Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color : Uptown Blue~ Review, Swatch

 

Maybelline has another range of nailpolish besides its Colorshow range- the Superstay range of nailpolish. This range of nailpolish is supposed to be long wear (as the name says) and give the finish of Gel nails. I have a few shades from this range and in this post I am reviewing a gorgeous pastel blue color – Uptown Blue 

 

Price: Rs 350 for 10 ml

 Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color 7 days: Uptown Blue Review

Maybelline Superstay Gel nail polish comes in a flat, glass packaging with white cap. The shade name is stickered on the top and the list of ingredients is at the back in peel off sticker form. Formula wise, these nailpolish are amazingly pigmented and creamy with glossy, plump finish. These are fast drying nailpolish. Apart from the formula, the next impressive thing about this nailpolish is the brush.The flat, wide, U-curve brush makes the application breezy and less prone to error, especially around cuticles. One coat is sufficient for full pigmentation if you apply carefully, but I have applied two coats in the swatches below.

Uptown Blue is a gorgeous surf blue color. You can call it pastel blue, or sky blue, but is more brighter and vibrant than either. I LOVE pastel colors and I love Blue so I had to but this shade (along with another pink color, shown in pic above) as soon as I spotted this at the Maybelline counters.

Now coming to the Superstay claim, this nailpolish does stick around for 5-6 days with minor tip wear, but I dont apply top coat and you can easily prolong the wear time by applying a top coat. I am a nailpolish hoarder and I know which nailpolish has better stay and which doesn’t. This nailpolish definitely is a win in long stay department.

Even though the price is more than the Colorshow range, so is the quality of this nailpolish. The higher price is totally justified. You will feel the difference between the two range as soon as you start to apply these.

Maybelline Superstay Gel nail color in shade Uptown Blue is VERY similar to the Maybelline Colorshow nailpolish in shade Blueberry Ice. If you are looking for a dupe, this is it. Even though they look similar, Uptown Blue is brighter than Blueberry Ice, even though it is not shown properly in pic below. And formula is any day better than the Colorshow one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail color in shade Uptown Blue is a beautiful surf blue color, (brighter than sky blue), the gorgeous vibrant pastel color making it ideal as spring/summer shade. 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 so nice that I have already bought a couple of more shades from this range. If you like such vibrant, pastel shades then definitely check this shade out, you will not be disappointed!

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

Chambor Extreme Wear Transferproof Liquid lipstick: 432 Red Haute ~ Review & Swatch

Matte lips are so IN these days and I can’t help looking for lipsticks saying ‘matte’ at the brand counters. Whenever there is a new matte lipstick in town, I HAVE to check it. I have Chambor extreme wear Transfer proof liquid lipstick with me for a while now and I like it so much that i recently bought another gorgrous shade from this range: 432 Red Haute

I have reviewed another gorgeous matte lipstick HERE

 

Price: Rs 845 for 6 ml

 

Chambor Extreme wear transfer proof liquid lipstick review

Chambor Extreme wear transfer proof liquid lipstick comes in a blue cardboard packaging with a shade number sticker on top. The packaging has all the details about the product. The lipstick tube packaging is flat and sleek with black screw cap. The liquid lipstick has elongated applicator which is easy to use. The applicator picks up enough product for one swipe. Being transparent, the shades are easy to spot if you have multiple shades. The shade number is sticker-ed on bottom of the tube. They do not have names to their shades, only numbers.

Texture wise it is very creamy and highly pigmented giving opaque coverage in single swipe. Freshly applied, the texture looks creamy but it settles to true matte finish which does not budge. It is impressively long lasting (6 hours including meals and snacks), however, there is slight fading from inner rims when you eat something oily. It does not feel rubbery with touch up.

The liquid lipstick is highly pigmented which leaves room for errors while working along the outlines of the lips. I use a lip liner as I can never apply it properly.

