Colorbar 1001 Shades of Love Nail Lacquer ~ 412 Italian Spice : Review & Swatch

 

Colorbar has recently launched its ‘1001 Shades of Love’ collection and I bought a few shades from Colorbar’s official website. See the shades I picked in Haul post HERE.  I am reviewing a gorgeous brownish orange shade – Italian Spice in this post.

 

Price: Rs 199 for 10 ml

Expiry: 3 years

 

Colorbar  Nail Lacquer Italian Spice Review

  • Colorbar has relaunched its entire nail polish collection as ‘1001 Shades of Love’. These 1001 Shades are categorized under different range : Luxe range, Matte range, Arteffects range etc. Italian Spice is from the normal range of Colorbar nail lacquer.
  • Colorbar has not revamped the packaging, it is the same as previous bottle, only with a couple of tweaks. The colorbar logo now has a heart instead of ‘B’, and the cap of the nail polish is brown chrome color with new hearts logo of Colorbar on top. Other than this, the packaging and the brush is same as their last packaging (Read more about packaging and brush HERE)
  • Pigmentation is amazing and gives full opacity in 1 coat. I still apply two coats for better wear time.
  • Consistency is creamy and application is uniform and non streaky. It dries quick.
  • Italian Spice is a beautiful burnt orange/ rust color with glossy finish. This shades reminds me of Halloween and will make a pretty Fall color.
  • Colorbar’s website depicts this color as proper brown, but in reality this is more orange than brown. If you buy through the Colorbar official website, don’t trust the colors shown there.
  • Pricewise this is a good buy for the quantity.
  • Colorbar claims it is formulated with a 7-free formula: without formaldehydes, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, paraben, and xylene

 

Pssst, if you are looking for similar shade in a lip product, check out THIS liquid lipstick by Chambor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

 

Colorbar Arteffects Nail Lacquer : Pinken Gold ~ Review & Swatch

 

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Colorbar has rebranded the previous 24 ct range of nailpolish as Arteffects range and I have a few shades of the 24 ct range with me. I have already reviewed a gorgeous bronze gold shade- Liquid Gold HERE and in this post I am reviewing my favorite shade of the collection- Pinken Gold.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 12 ml

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer Pinken Gold Review 

Colorbar has standardized the nailpolish packaging and you won’t find any of the previous cuboidal packaging at the counters now. The pics below are of old packaging. The new packaging is thick, cube glass bottle which feels heavy (same as in THIS review). The brush is short and stout but wide to pick enough product for 1 coat application. The shade name is stickered at the bottom. Being a bit heavy and huge, it takes up more space in storage than the previous packaging..

Pinken gold is a beautiful dark pink color with gorgeous orange duochrome effect. It has gold and pink microshimmer which gives an added depth to this beautiful color. The consistency is sheer in 1 coat and takes 2-3 coats for full opacity, depending on the thickness of coats you apply.  It dries fast and there is no waiting time in between multiple coats application. Pinken Gold is a one of its kind shade with prominent duochrome effect. If you are fond of pink colors, do check this one. The shade is quite different and unique from other shades in Indian market.  This nailpolish will suit all skin tones.

Wear time for this nailpolish is good and tip wear starts after 2-3 days  (without top coat) on my dominant hand. Proper chipping sets in after 5-6 days. Price is a bit high but this is a big bottle (12 ml) so it is ok if you do the math, compared to other nailpolish in market (Maybelline’s Colorshow range is Rs 175 for 6 ml).

There are many naipolish in market claimed to have duochrome effect. But if you want true duochrome action, this is the nailpolish to look for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nailpolish comes in short, glass bottle which feels bulky and heavy compared to Colorbar’s previous packaging. The brush is short and slightly rounded which helps in clean application. The consistency is sheer and needs 3 coats for full coverage. Price wise, this nailpolish is okay for its price as the quantity is big (12 ml). The shade Pinken Gold is a gorgeous pink color with orange duochrome effect. It has pink and golden microglitter which adds a subtle depth to the color.  It lasts 5-6 days with tip wear setting after 2-3 day (without top coat). It will suit all Indian skin tones. You don’t get to see true duochrome shades in Indian market and this one is worth the buy. I will definitely repurchase.

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor : Firecracker Red ~ Review & Swatch

 

With the season of deep colors coming to an end now, its time to whip out some vibrant shades. One such shade (which I wore entire last summer) is this beautiful orange lipstick from Maybelline. Maybelline has a wide range of lipsticks and Colorshow range has been around for sometime now. I have two shades from this range and I have reviewed a gorgeous vibrant pink color- Flaming Fuchsia HERE. In this post I am reviewing another beautiful shade- Firecracker Red.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 3.9 g

 

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor Firecracker Red Review

Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor comes in black matte packaging with color coded band at the centre. The band doesnot code the actual shade but only the color family. Flaming Fuchsia shade has a pink band, this one has red band. This is a normal swivel up bullet packaging. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the bullet. It has a fruity smell which does not linger for long.

The texture of these lipsticks is creamy matte. It glides on the lips easily and gives opaque coverage in two swipes. It is a  super comfortable lipstick to wear and does not dry the lips. However, being somewhat creamy in texture, it is prone to transfer. The lipstick gets into lines after sometime and accentuates the dry flaky bits so exfoliate the lips before applying.

Firecracker Red shade is a beautiful deep orange color (red with lots of orange). The reddish tones makes it quite a wearable shade, especially if you don’t like to wear orange lipsticks. If you like to venture into the orange lipstick world, this should be a safe buy. This lipstick will work across skin tones. The swatches below don’t do justice to the beauty of this color.

