In a previous post I’ve looked at the Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks which were functional and actually quite good for their super affordable price tag.
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As a result, I was intrigued to see what the slightly more expensive ones are like and if they are worth the extra money and fancier packaging. So let’s have an in-depth look at the Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks.
These lipsticks come in matte black cardboard packaging which looks identical to the Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks cardboard packaging, with the exception of the height being slightly taller and obviously the writing being different. The simple design doesn’t look particularly interesting but it makes the product look more expensive than it is.
The lipstick packaging is also simple and elegant. However, in this case it actually makes the product feel and look a little cheap. The packaging is meant to give a metallick silver feel and it has a copper coloured button at the top which makes the lipstick holder pop out. However, most of the time, the holder doesn’t pop out fully, it gets a little jammed, so you have to wiggle it left and right a little to release it. The holder is mostly copper coloured but also has a little of the dark silver as well.
The issue with popping the lipstick holder out is similarly encountered when you are trying to put the cap back on the lipstick. While you will hear a pop and feel as if the lipstick clicked in, it doesn’t always hold in and it sometimes falls out.
The packaging then is not great, it doesn’t look much better than the cheaper and simpler Kiko SMART Fusion and it introduces some practically annoying glitches.
Texture and Finish
the Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks have a creamy matte lipstick texture. They are not as harsh looking as some matte lipsticks but neither as shiny as the silk or more glossy types.
They don’t feel as moisturising on the lips as the cheaper Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks but they don’t feel drying either and are lightweight.
The range of the Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks is slightly smaller with 30 (instead of 36 for the Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks) shades to choose from. There are some pink and brown based nudes, pinks, reds, a couple of purples and even a black but the range could be improved.
The colours have a number and word name description on Kiko’s website but only the number on the outer and actual lipstick packaging.
Here’s 3 of my favourite colours:
These lipstick colours are solid and pigmented as opposed to the more sheer (half-way lip balm) Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks, so essentially you could use both depending on the look and type of application you are going for.
Smell and Taste?
These lipsticks have a different scent depending on which shade you have but overall it is a very subtle sweet crayon type of smell. The smell is pleasant and very faint, and you will most likely not smell it at all.
I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something. These lipsticks don’t taste of anything.
This is the best aspect of the Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks. Their longevity is very good as they last as long as the high-end MAC, Estée Lauder and Urban Decay lipsticks.
They obviously come off to the touch if you drink or eat but not as much as other lipsticks. If you are drinking something your glass will not have a full imprint of your lip but rather only a few dots of colour coming off from the corners of the mouth. They almost transfer as little as liquid lipsticks which is amazing.
I was impressed enough to create a little visual experiment. Here’s a similar red lipstick imprint on a glass. I’ve chosen a red colour because they tend to stain and transfer the most and tried to get the other lipsticks to be as similar in colour and texture as possible. All I did was put the lipsticks on and then drink. I didn’t allow them to dry or settle. So essentially, this is the worst case scenario which makes the Kiko Gossamer lipsticks quite good.
On the left we have the legendary MAC Russian Red which is a full matte colour and it transferred the least. On the right we have the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy in shade 340 Envious which has a semi-matte finish with a slight shine and comes off the most out of the three because of that texture. Therefore, as expected the Kiko Gossamer Emotion in 113 shown in the middle had the medium transfer of the three as its texture is also somewhere between matte and creamy. Nevertheless, the fact that it comes off as little as high end £30+ lipsticks is amazing.
I never thought that lipsticks coming off was an issue as you can always reapply in a few seconds however, the limited transfer of these lipsticks does bring some advantages such as: not transferring on teeth, not transferring from the glass back to the lips, not feathering (feathering is when the lipstick goes outside the lines your lips and creates little lines that look like veins or feathers) etc.
Quick note on the colours as well. All three might initially appear very similar but if you take a step back and look at the picture you will see that the MAC Russian Red is lightly darker and the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy in shade 340 Envious is slightly more pinky, so again the Kiko Gossamer Emotion in 113 is somewhere in between. Might not be a strict dupe but it is definitely a cheap close enough option that will compliment you as much as the high-end ones.
