Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials is my Holy Grail skincare brand and I cannot say it enough! I was not big on Ayurvedic formulations for skincare as I always thought it is messy and smelly but Forest Essentials has changed the game entirely. One sniff of its products and you will float on clouds heading towards heaven. I have tried a few Forest Essentials products and none have disappointed me… (Well.. except for one, which was from Men’s collection actually… But that’s a post for another day). So I was on splurging mode when I bought this beauty home. Read on to know how it fared on my dry skin.  

Price: Rs 3795 for 25 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum comes in similar packaging as their Day lotion (which is also my most fav summer moisturizer, reviewed HERE). It comes in cuboidal gold colored plastic packaging with gold colored cap. It has pump dispenser which pumps just the right amount of product. The bottle is sturdy, light weight and easy to travel with. However, the packaging is opaque which doesnot let you know how much product is left inside the bottle. Although, the pump dispenser is removable and can be opened to check the amount of product. All Forest Essentials products scream luxury and this product is no different. The bottle comes in cardboard packaging with all the necessary details. Since it contains 24 karat gold, the Soundarya range of Forest Essentials comes with a picture of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) sitting on lotus flower, which looks attractive and promising TBH. The consistency of the serum is exactly like an oil. This is basically a facial oil disguised in the form of serum. It is saffron colored which doesnot impart any color on skin after applying. The smell is diviiiiiiiine you guys. I know i say it for all Forest Essentials products, but you gotto gotto got to sniff this one for sure. It smells wonderfully of sesame, liquorice, sandalwood and saffron. Being an oil, it does make skin oily and doesnot absorb instantly. 1-1 .5 pumps of product is sufficient to cover my entire face and spread it properly. But I don’t like the oily feeling which lingers for atleast a couple of minutes as oil takes sometime to absorb, so I asked the SA if there’s any other way this product can be used, and he suggested to mix it with Forest Essentials Aloe Water (Mini review HERE) on the palm before application. It was only after I finished the aloe water, I discovered the best way to use this. I had the FabIndia Rose water lying around and I spritz some Rose water on my face after applying this serum. It helped in quickly absorbing the oil in skin. So do use it with Facial mists or Rose water spray for better absorption. Forest Essentials products come with power ingredients and the Soundarya Advanced serum is no different. It does helps in brightening of the skin and adding a glow after regular usage. It makes the skin plump, radiant and nourished. But sadly it didn’t help with my blemishes (sun spots) on cheeks. Since this is an oil, I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin beauties. Coming to price, yes it is bit pricey. But it contains 24 karat gold Bhasma and one bottle will last you a long time as only a tiny amount is needed to cover the whole face. Plus, it does give results and make skin brighter and radiant after regular use. I wouldn’t mind repurchasing this.    

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 
 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Golden Green 75 ~ Review & Swatch

 

Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range a few months back and I immediately purchased two shades from this range. I have already reviewed the shade Beauty with Bronze (stunning bronze color) and in this post I am reviewing a gorgeous shade Golden Green.

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Golden Green Review

  • Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in their signature cuboidal bottle with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details.
  • The brand name is printed at the front of the bottle cap and brand logo at the top. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the polish. I had some issue with the cap of another nailpolish by Sugar (read about it HERE) and thankfully this nailpolish bottle is fine.
  • Sugar Cosmetics has such fun names for their shades– be it nailpolish or lipsticks. But the name ‘Golden Green’ for this gorgeous nailpolish is rather boring.
  • I am not very impressed with the brush of Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers. The straight ended brush always makes a mess  around the nail bed during application.
  • Golden Green is a gorgeous moss green color with heavy green, olive-gold and bronze shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and reflects the light so beautifully. The shift in color is towards olive tones.
  • It dries to a smooth, glossy finish and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture (like THIS nailpolish). All the shades in this range have a black jelly base color with different colored shimmers. It looks almost foil like in direct light which takes the beauty of this shade to whole another level.
  • The consistency is just right and pigmentation is decent. Being a jelly base it is slightly translucent in first coat, but gives full coverage in 2 coats.
  • This nailpolish dries fast so you don’t have to wait much between application of multiple coats.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer claim to be non-toxic with Nine-free formula, i.e., no parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • Sadly, it didn’t last that long as I wanted it to. I could see tip wear by the end of 2nd day and chipping after 4 days. The glossiness starts to fade after 2-3 days.

