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Kiko Milano: 401 Peacock Green

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Kiko Make Up Milano

Collection:   

Finish:  Holographic

3 Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Average

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price: $2.00 USD, €1,50 EUR, £1.50 GBP

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Availability:  You can order directly from the Kiko or in store.  I typically get my Kiko products from their store in Nürnberg however they have numerous locations throughout Europe which you can find more information about by clicking here and choosing your country.  I believe this was a limited edition item, but at the time I posted this review Peacock Green and the other three holographic colors were still available on the Kiko website at the discounted price (They usually are €3,90 – €4,90).

My Two Cents:   In all honesty I did not have high expectations initially but I was pleasantly surprised.  Peacock Green turned out to be really beautiful and applied rather nicely.  As with all holographic nail polishes you run the risk of streaking or “bald” spots, but that can be remedied with different application techniques or by adding another coat.  I wore this quite a while back, but I do remember that the wear time was pretty average before I experienced any chipping.

I quite like Kiko products and while I find their products to be a bit hit or miss, I have definitely found a few things that I really do love, this polish included.  Peacock Green is only my second go at their nail products, although I have another holographic shade in my stock pile, but you just can’t beat the price.  Not only are Kiko nail lacquers affordable, but they have such a huge color range and continually put out new limited edition colors.

Tips:  You definitely need a base coat for holographic colors and if you have uneven nails with ridges then a ridge filling base coat can help achieve a more smooth perfect finish.  Also, be sure to not be stingy when applying this by making sure you have a good amount of product on the brush and do long even strokes.  Seal with a high shine top coat to really bring out the holographic effect.

Something Similar:  Pupa – 32 Holographic Emerald, Depend – 2036 Ocean Green, Layla – Mermaid Spell.

I really wish that some other more affordable brands like Wet n Wild, and Essence will eventually come out with some holographic nail colors as it seems that most of the ones on the market at the moment are on the pricier side.  If you’re looking to jump on the holo band wagon then check out brands like A England, Catherine Arley, Color Club, China Glaze, Glitter Gal, Gosh, Hits, Jade, Layla, and Pupa, just to name a few.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Bdellium Tools: Precision Kabuki 957

Brush:  Precision Kabuki 957 Amazon Purple Exclusive

Price:  $7.95 USD, €6,12 Germany, £11.95 UK

Bristles:  Synthetic

Rating:  Excellent

Use:  Liquid, cream & powder foundations, blushes, and highlighters.

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Availability:  You can order direct from the Bdellium Tools site, Amazon.com, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk.  For additional information about availability in your country, click here

My Two Cents:  I have absolutely no complaints about this brush.  It is incredibly versatile as it can be used with any and all types of products.  The bristles are treated with an antibacterial agent and are super soft and gentle.  I am really impressed by how beautifully well made Bdellium Tools are.  This brush is currently on for half of the original list price which is seriously a steal.  Oh yeah, and it’s purple!

While I ordered three brushes in total just to give Bdellium Tools a try, this was the first one I used and quite frankly, it truly was a case of love at first sight which quickly turned into pure infatuation upon first use.  I like to use the Precision Kabuki to apply my M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.  Since I don’t wear liquid or cream foundations, I find that this helps me achieve excellent coverage, especially with a powder product.  Other brushes I’ve used leave me looking chalky but the 957 seems to really blend the product into the skin leaving a more natural looking flawless finish.

This was definitely my gateway brush because just as I said in a tweet to Bdellium, I am smitten.  Since getting into makeup I have been expanding my brush collection by trying out a few brushes from various different manufacturers in an attempt to get a feel for them with the hope that I will eventually land on company that I feel good enough about to make a more substantial investment in a large set of their brushes.  For ages I have been coveting some Sigma brushes, and while I still want to give them along with a few Sedona Lace and Crown brushes a try, I think that Bdellium might just be “the one.”

Tips:  Keep your brushes clean and in good condition by doing a regular thorough wash with soap and water while spot cleaning in between.

Manufacturer Care Instructions:  Wash with regular shampoo, rinse, then lay flat to air dry.  For more information on care from Bdellium click here

I hope you’ve found this review helpful and I highly recommend giving this or any of Bdellium Tools brushes a try.  I can’t imagine you’ll be disappointed.  Reviews of the other two Bdellium brushes I picked up are in the works.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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OPI: Goldeneye

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  OPI

Collection:  Skyfall Holiday 2012

Finish:  Glitter / Shimmer

3 Free:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Vegan Friendly:  Yes

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price: $5.59 – $13.76 USD, $11 – $13.76 CAD, €12,95 – €16,00 EUR, £5.50 – £11 GBP

 

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Availability:   Amazon, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Nail Polish Canada, Beauty Bay, and John and Ginger.  I know that Ulta carried the Skyfall collection and that some Galleria department stores also carried the collection here in Germany as well.

My Two Cents:  This is a beautiful opaque, shimmery, glittery, gold nail polish.  I can definitely see why there has been so much hype surrounding Goldeneye.  It looks super rich and flashy, you’ll feel as though Midas gave each of your fingernails his golden touch.  I think this looks great on its own but I think that you could also use it for layering to achieve different effects.

I only did two coats but I feel that three coats would have been wise since I tend to do thinner coats.  Also, even though this is rather opaque for a glitter, you may find that you will end up with some slightly more sparse areas.

Tips:  Use a good base & top coat and be sure to go for a third coat if you’re like me and tend to do thinner coats.

Something Similar:  Orly – Glitz & Glamour, Sally Hansen – Gilded Lily, and L’Oréal – Amazon Flash.

I am glad that OPI seems to be doing some more exciting things recently as I found myself falling out of like with them for a while. So I’m interested to see what they do in the year to come.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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