If there is one brand that knows their matte bullet lipsticks, it has to be Spekta Cosmetics, which is why I was thrilled to know that the brand has recently launched 3 new shades in their matte range. The brand kindly sent me the three new shades – Divinity, Troublemaker and Cowgirl to review for you guys, so here I am with arm and lip swatches and my thoughts on these new lipsticks.
Lipstick minis are the flavour of the season, with all brands, both high-end and drugstore ones, coming out with miniature versions of their most loved lip shades. I am definitely rejoicing at this because this way I get to try out a wider variety of shades without burning a hole in my pocket, and also without the guilt of not being able to use up my lipsticks before they cross the expiry date. I was particularly pleased about the launch of the Nykaa So Matte Mini Lipsticks because this is one of my favourite creamy matte lipstick formulas. These cute mini lipsticks contain 1.5 gm of product and are currently available in 10 of the shades from the So Matte range. I have already reviewed the formula of these lipsticks in previous blog posts, so today I will only be talking about the 4 shades that I picked up, which are Scarlet Siren, Devious Pink, Bare Minimum, and Cinnamon Crunch.
Starting with the lightest shade, Cinnamon Crunch (50M) is a warm light brown shade that will be a perfect nude for extremely fair people. Since I have a wheatish complexion, this shade washes me out and also does not apply very evenly and opaquely on my pigmented lips. I have to mix this shade with a deeper peach or pink to make it work for my skin tone, but if you are fairer than me then this might look great on its own.
The second shade Bare Minimum (47M) is a beautiful peachy nude that looks slightly pink under certain lighting. This colour is a nice nude for my skin tone and will work well for all those with light to medium skin tones. It provides opaque pigmentation in one swipe and lasts for at least 4-5 hours on my lips.
Coming to my favourite shade out of the 4, Devious Pink (03) is a beautiful pink that will suit almost all Indian skin tones. It will be a nice deep pink for those with light skin tones and slightly brighter than a nude pink for those with a medium complexion. The pigmentation of this shade is completely opaque and perfect for those with pigmented lips.
Last but not the least, Scarlet Siren (29M) is a stunning orange-toned red that will suit fair to medium skin tones. This is a very bright red as opposed to more mature looking berry-toned reds and maroons. It can also work as a nice deep orange for those with deeper skin tones. It is quite easy to apply compared to some of the other red lipsticks that I own and has definitely become my go-to red at the moment.
Overall, I am super happy with this entire range of mini lipsticks and will highly encourage you to pick up at least a couple of shades from the range. You can’t really go wrong with these, considering that they are priced at INR 199 only. If you are a lipstick lover on a budget then these minis will soon become your best friends!
I have finally found a true nude for my lips, the perfect “My Lips But Better Shade”. It is the shade Mauve-1 from the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation range. While it is clear that this lip shade is my go-to these days for when I have no other makeup on or when I have gone heavy on the eye makeup, here is how this product fares in other aspects.
The Maybelline Lip Gradation Lipsticks are twist up crayons with a sponge on the other end to create the “gradient lips” effect. Because the shade Mauve-1 is a perfect nude for my lips, I cannot really create a gradient effect with this shade, but I basically bought this product for its colour and formula anyway. The shade is a taupish-mauve, which has stronger brown undertones than pink or mauve undertones. The formula is pretty opaque and has a very unique velvety matte texture that glides easily on the lips. Since it has a velvety texture, it is somewhere between a creamy matte and a flat matte and does transfer a little when you eat or drink.
It is pretty opaque on the lips in one or two swipes and the thin crayon tip allows precise application. I personally find the formula pretty comfortable but it does exaggerate any lines or dryness, so if you have really dry lips then you would need to hydrate and scrub them prior to using this product. It stays on the lips for a good 4-5 hours, and fades evenly with time. It does stain the lips a little but since this particular shade is so light, it is pretty easy to remove.
Priced at INR 550, the product is slightly pricey considering it is a Maybelline lipstick, but I don’t mind paying the amount for the formula. If you want a lip colour that you can put on without giving much thought to and simply heading out the door, then you must pick up this lipstick.
