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!
Nykaa has recently released a LARGE number of products and it is becoming extremely hard even for the beauty bloggers to keep up with their releases. However, I did manage to get my hands on one product from their new launches that I knew that I would finish up for sure, and obviously, it had to be a kajal. The latest addition to their range of kajals is the Nykaa Eyem 24/7 Kajal which I have been trying out for you guys over the past few days.
This kajal is a smudge-proof, waterproof, jet black kajal that comes in a twist up packaging. It fares really well in the pigmentation department and does stay on the eyes for a long time (7-8 hours) when used on the waterline or as an eyeliner. In terms of pigmentation and final look, this kajal reminds of the Plum kajal but this one is a fraction of the price (INR 299), making it the more affordable buy. However, I feel that it is slightly harder than the Plum kajal and does tug at the waterline a little bit during application.
I also have mixed feelings about this being a twist up kajal. I tend to prefer the old school pencil versions because I notice that the twist up variety often breaks. In fact, a small chunk of this kajal also broke off while I was swatching the product on my hand. Also, Nykaa has added a pink rubber grip to the pencil for better hold but to be honest I feel that it would have been as easy to use without the grip but the pink accent does make the pencil look cooler.
Overall, this eye pencil does live up to its claims of being long-lasting and budge-proof. I also like that the formula does not irritate my sensitive eyes, which is pretty rare for me. So if you are looking for an affordable Kajal that stays put all day long then you must give this one a shot. I am sure you will love it if you do not mind twist-up pencils.
We may be done with Durga Puja but the festivities are far from over and I am already hyped up for Diwali! If you are a regular reader, you may have seen the colorful eye looks that I created for the last three days of Navratri, and I am glad to report that I have finally found the palette that will take care of all the festive looks I will be creating in the near future! For all my recent looks, I have been using the Makeup Revolution Colour Chaos Palette, and I have finally tested it enough to write a detailed review, so here we go.
This palette comes in the standard Makeup Revolution palette but the outer cardboard box is a wonderful riot of colors, as are the actual eye shadows. The palette has 18 bright and beautiful shades that range from acid yellows and greens to electric blues and pinks. They have also included a number of deeper shades such as plum, purple, brown and a deep green, which can work as excellent crease shades. Therefore, you can create a full eye look with this palette, which is usually not the case with most colorful palettes. The only thing that I miss in terms of a color is a nice matte or even shimmery black but the rest of the shade spectrum is pretty much covered.
The palette comes with a thin transparent sheet that has the name of all the colors on it, which is going to make my job of reviewing them much easier. As you can see, there are a few matte shades and a few shimmery ones. All the matte shades are top notch in the pigmentation department but can be a little chalky and powdery, however, if you tap your brush before using them, you will be good. The shimmer shades, on the other hand, are slightly less pigmented and less blendable, and I feel that using these with a finger is the best way to work with them. The shades that come in the circular shape are the most powdery and not as pigmented as the rectangular matte shades, but with the right amount of product and blending, you can work with them too. Overall, I would say that the pigmentation is very decent for the price and I am super impressed with most of the colors. My favorite shades are Wkd, Tom Tom, Pink Obsessed, Over-bored, Needed To, and Me Three. Also, I am extremely thankful for the mirror in the palette and the double-ended sponge applicator is actually quite useful for applying some color to the lower lashline and for adding a highlight shade in the inner corner.
Here are the arm swatches of all the shades, and if you want to see these colors in action then you can check out my last three posts for eye swatches. For a price of INR 1350, I feel that this palette is really very good, and because it has all the bright shades I could ever think of using in my life, I don’t think I will ever need another colorful eyeshadow palette. Some of the shades can be a little hard to blend for a newbie, but if you are decent at blending your shadows then you will love this palette. I would recommend all those who sport colorful eye looks only on rare occasions, and therefore don’t want to give an arm and a leg for bright eyeshadows, to buy this palette to have them covered. This is 1350 bucks well spent indeed!
I have been very hesitant in writing this review since a long time. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser is something that a majority of the beauty community raves about, but it took me a long time to fall in love with this product. While my initial thoughts about the concealer were not very positive, over time, this has become my favorite under eye concealer. So here is the story of what I did not like about the product in the beginning and what changed my mind about it after a few months of use.
The first thing that I did not like about the product was its packaging, I never get along with twist up packaging because it is very difficult to gauge how many twists are required to get the right amount of product on the sponge. Also, the sponge applicator looks cute but I do have to blend the product in with my fingers or a makeup brush anyway, so it seemed a little gimmicky to me. Furthermore, I purchased the shade Medium which seemed a little too light for my skin tone, which is why I placed the product in my box of concealers and forgot about it. However, when I kept on reading great reviews all over the Internet, I decided to give it one more shot.