Shade 432 Red Haute is a beautiful brown toned red color (earthy red/ brick red) which will flatter all skin tones. This is one of a kind shade and you should check it out if you like brownish red colors. Also, this will make a gorgeous office wear shade.

These lipsticks are comfortable to wear and feel lightweight. It dries down to super matte finish and does not make the lips feel parched. Do exfoliate the lips before applying any matte lipstick as it will cling to the dry bits of the lips accentuating them even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for long lasting true matte lipstick in brown-red color, do check this one out. It is superbly pigmented, gives opaque coverage in one swipe. Shade 432 (Red Haute) is a beautiful earthy red color which will work on all skin tones. Chambor extreme wear liquid lipstick feels lightweight and is quite comfortable to wear. Overall, I am in love with these lipticks, so much so that this is my second shade from this range and I will definitely repurchase it when it gets over 😀

Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain : Hollywood ~ Review & Swatch

Colorbar kiss proof lip color

 

Colorbar launched their range of Liquid matte lipsticks- Kiss Proof Lip stain a few months back. Liquid mattifying lipsticks are so in these days and Colorbar’s is the first one I picked. I am reviewing a gorgeous red shade – Hollywood 001 here.

 

Price: Rs 900 (6.5 ml)

 

Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip stains come in a silver cardboard packaging with a color-coded sticker on top. The packaging has all the details about the product. The lip stain tube is silver in color and made up of plastic with silver-colored screw cap. The tube is fairly long and has a transparent band along the length of the tube to show the color of the lip stain. This see through window comes in very handy when you have multiple shades of this range. The applicator is  doe foot applicator with a hole in middle, which helps in holding more product. The applicator picks up enough product for one swipe. The texture of the lip stain is creamy and is very pigmented. One swipe is enough for full color intensity. The lip stain feels glossy on application but it settles down to matte finish within a minute.

The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly.

The lip stain is highly pigmented which leaves room for errors while working along the outlines of the lips. I use a lip liner as I can never apply it properly.

Hollywood 001 is a classic red color lip stain which will work across skin tones. If you are looking for a true red color, do check this shade. It will brighten up any complexion, no doubt.

The lip stain feels comfortable and light weight. It dries down to super matte finish which does not bother initially, but I tend to crave for a lip balm after a few hours as it makes the lips very dry.

This lip stain does not transfer but I see it flaking upon touching with fingers.

The lip stain settles into fine lines when it starts to fade after 4-5 hours.

There are 8 shades in this range as of now. I wish it had more colors to choose from.

 

 

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Colorbar kiss proof hollywood

 

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Colorbar kissproof hollywood swatch

 

Colorbar kiss proof hollywood review

 

Colorbar kiss proof hollywood swatch

 

Colorbar hollywood kiss proof lip stain

 

If you are looking for long lasting true matte lipstick in red color, do check this one out. It feels light weight and is superbly pigmented. You can get full color intensity in one swipe itself. Hollywood shade is a classic red color which will work on all skin tones. Colorbar kiss proof lip stain is quite comfortable to wear, but you may need a lip balm after a few hours. This range has only 8 shades as of now and some bright and dark colors would be a good addition to this range. Overall, I am in love with this lip stain, so much so that I have already purchased another color from the range 😀

 

XO

Blossom

Maybelline White Super Fresh Compact Review

Hello girlies!!

I am baaaackk after my wedding!!  I had been procrastinating to post anything, but finally decided to give some love to my blog as well 😀

Here I am reviewing a recent launch by Maybelline-  Maybelline White Super Fresh with Pure Perlite 12 Hour Whitening + Perfecting Compact. This new product is very reasonable priced and it comes in 3 shades.

Price: Rs 150

Shades: Coral, Shell, Pearl (from darkest to lightest)

maybelline white compact review

 

 

Maybelline White Super Fresh with Pure Perlite 12 Hour Whitening + Perfecting Compact Review

Maybelline White SuperFresh compact comes in sleek white plastic packaging with a built in mirror and an applicator. The compact portion is covered with a plastic layer to prevent any abrasions on the powder. The applicator is white in color with one cotton side to apply the product. The compact shuts tight making it travel friendly.