Are metallic lips passe? I certainly hope not! Even though I am not a huge fan of the metallic lipsticks that are too over the top and wash most people out, I have recently bought a beautiful metallic deep pink from the Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick Range and passe or not, I am in love with this lippie! Read on to find out more 🙂
The Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick in the shade 36 – Pink Clink is a deep mauvish pink with golden micro-shimmer running through it that imparts it a rose gold sheen. When I am indoors, it almost looks like a matte deep mauve on my lips but when it catches the light it gains another dimension due to the metallic sheen that also makes the lips look fuller. The shade is more suitable for the evening and would look better on medium to deep skin tones. However, there are some more metallic shades available in the range so there is something for every skin tone.
Formulawise, this product is similar to the regular Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipsticks from Sugar. The thing about the Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick Formula is that you either love it or you hate it. It is quite drying on the lips but lasts really long, and is completely transfer proof unless you eat something oily. I personally love this formula but many people find it uncomfortable and observe crumbling on the inner side of the lips after a few hours. If you are used to wearing long wear liquid lipsticks then I think you should be good, provided that you exfoliate your lips and wear a lip balm under the lipstick.
Overall, I really love this liquid lipstick because of the unique shade and the long-wearing formula, and I can’t really complain about the price point of INR 549 when the brand is always running discounts and an excellent rewards program on their website. Do give it a shot if muted metallic shades are your jam!
Nothing says bold like a jet black matte winged eyeliner, and the Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner in the shade 01 – Onyx is what I have been using lately to achieve this look. While there are a whole bunch of reviews in the blogosphere about this product, here are my two cents about the product for those who are still on the fence about buying this eyeliner.
The Nykaa Get Inked eyeliner comes with a super thin felt tip applicator in a pen packaging. The thin tip allows extremely precise application and is perfect for those who prefer a very thin line of eyeliner for daily wear. Multiple swipes are needed to create a thicker line or a wing, which can be a little annoying if you are impatient like me, and the trouble is filling all those tiny gaps between the swipes if you do not draw them perfectly close together. However, once you have mastered using this product, the formula will definitely not disappoint. The formula is completely smudge-proof and waterproof and dries to a deep matte black within seconds. The colour payoff is amazing, as is the longevity. I have worn this eyeliner for more than 10 hours without it budging from its place, which is why it gets my nod of approval.
Priced at INR 450 but usually available at a discounted price on Nykaa.com, this eyeliner is definitely a good investment for its quality. If you use an eyeliner on a daily basis then this product will be great for you, because felt tip eyeliners tend to dry faster than the bottled eyeliners. A perfect matte eyeliner that I am sure you will love!
Matte lipsticks are definitely my jam but sometimes my lips need something a little more hydrating, which is why I recently picked up 2 shades from the Sugar Never Say Dry Creme Lipstick Collection. I went for the shades 06 Raisin Helen and 07 Mauve Actually, and here is what I think about these lippies.
The formula of the Sugar Never Say Dry Creme Lipsticks is super creamy, soft, and intensely pigmented. It glides on the lips and provides even pigmentation in one swipe. The lipsticks have a slight sheen to them but are not too glossy and do not contain any shimmer. They are pretty buttery, and while they do not slide too much on the lips, application will be a little easier if you use a liner first.
The shade Raisin Helen is a beautiful yellow-toned brown which will be a nice deep nude for most Indian skin tones. It is warm toned without being rusty and is a great alternative to a pinky nude. On the other hand, the shade Mauve Actually is a much bolder colour which is a deep mauve, almost like a toned down version of a plum shade. This shade too will suit all Indian skin tones but will look better for an outing or special occasion than for daily wear.
Since the formula is not matte, it is obviously not super long-lasting, but it does stay put on the lips for a good 4-5 hours if you do not eat anything. It transfers while eating but fades pretty gracefully, leaving a light wash of colour behind. Also, my lips feel super nourished when I use these lipsticks, so I do not mind reapplying them every 4 hours or so. Priced at INR 499, these lipsticks are quite good for the price and the quality is really impressive, so do check out the shade range of this collection if you are on the hunt for creamy lipsticks.
It gives me much joy when a makeup product is affordable yet long-lasting and richly pigmented, and when this product is a liquid lipstick, I am definitely a happy camper. One such product is the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick, I recently picked up the shade Nice to Fuchsia from Nykaa.com and have fallen head over heels in love with this lipstick. Read on to find out more about this product.
