April 6, 2017

Kiko Less Is Better Eyeshadow Palette 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 Kiko Less Is Better Eyeshadow Palette ($19) is a new, limited edition nine pan eyeshadow palette that launched with one of the Kiko 20 Year Capsule Collections that was created in collaboration with Super Duper.

This eyeshadow palette sold out pretty fast when I originally posted about, came in back in stock a few weeks ago, and now disappeared from the site. I have hopes Kiko will restock but if it doesn’t appear online you can try local Kiko store locations to see if they have it available.

The entire Less is Better Collection features a selection of shades and products to create a natural look for the Spring season.

Let’s take a peek at the Less is Better Eyeshadow Palette!

Kiko Less Is Better Eyeshadow Palette comes housed in a tiny square compact that features a generously sized mirror inside and nine 0.035 oz eyeshadows. The compact is pale blue in color with a splattering of pink. The packaging on much of the Kiko Less is Better reminds me of the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The eyeshadow finish is dominated by six mattes combined with three satiny shimmers. I would say the formula is a little denser than what I’m used to from Kiko but still very workable when used in conjunction with a sponge eyeshadow applicator for application. The mattes aren’t loose and silky but they smoky out really, really well as you can see from my look below. The colors run a little sheerer so, building is required but application was fairly smooth. Although, as I said if you’re looking for soft, silky mattes you won’t get it in this palette. The shimmers have the best consistency here but even those are fairly dense. Even though the formula wasn’t quite the best I have to admit I actually really liked the looks I was able to create with this palette. The shades just work with my skin tone and eye color really well.

I wouldn’t say the Less is Better Eyeshadow Palette is Kiko’s best formula but it’s a handy palette to have around for quickie looks. I was able to create some very nice looks with it but I’ll be the first to express that I expected softer more velvety textured eyeshadows from Kiko as they are legendary for creating fantastic, inexpensive formulas!

Kiko Less Is Better Eyeshadow Palette is currently out of stock but you can check your local store or keep stalking kikocosmetics.com to see if it pops back in stock.


Do share your thoughts!


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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  • Agona

    Your blog has encouraged me to try Kiko. I bought two eyeshadow trios from their 20% off spring sale.

    I really need to pause my buying though because I haven’t had the chance to try out any of my recent purchases!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! 😀 happy to hear it! I’ve been good this month, no major purchases! But I fear I see some new skincare I want at Sephora lol!

      • Agona

        I just got my Kiko order and even though I haven’t tried it yet, I’m really impressed with the packaging for its price point. It’s not easily cracked drugstore packaging nor cardboard you see with mid-range brands. It makes me think that European/Asian countries put more effort into packaging because my Korean makeup is the same way and they’re usually a lower price point than their US counterparrs too.

  • genevieve

    These are gorgeous neutral shades that look really beautiful from the swatches. And they look lovely on you Isabella.

  • Dani

    Okay, I’m so glad you posted about this because this palette keeps showing up in my FB advertisements and I was so frustrated that it didn’t actually seem to exist on the Kiko site! Now I know why, but I’m still sad because I wanted it! Fingers crossed it comes back into stock!