I have a theory that once you start using mascara on a daily basis, you cannot go back. While volumizing and thickening mascaras provide a butterflylike flutter to the lashes for a special occasion, a lengthening, non-clumpy mascara can complement a daily makeup look perfectly. I prefer Maybelline mascaras because they usually do not disappoint me, and recently picked up their Hyper Curl Mascara in the washable variant because I had not tried this one yet. Here is my review of this product after testing it out for several weeks.
A quick touch-up on the go is something that every woman understands the value of, especially when you have had a long day at work and have to go out to a nice place right after. While the blessed souls can just powder their noses and head out the door, my skin has an aversion to pressed powder and immediately turns cakey and weird when it comes in contact with any compact. Therefore, for hassle-free touchups, cream compacts are my saviours. I recently picked up the Nykaa Get-Set-Click Creme to Powder Compact for these quick touch-ups and here are my thoughts after using the product for a few days.
This product comes in a sleek packaging with a sponge and a mirror. The creme compact has a very smooth finish in the pot, and it applies equally smoothly on the skin. It provides a medium, buildable coverage that should be able to cover small spots and scars as well as dark circles to some extent. I went for the shade 03 – Hazel Glory, which is a warm-toned beige that matches my skin tone pretty well. The cream formula blends really easily on the skin and is quite light-weight too. After a few minutes, it settles down to a matte, almost powder finish, without the cakiness that too much powder can impart to the skin. Hence, the formula is the best of both worlds, it is not heavy or greasy like a cream foundation but is not crumbly like a powder either. The initial few minutes that the product blends like a cream allow for the formula to seamlessly melt into the skin, thereby preventing any creasing. I enjoy this product more for spot touch-ups and for evening out my under eye area than for overall application on the face, but the formula is definitely suitable for that as well.
To sum it up, I feel that this cream to powder compact is a great on-the-go product for refreshing or enhancing your daily makeup look as and when needed. The price point of INR 599 is pretty good too considering the quantity of the product and the fact that it comes with a mirror. While I personally like to apply this product with my fingers, the sponge they provide can be useful for blending if you are using the compact on your entire face. I would say that if you are not a powder person then this product will be a right fit for you, and the fact that the brand has released 7 shades that range from light to deep makes it easier to find the right match for different skin tones. So grab yours now and I hope that this compact will become your new handbag buddy 🙂
A good foundation may cover up blemishes but what truly helps in achieving a flawless finish with makeup is a great primer. Primers not only extend the longevity of face makeup but also create a smooth canvas on the skin for the effortless application of foundation. Despite its numerous benefits, most women tend to skip this step on a day to day basis and directly apply foundation or a bb cream on top of moisturizer. This, however, could be a rookie mistake for an occasion when you want your makeup to last all day long and look beautifully blended. The Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer is one product that can take your makeup to the next level for such special events.
This primer comes in the form of a thick cream that needs to be rubbed between the fingers before applying to the face. It has a super smooth texture that glides on the skin and fills in the pores while adding a glow to the face. Post-application, the skin feels extremely smooth to touch and the surface looks more even. On a no makeup day, you can simply apply this primer on its own for a “my skin but better look”. On the other hand, if you wish to apply a foundation on top, you will notice that this primer enhances the coverage and wear time of the product and makes it adhere better to the skin.
Coming to the cons, the product comes in a jar and dipping your fingers into a face product is never very hygienic, however, I can look past this because the consistency of this product is such that it cannot really be packaged in a tube. This primer also helps with oil control and keeps the skin non-greasy throughout the day but it may not suit dry skin and may exaggerate the dry patches on the face. Although this may be a con for many, it helps prevent my makeup from melting off my face during the hot and humid months.
From a price perspective, this primer is not the cheapest (INR 995 for 15ml) but I feel that it is worth the money because of the quality. Also, you only need a tiny bit of the product each day and this jar will last you a really long time. To conclude, this is definitely my favourite primer at the moment and I feel that all those with normal to oily skin will probably love the product as much as I do. When it comes to improving the texture of the skin, this primer is perhaps the next best thing to an effective skincare routine.
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer here.
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.
I am a huge fan of loose powders because they blend so much better than powder compacts but carrying them in a handbag is a really bad idea and can end up being a messy affair. I do need to powder my nose throughout the day though, which is why I have to resort to throwing a powder compact into my purse. This pack of the Loreal Paris True Match powder has been with me for longer than I would like to admit, so let’s just quickly move on to its review 😛
This product comes in a pretty sturdy packaging which has two compartments. The first compartment contains the powder compact while the second one has a mirror and an applicator. The mirror is quite great, to be honest, and is perfect for touch-ups on the go, however, the applicator fails to impress. It is a square piece of some sort of a fluffy material which wears down pretty quickly. It is also not suitable for applying this kind of a product because you will have to go over it with a fluffy brush for a non-streaky finish on the skin.
