Kiko Sweetheart Lipstick ($12 or 25% Off Any 2 Shades) is a new, limited edition two-tone lipstick that launched with the Kiko Valentine’s Day 2019 Collection in six shade selections. You’ve likely already ready my Kiko Endless Love Lipstick Review from 2016 which was a variation of this new version of the lipstick! Both lipsticks come in the same packaging with the same cute heart-shaped lipstick tip but the new version contains a lighter core shade and a darker surrounding one.
This released caused some of you a bit of irritation as when I posted about the collection the Sweetheart Lipstick was showing “out of stock” and there were different stories about the release that circulated from employees and customer service. Some said these wouldn’t be released in the USA and others said stores would get a limited amount of shades. I’m happy to report all the shades are now available and they are, as well as the entire, on sale. Just pop any two items from the Valentine’s Day Collection into your cart and 25% is automatically deducted from your order with free shipping on orders of $15 or more.
Heart-shaped lipsticks are not knew by any means and are quite popular in Korea like Holika Holika Heartful Moisture Lipstick. This cute little lipstick trend has bled into many US releases as Avon launched a very cute Queen of Hearts Lipstick with their Valentine’s Day and Guerlain KissKiss LoveLove Lipstick also launched last year and more recently Winky Lux joined the heart-shape lipstick world!
If packaging and cuteness is something you consider when purchasing makeup I think you’ll be quite happy with Kiko Sweetheart Lipstick. They are just darling! Each lipstick comes in a round silver barrel with a cutout of a heart at the center of the cap. The lipsticks are 0.12 oz in size and have a heart-shaped tip which might sound awkward but actually glides across the contours of my lips super easily. The shape seems to be perfect to follow the natural line of my lips and cupid bow without making a mess.
I have to admit I prefer solid shades as I think the two tones sort of mix together and might defeat the purpose of creating a gradient lip if that’s what you wanted or expected to get from these lipsticks. I just purchased one shade which was Scarlet Red and I loved the warmer outer red shade but I felt like the lighter orange-y red core actually morphed the shade completely giving it an orange red look on my lips. I’d have preferred a stronger red lip but sadly, that’s sort of a no go with the inner core dominating the outer shade.
If you’re tired of the endless round of mattes I think you’ll enjoy this formula. This is a lightly creamy texture with medium coverage. They feel a little tiny bit slicker compared to the Endless Love Lipstick formula but all in all it seems like the same formula. They have a lightly hydrating feel that didn’t cling to drier areas on my lips and wore for a solid five hours without migrating. They are quite pigmented with opaque coverage on a single layer. Unlike the original formula they are apparently flavored/scented like “forest fruits”. I noticed a light fruity scent and they tasted like fruity plastic but it was very subtle and not terrible.
Kiko Sweetheart Lipstick are adorable to say the least and well worth picking up as Kiko Lipsticks rarely disappoint. I do wish they were a solid shade but none the less the formula applies and wears well. If you love cute makeup items these are for you!
Where to buy
Kiko Sweetheart Lipstick is a $12 0.12 oz limited edition heart-shaped lipstick available in six shade selections that launched with Kiko’s Valentine’s Day Collection. Kiko has released a variety of different editions of this lipstick since 2016 some of which I’ve reviewed on my website. Most have the same formula but this year’s version has two tones. The center core is a lighter shade and the color that wraps around it is a darker one. I found the lighter morphs the darker and creates on unique shade but doesn’t create a gradient look of that’s what you’re looking to get. I thought the formula was lightly hydrating with a creamier slightly slick texture that applied easily on my drier lips without adhering to flaky areas and wore for around five hours. The lipstick does have a subtle fruity scent and flavor.
- Very cute packaging and presentation!
- Great formula!
- Lighter core shade morphs the other color making the lipstick a touch lighter than you might expect.
Anyone who places importance on packaging is sure to fall in love with Kiko Sweetheart Lipsticks but most importantly, the quality is outstanding with a smaller price tag!