Revlon Volume+Length Magnified Mascara: Review

Revlon launched a new range of mascara recently and I picked the one for Lengthening + volume. There are 5 different mascara for different needs:

  • Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara.
  • Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara.
  • Revlon Super Length Mascara.
  • Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara.
  • Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara

They all vary in their brush shape and size. I am reviewing the  Volume+Length Magnified mascara here.

(Pssst, if you are into colored mascaras, I have reviewed a gorgeous bright blue mascara HERE)

 

• High shine black fiber formula provides amplified volume and length
• Revlon Magnifying Lash Brush™ – Square brush designed to anchor formula to lashes for intense volume + length

Price: Rs 1050

Revlon Volume+Length Magnified Mascara review

This range of mascara come in attractive packaging with different cap colors and brush for different effects. I donot like Revlon products’ packaging but this mascara has modernized the brand. The colour coded caps are a great idea to quickly identify the formula if you have multiple mascara from this range. Volume+Length Magnified mascara comes in sleek, flat, matte black packaging with dark blue cap. The white font is contrasting and looks attractive, which doesnot fade after multiple handling of the tube. The packaging is simple and classy. The brush has short as well as long bristles, which does a good job and makes the application easy. The brush coats the lashes richly and evenly. The brush is dense and the texture is fibrous which provides length. I need 2 coats for full effect. One coat is sufficient for subtle look.

I am a big fan of lush, voluminous lashes and this mascara gives fabulous lashes. Although this mascara doesnot give dramatic lashes, which is not its job anyway. This is a normal daily wear mascara which does its job of brightening up the eyes, adding length and volume decently.

It does not flake, is not irritating to eyes, is waterproof. Since this is a waterproof mascara, it makes the removal process quite tedious.

Now the downside of this mascara is that it is pricey! There are other cheaper mascara available in India to do the same decent job this mascara does. Also, this is a new launch and it is available only on counters and not online, as far as I know, but you can try this on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

Before application ↑ 

After 2 coats ↑ (applied on upper lashes)

Overall, Revlon Volume + Length Magnified mascara does its job of volumizing and lengthening decently. This is a great mascara for daily use when you dont want dramatic effect. However, this is on the pricey side and there are cheap alternatives available in market for the same effect. Also, this is waterproof and removing this mascara is a chore in itself.

 

xoxo

Blossom

 

Zig-Zag Nail Art

zig zag nail art

 

It has been a long time since I last posted a nail art, and so here I am posting a nail art which has been sitting quietly for many many months in a forgotten folder somewhere in my computer. (Eeeeee!)

This was supposed to be a color block nail art of pink and yellow, but then I added a zig zag line (just like that) with a nail art pen.

My nail art pen went gloopy, that is why there are random black lines here and there :-/

See my other super easy color-block nail art HERE & HERE

 

pink yellow nail art

 

zig zag pink nails

 

zig zag nail art

 

Hope you like it 🙂

 

Xoxo

Blossom

Maybelline Colorshow Gold Digger ~ Bling Thing 902 : Review & Swatch

Maybelline launched Gold Digger Collection in their Colorshow nail polish a while back and I will be reviewing a few of their shades in a series of posts. Here I am reviewing a gorgeous top coat from this range ~ Bling Thing 902.

 

Maybelline colorshow bling thing

 

Price: Rs 145

Bling Thing 902 is transparent nail polish with confetti of glitters. It consists of black and gold glitter in 3 sizes- small dot sized, medium hexagons and big chunky golden hexagonal. The big hexagons have holographic effect. One coat is sufficient to apply on top of another nail polish color, but you can apply two coats as well if you want to go overboard with the glitter and bling. In the photos below, I have applied 2 coats on my index finger and 1 coat on the rest.

The packaging is standard packaging of their Colorshow nailpolish. It comes in cylindrical glass bottle with black cap. The shade name is engraved on top of the cap. The brush is decent and picks up enough glitter to be applied in 1 coat. This nail polish is loaded with the glitters which remain suspended and does not settle down at the bottom of the bottle. The glitter does not tug and the nail polish settles into a smooth finish.

This is one funky confetti nail polish which can jazz up your nails in no time.

