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
Packaging
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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
Texture:
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.

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

Star’s cosmetics concealer palette

`I have always considered concealers unnecessary given that I do not have much to conceal. But still I wanted to try out a concealer for the little amount of dark circles that I do have. I was looking for a product that would look good in photographs and suit my complexion perfectly. I had been eyeing the products from star’s cosmetics for a long time on online stores majorly because of the affordability and the wide choice they provide. They are actually an Indian brand of theatre makeup originating from Mumbai. Unexpectedly I bumped on these palettes at the oldest art supply store of Kolkata- G.C.Laha and I must admit I was elated and shocked. Elated because they cost was less than what flipkart or jabong displays as the MRP and shocked because they actually are charging so much more.
Read on to know how it fared for me.
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Price: rs. 350- I got it for rs.315 for the three shade palette
The online stores mostly charge rs.500 and extra 50-80 for shipping for these particular palettes.
The larger 12 or 10 colours palette (I do not remember exactly the number of shades they had) cost around rs.850 at the store.
Packaging:
It comes in a silver carton with the brand name printed in black. The palette case is matte black and the name is printed in white on it. There is an average sized mirror that is almost as large as the palette within it. The palette is quite sturdy but would not survive a fall as mine have cracked slightly already from a fall. The packaging, at least the outer carton reminds of kryolan cosmetics.
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My view of the product
I got this palette around December or January and at that time the temperature of Calcutta was rather low. Initially it felt very dry and almost rubbery to an extent. I was completely disappointed with the product then. But soon it turned out that with the room temperature, the texture of the product varies as well. I left the palette under the sun for about 10mins and it turned really creamy and easy to use. Now that it is summer here, the product is always creamy and smooth. The palette that I got, have a light shade which is of neutral undertone, a medium shade with strong yellow undertone and a yellow colour corrector. I use the medium one mostly, sometimes mixed with the light one depending on where I am using it.
I find that this works best with fingers or sponge. I dab a little bit of it under my eyes and then blend it with a wet sponge. Personally I feel a concealer that can stay put without creasing even during summers is the best. Sadly, this one does not fulfil that criterion at all. I have not tried wearing it under the maximum possible temperature, but it did settle in the creases badly even when the temperature was tolerable, within 3-3.5 hours of wear time. Settling it with powder did not help much, rather it felt heavy and uncomfortable that way.
The yellow corrector was a disappointment though. If you use it and then try to layer with the concealer of your tone, it gets cakey- so the purpose of the corrector fails.
Coverage is medium and buildable but not up to full. It will start getting cakey that way. The shade medium would suit anyone with yellow undertones and probably would suit most of the fair to medium skin toned women.
Since I use the concealer rarely at functions and occasions, the product despite its shortcomings is good enough for me. It photographs really well and stays in place in AC or colder temperature.  The pallet is good for beginners who want to master the use of the concealer before trying out something really fancy and expensive.
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Pros:
Affordable for a palette of three-each pan weighs 5g
Would suit fair to medium skin tone with yellow undertones
Photographs well
Cons:
Availability
Creases badly under hot temperature- not suitable for daily use
Yellow corrector is of disappointing quality
Gets cakey if layered
Tips:
It actually last longer when you blend a layer of the concealer with wet sponge and wait a while for it to dry up and then layer again in a similar manner and set it with powder.
Rate: 2.5/5

Maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation review

Searching for the right shade of foundation is one of those eternal “quests” a perfectionist woman has to go through. Being someone who prefers to stick to the sheerest formulas to avoid shade matching mayhem, I have always avoided buying a foundation. The first one I ever got was a pink toned one and looked ghastly on me which I turned blind to and still used it, the second one I got from online store and while it matched my face in terms of undertones, it is still slightly fairer and so I was quite excited seeing the shades launched here in the maybelline new launches fit me matte and poreless range. I always had difficulty to make the SA agree to jawline testing but this guy at the store complied and it became so easy to find what I need. After testing three shades I zeroed down to 310 sun beige which is the fourth shade of the range launched here.

Company claims:

Here’s why you’ll love it:

  • Available for different skin tones.
  • 6 different shades
  • 25% anti-shine perlite + micro blurring

The shade names enlisted on the website does not match the names on the bottles of the foundation at stores. The shade names on the bottles are 115 ivory, 230 natural buff, 128 warm nude, 310 sun beige, 322 warm honey and 330 toffee caramel.

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Price: Rs.525 for 30ml

ingredients:

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My view on the product:

The foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle with a black cap which is a screw down one. The brand name, variant or range and other details are mentioned on the bottle. The bottle is sturdy enough and it survived a fall soon after I bought it, unscathed. But the major complain that I have about the packaging is that it does not have any pump or at least a spatula so getting the foundation out without wastage is a tedious job.

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The consistency of the foundation is more creamy than liquidy. I usually shake the bottle and then pour on my fingertips and apply the foundation at one part of my face at a time. the foundation sets faster than any foundation ( Maybelline dream matte liquid mousse and makeup revolution the matte effect foundation) so it is better to go part by part than trying to do the whole face at a time. I have tried applying it with brush by stippling it and with fingers and the results with fingers were the best. I am yet to try it out with a sponge though.

The shade sun beige is meant for neutral undertones or yellow undertones and it is the perfect match for me, on my neck as well as face. In fact, in terms of shades, I am overjoyed to have found the perfect match at last which is not even tiniest bit darker or lighter than my tone. The shade selection in general would suit Indian skin tones well though I wish there were chocolate tones as well so everyone could find their shades perfectly. The darkest shade is dark enough for dusky to brown skin tones but in India at least, we have a huge range of skin colour and six shades are not just enough- especially when they have twenty four shades in total for this range in the international market. The coverage is medium and buildable to full. I prefer to use one coat though and since I do not have many problem areas building the coverage is not very much necessary for me.

