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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with flash

 

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

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Kiko Glitter Metal Nail Lacquer: 002 Review & Swatch

 

I am a big fan of Kiko products, particularly their nailpolish which are amazing. I have many Kiko nailpolish (a part of which are shown HERE). Glitter Metal was a limited edition collection and I couldn’t take my eyes off this beautiful shade when I saw it. Kiko Glitter metal in shade 002 is too pretty not to buy.

A recent limited edition is their gorgeous Holographic nailpolish (reviewed HERE), which is the first true holographic nailpolish to get hold of in India.

 

Price: Rs 560 for 10 ml

 

Kiko Glitter Metal Nail Lacquer 002 review

  • Kiko Glitter Metal nail lacquer comes in exact same packaging as the Holographic collection (HERE). The bottle is round with removable black cap and separate brush cap.
  • Shade number and other details are at the back in form of peel off booklet (which has 6 pages btw!)
  • The brush is short and decently wide with rounded edges which helps in easy application especially around cuticles.
  • Consistency is slightly runny and pigmentation is good. It goes opaque in 2 coats.
  • It dries fast with almost no waiting time in between coats.
  • Kiko Glitter Metal nailpolish in shade 002 is a beautiful light pink-mauve color with heavy gold microglitter. It looks soft gold color with hints of pink and mauve. The gold microglitter has slightly blue holo effect and the overall color on nail appears duochrome. The blue holo is more visible in the bottle.
  • The glitter is not big and chunky. This is a subtle nailpolish color which is not too in-your-face. It is toned down shade than regular gold/metallic nailpolish colors.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big. Also, the shade is one of a kind which you will not find in other Indian brands.
  • The shade 002 has a unique elegance and can be carried off with women from all age groups. It will suit all Indian skintones.

Check another duochrome nailpolish which is easier on pocket  HERE

 

see the holo effect?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Kiko Glitter Metal nail lacquer comes in round glass bottle with two caps. The brush is short but wide enough to pick the right amount of nailpolish. The brush edges is rounded which helps in easy and mess-free application. The consistency is thin and pigmentation is good. It builds to full color in 2-3 coats. Shade 002 is a beautiful pink-mauve color with heavy gold microglitter. The glitter is not in-your-face and has holographic effect, which makes it look duochrome on nails. This is a subtle shade and will suit all Indian skintones, across all age groups. Must buy if you can get hold of it. The only con is that it is bit pricey.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Pssst, if you are looking for rose gold nailpolish, THIS is the shade to have.

Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nailpolish: Silver Glimmer ~ Review & Swatch

 

I have been a fan of Kiko and Maybelline nailpolish and I don’t have many Lakme nailpolish. It never occurred to me to check out Lakme’s nailpolish collection, until recently when I spotted a beautiful rose gold shade among many other shades in display. After trying the rose gold shade  (which will be reviewed soon), I purchased a couple more shades after a few days. Silver Glimmer shade is a recent purchase which I am reviewing in this post. I have many silver looking nailpolish (like THIS and THIS one) but I didn’t have a proper silver shade. This is my first true silver nailpolish.

 

Price: Rs 400 for 15 ml

 

Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist nail polish Silver Glimmer Review

Lakme Absolute gel nailpolish come in a big cylindrical glass bottle with long matte black cap. The shade name is stickered along the side of cap and price is written at bottom. The brush is wide but straight (not rounded like THESE) which makes the application uneven especially around the curve of nails. The brush picks up enough nailpolish to cover entire nail in one stroke.

As the name suggests, Silver Glimmer is a beautiful silver color nailpolish with silver microshimmer. Silver is an evergreen color which can be rocked in Spring as well as Fall, on traditional as well as western attire, as everyday color or in functions. Lakme Absolute Gel nailpolish in shade Silver Glimmer has mini holographic glitter which is more visible in the bottle and adds an overall beautiful effect on the nails. The added shimmer makes this a dazzling color. Metallic colors like silver tend to be streaky, but Silver Glimmer being a shimmer polish, hides the streaks.

The texture is neither too liquid nor too creamy. The pigmentation is amazing and the color goes opaque in 2 coats.

If you are not a fan of true silver color but still want a similar color, check THIS nailpolish by Colorbar.

This nailpolish takes a bit effort to remove because of glitter in it.

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).

Lasts for 4-5 days without chipping and the shine tends to dull after around 4 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

notice the holo glitters

 

(in flash)

 

(in flash)

 

 

 

Overall, Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist in shade Silver Glimmer is a true silver color nailpolish with shimmer and minute holographic glitter. The shimmer makes this a dazzling color, different from normal metallic finish. The consistency is between liquid and creamy and pigmentation is good. It goes opaque in two coats. Wear time is ok, 4-5 days. One thing which could have been better is the brush. The brush is long but straight and makes the application messy around the curve of nail. Price is on high side but the quantity is also more, so it will last a really long time. If you are fond of silver colors, do give this one a try. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

5 Nail Arts to try this Valentine’s

Valentine’s day is around the corner and in this post I have 5 love themed nail arts for all you love struck beauties (and not so love struck ones) looking to prettify their nails.

 

Click on the Image to view more pics of same nail art.

 

girl boy love nail art

 

 

Valentine 2

 

 

valentine nail art

 

 

valentine nail art

 

 

I have used THIS easy peasy method to draw hearts.

 

If you recreate these nail arts, do tag me here:

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xoxo, Blossom 🙂