March 29, 2017

Kiko Less Is Better Cream Blush Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

The warm weather is coming! Time to haul out your creamy blushes! Kiko Less Is Better Cream Blush ($14) is a perfect pick for dewy, natural, and cute color for the warmer weather ahead. Kiko released these new, limited edition lightweight water-based blushes with the first one of their capsule collections created in collaboration with SuperDuper Handmade Hats. You’ll be seeing several more collaborations in the upcoming seasons and months that will also appear in Vogue Italia.

Their Less is More Collection couldn’t launch at a better time as natural, pretty makeup for Spring is always a perfect pick. Lightweight, more natural makeup is a refreshing change after all the contouring, highlighting, and bold lips we did all Winter long.

It’s weird because people always tell me, “Well, why do you like cream blushes in the warm weather? Shouldn’t you bring them out the Winter when your skin is drier?” I dunno, maybe I’m wrong but I commonly associate the lighter textures of cream blushes with warm weather.

Here’s a some thoughts, swatches, and a review on Kiko Kess is Better Cream Blush.

You have to rave Kiko’s ability to package and produce beautifully formulas yet still maintain an affordable price tag. These blushes arrive you in a pretty frosted glass jar that holds 0.52 oz of blush with a lovely $14 price tag. You really can’t beat the price.

Sadly, they are only available in two shades one of which was a little too sheer for me. If Kiko decides at some point to release more colors, I’d totally be on board with purchasing them. But right now Less is Better Cream Blush is sadly, limited edition.

In keeping with the pink and brown natural look they are going for these two blushes arrive in a sheerer pale role shade called Impalpable Rose and a deeper plummy rose mauve called Tenuous Mauve. Tenuous Rose had the best pigment for me where as Impalpable Rose was much more sheerer and would be best suited to very pale skin tones.

These have a dense yet silky thin texture that’s water-based and glides onto skin in a very smooth, even finish. They aren’t a texture that clings to drier areas and the finish is very natural and flawless. I wouldn’t say they set to a powder but the formula does remain every so slightly dewy but never sticky nor tacky. They have a cool, refreshing feel as you apply which is quite delightful. Blending was very easy as well. They are probably one of the easiest cream blushes I’ve had the pleasure of using. The soft focused, natural finish gives cheeks a burst of pretty color that makes you look like your naturally blushing. The wear time is fairly good as well! My skin tends to eat up cream blush but I got a nice 7 hour wear with fading at just the 7 hour mark.

Kiko Tenuous Mauve Less Is Better Cream Blush

Kiko Impalpable Rose Less is More Cream Blush

Kiko Less Is Better Cream Blush Swatches (Impalpable Rose and Tenuous Mauve)

Wearing Tenuous Mauve

If you’re lover of cream blushes I wouldn’t miss out on these. They are cool, refreshing, easy to apply, and they give you that just be kissed flush that’s perfectly natural and great for Spring looks!

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria

    You look very pretty Muse. Do you use a brush or your fingers to apply this blush?

  • Sondra

    Gorgeous! I think I need both of these. Off to the mall to pick them up.

  • Dee

    Very pretty on you! I love Kiko powder blushes but may give these a go.

  • kjh

    Been looking for a mauve for my mauve/Taupe phase. That’s old lady for spring colors. Coral, uh, warm pink, uh, no thanks. Back in the day my skin ate all cream blushes. Don’t know now. The closest Kiko is in providence, ~ an hour or more away. Would like to try it first. If the beloved Marc jacobs eye liners disappear in five seconds …no lie…~3 blinks, you never know when something will do a disappearing act. Gotta check ingredients. Hope they’re on the website, ’cause they can’t be up on cosdna yet. Very pretty on you, but what isn’t?

    • Isabella Muse

      you are way too kind thanks kjh! You’ll like this collection, lots of soft mauves, taupe, and natural browns 😀 I think they are on the website!

  • marika

    Hi Muse I live in Italy and working in a mall… my shop is next to a Kiko shop so I never miss a new release. I purchased both the cream blush in mauve and the fluid pink highlighter yesterday… I have used the strobing hightlighter all over the face, with a little concealer under my eyes… and this stunnig cream blush… I can’t believe how the skin looks healthy and glowy… i put some on the lips too… very natural yet sexy looking! I felt like million dollar baby!! Since it is a limited edition capsule collection (new release available since today here) I’m thinking of stocking on it as it won’t be available anymore soon :-(((

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Marika! Yay! I’m so happy to hear you liked it as much as I did! I’m currently testing the highlighter right now too! I’m glad to hear you had such a good run with it. I’m sad it’s LE! I purchased a back up of the mauve myself 😀 They have a few more capsule collections coming out this year, I’m quite excited to see what else they have coming out.

  • Susan

    I purchased almost everything in this collection. It is that gorgeous. I love the impalpable rose blush, too. I was going to ask if it could be used on the lips as well then I read Marika’s comment. I’m going to try it right now!!