UPDATE: Kiko has since opened loads more stores in Hong Kong – full list of locations at the bottom of this post!
OK, think of this news as less “fresh out the oven” and more “room temperature but still absolutely delicious” – Kiko Milano has opened in Hong Kong!
In case you aren’t familiar with the brand, Kiko is a pretty awesome cosmetics company from Italy, which boasts an absolutely gigantic range of makeup and skincare products (over 1600 at last count) at extremely affordable prices. Like everything that’s covetable these days, I became familiar with the brand on Instagram, where it’s beloved by beauty bloggers and “influencers” everywhere, whereupon I would coo and sigh and stroke my screen sadly that I couldn’t get my Kiko kicks in Hong Kong. Well, now I can!
Kiko opened two stores in Hong Kong late last year, in the basement of Causeway Bay’s Times Square mall and the LCX section of Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. I finally went to check out the Causeway Bay store and was pretty impressed at my findings – namely, makeup in every colour you could imagine, all at extremely wallet friendly/dangerous prices.
Kiko’s strength is clearly colour cosmetics, so if you love bold bright hues, I reckon you and Kiko are going to get on famously. They have skincare too, with cleansers, moisturisers, masks and lip balms all available, but with such a rainbow riot of colours to gorge on, I have to admit to ignoring them entirely! With such a huge range of items and basic black (but not too cheap-looking) packaging, I’d compare Kiko to a budget MAC or Make Up For Ever. It also reminded me of Sleek, another bargain beauty brand from the UK, although I daresay Kiko’s range seemed bigger, and I felt like their quality seemed better across the board (I’d say Sleek are mostly known for their eyeshadow palettes).
The Causeway Bay store was pretty small and crowded; from the photos in this post, the Tsim Sha Tsui shop looks a little more spacious… but let’s face it, you aren’t exactly here for the luxe shopping experience. You’re here for a technicolour cascade of eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, nail polish, bronzers, foundations, highlighters, mascaras – basically, if it goes on your face, bring it on – and at all too affordable prices… so let it rain!!!
I knew exactly what item I wanted to road-test first – Kiko’s Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow, which I had seen bloggers compare favourably to the likes of Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, By Terry Ombre Blackstars, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows and all the other high-end crayon-esque eyeshadows you can think of. The difference? Kiko’s cost me a grand total of $39.5 each, whilst the others clock in at well over one hundred bucks (if not pushing two hundred) apiece.
Admittedly, Kiko seemed to be having a half-price sale for no discernible reason whatsoever, so I’m guessing they normally retail for $79 – but even so, that’s a solid drugstore-price for what is a beauty big-hitter. They’re creamy, gorgeously pigmented, long-lasting and easy-to-apply… further fuel to my all things crayon addiction.
With pretty much every Kiko item I spotted clocking in at double rather than triple figures and with SO many exciting shades to pick from, I’ve already got my eye on the crazy coloured eyeliners and bold vibrant lipsticks next. God help me –and my bank account.
Kiko stores in Hong Kong:
– Shop B245, Times Square, 88 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2881 8803
– Shop 1025B, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2833 5363
– LCX Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2405 1388
– Shop UC-22, APM, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, +852 2328 5033
– Shop G73, Telford Plaza I, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2388 9199
– Shop M-77, V City, 83 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun Hong Kong, +852 2663 0655
– Ginza Plaza, 2A Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2310 2316
– G28, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Olympic, Hong Kong, +852 2320 0030
– Unit 199I, East Point City, 8 Chung Wa Road, Hang Hau, Hong Kong, +852 2796 0010
– Shop 155, Level 1, Maritime Square, 33 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi, Hong Kong, +852 2432 2662