Priced at INR 499, this liquid lipstick is an absolute steal! It has a creamy texture when applied which dries down to an almost pure matte finish yet does not feel uncomfortable on the lips at all. The formula is superbly pigmented and provides a rich fuchsia colour to the lips in one swipe and stays on literally all day. This product is waterproof and does not transfer at all, but if you eat oily food, it will transfer and move around a bit on the lips till it dries down again. Basically, it is perfect for the days when you want your makeup to last all day long without any touch-ups.
The shade Nice to Fuchsia is a bright, bold pink with a bluish undertone that will flatter most Indian skin tones. However, if bright lips are not your cup of tea then I will recommend checking out other shades from this range which includes everything from stunning reds to subtle nudes. Also, this lipstick will not come off even at the end of the day with just water, so it is best to remove it with some oil-based makeup remover. However, despite its longevity, it does not leave my lips feeling chapped or flaky after several hours of wearing the product.
Needless to say, I would highly highly recommend this liquid lipstick to everybody. It is hands down the most long-lasting and comfortable liquid lipstick formula that I have tried in a long time and you simply can’t go wrong with its drugstore price. If you are contemplating buying a new liquid lipstick this season then the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick has to be it!
So Wet n Wild finally launched in India on Nykaa.com and I was a happy bear because this brand is known for their affordable yet high-quality products. One of the first products that I had my eyes set on was the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer because even though I have almost completely ditched foundations for good, I still need some concealer for my persistent dark circles and the stubborn blemishes. This concealer is available in 6 different shades in India, which is quite good considering the limited shade range of most Indian concealers. I picked up the shade Light/Medium Beige as a gamble, based on the swatches I could find online, and here are my thoughts on the product.
The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer has a creamy consistency and is slightly thicker than the Maybelline Fit Me and Loreal True Match concealers. The shade Light/Medium Beige has a slightly yellow undertone, which is suitable for Indian skin tones. Personally, I prefer my concealers to be slightly thinner/runnier than this one but despite being on the thicker slight, this product blends with ease and is not cakey at all. The shade that I picked is slightly light for my skin tone and works quite well for brightening my under eye area. It also works fine for my blemishes after some blending. I love the fact that the concealer does not crease under my eyes, which is something that I struggle with when using other concealers.
The concealer provides a light to medium buildable coverage and is more suitable for a natural makeup look. It will cover up light blemishes and pigmentation but may not be able to conceal acne scars or intense dark circles completely. However, if you pair it with a medium coverage foundation then you can easily achieve a full coverage look without your face looking overly done up or cakey. I would also like to give a special mention to the doe foot applicator that picks up just the right amount of product and minimizes any wastage, unlike some of the other liquid concealers in the market. Also, Wet n Wild is a cruelty-free brand which is definitely commendable.
Overall, this concealer has really impressed me for the price point of INR 399. It is light-weight but provides decent coverage and has a good lasting time of at least 5-6 hours. I will definitely be purchasing a slightly darker shade to mix and create the perfect shade for me and will recommend this to anyone who is looking for an affordable concealer for daily use.
P.S. For reference sake, I am the shade 25 in the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
Helloo All the Lovely People out there!
Lipsticks are a girl’s best friend – no matter how many we own, we will always want more, and budget lipsticks are like a cherry on the cake. Today I will be talking about the much-awaited launch which falls in the drugstore and affordable category – Wet n Wild. Yessss!!! It finally launched in India! Initially, it was available online only on Nykaa but now it’s also available on HOK makeup. I had picked up three lipstick shades from the Mega Last range through an Instagram store a little while before it launched in India. There are a total of 29 shades available at the moment but they are gradually expanding the shade range. The shades I picked up were Vamp It Up (not available in India yet), Spiked with Rum, and Bare It All. The lipsticks come in a flat top bullet form and contain 3.3 gms of product for a price of INR 295.
Now let’s move on to its CLAIMS: 4 hour, long-wearing lip colour. Leaves a semi-matte cream finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with a rich, velvety colour that doesn’t cake, feather or bleed. Made with hydrating skincare ingredients.
Talking about the shades, Vamp It Up is a bold dark purple colour, Spiked with Rum is a beautiful pinky brown shade with warm undertones, whereas Bare It All is a peachy nude shade and, in my opinion, will suite pale skin tones better. On the other hand, Vamp It Up will be a delight for the bold lip lovers, it’s an unusal colour and a must have considering the bold lip trend. Spiked With Rum will be a good option for the nude lip lovers. It is subtle and would cater to all skin types – it would be a perfect nude lip colour for our bronzed beauties and a darker nude lip for fair skinned beauties.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation is amazing and I will agree with the claim that it gives a good colour payoff in one stroke. It is also not patchy at all. However, I will like to mention that the darker shade has a better and richer colour pay off. The lip colour doesn’t completely fade away with time and leaves a little tinge instead which looks beautiful.
