I love colored mascara and Indian markets don’t have much options to offer. So, whenever I spot one I immediately purchase it. Colorbar has been selling colored mascara for a while now but I got to know only recently when I bought it (maybe it was relaunched?). Out of the three shades available- Green, Blue and Purple, I bought the Purple one (I cannot have enough purple eye makeup).
Price: Rs 650 for 9 ml
Colorbar Starry Eyes Mascara Starry Mauve Review
Colorbar starry eyes mascara come in plastic tube with silver colored cap. The tube is transparent on its own so you can see the color of your mascara and sort it if you have multiple colors of the same. The shade name is sticker-ed at the base of the tube. Like all Colorbar products, the outer packaging is silver cardboard containing all the details about ingredients, claims, price etc. The packaging is okay, not very great not too bad, just ok. The wand is short and stout with short bristles. The mascara is too creamy and ends up being clumpy if you are not careful. So apply only a small quantity at a go, wait for it to dry and then apply second coat. Also, it takes longer to dry than other mascaras. Being too creamy, the brush is unable to separate the lashes making it look clumpy.
But if applied carefully, this mascara looks gorgeous. Unlike the dramatic Lakme blue mascara I reviewed HERE, Colorbar Starry eyes mascara in shade Starry Mauve adds subtle color to the eyes which may not be much visible from a distance. But from close it looks beautiful.
Once dry the mascara does not crumble and stays put provided you donot rub your eyes. It is easy to remove so it wont break your eyelashes like some stubborn mascaras.
In the swatch below I have applied 2 coats of this mascara on my upper lashes.
Overall, I am not much impressed with this mascara. Colorbar Starry Eyes mascara is too creamy for my liking and ends up being clumpy on the lashes if not applied carefully. It takes long to dry so you need to wait a bit before applying another coat. The pigmentation is nice and it looks subtle on the eyes. It is not a dramatic color so not much visible from a distance, but looked closely this looks beautiful. I think it is pricey for the quality and I will probably not repurchase it.
This is my first purchase from Sephora and the purchase was unintentional. I went to Sephora to check out Benefit cosmetics and the SA was wearing this beautiful eyeliner that I couldn’t refrain myself from asking. And one thing led to another and this beauty was sitting in my vanity by the end of the day 😀
Price: Rs 870 for 1.2g
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr wear Love Affair Review
Sephora Contour eye pencil come in black sharpenable pencil with black plastic cap. The end of the pencil is color coded which makes it easier to spot if you have multiple shades from this range. The shade name is written towards the end of the pencil, at bottom of other details. Since this is a sharpenable eyeliner and not retractable, it leads to product wastage whenever you sharpen it.
Love Affair shade is a beautiful brown-plum color with pearl finish. This comes under shimmer shade but there is no “shimmer”, and the sheen is very subtle and not OTT. This makes a gorgeous work-wear shade if you like to experiment. Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Love Affair is slightly sheer in one coat and needs 2-3 coats to build to full intensity. This is not a one-stroke eyeliner like THESE. The texture is super creamy and glides easily. It does not tug or pull at the eyelids and so building up the coverage is not a problem.
Love Affair shade may not pop on your eyes if your eyelids are dark; so do swatch it at the counter before buying especially if you have dark eyelids.
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil does not irritate my eyes, even on waterline.
The staying power of this eyeliner is impressive. It does not budge once it sets. It stays put on my eyes whole day (~10 hours). Also, this is waterproof eyeliner, so you do not have to worry if you have watery eyes, or you get wet in rain 😛
Overall, Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Love Affair is a brown-plum eyeliner with a beautiful pearly sheen. It is super creamy and easy to apply. It is waterproof and smudgeproof. This is a sharpenable pencil so it needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage. The pigmentation is less in one stroke, but builds to full intensity in 2-3 swipes. The only con apart from the sharpenable thing is the price. This is bit expensive but such a gorgeous shade that I will probably buy this again.
xoxo, Blossom 🙂
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.
I have tried Avon nail polish only recently and I reviewed a gorgeous emerald shade (middle in pic above) previously in THIS post. Here I am reviewing a beautiful purple silver shade from Metallic effects collection – Icy Purple
Price: Rs 249 for 8 ml
Avon Metallic Effects Nail Enamel Icy Purple review
Avon Metallic effects nail enamel comes in rectangular packaging with shade name written on the front. The brush is short and decent, not too bad not too great either. The straight tip makes the application messy around the cuticles. I always prefer rounded brush (like in THIS nailpolish).
Icy Purple is a beautiful silver – purple color with a slightly frosty, chrome finish. This is a unique color which is not spotted in other brands easily. The formula is rich and creamy with metallic/foil finish. The consistency is great, neither thick nor thin. The pigmentation is excellent and gives full opacity in two thin coats (or one thick coat). Like any other metallic polishes, the brush strokes are visible but it can be minimised if you apply it carefully and neatly. This nail polish dries quickly.
This is not very long lasting nail polish. Minor tip wear starts next day itself. But then I don’t wear top coat and you can extend the wear time by applying a top coat. Also, the shine starts to dull after 2-3 days.
Overall, Avon Metallic effects nail enamel in Icy Purple is a beautiful silver-purple color with chrome like finish. It is superbly pigmented and needs 2 thin coats for full color. However, the brush strokes are visible so you need to apply it carefully. It dries quickly and shine stays put for 2-3 days after which it starts to dull. The only drawback I could find is that these are not long lasting. But an additional top coat can always prolong the wear time. I am in love with the unique color and I will definitely repurchase this again
L’Oreal launched Color Riche Le Smokey range of eyeliner pencils last year in 8 shades and I am reviewing a beautiful purple color- Purple Dream 211 in this post.
