Recension, Skönhet

KIKO Water Eyeshadow

Water Eyeshadow from KIKO is a true gem that I rarely see people talking about, and I’m really wondering why! They are powder eyeshadows that you can apply wet for a foiled finish, moulded into a beautiful wave pattern that really shows the finish of the shadow off. The shape even makes it easy to put a drop of water in the little dip in the middle, you can mix around without it spilling anywhere!

All of these are swatched twice, once dry and once wet, both on bare skin without any kind of sticky base. They don’t have a lot of falldown (not even the dark sparkly shades!) and they apply very smoothly as you can see.

Water Eyeshadow is available from the KIKO website for £8.90/105 SEK a pop.

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230)

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230)

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230) swatch

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200), Rosy Taupe (201), Olive Green (209), Midnight Blue (215), Light Taupe (227), Graphite (230)

A video tutorial where I’m using Midnight Blue (215) and Graphite (230):

Viola, Killer Colours
Promotion

Recension, Skönhet

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Birkin Brown”

I’ve said it before but I feel like I can’t plug it enough, Birkin Brown Matte Revolution Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury is gorgeous!! It’s the perfect chestnut red brown that brightens complexions instead of washing them out, unlike those taupe grey browns that only unicorn people can wear (you know what I’m talking about, hello entire indie makeup world!). I would say that’s my favourite thing about the Charlotte Tilbury makeup range, her sense of colour is just perfect. Some products sure can improve, but the colours are always impeccable.

The formula on the Matte Revolution Lipsticks is a bit slippery and semi-matte. I don’t find that they apply super evenly (the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipsticks are better in that department), but the texture gives it some kind of carefree feeling, as if Nancy Spungen smacked it on using a butterknife as her mirror, hung over with a cigarette in the corner of her mouth. I’m feeling it! Maybe that’s why I almost always pair this particular shade with minimal makeup, I don’t want to overdo it. If you want a more crisp finish, pair it with a lip pencil.

Available at the Charlotte Tilbury website for £30.

charlotte tilbury birkin brown

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

How I tint my eyebrows

Eyebrow tinting, a key step to get nice fluffy brows! Even the darkest brows benefit from a god dye, it helps fill in those transparent baby hairs which when visible really plump up the volume. Also, if you get a good dye and apply neatly the tint left behind on the skin acts as semi-permanent eyebrow makeup. The first day after tinting them you won’t even have to apply your regular pencil or powder to get a nice shape! Yay dye!

The dye I use is Refectocil in 3 Natural Brown, a brown that can vary from a taupe to an almost black shade depending on how long you leave it on for. Refectocil is the only brand I’ve tried that actually saturates the brow hair and leaves a nice solid colour that lasts more than two days. Depend and Coloran which are the easiest ones to find here in Sweden are crap in comparison, go for Refectocil, you will be so much happier with the result.

Important: remember to get the developer, it’s sold separately!

You mix the developer (10 drops for liquid format, 15-20 drops for cream format) to 2 centimeters of dye in a little plastic or glass container before applying it to your brows. I use a spoolie, you can also apply with an angled brush if you need more precision. Leave it on for 10 minutes or so before rinsing. I repeat this every two to three weeks.

Refectocil brow tint is available at Eleven.se for 79 SEK, the developer is 59 or 99 depending on if you choose cream or liquid format. Again, don’t forget buying it! It will last you through multiple tubes of dye though.

refectocil brow tint 3 natural brown naturbrun

Refectocil eyebrow tint in 3 Natural Brown, Oxidant 3% liquid developer.

refectocil eyebrow tint

Brows in need of a good tint.

refectocil eyebrow tint 3 natural brown naturbrun

The scary stage! When the dye is on it deepens to a dirty black colour, don’t be afraid, you won’t get clown brows! Be sure to apply in the shape you fill in your brows though, because the skin will get a slight stain afterwards.

refectocil eyebrow tint 3 natural brown naturbrun

Rinsed and ready! See how much fuller the hairs look just from getting a bit of colour?

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk, Love & Party

Lip Glaze is a new line of soft moisturizing glosses from KICKS, not a sticky lip in sight with this gel-like hydrating texture. I went out and bought Beach Walk when it was just released, then two more shades were sent to me a week later. I couldn’t be happier! Which ones is your favourite?

