Kiko Milano Holographic Nail Lacquer ~ 004 Review & Swatch

 

So we finally have a holographic nailpolish in India. *Yay* I was always tempted to get a holo nailpolish whenever I stumbled upon the gorgeous swatches of foreign brands. But the Indian brands are not truly up to the mark as compared to nailpolish game abroad. So one thing I like about Kiko Milano (which is still realtively new in Indian market) is that they launch new products in India about the same time they launch internationally. Holographic range was launched in Sept/Oct last year and I picked this beautiful purple shade 004. There are only 6 shades in this range and all the colors are pastel colored and not too bright. This is probably to bring out the holo effect more intensely.

To be honest, when I tried this nailpolish in the store I didn’t take much shine to it as I was expecting more bright colors but among the options available, this one seemed best. However, when I applied this nailpolish at home the first time, I was awestruck with its beauty. See the swatches below and you will know why.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 10 ml

 

Kiko Milano Holographic nail lacquer 004 review

Kiko Milano Holographic Nail Lacquer comes in round glass bottle with black cap. The cap is removable and the brush cap is underneath. Shade number and other details are stickered at the back in form of booklet (which has 6 pages btw!). The brush is short and not too wide but picks up enough quantity for one coat application.

Pigmentation is amazing and formula is smooth and easy to apply. It builds to full opacity in 1-2 coats, depending on how thick coats you apply. It dries fairly quickly and there is no waiting between application of  multiple coats.

Kiko Milano Holographic nail polish in shade 004 is a pastel lavender purple color with beautiful holographic microshimmer. The holo effect is heavily visible under  sunlight/ flash and faintly visible indoors. The holo effect is not in-your-face kind, but is subtle and fine.  I have taken pics under different lighting to show the depth of holo. The pics taken indoor are a tad darker than the actual color, which is pastel. Most of the pics are taken indoor in natural sunlight, unless stated otherwise.

The nailpolish stays put for 3 days without tip wear and 5 days without chipping. Price wise this is a bit expensive nailpolish, but I didn’t mind the price as I was too excited to be trying a holo nailpolish; plus the quantity is quite big.

If you are not much into holo effect and like glitter nailpolish more, do check out my favorite purple glitter nailpolish  HERE.

Do check my instagram video at the end of this post to see the Holographic effect in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(pic taken in direct sunlight)

 

 

(pic taken indoor in natural light)

 

 

(pic taken in direct sunlight)

 

(pic taken outdoor in indirect sunlight)

 

(pic taken in direct sunlight)

 

(pic taken in flash)

 

 

 

Overall, I am in LOVE with this nailpolish! Kiko Milano holographic nailpolish comes in a sturdy, round bottle with black cap. The brush is wide and picks enough product for one coat. The pigmentation is amazing and goes fully opaque in 2-3 coats. It dries quickly and lasts 5 days without chipping.  The shade 004 is a beautiful lavender color with gorgeous holographic shimmer. The shimmer is more profound in sunlight/flash. This is the first holographic nailpolish in India and I am in love. Though I wish these came in more colors. 

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor : Firecracker Red ~ Review & Swatch

 

With the season of deep colors coming to an end now, its time to whip out some vibrant shades. One such shade (which I wore entire last summer) is this beautiful orange lipstick from Maybelline. Maybelline has a wide range of lipsticks and Colorshow range has been around for sometime now. I have two shades from this range and I have reviewed a gorgeous vibrant pink color- Flaming Fuchsia HERE. In this post I am reviewing another beautiful shade- Firecracker Red.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 3.9 g

 

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor Firecracker Red Review

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor comes in black matte packaging with color coded band at the centre. The band doesnot code the actual shade but only the color family. Flaming Fuchsia shade has a pink band, this one has red band. This is a normal swivel up bullet packaging. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the bullet. It has a fruity smell which does not linger for long.

The texture of these lipsticks is creamy matte. It glides on the lips easily and gives opaque coverage in two swipes. It is a  super comfortable lipstick to wear and does not dry the lips. However, being somewhat creamy in texture, it is prone to transfer. The lipstick gets into lines after sometime and accentuates the dry flaky bits so exfoliate the lips before applying.

Firecracker Red shade is a beautiful deep orange color (red with lots of orange). The reddish tones makes it quite a wearable shade, especially if you don’t like to wear orange lipsticks. If you like to venture into the orange lipstick world, this should be a safe buy. This lipstick will work across skin tones. The swatches below don’t do justice to the beauty of this color.

Price wise, this is a pretty good buy. Not too expensive and lasts a long time. Quality and pigmentation is superb. It lasts 4-5 hours which is okay as it doesnot claim to be long lasting. Plus the texture is velvety matte and not super matte which makes it fade earlier than other matte lipsticks. It fades to a beautiful reddish orange stain.

