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

Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color : Pink in the Park ~ Review & Swatch

 

 

Maybelline nailpolish has been my favorite since the launch of Superstay range (Kiko is another close fav brand). I have quite a few nailpolish from this range and I have already reviewed two shades: Uptown Blue (pastel blue color, right one in pic above) and Sunkissed (pastel peach color). The color range is quite good and they keep launching new color collection in this range like Ink collection, City Nudes, Summer bliss, Super impact collection etc. In this post I am reviewing a pastel baby pink color – Pink in the Park.

 

Price: Rs 350 for 10 ml

 

Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color Pink in the Park

  • Maybelline Superstay Gel nail polish comes in a flat, glass packaging with white cap. The shade name is stickered at top and the list of ingredients is at the back in peel off sticker.
  • Consistency of this nailpolish is creamy and pigmentation is top notch. It needs two coats for full color and dries to glossy finish.
  • These are fast drying nailpolish
  • The application brush of these nailpolish is my favorite of all. The flat, wide, U-curve brush makes the application breezy and less prone to error, especially around cuticles.
  • Pink in the Park is a bright baby pink color which looks beautiful on the nails. It is pale and vibrant at the same time. I love pastel nail colors and this one is perfect for summers.
  • The nail polish stays put for 5-6 days with minor tip wear. You can prolong the wear time by applying a top coat.
  • Even though this range is pricey compared to other nailpolish in the market, but the quality is so much better. You should own at least one to know the difference.
  • Pastel colors generally make the complexion look tad darker, specially for dusky beauties. So try the shades at counters first if it bothers you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail color in shade Pink in the Park is a beautiful pastel pink color which is perfect for spring/summer. The color is bright and pale at the same time. The formula is creamy and highly pigmented. The wide, U-shaped brush makes the application incredibly easy. These are long lasting nailpolish and will last for 5-6 days at least if you wear it with a top coat. The formula is top notch. I love pastel colors and I am definitely going to repurchase it.

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

 

 

 

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick : Vin Exquis ~ Review & Swatch

 

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique lipstick range was launched in summers this year and I instantly fell in love with this shade. This range is not available in L’Oreal counters and neither is any official information available on L’Oreal Paris website about this range (which is strange btw). So these lipsticks are available only online. Rouge Magique range was launched with 12 shades and I am reviewing a gorgeous pink purple color- Vin Exquis 

 

Price: Rs 650 

 

 L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick Vin Exquis Review

L’Oreal Rouge Magique lipstick comes in attractive black and metallic pink packaging, which looks very vibrant. The metallic pink of the packaging reminds me of THIS nailpolish from Heavy Metal nailpolish from Colorbar 😀 The lower half of lipstick is black colored and matte in finish. The lid is metallic pink in color and glossy in finish. The shade name is stickered at the bottom and the range name is printed at the front of lipstick. The cap clicks shut tight so it does not come off in bags. The lipstick bullet is normal swivel-up and works smoothly. The bullet is quite sturdy and does not break from the base as other lipsticks from L’Oreal (Pure Rouge and Mattemoist) range *touch wood*

 

Formula wise, these are velvety matte lipstick These are more matte than L’Oreal ‘Moist Matte’ lipstick range. These are slightly creamy in finish so it does not settle into crazy dry-your-lips kind of matte finish. These lipstick are very comfortable to wear and looks completely matte at the same time. The lips do not feel parched when this lipstick is on. It glides smoothly on the lips and needs no effort in application like some extremely matte lipsticks.

 

Vin Exquis is a gorgeous plum purple shade with slightly pink tones. This shade instantly brightens up the face. The pigmentation is intense but you need two swipes for even coverage. It is not completely transfer proof and will transfer slightly, specially when freshly applied.  But the color stays put until you eat a full meal or oil based food. When it starts to lighten it leaves a beautiful plum color stain. It stays on my lips for 3-4 hours after which it starts to fade and even at the end of the day I can still see a nice plum color stain on my lips. However, it does get into fine lines of the lips.

This is a gorgeous plum color which is perfect for evening and festive season apart from being a beautiful Fall color. L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique lipstick in shade Vin Exquis is very similar to Nykaa So Matte lipstick in Mischievous Plum. Mischievous Plum is tad darker and more purple and Vin Exquis is more vibrant and has more pink tones. I have swatched them both below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick in shade Vin Exquis is a gorgeous plum purple color with slightly creamy finish. The pigmentation is great but needs 2 swipes for even coverage. It stays put for 3-4 hours and fades into a beautiful plum color stain. The metallic pink packaging is attractive and vibrant. These lipsticks are very comfortable to wear. But they do settle into fine lines. This makes a gorgeous shade for Fall and I already can’t stop wearing it enough. I am in love with this shade and will definitely repurchase this.

 

xoxo, Blossom