The powder texture is  soft, finely milled and not overly creamy or powdery. The shade ‘Shell’ is exact match to my medium skin tone. It blends easily and gives a natural finish. It mattifies the face, controls shine and instantly brightens up the complexion. This is a great product to carry in your bag if you want an oil-free, natural looking skin.  The coverage is light which can be built up to some extent, but I don’t expect a lot from this product and one will need a concealer to hide any blemishes, scars or dark circles.  It however accentuates any dry patches on skin, like any other compact. So, dry skinned people should moisturize their skin properly before applying this product. The compact feels a bit chalky sometimes, especially while swatching on hand. But since it blends easily on face, I have no complaints. It has a very mild floral smell.

One thing I am not impressed with is the applicator. The cottony side looks okayish but on applying the compact, the cotton fibres shed. Limited shade selection is another con.

The 12 hour claim is obviously hyped and no compact in the world stays put for 12 hours! It controls oil for 2-3 hours max on my oily T-zone and I need to touch up after that.  The UV filters is an added benefit but do not rely completely on this product for sun protection.

Everything aside, the best part of this compact is the price. Rs 150 for 8g of product is very reasonable and the light coverage it provides is perfect for daily use, especially for college going girls, who want a no-makeup look.

 

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This is how the applicator looks after 5-6 applications. See the shedding of cotton fibres?

 

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Overall, this is a great budget friendly compact which mattifies and brightens the face effectively. It takes away shine and provides light coverage. College going girls and people who prefer no-makeup look should invest in this product. The packaging is sleek and sturdy to carry in handbag.  The only drawback is the limited shade selection and the low quality applicator. But i would overlook these minor cons for the price it comes in.

 

xoxo

Blossom 🙂

 

*Disclaimer: Product sent by brand for review.

Streetwear Color Rich Ultra Moist Lipstick: Pink Pirouette ~ Review & Swatch

Street wear launched these super affordable lipsticks a while back in a vibrant range of shades and I have a few Streetwear Color Rich Ultra moist lipsticks with me. I have already reviewed the shade Spell bound  ( Review HERE) before and here I am reviewing a beautiful orange shade from the range- Pink Pirouette.

pink pirouette streetwear

 

Price: Rs 220

 

Packaging:

These lipsticks come in cute packaging featuring pop art. The lid is transparent through which the color of bullet can be seen. The shade name is written at the bottom. But I hate that these lipsticks don’t swivel down all the way and some part peeks out of the bullet. This leads to nicks and cuts on the bullet while you put the lid on, no matter how careful you are 😦

 

Review:

Pink Pirouette is a beautiful true orange color. It is neither too pink nor red, the perfect Mirinda (cold drink) orange shade. Though the formula is sheer and does not give full color in one swipe, but the color is buildable. This lipstick has no traces of pink in it, I don’t know why it is named “Pink” Pirouette. As the color is sheer, you can build the orange-ness as per your liking. There are not many orange shades in drugstore brands and if you are looking for a budget orange lipstick, do give this one a try.

These lipsticks smell of vanilla which reminds me of MAC lipsticks. The texture is smooth and creamy and very comfortable to wear. It doesnot feel too heavy or too drying. The pigmentation is sheer on first coat but can be built up. It lasts 3-4 hours on me without meals after which it leaves a soft orange stain.

