will prioritize inclusivity more in the future!

Packaging/ease of application

If Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush wasn’t labeled, you might think it’s lip gloss based on its packaging! The only obvious difference is that the tube is shorter and wider than most lip glosses. There is a small doe foot applicator inside the cap that picks up more than enough product. 

This type of applicator is so easy to use! I definitely prefer this type of packaging over a squeeze tube, which is common for liquid blushes. The doe foot applicator makes application a breeze because you can use it to dot the blush directly onto the cheeks. Even though more blush than is necessary comes out on the applicator, it’s still very easy to get just the right amount onto the cheeks.

The directions Kiko provides for this product aren’t really all that helpful. They state “With the integrated flock applicator, spread the blush directly on the cheekbone and blend towards the cheeks.” I think the placement of the blush is up to each individual, but Kiko should’ve provided some advice on the best way to blend it out. 

In my opinion, the best method for blending this liquid blush is to use a small duo fiber blush brush. I’ve been using the e.l.f. Putty & Cream Blush Brush, which is designed for the e.l.f. Putty Blushes, but it works well with other cream and liquid blush formulas too. With this brush, I can blend this blush into the skin in just a few seconds. I love how quick and easy it is!

Team player

I’ve always struggled a little bit with making cream/liquid face products work over foundations, even when others seem to have no problems at all. Fortunately, Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush is almost foolproof! I think it’s probably because the formula is liquid and very lightweight. Since it’s so easy to blend, there’s less movement of the product to cause the foundation underneath to move around.

While this blush performs much better over foundations than a lot of other cream and liquid face products I’ve tried, it’s still not perfect. It will disturb the makeup underneath if I spend too much time blending. The key with this blush is to work quickly and then leave it alone. 

These photos show how Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush looks applied over two types of foundation. In the first photo, I applied it over Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation, a liquid foundation. In the second photo, I applied it carefully over my favorite powder foundation, Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation. I think it looks so fresh and pretty paired with both types of foundation! It also looks great on more natural days over a simple tinted sunscreen like Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion

Staying power

I didn’t have very high expectations for the staying power of Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush. I figured that since it’s such a lightweight somewhat sheer liquid blush, it would wear away at least a little bit throughout the day. Also, Kiko doesn’t make a single claim about its wear-time.

Well surprise surprise, Kiko impressed me again with another product’s longevity! This blush never fades at all, no matter how long I wear it. Further proof of its staying power unexpectedly showed itself on the day that I did the arm swatches (see photo in the “Inclusivity” section). 

After I took that photo, I immediately washed my arm hoping to remove the blush. I scrubbed it for I don’t know how long, and then washed it a couple more times before going to bed, and there was still a bit of a tint on my skin! You definitely don’t have to worry about this blush fading or smudging all day long.

Price

Kiko Milano is considered to be a “drugstore” brand, but some of its products’ prices fall somewhere between drugstore and high-end pricing. At $12.00, Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush is one of those, in my opinion. There aren’t many liquid blushes at the drugstore, but it looks like most of them range in price from $7-$10. 

I also noticed that the amount of product in this Kiko blush is considerably less than some other drugstore alternatives. That is frustrating, but since I reach for powder blushes more often than cream or powder formulas, it doesn’t bother me too much. To be completely honest, there’s a good chance that I still won’t use up this blush before it goes bad.

Since Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush is more expensive than other drugstore liquid blushes, and it comes with less product, I took away a couple of points for price. I might’ve deducted more if I didn’t enjoy this product so much (especially the applicator, which the other drugstore brands don’t have!).


I am so glad that I took a chance and decided to try the Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush! It gives my cheeks beautiful natural looking color, with a touch of luminosity. My favorite thing of all though, is probably how easy this blush is to apply! That’s been something I look for lately. I really like products that I can apply quickly.

So how does my review stack up against Kiko’s product claims? The first claim is about the product’s texture, that it’s ultra-light to provide a delicate touch of color with a super luminous finish. I agree that it’s very lightweight and “delicate touch of color” is accurate since this isn’t a highly pigmented product. As far as its luminosity, I would say that this blush does have some luminosity, but it’s not “super luminous.” 

Next, they mention the easy blending of this product, and that it’s buildable. I definitely agree with those claims! I don’t build up the color too much, but I will sometimes add a bit more blush when I feel like I didn’t get quite enough at first. It always looks great once it’s blended out! They mention the convenient applicator, which you already know I enjoy! Additionally, they add that it’s perfect “on holiday,” which for my American friends, means “on vacation.” I think this blush would be safe to travel with, as long as the cap is screwed on tightly! 🙂

This really is a great little blush, and I’d recommend it to almost anyone. There are only a couple of exceptions. Those with medium to deep skin tones might find that these blushes are too light or lacking sufficient pigmentation. People with oily skin may also want to pass on these as the formula is hydrating and doesn’t seem to fully “dry down.” I have combination skin, but my cheeks aren’t oily so I don’t have any trouble.

Do you think you would enjoy the Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush? If you tend to like cream and/or liquid blushes, you’d probably like this one too! Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Lauren

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e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick–for a Dewy Skin Look

e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow StickSummer is in full swing and the coveted “dewy look” or “glass skin effect” is more popular than ever. I have usually avoided products that are meant to look very dewy since I have combination skin and my t-zone can get quite oily. However, e.l.f. launched a “dewy skin” product this year that caught my eye like nothing else. The e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is a stick highlighter that provides a beautiful natural looking dewiness. I like it for my skin because I can concentrate it on areas of my skin that don’t get oily!

This is the first highlighter I’ve ever reviewed (with the exception of the highlighter shade in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette) here on IntegriBeauty. That’s because I’m not usually much of a highlighter girl. That may surprise you, as I’m a makeup fanatic, but it’s true! The natural look of this highlighter made an impression on me and I couldn’t wait to try it.

I’ve been using the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick for a few weeks now, and I have a lot of thoughts on it! Please continue reading for my full product review. I’ll discuss the product’s inclusivity, packaging, application, how it works with other products, staying power, and price.

e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Highlight your best features with a dewy, sun-kissed glow. Infused with hydrating watermelon extract, this highlighter stick helps you achieve that “glass skin” effect with a soft hint of golden color and shimmer that looks great on all skin tones. The twist-up stick allows for easy application and prime blendability—just dab and blend onto high points of the face like the cheekbones, nose bridge, and brow bone for a radiant finish. Great for all skin types.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.28 oz. | 8 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Special ingredients:
    • Coconut oil moisturizes and seals in moisture
    • Tocopheryl acetate (common version of vitamin E) is an antioxidant and strengthens skin
    • Sweet almond oil smooths, softens, and moisturizes
    • Rosa rubiginosa seed oil (a.k.a. rosehip seed oil) nourishes and moisturizes skin while also providing antioxidant properties
    • Watermelon fruit extract is rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships within the USA and internationally to the following locations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and UAE
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Team player: 5/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Before trying the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick, I was surprised that it launched in only one shade (which is called “Melon-Aire”). E.l.f. isn’t the most inclusive brand, but I think they’re making an effort. With this product, I was a bit confused because to look at it in the packaging, especially in photos, it appears icy white.

Once I received my Jelly Pop Glow Stick and swatched it, I understood why there is only a single shade. This is truly unlike any other highlighter I’ve ever tried. What you see on the skin is a natural glow, that dewy effect that so many of us are after. There is a subtle gold-pink shimmer, but it’s barely visible on the skin. 

It’s very unusual for products with any pigment to work for all skin tones, and that’s part of the reason I was skeptical with this one. However, e.l.f. claims that the Jelly Pop Glow Stick shade is universal to look great on all skin tones. I’m happy to say that I think they’re right!

I’d ordinarily take a couple points from this category for the lack of variety in shade options, but I feel like this product is different. Since it’s primarily meant to provide a natural glow instead of pigmentation, I don’t think other shades are necessary. If this product is popular enough, e.l.f. may opt to add more shades later. However, I think they would end up looking quite similar to the “Melon-Aire” shade.

Jelly Pop Glow Stick swatchUnfortunately, I was unable to get a very good photo of this product swatched on my fair skin. It definitely looks better in person or in videos and to be completely honest, I’m not sure how to insert video clips into my blog posts. In this photo, I applied a good amount of the glow stick to my arm. If you look closely, I think you can see it! If you don’t, please don’t be discouraged. This product works best with movement and light.

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is packaged in a twist-up stick. I’ve been seeing this format more and more for cream products, and I think it’s brilliant! This type of packaging allows for direct application onto the skin, but other application methods can still be used just as easily as if it was in a flat pan.

The plastic packaging for this product isn’t anything fancy, but it’s highly functional. It’s easy to twist up the product, and the cap snaps into place securely. This product would be a good choice for travel, unless it will be exposed to high temperatures. I say that because this product is very soft and emollient, and therefore more likely to melt in extreme heat.

E.l.f.’s instructions for applying the Jelly Pop Glow Stick are as follows: Dab lightly onto high points of the face including the cheekbones, nose bridge, and brow bone. Blend gently with fingers or brush.      

I started out using it that way, but I thought the stick laid down too much product when I swiped it over my skin. I then tried picking up the product with a brush and applying it that way, but that moved my makeup around a lot and didn’t look good. 

