I have already reviewed the Nykaa Salon Gel Nail Lacquers on this blog, but I had only purchased dark and bright shades from the range till now. This time, I went for a nude peach shade called San Fran Mood (209) and since the formula of lighter shades can be different from those of the brighter shades, I decided to review it for all of you. Read on to check out my thoughts about this nail paint!
Have you ever sat and counted the number of objects your fingertips touch in a day? Not only do your fingers touch your food, face and clothes, if you have a baby in the house then your fingers touch your baby too. This is why a non-toxic nail paint is the need of the hour, and Kanai Organics has fulfilled this with their range of “8 Free” Nail Paints. These nail paints do not contain the most common toxic elements present in most nail polish formulas, namely Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Xylene, DBP, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, and TPHP.
Before I get into reviewing the colours and the formula, here is a word about toxic nail paints by the brand itself-
“Studies have shown that the body can absorb traces of chemicals applied on nails, with ingredients like Formaldehyde (used as a nail hardener) being a proven carcinogen. Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) is known to be a hormone disruptor (on prolonged exposure) while dibutyl phthalate (DBP) has been linked to reproductive abnormalities. At Kanai, we remain committed to the ‘detoxification’ of products and are proud to say that none of our nail paints are made with this toxic trio and are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Now available in India and soon to be launched globally, you can now enjoy your favourite colour varnish without worrying about its effects on your health.”
The Kanai Organics Nail Paints come in a range of 6 shades – Bubblegum (A bright pink), Fuchsia (A Neon Fuchsia), White (No explanation needed :P), Kanai Blue (Blue like the brand’s logo), Pienk (A pretty floral pink), and Camellia (A baby pink). These nail paints come in 11ml bottles with a thick brush that covers the entire nail in a couple of strokes. They are priced at INR 450 each, which is undoubtedly on the expensive side, but the formula somehow justifies the price for me.
Not only are these nail paints non-toxic, they also have a very quick-drying formula which dries up completely within a minute or two and the pigmentation provides an opaque semi-matte finish in 2-3 coats. They last for a good 5 days on the nails with minimal chipping and can be removed effortlessly without any stain left behind on the nails. They also do not have the strong chemical scent that many nail polishes possess. All the shades are beautiful feminine colours that are true to how they look in the bottle, but the pastel shades are my personal favourites from the range as they add a muted pop to the fingertips.
Overall, I have nothing negative to say about this range of nail paints and hope that they bring out more shades in the future. The price is a little steep, but if you want something truly non-toxic and safe for your skin then Kanai Organics is a brand that you can blindly trust. You must try at least one shade from the brand, I am sure you will fall in love!
*PR Samples sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.
If nude nail paints are your jam then this post is meant for you! I recently tried out the Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer in the extremely unique shade – Tan About Town (47) and have been going gaga over it. Read on to find out more about this beautiful matte brown shade.
Tan About Town is a gorgeous brown nude for medium to dark Indian skin tones that will not wash you out. It has an autumny vibe to it but I love it for the summer too. What is unique about this shade is that it is completely matte but has some extremely fine shimmer particles embedded throughout the formula (hence the description metallic matte) that add another dimension to the nails, I have never seen this in a matte polish before. The yellow toned brown is a gorgeous shade that would go with almost any outfit for any occasion and is a refreshing change from the usual pinky nudes.
The formula is quite runny, which makes it extremely easy to apply on the nails in a single swipe. The pigmentation is also on point and provides opaque coverage with just one coat. Upon application, the nail paint initially looks glossy but dries down to a perfect matte within a few seconds. It is a quick dry formula which is ideal for when you have to be out of the house within minutes. I also love the wide brush which literally covers the entire nail in one stroke, making this product very easy to use. As for the longevity, the nail polish lasts for a decent 4-5 days if you do not perform heavy duty household chores.
Overall, I am super pleased with this offbeat addition to my nail paint collection and do not regret paying INR 299 for the bottle (you can even make use of the various promotions that Sugar keeps running and get it for way cheaper). A spectacular shade for office wear as well as for night outs, I will highly recommend adding this to your cart.
