Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel : Wild Card ~ Review & Swatch

 

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy range is one of the few nailpolish range which I fell head over heels in love with. I have already reviewed a beautiful coral pink color ‘Lady LuckHERE, and in this post I am reviewing the shade ‘Wild Card‘ which is my most fav blue color.

 

Price: Rs 460 for 11.7 ml

 

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel Wild Card Review

  • Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear range comes in a sturdy cylindrical glass bottle with long black cap (similar to its Colorstay range which now is discontinued). The shade name is stickered on top of the cap.
  •  The brush is amazing and helps in hassle free application. The brush is long, flat and double-barrel with tapered corners which helps in mess-free application especially around edges and cuticles.
  • Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel are very richly pigmented and gives full color in single swipe.
  • The consistency is creamy and slightly thick than usual nailpolish which makes it longer to dry.
  • The shade Wild Card is a gorgeous cobalt blue color. This is quite a vibrant and bright color which make the nails pop, and it is hard not to notice such a vivid color on someone. I myself saw this color on SA, after which I couldn’t resist buying it.
  • It has a glossy finish which starts to fade after 2-3 days.
  • This is not a quick drying nailpolish and takes quite a while to dry completely. Even after it has ‘set’ you can end up with fabric marks. I was able to put a dent in it with my nail even after 2 days (This could also be because my nailpolish is bit old now).
  • Coming to the Longwear claim, it stayed put for 2-3 days after which it started to chip, especially on my dominant hand.
  • It is quite pricey but the quantity is more and the formula is different from average nailpolish. Also, this is mostly on discount on some or the other e-commerce platform.
  • I have never had a proper gel manicure in a salon, but compared to any other drugstore faux-line of gel polish I have tried, these win hands down! These are highly glossy when freshly applied.
  • Being a vibrant and bright color, the shade Wild Card will suit fair to medium skin tones.
  • This is an unusual and super gorgeous shade of blue, and if you are a blue nailpolish fan like me, do check this one out. I am sure you too will end up buying it  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

 

Empties Vol. 4 + Mini Reviews

 

 

Here are my recent empties and their mini reviews-

 

  1. The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Conditioner: The Body Shop products are raved throughout the world, but its haircare just doesnt work for me. I HATED this conditioner. It caused hairfall in multiple steps-  during the application of conditioner, while washing it off, and after drying the hair. I will never ever repurchase it again. I have tried the Banana range as well and that didn’t go well with my hair either. (Price Rs 795 for 250 ml).

2. Inglot Nail Enamel Remover: This nailpolish remover used to be my holy grail for many years. I have finished so many bottles, both small orange packaging (25 ml) and this bigger one. This nailpolish remover doesnot dry the nails and removes most nailpolish in one swipe. This nailpolish remover is gentle on the nails, but its price is the main problem. It is quite pricey for a nailpolish remover which is why I have now switched to the Colorbar one. (Rs 550 for 100ml, price may have increased now).

3. FabIndia Rose and Almond Body Butter: I have had this body cream for a couple of years and somehow I could never finish it. I had to  deliberately hide all other body lotions and moisturizers lying around so that I could finish this one. This body butter is quite rich and slightly thick than nivea soft/ ponds cold cream. It is highly moisturizing and thus more suitable for cold weather. The fragrance is amazing and smells beautifully of roses. FabIndia has now revamped the packaging of all its skincare and hair care products. The one in pic is the old packaging. (Price Rs 360 for 100 ml).

4. Garnier Ultra Blends 5 Precious Herbs Conditioner: Garnier relaunched its Ultra Blends range 2 years back and I have tried 2 or 3 variants already. THIS conditioner by Garnier is my all time favorite and I had high expectations from its Ultra Blend range as well. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. This conditioner is creamy and leaves hair soft, smooth and tangle-free. (Price: Rs 185 for 175 ml).

5. St Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Lotion: I have already finished (and loved) the St Ives Coconut & Orchid body lotion sometime back and I wanted to give other variants a try. This Oatmeal and Shea body lotion is neither too thick, nor too runny. It is non greasy, highly emollient and is absorbed quickly. However, it is tad drying for my dry skin and I liked Coconut & Orchid one better than this one. It has a mildly sweet scent which doesnot linger for long. If you have normal skin and want a light moisturizer, this is perfect for you. (Price Rs 649 for 621 ml).

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Empties Vol. 3

Empties Vol. 2

Empties Vol. 1

 

 

Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer : 94 Mermaid Pink ~ Review & Swatch

 

Kiko has an amazing nail polish collection and it keeps launching new limited edition makeup range every now and then. So after the Glitter Metal range and Holographic range of nailpolish, I am reviewing the recently launched Power Pro Special Nail lacquer collection in the shade 94 Mermaid Pink. Only two colors were launched in the ‘Special’ range and the other one is 95 Mermaid Violet.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 11 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

 Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer 94 Mermaid Pink Review

  • Kiko Milano Power Pro nail lacquer comes in rounded cuboidal glass packaging with double cap. The outer rounded square cap removes to reveal an easy grip striated brush cap. Kiko Milano logo is engraved on top of both the caps.
  • Shade number is written at the back on the peel off sticker booklet. Kiko doesnot write shade names, but only numbers on their products.
  • The brush is amazing. It is larger than normal ones, densely packed with rounded edge and follows the shape of nails without staining the skin. The brush helps a lot in fast and mess-free application.
  • Consistency of Power Pro Special nail lacquer is neither thick, nor runny and pigmentation is slightly sheer. The normal Power Pro nail polish, however, has slightly creamy texture and insanely rich pigmentation. The ‘Special’ nailpolish being slightly sheer, it takes 2-3 coats for full opacity.
  • Like almost all Kiko Milano nailpolish, Power Pro nail lacquer dries really fast.
  • The shade Mermaid Pink 94 is a beautiful light peach-pink color with two toned pearlescent effect, similar to the effect of mother of pearl. There is a slight shift in color to purple which looks beautiful.
  • I don’t think the shade is VERY extraordinary (unlike THIS shade by Kiko), and an Indian dupe I could think of is shade ‘Pink Pony’ from Nykaa’s Unicorn Potion collection.  Maybelline Colorshow also has a faintly similar color (sans the pearl effect)- Pink Voltage. Both these dupe shades are cool toned, whereas Mermaid Pink by Kiko Milano is bit warm toned. Also, Kiko one has a unique pearlescent effect.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping, which is impressive.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big.
  • The shade Mermaid Pink 94 has a unique elegance and can be carried off by women of all age groups. It will suit fair to medium skintones.

In the swatches below, I have worn it in 3 coats without any base color. In one of the pics I have used it as top coat over different base colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with flash

 

Base colors used (Left- Right): Kiko Power Pro 26, no base color, Kiko Power Pro 12, Kiko Power Pro11.

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Beauty with Bronze 74 ~ Review & Swatch

So Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range in June and I must admit, when I saw the new launch alert in my mail I literally exclaimed ‘Wow! What gorgeous shades’. I love love such glittery bright shades (my most fav Glitter nailpolish was THIS, which sadly was a limited edition) and I immediately ordered 2 shades from this range. In this post I am reviewing a gorgeous brown shimmery shade- Beauty with Bronze 74

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Beauty with Bronze Review

Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in its signature cuboidal bottle with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details. The cardboard packaging is blue-black in color with attractive art. 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. The nailpolish bottle itself is glass packaging with matte black cap. The brand name is printed at the front and brand logo at the top of the cap. 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 the problem is sorted with this one. However, I do wish Sugar cosmetics improved its nailpolish brush. The straight ended brush always makes a mess  around the nail bed during application.

Beauty with Bronze is a gorgeous coffee bean brown color with heavy golden, bronze and copper shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and reflects the light so beautifully. The main shift in color is bronze. It dries to a smooth, glossy finish and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture. 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 brown color with bronze shimmer effects somehow reminds me of autumn.

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’t 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’t last that long as I was expecting it to be. 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 Kiko nailpolish mini nail lacquer in shade Pearly Chocolate 38 which is slightly similar to this. Is it a dupe or not, you be the judge.  The base color of both the polish is brown but Kiko one doesnot have shimmer and is slightly warm and more coppery than Sugar one.

Another similar color I can think of is Maybelline Colorshow ‘Wine and Dine’. But that also is more copper-ey than bronze with less shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquer Pro comes in cuboidal glass bottle with cuboidal black cap. The brush is short and straight which makes the application messy. Arabian Nights collection has 5 gorgeous shades with black jelly base and different colored reflective shimmer.The shade Beauty with Bronze is a gorgeous coffee bean color with tons of bronze, gold and copper shimmer. The shimmer is highly reflective and looks foil like in direct light. The pigmentation is decent and gives full coverage in two coats. It dries super quickly but starts to chip after 3-4 days. All the shades in Arabian Nights collection have black jelly base with different colored shimmer. I love such heavy shimmer and will probably purchase more shades from this range.

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel: Frosted Fairy ~ Review & Swatch

 

Nykaa launched Unicorn Potion range a couple of months back and it was a pleasant surprise to see such collection in Indian market. Although Nykaa describes it as ‘Holographic’ polish, these are NOT holographic in any sense. A couple of shades may be duochrome but none of them is Holographic. For the record, a true Holo polish should reflect light in full spectrum of colors, like THIS nailpolish does. Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel was launched in 5 shades and I have two shades with me. In this post I am reviewing my fav from this range- Frosted Fairy.

 

Product description: Glittering fairy dust and fairy wings, makes any girl dream of magical things! You are never too old for fairy tales with Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel in Frosted Fairy. This purple hue with pink and purple iridescent pearl gives the effect of having pixie dust on your tips. You can go ahead and call us your Fairy God Mother!

 

Price: Rs 199 for 9 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel Frosted Fairy review

All Nykaa Nail Enamel come in sleek rectangular packaging with brand name on 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 mirror finish is attractive.  The pointed cap makes it bit difficult to carry and store, but otherwise the packaging is stunning and looks quite fancy. The shade name is stickered along the side.

Frosted Fairy is quite a unique shade and I don’t have any such color. This color has perfect balance of blue and purple and pink to give an apt description of unicorns, fairies and pixie dust, how we imagine ’em to be! Frosted fairy is a lavender-blue duochrome color with slight pink iridescence. The shift between the colors is stunning. It has blue microshimmer which gives an overall pearl effect. This is a soft color and looks really subtle and pretty. If you have to pick one shade from this range, pick THIS shade. I have not seen a similar color in Indian market. 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. Frosted Fairy nailpolish applies evenly without streaking. The brush is long and picks enough quantity for one coat application.

Staying power for these nailpolish is amazing and it lasted 5 days with minor chipping.

The shade Frosted Fairy may look like it won’t suit deep complexions, but it does! This is such a pretty and unique nail color that you should definitely try it. This nailpolish color is already my mother’s current favorite 😛

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Nykaa Unicorn Potion nail enamel come in rectangular glass packaging with interesting long and pointed rose gold cap. The packaging looks quite fancy. The shade Frosted fairy is a blue-lavender duochrome color with blue and pink iridescence. The color shift looks gorgeous. The consistency is sheer and builds to full opacity in 3 coats. The brush is long and picks enough quantity for single coat. Staying power is good and lasts 5 days with minor chipping. Frosted fairy shade is quite a unique color and will suit all Indian skintones. I will definitely repurchase this.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

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 🙂