Who on earth needs a review for a nail polish remover, right? Well, I am writing one anyway because you need to know about this particular nail color remover if you haven’t already. If you hate the scent of most nail polish removers and are too impatient to spend more than a couple of minutes on removing your nail paint then you must read on!
The Maybelline Color Show Nail Color Remover does smell like a regular nail polish remover in the bottle, but once you use it on your nails, it actually leaves behind a pleasant scent. Also, this product is able to remove the more stubborn formulas with significant ease. I am talking about the gel finish nail paints and those with chunky glitter in them. Also, you need just a dab of the product for both the hands, which means that the bottle lasts for quite some time.
The formula also claims to contain Vitamin E which is supposed to be really good for the nails. Personally, I have noticed that my nails stain less since I have switched to this nail paint remover. I am talking about the yellowing that happens on the nails when you don’t leave them bare for adequate time in between manicures (I plead guilty).
The efficacy of this nail polish remover justifies the price point of INR 90 for a 30ml bottle. If you are in the market for a new nail paint remover then I recommend trying this one. I am sure you won’t be disappointed!
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 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.
You know that a product is a cult classic when a brand keeps manufacturing it for years and years and today I will talk about one such product. I am not a huge blush wearer but if there is one blush that I always swear by, it is the Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in the shade Fresh Coral. I still have the old packaging of this product although it seems that it has now been rebranded and repackaged as the Maybelline Color Show Blush. The shades and the formula remain the same though, so my review holds true for both the Cheeky Glow and the Color Show versions (so much confusion though!).
The shade Fresh Coral is true to its name. It is a warm pinkish coral with muted orange undertones. I feel that this type of a coral shade suits Indian skin tones more than the true pinks. I use this color on my cheeks for a nice coral flush and sometimes mix it in with a bronzer to create a blush cum contour. I also use it on my eyes as an eye shadow that gives a nice feminine touch to my makeup.
The formula is a very soft powder that does not have much chalkiness to it. It blends like a dream on the skin and you can build up the color up to the desired pigmentation without your cheeks looking cakey. I love the super adorable and dinky packaging and would buy this product just for the cuteness factor although it performs really well too.
Here is a picture of me wearing this blush as an eyeshadow on the outer corners of my lids. The powder works really well with a foundation or concealer underneath and stays put all day long.
This product is priced at INR 299 and is one of the most affordable and amazing blushes in the market. Its texture is perfect and you don’t really need anything more expensive unless you are on the hunt for a specific shade. The Maybelline Color Show Blushes are also available in two more shades, Peachy Sweetie, which is a cooler pink, and Creamy Cinnamon which has brown undertones. I am eyeing Creamy Cinnamon next to use as a contour (check out my Blush as a Contour post to find out how!) but if you are looking for a warmer pink blush then Fresh Coral will not disappoint!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy all the three shades of the Maybelline Color Show Blush here.
Today’s blog post is a nostalgic edition of YouTube Made Me Buy It, which means that I will be talking about a few of the products that were raved about a few years back on YouTube but have now disappeared from the makeup scene, or at least from my makeup routine. In this post, I will be talking all about lip products, and if you guys enjoy it then I will publish similar posts for face and eye makeup really soon! So without much ado, here is a list of the lip products that have been sitting in my makeup drawer for quite some time!
Maybelline Lip Polishes – Does anyone remember Essie Button (Estee Lalonde) talking about the Maybelline Lip Polishes in one of her favorites video a long time ago? These lip polishes were somewhere between a gloss and a lip tint and were preferred by many YouTubers for daily wear. Personally, I found most of the shades too patchy and the only color I ended up wearing was the shade GLAM2. With the matte lip trend taking the world of makeup by storm, these lip polishes seem to have disappeared from the makeup counters.
Rimmel Apocalips – This product was all the rage back in the day. I clearly remember watching Dolly Bow Bow (Kate Murnane) swatching all the shades from the collection in a video when I was in college. I did not even know the meaning of a swatch at that time. I purchased just one shade from the Rimmel Apocalips range of lip lacquers but found it too pink and shimmery for my taste. I haven’t thrown away the tube though, being the nostalgic fool that I am.
Orange Lipstick – If you are a follower of YouTube beauty gurus then you MUST remember Zoella’s (Zoe Sugg) orange lipstick phase. All the lip products in her hauls from back in the day used be some shade of orange although now she has moved on to neutrals and berries. Zoe was such an inspiration that I would buy all the cute shirts that resembled the ones she bought at Primark and pair them with an orange lipstick. This one is the Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in the shade MAT3, a muted orangey-coral that they seem to have stopped selling.
