As cliched as it may sound, a girl can never have enough lipsticks! Right when I did a massive clearout of my makeup stash, the Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lipstick in the shade Fuchsia File landed at my doorstep. This bright pink lipstick is completely summer-appropriate and perfect for matte lipstick lovers. Read on to check out my full review and swatches!
So Sugar Cosmetics recently came out with a range of bronzers, blushes, and highlighters and had all the Indian beauty bloggers going gaga over them. Sugar is a brand that has always impressed me, so I got my hands on the Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder and joined the fan club. Here are my thoughts on this product.
First of all, the packaging deserves a special shout out! It is cardboard with a magnetic closure but the beautiful lass on the lid will give you makeup goals, super chic I must say. The product in itself is a buttery smooth formula that glides on the skin and blends beautifully to create a natural shadow on the face. The colour is a warm brown that will suit fair to medium Indian skin tones, it may be a little light for darker complexions. I like the warm tones of the bronzer which give a natural bronzed look to the face without looking orange. I also like the fact that this bronzer does not contain any shimmer, so it is perfect for both contouring as well as for bronzing the face for a sunkissed look.
The pigmentation is not too over the top, which I actually prefer because I do not like harsh contour lines left behind by hard to blend and overly pigmented bronzers. This one can be brushed gently along the jawline for a natural finish and can also be built up for a stronger contour. It does not look cakey, muddy, or ashy on the skin and provides the right amount of colour to give a chiselled look to the face. Also, although the single bronzers are marketed as minis, the pan size is quite good and I’m sure that the product will last me at least a few months.
I’m not sure if this picture actually does justice to the product but I hope that you can see the definition it provides to my cheeks. I will definitely recommend this bronzer to beginners as well as to those who like to sport a light contour on a daily basis. With sufficient building up, it is suitable for an evening out as well. Also, at the price of INR 399, you can’t really go wrong with this product, so add this cute little bronzer to your cart today!
Bright lip colors on Indian skin tones can be pretty hit or miss, especially if they belong to the lighter end of the spectrum. Although the NYX Intense Butter Glosses are a cult favorite, in my opinion, the shade Banana Split will not suit anyone with a medium to dusky complexion. I have already reviewed the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in the shade Berry Strudel on the blog but this shade is an entirely different story. Make sure to read the entire review before you add this lip gloss to your cart.
True to its name, the pigmentation of this butter gloss is intense, a bright creamy orange that reminds me of a popsicle. However, perhaps due to the lightness of the shade, the gloss does not provide an opaque finish on the lips even though the arm swatch seems promising. If you look at the lip swatch below, the gloss seeps into the cracks of the lips, creating a not so pretty look. Perhaps you could get an even finish by adding multiple layers but, considering the consistency of the formula, that might get a little messy.
Even if the formula had been opaque on the lips, I don’t think that the color would suit my complexion at all. It is too pale and milky and looks quite fake on my lips. I wish that NYX had released a slightly darker version of this shade as a part of the Intense Butter Gloss collection because the texture is so buttery, light, and hydrating. I guess I will have to stick with the darker shades from the range instead.
If you have a skin tone similar to or darker than mine then I will not recommend buying this particular shade. However, if you have already bought this lip gloss and do not want to throw it away then you can apply a dark and creamy lip liner before using this gloss, to create a more opaque and natural color. You can also use it over a lipstick to create an ombre effect, by applying only to the center of the lips and blending in.
Is there any such thing as a perfect lipstick formula? If you ask me, my preferences change on a daily basis as per my mood, the weather, my hair and what not. However, on the days when I need a lip color that is balmy and nourishing but decently pigmented too, I reach for my Loreal Paris Rouge Caresse Lipstick in the shade Impulsive Fuchsia (202). If you like blue toned pinks and want a comfortable lipstick for daily wear, read on, you may have stumbled upon a new favorite.
This lipstick is one of the cheaper alternatives from Loreal and therefore the packaging is not very impressive (it’s all plastic with a silver body). However, as long as the formula is good, I am not really that picky about the packaging of my lipsticks. In this case, the texture is quite balmy and almost oily (in a good way). One stroke provides a sheer wash of color but the coverage is quite buildable and 2-3 strokes will provide you a semi-opaque finish.
The color is a pretty, blue-toned pink with hints of purple. This particular shade of fuchsia tends to suit my complexion quite well and I have multiple makeup products in this color. As an added bonus, the blue undertones make the teeth look whiter too! When I tried this product for the first time, I was afraid that it would not last long on the lips due to its balmy consistency. I was proven wrong though and was pleasantly surprised when it stayed put for almost 4 hours! Of course, it does transfer if you eat or drink something but it stains the lips slightly and fades quite gracefully. You will only need to reapply this product 1-2 times throughout the day, which is great when you compare it to a tinted lip balm.
This lipstick is priced at INR 599 but is available on Purplle.com at INR 449 currently. The price is quite affordable from Loreal standards and the pigmentation, longevity, and texture make it worth the cost. If you want an upgrade from a tinted lip balm but are not yet ready for a heavy duty matte lipstick, then the Loreal Paris Rouge Caresse Lipstick is the perfect in-between option for you!
I hope that you found this review useful. Do let me know in the comments below what product would you like me to review next, I am running out of ideas!!!