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

 

Empties Vol. 2 + Mini reviews

 

 

Here is my recent empties in one post. I have linked some of the products to their full review.

 

  1. Dove Purely Pampering Almond cream and hibiscus body lotion: I really liked this body lotion and I have already bought another variant from this range- Invigorating ritual body lotion. Almond cream and hibiscus variant is so good for dry skin. It is super emollient and spreads easily. The skin is instantly moisturized and a small quantity goes a long way. This is perfect for winters and dry skinned people should buy this without hesitation. I will definitely repurchase this once my current one gets over (Price 395 for 400 ml).

 

2. Lakme Absolute Makeup remover: I have been using Maybelline makeup remover since forever and switched to this one recently. The packaging is spray packaging and does its job decently. Now I keep switching between this and Maybelline (Price: Rs 275 for 60 ml).

 

3. Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25: This is my Holy Grail for summers and humid months. For winters this will feel a tad dry but this is amazing and perfect for summers for dry skin beauties. Read the full review HERE.

 

4. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Puree:  I got this as part of gift set and honestly I couldn’t wait to finish it up. I didn’t like it and kept it in my bag as hand cream. This is a bit sticky for my liking and I am not a fan of the fragrance. The shower gel of this range, on the other hand, is amazing.

 

5. Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & SaffronI LOVE this night cream and I cannot say it enough. This variant is for dry skin and I am going to repurchase this when my current night cream gets over. Read the full review HERE.

 

6. Forest Essentials Aloe Vera Juice: I got this on the insistence of SA mainly to mix with serums and ubtans. This was an okay product, easily dupable and nothing extraordinary. Will not repurchase (Price: Rs 550 for 100 ml).

 

7. Colorbar Black Fiesta nail polish: You know that I have a thing for nail arts and this nailpolish started the graffiti nail polish trend in India. Unfortunately, this range is now discontinued so I had to quickly grab one wherever I could find. It is now unavailable on Colorbar counters so I bought from Amazon. Read full review HERE.

 

8. Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser: : I loved this face wash and honestly it took me forever to finish this one bottle. I will definitely repurchase this but not just yet as I want to try other cleansers before I go back to this one. Read full review HERE

 

9. Sally Hansen Extra Strength Nail polish Remover: This is a fairly big bottle for its price and Sally Hansen is a well known brand so I picked this bottle from Westside when I saw this. However, I did not like this as it takes too much time in removing nailpolish. Will not repurchase. (Price: Rs 275 for 236.5 ml)

 

10. The Body Shop Moringa Softening Body MilkThis is another product meant for summers. I did not like this body lotion as it was not moisturizing enough for my dry skin. Plus I am not fan of spray packaging for body lotions. Read my full review HERE.

 

xoxo, Blossom

Empties Vol. 1

 

 

 

Kiko Nail Lacquer – 521 Pearly Ocean: Review & Swatch

Kiko makes really good nailpolishes at very affordable price. Nail lacquer range is the least expensive of all Kiko nailpolishes with such a HUGE (capital letters) spectrum of colors. The quality is very good and shade selection is Uh-may-zing! They have almost every color that you can wish for. I have 12 shades of this range with me as of now (which will keep on increasing depending on my visit to the store :D). You can check the other colors I picked  in my Haul Post HERE.

Price: Rs 290 for 11 ml

 

Kiko Nail Lacquer 521 Pearly Ocean Review 

Kiko nail lacquer’s packaging reminds me of Colorbar’s previous nailpolish packaging (now they have standardized the packaging to thick square bottles). Kiko nail polish comes in cuboidal packaging with black cap. The shade number and other details are sticker-ed at the back. 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 decent, not very thin not thick. It picks enough nailpolish for one coat application.

Kiko Nail lacquer 521 Pearly ocean is  gorgeous turquoise blue color with blue pearly shimmer. The color is super vibrant and the swatches below do not do justice to it. It has a slight pinkish-purple sheen which is not visible on the nails as such but can be seen in bottle if you look at it sideways. This gives the nailpolish a beautiful iridiscence. The consistency is slightly sheer and but goes opaque in 2-3 coats. Kiko nail polishes are quick drying and you dont have to wait much before applying coats (if you apply thin coats).

Kiko nail lacquer 521 (Pearly Ocean) being a shimmer nailpolish is smooth to apply, but takes a bit more time to remove.

