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’m finding mineral powders a bit more dulling sometimes: they no longer meld with my skin’s dwindling oil production as they did before, so it doesn’t 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’s 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’t deny it.

Kiko Sunshine DD cream

Kiko Sunshine DD cream

Generally speaking, I don’t regret my impulse purchase. The product does what it’s 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’t 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’s 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’t mattifying, but rather it seems designed to give that sort of juicy, radiant appearance of younger skin… 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’t 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’t 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’re only applying a light dab of DD cream, enough to look put-together without turning into one of those “masked ladies”, the protection won’t be as effective as the SPF on the package indicates. So for daytime, I always apply sunscreen, then makeup… 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’ve stayed up late, and it doesn’t gather where it shouldn’t as long as I don’t use any mattifying powder.

Conclusion: it’s okay, and that’s about it. Generally I thought it was a good product, though not the most suitable for me, and I wasn’t 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’t use up the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.

3 drops: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.

4 drops: I like it. It’s 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’s earned its place in my beauty routine.

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