The best way I’ve found to apply this glow stick (I hesitate to call it a highlighter since it’s so unique and different from other highlighters I’ve used), is with my fingers. I pick some up on my fingertip and tap it over the areas that I want to look dewy. This method prevents excessive use of the product, and I think the heat from my fingers helps it to melt into my skin more quickly.

This is definitely one of the quickest and easiest makeup products in my collection. A few taps over each area is enough to achieve the subtle glow that I want!

One quick side note before moving on… E.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is heavily fragranced. In addition to the watermelon fruit extract (which actually isn’t harmful to the skin despite smelling like watermelon), there are five fragrance ingredients! Those that are sensitive to fragrance would probably be better off avoiding this product. I wish there wasn’t so much fragrance (or any) included, but I have to admit that it smells fantastic!

Team player

If you saw the product details above, you probably noticed that this is the one category where e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick scored badly with me. I’ve always had a tough time getting cream products to layer well over powder, liquid, and cream foundations. This one is no exception, and I wasn’t surprised due to its very emollient texture. It seems to move my foundation around no matter which type of foundation I use. I don’t think it’s very noticeable from a distance, but it still bothers me.

I looked for reviews of this product on YouTube and didn’t find too many, but there were some. Those people reviewing it didn’t seem to have any issues with applying it over foundation, even directly from the stick. That makes me wonder if there’s something about my skin, or my foundations, that could be the problem. Or maybe it’s simply user error!

While I do struggle with layering e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick over foundations, I’m still able to use it and enjoy it very much. That’s because I don’t wear foundation every day! My Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen doubles as a light-coverage BB cream, and once it sets, this glow stick applies over it extremely well!

Staying power

Cream products generally aren’t designed with longevity in mind. It wasn’t surprising to me that e.l.f. doesn’t make any claims about the wear-time of the Jelly Pop Glow Stick. With that being said, I’ve actually been quite impressed with the staying power of this product! It’s not as obvious in indoor lighting, but I can still see a subtle sheen on my face at the end of the day. I thought my skin might absorb too much of it throughout the day for it to be visible after several hours, but that isn’t the case at all.

I did take one point away in this category for a very simple reason. This product doesn’t have any sort of “dry down” like some creams do. It remains emollient on the skin all day. That means that it could be rubbed off if you touch your face a lot, or take a nap with your face touching furniture or a pillow. I haven’t experienced this myself, but I can tell that it’s possible just based on the texture of this glow stick.

Price

E.l.f. never ceases to amaze me with its affordable prices, and they came through for us again with the Jelly Pop Glow Stick! This product is only $8.00 for 0.28 oz., which is a generous amount! I think this product will last a good long while for anyone not using an excessive amount.

I wasn’t sure how similar products are priced since I don’t often buy highlighters, so I did some digging. It turns out, the humble e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick looks very similar to the $45.00 (and not cruelty-free) Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick! I couldn’t imagine spending that much money on this type of product. I’m so glad that e.l.f. made this much more affordable alternative!

The Chanel glow stick is obviously a luxury product and there are other stick highlighters out there that are affordable. There are some that are even a little bit more affordable than this one from e.l.f. However, it doesn’t look like those give the same subtle effect. I think the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is pretty special and definitely fairly priced! 🙂

e.l.f. Jelly Pop collection

E.l.f. initially launched the Jelly Pop collection a couple of years ago. Since then, some products have been discontinued, occasionally to be brought back on a temporary basis. I believe some new Jelly Pop products launched in 2020, and this year e.l.f. continued the collection with the Jelly Pop Glow Stick, as well as some other products (these are the ones currently marked as “new” on the e.l.f. website):

I’ve only tried the Glow Stick from this collection, but I’ve heard good things about several of the Jelly Pop products! They all seem to be fun and fruity.


While I am a bit limited in my use of this product since I don’t wear it with foundation, I am really happy to have the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick in my collection! I don’t own anything even remotely similar to this product, so it’s been very fun to test out. I think it just gives my skin the prettiest glowy sheen, especially in sunlight. In this photo, all of the dewiness on my cheekbone and forehead is from the Glow Stick. 🙂

Let’s review e.l.f.’s product claims to see how they align with my experience using the Jelly Pop Glow Stick. E.l.f.’s primary claim is that this product will provide a dewy “glass skin” effect that will look good on all skin tones. I agree completely! Next, they claim that the twist-up stick allows for easy application and blending. I don’t think applying directly with the stick is the best method, but it can work. Also, they’re right that it’s very easy to blend! 

Lastly, e.l.f. states that the Glow Stick is great for all skin types. I wish I could agree, but I think it might be too emollient for use on oily skin. I can get away with it because my skin is normal in the areas where I use the Glow Stick, but I think it may be too greasy for oily skin. If you’ve used this and have oily skin, please let me know what you think!

Have you tried anything from the e.l.f. Jelly Pop collection? What about other subtle stick highlighters? Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint–Color Correcting + Skincare Formula

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye TintA must-have makeup product for me is a peachy color corrector to camouflage under-eye darkness. Most people use concealer instead, but I have a terrible habit of forgetting to use it. I have the best luck applying a color corrector under my eyes before going in with foundation, and then I simply apply foundation all the way up under my eyes. Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate was the only color corrector I liked for a long time. It’s still a product that I enjoy and recommend, but there’s a new one in my collection now and I’m very excited to share it with you! I’d like to introduce Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint. 

This is a fairly new product from Milani, and part of a collection. The Supercharged collection is designed to make tired-looking skin appear refreshed. I’ll touch on the other products in this collection later on. 

Please note that I purchased a shade that wasn’t meant for my fair skin tone because I didn’t think my shade would work as a color corrector. While this product is called a “brightening undereye tint,” I only use it as a color corrector. If that doesn’t bother you, keep reading for a full review of Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint!

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint product claims directly from MilaniCosmetics.com

Sleepless night? Look on the bright side! Supercharged Eye Brightener instantly color corrects and illuminates under eyes with color correcting pigments & micro-fine pearls. The lightly tinted hybrid 2-in-1 makeup + skincare formula brightens dark circles and hydrates with hyaluronic acid, plant-based collagen, niacinamide and caffeine. The nourishing, lightweight texture creates a smooth canvas for flawless concealer application. Available in three tinted shades.

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Other product details

  • Price: $8.99
  • Net weight: 0.51 oz. | 15 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • 3 shade options
  • Special ingredients:
    • Glycerin is a natural moisturizer
    • Caffeine may have soothing and antioxidant properties; constricting effect may improve the look of redness; also has potential to be sensitizing
    • Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium form of hyaluronic acid; humectant
    • Niacinamide Improves appearance of enlarged pores, regulates oil secretion, evens out skin tone, and improves fine lines
    • 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid is a very stable form of vitamin C; antioxidant
    • Turmeric root extract is an anti-inflammatory that’s also a potent antioxidant and brightens skin
    • Collagen (plant-based) is a moisturizer and humectant
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: MilaniCosmetics.com 
    • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
      • Inclusivity: 9/10
      • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
      • Pigmentation: 6/10
      • Team player: 10/10
      • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint comes in three shades. The Pixi color corrector that I previously mentioned only comes in two shades. I did a quick search to see how many shades are offered in several other brands’ under-eye color correctors, and it seems that 2-3 shades is the norm. 

I don’t think the limited shades are too surprising since not all makeup-wearers use color correctors and therefore color correctors might not be prioritized by the brands themselves. Ideally, there would be more shade options, but I think Milani did a pretty good job of choosing shades that will work for the majority of people:

  • Pink for fair to light skin tones
  • Peach for light to medium skin tones
  • Deep Peach for medium to deep skin tones

I have fair skin, but I ordered the Peach shade because I thought it would be more effective on my under-eyes as a color corrector. Since the circles under my eyes are bluish, I need a product with a touch of orange to provide effective color correction. I may be wrong, but it doesn’t appear that the Pink shade has enough orange in it to work for me. I do, however, think it would be a great brightener for fair skin!

Packaging/ease of application

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint comes in a squeeze tube which I think works well for this type of product. Some color correctors come in jars or tubes with applicator wands and honestly all three are good options. Since this product’s formula is quite thin, I think it makes the most sense for it to be in a squeeze tube or a tube with an applicator wand. 

Milani advises to use fingers or a makeup brush to blend this product under the eyes. I agree because I think a sponge would absorb too much of the product and take away all the coverage. The instructions also specify that it can be used alone or with a concealer, and set with powder.

I started out using my fingers to apply Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint and that works well enough, but I’ve found that I definitely prefer to use a brush. I squeeze a little bit of product directly onto a brush (I’ve been using the Real Techniques 308 Medium Shadow Brush which can be purchased in the Enhanced Eye Set), tap it onto the darkest areas around my eyes, and quickly blend it out. 

I usually only use a very small amount in one thin layer. However, some days I need a little more help when my under-eyes are looking especially dark. On those days, I’ll go in with a little more product and blend it out in another thin layer. This method provides more color correction without looking cakey.

