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

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

 

 

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel : Lady Luck ~ Review & Swatch

 

I have two range of Revlon nailpolish with me, one smaller packaging (THIS) and other Colorstay Gel Envy range which has been one of my favorite since it launched in 2014 (i think) and in this post I am reviewing a very beautiful shade- Lady Luck.

 

Price: Rs 460 for 11.7 ml

 

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel Review

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy range is exactly similar in packaging to its Colorstay range (which now is discontinued). It comes in a sturdy cylindrical bottle with long black cap. The shade name is stickered on top of the cap. The brush is amazing, and contrary to brush of THIS nailpolish range, Colorstay range has an amazing double-barrel brush which is longflat with tapered corners. It helps in hassle free application, especially around edges and cuticles.

The pigmentation of these nailpolish is quite rich and gives full pigmentation in single swipe. The consistency is slightly thick than usual nailpolish which makes it longer to dry. Also, it is streaky in one coat so you need to apply 2 coats for a leveled finish.

The shade Lady Luck is a beautiful coral pink color which borders on being neonish. In the bottle it appears to have a golden sheen but on the nails it is hardly noticeable. This is a creamy nailpolish with glossy finish. It is quite difficult to photograph true coral color and the swatches below fail to capture it. This is a bright color which make the nails pop, making it perfect for summers.

Coming to the Longwear claim, it stayed put for 2-3 days after which I started to see slight tip wear, especially on my dominant hand. Proper chipping started after 5-6 days, which is okay. It is quite pricey but the quantity is more and the formula is different from average nailpolish.

I have never had a proper gel manicure in a salon, but compared to any other drugstore faux-line of gel polish I have tried, these win hands down!

Being a bright color, the shade Lady Luck will suit fair to medium skin tones. Dusky skin beauties may want to steer clear as it makes the skin color look a tad darker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel are richly pigmented, giving full coverage in single swipe. They get streaky in single swipe but levels off with another coat. The packaging is sturdy, cylindrical bottle with a long, tapered brush which is easy to work with. The shade Lady Luck is a beautiful coral pink color which is quite bright and borders on being neonish, making it perfect for summers. It stays put for 2-3 days after which tip wear sets in. Chipping starts after 5-6 days. This is a bit pricey nailpolish but the finish and consistency and quality is top notch. Being a bright color, Lady Luck shade will suit fair to medium skin tones.

 

xoxo, Blossom

Kiko Milano Holographic Nail Lacquer ~ 004 Review & Swatch

 

So we finally have a holographic nailpolish in India. *Yay* I was always tempted to get a holo nailpolish whenever I stumbled upon the gorgeous swatches of foreign brands. But the Indian brands are not truly up to the mark as compared to nailpolish game abroad. So one thing I like about Kiko Milano (which is still realtively new in Indian market) is that they launch new products in India about the same time they launch internationally. Holographic range was launched in Sept/Oct last year and I picked this beautiful purple shade 004. There are only 6 shades in this range and all the colors are pastel colored and not too bright. This is probably to bring out the holo effect more intensely.

To be honest, when I tried this nailpolish in the store I didn’t take much shine to it as I was expecting more bright colors but among the options available, this one seemed best. However, when I applied this nailpolish at home the first time, I was awestruck with its beauty. See the swatches below and you will know why.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 10 ml

 

Kiko Milano Holographic nail lacquer 004 review

Kiko Milano Holographic Nail Lacquer comes in round glass bottle with black cap. The cap is removable and the brush cap is underneath. Shade number and other details are stickered at the back in form of booklet (which has 6 pages btw!). The brush is short and not too wide but picks up enough quantity for one coat application.

Pigmentation is amazing and formula is smooth and easy to apply. It builds to full opacity in 1-2 coats, depending on how thick coats you apply. It dries fairly quickly and there is no waiting between application of  multiple coats.

Kiko Milano Holographic nail polish in shade 004 is a pastel lavender purple color with beautiful holographic microshimmer. The holo effect is heavily visible under  sunlight/ flash and faintly visible indoors. The holo effect is not in-your-face kind, but is subtle and fine.  I have taken pics under different lighting to show the depth of holo. The pics taken indoor are a tad darker than the actual color, which is pastel. Most of the pics are taken indoor in natural sunlight, unless stated otherwise.