Demi-Matte Finish: The finish is a bit satiny at first but it dries to a demi-matte finish or a velvety texture. It bleeds a little but nothing which is too bothersome. It doesn’t dry out the lips like the sahara desert.
Vegan: Wet n Wild is a peta- certified brand. Although not all the products are a 100 percent vegan, this particular one is made of natural plant extracts, coenzyme Q10 and vitamins A&E.
Budget Friendly: When you love lipsticks, budget is a huge concern. With these lipsticks you don’t have to worry about it. They deliver good quality for the money you pay.
Shade Range: Now this is the cherry on the cake, the range has a good variety of shades to offer and it will also cater to a lot of skin tones. It has all kinds of shades, from nudes to pinks to reds and maroons, to browns, peaches and orangy shades. It also has some unusal nude shades which would flatter fairer complexions.
Dupes for MAC: A big bonus is that some of the shades are also very close dupes for MAC lipsticks!!Yessssssss!!!! I have mentioned some of them below:
MAC Ruby Woo- Wet n wild Spotlight Red.
MAC Kinda Sexy- Wet n Wild Bare It All.
MAC Rebel- Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy.
MAC Amp It Up- Wet n Wild Mauve Outta here.
MAC Diva- Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb.
It transfers a little because of its velvety finish.
Staying power is a little less but then again they do mention that in their claims! It lasts for 3-4 hours.
The packaging is the biggest con, the bullet is housed in a simple twist up packaging but a part of the bullet keeps jutting out so that when you unscrew or shut the cap, a little lipstick transfers to the cap no matter how careful you are. Things get really messy as the lip colour transfers all over the outer body of the lipstick.
Overall, I would say that these lipsticks are a good buy if you can overlook the packaging. It is a decent affordable lipstick which deserves at least one shot.
Unless you are living under a rock, you must have heard by now that the Maybelline Gigi Hadid collection has finally launched in India. When I saw the international reviews of this collection, I felt that the range was just a marketing gimmick – old products in new packaging, and decided that I will not give in to the beauty of the blush-colored products. However, when I heard both Shreya Jain and Corallista talk about the Matte Lipstick in the shade Erin, I was sucked in! This lipstick is the classic example of “YouTube made me buy it”. Read on to find out whether I loved or regretted the purchase.
There is no denying that the packaging of the Gigi Hadid collection is BEAUTiful. The blush pink packaging is classic and feminine without being cheesy or too girly, and the lettering on the packaging, and even the cardboard box that holds the product, is holographic, making the entire process of unboxing and looking at the goodies inside all the more exciting. The actual lipstick is a gorgeous shade of deep mauve, with a very very faint trace of brown in it. This shade is more of a nudish mauve on my pigmented lips and medium skin tone, but on fairer Indian skin tones, it will look slightly bolder- a shade that you can wear when you want to make a statement without going overboard with a bright red or purple. This shade of mauve is quite unique, and will go well with neutral or cool toned makeup and outfits. Perhaps a little too deep for daily wear for some, but definitely a great choice for a day out or even an evening event.
The formula is one of the better lipstick formulas from Maybelline, it is intensely pigmented, offering opacity in one swipe, and has a creamy matte texture when swatched. On the lips, it gives a pure matte finish, while being comfortable and not drying the lips. It is not completely transfer-proof and will fade a little every time you eat or drink something, but it does fade gracefully and evenly. The pigmentation starts to fade after 3-4 hours of wear but does visibly stay put for around 6-7 hours. Overall, there is not much I can complain about regarding the formula, and I am sure all the matte lipstick lovers will agree.
While the other reds and nudes from the Gigi Hadid lipstick collection did not wow me, Erin, a gorgeous mauve, was definitely a good investment. The price point of INR 550 seems reasonable to me too. While I won’t be purchasing anything else from the range at the moment, I have heard good things about the eyeliner as well, and although these products were repackaged versions of existing products in the USA, for India these are new because the original products weren’t ever launched here. If I am to judge the collection based on this one lipstick, I would say that it is worth the money to try out a product or true, especially if you are a makeup enthusiast.
