Nars Velvet Eye Shadow Stick vs KIKO Milano Eyeshadow Sticks

NARS or KIKO?  It’s a high street or drugstore kinda question.

I received 2 limited edition NARS Velvet eyeshadow sticks as press samples from the new Bord de Plage Collection. While I was happily testing, I came across KIKO Long Lasting Eye Shadow Sticks, which had an identical look and feel to Nars.

Now here’s what I think of both these products:

  1.  Pigment – While KIKO was strong yet buildable, shimmery shades like #36 and #07 lacked intensity. NARS Corfu & Dark Angel had very intense pigment.
  2. Texture – Both are soft, creamy and glides easily. Set very quickly and doesn’t budge. However, when I tried rubbing hard, KIKO eyeshadow particles slowly started to come off while NARS stayed out.
  3. Finish – NARS Corfu & KIKO shades have a beautiful satin finish whereas Dark Angel was a velvety matte.
  4. Longevity – Nars stayed put for 8+ hours without eye primer as well as KIKO #04 (dark brown).  Light metallic shades of KIKO (#07 & 36) faded after 2-3 hours.
  5. Shades – KIKO has a vast range compared to NARS.
  6. Packaging – is strikingly similar in black matte plastic packaging with a retractable pencil.
  7. Application – glides on without tugging and needing to use lots of pressure
Nars Velvet Eye Shadow Stick vs KIKO Milano Eyeshadow Sticks

Whilst there are few striking similarities, intense pigment, fool, budge & crease-proof and long-lasting power is the deciding factor for me to choose NARS.  KIKO metallic shades didn’t live up to the 8-hour mark.    Having said,  compared to NARS limited collection,  KIKO has an extensive range of shades (most are dupes of high-end brands)  and that too at a very affordable price point.  If you are on a budget & don’t mind re-applying then KIKO would be the ideal choice. If you are like me sticking to quality, perfection and fool-proof abilities, I cannot recommend NARS enough.