L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse lipstick – Rose Blossom

 

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse were launched quite a while back and I immediately bought the shade Rose Blossom from the range. I had completely forgotten posting about it, but since this range is still available on counters as well as online, I am reviewing this gorgeous shade Rose Blossom in this post. Better late than never, right?

 

Price – Rs 1050 for 0.9 g

 

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse Rose Blossom Review

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse lipstick come in quite an interesting packaging. It was probably the first sponge tip powder lipstick launched back in the day. L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse comes in attractive gold and red gradient packaging which looks luxurious at first sight. It is elongated, cylindrical, sleek and shuts tight with screw mechanism. Like all L’Oreal lipsticks, it comes wrapped in plastic transparent sheet which contain all the important info about the product.

The gradient color on the packaging is color coded to the shade of the tint, so it is easier to spot if you have multiple shades. The interesting part about the packaging is that the main body of the lipstick contain only the dome shaped sponge tip applicator. The actual lipstick is inside the cap. The sponge cushion is of good quality and does not flake after continued applications. The applicator is different from the ones in THIS and THIS lipstick. Plus it is very convenient and easy to use, especially around edges and corners. The applicator has an inbuilt spring in the tube which ensures proper coating of lipstick on the sponge tip from the cap when you shut it. The shade name is written along the end of the product. The overall packaging looks high end and prettifies the vanity.

When this lipstick came out, Korean gradient lips were in trend and the sponge tip helps to achieve the look, where maximum intensity of color is at the centre of the lips and the intensity fades out along the edges. The sponge cushion tip does a great job in creating that gradient effect.

Since these lipsticks are marketed not as ‘lipsticks’ but as tints, the pigmentation is low but gives a nice blotted effect in 1-2 swipes. It needs 3-4 passes to build the full color intensity. It glides effortlessly and doesnot feel you are wearing anything on lips AT ALL. Unlike THESE lip stains by The Body Shop which are water based, L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse are powder based and even during application you donot feel you are applying a lip product. It is extremely light weight and neither dries, nor hydrates the lips. As this is a tint, it doesnot transfer. The fragrance is fruity which is not bothersome and doesnot linger for long. It gives a soft matte finish which doesnot emphasize fine lines like other matte lipsticks do.

The shade Rose Blossom is a beautiful warm red with orange tones. The blotted effect it gives in 1-2 swipes makes it ideal for daily use.

Unfortunately, L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse doesnot last very long. It starts to fade after a light meal, and completely vanishes if you have a heavy oily meal. Without meal, it stays for good 5-6 hours.

The price is also a con. It is quite expensive for the product quantity (0.9 g!) it comes in.

Overall, this is a fancy lip product with an amazing and innovative packaging concept, but it is not a necessity in my opinion. I have reviewed similar lipstick shades by Kiko Milano (HERE) and The Body Shop stain (HERE).

 

 

 

 

I’m wearing THIS nailpolish by Kiko here.

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick : Review & Swatches

Happy new year everyone! 🙂

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 🙂

 

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 🙂

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 🙂