I know, I know, I am too late to the party. In fact, the bandwagon has left without me, but I FINALLY bought myself not one but two NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, and even though there are already a ton of reviews of this product on the web, I thought that maybe some of you will care for my two cents? I have become a huge fan of nude lips lately, so I went for two nude shades, Zurich and Abu Dhabi, which look very similar when you see the packaging but are actually quite different when applied to the lips.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are cult products that almost every beauty blogger raves about. They have a matte but comfortable formula, a slightly moussier texture than a liquid lipstick but similar pigmentation and longevity. If you are a matte lipstick lover like me then they are the perfect alternative to a super dehydrating matte lip colour for the winter months. They glide on like a dream, provide an opaque colour in one swipe, set within a few minutes, and stay more or less in place for up to 5 hours. It is no wonder that this lip cream formula has been a favourite of all makeup lovers over the years.
Coming to the negatives of this product, the formula does tend to cling to any dry patches on the lips, so an exfoliator is a must if you have chapped lips. Also, it is not completely transfer-proof and the colour does fade a little each time you eat something. However, they do fade quite gracefully, without becoming patchy or streaky, and leave an even wash of colour on the lips. Also, they have the strong scent of candies which you may not like if you are sensitive to fragrances but I do not mind it because it fades within some time.
The shade Zurich is a pinky nude which is deep enough to suit most Indian skin tones and is a nice everyday colour. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand is a paler, peachy nude with brown undertones. It is a true nude for my skin tone and may wash out deeper skin tones. I personally enjoy it with darker eye makeup or on no-makeup days.
Overall, I do enjoy the formula and colour of these lip creams and love that they are matte but not dehydrating. The price of INR 600 seems a little steep considering that there are dupes from Miss Claire and other brands available at less than half the price but I have personally not tried those yet. The shade range is also amazing and I am sure everyone will find a colour of their choice. So if you are looking for a comfortable matte formula for your dry lips this winter then the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams might be worth a shot.
I recently won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Surbhi from Little Reviews and to my delight, I won all 5 shades of the Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner! The Loreal Infallible Paints range has been all over the internet this festive season but I didn’t purchase it because I found it a little overpriced, so winning these products in a giveaway was the best thing ever. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on all the colors and the formula of these liners.
The Infallible Paints Eyeliners have a liquid matte formula and are available in 5 shades in India – Black Party, Electric Blue, Vivid Aqua, Intrepid Teal, and Wild Green. The shade range is quite good, with an everyday black, an almost black but more fun green, a bright sky blue, and two more wearable blues, although I do wish that they had added a warmer purple/plum shade to the collection as well. The formula is pretty thin but not runny and the pen-shaped eyeliner comes with a very fine felt tip applicator. This applicator allows precise application despite the thin formula of the liquid and those who love a very thin eyeliner will absolutely love it. However, those who prefer a more dramatic liner will need multiple swipes to achieve the desired thickness. This is the kind of liner with which you cannot create a winged liner in one fluid swipe, you need to work in smaller sections. This allows achieving the perfect shape and is great for beginners but may irk the impatient people and those who are pros at applying their liner. I honestly do not mind the slightly longer time needed for application but what I do not like is that the pointed felt tip can poke the eye a little when you are working close to the lash line.
All the shades are intensely pigmented and create an opaque line in one go. The formula sets within a few seconds to an almost matte finish. The finish looks more matte in the arm swatches than it does on the eye but it is still one of the more matte formulas out there. I do love the matte finish because I am personally not a fan of glossy eyeliners. The formula is also completely smudge-proof and is also water resistant (will stay in place after contact with water but will disappear if you rub when wet). I quite appreciate this level of water resistance because the color can endure a bit of sweat or watery eyes but you can still remove it with extreme ease when you want to, even with plain water. In terms of longevity, it lasts on my lids for around 8 hours without smudging or budging.
Overall, I am impressed with the formula and pigmentation of these eyeliners but wish that the applicator was less pokey and the color glided more smoothly. I feel that the price point of INR 845 is a bit too steep and would personally recommend purchasing these when they are available for a discount. My two personal favorites are the shades 308 (Wild Green) and 304 (Vivid Aqua) because they are quite different from anything I own. If you prefer liquid liners, just like me, then I would say that picking up one of the fun shades might be a fruitful investment.