Kiko 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.
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Other product details
- Price: $12.00
- Net weight: 0.16 oz. | 5 ml
- Made in Italy
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.