These lipsticks offer great quality for such cheap price (Rs 220). You are definitely getting your money’s worth, especially when these days even drugstore brands are charging huge price for lipsticks. With a great variety to choose from, college girls or makeup newbies should definitely check them out.

streetwear lipstick pink pirouette swatch

 

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pink pirouette swatch

 

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Pink Pirouette lipstick applied as full color

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Pink Pirouette lipstick applied as sheer color

Overall, for the price they come in, these lipsticks are a real steal! They offer very good quality for such drugstore brand. They will specially attract college girls. Pink Pirouette is a beautiful true orange color with no traces of pink or red. If you want to try orange lipstick, do give this one a try.

xoxo

Blossom

L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza ~ Sapphire Blue: Review & Swatch

Loreal Paris super liner sapphire blue review

L’Oreal Paris nailed it this time in the eye makeup department. Every year L’Oreal Paris introduces new products in their Cannes collection, and this time they launched beautiful limited edition lipsticks, new shades of lipglosses and gorgeous Gel Intenza eyeliners. I couldn’t have been happier with the shades they have launched in their eyeliner. Blue is my favorite color and there are two super pretty blue shades in this launch. I am reviewing the shade ‘Sapphire Blue‘ here.

 

loreal paris gel intenza eyeliner

 

Price: Rs 875

L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza eyeliner comes in a glass tub packaging with a gold screw cap. The gold accents makes it look pretty and high end. The tub is small and cute and looks sturdy even though it is made of glass. The bottom part of the tub has a sticker indicating the shade name and details for easier identification. The eyeliner comes with its own brush. The brush is okayish. It is decent but not that great. I can make thick lines with it but not thin lines. Also, the brush doesn’t have a proper cap. I prefer the Maybelline gel eyeliner brush over this.

The texture of L’Oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza eyeliner is buttery smooth and creamy. So creamy that one cannot apply full color on the eye in one stroke as the product itself gets swiped with brush stroke. Other than that, it applies like a breeze. There is absolutely no tugging or pulling at all. The pigmentation is great. But due to the soft formulation, the brush somehow doesn’t pick up the product properly so you have to keep dipping it in the tub to take more of it. The brush either picks up very less or too much amount of the product.  2-3 applications are needed for full color intensity. The eyeliner dries pretty quickly into a smudge proof, water resistant finish.

The shade Sapphire Blue is dark navy blue in color. It looks almost blackish with blue shimmer. It appears black only from far and under certain lights. The shimmer is subdued and doesn’t make it OTT. This is a great everyday wear shade and such a nice alternative to plain black eyeliners.

I have mixed feelings for the longevity. It definitely will NOT stay 36 hours, as it claims. This product is not as long lasting as it claims to be. It claims to be waterproof but its not fully waterproof. Vigorous rubbing with a moist cloth or finger causes it to come off. It does not smudge or crease, but it tends to fade after about 8 hours especially near the inner corner of eyes. I remove the eyeliner with my Natio eye makeup remover. You can use any makeup remover or oil/vaseline to remove this.

Another thing I noticed is the wrong color coding of both the blue Gel Intenza eyeliners- Royal blue and Sapphire blue. It seems that the colors on its packaging, even the names have been swapped. ‘Sapphire blue’ eyeliner is actually dark navy blue in color and ‘Royal blue’ is jewel toned blue in color. The color code of Sapphire blue shade on its cardboard packaging, as well as below the tub packaging is actually jewel toned blue and not navy blue which is the actual color of the product in the tub. This confusion led me to buy the wrong shade actually!

 

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Overall, this is a beautiful everyday wear color and such a fun alternative to boring blacks. The product is buttery smooth and application is such a breeze, even for a novice. The brush could have been better though. And I am not impressed with the longevity either. Even though it is bit pricey and the longevity issues aside, I am probably going to repurchase it once it gets over, mainly because of its gorgeous dark navy blue color.

 

xoxo

Blossom 🙂

 

 

 

Garnier White Complete Range: Review + Free samples to claim!

Garnier White Complete range has been around for quite sometime now. It consists of a facewash and a cream. It used to come as Garnier Light range but now they have changed the name. I have been testing this range and I am reviewing both the products here.

And if you want to claim a free sample and try this range yourself, there is something for you at the end of this post (#7dayGarnier Challenge) 🙂

 

Garnier White Complete Fairness Face Wash

 

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garnier white complete fairness face wash price

 

Price: Rs 145 for 100g

 

Garnier White Complete Fairness Face wash comes in attractive white and yellow tube packaging with flip cap. The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly. The facewash has a very refreshing citrus smell, but it doesn not linger for long.

