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

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

Nykaa launched So Matte lipstick range last year in winters and I immediately picked up my favorite shade from the collection. I am reviewing this gorgeous plum purple shade: Mischievous Plum.

Price: Rs 399 for 4.2 g

Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick Mischievous Plum review

The packaging of Nykaa So Matte lipsticks is quite interesting. The lipstick tube is  matte, black and cuboidal with Nykaa logo engraved in silver. The shade name is stickered at the bottom. It comes with magnetic closure and this is the first lipstick in this price range to come with magnetic closure. For the price, the packaging is very chic.

Formula wise, these are NOT matte or semi-matte. These are creamy lipstick and so it does not settle into crazy dry-your-lips kind of matte finish. These have a bit of shine when applied and are very comfortable to wear. It glides smoothly on the lips and needs no effort in application like some extremely matte lipsticks. It has a faint vanilla fragrance.

Mischievous plum is a gorgeous plum purple shade with slightly pink tones. The pigmentation is intense and gives opaque coverage in one swipe. However, it does settle into lip lines after a few hours. Being creamy it does transfer on glasses, cups (*ahem* or your better half  😉 ) but even then the color almost stays put until you eat a full meal or oil based food. When it starts to lighten it leaves a beautiful berry pink stain. It stays on my lips for 4-5 hours after which it starts to fade and even at the end of the day I can still see a nice pink stain on my lips.

This is a beautiful color and if you want to try such deep, purple shade for the first time, start with this lipstick as it has pink tones and doesnot look OTT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Nykaa So Matte lipstick in Mischievous Plum is a gorgeous plum purple color with creamy finish. The pigmentation is great and applies like a dream in one swipe itself. It stays put for 4-5 hours and fades into a beautiful pink stain. The black, cuboid packaging with magnetic closure is classy.  The name of this lipstick is misleading , these are not matte but creamy lipsticks. So if you are looking for complete matte finish, this is not for you. But if you are looking for a bold, purple shade which is wearable and not OTT, this lipstick is the one. This makes a gorgeous shade for Fall.

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

 

Maybelline colorshow Bright Matte nailpolish: Lively Rose ~ Swatch & Review

 

Maybelline has just launched a new range in their Colorshow nail polish: Bright Mattes collection. There are 6 shades in this range, all in the shades of red family- orange, red and pink. I have 2 shades with me and I have already reviewed the shade Peppy Pink earlier.  Here I am reviewing a beautiful bright red shade:  Lively Rose. 

 

 

Price: Rs 175

Maybelline Colorshow Bright Matte Lively Rose review

Maybelline Bright Matte collection comes in same packaging as the Colorshow range except that the bottle is frosted which looks chic. The shade name is stickered on the top and it looks a bit cheap as compared to other colorshow range which shade name engraved on the cap. The brush is short but okay,  though I would have liked a broader brush for matte collection, as short/thin brush leads to streaking which is more prominent in matte finish.

Lively Rose is a gorgeous coral-red  color with beautiful matte finish. The nailpolish is quite pigmented and one coat is sufficient to bring out the full color, still I have applied two coats in the swatches below. This is a bright, summery color and if you are looking for a bright orangish-red color, definitely check this shade out. This shade would suit all skin tones. The matte effect lasts for 2 days and it turns to normal finish after that. Matte nailpolish tends to chip early and I started to see tip wear, especially on my right (dominant) hand starting next day itself. On left hand, it started a bit late. Since the brush is thin, it led to streaking. But interestingly, it became normal as the matte effect started to fade after few days. Also, the color starts to deepen as the matte effect fades.

This range has only 6 colors, all in the shades of red family. I would have loved to see a wider spectrum of colors in this range. Even though the name says ‘Bright’, the range does not have bright colors except one or two (Lively Rose shade being one of them)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall this is a beautiful bright coral-red color and if you want to experiment with matte finish, definitely check this shade. Matte nailpolish tend to chip fast so this is not a long wearing nailpolish. Also, the shade range is narrow and covers only orange, pink and red. It would have been nice if it covered more shades.