One reason this tint is so easy to use is that it’s so lightweight. It feels more like an eye cream than a makeup product. It blends seamlessly into the skin with very little effort! It also feels nice and hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus. 🙂

Pigmentation

Most color correctors, like the one from Pixi, are quite thick and emollient which I think lends them to being more pigmented. Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint is a very different kind of color corrector. It’s more of a lightweight fluid that is not very pigmented once blended out on the skin. Milani does call it a “tint” and I think that’s accurate!

Those with very little under-eye darkness likely won’t have any issue with this product having low pigmentation. In fact, I’ve even heard of a lot of other reviewers enjoying this product worn alone on no-makeup days to cover that slight darkness. The lightweight texture and low pigmentation allow it to look quite natural on the skin (that is, if the shade closely matches your skin, which is not the case for me).

While I have some darkness under my eyes, I’m fortunate that it isn’t nearly as intense as what some people have. To show how this product looks in action under my eyes, I took this photo with it applied under only one eye. Hopefully you can see the difference, but the eye with the corrector applied definitely looks more even with much less of the bluish tinge visible.

People that have very dark under-eyes may be disappointed that this product can’t completely camouflage their darkness. However, If used with a high-coverage concealer, those dark circles would probably be sufficiently covered. 

I personally don’t mind the low pigmentation of Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint, but I think it’s definitely important to keep in mind when purchasing.

Team player

As I mentioned before, Milani states that the Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint can be worn alone or under concealer. It can also be worn under foundation without concealer. That’s the way I use it most often, since I so frequently forget to use concealer. I also don’t think I always need concealer so that’s fine!

I’d say Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint is a great “team player” because once it dries, it’s almost as if there’s no product there at all. From my experience so far, it doesn’t affect the performance of concealer or foundation in any way. Since it’s so lightweight, the amount of product settling into fine lines is minimal, and I think that’s important with this type of product. 

If you’re looking to keep things as light as possible under the eyes, but need more than just this corrector, I recommend using it with the e.l.f. Flawless Brightening Concealer. I don’t use it often, but this concealer is very brightening, lightweight, and easy to blend. Great duo!

There’s not really anything else to say here, except that this Milani corrector’s performance when worn under other products is exceptional!

Price

Color correctors vary greatly in price from brand to brand, even when only considering affordable brands. I found some for only a few dollars, and others that are $15.00+. There are also many high-end color correctors that are $20.00+. Milani is pretty consistent with its affordable prices, and Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint is no exception. At $8.99, it falls right about in the middle of the drugstore price range for this type of product.

This corrector contains half an ounce of product, which doesn’t sound like very much, but it’s important to remember that this product is meant to be used sparingly. It will last a long time! In addition to the comparatively affordable price tag and generous amount of product, I think the added skincare ingredients make this corrector an excellent value. 

Other products in the Milani Supercharged collection

Is the rest of your face looking a little tired, too? Then you might be interested in some of the other products in the Milani Supercharged collection as well. This collection consists of six products (including the Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint):


I watched a couple of review videos on Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint before ordering it, but I was really not sure if I’d like it or not. That was largely because I knew it would be very different from my Pixi color corrector that I relied on for such a long time. I’m happy to report that I do enjoy this product very much, and I’m even tempted now to buy the Pink shade! It might work well for me mixed with the Peach shade, or possibly even over foundation like a brightening concealer.

What about the product claims? Milani claims that this brightening undereye tint will instantly correct and illuminate under the eyes with correcting pigments and micro-fine pearls. It does provide a light correcting tint and while it’s subtle, I do notice a bit of a sheen. They emphasize that the formula is makeup and skincare combined to brighten and hydrate. If you select the shade suggested for your skin tone, I definitely think this product is brightening, and there are at least a few ingredients that help with hydration. Lastly, Milani notes the lightweight texture and states that it creates a smooth canvas for concealer. I absolutely agree with the claim about the lightweight texture, but it doesn’t actually smooth the skin.

Like a lot of makeup products, I think this one comes down to personal preference. If you feel you need a highly pigmented color corrector, this one may not be for you. If you’re looking for one that’s more lightweight and don’t mind that this one isn’t highly pigmented, you’d probably really like it! 

Do you enjoy using color correctors, either alone or under other products? If so, do you think you’ll give this one from Milani a try? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer–Sculpt and Warm Up Your Skin for a Sun-Kissed Look

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte BronzerAs someone with fair skin, bronzer is an absolute must in my makeup routine! It brings so much warmth and life to my skin. I don’t contour very much, but I appreciate neutral bronzers that can serve a dual-purpose to be used for a bit of contouring. The only bronzer in my collection for a very long time was the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in the lightest shade, which is that perfect neutral brown that I like. I hit pan on that bronzer recently, and started to look for other neutral bronzers that would also work well on my fair skin. I ended up ordering the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer in my very first order from the brand!

Mood Boost is one of Kiko Milano’s collections launched earlier this year. I’m new to the brand so I’m not sure how long the Mood Boost products will be available, but I believe the “themed” collections are temporary. If you’re interested in trying this bronzer after reading my review, I recommend ordering it soon! 🙂

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Compact bronzing powder with four shades (per compact) and a matte finish. Infused with a vanilla fragrance. Ideal for warming up the complexion, enhancing the facial features and achieving an instant, even “sun-kissed” effect. Exclusive lightweight and ultra-sensorial textures offer a comfortable application and an even finish, for a flawless result.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $17.00
  • Net weight: 0.4 oz. | 14 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Available in two shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com 
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Inclusivity: 5/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 7/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Kiko Milano makes very good quality products, but I’ve noticed that the shade ranges for many products are lacking. Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is unfortunately only available in two shades! Each option actually has four individual shades swirled together in the pan, but since the pan is not very large, it would be difficult to pick up the individual shades (especially the ones in the middle). Additionally, the four shades are very similar to each other. 

  • 01 Sweet Honey is a light to medium warm brown
  • 02 Neutral Sienna is a very light neutral brown (this is the shade I purchased)

Kiko Milano didn’t provide shade descriptions, but these are the descriptions I would give each shade option. As I said in my description of Neutral Sienna, the colors are very light. I think this option is absolutely perfect for fair skin, or even very fair porcelain skin. It would probably show up on light skin as well, but I think light and light medium skin tones would prefer the Sweet Honey shade.

The most obvious thing that’s wrong with this shade “range” is that it doesn’t go nearly deep enough!! I’m not sure if people with medium skin tones could make Sweet Honey work, and those with deeper skin tones definitely wouldn’t be able to use it. This is so disappointing! 

No one should be excluded, and many are being excluded with this puny selection of shades. The beauty world is waking up and more brands are finally realizing the importance of inclusivity; unfortunately, it seems Kiko isn’t there yet!

So, looking at the two available shade options… I think it was smart choosing to make Neutral Sienna have a neutral undertone, because it’s more likely to work for everyone with fair skin. Sweet Honey, however, might not work for everyone with light to light medium skin because it does look quite warm and that doesn’t appeal to everyone.

Adding deep shades should be the #1 priority, but I think Kiko should also add a shade similar to Sweet Honey that has a neutral undertone. Unfortunately, I don’t believe any shades will be added since I believe Mood Boost is a temporary collection.

Packaging/ease of application

That first section was a bit of a bummer, I know. Good news, though! In this section I have nothing but good things to say about Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer. 

The packaging is absolutely stunning, which isn’t surprising as Kiko is known for making beautiful packaging. The compact is a pretty blush pink color and made out of plastic, but it feels sturdy and has a “soft touch” finish so it feels like a luxury product. It also has a very nice mirror in the lid. This compact is very travel-friendly.

The bronzer itself is a very smooth fine powder. It’s easy to pick up just the right amount on a brush because the bronzer isn’t too soft. I never need to tap off excess product before applying to my skin. My favorite brush to use with this bronzer is my trusty EcoTools Blending & Bronzing Brush. Application is smooth so this bronzer never looks streaky or patchy.

Since I have the more neutral shade, Neutral Sienna, I’m also able to use it to subtly contour my cheekbones. The shade at the very top (closest to the mirror) is actually an ideal contour shade for me, so I try to focus my brush on that area when picking up bronzer to use for contouring.

Pigmentation

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is not very pigmented. People that are very skilled at applying bronzer may be bothered by formulas that aren’t very pigmented, but I actually think the lower pigmentation makes it much easier to apply. I can sort of go crazy with this bronzer and it never looks like too much!

To illustrate the pigmentation of this bronzer, I did four separate arm swatches. Going left to right, these swatches go from one swipe of bronzer to four swipes. As you can see, the first one is barely visible. Even on my fair skin, I have to build up this bronzer to make it visible on my skin. That’s partly because the shade is so light, but pigmentation is definitely a factor.

I appreciate the lower pigmentation for how easy it makes this bronzer to apply. However, I think it would’ve been nice if it had been formulated to be just a little bit more pigmented than it is. That’s because I have to spend more time building up this bronzer than I’m used to with the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder.

Staying power

I have high expectations for my makeup’s staying power. I usually put it on in the morning and wear it for at least ten hours. Powder products generally last longer than creams, so my expectation for this bronzer to last was especially high. 

I wasn’t disappointed! I have never noticed any fading or change in how this bronzer looks on my skin, from the time I apply it to when I take it off at night. I don’t think about touching up my makeup most days, so I really appreciate that this bronzer is a “apply it and forget it” kind of product!

