Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick : Poppy Red (311) ~ Review & Swatch

 

Kiko Milano is already becoming my favorite brand for nailpolish and I have quite a few Kiko products with me. In my Kiko Haul post (which is only a part of my Kiko collection btw!), I also bought a couple of lipsticks (which are long pending for review). In this post I am reviewing Velvet Passion Matte lipstick in shade 311 (Poppy Red).

There are atleast 12 different range of lipsticks in Kiko store, creamy to matte to liquid to bullet, you name it and they have it, each probably in 10+ shades to choose from. And the pricing starting from drugstore price to mid-high end price. Velvet Passion Matte lipstick is definitely in the high range of their pricing. Also, all their expensive lippies come in an interesting packaging.

 

Price: Rs 1050 for 3.5g

 

Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick 311 Poppy Red Review

Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte lipsticks come in black cardboard packaging which has all the necessary manufacturing, ingredients and pricing details. The shade number is written on the flap.  Kiko does not mention the shade name in any of its products, only the shade number. The lipstick comes in distinctive matte grey and gold aluminium tube which is quite unique and attractive. The cap of lipstick is magnetic and shuts tight securely. The matte gold and grey packaging looks futuristic and luxurious. The lipstick has Kiko Milano’s KK logo engraved at the top and shade number stickered at the bottom.

The lipstick bullet has a unique shape and the square tip helps in easy and precise application. It has swivel up mechanism and the bullet has KK logo engraved on the side.

Shade Poppy Red 311 is a beautiful tomato red color with hints of orange. The shade instantly brightens up the face. If you are afraid to wear orange lipsticks, orange based reds like this are a safe bet. Pigmentation of Velvet Passion lipsticks is amazing and needs 2 layers for full color. It is smooth to apply and glides effortlessly without any tugging. Texture is velvety matte  which is comfortable on the lips and doesnot make the lips dry at all. The texture reminds me of Moisture matte lipsticks by L’Oreal. L’Oreal ones are a tad creamier than these though. I donot feel the need to moisturize my lips separately before applying this, as I do for other matte lipsticks. The lipstick itself provides enough hydration. Also, the texture is thin and doesnot feel like I have any lipstick on my lips.

The lipstick doesnot accentuates fine lines or stick to dry bits like most matte lipsticks do. Instead, it blurs out any imperfections.

Being creamy matte, it is not completely transferproof but transfers only a little. Lasts 4-5 hours (with meal) after which it fades evenly to a beautiful stain.

It has faint vanilla fragrance which doesnot linger for long.

Velvet passion matte lipstick’s packaging, finish and texture totally justifies the high price of this lipstick.

 

If you are looking for a similar shade in budget price, check Maybelline lipstick in THIS post. Maybelline one is tad more orange than this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The nailpolish I am wearing is THIS nailpolish, also by Kiko Milano

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte lipstick come in an interesting and unique packaging. The grey- gold aluminium packaging with magnetic closure looks attractive and luxurious. The lipstick is housed in black cardboard packaging which has all the necessary details. The lipstick bullet also is uniquely shaped and the square tip helps in easy and precise application. The pigmentation is amazing and delivers full color in 2 swipes. The texture is what sets it apart from other matte lipsticks in market. The velvety matte texture doesnot dry the lips and is quite comfortable to wear. Lasts 4-5 hours (including meal) after which it leaves a beautiful stain. Shade Poppy Red (311) is a beautiful tomato red color with hints of orange. The shade instantly brightens the face and will suit most Indian skintones. The lipstick is bit pricey but is totally worth the money. Will definitely repurchase!

xoxo, Blossom

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro: Deep Down Diopside ~ Review & Swatch

 

Sugar cosmetics launched 6 metallic shades in its Tip Tac Toe Pro Nail polish collection last year and I have a couple of shades with me. In this post I am reviewing the shade ‘Deep Down Diopside‘, which I received in one of the Fab bags (HERE).