Available at kicks.se for 139 SEK (all KICKS products are 25% off right now, so 105 SEK!). 8 different shades available.

kicks lip glaze in beach walk, love & party

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk, Love, Party. The tubes are so nice, really chunky and quite luxurious for the low price.

kicks lip glaze

The applicator is pinched at the end which helps the wand pick up a lot of product, one dip is the perfect amount for both my lips.

kicks lip glaze beach walk

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk. A pale neutral beige with a soft gold sparkle.

kicks lip glaze love

KICKS Lip Glaze in Love. A creamy cool toned red that lightens up to a cherry syrup pink on the lips.

kicks lip glaze party

KICKS Lip Glaze in Party. A shimmery wine colour in the tube that sheers out to a greyish brownish ghost plum on the lips.

kicks lip glaze beach walk love party swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk, Love, Party

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

kicks lip glaze beach walk swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Beach Walk. A sheer shade that just brightens and evens out my lip colour slightly, plus adds that soft golden sparkle. Wears well for being so light, but it can settle a tiny bit in lip lines or very dry areas.

kicks lip glaze love swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Love. Looks bright red in the tube, turns into juicy cherry syrup on the lips. LOVE this shade so much, oh my god! Hasn’t bled out along the lip lines any of the times that I’ve worn it out.

kicks lip glaze party swatch

KICKS Lip Glaze in Party. Quite sheer and different from what you see in the tube, but honestly I like this dusty ghost plum more! It’s a great colour to pair with a smokey eye. And can you see how even it is? These shades often go on patchy but this is so smooth!

Viola, Killer Colours

Recension, Skönhet

Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Palette for holiday 2016

The Chocolate Shop Palette from the Too Faced holiday 2016 collection called Christmas in New York. The palette with at least three lives.

At first I saw it online, thought it was tacky and passed on. Got my hands on it and just had to change my mind, it IS frickin adorable and the shade selection is great. …Then I started swatching it, and over 50% of them swatched pretty bad. Crap I thought, it was bad.  ….Then I wore it on my eyes (see the looks at the bottom of the post!) and they applied with zero problems on the eyes, even the shitty ones.

So there we go, it kept surprising me and I’m so happy about it, it is definitely wish list worthy!

The palette contains 21 cocoa infused eyeshadows, 1 highlighter, 1 bronzer and 1 blush. You also get 3 minis in this kit, a Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer, the Better Than Sex Mascara and Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Milkshake.

I have no Swedish pricing on it but Sephora US will sell it for $58. Exclusive at Sephora, limited edition and will be out in time for christmas!

too faced the chocolate shop palette

The kit is displayed as a cute little gift box.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

You open the lid..

too faced the chocolate shop palette

Bring down the front flap..

too faced the chocolate shop palette

Tadaaaa!! The display is so damn sweet.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

Here you can see the 3 minis displayed, so cute! No chocolate for you, lil’ doggy.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

And here’s the palette, you can pop it out of the box, you won’t have to carry the bulky gift box with you.

too faced the chocolate shop palette

And here’s the inside! You get a good variation of neutrals, some of them are more blingy and fun while some are super soft and simple. The pop of colour on the bottom row really helps bring the composition to life.

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Dessert’s on me (satin white, swatches horrible but wonderful on the eyes, so weird), Indulge, Cookie Dough (shittiest shade of the entire palette), Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin (SO SPARKLY), Guilt-Free (horrible name much?), Tootsie (most useful shade of the entire palette imho).

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Glaze, Gingerdoodle (WOW!), Chocaholic, Cake Batter (looks crappy but it’s the perfect blending shade on fair skin, works so well on the eyes!), Butterscotch (possibly the best shade of the entire palette), Toffee Crunch, Lava Cake (STOP making these glittery mattes please?? they shed glitters as if it was dandruff).

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Banana Date, Honey Dip (WOW!), Pound Cake (beautiful duochrome pink/gold!), Sugar Bells, Mint Chip (WOW!), Jingle Berry (WOW!), Huckleberry (another shitty matte sparkle shade, just DON’T!)

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Inner Light (highlighter, swatched fucked up bad but works totally fine on the face, so weird that it doesn’t turn to shit on the face after such a scaly swatch??), Chocolate Soleil (bronzer, same as the classic original), Chocolate Covered Strawberry (blush, velvety and beautiful, perfect glowy pink shade with a soft red hue that really flatters my skin tone)

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

Shadow Insurance Primer (an oldie that changed formula like.. five years ago and just doesn’t measure up to what it was, but sure, better than nothing), Better Than Sex Mascara (0ld fave, even though I found that it applied thinner than I’m used to with the BTS mascara?), Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Milkshake (set into my lip lines only during taking these photos, not too impressed)

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

The shimmery lids are a fade from Butterscotch to Honey Dip to Gingerdoodle. The matte dark brown in the lower lashline and crease is Tootsie, inner corner and brow highlight is Dessert’s On Me and everything is blended out with Cake Batter. Cheeks are bronzed, blushed and highlighted with the cheek products in all these pictures.

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

The shimmery lids are a fade from Butterscotch to Honey Dip to Gingerdoodle. The matte dark brown in the lower lashline and crease is Tootsie, inner corner and brow highlight is Dessert’s On Me and everything is blended out with Cake Batter.

too faced the chocolate shop palette swatch

And here I spiced the look up with Mint Chip in the outer corner and crease, Jingle Berry along the lower lashline and Sugar Bells as a inner corner hlighlight.

Viola, Killer Colours
Killer Colours

Contact me:
killercolours@gmail.com

Blog info:
Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for critical thinking. Beauty blogger from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!