Review: Kiko Divine Tone Face Moisturising Serum
19 Monday Sep 2016
After the disappointment of the CC Blur cream [Kiko CC Blur review here] I was reluctant to fork out another £18.90 on a whim. I spent a good 20 minutes just testing this product and deciding whether it would be worth a try. In the end, my heart won over my head and I walked out of the store a few pounds lighter in my pocket.
Price: £18.90 for 40ml
Shades: 2 (Light, and Medium/ Dark)
Blurb: Moisturizing face serum: protects the skin from everyday damage and pollution. An avant-garde formula to hydrate the skin, protecting it from external stress. The skin appears soft and smooth in one simple step. The silk serum is easily absorbed and feels wonderful on the skin.
Ingredients: AQUA (WATER/EAU), DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ZINC OXIDE, SILICA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ISODODECANE, LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, MICA, DIMETHICONE/PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PEG-8, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), ACRYLATES/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED EXTRACT (HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED EXTRACT), PPG-1-PEG-9 LAURYL GLYCOL ETHER, HEDERA HELIX EXTRACT (HEDERA HELIX (IVY) EXTRACT), BHT, PHYTIC ACID, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM CITRATE, HOYA LACUNOSA FLOWER EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491 – CI 77492 – CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE).
This was a definite improvement on the CC Blur cream. The pigment is stronger and the formula feels lighter, and it actually absorbs into the skin. I’m not sure about how much of the benefits of the CC Blur actually go into the skin as the CC Blur is more like a primer that just sits on the skin as a barrier between the skin and make-up. This serum absorbs really quickly into the skin leaving a decent amount of pigment on the skin. This is exactly what I was looking for to wear on good-skin days when I wanted a ‘me-but-smoother’ look with more eve skin tone.
The silicone in the formula provides the skin smoothing, while the serum-like ingredient don’t come until later in the ingredients list. What does that mean? Well ingredients are usually listed in order of quantity, so the largest quantity ingredient is listed first, and the smallest last.
Kiko claim that it is an avant-garde formula. Without seeing quantities I can’t confirm that it isn’t unique, but the ingredients listed are pretty run-of-the-mill for a decent primer so I’m not sure how ‘avant-garde’ this really is.
I wouldn’t use this in place of my regular serum as I don’t feel it has enough serum ingredients in it to make it effective, but as a primer/ serum/ BB cream hybrid, I really like it. It really ticks the boxes for my good-skin-day-wear.