Review KIKO Sunshine DD cream
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Kiko Sunshine DD cream from the Wanderlust collection

Review KIKO Sunshine DD creamEver since I discovered mineral foundation, I never went near the liquid kind again, nor missed it. However, this was some years ago, when my skin was younger and oilier. Now I鈥檓 finding mineral powders a bit more dulling sometimes: they no longer meld with my skin鈥檚 dwindling oil production as they did before, so it doesn鈥檛 look as nice and natural.

So, in late May or thereabouts, I got it into my head to try a BB, or rather a DD, which this is. I normally consider my purchases for longer, especially in the case of facial cosmetics, because my skin is so fussy about this and that, but it so happens there鈥檚 a shop located near my usual path, and once inside a very nice SA got me, recommending this limited edition Kiko Sunshine DD Cream, from their summer collection Wanderlust. The luxe rose gold packaging designed by Ross Lovegrove also caught my eye, I won鈥檛 deny it.

Kiko Sunshine DD cream
Kiko Sunshine DD cream

Generally speaking, I don鈥檛 regret my impulse purchase. The product does what it鈥檚 supposed to do: it has a good texture, it spreads well, the finish is nice and coverage is fine, not too much of a good thing. In addition, I had no problems with clogged pores or breakouts while I used it, nor found it unpleasant to wear (no more so than my sunblock, anyway).

All things considered, I think it would be a good product for my winter skin, if it wasn鈥檛 so dark. I can use the lightest available shade (it comes in four shades), 01 Very Light, only in the warmer months, when I get a little color; in winter however, it鈥檚 likely that this tone will make me look like those fake-tan celebrity types.

Other issues I found with this DD cream for use during the warm months, at least for me, are:

a) It isn鈥檛 mattifying, but rather it seems designed to give that sort of juicy, radiant appearance of younger skin鈥 not a bad concept, only not the most adequate for my oil-slick summer skin.

b) I noticed on one occasion that it turned a little orange at the end of the day due to oxidation. I can鈥檛 remember this happening ever with any base makeup I’ve used, even living in a location of nearly endless summers.

On another note, call me a fanatic, but I don鈥檛 fully trust SPF makeup to provide adequate photoprotection, no matter how it’s formulated. Remember that for a sunscreen to do its job properly, it’s necessary to really slather it on, and if you鈥檙e only applying a light dab of DD cream, enough to look put-together without turning into one of those 鈥渕asked ladies鈥, the protection won鈥檛 be as effective as the SPF on the package indicates. So for daytime, I always apply sunscreen, then makeup鈥 no wonder I was shiny an hour or so later.

So, after a few weeks of use in the early summer, I ended up pushing my Kiko Sunshine DD cream aside in favor of my usual mineral powder (Mineralissima, which I intend to review in a future post), which works beautifully for me when the heat and humidity rise. At the most, I sometimes applied a little as undereye concealer or to cover some annoying breakout.

Once autumn began, I did begin to use it a little more often, mainly for late afternoon and evening outings. Used in the ways above described it looks quite nice and natural; I like it for use under the eyes when I鈥檝e stayed up late, and it doesn鈥檛 gather where it shouldn鈥檛 as long as I don鈥檛 use any mattifying powder.

Conclusion: it鈥檚 okay, and that鈥檚 about it. Generally I thought it was a good product, though not the most suitable for me, and I wasn鈥檛 all that hooked on it, once the initial enthusiasm wore off.

Would I repurchase this product if it was made available for sale again? I know the brand often relaunches the same products, or very very similar, for different collections, so I might give it a second spin if this same product was made available in a tone a touch lighter for winter, mainly because I think the extra hydration would be great then.

Rating? 3.5 points out of 5.

1 drop: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me. Not even if you paid me to wear it.

2 drops: I didn鈥檛 use up the container and it鈥檚 very unlikely I鈥檇 buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.

3 drops: Meh. I鈥檒l use up my jar/tube, but I don鈥檛 think I鈥檇 buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn鈥檛 do much for me.

4 drops: I like it. It鈥檚 nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.

5 drops: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it鈥檚 earned its place in my beauty routine.

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