Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer ~ Snow White : Review & Swatch

 

Colorbar has changed its nailpolish packaging and launched some new range. Arteffects range of Colorbar nailpolish has some of the old shades (24 ct collection & Heavy metal collection) and some new shades.

I am reviewing a beautiful glitter off-white shade from Colorbar Arteffects range in this post- Snow White 26.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 12 ml

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer Snow White Review

Colorbar has changed its nailpolish packaging and now all the range have same packaging- thick, cube glass bottle with short brush. The nailpolish bottle feels heavy and bulky and honestly I liked the previous bottle more. Stacking of these nailpolish now takes up more space (I had to carry 5-6 while moving from Delhi to Mumbai, so I know how inconvenient this packaging is especially for travel).  The brush cap is silver colored with ‘CB’ logo embossed at the top. The shade name and other details are stickered at the bottom. The brush is short and wide and slighly rounded which helps in clean application (I ike rounded brush like THESE).

The pigmentation is slightly sheer and needs 3 coats for full opacity. Being sheer, this may also be used as a top coat. This nailpolish feel smooth to touch and not at all  gritty or sand textured like other glitter nailpolish.

Snow White is a beautiful off white color with heavy shimmer. The glitter is very fine so it doesnot stand out against the nailpolish like THIS nailpolish, but gives a beautiful dimension to the overall color. The small glitter are holographic and the holographic effect is slightly visible in pic at the top of this post. Being holographic, the shimmer appears to be multicolor and looks beautiful against the off white color. This shade is a beautiful alternative to silver and white colors.

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). Tip wear is after 2 days and proper chipping starts after 4-5 days.

I have used this nailpolish in Christmas nail art I did recently HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Snow White is a gorgeous off white shade with holographic  small glitter which gives it a beautiful dimension. It lasts 4-5 days with tip wear setting after 2 days. I am in love with this shade. This is such a nice alternative to white and silver. I will repurchase this color, though I think this bottle will last fairly a long time. 

xoxo, Blossom

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor : Flaming Fuchsia ~ Review & Swatch

 

Maybelline has a WIDE range of lipsticks and Colorshow range has been around for sometime. The range has 12 matte colors and I picked up two shades from this range quite a while back and somehow I could not get myself to review these. Both the shades are absolutely gorgeous and wearable. In this post I am reviewing the shade Flaming Fuchsia.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 3.9 g

 

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor Flaming Fuchsia 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. This is a normal swivel up bullet packaging. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the bullet.

As the name says, the texture of these lipsticks is creamy matte. It glides on the lips easily and gives opaque coverage in single swipe. It does not feel drying at all and is super comfortable to wear. It is prone to transfer though, since it is not complete dry-your-lips kind of matte.  It has a fruity smell which does not linger for long. The lipstick gets into lines after sometime and accentuates the dry flaky bits so exfoliate the lips before applying.

Flaming Fuchsia color from this range is love at first sight for me. I didn’t even intend to buy another pink lippie but when the pushy SA swatched it on my hand I couldn’t help not buy this. I donot regret buying this one bit and will probably keep on repurchasing. Flaming Fuschia is a super vibrant poppy pink color which borders on being neon, but is still totally wearable. It is much better in real and the swatches dont do justice to the beautiful color. If you are in hunt of a vibrant pink  lipstick, do check this out. I cannot emphasize enough how gorgeous this color is.

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 pink stain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Flaming Fuschia is a gorgeous vibrant fuschia color which is unlike any other pink lipstick I have seen. It brightens up the face and will suit most Indian skintones. I will definitely repurchase this as I am in love with the beautiful vibrant color.

xoxo, Blossom

 

Other  lipsticks with creamy matte finish worth checking:

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick Vin Exquis

Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick : Mischievous Plum~ Review & Swatch

Note MatteMoist Lipstick: Dark Wine 307 ~ Review & Swatch

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain: Dutch Tulip 012 ~ Review & Swatch

 

First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to everyone!!!! May this year bring out the best in everyone 🙂 🙂

I will start this year by reviewing the one product  I used the most  last year- The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain – Dutch Tulip 012.

