Avon simply pretty cherry red review

So the other day when I was going through my collection of makeup and cleaning up my place, which I rarely do, I noted the woeful absence of a classic red lipstick. Not that I really needed one given that I hardly sport bold lips and I really do not like buying something that I would be using once in a while and it would expire after couple of uses. But red is a colour that tempts us all and so I was out, searching for an economical option but should be true red. I knew of this lipstick and soon managed to get one and after using it for almost six months, here is what I think of it.
Price: Rs. 169 but I got it at a discount for rs.129 for 4.2g

The lipstick tube is magenta in colour and has a baby pink band in the middle. The name of the range is printed in baby pink as well. The shade name is mentioned below the tube. The tube feels flimsy but the cap shuts firmly and since it is made of plastic chances of breaking or cracking is minimal.
My view of the lipstick
The lipstick is moisturizing in texture and glides very smoothly on the lips. the lipstick does not feel heavy or stretchy on the lips even after a few minutes from application. However it can bleed due to the moisturizing texture particularly at the corner of the lips. it can also transfer very easily and smudges if you rub your lips even a bit somewhere. The lipstick would not survive a heavy meal and leave a patch stain after meals.


The lipstick is much pigmented and covers the pigmentation of your lips with a single swipe. For a deeper shade, one can build up the colour with double swipe but after that it can get streaky.
The lipstick can survive on the lips without any heavy meals for about 4-4.5 hours. It is easy to remove. I am not very fond of the moisturising shiny texture so usually matte down the texture with powder and tissue paper and after that it has survived really well for around 6hours even with a full course meal in between.
The colour is true red. There is no sparkle in it. the colour would suit everyone and perfect for parties. If you are thinking about trying out red lipstick for frst time and do not want to spent a fortune on a lipstick and then regret buying it because it is not suiting you, this lipstick is very good option to choose. A true scarlet red at such  low price is near impossible to find these days- even the elle 18 lipsticks with new formulations are priced higher than this one.


Rate: 4.5/5
Would I recommend?
Yes, highly recommended for beginners or someone looking for economical options.


Maybelline Bold Matte 02 lipstick Review

Hi friends!
This month I am in a mood for bright lips and hence I am posting about lipsticks time and again. This time it is another favorite from Maybelline( looks like 80% of my makeup collection is from them) from the Bold Matte Range in the shade MAT02. I actually have a love-hate relation to it. You will soon find out why.


Brand Claims:

Get sensational lips with Maybelline’s Bold Matte by Color Sensational Lip Colors.

Offering 5 trendy shades in a brilliant matte texture, these lip colors look and feel great on your lips. Let your lips speak volumes with Maybelline’s 1st matte lipstick in India!

Here’s why you’ll love it:

• Enriched with rosa canina oil and jojoba oil for a moisturizing effect

• Contains honey nectar which has a hydrating effect

• Has powderless matte pigments for attractive, vivid shade

Price: Rs.425 for approx 3.5g


The lipstick comes in a silver casing with a translucent red matte plastic cap that click shuts firmly on the lipstick bullet. The packaging is travel friendly and the name of the lipstick is there underneath the case.


My take on the lipstick:

This is by far the boldest color that I have in my collection. I was in search of a coral lipstick which was matte and I ended up with this one since the hand swatch looked beautiful on my inner arm. My bubble of happiness was abruptly burst when I tried in on my lips after coming back home. In the natural light without any base makeup, the colour looked awful on me. So initially I hated it unless I worked out ways in which I can look good wearing this colour.


The shade is a bright germanium red that can look more pink or more red based depending on your skin tone and lip pigmentation. On me, the colour looks more towards red. I soon found out, that I can carry it even without any base makeup when I do not look dead tired and have cleansed by face off any grime and dirt and that it looks better on me under sunlight than in incandescent light. The pigmentation of the lipstick is very good and it applies as opaque in two swipes at most. The best thing about this lipstick is the staying power- it survives light snacking, does not transfer once it is set and stays put without fading much up to 6-8 hours. It does not bleed as well. However to wear this lipstick with perfection you have to ensure that your lips are smooth and hydrated. When you apply the lipstick it feel very smooth without any tugging but sets in a perfect matte finish.