Price

If you’re not familiar with Kiko Milano, most of its products are quite affordable and would fall into the “drugstore price” category. Some Kiko products are definitely inching toward high-end prices and this is one of them. Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is $17.00 for a pretty standard amount of product.

There are several bronzers from other cruelty-free drugstore brands that can be purchased for $10.00 or less. I think Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is probably superior to many of them. The packaging is also prettier than other drugstore bronzers. However, I still think $17.00 is too expensive for this bronzer; $12.00 would probably be more appropriate.


Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer has some faults, but I have really enjoyed it so far. It’s one of the most beautiful makeup products that I own, which adds an extra element of fun to using it! I also like that I don’t need to be precise with this bronzer, and I can sweep it on until I achieve the look I’m going for. It really does provide the prettiest, most natural-looking glow.

Kiko’s product claims for the Mood Boost Matte Bronzer were spot on. This bronzer really does warm up the complexion and provide an even sun-kissed glow. The formula is also lightweight and easy to work with. I didn’t mention the fragrance before, but there is also a subtle vanilla fragrance as Kiko stated in the description. It is almost undetectable and I never smell it once it’s applied to my skin.

This is a really good bronzer. If one of the two shade options will work for your skin tone, and it’s in your budget, I definitely recommend it!

Have you tried the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer or anything else from the Mood Boost collection? What about other bronzers from Kiko? Please comment below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Camo CC Cream–Multitasking Coverage that Protects and Improves Skin

E.l.f Cosmetics has been launching more new products than ever in the last couple of years. At a certain point, I noticed that e.l.f. hadn’t launched a new foundation in a very long time. The only ones I’d heard much about were the Flawless Finish Foundation and BB Cream. I tried the BB Cream a year or so ago but couldn’t continue to use it because it smelled so strongly of chemical sunscreen. Fortunately, e.l.f. now has a new foundation for us! E.l.f. Camo CC Cream launched late 2020 or very early 2021.

e.l.f. Camo CC CreamI’m a little late to the game trying this foundation, but I’m hesitant to buy too many since I don’t wear makeup every single day. After watching review after review and hearing so many mixed opinions, I had to try it for myself! Fans of this CC Cream often compare it to the much more expensive IT Cosmetics CC Cream which has been popular for many years. I’ve never tried that one since IT Cosmetics is owned by L’Oréal (and therefore not cruelty-free by IntegriBeauty standards), but it’s supposed to be a good product.

Once I finished testing a Pacifica foundation last month, I was very excited to start using e.l.f. Camo CC Cream so I could write this review. Please keep reading for my final thoughts on this foundation after many uses!

e.l.f. Camo CC Cream product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Ditch your basic foundation! This skin color correcting cream is the only product you need to achieve a natural looking complexion but with full coverage. A multitasking dream cream with peptides and niacinamide known to plump, hydrate and smooth the appearance of your skin while protecting with SPF.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $14.00
  • Net weight: 1.05 oz. | 30 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months once opened
    • Be sure to check the date on the bottom of the box to verify that the sunscreen ingredients haven’t expired.
  • Special ingredients: 
    • Tocopheryl Acetate (type of vitamin E) strengthens skin and is an antioxidant
    • Sodium hyaluronate (sodium form of hyaluronic acid) is a humectant
    • Niacinamide improves appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines, and also regulates oil secretion
    • Ascorbyl Palmitate (stable form of vitamin C) is an antioxidant
    • Soluble collagen acts as a humectant and moisturizer
    • Glycerin is a moisturizer
    • Carrot root extract is a potent antioxidant with skin-regenerative abilities
    • Sunflower seed oil improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Peptides reduce wrinkles and increase collagen
  • 20 shades ranging from fair to rich
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • E.l.f. Camo CC Cream is not currently for sale internationally (hopefully this will change, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the sunscreen ingredients in this product).
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Inclusivity: 8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 6/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

E.l.f.’s classic foundation, Flawless Finish Foundation is available in 40 shades. The recent predecessors to e.l.f. Camo CC Cream, Hydrating Camo Concealer and 16HR Camo Concealer, come in 25+ shades each. Because of that, I expected the CC cream to come in at least 25 shades. Surprisingly, e.l.f. Camo CC Cream is currently only available in 20 shades. 

These shades range from fair to rich. I looked at each of the 20 shades and they are distributed as follows:

  • Fair: 3 (1 warm; 1 neutral; 1 cool)
  • Light: 3 (1 warm; 2 neutral)
  • Medium: 4 (2 warm; 1 neutral; 1 cool)
  • Tan: 3 (2 neutral; 1 cool)
  • Deep: 4 (1 warm; 1 neutral; 2 cool)
  • Rich: 3 (2 warm; 1 neutral)

I appreciate that e.l.f. included shades for so many categories of skin tones. However, as a fair-skinned person, I think there should also be at least one “very fair” shade. I have the lightest shade, Fair 120N, and I know there are people with lighter skin than mine! 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, it looks as though the shades go quite deep, which is great! A lot of foundations have very limited shade ranges with mainly light and medium shades.

Looking at the specific shades within each skin tone category, I noticed some odd things. For example, there are no light shades with a cool undertone. Also, there are no tan shades with a warm undertone. That’s especially strange to me because in my mind, people with tan skin are more likely to have a warm undertone than neutral or cool (I could be wrong about this). Lastly, there isn’t a rich shade with a cool undertone. E.l.f. could’ve added just three more shades to cover these bases.

While I do think e.l.f. should consider adding some additional shades as I mentioned above, this is a reasonably inclusive shade range. I think the majority of people will be able to find a shade that works for them. For those that struggle to find the correct shade, e.l.f. does offer a shade match guarantee for this CC cream. That means they will provide a refund within 30 days if you’re unhappy with the shade purchased.

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. Camo CC Cream is packaged very similarly to IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It comes in a plastic tube with a nice pump. There’s a cap to protect the pump since it doesn’t lock. I wouldn’t have minded if they’d made this a simple squeeze tube, but the pump is nice because it makes it a bit easier to get the right amount of product. One full pump is usually just right to get solid medium coverage on my skin.

This CC cream is thicker than a lot of liquid foundations I’ve used. It truly is a cream with sort of a moussey texture. When I pump out the product, it doesn’t run, which makes it easy to control when using a mixing palette.

E.l.f. recommends applying this CC cream with the e.l.f. Complexion Duo Brush. I don’t own that particular brush, but I do often use other e.l.f. face brushes to apply foundation. While I usually like to use brushes to apply foundation, I actually prefer to use a sponge with this one. It’s very quick and easy to blend this CC cream seamlessly into the skin with a sponge. I find that I get a much smoother finish with a sponge vs. brush. A brush will work in a pinch, but it doesn’t look nearly as good that way on my skin.

If you read my last foundation review on Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation, e.l.f. Camo CC Cream behaves very similarly to that product around my eyes. It unfortunately settles into those fine lines very badly. I try to avoid the eye area with this foundation or apply it only very lightly around my eyes, and add concealer as needed.

Hydration

There are a couple of things that made me expect this CC cream to be very hydrating. 1. Under “How to use” on the product page, e.l.f. states this product can be worn as a moisturizer. 2. There are at least three ingredients in this product that act as moisturizers. 

I was pretty shocked to see how matte this CC cream was the first time I applied it. I actually don’t find it to be very hydrating on my skin and it can almost look dry at times. Since I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, my natural oils eventually do break through somewhat to make the finished look appear more natural.

Don’t fret, I found a great way to make this CC cream more hydrating! I put one pump on my e.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette and add a drop of facial oil. Any type of facial oil will work for this purpose but I like to use the e.l.f. All the Feels Facial Oil. Once I’ve mixed those together, I dot the CC cream all over my face and it blends like a dream. That one drop of oil goes a long way in making the CC cream feel more hydrating!

Those with oily skin might love that this CC cream isn’t very hydrating. Those with normal to dry skin probably don’t, though! I’m glad I found a solution to this problem, but it would be nice if it wasn’t necessary.

Staying power

I’m excited to discuss the staying power of e.l.f. Camo CC Cream because it is excellent! The best way to explain this is to walk you through my wear test that I did yesterday.

I did an 8-hour wear test without primer because most days I don’t use primer. I applied the CC cream with a sponge all over my face including up under my eyes. I wanted to show how it settles into those fine lines throughout the day. I applied a light dusting of powder all over my face since, again, that’s what I normally do. Foundation won’t last as long on my skin without powder since my t-zone is oily.

In the first four hours, there was very little change. Foundations always break up on my chin, but there was barely a noticeable change in that area! Same for my nose, which is another common problem area. At that point, I also noticed that only a minimal amount of the CC cream had settled into fine lines on my face. Under my eyes was a different story; those lines were very obvious! 

At the 8-hour mark, my under-eyes looked very dry and cracked because of how much product had settled into those lines. My skin was also looking a bit oily at that point. Otherwise, my skin still looked great!

I honestly think this might be the best staying power I’ve ever seen from a coverage product! It looks almost flawless from morning to night, with the one exception of the under-eye area. Since there’s an easy solution for that problem, I don’t mind it too much.

Just for fun (because there was a beautiful rainbow), I took another photo last night after about 12 hours of wear. This was after copious amounts of sweating and eating greasy fair food! Even after all that I was still happy with how my makeup looked. 🙂

I have just one more comment on the staying power of e.l.f. Camo CC Cream. It might be my imagination, but I think the longevity of this product may be even better when adding a drop of facial oil. If I’m right, I suppose it would be because flexible coverage is less likely to “crack.”

Price

When e.l.f. Camo CC Cream first launched, a lot of people were very surprised by its price. Since e.l.f. is one of the most affordable beauty brands on the market, $14.00 does seem a bit high for its CC cream. Looking at other e.l.f. foundations and their BB cream, they are priced at only $6.00, so the jump to $14.00 is significant.

Looking a little deeper, you’ll see that e.l.f. Camo CC Cream is a much higher quality product than the older coverage products. The CC cream beats the other foundations and BB cream on packaging, ingredients, and sun protection (the BB cream has SPF 20 protection, but the CC cream is better with SPF 30)! I also prefer the performance of the CC cream vs. the BB cream, though I can’t comment on the foundations since I haven’t tried those.

If those comparing e.l.f. Camo CC Cream to the IT Cosmetics CC Cream (which is $39.50) are correct that it’s a dupe, that means you save $25.50 by choosing e.l.f.! All things considered, I think $14.00 is a very good value for e.l.f. Camo CC Cream.

e.l.f. Camo CC Cream sun protection

Before I wrap up this review, I wanted to add a quick note about the sun protection provided by e.l.f. Camo CC Cream. It offers broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection with active ingredients octinoxate 7.5%, titanium dioxide 4.45%, and zinc oxide 13.72%. Since the majority of the sunscreen in this product is mineral instead of chemical, there’s no sunscreen smell!

The problem is that to get that full SPF 30 protection, you have to use a large amount of product, more than most people would want to use. If you use a standard amount of CC cream, you’re only getting a fraction of that coverage. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend relying on this product alone for sun protection on your face. I always apply sunscreen liberally to my face and let it set before applying foundation. That way, I have a solid layer of sun protection that I can count on to prevent sun damage.

While the sunscreen in this CC cream isn’t enough to fully protect you, I think it’s great that e.l.f. included it! It’s never a bad idea to have an extra layer of protection from the sun.


The only regret I have about e.l.f. Camo CC Cream is that I didn’t get it sooner! I haven’t been using it for very long, but I already know it’s going to be a product that I reach for often. I really enjoy using it, especially now that I’ve discovered it works so well paired with facial oil!

I like to go back and look at product claims before I complete product reviews. For e.l.f. Camo CC Cream, the primary claims are that it has medium to full coverage with a natural finish and that it includes skincare ingredients that plump, hydrate, and smooth skin.

I think this foundation could be built up to be full coverage or close to it, but I consider it to be more of a medium coverage product. I disagree with the claim that it has a natural finish, as I find it to look very matte on my skin. There are several fantastic skincare ingredients in this CC cream, but I’m not sure if they plump, hydrate, or smooth my skin. I care more about the long-term benefits those ingredients provide, anyway.

After trying e.l.f. Camo CC Cream for myself, I see why so many people have been raving about it! I think it’s a great choice for just about anyone looking for medium coverage that includes skincare benefits and bonus sun protection. The one thing to keep in mind is that a lot of people might find it necessary to add a bit of facial oil for hydration. It really makes a big difference!

After reading this review, do you think you might give e.l.f. Camo CC Cream a try? What is most interesting about it, to you? I like that it’s a multi-tasker and stays put all day long!

Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Coloured Balm–Tinted Lip Balm for a Wash of Color and Shine

Kiko Milano Coloured BalmWe’re getting into the time of year where “less is more” for a lot of makeup-wearers. There are a lot of quick easy products that are perfect for “no makeup makeup days.” One of my favorites is tinted lip balm because it provides a sheer wash of color that’s still casual, but looks very flattering on the lips. A tinted lip balm that isn’t new, but I recently tried for the first time, is Kiko Milano Coloured Balm. 

Kiko launches limited edition collections often, but fortunately Coloured Balm is a permanent item. This has been a favorite of many for years! Please keep reading for my full review where you’ll learn if this tinted lip balm is a new favorite of mine, too!

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Coloured moisturising balm that gives a gentle touch of colour and shine to the lips. Creamy and comfortable texture that delicately caresses the lips.

The lips’ hydration improves 14% after 28 days (results of clinical-instrumental tests conducted on 20 women who used the product twice a day for 28 days).

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Other product details

  • Price: $6.50 (or $8.00 from Amazon)
  • Net weight: 0.10 oz. | 3 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Special ingredients:
    • Shea butter is moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant-rich
    • Ascorbyl palmitate, a stable form of vitamin C, is an antioxidant 
    • Tocopheryl acetate/Tocopherol (vitamin E) is an antioxidant that also strengthens skin 
    • Retinyl palmitate is a retinoid (though not a very strong one) that’s also an antioxidant
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Available in 6 shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com and Amazon.com (Raspberry shade isn’t currently available from Amazon)
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Shade range/inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 8/10
    • Team Player: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range/inclusivity

The shade range for Kiko’s Coloured Balm isn’t the greatest with only six shades currently available. However, these tinted lip balms are also less pigmented than some others like the Colourpop Just a Tint Lip Crayons. Instead of looking very similar to shiny moisturizing lipsticks, these Kiko tinted lip balms provide a sheer wash of color to the lips. Since they are quite sheer, I think it makes sense that the shade range is on the smaller side. I’ll share all six shades below:

  • 02 Vanilla: Coral pink
  • 03 Guava: Bold coral orange
  • 04 Tutti Frutti: Cool-toned medium pink
  • 06 Blackberry: Rose pink
  • 08 Almond: Nude beige pink
  • 09 Raspberry: Orange red (slightly deeper than Guava)

If these shade descriptions look a bit odd to you, that makes a lot of sense! Kiko doesn’t provide shade descriptions or swatches, so these descriptions are mine, based on the limited photos Kiko provided. Four of the shades are shown applied to models’ lips, but the pure color isn’t swatched. Kiko, if you’re reading this, please provide arm swatches of all shades!

I have the shade 04 Tutti Frutti and swatched it on my arm in this photo. In this swatch, I swiped a few times to build full opacity. The color is very sheer, but is visible on the lips. It also adds a good amount of shine that looks very pretty!

Since I only have one shade, it’s hard to say if they’re all as sheer as Tutti Frutti. If they are, I’m not sure if these would be the best choice for those with dark or deep skin tones. I will say that the Raspberry shade appears to be quite pigmented, so that would likely be the best choice for deep skin tones.

As far as the variety of shades in this range go, I am surprised that there aren’t any purple or brown shades. Almond is almost brown, but not quite. I think it would be a good idea for Kiko to add at least a couple more shades, but the current shades are very pretty!

Packaging/ease of application

The packaging for the Kiko Coloured Balms is different from anything I’ve seen before. It looks metallic, but the tube is actually plastic and shaped like a capsule. I struggled to open it the first time because instead of snapping closed like most lip products that look similar, it twists open. It’s not difficult to use, but a bit awkward at first. Like a lot of Kiko products, it has the gold KK logo seal which is a nice touch.

My verdict on the packaging is that it looks pretty and could pass as a luxury product. However, it does feel a bit cheap and I don’t care for the twist-to-open design. This is a very minor gripe and not a concern as I don’t think the material or design will cause the product to break.

The tinted lip balm itself couldn’t be easier to apply. It has a very lightweight smooth texture that glides over the lips. Despite the fact that this lip balm contains beeswax and candelilla wax, there is no drag over the skin. If you’ve ever used e.l.f. Calm Balm, it feels very similar to that!

The low pigmentation of this tinted lip balm also makes it easy to apply. I can throw this on without a mirror and I don’t need to worry about how it looks. This would be a great lip product to keep in a purse or backpack for on-the-go application!

Hydration

Since the Coloured Balm formula is so lightweight, the initial feeling of hydration doesn’t last a very long time. The lip balm comes off quite easily on cups and straws when drinking, and definitely doesn’t last through any meals. Lip balms aren’t designed to be long-wearing, so this isn’t surprising.

When the majority of this lip balm has rubbed off, I do still feel like my lips are hydrated. It’s a light hydration that makes my lips feel healthy without being greasy or sticky. Coloured Balm isn’t the kind of lip product you’d want to rely on for overnight hydration or if you have very dry lips, but for daytime wear on those with “normal” lips, I think it’s plenty hydrating!

Team player

Tinted lip balms are most commonly used alone for a casual wash of color, but they can also be paired with other lip products. I prefer to wear Coloured Balm on its own, but for the purpose of this review I tried it applied over some other products.

In the photos below, you can see how Coloured Balm (in Tutti Frutti) looks on its own compared to my bare lips. After removing the lip balm from taking that second photo, I applied lip liner all over my lips and applied Coloured Balm all over my lips again. The pigment from Coloured Balm doesn’t really show up when applied over the lip liner, but it does provide a beautiful glossy shine. 

If you don’t like the feeling of lip gloss over lipstick or lip liner, Coloured Balm might be the perfect alternative for bringing some extra shine.