I am someone who always needs some color on her nails but hates painting them. Therefore, long-wearing, chip-resistant nail paints are what I am all about. This is why despite hearing mixed reviews about the Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquers, I grabbed two shades during the Black Friday sales because the gel formula and the fantastic shades were too tempting to not try. I am currently sporting the shade 201 – Viva Mexico on my nails and I must say this is one of the best items from my massive Black Friday haul.
This shade is the perfect reddish orange with ever so slight hints of pink that make it somewhat the ideal deep coral for all Indian skin tones. I honestly cannot think of any skin tone this shade will not flatter in the most striking way. In fact, I love this shade so much that if I could re-pick my wedding lehenga, I would go for this color.
The formula is slightly thicker than your regular polish but not goopy at all. It literally glides on the nails and provides opaque pigmentation in just one coat, although I applied two coats this time just for good measure. It takes only a couple of minutes to dry completely and does not smudge even if you go in with 2 coats within a span of 5 minutes, something that I truly appreciate. It is quite similar to my favorite Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color, but I feel that it is EVEN better in the shine and smoothness of application department. The nail color has an enchanting shine to it which is the closest to actual gel nail paints that I have ever experienced. It reflects the light beautifully and the shine lasts for at least 3-4 days before it begins to dull down. Also, the formula is pretty chip-resistant on my nails even though I do a lot of household chores. The first and extremely tiny chip appeared after 4 days and my nails stayed pretty presentable for 7 days.
Overall, this is the most impressed I have ever been with a gel-like nail color that I have tried and I will definitely be purchasing more shades from the range. The price of INR 325 for the gorgeous 15ml bottle is completely justified due to the opacity, longevity, and shine of the formula. Plus, you can always grab these for even cheaper during one of the many Nykaa sales. If you are someone who doesn’t like repainting your nails in the middle of the week then I must insist that you should buy at least one shade from the range, I am sure you will go back for more once you try it!
The chilly weather means that the days of hot chocolate, cozy scarves and dark nails are here. One of the shades that I hardly ever wear in summer but love to sport on my nails in winter is a jewel-toned purple, and the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in the shade Amethyst fits the bill perfectly.
This shade is a dark purple with a metallic sheen that looks chic but not vampy. It is a color that will look good on both short nails and long nails and will go well with most outfits. It is the right mix of being bold and sophisticated and I really enjoy it as a winter shade. The formula is also fairly chip resistant and lasts on the nails for at least a week. The only issue with this particular shade is that it goes on a little patchy and you will need at least 3 coats to get a perfectly opaque finish. It has a thin brush that allows precise application and works well with the slightly runny consistency of the nail paint.
The Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Paints are priced at INR 460 in India, which is quite pricey to be honest, however, the large (11.7ml) bottle makes up for the price slightly. If you are looking for something affordable then these nail paints are not the best option for you but if you are in love with a particular shade and want something long wearing then they will provide you your money’s worth for sure.
Is it just me or does every girl feel a little more bad ass with a dark and vampy nail color on her talons? My favorite dark shade is oxblood and since fall is here, I can finally flaunt it without people thinking I am a little crazy. On my nails today is the shade Plumtastic from the Colorbar Quick Finish Nail Lacquer Range. This nail paint is richly pigmented and dries very quickly too but unfortunately, the brand seems to have discontinued the range because it is out of stock on almost all websites. However, if you do find it somewhere then do grab it because it is super opaque and longlasting while being pretty affordable too!
What is your favorite nail color for fall? Let me know in the comments below!
I just came to know that Nykaa is releasing some new shades as a part of their Pastel Nail Enamel collection, and here I am, still drooling over the shades from the original range. On my nails today is the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in the shade 82 Lychee Delight, a sophisticated yet unique nude nail color that is the perfect balance of white and grey.
As the name suggests, this shade seems to be inspired by the color of the pulp of the lychee fruit, although it has slightly heavier grey undertones. This milky grey color will complement fair to medium skin tones really well and is the perfect shade for professional women.
This particular shade requires at least 2 coats and you may even need 3 coats if you want a completely opaque finish. Just like the rest of the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamels, the formula of Lychee Delight is also quite thin and easy to work with. The brush is a narrow one and you will need to go over each nail at least thrice to coat the entire surface. Despite the brush being narrow, the richness of the formula prevents the final finish from being streaky.