I bought this product while random scrolling in the airport store of The Body Shop where I saw it for the first time (even though it has been around for quite sometime). I somehow never seem to get past the skincare section of TBS and rarely get to the makeup section.

I have a pink lip and cheek stain from Benefit (Benetint) so I bought this beautiful orange shade- Dutch Tulips 012 and it became my staple in 2017. The shade Pomegranate is also worth checking.

 

Price: Rs 895 for 7.2 ml 

(price is reduced now)

 

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain – Dutch Tulip Review

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain comes in black opaque tiny packaging with black screw on applicator. The details and shade name is given on the bottle. The applicator is doe foot which picks up a decent quantity of product. Being opaque the quantity of product left inside is not visible.

The consistency is sheer and liquidy- gel type (thicker than Benefit ones which have completely water like consistency). These are super easy to blend but stain quite quickly so it needs to be blended instantly, especially on cheeks as it will leave patchy (or dotted) stain. Being liquid in consistency it absorbs completely and doesnot sit on lips like lipsticks do. So after a while the lips feel dry but the stain stays put. It looks absolutely gorgeous on cheeks and looks natural.

Dutch Tulip 012 is a beautiful peachy-orange shade which will suit most Indian skintones. The best thing about these is that the coverage is buildable. So you can adjust the intensity of color you want. But do make sure your lips are properly exfoliated as it tends to sit on the dry bits and accentuate it even more. The stain stays for 3-4 hours after which fades unevenly and sticks particularly on dry bits.

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain is bit pricey for the quantity, and I wont say this is a MUST HAVE product. But only a little quantity is required and so the bottle goes a long way. If you dont like to wear proper lipstick daily and only want a wash of color, do check this one. This is still easy on pocket than Benefit ones, just saying 😛 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain is a gorgeous multi-purpose product which looks natural and gives a beautiful wash of color on cheeks and lips. The consistency is sheer but buildable and texture is liquidy. It absorbs almost instantly and leaves a stain quickly so make sure to blend on the cheeks quickly. Dutch Tulip is a gorgeous peachy orange shade which will suit most Indian skin tones. This is a pricey product and not a must have in my opinion, but is still nice if you are not a fan of wearing lipsticks daily. The quantity is less but only a small amount is needed and the bottle will last a long time. However, do exfoliate the lips before applying this as it tends to sit on dry parts and accentuates it even more.

xoxo, Blossom

 

Christmas Nail art

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here is a nail art for Christmas I did today. The colors I used for this nail art coordinate perfectly with the christmas spirit. You can skip painting the tree on thumb and replace it with any green color.

 

Nailpolish used:

Red: Kiko Milano Nail laquer 493 (shown HERE)

Green: Revlon nailpolish in shade ‘Splash‘ (Reviewed HERE)

White: Colorbar Art effect nail lacquer in shade ‘Snow White’

hexagonals on thumb: Colorbar Black Fiesta in shade ‘Masquerade‘ (Review HERE)

big hexagonal for star (on thumb): Maybelline Colorshow Gold Digger nail polish in shade ‘Bling Thing‘ (Review HERE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom

Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal ~ Just Blue : Review & Swatch

 

 

Colorbar Just Smokey range has been around for some years now and I am reviewing a beautiful blackish blue color- Just Blue 005 in this post.

Colorbar makes really good eyeliners and their I-glide range is my absolute favorite. Check some of the gorgeous shades HERE and HERE.

 

Price: Rs 650 for 1.2 g

 

Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal Just Blue Review

Colorbar Just Smokey Kajal is a double ended pencil with kajal at one end and the smudger at the other end. Both the ends of the pencil are fitted with black, plastic caps which can be interchanged. The pencil comes in Colorbar’s standard silver cardboard packaging with all the details about products and ingredients. The color of the eyeliner pencil is coordinated with the kajal shade making it easier to sort if you have multiple shades from this range. The silver detailing on the packaging is attractive which doesnot fade with time (unlike THIS eyeliner pencil).