Read about another great Confetti nailpolish HERE

Being a glitter nailpolish, its removal is quite a pain. You can remove such glitter polishes easily using the method I use HERE

 

Maybelline colorshow gold digger bling thing 902

 

Maybelline colorshow gold digger bling thing swatch

 

maybelline colorshow gold digger bling thing

 

Maybelline colorshow gold digger

 

 

maybelline colorshow nail polish price

 

maybelline gold digger bling thing swatch

 

maybelline gold digger swatch

 

Overall, this is a great funky confetti nail polish which isn’t too expensive.You can use this nailpolish for some instant nail art. The holographic hexagonal looks super pretty. I will definitely repurchase it when it gets over 🙂

 

Love,

Blossom

 

Colorbar Pro Black Crackle Top Coat : Review & Swatch

colorbar pro nail lacquer crackle

Crackle nail art is a lazy girl’s manicure saver. This is one of my favorite innovation in nail art.  I was browsing through my old archives and I stumbled on this nail polish from Colorbar. Now days the nail polishes have evolved and almost every brand have something or other for nail art. But 2 years back crackle (or shatter, whatever you like to call it) was really ‘in’ and it was the only polish even remotely related to nail art. I bought it 2-3 years back and because this nail polish is still available at the counters, I thought I would put my old photos to good use.

 

Colorbar was the first brand to bring in crackle nail polish. It is applied on top of another base color to create this shatter effect. I think every girl should have one crackle nail polish. And black color is the safest bet as it will go well with an array of colors. Plus, it is a perfect nail art for Lazy girls. For more nail art for Lazy girls, check another great polish HERE.

colorbar black crackle nail polish

 

Price: Rs 500

This nailpolish comes in a classic Colorbar Pro bottle which is a fat circular bottle (similar to OPI). The glass bottle is clear and the cap has shatter effect to indicate that it is a crackle polish. The brush is long and decently wide. The quantity is enough and will easily last atleast an year, that too if you apply it regularly. Unlike normal nail polish, crackle nail polish is slightly on thicker side. Colorbar Pro crackle nail polish dries into matte finish.

The crackle nail polish dries into a unique pattern everytime. The crackle effect depends on how thin you apply the coat. If you apply a thin coat, there will be many cracks, but not very widespread. If you apply a thicker coat, the number of cracks may be less but they will be apart enough for the base color to pop. I like to apply a thick layer.

Crackle nail polish is different from other nail polish mainly because it dries differently. This is because ethanol is added to the polish which makes it dry quick and uneven. So, as it dries rapidly and unevenly, the nail polish applied on nail shrinks giving the appearance of cracks and revealing the base color underneath.

Colorbar Pro crackle top coat dries completely within 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the coat applied. I like to apply a clear nail polish over the crackled effect as it dries matte. It lasts 4-5 days before chipping.

One word of caution though, avoid doing multiple coats of this polish, and if you feel the coat is not thick enough to your liking, apply another coat really fast before the crackle effect of previous coat starts to show.

colorbar crackle

 

I have applied a thicker coat of this polish that is why the cracks are wide.

Notice the different shatter design on each finger.

 

colorbar pro crackle nail polish

 

colorbar crackle nail polish

 

crackle nail art india

 

Overall, I love this nailpolish. Colorbar Pro crackle top coat dries quick, gives a good crackle effect and wears well. Easy peasy, effortless and fun nail art in no time. Dries into matte finish which can be made glossier by adding a top coat of clear nail polish. However, it is a bit pricey.

xoxo

Blossom

Colorbar Black Fiesta Nail Lacquer ~ Masquerade : Review & Swatch

colorbar black fiesta masquerade

 

I am so excited while writing this post. This is the first time any nail polish brand has launched Polka dot/ Confetti / Graffiti nail polish in India. Maybelline Colorshow, Loreal had their entire Polka dots range in US but it never launched in India. Finally, Colorbar heard us nail art lovers’ plea and launched its amazing Black Fiesta collection.

Black Fiesta is a range of top coat from Colorbar which consists of matte glitter in various sizes and shapes. Overall, this nail polish gives a fun paint-splattered effect. This nail polish predominantly contain black specks and glitter along with the colored hexagonals, hence the name ‘Black’. This range is launched in four shades- Green Holiday (Green), Red Fete (Red), Merry Blue (Blue) and Masquerade (multi colored).

Price: Rs 500

 

colorbar black fiesta nail lacquer new launch

 

When I saw these beauties sitting on the Colorbar counter, I didn’t think twice and immediately bought one. All the shades are equally beautiful and I had a tough time choosing the Masquerade one.

colorbar black fiesta new launch

(Pssst.. If you are wondering which nail art is on my nails, check HERE)

 

colorbar black fiesta price

 

 

colorbar black fiesta nail lacquer

 

colorbar masquerade swatch

 

Colorbar Black Fiesta Masquerade Review

Packaging:

This comes in a round glass bottle which is sturdy and does not break if it slips your hand (Dont smash it on the floor to check its strength though!). The packaging is same as the Colorbar Pro Nail Lacquer (Rs 350 nail polishes) and the Glitterati range. The brush is long enough and perfectly wide which picks up the right amount of glitter and covers the entire nail in 2 strokes (I hate thin brushes in nail polish which not only require multiple application but also end up streaky). The shade name is written on top of the brush. This comes in 15 ml size which is HUGE. Even if you use this top coat religiously, it will last at least an entire year for sure.

