Kiko Milano Smart Fast Dry Nail Lacquer : 70 Pearly Dark Vermillion ~ Review & Swatch

 

If you don’t know Kiko Milano by now, you have been living under a rock. They have a HUGE selection of makeup and nail polishes in both budget and high end price range, and in all the colors you can imagine. I have reviewed a gorgeous lipstick HERE and a few nailpolishes HERE. In this post I am reviewing another range of Kiko nail lacquer- Smart Fast dry in the shade 70 Pearly Dark Vermillion. 

 

Price: Rs 250 for 7 ml

Expiry : 3 years

 

Kiko Milano Smart Fast Dry Nail Lacquer 70 Pearly Dark Vermillion Review

  • Kiko Milano Smart Fast dry nail lacquer comes in flat, sleek, cuboidal packaging with matte black  cap and Kiko logo engraved at top. The sleek packaging makes it easy to store and travel with.
  • Shade number is written at the back on the peel off sticker booklet. Kiko doesnot write shade names, but only numbers on their products. I picked the shade name for this nailpolish from their official website.
  • The brush is short and not as good as the Pro range but for the price of the nailpolish the brush is decent. It picks enough nailpolish for one coat application.
  • Kiko Nail lacquer 070 Pearly Dark Vermillion is a beautiful deep cherry red color with subtle pearl effect. The shimmer is not much visible but only if you look very carefully, yet it gives a beautiful dimension to the color. The color looks similar to the Christmas ornaments.
  • Unlike THIS nailpolish range by Kiko, Smart nail lacquer range show same color on the nails as it looks in the bottle.
  • Consistency of this nail lacquer is neither thick, nor runny and pigmentation is decent, goes opaque in 2-3 coats.
  • The finish is glossy but starts to fade after 2 days.
  • Kiko nail polishes are quick drying and you dont have to wait much before applying multiple coats.
  • Shade 70 Pearly Dark Vermillion is not a unique color and you can easily find dupes in Indian market.
  • Pricewise the nail lacquer is not expensive.
  • The shade is a mature color and will suit most Indian skintones. This is the kind of color you can gift to your mum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Kiko Power Pro Nail Lacquer : 90 Multicolour Mauve ~ Review & Swatch

Kiko has an amazing nail polish collection, both in low price range and high range and I own a few Kiko Milano nail polish (Haul post HERE). The shade selection in every range is vast. Kiko Milano keeps launching new makeup collection every now and then and last year added a few shades to its Power Pro range. I have reviewed a limited edition nail lacquer from this range- shade Mermaid Pink HERE, and in this post I am reviewing another recently launched shade from the collection – 90 Multicolour Mauve.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 11 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

 Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer 90 Multicolour Mauve Review

 

  • Kiko Milano Power Pro nail lacquer comes in cuboidal glass packaging with double cap and rounded edges. 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. Full points for the brush.
  • Consistency of Power Pro nail lacquer is neither thick, nor runny and pigmentation is rich. It takes 2 coats for full opacity.
  • Like almost all Kiko Milano nailpolish, Power Pro nail lacquer dries really fast.
  • The shade Multicolor Mauve 90 is a beautiful copper, red and golden shimmer suspended in mauve base. The mauve tones are more visible in single coat and with two coats the copper shimmer overpowers the mauve base color. The shimmer is very heavy and the overall color looks beautiful, especially in direct light/ flash.
  • I don’t think the shade is VERY extraordinary (unlike THIS shade by Kiko), and you can find a dupe in Indian market easily.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping, which is impressive.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big.
  • The shade Multicolour Mauve 90 looks elegant yet modern and makes a perfect fall color. It can be carried off by women of all age groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

Hearts Nail Art – Stamping #2

So here is my 2nd attempt at stamping nail art. Like the previous post, this nail art also features Hearts since Valentine’s is around the corner. See more Valentine’s day nail art HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red nailpolish – Sephora Color Hit nail polish in shade ‘High Speed

Accent nail base color – Kiko Power Pro nail lacquer in shade 26 ‘Pink Beige’

Stamping plate – Konad m101

Stamping polish – Born Pretty

Stamp – Born Pretty Clear Jelly Stamper

Top coat – Born Pretty top coat

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

Colorbar Luxe Nail Lacquer ~ Heroine : Review, Swatch

 

Colorbar cosmetics recently revamped its entire nailpolish collection and I picked up a few shades. All the nailpolish range now have same packaging and some of the previous shades (like 24 ct collection or heavy metal collection) have been branded as ‘Arteffects range. I have already reviewed the following shades:

Snow White (2nd shade in pic above)- beautiful off-white color with heavy shimmer

Pinken Gold – gorgeous duochrome orange-pink color

Liquid Gold – unique antique bronze color

In this post I am reviewing a deep red color- Heroine (first one in pic above).

 

Price: Rs 250 for 12 ml

 

 

Colorbar Luxe Nail Lacquer Heroine Review

Colorbar Luxe nail lacquer comes in  thick, cube glass bottle with short brush. The nailpolish bottle looks attractive but feels heavy and bulky and takes up more space in stacking.  The brush cap is silver colored with ‘CB’ logo embossed on top. The shade name and other details are stickered at the bottom. The brush is short and wide and slightly rounded which helps in clean application.

Heroine is a beautiful deep red color with fainbrown tones. This is not a vibrant but mature kind of red, and looks absolutely gorgeous when applied. This shade is perfect for fall. It  The pigmentation is good and needs 2 coats for full opacity. One coat looks vibrant cherry red (similar to THIS Chambor nailpolish) and second coat gives the deeper color. The consistency is creamy and application is uniform and non streaky. The finish is glossy and it dries quick.

Unfortunately, the wear time is not so impressive. The Arteffects range is more long lasting than this. Tip wear started after 2 days and proper chipping started after 4 days. Pricewise it is okay for the quantity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Colorbar Luxe Nailpolish comes in short, glass bottle which looks attractive but feels bulky. The brush is short and slightly rounded which helps in clean application. The consistency is creamy and pigmentation is good. It needs 2 coats for full color build up. Finish is glossy. The shade Heroine is a beautiful deep red color which will suit all skin tones.  This nailpolish is okay for its price as the quantity is big (12 ml). The only con is the wear time as it starts to chip after 3-4 days.

 

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