|Eye shadow swatches, bronzer/highlighter swatches|
|Ace of diamonds lipsticks and Number 2 Poker Nail Lacquer on nails|
My favourites from the collection have to be the Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer and Queen Of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette. These both have playing card designs on their outer packaging and inside the Sculpting Bronzer, you'll see the Ace theme embossed into the actual product.
There are three different shades of Queen Of Hearts Eyeshadow Palettes to choose from - mine is 01 Essential Browns, and features four complementary brown and bronze shades that are perfect for both day and evening looks. The formula of the shadows is fantastic - they're all powders, but are incredibly soft and blend like a dream. They're also really pigmented and wear for a good 8 hours without needing a top up.
The Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer comes in two shades (this one is the darkest) and features two shades of bronzer and a highlighter powder. I absolutely love the design that's been added to the product - it almost makes me not want to use it! I found the bronzers slightly less pigmented than the eye shadows, however this does mean you can build up colour quite nicely without worrying about going over the top.
The eye shadow palettes cost £14.90 each and Sculpting Bronzers are £15.90 each. I honestly think these are great value - they're of a quality you'd expect from a much more expensive brand.
Another favourite from this collection are the Poker Nail Lacquers. There are six shades to choose from and each bottle has a dice design on the lid with the shade number shown in dice-like dots. These are gel-effect polishes that are super pigmented and extremely glossy and I've been really impressed at how long they wear for. I'm a notorious nail polish chipper, but have managed to go 4 days without a single chip, which is almost a personal best! The only thing I have found is that the colours can look slighlty different out of the bottle, so it might be worthwhile having a swatch in store just to make sure you're getting the colour you expect.
There are lots of new releases for eyes in the collection - as well as the palettes, Kiko have also created the Colour-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadows, which are like giant shadow crayons, in a choice of 10 colours. The formula of these are amazing! They're a cream based shadow which can be applied straight from the stick and then blended out to your chosen finish. Once they're set, they literally don't budge throughout the day. I did a few hand swatches of these when I first received the collection and despite washing my hands repeatedly, they didn't budge until I got out an oil based makeup remover. £7.90 each.
The Mystery Smoky Eye Pencils are also another fun addition to this collection - these look more like eye liners than shadows, but can be used as both. There are six of these to choose from, and each features a little brush in the lid to help you blend out the pencil once applied. £6.90 each.
For the lips, you can choose from six Ace Of Diamond lipsticks, which have a lovely creamy texture and a semi-matte finish. They wear really well throughout the day, so you should only need to reapply after a meal. There's also no horrible dry lip feeling at the end of the day after wearing them. £7.90 each.
This is definitely my favourite Kiko collection so far - it feels quite high-end to me and if you haven't tried Kiko yet, I urge you to get something from this collection, you really won't regret it!
The Daring Game Collection is available in Kiko stores and from their website. It's a limited edition one, so if you see something you like, get in early as they do tend to sell out of popular items.
What do you think of this new collection from Kiko?