On Saturday afternoon after a delightful brunch with the bf, I slyly asked:
“Hey, can we stop by Luxe?”
“Yeah, sure. Is there something going on there?”
“Um, yeah. Like this thing. It’s a makeup event for Kimiko.”
“Is that makeup?”
“Yeah. Of course. Jahnalyn has a makeup artist there doing the makeup.”
“Yeah, let’s go there.”
So let’s skip to the part where I sat down in the chair and got my makeup did buy, yes a Kimiko makeup artist. I’m sitting there chatting away and I ask Danielle (the artist) how long she’s worked for Kimiko. “Oh, well…let’s see, I founded the line about six years ago.” TIME OUT. The founder?! Boy did I feel stupid. Oopsies.
But so cool for me because I’ve never tried Kimiko despite it being a Luxe staple for years and the first time I try it, I get my makeup done by the owner herself! This is why I love small businesses and niche makeup and skin lines: You actually get to meet the people who created the line or started the business. Who better to tell you about the line or business than the founder? Like, are you ever going to meet Francois Nars?
Aside from having a fun time getting my makeup done by a pro, I found out that Kimiko is a treatment makeup line (and also is Danielle’s middle name, which means “Energy, Beauty, Youth”. Uh, how perfect is that?)
Long before AA, BB, CC and some DD creams hit the US, Danielle, a chemistry major in college, created her tinted moisturizer to treat AND cover. It’s beautifully lightweight with SPF 20 mineral sunscreen and anti-oxidants. It’s also water-based, so it hydrates and is lightweight, but buildable. I wore it for about six hours after Danielle applied it to my face and it lasted, but didn’t oxidize and change color. I will definitely be adding Kimiko’s tinted moisturizer to my beauty arsenal. I love the finish and the pictures do no do justice to how beautiful my skin looked.
However, my FAVORITE product Danielle applied was her “Superfine Brow Pencil Automatique” in Coffee. This was easily my favorite product. I love good brow products as my brows are starting to look sparse with age (ugh!) and this was certainly a revelation. My brows were perfectly filled-in and luscious and didn’t look painted on. It also helped that Danielle is a pro makeup artist, but I think with light strokes I can create the same effect…with practice.
What I love about Kimiko is that it’s a small line that doesn’t overwhelm you. It has everything you need to create everything from nude to vampy. The eyeshadow quads are all perfectly coordinated and there’s not one that has a color or is a combo that you think, “Ugh, I only like three of the four colors” or “Who would buy THAT color combo?”
All the lip stains are true lips stains that look dark in the tube, but go on sheer. Also, you must let dry the stain dry before applying the plumping gloss topcoat and none of the colors are “out there”. Each one is a winner, but I loved the pomegranate color Danielle applied on me. I told her to pick whatever since I’m fairly adventurous and while it looks really dark in the tube, on my lips, I got a nice, “I just had a lollipop” berry wash.
Finally, I adore the “Lifting Puff Blush“. You can either stamp and blend with the puff, take off the puff and dip your brush into the loose powder OR (as Danielle does) charge the puff with powder and dab your brush into the puff so you don’t get too much product on your brush. Again, all the colors are totally wearable, blendable and buildable. I adore “Golden Geisha” as a bronzer and “Cherry Blossom” is Kimiko’s golden pink a la “Orgasm” without the chunks of glitter. The blushes have just the right balance of pigment and shimmer.
I have to believe that the products work as Danielle is gorgeous. Seriously, her skin is FLAWLESS and if it’s not, her makeup definitely works to make it look perfect. She’s definitely the best advertising for her brand.
VERDICT: Kimiko is a beautiful line that will not disappoint even the most discerning beauty addict. Everything is perfectly coordinated and there are no “unnecessary” products or colors, so if you like to buy from one line and get out the door, you pretty much cannot go wrong with any of the products. The blush and the eyebrow pencil is a MUST. I also love the purple and gold packaging. Tres royal and so moi!