For those of you who aren’t familiar with beauty in Scandinavia, KICKS is a chain of beauty boutiques where you can find mainly high-end brands (in Norway we don’t have Sephora, for example), they also have an online shop and their own range of products. I’ve tried some of their products before, I love their blushes and a few brushes from them, they also have fantastic body products that smell divine. Actually, me and my boyfriend shop there all the time, so I was really excited when they sent over their summer collection for me to test.
I’ve been using the products for a few weeks now but I’ll still wait a bit longer for some of the skincare reviews and will update you on them later. The collection consists of face masks, moisturiser with SPF, primer, foundation, illuminator, contour kit and lip glosses.
All of these products are part of their S.H.A.R.E. initiative where 1 krone from each KICKS product sold goes to Mental Helse Ungdom, an organisation working for better mental health of young people. You can read more about S.H.A.R.E. here.
One of the first products I tried was the Age Defence Turn Back Time Sun Protection SPF 30* that comes in 50 ml tube and costs 169 kr. It has a lovely apple scent to it and feels really hydrating and smoothing. It looks a bit more shiny on my combination skin at first but sits quite nicely underneath make-up. I sometimes use it on top of my regular moisturiser that doesn’t have sun protection and it still works well. It doesn’t leave any white residue and doesn’t feel heavy. I have to say I really enjoy using this cream at the moment, it’s very hot here and I get the protection against sun damage and premature ageing but my skin is nourished, too. Also, a little goes a long way, so you really get a lot at a good price.
Then I’ll apply the KICKS Pore Refining Primer* (30 ml, 159 kr). I can say it keeps the skin matte for a couple of hours and minimises pores but I’m still looking for the best primer out there. The product I’m a huge fan of and I can’t wait to tell you about is the KICKS Flawless Wear Foundation SPF 20 in 02 Light* (28 ml, 229 kr) and that’s also the biggest surprise for me, considering I rarely fall in love with foundations. This product has sheer to medium coverage, it conceals the redness on my cheeks, it’s long-wearing and looks beautiful on the skin. It’s soft and fresh, it’s natural-looking and has a lovely radiant finish without being too shiny even on my oily T-zone. I’m completely in love with this foundation! It doesn’t break me out, the shade is great for me and I’d highly recommend checking it out.
The KICKS Illuminator in Hot Sand* (30 ml, 139 kr) is quite an interesting product, it can be used all over the skin, mixed with foundation or applied just to the high points of the face. However, my favourite way of using this product is by mixing it with my body moisturiser and applying it on my legs or shoulders, for example. It gives a soft glow, feels lightweight and has good lasting power.
The new Lip Fusion glosses feel really moisturising thanks to the Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E in the formula. I have them in my handbags quite often and I just wish they were a bit more pigmented, they look great in the tube but the colour doesn’t really show up on my lips. There are two shades, Candy* and Delicious* and they can be found at the price of 99 kr each.
I’m sad to say that the Contour Kit* (279 kr) must be my least favourite product here but first of all, I’m not the biggest fan of contouring and second, my combination skin doesn’t really get along with cream products. I have to say that there’s a nice mirror inside though. There are 4 shades in this kit, dark shades for shading and defining and lighter shades to sculpt and enhance features. The lightest shade is meant to conceal any flaws and highlight the area under the eyes and that’s the one I can actually use and like, the blush shade looks fresh and pretty but the cream texture just makes the rest of my make-up underneath move a lot and doesn’t look good on me. The two contour shades are a bit too warm for defining, they feel very slippy and I just can’t seem to be able to work with such products.
I’ll be preparing a separate blog post on the face masks* because I’m really impressed with them, so far but I think I need a bit more time to form an informative opinion. The four face masks are suitable for all skin types, there is a mud mask, a moisturising mask, a soothing one and an exfoliating face mask. Keep an eye on the blog because you might find amazing dupes for popular face masks that you love. Plus, all of these masks are travel-friendly, they need only 10 minutes to work and they are really affordable.
Looks like KICKS are having new body products, as well, so I should check them out once I’m back from my holiday but I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised and impressed by most of the products here. Have you tried some of them already?