The nailpolish stays put for 3 days without tip wear and 5 days without chipping. Price wise this is a bit expensive nailpolish, but I didn’t mind the price as I was too excited to be trying a holo nailpolish; plus the quantity is quite big.

If you are not much into holo effect and like glitter nailpolish more, do check out my favorite purple glitter nailpolish  HERE.

Do check my instagram video at the end of this post to see the Holographic effect in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(pic taken in direct sunlight)

 

 

(pic taken indoor in natural light)

 

 

(pic taken in direct sunlight)

 

(pic taken outdoor in indirect sunlight)

 

(pic taken in direct sunlight)

 

(pic taken in flash)

 

 

 

Overall, I am in LOVE with this nailpolish! Kiko Milano holographic nailpolish comes in a sturdy, round bottle with black cap. The brush is wide and picks enough product for one coat. The pigmentation is amazing and goes fully opaque in 2-3 coats. It dries quickly and lasts 5 days without chipping.  The shade 004 is a beautiful lavender color with gorgeous holographic shimmer. The shimmer is more profound in sunlight/flash. This is the first holographic nailpolish in India and I am in love. Though I wish these came in more colors. 

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer ~ Liquid Gold : Review & Swatch

Image taken from Colorbar website

 

I bought a few shades from 24 ct range of Colorbar nailpolish when they hadn’t revamped their nailpolish packaging. I think this was an amazing range with wide variety of gold shades. But now Colorbar has rebranded these shades under their Arteffects nailpolish range.  The packaging of Liquid Gold is like the pic above. I have reviewed another gorgeous shade from Arteffects range HERE.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 12 ml

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer Liquid Gold Review 

Colorbar has standardized the nailpolish packaging. The pics below are of old packaging. The new packaging is thick, cube glass bottle which feels heavy . The brush is short and stout but wide enough to pick enough product for 1 coat application. The shade name is stickered at the bottom.

Liquid gold is a beautiful bronze gold color with pink and gold microshimmer. It has a pearly finish and does not have a dazzling shine, which makes it more attractive in my opinion as it gives the nails a rustic look. The consistency is quite sheer and takes 3 coats for full opacity. Colorbar claimed 24 ct range had duochrome effect, and to be honest I didn’t see any duochrome action with this nailpolish. But this is a beautiful shade nevertheless. Liquid Gold is not a bright color and if you like subtle shades, definitely check this one. This nailpolish will suit all skin tones, especially dusky skin beauties.

Wear time for this nailpolish is okay and tip wear starts after 1 day (without top coat). Proper chipping sets in after 3-4 days. Price wise, it is okay for the quantity (12 ml).

 

 

 

 

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 Liquid Gold is a beautiful bronze gold color with pink and golden microglitter.  It lasts 4-5 days with tip wear setting after 1 day (without top coat). This is not a bright shade and will suit all Indian skintones. 

xoxo, Blossom

 

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation Lipstick: Swatches & Review

 

Maybelline Lip Gradation lip color is hands down my favorite matte formula. Lip gradation range is around for sometime and I have 3 shades with me which I am reviewing in this post- Pink 1, Pink 2, Red 1.

 

Price: Rs 500 for 1.25 g

 

Maybelline Lip Gradation Lip color Review

Maybelline Lip gradation lipstick come in swivel up retractable crayon packaging with color coded body. It has lipstick at one end and sponge smudger at the other end. The cap for lipstick end is black colored and smudger lid is translucent black color. The lipstick is smaller in width than normal lipsticks and thicker than lip liners, so it is quite convenient and easy to use especially around edges and corners. The twisting mechanism for swivelling action is at the smudger end and not on the body. The shade name is stickered on the smudger cap and manufacturing date is engraved on the body (below the logo).

Maybelline lip gradation lipstick is super smooth and glides like butter on the lips. It is non-drying and applies like a dream. The pigmentation is phenomenal and gives opaque coverage in single swipe. The texture of these lipstick is powdery and different from any other matte lipsticks I have tried. This lipstick is very comfortable to wear. Matte lipsticks tend to dry out the lips after a few hours, but this lipstick neither dries, nor hydrates the lips. This lipstick feels creamy to apply but settles to a perfect matte finish.

When this lipstick came out, Korean gradient lips were in trend and the smudger 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. I, personally, was never a fan of that trend. The smudger, however, does a great job in blurring and fading the pigmentation.

This lipstick lasts very long. Even after meals, this lipstick stays put and fades only slightly from the inner rims. The pigmentation and color stays intact for a good 7-8 hours! Even after that it leaves a beautiful strong stain. This lipstick doesnot emphasizes dry bits of lips like other matte lipsticks usually do. It doesnot transfer much and does not settle into fine lines.

Everything one wants in a matte lipstick, Maybelline Lip gradation has it!

Only con I could think of is the quantity. The quantity is less than other lipsticks and so it will finish up early.

Pink 1 : soft pink color with warm tones. Perfect shade for summers. This shade will suit fair to medium skintones.

Pink 2 : deep pink color with warm tones. This shade will suit all skintones.

Red 1 : Brick red color with hints of brown. This is a mature shade and perfect for gifting to your mom. This shade will suit all skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink 1

 

Pink 2

 

Red 1

 

 Pink 1

 

Pink 2 (top swatch is smudged)

 

Red 1

 

Overall, Maybelline Lip gradation lipsticks come in twist up crayon packaging with smudger at one end. The lipstick bullet is slimmer than other lipsticks and thicker than lip liners, so this is quite easy to use especially around edges and corners. The smudger is decent and fades/ blurs the color beautifully. This lipstick is non drying and super comfortable on the lips.  The pigmentation and longevity is the best among all matte lipsticks I have tried. It stays put for 7-8 hours and leaves a strong stain after that. Doesn’t budge even after meals. Pink 1 is a beautiful soft pink color which will suit fair to medium skin tones. Pink 2 is deeper pink color which will suit all skin tones. Red 1 is beautiful brick red color with brown tones which is perfect for mature ladies and will suit all skintones.

These are hands down the best matte lipsticks in this price range. I highly highly recommend these!

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer ~ Snow White : Review & Swatch

 

Colorbar has changed its nailpolish packaging and launched some new range. Arteffects range of Colorbar nailpolish has some of the old shades (24 ct collection & Heavy metal collection) and some new shades.

I am reviewing a beautiful glitter off-white shade from Colorbar Arteffects range in this post- Snow White 26.

 

Price: Rs 325 for 12 ml

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer Snow White Review

Colorbar has changed its nailpolish packaging and now all the range have same packaging- thick, cube glass bottle with short brush. The nailpolish bottle feels heavy and bulky and honestly I liked the previous bottle more. Stacking of these nailpolish now takes up more space (I had to carry 5-6 while moving from Delhi to Mumbai, so I know how inconvenient this packaging is especially for travel).  The brush cap is silver colored with ‘CB’ logo embossed at the top. The shade name and other details are stickered at the bottom. The brush is short and wide and slighly rounded which helps in clean application (I ike rounded brush like THESE).

The pigmentation is slightly sheer and needs 3 coats for full opacity. Being sheer, this may also be used as a top coat. This nailpolish feel smooth to touch and not at all  gritty or sand textured like other glitter nailpolish.

Snow White is a beautiful off white color with heavy shimmer. The glitter is very fine so it doesnot stand out against the nailpolish like THIS nailpolish, but gives a beautiful dimension to the overall color. The small glitter are holographic and the holographic effect is slightly visible in pic at the top of this post. Being holographic, the shimmer appears to be multicolor and looks beautiful against the off white color. This shade is a beautiful alternative to silver and white colors.

Price is a bit high but this is a big bottle 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). Tip wear is after 2 days and proper chipping starts after 4-5 days.

I have used this nailpolish in Christmas nail art I did recently HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Snow White is a gorgeous off white shade with holographic  small glitter which gives it a beautiful dimension. It lasts 4-5 days with tip wear setting after 2 days. I am in love with this shade. This is such a nice alternative to white and silver. I will repurchase this color, though I think this bottle will last fairly a long time. 

xoxo, Blossom