Colorbar Just Smokey Kajal is soft and creamy and glides easily without any tugging or pulling on the eyelids. These are intensely pigmented and one swipe gives full coverage. These can be applied on waterline as kajal (kohl) or on eyelids as eyeliner. I like to wear it as eyeliner more than as kajal. When applied on waterline, it does not sting or make the eyes dry.

The smudger has dome shaped sponge tip which does a decent job in smudging to create a smokey look. But you have to be fast and smudge before this kajal sets. I use it only to smudge my kajal on waterline.  These kajal pencils are not smudge proof and do smudge when rubbed. The smudging is more if you have hooded eyes or oily eyelids. This is a long pencil and quantity is sufficient. But it needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage.

Just Blue is a very unique shade which touches the right strings of my heart! It is a blackish blue/green color which looks amazing on brown eyes. I LOVE blackish (not black, black-ish! :P) eyeliners which are not black but some other color, but are so deep in color that it looks black, which makes it gorgeous and totally work-appropriate. It says blue but somehow looks deep green color to me. It looks blue/green after smudging, and looks blackish otherwise.

There is one small thing though, if you rub your eyes with this eyeliner on, or keep applying many layers of this, it starts to come off in flakes, like bits of an eraser 😐

Nonetheless, I absolutely love this shade and even though the I-glide range is better (and easier on pocket), I will still keep on repurchasing when it gets over. This is my second purchase already.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(See the smudging under the eyes?)

 

Overall, Colorbar Just smokey kajal in shade Just Blue is a gorgeous blackish blue/green eyeliner with a smudger at the other end. It is highly pigmented and applies like charm. One swipe is sufficient for full coverage. However, the pencil needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage. Also, this is not smudge proof and it will smudge especially if you have hooded eyes and oily eyelids. If you try to smudge this kajal after it sets, it comes off in flakes which may irritate eyes. But nonetheless,  I will still repurchase this as I absolutely adore this blackish blue color.

 

Pssst, the nailpolish I am wearing in the pics above is one of the nailpolish in THIS post.

 

xoxo, Blossom

Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Intense Lip Paint ~ Vamp Red & You Red-Me : Review, Swatch

Price: Rs 450 for 5 ml

 

 Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Intense Lip Paint Review

Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Intense Lip Paint come in an interesting tube packaging with squeeze applicator. The screw cap for applicator is matte black and looks chic. The applicator is slanted and applies to corners and outlines easily. The applicator is perfectly shaped so there is no need of using a brush while applying these. The tube is tiny and can fit anywhere. With this applicator, these lipsticks can be applied as stain, or as full fledged lipstick. The lip paint tubes are color coded so they are easy to sort if you have multiple shades. These lipsticks apply creamy/ glossy but becomes matte after blotting or transferring while eating/drinking. Once they become matte, they leave a gorgeous long lasting color which look like a proper lipstick. These feel moisturizing  and do not make the lips dry. These are super comfortable to wear. The mattified lipstick  easily lasts 7-8 hours on me after which it leaves a beautiful even stain. The stain sits on the lips until removed by a makeup remover.

When freshly applied, these will transfer to anything your lips even barely touch. That is because they are glossy when applied. But even after mattifying these lipsticks still transfer a little bit.

Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Intense Lip Paint have fruity smell which reminds me of tutti fruity 😀

The pigmentation of these lip paints is amazing. It can be applied like a stain with the product on applicator only without squeezing out the actual lipstick. The intensity of color is buildable. I have swatched these lipsticks with full color and intensity. These are super long lasting and you should consider this as they are super comfortable on lips and can be applied creamy as well as matte. These lipstick apply evenly and do not settle into fine lines.

