Back in university, I was in Japan for the summer and my friend and I hit the MAC counters just for fun. Pretty much a beauty novice back then, I pointed at an advertisement and asked them which gloss I needed to get those perfect pink nude lips. The MUA had a bit of a blank stare, which I now realise was her moment of "what on earth do I say" when she realised how pigmented my lips were. She decided to then come clean and say it wasn't possible, and that I needed both a lipstick/lipliner and a lipgloss. And I thought - F it, I can't be bothered with THAT!
Fast forward a few years and I've found that perfect pout, the perfect lip product which is a gloss and lipstick in one - the juicy finish of a gloss, and the pigment of a lipstick. Credit goes 100% to the amazing Tijan from Tijan Serena Loves, who alerted me to the amazingness of the KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo when we were visiting the brand new Regent Street store before Christmas.
I picked up the shade 802, because it's one of those shades I (and many other girls, I imagine) gravitate to - a light nude with a heavy tinge of pink. I was so shocked at its ability to hit the middle of pure pigmentation and a sheer lipstick (think MAC Cremesheen's baby with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine), as well as add the thickness and sheen of a hardworking gloss. I've honestly never heard of anything like it! Every "sheer" lipstick I've tried is glossy, yes but hardly too pigmented and usually very light on the lips. Every "pigmented" lipstick I have is very full on and again, quite thin in comparison to glosses. The thickness from this product literally looks and feels like you had gone through the effort of applying a gloss on top of your lipstick.
And there are perks to this product as well. To name a few, it smells like vanilla (like another lipstick we all know.. *cough* MAC *cough* - but without the price tag. The Ultra Glossy Stylo comes in at a mere £4.90! The packaging is also excellent - a sleek matte black, nice click to the lid and a distinctive curved body. AND, it has SPF15 and comes in 21 shades.
Pretty sure I'm onto a winner here ;)