If you want a true orange lipstick, check the one reviewed HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte lipsticks are creamy and velvety matte in texture which glides easily on the lips. These are quite hydrating and super comfortable and do not dry out the lips. It lasts for 4-5 hours with meals after which it fades to a beautiful stain. Firecracker Red is a beautiful reddish orange color. If orange lipstick too bright on you check this lipstick as the reddish tones makes it safe to wear.  It will suit most Indian skintones. 

xoxo, Blossom

5 Nail Arts to try this Valentine’s

Valentine’s day is around the corner and in this post I have 5 love themed nail arts for all you love struck beauties (and not so love struck ones) looking to prettify their nails.

 

Click on the Image to view more pics of same nail art.

 

girl boy love nail art

 

 

Valentine 2

 

 

valentine nail art

 

 

valentine nail art

 

 

I have used THIS easy peasy method to draw hearts.

 

If you recreate these nail arts, do tag me here:

My Instagram handle is blossom_2507

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InsaneDissections/

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Hearts nail art

 

This nail art has been lying around in my laptop for a long time and with Valentine’s day closing in I thought this to be the perfect time to post it.

I was in a mood to wear pink (don’t remember if it was Wednesday 😀 *bad joke*) and made this accent nail art. I have used THIS easy peasy method to draw the hearts.

 

Nailpolish used:

Dark Pink: Deborah 7 Days Long Nail Enamel in shade ‘826’.

Light pink: Maybelline Superstay nailpolish in shade ‘Pink in the Park’ . Check my other fav color from this range HERE.

Glitter dots: Maybelline Gold Digger nailpolish in shade ‘Gilded Rose’ . Check review and full swatch HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do tag me if you recreate this nail art 🙂

My Instagram handle is blossom_2507

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InsaneDissections/

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer ~ Liquid Gold : Review & Swatch

Image taken from Colorbar website

 

I bought a few shades from 24 ct range of Colorbar nailpolish when they hadn’t revamped their nailpolish packaging. I think this was an amazing range with wide variety of gold shades. But now Colorbar has rebranded these shades under their Arteffects nailpolish range.  The packaging of Liquid Gold is like the pic above. I have reviewed another gorgeous shade from Arteffects range HERE.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 12 ml

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer Liquid Gold Review 

Colorbar has standardized the nailpolish packaging. The pics below are of old packaging. The new packaging is thick, cube glass bottle which feels heavy . The brush is short and stout but wide enough to pick enough product for 1 coat application. The shade name is stickered at the bottom.

Liquid gold is a beautiful bronze gold color with pink and gold microshimmer. It has a pearly finish and does not have a dazzling shine, which makes it more attractive in my opinion as it gives the nails a rustic look. The consistency is quite sheer and takes 3 coats for full opacity. Colorbar claimed 24 ct range had duochrome effect, and to be honest I didn’t see any duochrome action with this nailpolish. But this is a beautiful shade nevertheless. Liquid Gold is not a bright color and if you like subtle shades, definitely check this one. This nailpolish will suit all skin tones, especially dusky skin beauties.

Wear time for this nailpolish is okay and tip wear starts after 1 day (without top coat). Proper chipping sets in after 3-4 days. Price wise, it is okay for the quantity (12 ml).

 

 

 

 

Overall, Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nailpolish comes in short, glass bottle which feels bulky and heavy compared to Colorbar’s previous packaging. The brush is short and slightly rounded which helps in clean application. The consistency is sheer and needs 3 coats for full coverage. Price wise, this nailpolish is okay for its price as the quantity is big (12 ml). The shade Liquid Gold is a beautiful bronze gold color with pink and golden microglitter.  It lasts 4-5 days with tip wear setting after 1 day (without top coat). This is not a bright shade and will suit all Indian skintones. 

xoxo, Blossom

 

Kiko Nail Lacquer ~ 497 Pearly Indian Violet: Review & Swatch

 

Kiko is slowly becoming my favorite nailpolish brand. A visit to the Kiko Milano store means addition of at least 3-4 nailpolish in my stash. You can see my recent Kiko haul post, which mainly comprised of nailpolishes. The testers for the nailpolish makes it so much easy for the customers to try before buying a shade (something Indian brands should learn!). Price wise, these are super affordable (at par with Indian brands) but so much better in quality. Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in shade 497 (Pearly Indian Violet) is the first nailpolish I put my eyes on and boy! what a gorgeous color it is. Gorgeous word is an understatement. I am head over heels in love with this shade.

 

Price: Rs 290 for 11 ml

 

Kiko Nail Lacquer 497 Pearly Indian Violet Review

This range of Kiko nail polish comes in a no-fuss cuboidal packaging with matte black cap. The shade number and other details are at the back in sticker leaflet (which has 6 pages btw!). Kiko doesnot have names to its shades,but only numbers. I picked the shade name for this nailpolish from its official website. The brush is long and decent. It picks enough nailpolish for one coat application. This range of Kiko nail lacquer is a good value for money with a WIDE range of color selection. This range probably has every color which you fancy.