Priced at INR 179, the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamels are quite a bargain, considering the huge range of flattering shades they are available in. The only problem that I have with the formula is that it begins to chip within 3 days. Nevertheless, these nail colors are gorgeous while they last on the nails and I will definitely be checking out the new shades launched by Nykaa for this season!
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamels here.
Summer is the time to experiment with fun colors and a pastel nail paint is the best way to add some brightness to your look. I love all the shades from the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel range that I have tried till date and the shade 23 – Bubble Yum is no exception. I received this delicate pink nail paint as a birthday gift from Nykaa but tried it out for the first time this month. I thought that you guys might be interested in the review and swatches of this product, so here you go!
I was a little afraid that this color would end up looking too neon and tacky on my nails but was pleased to find out that it is neither of those things. It is in fact, a bright, light pink with generous white undertones. It appears milkier in certain lights than others and sometimes lives up to its name and shows up as a bubblegum pink. It is definitely more of a playful color than a sophisticated one but I like it. I think that this shade is perfect for nail art too!
You do not need more than two coats of this product and even one coat is pretty opaque. Texturewise, it is creamy with a slight shine but I have noticed that if I am not too careful while applying it, I end up with a bubbly surface instead of a smooth one. These nail paints are not very chip resistant and tend to start chipping within 3-4 days. The colors, however, are so stunning that I always end up buying more shades.
The Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamels are priced at INR 179, I know that I am repeating myself but the unique colors of this range make them worth the money. I would highly recommend the shade Bubble Yum if you like the girly, Barbie doll nails. If you prefer more muted colors then check out the other shades from the range, they have some great neutrals too!
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 got the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in the shade #73 Lilac Cupcake as a birthday perk with my purchase from Nykaa.com, and it arrived just in time for spring. You know that a nail paint is good if you apply the same color twice in a row, and that is what happened with this beautiful periwinkle blue nail color.
What impressed me the most about this formula is the opacity that it provides in just one coat. I do throw on a second coat for good measure but you can definitely get away with just one. I do not need to say much about the color because it speaks for itself. A milky, pastel blue that is nothing like anything else I own. This color is subtle but bright at the same time and looks really good on the toes as well!
The formula provides a medium shine and has a wear time of 4-5 days. The pastel range is my favorite among all the Nykaa nails paints, the colors are unique and beautiful. Priced at INR 179 for a 9 ml bottle, this is the perfect nail color for a beach vacation!
Buy it here.
I do not really follow the rules of seasonal colors when it comes to painting my nails and I’m still rocking this oxblood nail color even though it is almost spring where I live. The Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Color in the shade 270 Ever Burgundy is the perfect oxblood for those who love to rock dark shades all year long or live in the other hemisphere and are still experiencing winter.
I have already reviewed the formula in detail in an earlier post but basically, it is a great alternative to gel manicures and does not chip for at least 10 days. Maybelline has managed to create such a perfect formula with this range that I hardly buy any other nail polishes these days.
I think this deep burgundy shade would look stunning with a black ensemble, dark lips, and smoky eyes. Let me know how you would style this shade. Also, do tell me if you are comfortable sporting such dark colors during the warmer months.
If only I could summon spring by wearing bright colors! I almost detest winters because they are so dull and dreary and seem to suck the energy out of me. I love being up and about but the cold weather always casts an evil spell on me and I end up doing nothing. Things are looking up now because the clover leaves are starting to appear and the grass is getting greener, therefore, I am joining the celebration by embracing spring colors.
Today on my nails, I am wearing the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in the shade #48 Lemon Pudding and am loving the vibes of spring that this color is imparting to my look :). Nykaa always knocks my socks off with the beautiful color selection of every nail paint range that they bring out. All the colors that I have tried out till now are unique and at par in terms of variety with the international brands. This particular shade is a muted, milky yellow, which makes it so much more wearable than an over the top bright yellow.
Although the formula of Nykaa nail enamels is not the best (it starts chipping and cracking on my nails within 2 days), I keep getting drawn to this range because of the attractive colors. I really hope that they improve their formula a little or introduce a range with a gel formula.
A 9 ml bottle of this nail paint is priced at INR 179. I would recommend trying out all the pastel shades from this range for spring.
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