Price wise, this is a pretty good buy. Not too expensive and lasts a long time. Quality and pigmentation is superb. It lasts 4-5 hours which is okay as it doesnot claim to be long lasting. Plus the texture is velvety matte and not super matte which makes it fade earlier than other matte lipsticks. It fades to a beautiful reddish orange stain.

If you want a true orange lipstick, check the one reviewed HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte lipsticks are creamy and velvety matte in texture which glides easily on the lips. These are quite hydrating and super comfortable and do not dry out the lips. It lasts for 4-5 hours with meals after which it fades to a beautiful stain. Firecracker Red is a beautiful reddish orange color. If orange lipstick too bright on you check this lipstick as the reddish tones makes it safe to wear.  It will suit most Indian skintones. 

xoxo, Blossom

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain: Dutch Tulip 012 ~ Review & Swatch

 

First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to everyone!!!! May this year bring out the best in everyone 🙂 🙂

I will start this year by reviewing the one product  I used the most  last year- The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain – Dutch Tulip 012.

I bought this product while random scrolling in the airport store of The Body Shop where I saw it for the first time (even though it has been around for quite sometime). I somehow never seem to get past the skincare section of TBS and rarely get to the makeup section.

I have a pink lip and cheek stain from Benefit (Benetint) so I bought this beautiful orange shade- Dutch Tulips 012 and it became my staple in 2017. The shade Pomegranate is also worth checking.

 

Price: Rs 895 for 7.2 ml 

(price is reduced now)

 

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain – Dutch Tulip Review

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain comes in black opaque tiny packaging with black screw on applicator. The details and shade name is given on the bottle. The applicator is doe foot which picks up a decent quantity of product. Being opaque the quantity of product left inside is not visible.

The consistency is sheer and liquidy- gel type (thicker than Benefit ones which have completely water like consistency). These are super easy to blend but stain quite quickly so it needs to be blended instantly, especially on cheeks as it will leave patchy (or dotted) stain. Being liquid in consistency it absorbs completely and doesnot sit on lips like lipsticks do. So after a while the lips feel dry but the stain stays put. It looks absolutely gorgeous on cheeks and looks natural.

Dutch Tulip 012 is a beautiful peachy-orange shade which will suit most Indian skintones. The best thing about these is that the coverage is buildable. So you can adjust the intensity of color you want. But do make sure your lips are properly exfoliated as it tends to sit on the dry bits and accentuate it even more. The stain stays for 3-4 hours after which fades unevenly and sticks particularly on dry bits.

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain is bit pricey for the quantity, and I wont say this is a MUST HAVE product. But only a little quantity is required and so the bottle goes a long way. If you dont like to wear proper lipstick daily and only want a wash of color, do check this one. This is still easy on pocket than Benefit ones, just saying 😛 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain is a gorgeous multi-purpose product which looks natural and gives a beautiful wash of color on cheeks and lips. The consistency is sheer but buildable and texture is liquidy. It absorbs almost instantly and leaves a stain quickly so make sure to blend on the cheeks quickly. Dutch Tulip is a gorgeous peachy orange shade which will suit most Indian skin tones. This is a pricey product and not a must have in my opinion, but is still nice if you are not a fan of wearing lipsticks daily. The quantity is less but only a small amount is needed and the bottle will last a long time. However, do exfoliate the lips before applying this as it tends to sit on dry parts and accentuates it even more.

xoxo, Blossom

 

Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color : Sunkissed~ Review, Swatch

 

Maybelline has two range of nailpolish: Colorshow (with its multiple variants like THIS and THIS and THIS) and Superstay.  While I love Colorshow collection for its wide range of colors, I LOVE Superstay range for everything else one looks for in a nailpolish. As the name says, this range of nailpolish is supposed to be long wear and give Gel finish. I have already reviewed my favorite Blue nailpolish HERE and here I am reviewing a gorgeous pastel peach color – Sunkissed 873

 

Price: Rs 350 for 10 ml

 Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color 7 days: Sunkissed Review

Unlike colorshow range, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail polish comes in a flat, glass packaging with white cap. The shade name is stickered at the top and the list of ingredients is at the back in peel off sticker. Formula wise, these nailpolish are amazingly pigmented and creamy with glossy, plump finish. These are fast drying nailpolish and do not pose a problem if you are in a hurry. I am really impressed with the brush. I absolutely hate thin brushes in nailpolish. The flat, wide, U-curve brush makes the application breezy and less prone to error, especially around cuticles. Two coats give full pigmentation.

Sunkissed is a stunning pastel peach color. I LOVE pastel colors and this nailpolish is one of my fav, especially for summers (as the name suggests- Summer Bliss ).

Now coming to the Superstay claim, this nailpolish stays for 5-6 days with minor tip wear without a top coat and you can prolong the wear time by applying a top coat. I am a nailpolish hoarder and I know which nailpolish has better stay and which doesn’t. This nailpolish definitely is a win in long stay department.

The higher price of this range of nailpolish (as compared to Colorshow) is totally justified. You will feel the difference between the two range as soon as you start to apply these.

Word of caution though, the shade Sunkissed makes skin look a tad deeper in complexion.

In the swatches below, I have applied Colorshow Gold digger nailpolish in shade Bling Thing as top coat.

I have applied this nail polish as part of a nail art HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail color in shade Sunkissed is a beautiful pastel peach color which is ideal as spring/summer shade. The formula is creamy and highly pigmented. The wide, U-shaped brush makes the application incredibly easy. These are long lasting nailpolish and will last for 5-6 days at least if you wear it with a top coat. The formula is top notch. This shade however can make your skin tone look deeper. I love this shade nonetheless and I will definitely repurchase it.

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.