Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer : 94 Mermaid Pink ~ Review & Swatch

 

Kiko has an amazing nail polish collection and it keeps launching new limited edition makeup range every now and then. So after the Glitter Metal range and Holographic range of nailpolish, I am reviewing the recently launched Power Pro Special Nail lacquer collection in the shade 94 Mermaid Pink. Only two colors were launched in the ‘Special’ range and the other one is 95 Mermaid Violet.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 11 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

 Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer 94 Mermaid Pink Review

  • Kiko Milano Power Pro nail lacquer comes in rounded cuboidal glass packaging with double cap. The outer rounded square cap removes to reveal an easy grip striated brush cap. Kiko Milano logo is engraved on top of both the caps.
  • Shade number is written at the back on the peel off sticker booklet. Kiko doesnot write shade names, but only numbers on their products.
  • The brush is amazing. It is larger than normal ones, densely packed with rounded edge and follows the shape of nails without staining the skin. The brush helps a lot in fast and mess-free application.
  • Consistency of Power Pro Special nail lacquer is neither thick, nor runny and pigmentation is slightly sheer. The normal Power Pro nail polish, however, has slightly creamy texture and insanely rich pigmentation. The ‘Special’ nailpolish being slightly sheer, it takes 2-3 coats for full opacity.
  • Like almost all Kiko Milano nailpolish, Power Pro nail lacquer dries really fast.
  • The shade Mermaid Pink 94 is a beautiful light peach-pink color with two toned pearlescent effect, similar to the effect of mother of pearl. There is a slight shift in color to purple which looks beautiful.
  • I don’t think the shade is VERY extraordinary (unlike THIS shade by Kiko), and an Indian dupe I could think of is shade ‘Pink Pony’ from Nykaa’s Unicorn Potion collection.  Maybelline Colorshow also has a faintly similar color (sans the pearl effect)- Pink Voltage. Both these dupe shades are cool toned, whereas Mermaid Pink by Kiko Milano is bit warm toned. Also, Kiko one has a unique pearlescent effect.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping, which is impressive.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big.
  • The shade Mermaid Pink 94 has a unique elegance and can be carried off by women of all age groups. It will suit fair to medium skintones.

In the swatches below, I have worn it in 3 coats without any base color. In one of the pics I have used it as top coat over different base colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Base colors used (Left- Right): Kiko Power Pro 26, no base color, Kiko Power Pro 12, Kiko Power Pro11.

 

 

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 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