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Deep Down Diopside Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer come in cuboidal glass packaging with black cap.
  • The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging with all necessary details on the sides. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker along the side of the cardboard packaging, so it is difficult to sort if you stash the polish along with its outer packing. (THIS nailpolish by Chambor has a cute cutout in its cardboard packaging for easy spotting).
  • The bottle cap being cuboidal in shape doesnot always sit in line with the bottle when you shut it tight. It will be tad loose if you try to keep the shape of bottle, and if you shut it tight the overall cuboidal shape is lost. THIS nailpolish by Sephora is perfect in this regard. The shade name is stickered at the bottom.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes the application messy around the curve of nail bed. I like U-shaped brush like in THIS nailpolish.
  • Tip Tac Toe Pro nail lacquer is amazingly pigmented and gives full coverage in one coat itself.
  • Like any metallic nail color, this nailpolish is bit streaky so you need to apply it carefully to avoid visible brush strokes.
  • Deep Down Diopside is a beautiful sea green color with hint of blue. Sugar describes it as emerald green, but this is not an emerald green color.  I have done a huge post on Emerald green when it was Pantone color of the year, check HERE.
  • This is a metallic shade with diffused shine, which looks attractive.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer Pro dries really fast. One of the fastest drying polishes I have tried (and I have tried many! :D). This makes it perfect for times when you want to apply in jiffy.
  • Lasts 4 days without chipping and with minor tip wear.
  • Shade Deep Down Diopside is very very similar to Nykaa Mirror Chrome nailpolish in shade Lunar Green River. I have both and a comparison pic is at the end of this post.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the similarity? Sugar Tip Tac Toe metallic nailpolish ‘Deep Down Diopside‘ is only  tad brighter than Nykaa Mirror Chrome nailpolish ‘Lunar Green River‘. I will do a separate post on full comparison between these two polishes.

 

Overall, Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquer Pro come in cuboidal glass bottle with cuboidal black cap. The cap does not always sit in line with the bottle when you shut it tight. The brush is short and straight which makes the application messy. The shade Deep Down Diopside is a gorgeous metallic sea green color with hints of blue. The pigmentation is insane and gives full opaque coverage in one coat itself. However,  being a metallic finish it tends to be streaky and needs to be applied carefully. It dries super quickly. I will definitely purchase more shades from the range.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

 

Kiko Glitter Metal Nail Lacquer: 002 Review & Swatch

 

I am a big fan of Kiko products, particularly their nailpolish which are amazing. I have many Kiko nailpolish (a part of which are shown HERE). Glitter Metal was a limited edition collection and I couldn’t take my eyes off this beautiful shade when I saw it. Kiko Glitter metal in shade 002 is too pretty not to buy.

A recent limited edition is their gorgeous Holographic nailpolish (reviewed HERE), which is the first true holographic nailpolish to get hold of in India.

 

Price: Rs 560 for 10 ml

 

Kiko Glitter Metal Nail Lacquer 002 review

  • Kiko Glitter Metal nail lacquer comes in exact same packaging as the Holographic collection (HERE). The bottle is round with removable black cap and separate brush cap.
  • Shade number and other details are at the back in form of peel off booklet (which has 6 pages btw!)
  • The brush is short and decently wide with rounded edges which helps in easy application especially around cuticles.
  • Consistency is slightly runny and pigmentation is good. It goes opaque in 2 coats.
  • It dries fast with almost no waiting time in between coats.
  • Kiko Glitter Metal nailpolish in shade 002 is a beautiful light pink-mauve color with heavy gold microglitter. It looks soft gold color with hints of pink and mauve. The gold microglitter has slightly blue holo effect and the overall color on nail appears duochrome. The blue holo is more visible in the bottle.
  • The glitter is not big and chunky. This is a subtle nailpolish color which is not too in-your-face. It is toned down shade than regular gold/metallic nailpolish colors.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big. Also, the shade is one of a kind which you will not find in other Indian brands.
  • The shade 002 has a unique elegance and can be carried off with women from all age groups. It will suit all Indian skintones.