Coming to the wear time, 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!

I apply nailpolishes after applying a base coat so I didnot see any staining, but I have read that this particular shade may stain the nails, so apply this after using a base coat.

 

Pssst, The shade is more vibrant and turquoise- surf blue than the swatches below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 dream. The huge shade selection will make you go crazy and whichever color your heart desires, they will most probably have it, 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. Shade 521 Pearly Ocean is a vibrant turquoise blue color with blue shimmer. The color is gorgeous and I couldnot help myself looking at my hands again and again when I applied this. If you love blue on you nails, definitely check this one. 

xoxo, Blossom

 

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Kiko Milano Haul

This haul post from Kiko Milano was loooong overdue and some of the purchases were done last year when the store first opened in Delhi.

Kiko Milano store in Delhi is pretty big (compared to other makeup stores) with a HUGE range of makeup, be it lipsticks or nailpolish or eye makeup or skincare. The best thing about the store is that almost all the makeup has testers, even the nailpolish! Indian brands do not keep testers for nailpolish (except Chambor).  The price range for almost all the makeup is wide, starting from affordable to mid-expensive. Plus, the stores in India are in line with the new launches internationally.

So here are the things I picked:

  • Kiko Nail lacquer:  This is the first section I check out when I visit the store. The wide selection of colors look gorgeous on the display. Plus tester for every shade meant I HAD to buy a couple of these. And I obviously could not restrain myself 😛 The shades I picked are: 521, 479, 493, 530, 497, 298, 504, 277, 226, 335, 261, 357. You can check swatch of some of the shades I have worn on my Instagram. Full fledged reviews are coming soon.
  • Kiko Power Pro Nail Lacquer in shade 073
  • Kiko Glitter Metal Nail Lacquer in shade 002
  • Kiko Perfect Gel Duo (Nail lacquer+ top coat) shade 671
  • Kiko Glossamer Emotion Lipstick shade 111
  • Kiko Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick shade 311
  • Kiko Longwear Lasting Color Lip marker (not in pic): shade 105
  • Kiko Smart Eye pencil  (not in pic) shade 800

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom

Colorbar I-Glide Eye Pencil: Coalmine ~ Review and Swatch

Colorbar I-glide eyeliners are my all time favorite. If you have to choose only one eyeliner among all the different brands, choose this one. Colorbar I-glide eyeliners are amazing.  This is the third shade I own and I have already reviewed two shades from the range in THIS post.:

Jaded (most gorgeous jewel toned green) and

Cocobar (dark brown)

In this post I am reviewing the shade Coalmine 009.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 1.1 g

 

Colorbar I-Glide Eye Pencil: Coalmine Review

Colorbar I-glide eyeliner pencils come in a silver cardboard packaging containing all details. The eyeliner pencil is made of silver colored plastic with color coded ends and shade name engraved along the side. The cap of the pencil shuts tight. The color coded ends make it easier to identify the shade if you have multiple shades. This is a sharpenable eyelinerand not retractable, which leads to product wastage whenever you sharpen it, and being made of plastic adds to even more wastage! Also, these are not meant to be applied on waterline.

The formula of these eyeliner pencils is amazing. They are super creamy and pigmented and deliver full color in one swipe itself. The texture is super smooth and glides easily on the eyelids. Once set, the eyeliner is smudge proof and has excellent staying power (best one I have tried so far). It does not budge at all (even with light rubbing of eyes). It stays put until removed by an oil based remover.

Colorbar I-glide eyeliner in shade Coalmine is a beautiful dark grey (almost black) color loaded with silver shimmer. This color looks super pretty when worn in parties. Being a shimmer eyeliner, this is not meant for office wear but looks super pretty when worn otherwise. The shimmer is very fine and not glittery at all, giving a beautiful dimension to the overall color.

Coalmine (and Jaded) shade is a repurchase. I usually don’t buy same shades from same brand twice unless I really really like it but this shade is so gorgeous that I had to purchase it again, and will continue doing so till it gets discontinued 😛

Colorbar I-glide eyeliner come in 15 shades with different finish, and each shade suits Indian skin tone perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorbar I-Glide Eye Pencils are super smooth and very pigmented eyeliners. It gives full color in one stroke itself. However, being sharpenable pencils, these lead to product wastage. Also, these cannot be applied to waterline. Coamine is a beautiful dark grey color with silver shimmer. This shade is perfect for parties and evening wear. Once set, this eyeliner does not budge AT ALL. These eyeliner come in a variety of shades (15 in total) and finish, and you must check it out at the counters. You will not regret buying these, I can guarantee.

