In my quest to find cheap but good quality cosmetics, I have previously looked at two different types of the Kiko Cosmetics lipsticks, the Smart and Gossamer Emotion range. If you missed those posts check out:
Although the lipsticks were not perfect, they were good for their price tag. As a result, I was curious to see if other Kiko products were also good, and cheap and in this post we will be looking at the Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils. Are they any good and most importantly, are they worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils don’t come with outer packaging but they do come wrapped up in clear plastic so you will know if someone touched them or not.
The pencils themselves feel and look more expensive than they are, that’s matte black for you!
Texture and Finish
The Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils have a matte finish and a slightly creamy texture. They feel different depending on how hot it is. If they are in a hot environment they will feel soft and a little creamy and if they are in a cold environment they will feel dry and a little harsh.
The range of the Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils is not extensive but it contains 16 colours to choose from, which include white, gray, black, brown, pink, purple, blue and green.
Here’s four of them:
These pencils have a faint crayon-pencil type of scent.
One1.12g (0.03oz) pencil retails for £2.50.
Practicality of use – user experience
The Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils are as easy as any pencil to use. They are not always as sharp and therefore, you might not always get the same precision. They can also be annoying to sharpen as they brake a lot.
TIP: Put pencils in the freezer for an hour before sharpening.
Unfortunately, the Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils were disappointing. They didn’t write very well on the eye and when they did, the colour wasn’t solid. The end result looked cheap and was very frustrating.
The Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils last for 36M and are made in Italy.
Here’s what the brand says about them:
Coloured eye pencil for the waterline and lash line that delivers a precise, uniform line of intense colour.
The pencil’s bright colour draws on without a problem. The soft, smooth-gliding texture applies perfectly on the upper and lower lash line and waterline.
Choose from 16 colours available in three different finishes: matte, pearl and metallic.
1.12 g / 0.03 OZ
Made in Italy
The colour is intense and bold. The pencil’s precise line enhances the eye’s shape.
Apply to the waterline and/or lash line until you obtain the desired colour intensity. Blend the line using a brush, such as Eyes 203, to achieve your desired look.”
Each pencil has slightly different ingredients, especially due to the different pigments contained. Nevertheless, most of the ingredients are the same so the analysis below can be considered general.
In general, a Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencil contains 18 ingredients of which 9 are positives that will offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), 1 potential negatives and 3 irritants (colour pigments were not included in this assessment as they are different for each colour).
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Triethylhexanoin – Frangrance, hair and skin conditioner.
- Ricinus Communis Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Moisturiser and skin conditioner.
- Polymethyl Methacrylate– Can act as a lubrication enhancer and make it easier to apply cosmetics smoothly while at the same time covering up lines and wrinkles. Depending on the type of particles it is, it can also be an absorbent.
- Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate – Skin conditioner.
- Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
- Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Silica– An absorbent and anti-caking agent, good for oily skin. Can improve spreadability and help the product adhere to the skin. It can even prevent setting of the product ensuring that it is evenly dispersed. Silica is only dangerous as a powder and when inhaled in so there is no significant risk here.
- Lecithin – Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough, I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ricinus Communis Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Citric Acid.
Full list of ingredients:
Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Ricinus Communis Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba), Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire D’abeille), Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide).
The Kiko SMART Colour Eye Pencils were a disappointment as they didn’t write very well on the eye and even when they did, the colour wasn’t solid. As a result, even though they are only £2.50, they are not worth your time and money.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences. Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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