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25 : Review

 

Forest Essentials is my favourite brand for skin care and I love LOVE the products. One whiff of the products and it takes you to heaven! Even the fragrance inside/around the store is irresistible. I have already reviewed Forest Essentials lip balm HERE and I am reviewing another holy grail product from the brand in this post- Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli.

 

This Light Day Lotion is a silky light weight lotion that steeps into the skin easily leaving it soft and smooth with a non-greasy feel. It has an SPF 25 due to Yasada Bhasma, which is a natural sunscreen and an herb infused derivative offering long-lasting protection from the harsh rays of the sun leaving skin supple, toned and fresh.

Pure Lavender water, which is therapeutic and calming, nourishing Oat kernel extract and stimulating Neroli oil combined with zinc, known for its healing and regenerative qualities, to firm and clarify the skin. It also contains Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha and Gokharu along with Almond, Wheat germ and Olive oils, which not only provide nourishment but also prevent the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.

 

Price: Rs 1750 for 40ml

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25 Review

FE Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli comes in golden square shaped, plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The packaging itself screams luxury and prettifies your vanity. It comes in pump packaging with a golden lid. 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.

The texture of this lotion looks thick in consistency but it blends like a dream. One pump is sufficient for entire face. It is highly emollient and blends easily. It is non greasy and gives a matte finish making it perfect for summers. It absorbs quickly and even though it contains SPF 25, it does not leave any white cast behind. Forest Essentials Neroli and Lavender day lotion smells divine. It has a soothing fragrance of lavender. But unfortunately (fortunately for sensitive noses) the fragrance doesnot linger for long. This lotion feels just perfect, neither too heavy or nor too light for my combination skin in summers. However, I will not be using this in winters when my skin gets excessively dry.

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli contain an SPF of 25 which is always an added benefit. But you should always apply additional layer of sunscreen, preferably of higher SPF when stepping out in sun.

The only downside of this amazing product is its price. This is an expensive product but one bottle will easily last an entire season as only a tiny quantity is required every time (1 pump is sufficient for face).

Forest Essentials products are cruelty free and does not contain parabens

 

 

 

 

Overall, I will highly recommended Forest Essentials Day lotion Lavender and Neroli for oily skin/ combination skinned beauty. This product is perfect for summer months. This lotion smells heavenly and blends like a dream. It mattifies the skin and does not feel heavy. Added SPF is always a benefit. However, this is expensive. But one bottle will easily last 3 months at least. I will definitely repurchase this when it gets over.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Maybelline colorshow Bright Matte nailpolish: Peppy Pink ~ Swatch & Review

Maybelline has just launched a new range in their Colorshow nail polish: Bright Mattes collection. There are 6 shades in this range, all in the shades of red family- orange, red and pink. I have 2 shades with me and here I am reviewing the shade Peppy Pink

 

Price: Rs 175

Maybelline Colorshow Bright Matte Peppy Pink review

Maybelline Bright Matte collection comes in same packaging as the Colorshow range except that the bottle is frosted which looks chic. The shade name is stickered on the top, which looks a bit cheap. Other colorshow range has shade name engraved on the cap. The brush is short but okay,  though I would have liked a broader brush for matte collection, as short/thin brush leads to streaking which is more prominent in matte finish.

Peppy Pink is a warm toned dark pink color with beautiful matte finish. The nailpolish is quite pigmented and one coat is sufficient to bring out the full color, still I have applied two coats in the swatches below. The matte effect lasts for 2 days and it turns to normal finish after that. Matte nailpolish tend to chip early and I started to see tip wear, especially on my right (dominant) hand starting next day itself. On left hand, it started a bit late. Since the brush is thin, it led to streaking. But interestingly, it became normal as the matte effect started to fade after few days. Also, the color starts to deepen as the matte effect fades.

This range has only 6 colors, all in the shades of red family. I would have loved to see a wider spectrum of colors in this range. Even though the name says ‘Bright’, the range does not have bright colors except one or two.

 

Overall this is an okay nailpolish and if you want to experiment with matte finish, this range is a good start. Matte nailpolish tend to chip fast so this is not a long wearing nailpolish. Also, the shade range is narrow and covers only orange, pink and red. It would have been nice if it covered more shades.