Check another duochrome nailpolish which is easier on pocket  HERE

 

see the holo effect?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Kiko Glitter Metal nail lacquer comes in round glass bottle with two caps. The brush is short but wide enough to pick the right amount of nailpolish. The brush edges is rounded which helps in easy and mess-free application. The consistency is thin and pigmentation is good. It builds to full color in 2-3 coats. Shade 002 is a beautiful pink-mauve color with heavy gold microglitter. The glitter is not in-your-face and has holographic effect, which makes it look duochrome on nails. This is a subtle shade and will suit all Indian skintones, across all age groups. Must buy if you can get hold of it. The only con is that it is bit pricey.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Pssst, if you are looking for rose gold nailpolish, THIS is the shade to have.

Sephora Color Hit Nail polish : Walk on the Wild Side ~ Review & Swatch

I don’t have many Sephora products (only a couple eyeliners, HERE) and this is my first Sephora nailpolish. There were not many options for nailpolish in the store as I was hoping (I was expecting Kiko like shade selections), but nevertheless I spotted this beautiful shade- Walk on the wild side which I am reviewing in this post.

 

Price: Rs 390 for 5 ml

 

Sephora Color Hit Nail polish Walk on the Wild Side Review

 

  • Sephora Color Hit nailpolish comes in an interesting packagingsleek, flat, oval shape which is so convenient to use, especially while opening. The cap lies nicely with the shape when you close it, unlike some nailpolish where you either have to keep it loose or make it too tight in order to make it sit in line with the bottle. Because of the sleek bottle design it doesn’t take much space in bag while travelling.
  • The shade name is stickered on top and ingredient details is at the back in peel off sticker.
  • The brush is amazing. It is short, wide with rounded edges, just the way I like it. It makes the application easy especially around cuticles.
  • The consistency is creamy and pigmentation is topnotch. I was not expecting the pigmentation to be so good honestly. One coat gives opaque coverage and you can get away with wearing single coat only. I like to wear two coats just to intensify the color.
  • The shade Walk on the Wild side is a gorgeous shimmery peacock green color which looks metallic and foil-like. It has slight duochrome effect with a golden sheen. The shade reminds me of mermaids.
  • Walk on the wild side shade being metallic, it tends to get streaky with visible brush strokes, especially in one coat. So you have to be careful while applying.
  • It dries down super quick. By the time you finish painting all 10 fingers, you can start with another coat almost immediately.
  • Sephora nailpolish are quite pricey for the quantity.  But there are some shades (like this one) which you wont find easily in other (Indian) brands.
  • Wear time is ok. Lasted 4 days without chipping.

 

Avon Metallic nailpolish in shade ‘Jade Reflection’ (reviewed HERE) is a dupe, but it doesnot have the shimmering effect, depth and duochrome effect which Sephora Walk on the Wild side nailpolish does.

 

 

 

 

 

see the sleek design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Sephora nailpolish come in interesting and sleek oval glass packaging. The brush is wide with rounded corners which makes application easy around cuticles. The shade Walk on the Wild side is a gorgeous metallic peacock green color which looks foil like. The brush stroke are visible in one coat so you need to apply carefully. The pigmentation is amazing and goes opaque in single coat. Consistency is creamy and dries super quick. The only con I could find is that it is pricey for the quantity. I will purchase Sephora nailpolish only if I find an interesting shade.

 

xoxo, Blossom

Chambor Dazzle Eye Pencil Review & Swatch

I cannot have enough colored eyeliners and purple eyeliners are my weakness. I have brown eyes and purple and green eyeliners look great on brown eyes. I had first purchased Chambor purple dazzle eyeliner about 6-7 years back and I have been repurchasing it ever since. This is my all time fav eyeliner shade. If I had to choose one eye makeup product for life, Purple Dazzle by Chambor would be it!  I have reviewed two other purple eyeliners before: Sephora (brown-plum color with pearl finish) and L’Oreal’s Le Smokey (blackish purple). I have a couple more purple eyeliners which I will review soon. Speaking of purple, have you checked some other gorgeous purple makeup products HERE?