XOXO, Blossom 🙂

Avon Metallic Effects Nail Enamel : Jade Reflection ~ Review & Swatch

I am impressed with Avon nailpolish especially the Metallic range which has some really beautiful colors. I have reviewed the shade Icy Purple (right one in pic above) and a gorgeous emerald color Noir Emerald (centre in pic) and here I am reviewing shade Jade Reflection.

 

Price: Rs 249 for 8 ml

 

Avon Metallic Effects Nail Enamel Jade Reflection review

Avon Metallic effects nail enamel comes in rectangular packaging with shade name written on the front. The brush is short and decent, not too bad not too great either. The straight tip makes the application messy around the cuticles. I always prefer rounded brush (like in THIS nailpolish).

Jade Reflection is a beautiful moss green color with a metallic finish.  The formula is rich and creamy. The consistency is great, neither thick nor thin. The pigmentation is excellent and gives full opacity in one coat. I have still applied two coats in the swatches below. Like any other metallic polishes, the brush strokes are visible so apply it carefully and neatly. This nail polish dries quickly.

This is not very long lasting nail polish just like many metallic nailpolish. Minor tip wear starts next day itself if you don’t wear a topcoat. Also, the shine tends to dull after 2-3 days. Proper chipping sets in after 4-5 days.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Avon Metallic effects nail enamel in shade Jade Reflection is a beautiful metallic moss green color. The pigmentation is impressive and 1 coat goes fully opaque. However, the brush strokes are visible so you need to apply it carefully. It dries quickly and shine stays put for 2-3 days after which it starts to dull. The only drawback I could find is that these are not long lasting. But an additional top coat can always prolong the wear time. I am in love with the unique color and you should check this out if you love metallic nail colors.

xoxo, Blossom

Colorbar Cocktail 3D Matte lipstick ~ Cosmopolitan : Review & Swatch

Colorbar launched 3D Matte range sometime ago and I bought the shade Cosmopolitan. I bought this lipstick purely on the insistence of SA and I donot regret it. This range was launched with 4 shades – African Brew, Cosmopolitan, Screw driver and Bloody Marie

Price: Rs 750 for 3.5 g

 

Colorbar Cocktail 3D Matte Lipstick Cosmopolitan Review

Colorbar 3D Matte lipsticks come in attractive orange cardboard packaging with cute pop art. The lipstick  is long and silver colored. The cap shuts tight with a click so there is no chance of cap coming off during travel. The shade name is sticker-ed at the bottom. The bullet is long and tip is slightly slanted. The pigmentation is amazing with full opaque coverage in one swipe itself. The name says 3D Matte (I don’t know what that means) but this is actually a creamy lipstick with glossy finish. It does not go matte and remains glossy. This makes it easy to transfer on cups etc. This lipstick stays on for 3-4 hours after which it fades into a beautiful pink stain. The color of stain left behind is so intense that it can be confused with a full fledged lipstick only.

Cosmopolitan is a bright and super vibrant pink color with warm tones. It gives an instant pop of color to your overall makeup. This will suit mostly fair to medium skin tones and it may look too bright on dusky skin. Even though this is a creamy lipstick and I am in matte lipstick phase right now, I donot regret buying this one bit and I reach out to apply this lipstick very often. Cosmopolitan is  a gorgeous summery shade.

However, Cocktail 3 D Matte range is bit pricey to be honest and one can find similar shades in other brands with lower price tag.

 

Maybelline Colorshow Party Girl nailpolish in shade Rock the Night applied on nails

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Colorbar Cocktail 3D Matte lipstick is neither 3 D, nor matte but it is a creamy and glossy lipstick. The pigmentation is amazing giving full coverage in one swipe. Being glossy it transfers to cups etc easily. It lasts for 3-4 hours before fading to an intense pink stain. Cosmopolitan 002 shade is vibrant pink color with warm tones which instantly adds pop of color to the overall makeup. The shade will suit fair to medium skin tones. However, the lipstick range is bit expensive and similar shades can be found in other brands. 

xoxo, Blossom