In all, it can be concluded as a quality lipstick. I got it back when these beauties were cost Rs.375 and that was really value for money. But at Rs.425, I would say you can explore and find out similar qualities too. For me, it is a personal favorite since I managed to work out ways in which I can carry this shade but I do not think i would be buying it again.


  • availability
  • affordability
  • true matte and not drying
  • beautiful shade for fair to medium skin-toned women who have pink undertones
  • fabulous staying power
  • does not feather or bleed
  • negligible transfer


  • limited shades- only 5
  • makes your teeth look yellow 😛
  • have to exfoliate and prepare your lips well

Maybelline color show matte lipstick in lively violet

When it comes to nude lipsticks resisting the lure is difficult for me and I cannot help but turn towards the various nude lipsticks which I come across in various shade ranges of different brands. Nude-pinks, nude-mauves, nude-peach, nude-buff, nude-brown the choice is endless when you are choosing the neutral lipsticks and the best thing about them is that they are mostly suitable for every skin tone- you cannot go wrong with them. Today’s post is about a lipstick from a recent launched range of shades by Maybelline- the Maybelline color show matte lipsticks in the shade lively violet.

Price: rs. 325 for 3g approx.

Company claims:

“Show off your colorful side with the Color Show Lipsticks now in 12 Matte shades
From the loved Color Show Lipsticks, Maybelline New York is now launching 12 new lipstick shades now in Matte! With stunning hues of red, pink, brown and mauve, these 12 matte, moisture rich shades allow you to express yourself everyday. The ultra-care and super hydrating formula is light and gives you high coverage while caring for your lips. The heat resistant soft waxes in the product ensure texture integrity even at high temperatures. These matte shades have the right amount of moisture, a sweet fragrance and stay true without drying up your lips. Are you ready to show off your colorful sides?”

Here’s why you will love it

-Enriched with ultra-care hydrating formula
-12 matte, moisture rich shades
-Lip color doesn’t fade in extreme heat and humidity
-Shades stay true without drying up your lips
-Non-sticky & soft texture allows the lipstick to glide easily


Packaging of the lipstick:

The lipstick is available in a simple black packaging with a violet glossy translucent band in the middle that marks the shade family. The black square casing is the signature packaging of the colorshow range of lipsticks and the only difference is that the casing for the matte lipsticks of this range is matte plastic. The cap clicks shut firmly enough for the lipstick to be called travel friendly.


My take on the product:

Matte lipsticks are by nature bit drying on the lips and the Maybelline colorshow mattes are no exception to this. The range has a total of twelve shades. The texture of the lipstick is creamy to powdery depending on the weather. It applies well and easily but with time it feels dry and stretchy on the lips. The pigmentation of this particular shade is medium and one layer would be enough if your lips are not very pigmented. The shade is itself is very easy to carry- it is in fact almost the same shade as my lips and basically it even out the pigmentation of my lips. Though called lively violet, the shade is more of nude mauve and there is nothing lively about it. The shade is suitable for office wear and formal occasions and would even look good with Smokey and played up eyes. However it may wash out those who have darker skin tone and I would say that it is suitable for fair to medium skintone.


Though it looks bit cool toned in the photos, in reality it is more neutral and looks almost same as my lips. The only drawback that I can think of is the smell of the lipstick which is rather odd- I do not find it to be very likeable.

Overall, the lipstick is good for the price you are paying but not the perfect matte and if you are looking forward to using the lipstick, make sure your lips are smooth and hydrated enough.