As for the formula itself, it seems a little chalky while swatching but blends beautifully on the skin and provides a non-greasy, natural finish. It is decent at absorbing small amounts of oil but you will need to touch up more than once a day if you have very oily skin. I wouldn’t recommend piling on too much of the product in one go because it may start looking cakey. One thin layer of powder is best for a light coverage and a smooth finish.
I went for the shade N4 Beige but I feel that it is a teeny bit light for me. It is a pure beige colour which will suit those who do not have a yellowish undertone to their skin. For me, I think that the shade W5 Golden Sand would have worked better but I haven’t used it yet so I can’t say for sure. With a decent amount of blending, I can get away with wearing N4 too because the product mixes in with my foundation.
You can buy 9gms of this product for a price of INR 999 in India, which I believe is quite expensive for a powder compact. The quality of the mirror and the product is quite good but for the price, I would expect a better applicator too. I am not an expert when it comes to powder compacts but I am quite sure that cheaper products do exist in the market. I have heard that the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is great, and it is available at only a quarter of the price. So, based on the price, I would recommend you guys to skip this product although the quality is pretty good.
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Loreal True Match Powder in the shade N4 Beige here.
Red lips may sound extremely glamorous but what adds a flush of color to most girls’ lips on a daily basis is a pink lipstick. And because a pink lipstick is a part of the daily makeup routine and is one of the few lip products that we actually end up finishing, it seems like a good idea to find a trustworthy but affordable option. The Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks have been around for a long time due to their excellent formula, and the shade 103 – Crushed Candy is the perfect pink for daily wear.
Just like the other lipsticks from the Color Show range, the formula of the shade Crushed Candy is creamy and moisturizing. I love the name of the shade and the fragrance of the lipstick is that of candies and lollipops too! The pigmentation is decent and you should be able to achieve an opaque finish in approximately 2 swipes. However, since it is a light shade, if you have highly pigmented lips then the color will not be able to conceal the patches completely. Also, I would recommend scrubbing your lips before using this lipstick because although the product doesn’t settle in the creases, it may exaggerate some bumps on the lips.
The shade looks darker in the bullet than it does on the lips. It is a darker and deeper version of a cotton candy pink, which makes it more suitable for Indian skin tones. I personally do not like super light pinks as they do not go well with my complexion but this one is the perfect “My Lips But Pinker” shade for me. As for the longevity, since the formula is a creamy one, it requires reapplication every 3 hours or so. Also, because it is slightly slippery on the lips, it would be better to use a lipliner under the lipstick if you are going to be eating. However, if you are just going out for a couple of hours or do not mind touching up once or twice throughout the day, this lipstick will work really well for a more natural makeup look.
Priced at INR 299 only, the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Crushed Candy is ideal for when you need a break from the super matte liquid lipsticks and want something that can be applied in a jiffy. What is more, the formula is so nourishing that this lipstick can also double up as a lip balm. To top it all of, this formula is available in a wide variety of colors ranging from baby pinks to vampy reds. What more can you ask for from such an affordable product? If you like experimenting with lip colors but do not want to burn a hole in your pocket then the Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks are here to be your savior!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Crushed Candy 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.
When a foundation claims to last for 25 hours and numerous beauty bloggers swear by it, you have to try it out, right? The fact that the said foundation is created by one of my favorite drugstore brands, Rimmel, was another factor that encouraged me to buy this tube that comes with the promise of flawless skin. So, did the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation live up to my expectations? Read on to find out!
I purchased this foundation online, which means that selecting the shade was quite a task. My basic strategy is to go for a darker than medium shade, especially if it is a foundation by an international brand. The shade I went for was 301 Warm Honey, which is a peach toned beige that matches the shade of my skin quite perfectly. Unfortunately though, the foundation tends to turn lighter on my skin with time and gives the appearance of a white cast within a few hours. This was quite a bummer for me because I really loved the texture and coverage of the foundation, perhaps I need to try another shade from the range to form a more solid opinion on the “whitening” phenomenon.
Texturewise, the foundation is quite impressive, it has a liquid consistency but still manages to provide almost full coverage on the skin! This is the reason that I love this foundation so much, it covers all blemishes and gives the appearance of perfect skin without looking cakey. I haven’t really tested the 25-hour claim but I can confirm that it does stay put on the skin for 12 hours without getting shiny or patchy. I would say that the finish is a natural matte that should work with most skin types.
The foundation comes in a 30ml tube, which is priced at INR 600 in India. I was afraid at first that the tube will make the product go everywhere but it is not as messy as I had feared. In fact, it does dispense the right amount of product with a gentle squeeze. To be honest, INR 600 is a price that I would happily pay for a full coverage, long lasting foundation like this one. If only the white cast issue had not existed, this would have been the perfect foundation for me! I encourage all of you to try out this product but do go to a store and swatch the shades to make sure that the foundation does not change color on your skin. If you find the right shade in this range, you will never reach for another foundation!