Price

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm is $6.50 for 0.10 oz. (3 g) of product. $6.50 would be quite expensive for a standard lip balm, but for a lovely tinted lip balm that’s comfortable to wear, I think it’s a steal! 

Looking through my makeup collection, the only other tinted lip balms I currently have are two of the ones I previously mentioned from Colourpop. They are $8.00 for only 0.07 oz.! Kiko is usually on the higher end of the drugstore price range, where Colourpop is very affordable. I was pleasantly surprised to see what a great value Kiko Milano Coloured Balm is by comparison!

Lastly, the ingredients. I didn’t do a deep-dive into this product’s ingredients like I would for skincare, but I was shocked to see shea butter, vitamin c, two forms of vitamin E, and retinyl palmitate on the list! These are wonderful nourishing ingredients that add even more value to an already great affordable product.


I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my Kiko Milano Coloured Balm since I received it a few weeks ago. It’s so comfortable and a pleasure to wear. It’s perfect for “no makeup makeup days” or if I simply don’t want to wear a bold lip with my makeup look. I may pick up another shade or two the next time there’s a sale!

Kiko doesn’t make any bold claims about this product. The description “tells it like it is.” Coloured Balm is indeed moisturizing, provides a touch of color and shine, and contains vitamins A, E, and C, plus shea butter. It also has the creamy comfortable texture they describe. This isn’t a groundbreaking product, but it does combine beauty and comfort!

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm is a great option for a wide variety of people. It’s perfect for makeup lovers like me that want some products with sheer comfortable coverage, but it would also be great for kids that are excited about makeup but aren’t quite ready for “real” makeup.

Do you enjoy tinted lip balms? If you do, have you tried any of the Kiko Milano Coloured Balms? Or do you have other favorites I should know about? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow–Single Shadows that Offer Sheer to Intense Color Payoff

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in shades 202 and 209Even though I love eyeshadow, I’ve never been one to collect single eyeshadows. I prefer palettes, eyeshadow sticks, and liquid eyeshadows. That’s changed a bit now with my recent discovery of Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow. When I first discovered the brand, I watched a lot of YouTube videos on Kiko products. One product that was mentioned over and over are their Water Eyeshadows which have been popular for years.

What is Water Eyeshadow? You might be wondering, like I was at first, if these are cream eyeshadows. The name and appearance of these eyeshadows definitely make you wonder. While they look a lot like cream eyeshadows, these are powder eyeshadows. That doesn’t mean they aren’t special in their own way, however. Keep reading to find out why these cute singles are now staples in my collection!

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Revolutionary eyeshadow with instant colour release and dual wet and dry use. Mixture of groundbreaking spherical powders for an outstanding colour effect bringing together extreme coverage, pure luminosity, and long-lasting colour. Soft, creamy texture for colour with remarkable purity. Easy to blend and offers immediate release of perfectly even colour. Enriched with moisturizing, smoothing ingredients, Water Eyeshadow remains light and comfortable.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 0.11 oz. | 3 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Currently available in 19 shades (I believe some others may simply be out of stock, but they aren’t listed on KikoCosmetics.com)
  • Special ingredients that add moisture:
    • Glycerin
    • Squalane
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com or Amazon.com (please note that many shades are not available on Amazon, and each shade is listed separately)
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Shade range/inclusivity: 8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Pigmentation: 10/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range/inclusivity

Kiko made it difficult to judge the Water Eyeshadow shade range since some shades aren’t currently showing up online. It’s unclear whether those shades have been discontinued or if they are simply out of stock at the moment. Here are the 19 shades that are available now:

  • 200 Champagne
  • 201 Rosy Taupe
  • 202 Golden Mauve
  • 203 Burgundy
  • 204 Plum
  • 206 Pearly Coffee
  • 208 Light Gold
  • 209 Olive Green
  • 212 Smerald Green (this may be a typo, but the shade does not look like “emerald green” to me)
  • 213 Dark Slate Green
  • 226 Moonstone
  • 227 Light Taupe
  • 228 Taupe
  • 229 Pearly Gray
  • 231 Black
  • 232 Silver
  • 233 Gold
  • 234 Copper
  • 235 Bronze

Some of these shade names are a bit misleading in my opinion. To see side-by-side arm swatches, click the link to Kiko’s website above. These swatches were very helpful when selecting shades. 

I ended up getting shades 202 Golden Mauve and 209 Olive Green. The Olive Green shade is exactly what I expected, but Golden Mauve appears more taupe in person than it does in photos. Since a lot of cool-toned shades pull purple on my skin, Golden Mauve does look mauve/purple once I apply it. You can see both shades applied to my fair skin (with neutral undertone) in these photos. My blending isn’t the greatest, but hopefully these photos will give you an idea of what these eyeshadows look like once applied.

Looking at the shade range as a whole, I think Kiko provides a good variety of options. There are some shades missing as I mentioned before, so if those shades are brought back, I think this range will be quite well-rounded. As it currently stands, there are some shades missing, such as pinks. 

Even with these shades being a bit limited right now, I think there’s still something for everyone in this range. There is a wide variety of colors and undertones. I think some shades may be suited better to darker or lighter skin tones, but I think most people could make most of these shades work. I’m very pleased with the overall inclusivity of these eyeshadows.

Before I move on to the next section, I’d like to also mention that all of the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows have a shimmer finish. They don’t contain glitter, but there is a subtle shimmer that catches the light beautifully. Since the shimmer is more subtle, and not so metallic, these shades can be used however you’d like. I even saw that some reviewers use certain shades as highlighters!

Packaging/ease of application

All of the Water Eyeshadows are packaged in black plastic compacts. They are travel-friendly because they snap securely closed and contain small mirrors. I won’t personally use the mirrors in these as I prefer a larger mirror, but some may find these mirrors helpful when applying eyeshadow on-the-go. 

While this packaging is well-made and looks nice, I wish there was color somewhere on the outside to differentiate shades. Every compact looks identical, so you must open them to see the shades. The shade numbers are shown on the back labels, but most of us won’t remember the number of each shade, so this is mildly annoying.

One other thing about this product’s design that some may not like, is that the eyeshadow itself has a raised design. It’s very pretty, pressed to look like rippling water. Unfortunately, since these eyeshadows aren’t pressed flat like most are and there isn’t a way to remove the pans from the compacts, they can’t be removed to go into a customizable palette. A lot of people like to collect single eyeshadows for this reason, but these will not work for that purpose.

As for the formula of these eyeshadows, I must say they are some of the most user-friendly eyeshadows I’ve ever used, for a couple of reasons: the texture is smooth and blendable, and there is no fallout. Let me repeat that…there is no fallout! As someone that has no professional makeup training and applies face makeup before eye makeup, eyeshadow fallout drives me crazy. I deal with it as best I can with a lot of eyeshadows, but it’s never an issue with this Water Eyeshadow formula!

Kiko states that these eyeshadows can be used wet or dry. I’m not one to often use water or setting sprays in my eyeshadow application, but I’ve tried it a couple of times with these. The addition of moisture is supposed to make the color pop more, but honestly I don’t notice much of a difference (if any) when adding that step. Other shades may perform a little differently when wet, but I think this is mostly a personal preference thing.

Kiko advises that these shadows should be applied with a sponge blender or synthetic brush. I don’t have any sponge blenders, but that’s OK because I really like to use my fingers to apply these eyeshadows to my eyelids. I then use a brush (usually my Profusion Pointed Crease Eyeshadow brush) to work the color into my crease. That’s how I create one-shadow looks using these, but they can alternatively be used in conjunction with any other kind of eyeshadows.

Pigmentation

In the first section of my review, I said most people could make most of the Water Eyeshadow shades work. That’s largely because these eyeshadows can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of color or they can be built up for intense bold color. For sheer application, I recommend using only a brush. You get much more intense color payoff when applying with fingertips.

I really appreciate the level of pigmentation these eyeshadows have. Working with my two shades, I’ve noticed that they don’t seem very pigmented at first, but it really doesn’t take much effort to intensify the color. 

Since these are single eyeshadows instead of palettes, there isn’t anything else to say about their pigmentation. Regardless of skin tone, I think most people would be very happy with these eyeshadows’ pigmentation.

Staying power

Most powder eyeshadows have great staying power, and these Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows are no exception! I apply them over my Milani Eyeshadow Primer since I have oily eyelids. I use that primer every time I wear eyeshadow, so I can’t say how well these eyeshadows wear throughout the day on their own. However, applied with that eye primer, I never experience any creasing, smudging, or fading. I also don’t see any fallout as the day goes on, like I have with some other shimmer eyeshadows.

These eyeshadows are reliable options for all-day wear! Those with normal to dry eyelids probably wouldn’t even need to use eyeshadow primer. I’ll continue to use it since my eyelids do get oily so quickly.

Price

I have purchased very few single eyeshadows through the years. Since many of the palettes I’ve purchased are $25.00 or under, I feel like single eyeshadows should be very inexpensive. Unfortunately, I’ve found that isn’t usually the case!