 

Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Intense Lip Paint in shade 05 You Red-Me is a beautiful pinkish red color with creamy finish. When freshly applied it looks more red but settles to a pinkish stain after going matte. This shade is more glossy than Vamp Red.

06 Vamp Red is deep red in color. When freshly applied, it looks a little maroonish red (oxblood red) but settles to cherry red stain after mattifying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall,Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Intense Lip Paint is creamy and glossy to apply but becomes matte after transfer/ blotting. Once matte, the lipstick doesnot budge and color stays for 8 hours. The lipstick feels comfortable on lips. The pigmentation is amazing and it can be applied as stain or full intense lipstick. The tube packaging is attractive and can fit in jeans pocket if you don’t like to carry bags. The applicator is perfect and applies to corners and outlines easily.  Shade 06 Vamp Red is deep red, almost oxblood like when freshly applied but settles to cherry red color after mattifying. Shade 05 You Red-Me is pinkish red on application but goes almost pink after mattifying. The shades will suit all skin tones. You should consider these lip paints if you are looking for long wearing lipsticks.

xoxo, Blossom

 

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick : Vin Exquis ~ Review & Swatch

 

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique lipstick range was launched in summers this year and I instantly fell in love with this shade. This range is not available in L’Oreal counters and neither is any official information available on L’Oreal Paris website about this range (which is strange btw). So these lipsticks are available only online. Rouge Magique range was launched with 12 shades and I am reviewing a gorgeous pink purple color- Vin Exquis 

 

Price: Rs 650 

 

 L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick Vin Exquis Review

L’Oreal Rouge Magique lipstick comes in attractive black and metallic pink packaging, which looks very vibrant. The metallic pink of the packaging reminds me of THIS nailpolish from Heavy Metal nailpolish from Colorbar 😀 The lower half of lipstick is black colored and matte in finish. The lid is metallic pink in color and glossy in finish. The shade name is stickered at the bottom and the range name is printed at the front of lipstick. The cap clicks shut tight so it does not come off in bags. The lipstick bullet is normal swivel-up and works smoothly. The bullet is quite sturdy and does not break from the base as other lipsticks from L’Oreal (Pure Rouge and Mattemoist) range *touch wood*

 

Formula wise, these are velvety matte lipstick These are more matte than L’Oreal ‘Moist Matte’ lipstick range. These are slightly creamy in finish so it does not settle into crazy dry-your-lips kind of matte finish. These lipstick are very comfortable to wear and looks completely matte at the same time. The lips do not feel parched when this lipstick is on. It glides smoothly on the lips and needs no effort in application like some extremely matte lipsticks.

 

Vin Exquis is a gorgeous plum purple shade with slightly pink tones. This shade instantly brightens up the face. The pigmentation is intense but you need two swipes for even coverage. It is not completely transfer proof and will transfer slightly, specially when freshly applied.  But the color stays put until you eat a full meal or oil based food. When it starts to lighten it leaves a beautiful plum color stain. It stays on my lips for 3-4 hours after which it starts to fade and even at the end of the day I can still see a nice plum color stain on my lips. However, it does get into fine lines of the lips.

This is a gorgeous plum color which is perfect for evening and festive season apart from being a beautiful Fall color. L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique lipstick in shade Vin Exquis is very similar to Nykaa So Matte lipstick in Mischievous Plum. Mischievous Plum is tad darker and more purple and Vin Exquis is more vibrant and has more pink tones. I have swatched them both below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick in shade Vin Exquis is a gorgeous plum purple color with slightly creamy finish. The pigmentation is great but needs 2 swipes for even coverage. It stays put for 3-4 hours and fades into a beautiful plum color stain. The metallic pink packaging is attractive and vibrant. These lipsticks are very comfortable to wear. But they do settle into fine lines. This makes a gorgeous shade for Fall and I already can’t stop wearing it enough. I am in love with this shade and will definitely repurchase this.

 

xoxo, Blossom