Now that we’ve already seen the great performance of the Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks, being on-par with high-end ones, let’s talk about the price! It is just C-H-E-A-P.
A 3.5g lipstick retails for £6.99 but you can buy them on sale for £4.89. They are slightly more expensive than the £3.99 Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks but they also contain 0.5g more and are more pigmented.
All and all the price is great and it shows that you can find good products for reasonable price tags.
These lipsticks are not drying but neither especially hydrating. They feel lightweight and somewhere between a matte and creamy lipstick, so I’d describe them as semi-matte in both terms of feel and look.
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Practicality of use – user experience
The Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks are a little annoying to use because of the buggy bullet packaging not consistently releasing or securing the lipstick in one click.
However, the lipstick bullet is easy to use and apply, like any other lipstick.
The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lipstick range, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lipsticks anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that these lipsticks are appropriate for all, even for dry lips.
There are also no skin type specific ingredients. However, never use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.
The Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks last for 18M and are made in Italy.
Here’s what the brand says about them:
Creamy lipstick in bold colours with a shiny finish. The formula contains orchid extracts and hyaluronic filling spheres.
The smooth, supple texture combined with the intense, bright colours create a sensuous smile. The lipstick glides on easily, leaving the lips silky soft.
Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick comes in a new, modern tube with a metallic finish. This lipstick’s distinguishing characteristic is the unique button at the top of the cap.
Available in 30 rich, shiny and metallic colours.
3.5 g / 0.12 OZ
Made in Italy
The lips are full and sensuous. The bright colour accentuates your smile.
Outline the lip contour with Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in the colour that is closest to your selected lipstick. Apply Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick, starting from the centre of your lips and moving to the corners of your mouth.
For an even more controlled and professional-appearing application, use Lips Brush 300. Collect a little colour and apply it gradually onto your lips.”
Each lipstick 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 Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick contains 27 ingredients of which 14 are positives that will offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), 2 potential negatives and 5 irritants (colour pigments were not included in this assessment as they are different for each lipstick colour).
Overall, these lipsticks have some skin nourishing ingredients and although they are not exactly skincare worthy, they are better than other lipsticks out there. They are definitely better than the Kiko SMART lipsticks.
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.
- Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate – Skin conditioner.
- Myristyl Trisiloxane – A skin conditioner that can give a glossy effect.
- Cetyl Dimethicone – Skin conditioner.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone – Skin conditioner.
- Ethyl Vanillin – A fragrance and anti-oxidant.
- Caprylyl Methicone – Skin conditioner that gives a silky smooth feel and enhances spreadability. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and lines.
- Zea Mays Oil (Zea Mays (Corn) Oil) – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate– Derivative of palm oil, can act as a skin moisturiser, smoother and cleanser.
- Orchis Mascula Extract (Orchis Mascula Flower Extract) – Skin conditioner.
- Trihydroxystearin– A skin conditioner and replenisher.
- Centella Asiatica Extract – A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant, rich in amino acids and skin soother. Can improve the skin’s moisture content.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Polyethylene – Although most polyethylene molecules might be too big to enter the skin, they will easily enter our body when found in lipsticks by simple ingestion. This molecule is a potential carcinogen at moderate doses but more studies are needed to confirm or dispute these claims.
- Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Potentially persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife.
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 Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipsticks have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Trisiloxane, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Full list of ingredients:
Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Trisiloxane, Cetyl Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline), C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Mica, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Talc, Dicalcium Phosphate, Propylene Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ethyl Vanillin, Caprylyl Methicone, Zea Mays Oil (Zea Mays (Corn) Oil), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Orchis Mascula Extract (Orchis Mascula Flower Extract), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Trihydroxystearin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Tin Oxide. +/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 – Ci 77492 – Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77947 (Zinc Oxide), Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 45380 (Red 22 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake).
These lipsticks are amazing for their price tag. They have good longevity and colour pigmentation but the packaging and colour range could be better. They might not be the best for dry lips but they are lightweight and non-drying. They are definetely superior to the Kiko SMART Fusion lipsticks.
If you are on a budget, want to expand your lipstick collection, or want cheap lipsticks with high quality and longevity that compares to high-end products, then these are an option.
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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