I am reviewing three shades of Chambor Dazzle eyeliner in this post – Black Dazzle, Purple Dazzle and Teal Dazzle.

 

Price: Rs 645 for 0.28 g

Chambor Dazzle Eye Pencil Review

Chambor Dazzle eyeliner pencils come in twist up plastic liner  with plastic cap which shuts tight.  The outer cardboard packaging has all the manufacturing and ingredient details. The white floral detailing on the liner looks attractive and shade name is printed along the side. The body of the eyeliner pencil is color coordinated to the shade so it is easy to spot if you have multiple shades. However, the recent packaging feels a little flimsy around the swivel up joint. The eyeliner twists one way and is non retractable, which is not very convenient to use as you never come to know when the eyeliner is about to finish. One time my eyeliner finished when I had lined one eye and started to line another! Luckily I had a fresh backup option with me. Also, if you twist more than what is required you cannot swivel it back down.

The texture of these eyeliner is amazing. It is not too creamy or too hard, just perfect to line the eyes smoothly. It glides on the eyes without tugging or pulling the eyelids. The pigmentation is good (though not as pigmented as Colorbar I-glides) and delivers good color in one thick swipe. You may need 2-3 swipes to build up the color intensity.

Chambor Dazzle eye pencil lasts very long. It will not budge until you remove it with oil based remover. It doesnot smudge or transfer to lower lash line (unlike THIS eyeliner by Colorbar). There is no glitter fallout in glitter shades.  If you have to put makeup on for long hours (for long journeys or weddings), these eyeliner pencils are a safe bet.

I donot advise applying these eye pencils on lower lash line as these always irritate my eyes when I do.

These eye pencils are bit pricey for the quantity but if you want a true long wear smudgeproof eyeliner these pencils are great. Also, the shade selection is amazing. I have my heart set on the Purple Dazzle shade, a color which I cannot find in other brands except Sephora which is even costlier than this!

Black Dazzle –  pigmented black color with matte finish

Purple Dazzle – blackish purple with purple microglitter. Glitter is not OTT and visible only when looked closely. This looks almost black from a distance and is my fav eyeliner for work. It is subtle enough for office wear, but shimmery enough to add a little oomph.

Teal Dazzle – beautiful teal blue color with pearl finish. Will suit all skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue mascara worn here is THIS one 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Chambor Dazzle Eye pencil come in swivel up non retractable eyeliner packaging with cap which shuts tight. The texture is smooth and glides on eyelids without tugging/pulling. The pigmentation is good and need 2-3 swipes for full color intensity. The eyeliner is really transferproof and long lasting. It will not budge or smudge until you remove it with oil based remover. Shade selection of the Dazzle range is good. However, it is bit pricey compared to many other alternatives available. Also, the non retractable format is difficult to work with as you never come to know how much product is left. Also, if you swivel up more quantity than required, it cannot be retracted back. Black Dazzle is a pigmented black shade with matte finish. Teal Dazzle is beautiful teal color which will suit all skintones. Purple Dazzle is a gorgeous blackish purple with purple microshimmer. I absolutely love the shade Purple Dazzle and I have been repurchasing it for 6-7 years, will continue to purchase it in future as well!

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color : Pink in the Park ~ Review & Swatch

 

 

Maybelline nailpolish has been my favorite since the launch of Superstay range (Kiko is another close fav brand). I have quite a few nailpolish from this range and I have already reviewed two shades: Uptown Blue (pastel blue color, right one in pic above) and Sunkissed (pastel peach color). The color range is quite good and they keep launching new color collection in this range like Ink collection, City Nudes, Summer bliss, Super impact collection etc. In this post I am reviewing a pastel baby pink color – Pink in the Park.

