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.

Maybelline Colorshow Gold Digger nail polish ~ Gilded Rose 903: Review & Swatch

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Maybelline has an entire range on gold themed nail colors: Gold Digger Collection, and I am reviewing a beautiful peach color nailpolish from this range ~ Gilded Rose 903

I have reviewed the first three shades in the pic above HERE, HERE and HERE

Price: Rs 145

 

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Gilded Rose 903 is a peach colored nail polish with sugar texture. 

It comes in classic Colorshow packaging: cylindrical transparent bottle with black cap and name engraved on top. The brush is decent but not great. Gilded Rose is a peach colored nail polish with peach and golden shimmer. This is not as bling shade as some of the OTHERS in this collection, but it is a good shade if you like subtle colors. However, this shade can make hands look dark, so try it at the counters before you purchase.

People confuse this shade of Gold Digger collection with  ‘Pink Champagne’ shade of the previous Glitter Mania collection. There is a difference between the two shades, the latter being more blingy and rose gold in color, and Gilded rose is peachy in color with toned down bling. Also, there is no chunky glitter in Gilded Rose. The texture however, is the same. Personally, I like Pink Champagne shade more.

This is not a top coat, and it takes 2-3 coats to build the color. The tip wear starts after 3-4 days. Being a glitter nailpolish, its removal is quite a pain. You can remove such glitter polishes easily using the method I use HERE

 

 

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Overall, this is a good color if you like subtle colors with toned down bling. This is a great office appropriate color in my opinion. But it may make hands look dark, so try it on your nails first.

Love,

Blossom

 

Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow Lip Balm : Mixed- Berry, Cherry, Orange ~ Review, Swatch

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Tinted lip balms have always been my thing. Even after my marriage, I don’t apply lipsticks daily. I always go for tinted lip balms. Whenever there is a new tinted balm in market, I HAVE to try it. Maybelline has always been a favorite for their Baby lips ever since they first launched the tinted variant.  They have recently introduced  Candy Wow Baby Lips and I was quite excited to try these. I have 3 shades with me- Orange, Cherry and Mixed Berry.

 

Price: Rs 275 for 2 g

 

Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow Review

 

Mixed- Berry: Cool toned pink color  (Raspberry shade is warm toned pink)

Orange: warm toned orange color

Cherry: Semi sheer cherry red color, most pigmented of the lot, leaves a beautiful stain, will suit every skin tone.

 

These lip balm come in brightly colored twist up crayon packaging. The color of the tube is matched with the color of the lip balm so it is easier to identify. The fonts on the Lip balm tube are ultra cute. It is a chubby lip balm with retractable, rounded tip. The cap is not very tight but so far I have had no issue of them coming off while travelling.

The lip balms have very smooth and buttery consistency. They are moisturizing,  highly glossy with good color pay-off. They are like sheer lipsticks, only a notch higher on the moisturizing front. The color is sheer which can be intensified by applying 2-3 coats. They leave a mild stain on the lips which intensifies when you reapply the lip balm, especially Cherry flavor. They are not super moisturizing and won’t heal your chapped lips magically overnight. But these are amazing for daily wear if you want a hint of color on your lips.  The wear time is about 2-2.5 hours on my lips, after which I need to reapply the lip balm.

The fragrance is amazing and not over powering. They have individual fragrance based to the shade name.

 

One thing I don’t like is the quantity. They have reduced the quantity and increased the price. Also, I feel the lip balm ‘melts’ inside the tube especially in hot weather as one can see messiness on the crayon stick and also it shifts side ways while you twist it up. So, I don’t twist it up all the way when this happens as it may break.

You can see the ‘melting’ of the stick in the pics below.

 

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Maybelline Candy wow lip balm swatch

 

Overall, the bright, colorful packaging and the chubby pencil design of the lip balm is very attractive. These are highly glossy, decently moisturizing with good color pay-off for a lip balm. But don’t depend on these for long term hydration and healing as they stay for 2-2.5 hours. Also, the quantity is less and the price is higher than regular Baby Lips lip balm. But, I am so in love with these Lip balms that I wear them daily for work and I will definitely repurchase these cuties. =)

 

xoxo

Blossom