I have a similar shade in Revlon Nail Enamel (swatched HERE)- golden green glitter in black jelly base. The Revlon one has chunkier glitter and Sugar’s Golden Green has fine shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte : Carpe Creme ~ Review & Swatch

I got this nailpolish in one of the Fab Bags sometime back and honestly I wasn’t too excited at the shade I got. I have always been biased towards bright and lively colors and I seldom purchase subtle shades. But when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the color looks on nails. So ladies, in this post I am reviewing this gorgeous shade from Sugar Cosmetics Tip Tac Toe Matte Nail lacquer – Carpe Creme.

I have already reviewed two other Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers: Beauty with Bronze (Arabian nights collection) and Deep Down Diopside (metallic range).

 

Price: Rs 249 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte Carpe Creme Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquers come in their standard glass cuboidal packaging with square cap. This nailpolish being matte, the glass bottle is frosted which looks attractive. Shade name is stickered at bottom of polish. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which has all the details. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker on the cardboard packaging which makes it difficult to sort.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes application messy around the cuticles if you are not careful. I prefer round edged brushes like THIS.
  • All Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer are insanely pigmented and gives full opacity in single coat. I like to wear two coats just to be safe and to get an even finish.
  • Matte nailpolish (like THESE) tends to get streaky during application but this nailpolish self-levels to some extent making the overall finish look even.
  • Carpe Creme is a beautiful dirty mauve color with grey tones which looks subtle and is work appropriate. The matte effect looks stunning on this color.
  •  Tip Tac Toe Matte nail lacquer looks quick-drying, but give it some time to set as it appears to have dried but is still prone to get dents/ fabric marks.
  •  This is surprisingly long lasting for a matte finish. Tip wear is after 4-5 days which is impressive for a matte nailpolish.
  • The matte finish starts to get dull after 2-3 days giving it a suede matte finish (shown on nails in THIS post) which also looks good on nails.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • This is a gorgeous work-appropriate and subtle color and will suit fair to medium skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Beauty with Bronze 74 ~ Review & Swatch

So Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range in June and I must admit, when I saw the new launch alert in my mail I literally exclaimed ‘Wow! What gorgeous shades’. I love love such glittery bright shades (my most fav Glitter nailpolish was THIS, which sadly was a limited edition) and I immediately ordered 2 shades from this range. In this post I am reviewing a gorgeous brown shimmery shade- Beauty with Bronze 74

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Beauty with Bronze Review

Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in its signature cuboidal bottle with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details. The cardboard packaging is blue-black in color with attractive art. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker along the side of the cardboard packaging, so it is difficult to sort if you stash the polish along with its outer packing. The nailpolish bottle itself is glass packaging with matte black cap. The brand name is printed at the front and brand logo at the top of the cap. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the polish. I had some issue with the cap of another nailpolish by Sugar (read about it HERE) and thankfully the problem is sorted with this one. However, I do wish Sugar cosmetics improved its nailpolish brush. The straight ended brush always makes a mess  around the nail bed during application.

Beauty with Bronze is a gorgeous coffee bean brown color with heavy golden, bronze and copper shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and reflects the light so beautifully. The main shift in color is bronze. It dries to a smooth, glossy finish and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture. All the shades in this range have a black jelly base color with different colored shimmers. It looks almost foil like in direct light which takes the beauty of this shade to whole another level. The brown color with bronze shimmer effects somehow reminds me of autumn.

The consistency is just right and pigmentation is decent. Being a jelly base it is slightly translucent in first coat, but gives full coverage in 2 coats. This nailpolish dries fast so you don’t have to wait much between application of multiple coats.

Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer claim to be non-toxic with Nine-free formula, i.e., no parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.

Sadly, it didn’t last that long as I was expecting it to be. I could see tip wear by the end of 2nd day and chipping after 4 days. The glossiness starts to fade after 2-3 days.

I have a Kiko nailpolish mini nail lacquer in shade Pearly Chocolate 38 which is slightly similar to this. Is it a dupe or not, you be the judge.  The base color of both the polish is brown but Kiko one doesnot have shimmer and is slightly warm and more coppery than Sugar one.

