A Twist On Classics, But Is It Enough? NEW Kiko Cosmetics ‘Rebel Romantic’ Collection

I very rarely have a bad thing to say about Kiko Cosmetics; their collections and launches nearly always hit the spot, delivering on both price and performance. We’ve had bold and bright colours inspired by Miami, golden tones influenced by the Vegas lights and even ‘precious’ gems in the form of highlighting palettes. Their latest launch simply called ‘Rebel Romantic’ delivers a huge range of products that are woven together (albeit loosely) with the theme that you’re either a lover or a hater; the strong blues and reds are counteracted with nude lipsticks and contouring pens that can be used to delicately frame the face. However, I can’t feel a little underwhelmed and disappointed by the brand that usually pulls it out of the bag and exceeds expectations.

Although there’s nothing wrong with this collection per se, the vintage inspired packs and classic shades don’t really seem to offer anything new. Although the lipsticks are embossed with a delicate pattern that wouldn’t be seen out of place in Downton Abbey, and the eyeshadow pots offer a beautiful tone that will definitely brighten the usual Autumn palettes, they seem somewhat at odds with the chunky contouring crayons and nude lip liner. I’m so used to feeling passionate about pretty much everything that lands on my desk from Kiko, that I’m not sure how to sum up this almost run-of-the-mill collection that could be from any brand.

However, the quality is still great and the price points are always incredibly affordable. The lipsticks offer a strong glossy pigment that’s comfortable on the lips, the eyeshadows are the right side of shimmery to ensure they can be worn all year round, while the liners provide a decent result that doesn’t require too much effort. Although the contouring crayons are a great idea in theory (they come packed together as one product, so from the offset you’re equipped to highlight and shade,) they’re a bit too thin and heavy to work effectively into skin; it’s much easier to stick to powder and a buffing brush.

It seems, like MAC, I expect revolutionary ideas and bold concepts from Kiko that can be translated into ‘love it or hate it’ products and tones. As a fast moving brand who relies on selling a vast quantity at affordable price points, I just can’t imagine how this is going to inspire passion and need from their consumers. As a staple collection it may have worked, but as a limited edition portfolio to take us into the next season? It’s a no from me. What do you think of Rebel Romantic from Kiko Cosmetics? 

The Kiko Cosmetics ‘Rebel Romantic‘ collection is available now, in store and online. Prices start from £4.90.

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  1. Charlotte Ridgway
    August 11, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Those lipsticks look amazing, I love the Kiko ranges. I need to get my hands on some of these! CharlotteSamantha // http://www.charottesamantha.co.uk

  2. Pam Scalfi
    August 11, 2015 / 9:21 am

    In my opinion the collection looks incredible and is already on my wishlist! :DPam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. Stephanie Hartley
    August 11, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Oh no, that's so disappointing! I'm so with you on the idea that I'm used to being really amazed by KIKO collections – the chunky pencils look a little at odds with their usual elegant styleSteph – http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

  4. Bella Ng
    August 11, 2015 / 10:24 am

    It looks really pretty, and although nothing… exciting, I'm actually tempted to pop in store and have a look at this!

  5. karan kaur
    August 11, 2015 / 10:50 am

    I do find that collections in general barely offer anything new, but individual launches (like their cushion foundation) do tend to be quite good at the price point KIKO offers them for. I've noticed KIKO puts their collections on half price after about a month or two, so maybe it's worth waiting if people did want to pick some stuff up.The highlight and contour sticks will be a popular one though! Karan||studentbeautyhack

  6. Sophie B
    August 11, 2015 / 11:16 am

    I love Kiko, but agree that this collection just seems a bit safe and average. The tones and colours don't seem to massively fit the collection description. I do love the look of those lipsticks though, especially the berry toned one xx Sophie

  7. Sara Fleming
    August 11, 2015 / 11:38 am

    I love the packaging, everything looks gorgeous!Sara – She Who Is Short

  8. sharon beautyprime
    August 11, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    The packaging looks really neat. I've heard good things about Kiko cosmetics and always wanted to try it since it will be made available in North America. Love the pictures!

  9. TR's Thoughts
    August 11, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Aw it's a shame that you were feeling a bit disappointed 🙁 I love the look of those lipsticks and the nude lip liner! The contouring crayons remind me a little of the Smashbox contour sticks (which I love!) xTR's Thoughts

  10. Martha Jane
    August 11, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    I actually think this whole collection looks stunning! Particularly the lipsticks! Not a fan of contour pencils though xMartha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  11. Secret Style File
    August 12, 2015 / 5:49 am

    I love the packaging, especially the lipsticks! Not overwhelmed by the shade offering though. The highlight and contour crayons look more glossy than creamy. Very pretty looking collection though x

  12. Jasmine Stewart
    August 12, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    It's a shame you weren't that impressed! I loved this collection but I am a neutrals girl through and through xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

  13. Anne
    August 25, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Oh I have to agree with you it all looks lovely but feels more normal collection than something special and coveted. Not sure I really see anything rebellious!xx Anne

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