Once I looked beyond the mess caused by the twist up packaging, I realized that this concealer has the perfect consistency for the under eye area. It is thinner than most of the concealers I own and therefore tends to settle much less in the fine lines beneath the eyes. As for the shade, while it was still too light for my liking, applying this concealer before foundation did the trick because the layer of foundation on top helped to darken the color but the brightness provided by the concealer was still able to counteract my dark circles. The first time I had tried this product, I belonged to the “concealer on top of foundation” school of thought but the second time around, reversing the steps made this product work like a dream for me. I had never felt that I needed two different concealers for my eyes and face but after using the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser, I came to know that a thinner concealer for the under eye area looks way more flattering than a creamy one.
Here is a picture of me without any makeup-
And here is one after applying only the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (I applied some on my lids as well) –
As you can probably tell, the concealer instantly brightens up the under eye area and does not exaggerate my fine lines in an ugly manner. The shade medium definitely has some hints of yellow undertones that make it ideal for light – medium Indian skin tones. The only problem is that Maybelline has not released this product in India yet (Why, Maybelline, why? We Indian women have dark circles too!) and so you can purchase it only from sites like Amazon where it is priced at more than a 1000 bucks. I would say that it is still worth the buy because the product lasts a long time, but knowing that it is available in other countries at drugstore prices does make me wish that it was cheaper. So if you are willing to pay so much or are traveling to another country where this concealer is more affordable then do buy it to get a brighter under eye area in a jiffy! Here’s hoping that Maybelline releases this concealer in India soon!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – Treatment Concealer here.
EDIT: It seems like the Makeup Gods heard my prayers! This concealer is now available in India for INR 650 on Nykaa.com 🙂 Click this link to buy.
Kajal, one makeup product that most Indian women cannot step out of the house without. Some feel that they look tired without a bold black line bordering their eyes while others believe that their makeup looks incomplete without kohl. The first retractable kohl pencil that I ever owned was The Colossal Kajal from Maybelline. Being the most affordable product of its kind in India, this was the only kajal that I used throughout my college days. Over the years, I have discovered several other kohl pencils that are more long-lasting and offer better pigmentation but this product holds a nostalgic value in my heart. This is why when Maybelline released a new Black Fix Formula with Aloe Vera for The Colossal Kajal, I couldn’t resist trying it out.
This new black fix formula is supposed to be more gentle on the eyes and the aloe vera is meant to nourish them. Personally, I never felt any irritation whatsoever with the original formula of this product and nor did I with the new one. The pigmentation is also similar as before. To me, it seems more like a dark, smoky grey instead of a jet black. There are many variants available in the drugstore at the moment that are way blacker, but when it comes to being gentle on the waterline, this is the only product that never tingles my super sensitive eyes at all.
The texture of this kajal is a little stiff and not as creamy as I prefer. It tugs slightly at the waterline but not so much as to hurt the eyes while application. A single swipe looks darker on the arm than it does on the eyes and you will need at least 2-3 swipes for a perfectly black finish. Unfortunately, it does not last long on my waterline and starts fading at the corners within a few hours and vanishes almost completely by the end of the day. As shown in the picture below, the color has started fading at the outer corners even though the photo was taken only an hour post-application.
Priced at INR 180, this is one of the most affordable retractable kohl pencil in the market although it does not have great pigmentation or longevity. Now that Lakme has dropped the price of the Eyeconic Kajal to INR 180, I would recommend buying the Eyeconic Kajal instead of this one because it is blacker and creamier. If the Lakme product irritates your eyes, only then would the Maybelline Colossal Kajal be a better alternative because it is one of the gentlest kohls available in the market.
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Maybelline Colossal Kajal in the shade Deep Black here.
When Nykaa released their eyeliner range, I was tempted to buy all of them immediately, but I already had too many liners to use up. Now that some of my eyeliners are beginning to dry up, I decided it was time to try the Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Liner, because it claims to be the perfect eyeliner for daily wear, and this girl rarely leaves her house without a liner on her lids. So, here is my review along with the swatches of this product.
This liquid liner has a jet black formula and comes with a super thin felt tip kind of applicator which is way more flexible than most felt tips applicators I have used before. Because it is super thin, you will need multiple swipes to create a more dramatic look, but for a daily look, one swipe gives the right amount of pigmentation.
In terms of formula, I feel that this liner is quite similar to my favorite Loreal Paris Liner Magique. It is super black and smudge proof, and stays on the lids for a good 8 hours. It is also quite waterproof and will not budge if splashed with water unless you rub it hard while it is wet. If you have a habit of rubbing your eyes then the liner may become a little crumbly, so don’t do that 😛
The Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Liner is priced at INR 299 for a 5ml tube, which is quite cheap compared to the Loreal Paris Liner Magique which retails for INR 399 for 3gms of the product. Also, the Nykaa liner provides a more precise application than the Loreal one, so I can safely say that it is my new favorite drugstore liner for sure!