The facewash is pearlish white in color with creamy consisitency. It lathers well and leaves the skin squeaky clean after rinsing. I use a little more than pea-size quantity for my face. It doesnot feel heavy or leave any residue behind on the skin and rinses off easily with water.  It leaves the skin absolutely clean and fresh and removes every last trace of oil and grime from face. It however felt drying on my already dry skin, but oily skinned beauties will love this facewash.

I remove my eyeliners with oil based removers and therefore I need to wash my face and leftover oil on skin with a good facewash. Garnier White Complete fairness facewash is perfect for this. The skin feels thoroughly cleansed and refreshed after using this product. This facewash is absolutely perfect for removing makeup, grime and dirt after the long day at work.

I can not comment on the fairness aspect for overall skin tone but it did not help much in my blemishes and pigmentation on cheeks. But I really love this product to cleanse my face after removing makeup.

I’d recommend this facewash to everyone looking for a cleanser to remove every last traces of oil and dirt from skin. Overall, I feel this is an awesome budget friendly product to remove that last trace of oil and grime from the skin and I’d definitely recommend this to everyone!

 

Garnier White Complete Multi Action Fairness cream

 

garnier white complete fairness cream review

 

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garnier white complete fairness cream swatch

 

Price: Rs 160 for 40g

 

This cream claims to provide instant whitening and long lasting fairness. The skin looks even, feels fresh and moisturized with a natural glow.

Multi Action fairness cream for glowing skin :

1.Instant Whitening – provides instant whitening
2.Sun Protection with SPF 19 PA+++ – Protects skin from further darkening by harmful UVA and UVB sun rays
3.Long Lasting Fairness – Fairer skin over time with regular usage

 

My review of Garnier White Complete Multi action Fairness cream

The cream comes in a white opaque tub packaging with screw lid. The packaging is travel friendly but the tub packaging makes it bit unhygienic. Garnier White Complete Fairness Cream has a light whipped texture. It is highly emollient and absorbs completely into the skin without leaving any greasiness. It has refreshing citrus fragrance. The cream has an instant brightening effect and does not leave any whitish cast on skin. This cream is mattifying and contain SPF 19 PA+++ making it ideal for sultry summer days.

This is a non-oily cream, so girls who need a non-oily moisturizing cream should definitely check this one out. I have dry skin so I find this cream not nourishing enough, but my brother has oily skin and he loves this!

Overall, if you are looking for non-oily, mattifying day cream with instant brightening effect, do check this one out. I would recommend this more to oily skinned people as dry skinned people like me will need an additional moisturizer over it.

 

7 Day Garnier Challenge Get Free Sample of Garnier White Complete Cream & Win Excting Garnier Gift Hamper MaalFreeKaa Free Sample of India

 

And if you want to try this cream yourself, take the #7DayGarnierChallenge where you can claim your free Garnier White Complete Cream sample and share your reviews after 7 days. Follow the steps below to claim your free sample:

  1. Go to this site http://7daygarnierchallenge.com/ and fill the form. Write ‘Blossom, Insane Dissections’ as blog name (last step in the form)
  2. You will receive the sample on your address. Try the cream for 7 days and share your experience of the product by commenting on this blog post below or on Twitter. Don’t forget to hashtag #7DayGarnierChallenge and tag @GarnierIndia and @Blossom2507 if you share your review on Twitter.
  3. At the end of the contest, Garnier will pick a winner amongst all those who reviewed the product by commenting on my blog post or on twitter and the winner of this challenge will win a Garnier Gift Hamper!!

So go ahead, claim your free sample and start reviewing it! Looking forward to reading your reviews 🙂

 

xoxo

Blossom

*Disclaimer: Products sent by brand as part of #7DayGarnierChallenge.