Worth The Hype? Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208

Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208 worth the hype?
Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208

If you’re a highlighter junkie like me, you’ve probably heard of the limited edition highlighters MAC Whisper of Gilt and Estee Lauder Heat Wave that caused a huge frenzy in the makeup community. These two light gold highlighters have been so sought after that so many people have been on the search for a dupe that is more easily available and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

The Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208 ($14) is a light gold eyeshadow that has been compared to MAC Whisper of Gilt and Estee Lauder Heat Wave numerous times. I don’t own either highlighter because I missed out on them, but I’ve seen so many pictures comparing this shade to them, but is it worth the hype?

The texture is nice and smooth so it doesn’t apply chalky or uneven, which is a great thing in my book. It is sparkly, but there aren’t any huge chunks of sparkle in it. It also has a slight iridescent shimmer running through it, but only if you examine it intensely close.

Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208

Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208

You can easily build this up for an intense highlight, especially if you apply it wet, or apply just a little for something more subtle.

The only downside is that Kiko doesn’t have many store locations, especially in the US, so the easiest way to get ahold of it is online if you don’t live near one. I love shopping online, but sometimes, especially if you’re not familiar with a brand, you want to be able to shop and swatch before making a purchase.

Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208

Kiko Watercolor Eyeshadow 208 dry (bottom) and wet (top)

The Verdict |


I personally love this more as a highlight whether applied on the cheekbones or inner corner of the eyes instead of all over the lids like an eyeshadow. But, however you use it, it is very pretty and I can see why everyone raves about it. I do wish I had MAC Whisper of Gilt and Estee Lauder Heat Wave to compare it to, but since this is a supposed dupe for it, I’m glad I have it in my life!

  • I have a different color that i love as eyeshadow, but you are right, it would work perfectly well as a highlight too.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • What color do you have? I want to get more.

      • I have a rose gold one, very pretty and intense. The number rubbed off though, I cant give you the details.

  • This eyeshadow was my first product from Kiko since it was so hyped. As soon as I saw it in the store I grabbed it :)) The other shades in the same line are also very nice but you’re right this one is better as a highlighter than an eyeshadow.

    • I want to get some more of these. Have you tried the water eyeshadows in shade 201 and 202? I really want to try those!

  • Wow this is so beautiful! I don’t own any Kiko but I’d love to have this x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • It’s definitely one I’d recommend if you’re going to try the brand!

  • Dom

    The packaging reminds me of some shadows that Sephora released a few years ago. I have their 4 eyeshadow quads which I really like and I’m looking forward to trying out some more of their products!

  • Oh I wish there was a Kiko store near me. I know I can order stuff online but I always love swatching things in person before I bite the bullet. These look beautiful as I’ve really been into the wet/dry type products. And in general there are just so many more products from Kiko that I’d love to try!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • Oooh this looks gorgeous – I actually really like Kiko as a brand and they have so many wonderful products too! there’s one in London that I go and visit every so often and it’s always so busy! :)

    Love the photography too – so pretty!

    Layla xx


  • Sooo gorgeous! I’m making it a mission to get to a Kiko store while I’m in the US haha. I definitely want to pick this up – it’s just too pretty!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • I also bought this eyeshadow to use as a highlighter and I absolutely love it! I have a store very local to me and i always end up spending a fortune in there! I just can’t control myself. x