It is funny that I have so many oranges and pinks tucked away at the back of my makeup drawer when all I wear these days are mauves and brownish nudes. Still finding it hard to throw them in the bin though! What do you guys do with the products you fall out of love with? Do you have some products in your stash that you bought on a whim based on the reviews of your favorite YouTuber? Tell me all about it in the comments section <3
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.
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.
I must admit, I am extremely lazy when it comes to my brows and have no clue regarding how to use fancy brow products like pomades. However, when Maybelline came out with its Fashion Brow Cream Pencil, I thought that handling a brow pencil should be easy enough. I am glad that I invested in this handy product because it provides an instant and effortless makeover to my brows 🙂
I went for the Maybelline Fashion Brow Cream Pencil in the shade Grey, the other variant being a warm brown which I believe won’t suit most Indian eyebrows as much as this cool toned dark grey shade. I love that this color is not a jet black that may look fake, but a more natural and lighter shade instead. Texture wise, this pencil is creamy enough for easy application yet waxy enough to stay in place and not get messy. I primarily use it for filling in the sparse areas of my brows and it provides a nice, greyish shadow that gives the illusion of fuller brows.
The great thing about this product is that it is incredibly affordable and is priced at INR 175 (can be found at even cheaper rates online!). Considering that it is a brow pencil and such products tend to last a lifetime, you can’t really go wrong with this product. This pencil is a great way to venture into the world of eyebrow products, because it is easy to use and is not intimidating like the newer brow products that have hit the shelves. Personally, I am very pleased that I have finally gained the courage to fill in my brows, thanks to this amazing brow pencil!
It is no secret that Maybelline knows how to create a good mascara. Although I have always been a Colossal gal, I was looking to switch things up when I heard Zoella mention the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in her Insta Story. If you hear the queen of makeup showering so much love on a product, you have to buy it right? So, here are my two cents about this mascara.
The first thing about this product that took me by surprise was the packaging, I wasn’t expecting it to be so heavy and sturdy, which gives it the look of a high-end mascara. The pink body with the black print looks quite sophisticated when compared to the packaging of most of the Maybelline eye products. It has some sort of a princess element to it, in my opinion, or maybe I just haven’t had enough sleep lately 😛
Coming to the formula of the product, it is slightly liquidy and less clumpy compared to the Colossal mascaras. It is more of a lengthening mascara than a volumising one, although layering the product will give you substantial volume too, without your lashes looking too fake. I feel that the brush of this product is the shining star, it has thin bristles that really get to the roots of all the lashes and provide even coverage throughout. You will like this brush if you do not like the thicker variants and want something more suitable for a precise application.
Due to my sensitive eyes, I went for the non-waterproof version and the picture above shows the result with just one coat. This variant of the mascara comes off very easily with water but stays on all day long otherwise. For a drugstore mascara priced at INR 500, I feel that the performance of this product is fantastic. I will recommend wearing one coat for a regular day and 2-3 coats for a special event. If short eyelashes are your primary concern then this mascara is the perfect choice for you!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara for INR 375 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!
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.
If you want to keep only one eyeshadow in your makeup collection then go for a brownish golden shade. This color is the most flattering on all skin tones and can be applied all over the lid for a simple eye makeup look. Here is a look that I created in less than 2 minutes, using only two products, a bronze eyeshadow and an eyeliner.
This look is so simple yet versatile. You can wear it to work or even to a party with a nice lipstick. If you have sensitive eyes or do not like shimmer in general then you can opt for a matte brown or bronze shade instead. However, I personally prefer some subtle shimmer.
I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in the shade 25 Bad To The Bronze for this look. This eyeshadow has been a favorite of beauty bloggers for several years. It comes in a pot full of almost solid, cream eyeshadow that blends beautifully with the fingers. It sticks to the lids and does not budge all day, no primer needed. You can use it on its own all over the lid or can also use it as a base color for more elaborate looks.
I highly recommend investing in a pigmented cream eyeshadow that does not require any fancy tools for application. Just add a touch of eyeliner and your makeup will look so put together without requiring any effort at all. This is my trick for the hectic days when I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in getting ready.
I hope that this makeup tip was useful. Buy the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze here.