Here is a picture of me wearing the liner, and as you can see, it has a slightly glossy finish. This is the only thing that I would like to change about the formula because I personally prefer matte eyeliners. Other than this, I do not have any complaints about the product and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an affordable eyeliner.
I know that the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal has been around for a long time, however, I never tried the shade, Deep Black, because I felt that there were more affordable drugstore options for a simple black kajal. Lakme recently dropped the price of this product to INR 180, and I thought that it was finally time to give this one a shot. This is going to be a thorough review because I have already finished up one pencil and am on my second one at the moment!
This Kajal pencil is a retractable one, which is perfect for a lazy girl like me who tends to lose all her sharpeners! The formula is super creamy and the shade is jet black, I feel that it is creamier and blacker than the different variants of the Maybelline Colossal Kajal. The only downside of the tip being so soft is that it tends to break if you apply too much pressure, so be gentle while using this pencil.
In terms of longevity, it lasts for about 4-5 hours, after which it fades around the corners of the eyes. The color stays put on the rest of my waterline for a good 8 hours. This is neither smudge-proof nor waterproof, however, the formula is extremely gentle and better suited for sensitive eyes than most smudge-proof kajals. My eyes tend to get irritated very quickly but they don’t react at all to this kajal because it does not tug at the waterline while application and does not contain any ingredients that may sting the eyes.
As I mentioned before, this eye pencil is available for INR 180 as of now and I really hope that Lakme does not increase the price again. I would go ahead and state that this is the best affordable kajal in the market, in my opinion. If you are stepping out of the house only for a few hours and do not really need something that is budge proof, the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal might be the perfect product for you!
If you follow me on Instagram then you might know that I recently won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Andrea from Beauty With Andrea. One of the products that I won was the Kat Von D Shade+Light Eye Contour Quad in the shade Rust. I was super happy and grateful to win this product because it is a bit difficult to find in India. Over the past few days, I have been trying out different looks with this palette and here is my review.
I am head over heels in love with this palette, to say the least. Everything about it is super impressive, be it the sturdy packaging with the impressive embossed design or the buttery texture of the shadows. This quad comprises of a base color, a highlight shade, a definer shade, and a contour shade which is a lovely rusty color.
All the four shades are super soft powders that have excellent color payoff and blend beautifully on the skin. I do not experience any fallout whatsoever and the color stays in place for up to 8 hours. I particularly love to apply the rust color all over the lids for a summery look. I am dying to get my hands on a lipstick of the same shade, so if you have any suggestions, do let me know.
Here is a super simple look that I created using all the 4 colors from the quad. You can blend these with a brush or even with your fingers. This eyeshadow quad is definitely my favorite among all the eyeshadows that I own. I am really thankful to Andrea for arranging such an amazing giveaway!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy this super versatile palette for $22 from here.
I enjoy wearing colorful eyeliners on my waterline to break the boredom of my favorite black kohl. Blue eyeliner is a great way to add a pop of color to neutral makeup and is also a perfect accompaniment for blue eyeshadow. However, most colored eyeliners aren’t really safe for the waterline and make me tear up so much! Just when I had given up on finding the perfect blue liner for my sensitive eyes, I heard rave reviews of the Loreal Paris Infallible Silkissime range and decided to give it a shot.
I purchased the shade Cobalt Blue, which is a bright, dark blue that I love. The formula is creamy and glides on the waterline for opacity in a single stroke. The eyeliner is smudge proof and waterproof, making it last for up to 6 hours on my eyes. It did tingle a little for a few minutes after application but bear in mind that I have extremely sensitive eyes, so it might not irritate a majority of people at all.
I tried to create a faint wash of blue on my lid by blending out the liner, but the formula is budge proof and hence creating a smoky look is hard unless you work with it quickly. The blue color looks stunning on the waterline though, which was my primary expectation from the product. Priced at INR 575, these liners come in a ton of different shades and I am already eyeing the golden and purple ones from the range. To conclude, this eyeliner is a winner unless you have unbearably sensitive eyes.
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As I have mentioned several times before, I have fairly sensitive eyes. Therefore, I shy away from waterproof mascara because it tends to irritate my eyes during removal. Unless it is a special occasion, I prefer a lighter non-waterproof mascara that provides some volume and length without being too clumpy. The Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara is my favorite for daily wear because it delivers on all these fronts.
The formula provides reasonable volume and length but has less hold as compared to the waterproof variant from this range. It is not very curling but that can be rectified by using an eyelash curler before application. I love this mascara primarily for the volume that it provides without being too clumpy. A single coat will give a very natural look that is easily buildable to a dramatic flutter with 2-3 coats. I also like the thick wand with the bristles because these seem to apply the product quite evenly on the lashes.
The longevity of this mascara is great and it lasts on my lashes for more than 8 hours. Despite this, it is super easy to remove and easily comes off with just water. It is a great drugstore mascara that is priced at INR 400 but is usually available online at around INR 350. I would also recommend the waterproof version for a butterfly like flutter and a stronger curling action.