Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 208 Review, Swatches, and Dupes

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Kiko is a well known brand worldwide, especially in Europe, but they are slowly making their way into the United States and opening stores countrywide! One of their most famous products is the Water Eyeshadow in 208, dubbed the Whisper of Gilt/Heatwave dupe throughout the makeup community.

208 is technically an eyeshadow that can be used either wet or dry, but many people know of its secret power… It functions as a beautiful golden highlight too!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a huge highlighter obsession, so 208 fits in quite nicely with my little (or not so little) collection.

I’ve had this eyeshadow for over a year now excuse its usage, but at least I can give you beauties a solid review!

Here's a swatch of 208 Built up and blended out
Here’s a swatch of 208
Built up and blended out

208 gives me a beautiful champagne glow. While it looks quite golden in the pan, it doesn’t show up as golden on the cheeks, which allows for more skin tones to wear it nicely.  I wore it during the winter when I was super pale and can still wear it now with a slight tan. It blends out quite nicely and doesn’t look chunky on my cheekbones. While it wears for a while, it’s not very noticeable on my cheekbone when I take my makeup off at the end of the day, unlike my Becca highlighters that wear strong until I take off my makeup.  The texture is extremely smooth and blendable so it can be used all over my face without me looking like a disco ball. It looks amazing as an inner corner highlight.

208 is a dupe for Mac’s imfamous Whisper of Gilt and Estee Lauder’s Heatwave. I would compare them, but I don’t own either. I do own other dupes for those highlighters so here are some swatches.

L-R: The Balm Mary Loumanizer, Becca Opal, Kiko 208, Laura Geller Gilded Honey. Nars Jubilation, Colourpop Wisp
L-R: The Balm Mary Loumanizer, Becca Opal, Kiko 208, Laura Geller Gilded Honey. Nars Jubilation, Colourpop Wisp
Here's a closer swatch of Kiko 208, LG Gilded Honey, and Nars Jubilation
Here’s a closer swatch of Kiko 208, LG Gilded Honey, and Nars Jubilation

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As you can see from the comparison photos 208, Gilded Honey is the most similar, but they aren’t exact GH has more of a beige muted tone and Jubilation has way more of a gold tone.

The entire Water Eyeshadow range retails for $14 and contains 0.11oz of product, although 208 has been sold out for four months in every store in the US and on the US website. 208 is coming back in August repackaged as a highlighter. This means that the price point will go up by a few dollars, but you will be getting more product.