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows are priced at $12.99 each. That seems expensive to me since I’m not used to purchasing single eyeshadows. However, looking at various brands of single eyeshadows, I see that some are $20.00+! Others are much less expensive, like Colourpop singles that are $4.50 each. I looked a bit closer at those, and it turns out they have half the amount of product per pan compared to Kiko’s Water Eyeshadows. 

I like Colourpop eyeshadows a lot, but not as well as these from Kiko. Since these Water Eyeshadows are very high quality and include a good amount of product, I think they’re a good value. They walk the line between drugstore and high-end on price, but they’re worth it!

I’d recommend buying the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows in a shade or shades that you’ll wear often, to make sure you get your money’s worth.


I’m so glad I listened to the recommendations of others that have more experience with Kiko, and picked up these Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows! I couldn’t be happier with the formula or the shades I chose. There are many other shades that look stunning, so I may try more in the future.

Looking back at Kiko’s product claims, I think it’s kind of funny how many gimmicky terms they used like “revolutionary” and “groundbreaking.” Don’t get me wrong, I think these eyeshadows are outstanding. With that being said, I don’t believe they’re revolutionary or groundbreaking. They don’t feel all that different from other powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve used. Ignoring those “fluff” terms Kiko used, I do agree with their claims. 

These eyeshadows have just the right amount of pigmentation for good color payoff, they can be used wet or dry, there is a luminous shimmer in all shades, and it is a long-wearing formula. The Kiko Water Eyeshadows are also easy to blend and feel lightweight. I do hope that they add back the shades that were removed from the website, or create some new shades for a little bit better variety. 

I would truly recommend these eyeshadows to anyone that enjoys working with powder eyeshadows. The formula is very easy to use, so they’re perfect for all skill levels. Also, many of the shades work very well for one-and-done eye looks that will get you out the door quickly!

This has been another long review, so I appreciate you reading to the end. Have you ever tried the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows? If not, which shade(s) would you choose? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Milani Baked Blush–Cult Classic for a Reason

Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper and Milani Baked BlushFounded in 2002, Milani Cosmetics is far from new to the beauty world. In its 19 years, Milani has risen in popularity for it’s prestige-quality items sold at affordable prices. Certain products have even become cult classics. Milani is most well-known for its lip products and blushes; the Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper and Milani Baked Blush formulas in particular are loved by many.

The most famous shade in the Milani Baked Blush formula is Luminoso. It’s so good, many celebrity makeup artists keep it in their kits. This just happens to be the shade that I own, and it’s one of my favorite blushes! The soft peach shade is perfect for spring and summer.

If you’ve never tried any of the Milani Baked Blushes, you might be wondering what earned them “cult classic” status. Most makeup products don’t stay popular over many years like this one has. Keep reading for my detailed review on this beautiful blush.

Milani Baked Blush product claims directly from MilaniCosmetics.com

These richly pigmented, highly buildable blushes feature satin and shimmery shades that work for every attitude. Baked blush season is every season. Yes, these blushes really are baked–each one has been sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles to give your skin a warm finish and a radiance that looks striking and natural. These statement-making peach and rose blush shades will give you a captivating flush of bold color. Shape, contour and highlight your best features to get that glam glow. Milani Baked Blush is sunbaked color that does it all. 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $7.99
  • Net weight: 0.12 oz. | 3.5 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • 15 shades (some may be limited edition as they have their own pages on MilaniCosmetics.com; I’ll mark them below in the “Inclusivity” section with an asterisk)
  • Buy shades 01-15 here
  • Buy shades 120 & 130 here
  • Buy shade “Cherry” here
  • Buy shade “Peach” here
    • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Milani Baked Blush is currently available in a whopping 15 shades! That’s a lot more than I’m used to seeing from other brands, or even other Milani blush collections like the matte Rose Powder Blush that comes in only six shades.

Among the 15 shades of Milani Baked Blush, there are a wide variety of peaches, pinks, reds and neutrals:

  • 01 Dolce Pink: Shimmery warm pink
  • 02 Rose D’Oro: Rosey copper with satin finish
  • 03 Berry Amore: Peachy bronze with satin finish
  • 05 Luminoso: Luminous peach with satin finish (swatched below)
  • 06 Bellissimo Bronze: Shimmery warm bronze
  • 08 Corallina: Bright shimmery coral
  • 09 Red Vino: Cool toned red with metallic finish
  • 12 Bella Bellini: Warm pink with metallic finish
  • 13 Rosa Romantica: Shimmery ultra light pink
  • 14 Petal Primavera: Light petal pink with satin finish
  • 15 Sunset Passione: Bronzed terracotta with satin finish
  • *120 Sunrise Serenita: Wearable orange with satin finish
  • *130 Cocoa Felicita: Rich red brown with satin finish
  • *Cherry (no shade number): Rich cherry red with satin finish
  • *Peach (no shade number): Bright peach with satin finish

Milani Baked Blush arm swatch

You can view swatches of shades 01-15 on Milani’s website. All of these shades are swatched on fair, light, medium, tan, and deep skin so you can see how they look on a variety of skin tones. The lightest shade almost looks like an icy highlighter, which would probably be pretty on very fair skin. Meanwhile, the deepest shades are highly pigmented and would be absolutely stunning on deep skin tones. There are definitely shades that will work for every skin tone in this inclusive shade range.

While I appreciate the inclusivity of these blush shades, I think the range could still be expanded even further. I noticed that there aren’t currently any berry shades. I thought there was one since shade 03 is called “Berry Amore,” but the shade description reads “peachy bronze with satin finish.” I get the impression that this shade range has evolved over time (see above–shades 4, 7, 10, and 11 are missing), so it seems likely that Milani will add/remove shades again in the future…and maybe the next new shade will be a berry! 

Packaging/ease of application

Milani Baked Blushes come in a gold compact that has a luxurious look. The lid is easy to open while also snapping closed securely. Once the compact is opened, you can flip the blush up to reveal a hidden compartment that contains a small brush and mirror. 

The mirror is nice for on-the-go application, but I wouldn’t recommend the brush. I’ve honestly never tried using it, but it’s an awkward shape and I don’t think it would work nearly as well as regular blush brushes. Frankly, I think Milani should eliminate that separate compartment to minimize the amount of packaging and free up space for additional blush.

I like to apply this blush using my fluffy Real Techniques Blush Brush since this isn’t an intensely pigmented blush. I think it looks best when diffused over the cheeks rather than being applied more precisely. 

Since this is a baked blush, the formula is not very powdery, which makes it even easier to apply. I swirl my brush in the pan and I never pick up too much, even when I’m being careless. This is the kind of blush that you could almost apply in the dark if you needed to!

Texture

You might’ve noticed in the “inclusivity” section that most shades are described as having a satin finish while some others are shimmery or metallic. Based on the swatches I’ve seen, I would describe all the shades as shimmery except for two. I wish I had more shades in my collection to say firsthand, but I would definitely call Luminoso a shimmery blush (soft shimmer, no chunky glitter), even though Milani states that it has a satin finish.

While I do think most the Milani Baked Blushes have shimmer finishes, I admit that there is some variation. The shimmer in shades 09 Red Vino and 12 Bella Bellini appears to be much stronger than in the other shades. Those are the shades that are labeled as metallics, and I think that’s accurate.

I can’t say for sure if this is true for all shades of this blush, but the shade and finish of Luminoso looks beautiful on the cheeks. Because of the shimmer finish, highlighter is optional. There is plenty of pigmentation (without being too much), but the fine shimmer adds a lovely glow to the skin. 

The one drawback of the shimmer in this blush is that it can emphasize texture and pores. I have large pores around my nose, and I notice them a lot more when I wear this and other shimmery blushes. I’m not sure if it’s possible to formulate a shimmery blush that wouldn’t have this effect. Fortunately, I don’t think it’s nearly bad enough that anyone else would notice from a distance (at least on my skin).

Staying power

Powder blushes usually have better staying power than liquids or creams, but they can still sometimes wear away throughout the day on my combination skin. I’ve been very happy with the staying power of my Milani Baked Blush. The color diminishes very slightly after many hours of wear, but the shimmer never budges! 

This blush, like a lot of blushes, will fade more quickly when worn under a mask. This is to be expected, so I really don’t fault the blush. I think the best blush to be worn with a mask is the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush since it has the best longevity I’ve ever seen in a blush.

I think this blush might even be a good choice for a blush topper, applied over cream blush. Applying powder products over creams helps with their longevity.

Price

Blush is a staple makeup product that can be found from every makeup brand, and at every price point. There are blushes at the drugstore for only $3.00 and on the other end of the spectrum, some prestige brands charge $40+. 

Milani Baked Blushes aren’t the lowest priced blushes in the drugstore price range, but they are very affordable at $7.99. You could buy five Milani Baked Blushes for the price of one Hourglass blush (Hourglass also is not 100% cruelty-free by my standards, as the company is owned by Unilever)!

Some of Milani’s products can be a little pricey for a drugstore brand, but $7.99 is very reasonable for this product. The quality of these blushes is on-par with high-end, so I think they’re a great value!


Milani Baked BlushI would say that Milani Baked Blushes are definitely worthy of their “cult classic” status. While I can’t speak for every shade, I love the way Luminoso looks on my skin. The color and fine shimmer are very flattering on the skin. 

