Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick : Review & Swatches

Happy new year everyone! ūüôā

I am starting this year by reviewing my most favorite launch in last year – Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick.

Nykaa initially launched these lipsticks in 10 shades and keep adding new shades to this collection from time to time.

 

Price: Rs 550 599 for 5 ml

Expiry- 3 years

 

Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick review

Nykaa Matte to Last liquid lipstick shades are inspired by the cities of India. So each shade has unique city associated and the packaging has the important monument from the city where the shade is inspired from. Nykaa Matte to Last liquid lipstick comes in a black cardboard packaging with attractive art and shade name written at front. The inside of cardboard packaging is bit flimsy and is color coded with the lipstick shade. The back of the packaging has all the necessary details about the product. The overall outer packaging is bit bulky and likely to be thrown away if you own multiple shades.

The lipstick is small, compact cuboidal tube with black screw cap.  The packaging is transparent which makes it easier to spot the colors if you have multiple shades, plus it also helps in knowing how much product is left. The liquid lipstick has slanted doe foot applicator with a slightly pointed tip which makes it easy to use. The applicator wand is tiny but picks up enough product for one swipe. The shade name is sticker-ed on bottom of the tube. Lipstick tube is extremely travel friendly and has no chance of spillage or accidental opening.

Texture wise it is smooth and feather light.  It feels watery while applying on the lips. These lipsticks are extremely light weight and sometimes I forget I have a lipstick on. These lipsticks do not feel drying like other matte liquid lipsticks do. These lipsticks are highly pigmented (except a few shades) and most shades give opaque coverage in 1-2 swipe. Freshly applied, the texture looks glossy but it settles to true matte finish in sometime after pressing the lips together. It will have a bit of shine and not become matte until you press the lips together. It is decently long lasting but doesnot survive full meals. If you eat something light it may stay put for ~6 hours. But the good thing is it is easy to touch up and does not feel rubbery on applying multiple swipes.

One it mattifies, the lipstick is completely transfer proof.

Price wise, this is not very expensive for the quality it offers. If you like liquid matte lippies, you must own at least one shade from this range.

Like all matte formulations, do exfoliate the lips before applying any matte lipstick as it will cling to the dry bits of the lips accentuating them even more.

 

Shades swatched in this post:

Madras Kaapi – inspired by Chennai (Madras), it is warm toned light brown. The shade works across skintones and wheatish and dusky complexion especially should definitely check this out.

Kudi – inspired by Chandigarh, it is a bright, popping fuchsia pink¬†color. Perfect for spring/summer and since this a super bright color it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Mishti– inspired by Kolkata – deep raspberry red with pinkish tones, works across skintones. The color is amazing but wish the formula was better.

Boho – inspired by Goa. This is a beautiful everyday pink with mauve hints. It will look flattering on all skin tones

Mumtaz (Mumtaj) – inspired by Agra , it is a bright orangish tomato red color. It will suit fair to medium skin tones. (Another matte tomato red lipstick reviewed HERE)

 

The first three shades (Madras Kaapi, Kudi and Mishti) are among the few shades from their phase 1 launch and the formula is more watery and applies patchy. It also takes longer time to dry. The quantity of these is 4.5 ml but the shades launched in later phases has 5 ml product. I am not sure if Nykaa has changed the quantity of these shades as well now and improved the formula for these initial shades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom ūüôā

 

Empties Vol. 5 + Mini Reviews

 

 

So I’m ending this year with an Empties post and here are my recent Empties + their mini reviews:

 

  1. Olay Total Effects Anti Ageing Day cream: This is a recurring product in my skincare regime and I keep going back to this day cream. I don’t have major wrinkles or anti-ageing concerns, I only wanted a decent day cream which could moisturize my dry skin in winters as well as summers. This cream is highly emollient and absorbs into the skin nicely. I could see a major improvement in my mum’s skin texture on prolonged usage of this cream. (Price: Rs 799 for 50 g )

 

2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil: I don’t have oily skin but my husband does and he gets occasional acne. I got this tea tree oil for him and it does its work to some extent. It didn’t miraculously erase the pimple in one night but definitely did help in shortening the pimple life ūüėõ I have reviewed the facewash from this range HERE. The packaging is tricky and I wish the cap came with simpler packaging. (Price: Rs 645 for 10 ml)

 

3. Colorbar Rapid Dry Top Coat: I had this top coat for quite some time with me and since it’s a big bottle it lasts fairly long. This is not a super quick drying top coat but does dry rapidly. The only con is that it becomes gloopy after you finish about 2/3rd product, so the rest of the product goes waste. Will not repurchase and try different brands. Also, Colorbar has changed all its nailpolish packaging. (Price: Rs 399 for 12ml )

 

4. Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Roop Nikhar Gulab: Forest Essentials is my most fav skincare brand and its products rarely disappoint me (except THIS product). I got this ubtan long back and FE has now revamped its packaging. The ubtan smells heavenly of roses and makes skin soft, supple and radiant with continued uses. I like to mix this ubtan with some other ingredients and rarely used it on its own. I am currently testing a different ubtan from the same brand but will definitely repurchase this one in future. (Price: Rs 1025 for 70 g)

 

5. L’Occitane Fleur D’or & Acacia Luminous Body Oil: Body Oil are a staple in Delhi winters for me and I bought this dry oil from L’Occitane long ago. It smells amazingly and absorbs quickly without leaving the skin oily, since this is a dry oil. I have also used it as serum for my hair and it leaves hair smooth and frizz free. Price is a con and I think it is now discontinued in Indian stores. (Price: 2390 for 100 ml)

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

Empties Vol. 4

Empties Vol. 3

Empties Vol. 2

Empties Vol. 1

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel: Mystical Mermaid ~ Review & Swatch

 

Nykaa launched¬†Unicorn Potion¬†range sometime back and I immediately bought two shades from this range.¬† Although Nykaa describes this as ‚ÄėHolographic‚Äô polish, these are¬†NOT holographic¬†in any sense. A couple of shades may be¬†duochrome¬†but none of them is Holographic. For the record, THIS is a true Holographic polish. I have reviewed a gorgeous lavender-blue duochrome shade- Frosted Fairy from this range HERE and in this post I am reviewing the shade Mystical Mermaid.

 

Product description: Be a mermaid and makes waves with our Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel in Mystical Mermaid. This stunning blue shade is formulated with iridescent pink and silver pearls that give your pinkies an ocean-inspired holographic effect. Dip your pinkies in this magnificent shade and blow some kisses!

 

Price: Rs 199 for 9 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel Mystical Mermaid review

  • Like all Nykaa Nail Enamel, Unicorn Potion range comes in¬†sleek rectangular packaging¬†with brand name at front and product details at the back.
  • Unicorn Potion¬†Nail enamel range has an¬†interesting packaging¬†with¬†elongated and pointed cap¬†(copy of Louboutin nailpolish?).¬†The¬†rose gold color¬†of the cap with¬†chrome finish¬†is¬†attractive.¬† The pointed cap makes it bit difficult to store compactly, but otherwise the¬†packaging is stunning¬†and¬†looks quite fancy.
  • The shade name is stickered along the side.
  • Mystical Mermaid¬†is a surf-blue color with¬†slight pink iridescence. It has blue and¬†pink microshimmer¬†which gives an¬†overall pearl effect. This is a¬†soft color¬†and¬†looks really subtle and pretty.¬† All the shades in this range have a¬†blue shimmer shift¬†which is visible from different angles.
  • The¬†consistency¬†of this nailpolish is¬†on the sheer side¬†and needs¬†3 coats for full coverage.¬†I like to wear this nailpolish on its own without any base color. Wearing a white/ black base color will change the color of the nailpolish.
  • There is a slight streaking so you have to apply carefully.
  • The¬†brush is long¬†and¬†picks enough quantity¬†for one coat application.
  • Staying power¬†for these nailpolish is¬†amazing¬†and¬†lasted 5 days with minor chipping on my hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO, Blossom ūüôā

Kiko Milano Holographic Nailpolish : 001 ~ Review & Swatch

 

Kiko Milano is currently my favorite nailpolish brand and I have hoarded so many nailpolish over time (Haul post HERE :P). Kiko Milano keeps launching new collections and the Holographic collection was launched quite sometime back. I have reviewed the shade ‘004‘ previously in THIS post and recently I came across this silver shade from the same collection. Kiko Milano has some good offers and discounts so keep an eye if you have a store nearby. Although this collection is mostly out of stock now as it was a limited edition, you can still get a few shades and that too at half price than when it was newly launched.

 

Price: Rs 270 for 10 ml

             (Rs 550 when it was newly launched)

 

Kiko Milano Holographic nail lacquer 001 review

  • Kiko Milano Holographic Nail Lacquer¬†comes in¬†round glass bottle with black cap.¬†The¬†cap is removable¬†and the brush cap underneath is striated for better grip..
  • Shade number and other details are stickered at the back in form of booklet (which has 6 pages btw!).
  • Kiko Milano doesnot have names for its products, only numbers.
  • The¬†brush is short¬†and¬†not too wide¬†but picks up¬†enough quantity for one coat application.
  • Pigmentation is slightly sheer¬†and¬†formula is smooth¬†and¬†easy to apply. It builds to¬†full opacity in 2-3 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 001¬†is a¬†light grey color¬†with¬†beautiful holographic microshimmer. The holo effect is¬†heavily visible under¬† sunlight/ flash¬†and faintly visible indoors. Shade 004 has more prominent holo effect than this one. Indoors, shade 001 looks light grey color with slight pearl finish
  • 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.
  • Wear time is 4-5¬†days without chipping.
  • Price wise this is not¬†expensive¬†for the quantity.
  • If you are not much into holo effect and like glitter nailpolish more, do check out a beautiful silver nailpolish from Lakme¬†¬†HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials is my Holy Grail skincare brand and I cannot say it enough! I was not big on Ayurvedic formulations for skincare as I always thought it is messy and smelly but Forest Essentials has changed the game entirely. One sniff of its products and you will float on clouds heading towards heaven. I have tried a few Forest Essentials products and none have disappointed me…¬†(Well.. except for one, which was from Men’s collection actually… But that’s a post for another day). So I was on splurging mode when I bought this beauty home. Read on to know how it fared on my dry skin.  

Price: Rs 3795 for 25 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum comes in similar packaging as their Day lotion (which is also my most fav summer moisturizer, reviewed HERE). It comes in cuboidal gold colored plastic packaging with gold colored cap. It has pump dispenser which pumps just the right amount of product. The bottle is¬†sturdy, light weight and easy to travel¬†with.¬†However, the packaging is¬†opaque¬†which doesnot let you know how much product is left inside the bottle. Although, the pump dispenser is removable and can be opened to check the amount of product. All Forest Essentials products scream luxury and this product is no different. The bottle comes in cardboard packaging with all the necessary details. Since it contains 24 karat gold, the Soundarya range of Forest Essentials comes with a picture of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess¬†of wealth) sitting on lotus flower, which looks attractive and promising TBH. The consistency of the serum is exactly like an oil. This is basically a facial oil disguised in the form of serum. It is saffron colored which doesnot impart any color on skin after applying. The smell is diviiiiiiiine you guys. I know i say it for all Forest Essentials products, but you gotto gotto got to sniff this one for sure.¬†It smells wonderfully of sesame, liquorice, sandalwood and saffron. Being an oil, it does make skin oily and doesnot absorb instantly. 1-1 .5 pumps of product is sufficient to cover my entire face and spread it properly. But I don’t like the oily feeling which lingers for atleast a couple of minutes as oil takes sometime to absorb, so I asked the SA if there’s any other way this product can be used, and he suggested to mix it with Forest Essentials Aloe Water (Mini review HERE) on the palm before application. It was only after I finished the aloe water, I discovered the best way to use this. I had the FabIndia Rose water lying around and I spritz some Rose water on my face after applying this serum. It helped in quickly absorbing the oil in skin. So do use it with Facial mists or Rose water spray for better absorption. Forest Essentials products come with power ingredients and the Soundarya Advanced serum is no different. It does helps in brightening of the skin and adding a glow after regular usage. It makes the skin plump, radiant and nourished. But sadly it didn’t help with my blemishes (sun spots) on cheeks. Since this is an oil, I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin beauties. Coming to price, yes it is bit pricey. But it contains 24 karat gold Bhasma and one bottle will last you a long time as only a tiny amount is needed to cover the whole face. Plus, it does give results and make skin brighter and radiant¬†after regular use. I wouldn’t mind repurchasing this.    

xoxo, Blossom ūüôā

 
 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Golden Green 75 ~ Review & Swatch

 

Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range a few months back and I immediately purchased two shades from this range. I have already reviewed the shade Beauty with Bronze (stunning bronze color) and in this post I am reviewing a gorgeous shade Golden Green.

