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Lips: Pigmented and prone to dryness
Skin Tone: Medium tanned with yellow undertones
Today, I will be reviewing an another one of the smart fusion lip pencils from kiko, shade number “514 Poppy Red”. I have already reviewed the Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lip Pencil 516 Cherry Red. I love trying different undertones of red for my lippies, so let’s see how this one fared out for me.
Highly precise lip pencil. Rich, creamy texture; deep colour revealed instantly. Product glides on easily and gently. Its formula improves the lipstick’s hold.
Available in 36 striking colours. Full coverage.
Myristyl Trisiloxane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Wax, Polybutene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire D’abeille), Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba), Behenyl Dimethicone/Bis-Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, C20-24 Olefin, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bht, Tin Oxide. +/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 – Ci 77492 – Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30 Lake).
My Experience with Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lip Pencil 514 Poppy Red:
Packaging: The product comes wrapped in a plastic cover. Both the body and the cover of the lip pencil is black in colour. It has an ergonomic hold. At the base of the pencil, the shade number is engraved along with the name of the brand. The bottom of the pencil is marked with a colour imprint of the shade. The packaging is very standard and travel-friendly. There’s nothing outstanding about the packaging.
Just like the other shade in this range that I reviewed, this pencil also needs to be sharpened very carefully, otherwise, it can easily break. This is a wooden pencil, so it’s easier to sharpen than the plastic ones. Once you sharpen it, it is precise and blendable.
Texture, Pigmentation and Lasting Power: This lip pencil is easy to apply on and blends smoothly on moisturized lips. I haven’t tried it without moisturisation and wouldn’t recommend so. It didn’t tug or dry. However, this shade does take its time to settle. Otherwise, it just transfers more. So, you need to give it 3-4 minutes to settle. The pigmentation of this lip pencil is good, not excellent but good. If you have pigmentation on the upper lips like me, you will need 2-3 swipes of this pencil for a full coverage.
The colour of this lip pencil is a lighter red than the cherry red shade, and it has an orangish undertone. I like this colour and it will suit all Indian skin tones. The finish of the lipstick is soft matte. This lip pencil didn’t dry my lips throughout the day. However, this shade transfers quite a bit as compared to the cherry red shade. Whenever I was drinking coffee or eating lunch, I could see stains everywhere. By the end of 8 hours, I have almost no pigment left on my lips. So, if you want to make it last for a working day, you will definitely need a concealer underneath this. This difference in lasting power between shades was a bit weird to me, but then I compared the ingredients list and saw that they both contain different kinds of dyes, and that could be possible for the difference. It does make my lipstick last long, but then I need to apply a concealer beneath, followed by this lip pencil, followed by the lipstick (so that it can last 8+ hours).
Overall, I am happy with the colour and the finish of this lip pencil, but the transfer part is annoying. I am giving it 3.5 because, I like the colour and the finish of this lip pencil.
Pros of Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lip Pencil 514 Poppy Red:
- The colour will look good on all Indian skin tones.
- Doesn’t tug on lips and glides on smoothly.
- Doesn’t dry out the lips.
- The soft matte finish looks good.
- Makes lipsticks last longer.
Cons of Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lip Pencil 514 Poppy Red:
- Must be careful while sharpening, pencil breaks easily.
- Transfers everywhere.
- To make it last longer, you need to layer a concealer underneath.
- Takes some time to set.
- Needs multiple swipes for full coverage if you have pigmentation on lips.
IMBB Rating: 3.5/5
Would I Recommend and Repurchase Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lip Pencil 514 Poppy Red?
It was an average product for me, I will not repurchase it. Will recommend it only if you have time to layer a concealer underneath this lip pencil.
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