Kiko Nail lacquer 497 Pearly Indian Violet is a BEAUTIFUL  eggplant purple color in a blue base. It looks like purple ink color with beautiful blue and burgundy shimmer.  The burgundy shimmer is more profound under natural sunlight or yellow light.  The formula and pigmentation is excellent and  1-2 coats are needed are full opacity.  Kiko nail polishes are quick drying and you don’t have to wait much before applying coats (if you apply thin coats). I tried to wear this nailpolish matted to bring out the shimmer in matte version but sadly adding a matte coat ruins the beautiful color as the shimmer is almost nonvisible after mattifying. The red shimmer is more visible in the bottle than on the nails.

Kiko nail polishes stay fairly long and I could see only a slight tip wear after 3 days (which normally starts next day itself with other nail polishes). Proper chipping started after 6-7 days which is impressive! This nailpolish has dark blue as base color which may cause staining of the nails so make sure to apply base coat underneath. Moreover, the sticker leaflet on the bottle also recommends to wear it with a base coat.

Kiko nail lacquer shade 497 (Pearly Indian Violet) is said to be a close dupe of Chanel Taboo.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I am in love with Kiko nailpolishes. This brand has become my absolute fav.  From color, to the quality, to the wear time, to the price, this nailpolish is a amazing. Shade 497 Pearly Indian Violet is a gorgeous eggplant color with blue and burgundy shimmer. The microshimmer adds depth to the overall color which looks absolutely stunning. The reddish shimmer is more visible in natural sunlight. This is a perfect Fall color and if you love to wear such deep colors, definitely check this one. This is already my fav shade and I am so glad I bought it. This shade 497 is a dupe for Chanel Taboo.

xoxo, Blossom

 

Check a similar deep purple nailpolish- Revlon Colorstay nailpolish Bold Sangria HERE.

Also, check another beautiful shade from Kiko Milano – 512 (Pearly Ocean)  HERE.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation Lipstick: Swatches & Review

 

Maybelline Lip Gradation lip color is hands down my favorite matte formula. Lip gradation range is around for sometime and I have 3 shades with me which I am reviewing in this post- Pink 1, Pink 2, Red 1.

 

Price: Rs 500 for 1.25 g

 

Maybelline Lip Gradation Lip color Review

Maybelline Lip gradation lipstick come in swivel up retractable crayon packaging with color coded body. It has lipstick at one end and sponge smudger at the other end. The cap for lipstick end is black colored and smudger lid is translucent black color. The lipstick is smaller in width than normal lipsticks and thicker than lip liners, so it is quite convenient and easy to use especially around edges and corners. The twisting mechanism for swivelling action is at the smudger end and not on the body. The shade name is stickered on the smudger cap and manufacturing date is engraved on the body (below the logo).

Maybelline lip gradation lipstick is super smooth and glides like butter on the lips. It is non-drying and applies like a dream. The pigmentation is phenomenal and gives opaque coverage in single swipe. The texture of these lipstick is powdery and different from any other matte lipsticks I have tried. This lipstick is very comfortable to wear. Matte lipsticks tend to dry out the lips after a few hours, but this lipstick neither dries, nor hydrates the lips. This lipstick feels creamy to apply but settles to a perfect matte finish.

When this lipstick came out, Korean gradient lips were in trend and the smudger helps to achieve the look, where maximum intensity of color is at the centre of the lips and the intensity fades out along the edges. I, personally, was never a fan of that trend. The smudger, however, does a great job in blurring and fading the pigmentation.

This lipstick lasts very long. Even after meals, this lipstick stays put and fades only slightly from the inner rims. The pigmentation and color stays intact for a good 7-8 hours! Even after that it leaves a beautiful strong stain. This lipstick doesnot emphasizes dry bits of lips like other matte lipsticks usually do. It doesnot transfer much and does not settle into fine lines.

Everything one wants in a matte lipstick, Maybelline Lip gradation has it!

Only con I could think of is the quantity. The quantity is less than other lipsticks and so it will finish up early.

Pink 1 : soft pink color with warm tones. Perfect shade for summers. This shade will suit fair to medium skintones.

Pink 2 : deep pink color with warm tones. This shade will suit all skintones.

Red 1 : Brick red color with hints of brown. This is a mature shade and perfect for gifting to your mom. This shade will suit all skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink 1

 

Pink 2

 

Red 1

 

 Pink 1

 

Pink 2 (top swatch is smudged)

 

Red 1

 

Overall, Maybelline Lip gradation lipsticks come in twist up crayon packaging with smudger at one end. The lipstick bullet is slimmer than other lipsticks and thicker than lip liners, so this is quite easy to use especially around edges and corners. The smudger is decent and fades/ blurs the color beautifully. This lipstick is non drying and super comfortable on the lips.  The pigmentation and longevity is the best among all matte lipsticks I have tried. It stays put for 7-8 hours and leaves a strong stain after that. Doesn’t budge even after meals. Pink 1 is a beautiful soft pink color which will suit fair to medium skin tones. Pink 2 is deeper pink color which will suit all skin tones. Red 1 is beautiful brick red color with brown tones which is perfect for mature ladies and will suit all skintones.

These are hands down the best matte lipsticks in this price range. I highly highly recommend these!

xoxo, Blossom