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Golden Green Review

  • Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in their signature¬†cuboidal bottle¬†with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in¬†cardboard packaging¬†which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details.
  • The brand name is printed at the front of the bottle cap and brand logo at the top. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the polish. I had some issue with the cap of another nailpolish by Sugar (read about it¬†HERE) and thankfully this nailpolish bottle is fine.
  • Sugar Cosmetics has such fun names for their shades– be it nailpolish or lipsticks. But the name ‘Golden Green’ for this gorgeous nailpolish is rather boring.
  • I am not very impressed with the brush of Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers. The¬†straight ended brush¬†always makes a¬†mess¬† around the nail bed¬†during application.
  • Golden Green¬†is a¬†gorgeous moss green color¬†with¬†heavy green, olive-gold and bronze shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and¬†reflects the light¬†so¬†beautifully. The shift in color is towards olive tones.
  • It dries to a¬†smooth, glossy finish¬†and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture (like THIS nailpolish). All the shades in this range have a¬†black jelly base color¬†with different colored shimmers. It looks almost¬†foil like¬†in direct light which takes the beauty of this shade to whole another level.
  • The¬†consistency is just right¬†and¬†pigmentation is decent. Being a jelly base it is¬†slightly translucent in first coat, but gives¬†full coverage in 2 coats.
  • This nailpolish¬†dries fast¬†so you don‚Äôt have to wait much between application of multiple coats.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer claim to be¬†non-toxic¬†with¬†Nine-free formula, i.e., no¬†parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • Sadly, it¬†didn‚Äôt last that long¬†as I wanted it to. I could see tip wear by the end of 2nd day and¬†chipping after 4 days. The glossiness starts to fade after 2-3 days.

I have a similar shade in Revlon Nail Enamel (swatched HERE)- golden green glitter in black jelly base. The Revlon one has chunkier glitter and Sugar’s Golden Green has fine shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom ūüôā

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte : Carpe Creme ~ Review & Swatch

I got this nailpolish in one of the Fab Bags sometime back and honestly I wasn’t too excited at the shade I got. I have always been biased towards bright and lively colors and I seldom purchase subtle shades. But when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the color looks on nails. So ladies, in this post I am reviewing this gorgeous shade from Sugar Cosmetics Tip Tac Toe Matte Nail lacquer – Carpe Creme.

I have already reviewed two other Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers: Beauty with Bronze (Arabian nights collection) and Deep Down Diopside (metallic range).

 

Price: Rs 249 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte Carpe Creme Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquers come in their standard glass cuboidal packaging with square cap. This nailpolish being matte, the glass bottle is frosted which looks attractive. Shade name is stickered at bottom of polish. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which has all the details. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker on the cardboard packaging which makes it difficult to sort.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes application messy around the cuticles if you are not careful. I prefer round edged brushes like THIS.
  • All Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer are insanely pigmented and gives full opacity in single coat. I like to wear two coats just to be safe and to get an even finish.
  • Matte nailpolish (like THESE) tends to get streaky during application but this nailpolish self-levels to some extent making the overall finish look even.
  • Carpe Creme is a beautiful dirty mauve color with grey tones which looks subtle and is work appropriate. The matte effect looks stunning on this color.
  • ¬†Tip Tac Toe Matte nail lacquer looks quick-drying, but give it some time to set as it appears to have dried but is still prone to get dents/ fabric marks.
  • ¬†This is surprisingly long lasting for a matte finish. Tip wear is after 4-5 days which is impressive for a matte nailpolish.
  • The matte finish starts to get dull after 2-3 days¬†giving it a suede matte finish (shown on nails in THIS post) which also looks good on nails.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have¬†Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • This is a gorgeous work-appropriate and subtle color and will suit fair to medium skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom ūüôā