 

Price: Rs 350 for 10 ml

 

Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color Pink in the Park

  • Maybelline Superstay Gel nail polish comes in a flat, glass packaging with white cap. The shade name is stickered at top and the list of ingredients is at the back in peel off sticker.
  • Consistency of this nailpolish is creamy and pigmentation is top notch. It needs two coats for full color and dries to glossy finish.
  • These are fast drying nailpolish
  • The application brush of these nailpolish is my favorite of all. The flat, wide, U-curve brush makes the application breezy and less prone to error, especially around cuticles.
  • Pink in the Park is a bright baby pink color which looks beautiful on the nails. It is pale and vibrant at the same time. I love pastel nail colors and this one is perfect for summers.
  • The nail polish stays put for 5-6 days with minor tip wear. You can prolong the wear time by applying a top coat.
  • Even though this range is pricey compared to other nailpolish in the market, but the quality is so much better. You should own at least one to know the difference.
  • Pastel colors generally make the complexion look tad darker, specially for dusky beauties. So try the shades at counters first if it bothers you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail color in shade Pink in the Park is a beautiful pastel pink color which is perfect for spring/summer. The color is bright and pale at the same time. The formula is creamy and highly pigmented. The wide, U-shaped brush makes the application incredibly easy. These are long lasting nailpolish and will last for 5-6 days at least if you wear it with a top coat. The formula is top notch. I love pastel colors and I am definitely going to repurchase it.

xoxo, Blossom

Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nailpolish: Silver Glimmer ~ Review & Swatch

 

I have been a fan of Kiko and Maybelline nailpolish and I don’t have many Lakme nailpolish. It never occurred to me to check out Lakme’s nailpolish collection, until recently when I spotted a beautiful rose gold shade among many other shades in display. After trying the rose gold shade  (which will be reviewed soon), I purchased a couple more shades after a few days. Silver Glimmer shade is a recent purchase which I am reviewing in this post. I have many silver looking nailpolish (like THIS and THIS one) but I didn’t have a proper silver shade. This is my first true silver nailpolish.

 

Price: Rs 400 for 15 ml

 

Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist nail polish Silver Glimmer Review

Lakme Absolute gel nailpolish come in a big cylindrical glass bottle with long matte black cap. The shade name is stickered along the side of cap and price is written at bottom. The brush is wide but straight (not rounded like THESE) which makes the application uneven especially around the curve of nails. The brush picks up enough nailpolish to cover entire nail in one stroke.

As the name suggests, Silver Glimmer is a beautiful silver color nailpolish with silver microshimmer. Silver is an evergreen color which can be rocked in Spring as well as Fall, on traditional as well as western attire, as everyday color or in functions. Lakme Absolute Gel nailpolish in shade Silver Glimmer has mini holographic glitter which is more visible in the bottle and adds an overall beautiful effect on the nails. The added shimmer makes this a dazzling color. Metallic colors like silver tend to be streaky, but Silver Glimmer being a shimmer polish, hides the streaks.

The texture is neither too liquid nor too creamy. The pigmentation is amazing and the color goes opaque in 2 coats.

If you are not a fan of true silver color but still want a similar color, check THIS nailpolish by Colorbar.

This nailpolish takes a bit effort to remove because of glitter in it.

Price is a bit high but this is a big bottle so it is ok if you do the math, compared to other nailpolish in market (Maybelline’s Colorshow range is Rs 175 for 6 ml).

Lasts for 4-5 days without chipping and the shine tends to dull after around 4 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

notice the holo glitters

 

(in flash)

 

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Overall, Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist in shade Silver Glimmer is a true silver color nailpolish with shimmer and minute holographic glitter. The shimmer makes this a dazzling color, different from normal metallic finish. The consistency is between liquid and creamy and pigmentation is good. It goes opaque in two coats. Wear time is ok, 4-5 days. One thing which could have been better is the brush. The brush is long but straight and makes the application messy around the curve of nail. Price is on high side but the quantity is also more, so it will last a really long time. If you are fond of silver colors, do give this one a try. 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