  • availability
  • the affordable price
  • the colour
  • the travel friendly packaging
  • staying power


  • the smell

Colorbar velvet matte lipstick in thrilling pink

Lipsticks are like an obsession for every girl who enjoys make-up. A dash of your favorite lipstick is enough to brighten up you entire look. Pink lipsticks are one of those indispensable colours which is universally flattering if you choose rightly. So, today I will be reviewing one such much talked about pink lipstick by Colorbar in their velvet matte range by the name thrilling pink. It was an impulsive buy and I don’t really know why I was so desperate to lay my hands on a new lipstick from Colorbar and since I did not have a true pink in my collection, I wanted a pink in particular. But to know how well this impulsiveness fared for me,read on.

Product description:

For a rich lip color with a creamy shine, the Velvet Matte Lipstick, available in 45 stunning shades infuse the lips with vibrancy. Its unique 2-in-1 formulation gives the lips a creamy, yet matte finish. A one of a kind product in India, it has super softening agents that give the lips a soft and supple appearance while keep them nourished with Vitamin E. Staying on up to 5 hours on application, the Velvet Matte Lipstick can be further accentuated with lip gloss and lip liner.”

Price: Rs. 299 for 4.2g


colorbar velvet matte thrilling pink

colorbar velvet matte thrilling pink

The Colorbar Velvet Matte range of lipstick comes in a silver twist up round tube with a transparent plastic cap. The shade of the lipstick is indicated underneath the bullet in a fiber pot attached below the lipstick tube. the name of the brand is printed in bold black letters on the cap and the shade number and name written in a silver sticker below. The cap clicks shut and the overall packaging is sturdy enough and even the fiber cap which looks fragile but is quite tough in reality.

My impression of Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick:

colorbar velvet matte thrilling pink bullet

the bullet- it had a unique cut out unlike the usual bullets and this is the only change I could find since the price hike. however, the cut out looked good but was hardly functional.

This is my second lipstick from the range by Colorbar. The other one that I got was Obsessed Orange. I recently have developed a liking for lipsticks particularly corals and nudes. But for a change, i wanted a pink lipstick in my collection and I wanted a Colorbar lipstick. I tried swatches of a couple of them and zeroed on this since it looked quite wearable in the swatch. The lipstick is true pink with with blue undertones. The color would look flattering on anyone with fair and pinkish complexion. I have a mix feeling with this color. Sometime it looks flattering under the sunlight, but most of the time, it makes me look sickly. The smell is like that of vanilla and I have no issues with that. Coming to the texture of the lipstick; the lipstick is smooth for application and does not tug or pull while applying but settles in a matte finish with slight sheen that will last for a couple of hours and then completely dry out. The color pay-off of the lipstick is good and you can get opaque coverage in a couple of strokes. However, the lipstick can be quite drying for the lips and it leaves behind a stain that is rather patchy. Removing the stain is quite difficult as it settles in the lines of your lips. The lipstick survives light snacking but not a full course meal and transfers a lot which seems to be a common problem of the Velvet Matte range. The lipstick has a good lasting time and survives for 5-6 hours fading with time. Overall the lipstick is suitable for wearing to college and work occasionally if you are fair with pink undertones. Underneath are the swatches of the lipstick in natural light.

colorbar thrilling pink handswatch

The hand swatch is 2 swipes of the lipstick


two swipes of the lipstick freshly applied- picture taken in natural light.


  • pigmentation is good
  • lasts long enough
  • available easily
  • budget product
  • travel friendly
  • classy packaging


  • Stains your lips badly-hard to remove
  • transfers a lot
  • suitable for fair complexioned girls with pink undertones only
  • Scent is like vanilla which can be a problem for many.

In conclusion it can be said that the lipstick is quite good but the price hike to Rs.299 is unreasonable since their is really no improvement in the performance. I am earnestly waiting for this tube to get over or break or just get lost somehow so I can have a excuse to replace it with a pink that will suit me 😛 . At the moment, I create an ombre effect using Maybelline Bold matte 02 and this lipstick so that it is wearable enough for me.

I would rate it 3.5/5.