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Milani Baked Blushes through the years. You can’t go wrong with these unless you prefer matte blushes, or if Milani doesn’t have the shade you’re looking for.

Have you tried any of the Milani Baked Blushes? If so, what are your favorite shades? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch–2-Step Liquid Lipstick for Intense Color and Shine

Kiko Milano Unlimited Double TouchWith most lip products, there’s a choice that must be made. Do I want long-lasting bold color, or a glossy finish? The phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” comes to mind. Fortunately, beauty brands are always innovating to give consumers what we want! Kiko Milano is one of those brands and well-known for its quality lip products. They were able to formulate a fantastic product to address the desire for both long-lasting intense lip color and a glossy finish: Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch.

This is a 2-step liquid lipstick with a base color and glossy top coat. The base color is applied first and dries within a minute. Then the glossy top coat can be applied to add a beautiful shine. You might be wondering what’s special about this formula since lipgloss can be applied over any liquid lipstick. The unique idea behind this product is that the color is meant to remain locked in place even with the gloss top coat applied.

This is not the first product of this kind I’ve come across. CoverGirl makes a similar product called Outlast All Day Lip Color with Topcoat. Unfortunately, CoverGirl is owned by Coty, and therefore not 100% cruelty-free by my standards. Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is the only truly cruelty-free product of this type that I’ve found.

New to Kiko Milano?

Me too! I think I’d heard of Kiko Milano in beauty groups with international members in the past, but it wasn’t until this year that I learned their products are sold in the USA. Once I started looking at the website, I wanted to order everything! The lip products were what caught my eye most and I ordered four lip products all at once (that is not normal for me!). 

Kiko Milano is an Italian beauty brand that was founded in 1997. It features a wide variety of makeup, skincare, nail care, tools, and accessories. Kiko Milano is committed to creating innovative high-performance products at affordable prices, while also being 100% cruelty-free!

FYI, Kiko Milano is often referred to as simply “Kiko” so I will sometimes refer to the brand that way in this review and future reviews.

Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Long-lasting two-step liquid lipstick: an extraordinary combination of base colours and lip gloss with an intense and radiant finish. The colour is set onto the lips for a result that lasts up to 12 hours.

Base colour: the formula, enriched with a combination of film-like polymers, ensures maximum comfort, optimum adherence to the lips and even colour. Smudge proof, with a very quick drying time.

Lip gloss: the softening action formula gives the lips a bright and radiant finish.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 0.20 oz. | 6 ml (2 x 0.10 oz. OR 2 x 3 ml)
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • 26 shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com and Amazon.com (please note that some shades are not currently available on Amazon)
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Shade range: 9/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range

The shade range for Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch lipsticks is impressive! There are 26 shades including browns, pinks, reds, and purples, in almost every variation you can imagine. There is a good variety of undertones in this shade range as well. Kiko doesn’t provide descriptions of any of the shades, but many of the shade names are quite descriptive so I’ll share them below:

  • 101 Soft Rose
  • 102 Satin Rosy Beige
  • 103 Natural Rose
  • 104 Sangria
  • 105 Scarlet Red
  • 106 Satin Ruby Red
  • 107 Cherry Red
  • 108 Satin Currant Red
  • 109 Strawberry Red
  • 110 Spicy Rose
  • 111 Satin Pink Camellia
  • 112 Satin Peach Rose
  • 113 Satin Coral
  • 114 Orange Red
  • 115 Fire Red
  • 116 Hot Pink
  • 117 Cyclamen
  • 118 Orchid
  • 119 Rhododendron Pink
  • 120 Rosy Mauve
  • 121 Dark Rosy Chestnut
  • 122 Bordeaux
  • 123 Satin Grape
  • *129  Burnt Tangerine
  • 130 Antique Brass
  • 131 Spiced Tea

*I assume that shades 124-128 were discontinued as they are no longer shown on KikoCosmetics.com. 

You can see side-by-side arm swatches of shades 101-123 online. I’m so glad they did that instead of individual swatches, because some of the shades are similar. 

I am really happy with this shade range! I have the shade 107 (Cherry Red) and I couldn’t be more pleased with the color. It’s the perfect red for me; not too warm or cool. 

There is something for everyone, or almost everyone, in this range. My only small complaint about this shade range is that there aren’t any “eccentric” colors like blue or black. I’m not interested in using unusual lipstick colors myself, but I’ve noticed lately that a lot of the large lipstick ranges (especially for matte/long-wearing lipsticks) include at least one or two of those types of shades.

Packaging/ease of application

Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is a double ended lip product with the base color on one end and the glossy top coat on the other. Each end has its own applicator. The base color has a small doe foot applicator that comes to a point for precise application. This applicator would be perfect if it picked up a little bit more product. I have small lips and this applicator picks up just barely enough product to completely cover my lips. 

The glossy top coat has a brush applicator that resembles a nail polish brush, but a bit more narrow so that it can be applied with precision. I have noticed that this brush is picking up a bit of color from the colored base, but I think that’s probably inevitable with this type of product. The lip gloss itself remains clear, so this is not a problem.

All components of this product’s packaging are made out of plastic. That doesn’t take away from its high-end feel, however! Kiko’s Unlimited Double Touch might be the prettiest lip product in my collection. I think this product looks like it comes from a very high-end luxury brand. I’m new to the brand, but from what I’ve seen Kiko makes some of the most beautiful makeup products on the market. This one is no exception! 🙂

This lipstick (the base coat) is highly pigmented like most liquid lipsticks. Because of that, it’s not the easiest lip product to apply. It requires patience to make sure it stays within the lip line. I didn’t take away any points for this because it’s to be expected that this type of product will require more effort. Also, applying lip liner first will help immensely!

After allowing a minute for the base color to dry, the glossy top coat is very easy to apply. I’m not nearly as careful when applying it because the lip gloss is clear. I just apply a little on bottom and top, then rub my lips together. I find that that method distributes the product evenly and looks good every time.

While the glossy top coat makes lips look plumped and shiny, it isn’t actually necessary. The lipstick can be worn alone if a more matte look is desired.

Hydration

You might’ve been surprised or even shocked to see that I scored Unlimited Double Touch 10/10 for hydration. Long-wearing liquid lipsticks are notorious for making lips look and feel dry. For that reason, a lot of people avoid them completely.

While Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is far from being the most hydrating lip product out there, it is the most hydrating long-wear liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. The gloss definitely helps, but even without the gloss, this lipstick formula never makes my lips look or feel dry. It has a slight tackiness to it, but that isn’t bothersome; that feeling lets me know there’s moisture on my lips. 

I’ve been wearing this lipstick every day for a few days now and I’ve found that my lips never feel dry when it’s on, even if I’ve been wearing it for hours. I’m not sure how Kiko accomplished this since the formula doesn’t appear to contain any special hydrating ingredients. 

Staying power

Kiko claims that Unlimited Double Touch lipstick lasts up to 12 hours. That’s an impressive claim! But is it true?

I definitely agree that this is a long-wearing lip product, but its staying power isn’t quite as impressive as I expected based on Kiko’s claim. I’m able to eat small snacks and drink without the longevity of this lipstick being affected. However, I do eat three meals a day, and therefore I’m unable to achieve the 12 hours of wear time that may be possible for some others. Greasy foods especially will significantly break down this lipstick (that’s true of all lipsticks I’ve tried).

As long as I don’t eat anything that’s very greasy, this lipstick does hold up very well. I’ve found that it never smudges and it’s transfer-proof! Not just “kinda sorta transfer-proof” like some, either! I can drink out of a clear glass while wearing this lipstick, and there is no visible residue left behind (except the lip gloss if I still have it on).

As expected, the staying power of the lip gloss is not anything spectacular. I’d say it performs similarly to most lip glosses. I drink a lot of water throughout the day, and more of the gloss comes off each time I take a sip. Some of its moisture stays behind on my lips, but the glossy appearance doesn’t last very long.

Price

While Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is the only 100% cruelty-free product of its kind (that I’m aware of), and therefore it’s difficult to compare to other products, I can say with confidence that it’s priced very well! It’s not often that a product impresses me as much as this one has. It definitely performs and looks like a luxury product. I could see a high-end brand charging $25+ for a comparable product, but Kiko’s is only $12.99!

I mentioned previously that CoverGirl has a similar product. That one is priced a little lower at only $10.99, but it’s not 100% cruelty-free. I also noticed that it contains a smaller amount of product. Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is definitely the way to go if you’ve had your eye on CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lip Color!


Wondering why all these product photos were taken with sunglasses? Well, it’s because I think bold red lips look perfect worn with cat-eye sunglasses! Both are classic and beautiful. 

I am truly so happy that I discovered Kiko Milano and their Unlimited Double Touch lipstick. This is definitely a stand-out product in my collection and I’m very tempted to buy several more shades!

Kiko did a wonderful job formulating and designing this product. It’s the perfect solution for those of us that want long-wearing intense lip color that also feels hydrating. I would highly recommend Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch to anyone that enjoys lipstick.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me to the end! Have you tried Unlimited Double Touch or any other Kiko Milano lip products? What about other types of products from Kiko Milano? I’m so impressed with this lipstick, I’d love suggestions for other Kiko products! Please comment below. 🙂

Lauren

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