L’Oreal has another great eyeliner in gel form. Check it HERE
Price: Rs 650 for 1.2 g
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smokey eyeliner Purple Dream review
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smokey eye pencil is a double ended wooden pencil with eyeliner at one end and the smudger at the other end. Both the ends of the pencil are fitted with transparent, plastic caps which can be interchanged. The color of the eyeliner pencil is coordinated with the eyeliner shade making it easier to sort if you have multiple shades from this range. The design and gold detailing gives a classy touch to the packaging, but the gold detailing starts to fade after sometime.
Purple Dream is a blackish purple color which looks amazing on brown eyes. I can’t get enough of purple eyeliners. I feel green and purple look best on brown eyes. (I have reviewed my fav green eyeliner HERE ). L’Oreal Color Riche Le Smokey eye pencils are soft and creamy and glides easily. It does not tug or pull on the eyelids. These are intensely pigmented and one need not swipe multiple times for better color. One swipe gives full coverage. These are matte eyeliners. When I apply this on waterline as kohl, it does not sting or makes my eyes dry.
The smudger has dome shaped sponge tip which is decent and does an excellent job in smudging to create a smokey look. However, these eyeliners are not smudge proof and do smudge when rubbed. At the end of the day half the pigmentation fades off, whether worn as eyeliner or kohl. The smudging is more if you have hooded eyes or oily eyelids.
This is a long pencil and quantity is sufficient. But it needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage.
Overall, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smokey eyeliner pencil Purple Dreams is a beautiful blackish purple eyeliner with a smudger at the other end. It is highly pigmented and easy to apply but it is not smudge proof. Also, this needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage. This is not smudge proof and it will smudge especially if you have hooded eyes and oily eyelids. I will probably not repurchase this as I like retractable eyeliners with smudge proof finish.
Every girl must own a few glitter polish to glamour up the nails every now and then, and Maybelline has some amazing glitter nailpolish selection. Maybelline launched Party Girl collection last year in their Colorshow range. This range has gorgeous glitter shades with different color palette. I have already reviewed two shades of this range before : Tequila Sunrise (1st in pic above) and Fireworks (3rd in pic above). In this post I am reviewing another beautiful shade: Party Lights 118
Price: Rs 175 for 6 ml
Party Lights 118 is a beautiful silverish purple color nail polish with purple hexagonals and glitter suspended in a purple base. The nailpolish has silver shimmer which gives this naipolish a beautiful silverish sheen making it look like foil nailpolish. This nail polish is loaded with the glitters which remain suspended and does not settle down at the bottom of the bottle. The glitter does not tug and the nail polish settles into a smooth finish. The purple glitter and hexagonals doesnot look stark against the base color like in other shades of this range. Instead, it gives a beautiful diffused shimmer to this shade.
The packaging is standard packaging of their Colorshow nailpolish. It comes in cylindrical glass bottle with black cap. The shade name is engraved on top of the cap. The brush is decent and picks enough nailpolish for one coat. It takes 2-3 coats for full color intensity as one coat is slightly sheer.
Party Lights 118 being glitter nailpolish, its removal can be quite a pain, especially if you layer this polish a lot. You can remove such glitter polishes easily using the method I use HERE
The tip wear/chipping starts after 3-4 days, which is quite okay, as I don’t expect these polish to be super long lasting.
Maybelline has another purple glitter nail polish from their Glitter Mania range. You can check the swatches HERE
Overall, this is a beautiful purple glitter nailpolish with a silverish sheen. This nailpolish is loaded with glitter and 2-3 coats give full coverage. This is a beautiful color to glamour up the nails. I will probably repurchase this when this bottle gets over.
PS: You can check out my love for glitter nailpolishes HERE 😀
L’Oreal Paris launched this new range of nail polish last year – Color Riche L’Huile nail polish. Although this range has been available outside India for some time, it was launched in India recently. There is a wide variety of shades to choose from. Here I am reviewing a gorgeous purple shade ~ Violet Vendome 332.
Price: Rs 399
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche L’Huile nail polish Violet Vendome review
The packaging is very attractive and one of its kind. It comes in a super pretty cut-glass cuboidal bottle with shade name sticked on top. The bottle feels luxurious in hand. I got attracted to the packaging only when I spotted it from far and decided to purchase atleast one shade 😛
Violet Vendome 332 is a beautiful violet color with a perfect mix of purple and pink. This is such a vibrant shade which will work in spring as well as Fall in my opinion. (Check out another great purple nailpolish HERE). Even though Violet Vendome is a bright shade, it should still work across skin tones. The finish is highly glossy. The texture is smooth and creamy and the nailpolish is pigmented, although it takes 2-3 coats for full color intensity (3 for me as with 2 coats my nail tips were visible). These nail polish are fast drying, but I recommend applying thin coats. I am highly impressed with the brush. There are ridges on the stem holding the brush which makes it drip resistant. It is U-shape and perfectly wide to cover the nails in a single stroke without going outside the edges. I love nailpolish with a good brush. The USP of this range of nailpolish is that they have an oil-infused formulation which delivers deep, vibrant color and intense shine.
The glossiness of this nailpolish stays for 2-3 days. However, I could start to see tip wear next day onwards, which is a bummer. The chipping started after 4-5 days but you can always prolong the wear time by using a top coat.
Overall, I think these polishes are worth to have a look at. The packaging is really attractive, there is a large spectrum of shades to choose from, the pigmentation is good and the finish is highly glossy. The brush is amazing and makes the nailpolish application a dream, especially around cuticles. The texture, formula and finish is top notch.