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation in the shade 301 Warm Honey here.
I have already raved enough about the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Color on this blog but I recently picked up another shade and instantly fell in love with it. I went for the shade #180 Rose Fuchsia/Rosy Pink, which is a gorgeous color for spring and summer.
The shade looks like a fuchsia pink in white light and looks more like a reddish pink in yellow light. I feel that this color is much more wearable than a bright red yet vibrant enough to make a statement. Also, fuchsia is one shade that looks very flattering on almost all Indian skin tones.
The best thing about this formula is that it stays on the nails for up to 10 days without chipping. It provides an opaque color in a single coat, but I use two coats out of habit. The formula also has just the right amount of shine for me.
These nail polishes are priced at INR 325 but you can grab them for around INR 260 during the sales on beauty websites. Trust me, once you try out this formulation you will not like any other nail paint. Their longevity makes them totally worth the money because they give the finish of a gel manicure!
I love almost everything from Loreal but this lip product disappointed me a lot. I had high expectations from the Loreal Paris Color Riche L’Extraordinaire Mat lip color in the shade Madeleine Pink but unfortunately, it failed to perform well. If only the formula was as great as the luxurious rose gold packaging! This product could have been a winner but turned out to be a dud.
My biggest complaint with this product is that it claims to be a matte lip color but the formula is a glossy lip cream at best. The swatches show that it reflects the light and is pretty shiny. I could live with the shine though, but the texture of the formula is very difficult to wear throughout the day too.
Although the color is quite opaque, the formula is pretty streaky and it is hard to get an even pigmentation on the lips. You will need to use a lipliner or will have to apply the product very carefully to get an even finish. I would much rather go for some other liquid lipstick than spend so much effort on perfecting my look with this one. Moreover, the formula clings to every imperfection of the lips and exaggerates them more than even my true matte lipsticks do.
I was drawn to this product because of its gorgeous pink shade with slightly peachy undertones. If the formula would have been more cooperative then this lip color could have been perfect for daily wear. What is more, this product is priced at INR 950, you can buy two decent liquid lipsticks for that amount. So basically, I would recommend skipping this product and trying out the other lip glosses and lipsticks from Loreal instead.
I really enjoy adding a pop of color to my eyes with a bright eyeliner, especially during the summer months. One of my favorite colors to wear on my eyes is green because I feel that it suits brown eyes really well. Today I will talk about one such colored eyeliner that is perfect for adding something special to a simple makeup look, it is the SoulTree Kajal in the shade Moss Velvet.
This product comes in a traditional twist up crayon packaging. In fact, the packaging is very sleek and sturdy, which is great because poor packaging makes eye products break off quite easily. The formula is super pigmented and creamy. It glides on my skin and provides an opaque parrot green color in one swipe.
The longevity is also pretty good and the product stays in place for a good 5-6 hours, provided that you don’t have extremely oily eyelids and do not rub your eyes. The finish is neither too glossy nor too matte, it is quite reminiscent of the old school black kohl kajal. My only complaint about this product is that it stings when I apply it on my waterline, even though it is supposed to be waterline safe. Therefore, I only use it on my eyelids.
This kajal from SoulTree is priced at only INR 350 and is made with natural ingredients such as ghee, camphor, almond oil, and natural pigments. Perhaps if you don’t have sensitive eyes then you could wear it on your waterline too. This range also includes a bunch of different fun colors, so if you like experimenting with colorful eye looks but do not want to break the bank then do give this range a shot!
When it comes to eyeshadows for beginners, Maybelline has a strong game. This Maybelline Color Sensational Diamonds Eye Shadow Palette is the only eye shadow palette you need to create basic daytime and nighttime looks. The shade of this palette is Topaz Gold and it contains a collection of golden and warm brown colors. There are 3 other palettes available in this range but I think that the shades of this one are the most flattering for Indian skin tones.
This tiny palette contains 5 shades, a light highlight shade, another shiny highlight shade, a golden brown, a deep brown, and a matte black. All the shades except the black one are shimmery. I am very happy that this palette includes a matte black color because I feel that a matte black is perfect for a smoky eye. The colors are a bit powdery but do apply quite evenly on the eyes. The pigmentation of all the colors except the lightest one is quite good but not so intense that you cannot blend your mistakes. The lightest color is a dud in my opinion because it doesn’t really show up on my skin.
The packaging of this eye shadow palette is very cute. You can easily fit it into your pocket. It also comes with a brush which is pretty useless, as is the case with most brushes that come with eye shadows. I would recommend using a wet brush or your fingers to apply these eye shadows, for the maximum color payoff.
This eye shadow palette is priced at INR 575, which is incredibly reasonable for 5 shades (4 of which are amazing). I could not do an eye look with this palette because my eyes are protesting these days but they pretty much swatch the same on the hand. This is one basic eyeshadow palette that can help you create so many different looks! Highly recommended for those on a budget or those who simply choose not to spend too much on makeup.