Another similar color I can think of is Maybelline Colorshow ‘Wine and Dine’. But that also is more copper-ey than bronze with less shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquer Pro comes in cuboidal glass bottle with cuboidal black cap. The brush is short and straight which makes the application messy. Arabian Nights collection has 5 gorgeous shades with black jelly base and different colored reflective shimmer.The shade Beauty with Bronze is a gorgeous coffee bean color with tons of bronze, gold and copper shimmer. The shimmer is highly reflective and looks foil like in direct light. The pigmentation is decent and gives full coverage in two coats. It dries super quickly but starts to chip after 3-4 days. All the shades in Arabian Nights collection have black jelly base with different colored shimmer. I love such heavy shimmer and will probably purchase more shades from this range.

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel: Frosted Fairy ~ Review & Swatch

 

Nykaa launched Unicorn Potion range a couple of months back and it was a pleasant surprise to see such collection in Indian market. Although Nykaa describes it 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, a true Holo polish should reflect light in full spectrum of colors, like THIS nailpolish does. Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel was launched in 5 shades and I have two shades with me. In this post I am reviewing my fav from this range- Frosted Fairy.

 

Product description: Glittering fairy dust and fairy wings, makes any girl dream of magical things! You are never too old for fairy tales with Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel in Frosted Fairy. This purple hue with pink and purple iridescent pearl gives the effect of having pixie dust on your tips. You can go ahead and call us your Fairy God Mother!

 

Price: Rs 199 for 9 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel Frosted Fairy review

All Nykaa Nail Enamel come in sleek rectangular packaging with brand name on 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 mirror finish is attractive.  The pointed cap makes it bit difficult to carry and store, but otherwise the packaging is stunning and looks quite fancy. The shade name is stickered along the side.

Frosted Fairy is quite a unique shade and I don’t have any such color. This color has perfect balance of blue and purple and pink to give an apt description of unicorns, fairies and pixie dust, how we imagine ’em to be! Frosted fairy is a lavender-blue duochrome color with slight pink iridescence. The shift between the colors is stunning. It has blue microshimmer which gives an overall pearl effect. This is a soft color and looks really subtle and pretty. If you have to pick one shade from this range, pick THIS shade. I have not seen a similar color in Indian market. 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. Frosted Fairy nailpolish applies evenly without streaking. The brush is long and picks enough quantity for one coat application.

Staying power for these nailpolish is amazing and it lasted 5 days with minor chipping.

The shade Frosted Fairy may look like it won’t suit deep complexions, but it does! This is such a pretty and unique nail color that you should definitely try it. This nailpolish color is already my mother’s current favorite 😛

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Nykaa Unicorn Potion nail enamel come in rectangular glass packaging with interesting long and pointed rose gold cap. The packaging looks quite fancy. The shade Frosted fairy is a blue-lavender duochrome color with blue and pink iridescence. The color shift looks gorgeous. The consistency is sheer and builds to full opacity in 3 coats. The brush is long and picks enough quantity for single coat. Staying power is good and lasts 5 days with minor chipping. Frosted fairy shade is quite a unique color and will suit all Indian skintones. I will definitely repurchase this.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro: Deep Down Diopside ~ Review & Swatch

 

Sugar cosmetics launched 6 metallic shades in its Tip Tac Toe Pro Nail polish collection last year and I have a couple of shades with me. In this post I am reviewing the shade ‘Deep Down Diopside‘, which I received in one of the Fab bags (HERE).

