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 Milano Power Pro Nail Lacquer : 24 Magenta ~ Review, Swatch

 

 

I have expressed my love for Kiko Milano nailpolish in many posts (HERE), and I have many more nailpolish from Kiko yet to review. In this post I am reviewing a super vibrant color from their Power Pro collection- Kiko Milano Power Pro Nail Lacquer in shade 24 ‘Magenta’. With winters in its last leg, this nailpolish brings a breath of fresh air (read color) with the incoming spring.

I have already reviewed two other shades from Kiko’s Power Pro range : 90 (Multicolor Mauve) and 94 (Mermaid Pink).

 

Price: Rs 550 for 11 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer 24 Magenta Review

  • Kiko Milano Power Pro nail lacquer comes in cuboidal glass packaging with double cap and rounded edges. The outer rounded square cap is removable and reveals 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 slightly thick and very creamy.  The pigmentation is insane and 1 thick coat gives full opacity. I like to apply 2 thin coats.
  • Kiko Milano Power Pro nail lacquer dries really fast. You barely have to wait between application of multiple coats.
  • The shade Magenta 24 is a deep barbie pink color with blue tones. It is quite a bright color without bordering on being neonish. This is not a magenta color exactly but magenta color with slight hints of violet.
  • The shade looks a tad deeper on nails than what it looks in bottle.
  • I think you can easily find a dupe for this color in Indian market.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping (without top coat), which is impressive.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big.
  • The shade 24 Magenta is bright, popping blue based pink color which makes it a perfect Spring/ summer color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

 

Colorbar Arteffects- 24 Carat Gold Nail Lacquer ~ Olive Gold : Review & Swatch

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I bought a few shades from 24 ct range of Colorbar nailpolish when they hadn’t revamped their nailpolish packaging. This is an amazing range with wide variety of gold shades. But now Colorbar has rebranded these shades under their Arteffects nailpolish range.  The packaging of Olive Gold is like the pic above. I have already reviewed other gorgeous shades from Arteffects 24 ct range – Liquid Gold, Pinken Gold.

 

Price: Rs 350 for 12 ml

 

Colorbar Arteffects Luxe Nail Lacquer Olive Gold Review 

Colorbar has now standardized the nailpolish packaging. The swatch pics below are of old packaging. The new packaging looks like THIS and 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.

Olive gold as the name suggests is a beautiful yellow toned gold color with faint olive tones. It has a very faint pearly finish  which makes it more attractive. The consistency is quite sheer and takes 3 coats for full opacity. It dries very quickly and by the time you are done with first coat on all fingers, you can immediately start with next coat.

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. Olive Gold is my favorite kind of gold color and if you like such shades, definitely check this one. This nailpolish will suit all skin tones across all age groups.

Wear time for this nailpolish is okay and chipping starts after 3-4 days. Price wise, it is okay for the quantity (12 ml).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

 

 

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 Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel: Mystical Mermaid ~ Review & Swatch

 

Nykaa launched Unicorn Potion range sometime back and I immediately bought two shades from this range.  Although Nykaa describes this as ‘Holographic’ polish, these are NOT holographic in any sense. A couple of shades may be duochrome but none of them is Holographic. For the record, THIS is a true Holographic polish. I have reviewed a gorgeous lavender-blue duochrome shade- Frosted Fairy from this range HERE and in this post I am reviewing the shade Mystical Mermaid.

 

Product description: Be a mermaid and makes waves with our Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel in Mystical Mermaid. This stunning blue shade is formulated with iridescent pink and silver pearls that give your pinkies an ocean-inspired holographic effect. Dip your pinkies in this magnificent shade and blow some kisses!

 

Price: Rs 199 for 9 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel Mystical Mermaid review

  • Like all Nykaa Nail Enamel, Unicorn Potion range comes in sleek rectangular packaging with brand name at front and product details at the back.
  • Unicorn Potion Nail enamel range has an interesting packaging with elongated and pointed cap (copy of Louboutin nailpolish?). The rose gold color of the cap with chrome finish is attractive.  The pointed cap makes it bit difficult to store compactly, but otherwise the packaging is stunning and looks quite fancy.
  • The shade name is stickered along the side.
  • Mystical Mermaid is a surf-blue color with slight pink iridescence. It has blue and pink microshimmer which gives an overall pearl effect. This is a soft color and looks really subtle and pretty.  All the shades in this range have a blue shimmer shift which is visible from different angles.
  • The consistency of this nailpolish is on the sheer side and needs 3 coats for full coverage. I like to wear this nailpolish on its own without any base color. Wearing a white/ black base color will change the color of the nailpolish.
  • There is a slight streaking so you have to apply carefully.
  • The brush is long and picks enough quantity for one coat application.
  • Staying power for these nailpolish is amazing and lasted 5 days with minor chipping on my hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO, Blossom 🙂

Kiko Milano Holographic Nailpolish : 001 ~ Review & Swatch

 

Kiko Milano is currently my favorite nailpolish brand and I have hoarded so many nailpolish over time (Haul post HERE :P). Kiko Milano keeps launching new collections and the Holographic collection was launched quite sometime back. I have reviewed the shade ‘004‘ previously in THIS post and recently I came across this silver shade from the same collection. Kiko Milano has some good offers and discounts so keep an eye if you have a store nearby. Although this collection is mostly out of stock now as it was a limited edition, you can still get a few shades and that too at half price than when it was newly launched.

 

Price: Rs 270 for 10 ml

             (Rs 550 when it was newly launched)

 

Kiko Milano Holographic nail lacquer 001 review

  • Kiko Milano Holographic Nail Lacquer comes in round glass bottle with black cap. The cap is removable and the brush cap underneath is striated for better grip..
  • Shade number and other details are stickered at the back in form of booklet (which has 6 pages btw!).
  • Kiko Milano doesnot have names for its products, only numbers.
  • The brush is short and not too wide but picks up enough quantity for one coat application.
  • Pigmentation is slightly sheer and formula is smooth and easy to apply. It builds to full opacity in 2-3 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 001 is a light grey color with beautiful holographic microshimmer. The holo effect is heavily visible under  sunlight/ flash and faintly visible indoors. Shade 004 has more prominent holo effect than this one. Indoors, shade 001 looks light grey color with slight pearl finish
  • 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.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping.
  • Price wise this is not expensive for the quantity.
  • If you are not much into holo effect and like glitter nailpolish more, do check out a beautiful silver nailpolish from Lakme  HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom