Winky Lux is an American makeup brand that is known for its cruelty-free, luxurious makeup that is also free of parabens, phthalates and sulphates. I recently got to try one of their lipsticks from their Matte Lip Velour collection, thanks to a giveaway, and today I will be talking to you about the formula and shade of this lipstick. Read on to find out more about this product. Read More »
One of the most talked-about makeup launch of the season is the Masaba By Nykaa Lips and Tips collection, which contains 12 colour co-ordinated lipsticks and nail paints in a beautiful packaging designed by renowned designer Masaba Gupta. This collection contains a stunning range of nudes, reds and pinks to suit different Indian skin tones. I was eyeing the shades Lemonade (a rusty warm nude), Kaleing Me Softly (a deep pink), and Pataka (a rich deep red), but finally gave in to my low-buy and picked up just the lipstick and nail enamel in the shade Cool Guy. Read on to find out my thoughts on the shade and formula of these products.
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.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may know that I am a huge fan of the Nykaa So Matte Lipsticks. What’s not to love about these lipsticks? From the magnetic lid and classy packaging to the pigmented creamy matte formula and the affordable price, I adore everything about these lipsticks and I pick up more shades in this formula whenever I want to fall back on something dependable. So when I found myself craving for a new everyday nude lipstick, I picked up the shade Naughty Nude (11M) from the So Matte Range. Here is my review, along with swatches of this shade.
Naught Nude, is a very unique combination of pink, peach and taupe which looks different under different lights, but is definitely a pinky nude overall. I have also swatched it against the Revlon Color Burst Matte Balm in the shade Sultry and the Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in the shade Taupe Thrill for reference. While Taupe Thrill is a browny nude and Sultry is a deep nude pink, this shade is somewhere in between with slight peachy undertones too.
The formula is the same as that of the other lipsticks I own from the collection. It is a creamy matte that is fully opaque in one swipe but this particular shade provides a richer finish with two swipes. Since it is a creamy matte, it is extremely comfortable to wear but does transfer a tiny bit. However, it stays pretty much intact for at least 5-6 hours, and if you eat something then it fades quite evenly, leaving behind a nice wash of colour.
Overall, I highly recommend the Nykaa So Matte Lipstick collection to everyone and the shade Naughty Nude to those with fair to medium skin tones in particular. They also have a large number of shades to choose from which can complement different Indian skin tones and the price point of INR 399 is excellent value for money. Do pick these up if you haven’t already, I’m sure you will love them as much as I do 🙂
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.