Name: Smart Lipstick in Plum Red
From Kiko’s website:
Moisturizing and shiny lipstick available in classic, mat, shiny, creamy and light versions. Light and comfortable on the lips, provides an adjustable finish. Available in 30 shades.
What I liked:
– lots of shades available
– very pigmented
– slightly shiny finish
– the packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– feels a bit drying on the lips
I’ve received Kiko Smart Lipstick in Plum Red last year in a swap, but because the color looked too dark and scary for me in the tube, I left it laying in my drawer for months. Even though I like crazy color combos for my eyes, I’ve never been very adventurous with my lip shades until recently. So, I decided to take this lippie out for a whirl and I was so impressed I think I’m gonna stock up next time I order from Kiko.
Plum Red comes in a sleek black tube and its name is pretty spot on because once applied on the lips, it looks a bright plum color with reddish undertones and a slightly shiny finish. The color is very pigmented and I just need a swipe to get a fantastic and opaque coverage.
The texture is quite creamy and glides on smoothly and, although I didn’t have any bleeding problems, I think that, because the color is so bright and a bit dark, it’s best to apply a lip liner beforehand to help define the lips. I didn’t bother with that in the lip swatch and it shows, but when I use a lip liner (and a brush) application is much more precise.
The staying power was another nice surprise. Plum Red stays on the lips for hours, unless you have a meal or kiss 😉 , before it starts fading and, when it finally does, it leaves a very nice natural-looking stain behind, which saves me from having to reapply the lippie. And it’s not hard to remove the stain when you want to.
Now, for the catch.. Before wearing Plum Red, you need to moisturize your lips well with a lip balm, otherwise the lipstick will dry out your pout and get in the lines of your lips, accentuating them. These lipsticks are so insanely cheap, pigmented and longlasting, that having to use a lip balm with it doesn’t bother me at all. But still, I think it’s something to think about before purchasing.
Overall, I love Kiko Smart Lipstick in Red Plum. It is a hella pigmented lipsticks with a slight shiny finish that lasts for hours and is very inexpensive. However, it can dry out lips if you don’t use a lip balm underneath.