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Deep Down Diopside Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer come in cuboidal glass packaging with black cap.
  • The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging with all necessary details on the sides. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker along the side of the cardboard packaging, so it is difficult to sort if you stash the polish along with its outer packing. (THIS nailpolish by Chambor has a cute cutout in its cardboard packaging for easy spotting).
  • The bottle cap being cuboidal in shape doesnot always sit in line with the bottle when you shut it tight. It will be tad loose if you try to keep the shape of bottle, and if you shut it tight the overall cuboidal shape is lost. THIS nailpolish by Sephora is perfect in this regard. The shade name is stickered at the bottom.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes the application messy around the curve of nail bed. I like U-shaped brush like in THIS nailpolish.
  • Tip Tac Toe Pro nail lacquer is amazingly pigmented and gives full coverage in one coat itself.
  • Like any metallic nail color, this nailpolish is bit streaky so you need to apply it carefully to avoid visible brush strokes.
  • Deep Down Diopside is a beautiful sea green color with hint of blue. Sugar describes it as emerald green, but this is not an emerald green color.  I have done a huge post on Emerald green when it was Pantone color of the year, check HERE.
  • This is a metallic shade with diffused shine, which looks attractive.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer Pro dries really fast. One of the fastest drying polishes I have tried (and I have tried many! :D). This makes it perfect for times when you want to apply in jiffy.
  • Lasts 4 days without chipping and with minor tip wear.
  • Shade Deep Down Diopside is very very similar to Nykaa Mirror Chrome nailpolish in shade Lunar Green River. I have both and a comparison pic is at the end of this post.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the similarity? Sugar Tip Tac Toe metallic nailpolish ‘Deep Down Diopside‘ is only  tad brighter than Nykaa Mirror Chrome nailpolish ‘Lunar Green River‘. I will do a separate post on full comparison between these two polishes.

 

Overall, Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquer Pro come in cuboidal glass bottle with cuboidal black cap. The cap does not always sit in line with the bottle when you shut it tight. The brush is short and straight which makes the application messy. The shade Deep Down Diopside is a gorgeous metallic sea green color with hints of blue. The pigmentation is insane and gives full opaque coverage in one coat itself. However,  being a metallic finish it tends to be streaky and needs to be applied carefully. It dries super quickly. I will definitely purchase more shades from the range.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

 

Sephora Color Hit Nail polish : Walk on the Wild Side ~ Review & Swatch

I don’t have many Sephora products (only a couple eyeliners, HERE) and this is my first Sephora nailpolish. There were not many options for nailpolish in the store as I was hoping (I was expecting Kiko like shade selections), but nevertheless I spotted this beautiful shade- Walk on the wild side which I am reviewing in this post.

 

Price: Rs 390 for 5 ml

 

Sephora Color Hit Nail polish Walk on the Wild Side Review

 

  • Sephora Color Hit nailpolish comes in an interesting packagingsleek, flat, oval shape which is so convenient to use, especially while opening. The cap lies nicely with the shape when you close it, unlike some nailpolish where you either have to keep it loose or make it too tight in order to make it sit in line with the bottle. Because of the sleek bottle design it doesn’t take much space in bag while travelling.
  • The shade name is stickered on top and ingredient details is at the back in peel off sticker.
  • The brush is amazing. It is short, wide with rounded edges, just the way I like it. It makes the application easy especially around cuticles.
  • The consistency is creamy and pigmentation is topnotch. I was not expecting the pigmentation to be so good honestly. One coat gives opaque coverage and you can get away with wearing single coat only. I like to wear two coats just to intensify the color.
  • The shade Walk on the Wild side is a gorgeous shimmery peacock green color which looks metallic and foil-like. It has slight duochrome effect with a golden sheen. The shade reminds me of mermaids.
  • Walk on the wild side shade being metallic, it tends to get streaky with visible brush strokes, especially in one coat. So you have to be careful while applying.
  • It dries down super quick. By the time you finish painting all 10 fingers, you can start with another coat almost immediately.
  • Sephora nailpolish are quite pricey for the quantity.  But there are some shades (like this one) which you wont find easily in other (Indian) brands.
  • Wear time is ok. Lasted 4 days without chipping.

 

Avon Metallic nailpolish in shade ‘Jade Reflection’ (reviewed HERE) is a dupe, but it doesnot have the shimmering effect, depth and duochrome effect which Sephora Walk on the Wild side nailpolish does.

 

 

 

 

 

see the sleek design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Sephora nailpolish come in interesting and sleek oval glass packaging. The brush is wide with rounded corners which makes application easy around cuticles. The shade Walk on the Wild side is a gorgeous metallic peacock green color which looks foil like. The brush stroke are visible in one coat so you need to apply carefully. The pigmentation is amazing and goes opaque in single coat. Consistency is creamy and dries super quick. The only con I could find is that it is pricey for the quantity. I will purchase Sephora nailpolish only if I find an interesting shade.

 

xoxo, Blossom