 

Color:

Black Fiesta is a range of top coat, so the base color is transparent. The glitters in Masquerade contains

  • Medium sized hexagonals in different colors – peach, yellow, lime green, cobalt blue, red, light blue and red
  • black colored dots
  • little black strips

This nail polish is loaded with the glitters which remain suspended and does not settle down at the bottom of the bottle. The glitter does not tug and the nail polish settles into a smooth finish.

When you apply this top coat, the hexagonals may not spread evenly on their own and one has to spread and place them evenly themselves, especially if you are applying a thin coat.

But if you apply a thick coat or multiple strokes, the black dots and strips may cover the colored hexagonals making it more black and less colorful, as the hex (colors) get covered by the dots/strips.

The hexagonals do not fall off with time but the lighter ones do start to discolor around the edges after 4 days, but that is visible only if you look very closely so one need not worry. This nail polish is not fast drying. Even though the surface of polish dries fast and it feels dry to touch, but if you do some work involving your nails, this polish will smear.

Staying power:

I am IMPRESSED with the staying power. Normally nail polishes do not stay this long on my nails. Any nail polish I wear, I start seeing teeny tiny tip wear (especially on right hand) from next day itself. And by 3-4 days I start to see proper tip wear (not chipping). But this nail polish surprised me. It may be because this is a top coat and I usually do not wear a top coat. But overall, this is really long lasting. Stayed put for one week! (minor chipping on right hand started around 4- 5th day!).

As this is a glitter polish its removal is such a pain! Even more difficult than other regular glitter polish because of the hexagonals, which are not only bigger than other glitter but also sticks tightly to the nail. It will shred the cotton ball and will take a lot of time to remove completely. However, I’ve done a tutorial on how to remove such tough glitter polishes. Check it HERE. You will thank me later for this tutorial after you try removing it in conventional way 😀

colorbar black fiesta nail polish

 

colorbar black fiesta review

 This is how it looks with different base colors

colorbar black fiesta

 

colorbar masquerade

Maquerade applied as sheer coat on top of Colorbar Pro nail lacquer in shade- Bubbly Pink.

(Base coat is pinker and not as reddish as it looks here)

confetti nail art

 

colorbar black fiesta masquerade swatch

 

Overall, I LOVE this nail polish. This is an amazing top coat for instant nail art. If you love nail art but don’t have the patience to do it, Black Fiesta range is the perfect solution for you- fun pop nail art in no time! It stays really really long and looks super chic. I am impressed. This is difficult to remove though. And I wish they came in smaller packaging. That way one can try all colors because c’mon,  nobody is going to buy all four colors at this price even if they wanted to (Unless, they work in nail art salon) 😀

xoxo

Blossom

 

 

 

Color Block Nail art

colorful nail art

Hi everyone

First of all… Happy newww year 🙂  I know I am almost a month late in wishing but better late than never, right?

So I thought of starting with this year on a rather colorful note. So here it is- *drumrolls* The Color Block nail art 

Actually I did this nail art long back but somehow never posted it here. This nail art is inspired from the pic HERE. I kept the color combinations same as this is a vibrant combination and I wanted to keep it bright and colorful.

colorblock nails

 

 This is a very simple nail art. All you need is a few colorful nailpolish, a black polish and a striping brush.

And if you don’t have a striping brush just grab an old nailpolish brush and trim it with scissors. You can also use a nail art pen if you have one.

You don’t have to be perfect while applying the basic colors. The black outline will hide the imperfect boundaries of the different colors 🙂

 

color block nail art

I have done color block nail art before as well.. check it HERE.

 

colorful nails

Nailpolishes used:

Red:  Colorbar Pro Nail Lacquer – Rosie

Mint:  Maybelline colorama – Absinto

Yellow:  Flormar Supershine – 41

 

xoxo

Blossom

 

Tribal nail art

tribal nail art

Hey everyone

I have a fascination for tribal things- tribal prints, tribal footwear designs, tribal jewellery. This is the first time I tried this trend on nails.

I wanted to keep it simple and easy so I didn’t use multiple colors and used only black for design.

pink tribal nails

I kept this nail art an Accent nail art, rather than doing it on all nails, mainly because it is less effort. Plus I didn’t want to hide the prettiness of my pink nail polish 🙂

tribal nails

I have a habit of doing my manicures at night. This is why you can see fabric marks on my nails.

Tools used: Nail striper (if you don’t have one, use an old eyeliner brush)

Nailpolish: NYC Bubblegum Pink

Hope you like it.

Love

Blossom 🙂