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Staying power is quite good though the real test would be when summer arrives in Kolkata. Till now the foundation wears well for 4hours without any sign of wear and tear or oiliness which is the longest time I managed to test it outdoors. However the formula emphasises flaked skin and the matte finish can make the skin feel taut and dry. Though I have combination skin, it turns extremely dry on the cheeks in nose during winters and without proper exfoliation and moisturization, wearing the foundation can get difficult.

I have visible pores on my nose though nothing that is extraordinarily large and this foundation do cover them up well. The foundation however transfers if you rub your face somewhere. I discovered this when I hugged my sister who was wearing a white shirt- I suppose she would know what the yellow marks are if she reads this! Anyway, do watch out for such mishaps! I did not set it with any powder or setting spray and this happened. I have to see what happens when I set it with something.

The foundation photographs really well in artificial light and sunlight. If it match your shade perfectly, it would look fine in flash photographs as well. Overall, the foundation is a very affordable option that does meet all the basic requirements we have from a foundation on daily basis as well as during any party as well.

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easily available
  • Packaging is very sturdy and travel friendly
  • The shade selection is quite suitable for most average Indian skin tones
  • Matte finish
  • Reduced pore visibility considerably if you have average open pores
  • Keeps oiliness at bay for quite sometimes
  • Photographs really well

Cons:

  • The packaging- not even a spatula if not a pump
  • Emphasizes flaky skin
  • Rubs off on surfaces
  • Shade selection is limited when extreme skin tones are taken into consideration(chocolate tones)- not a personal con though
  • Most shades are yellow toned except the lightest two-pink toned women may have trouble finding their best match- again, not a personal con

Rate: 4/5

On a personal level, despite the troubles of rubbing off surfaces and packaging, this has become my HG budget drugstore foundation and I will buy this one again and again just for the shade unless I find another HG foundation.

 P.S: I missed out about the smell. It smells, as my sister describes “like beer” and I find her description just right. It has a very strong alcoholic smell which luckily evaporates within minutes of application. While I am not very sensitive smell of any kind so it is fine for me, someone who is might find this smell awful.

Finding the right brushes and choosing the best

Once I started using makeup, the first thing I felt terribly deprived of was proper brushes and sponges. Earlier, applying face product would mean using my fingers and the only tools I knew were sponge applicators in the eye shadow pallets. To be truthful, I managed quite well with the applicator alone but never got that picture perfect transition and blending out of them. On the other hand, I was very reluctant to invest hundreds and thousands on single brushes and today this is what I have ended up with after trying to restrict being too indulgent:

Today I would break down what I have learnt the hard way about choosing the right tools for your face makeup.

For your face:

Choosing right for your base make up is important. For someone who is a beginner with face makeup, brushes can always appear rather difficult to handle. The factors to be taken into consideration while you choose the base makeup tools are:

  • The time you can spare for your face makeup
  • The finish you want
  • The time you can spare for cleaning your tools

Sponges: they are the best choice for natural finish and fast makeup application. Simply dab the foundation in dots on your face, dampen the sponge and buff the foundation on your face until completely blended. The major drawback of sponges however includes their longevity and they can drink up products and are rather difficult to clean up.

Brushes: the most popular choice is face brush but they can be confusing. There is fluffy powder brush, kabuki brush, stippling brush, fan brush, contouring brush, foundation brush, concealer brush, tapered brush and so much more. Which of these do you really need or do you need all of them? Well, you definitely do not need all of them unless you plan to become a professional and even professionals do not always need all of them either. If you want heavy coverage, go for the foundation brush and for natural finish a good stippling brush- either of the two is enough. For setting powders, blushes etc, you can choose a kabuki brush or a fluffy brush which are actually the same thing except that kabuki has a short handle and appears fluffier.

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I have got a flat top kabuki brush, a tapered fluffy brush and an angled fluffy brush. Do I need them all? No. the flat top kabuki serves dual purpose of setting powder and stippling foundation. The tapered brush is perfect for contouring and reaching hard to reach corners. The fluffy angled one is rarely used and it simply is lying around. Sometimes, I put it to use when I have more patience for brushing off fallout eyeshadows or applying blush.

They are easier to clean but you have to clean them anyways at least after every 4-5times uses.

Fingers: The easiest tool of all and the best part is that there is zero investment and if you are too lazy about cleaning this is one “tool” you do not have to bother bout vigorous cleaning anyway. On the other hand, if your hands are dirty on the first place, they are not the best option for makeup.

For eyes:

Even if you are not prepared to invest in quality face tools, you should at least choose your eye makeup tools well for perfect finish. After much experimentation with different brushes, the conclusion I have come upon about eye makeup brushes is that three things are extremely important for eye makeup which you cannot do without.

pencil brush: these are multipurpose brush and can alone perform almost all task related to eye makeup. However getting a true pencil brush in a budget is difficult in India, and so the next best thing you can get is sponge tip pencil smudgers.

Blending brush: without blending brush, getting that perfect transition is next to impossible. So this is another brush that is important.

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Sponge tip applicators: for packing eyeshadows densely on the eyelid, nothing can beat the sponge applicators. There are eyeshadow brushes for this purpose but I find this applicators easier to use and providing more coverage.

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Buying your tools:

When it comes to finding quality tools within a budget, the indian market is an ordeal really. Even the real techniques brushes which are so raved about as affordable are not exactly what any average college goer and even a working woman would consider to be “cheap”. For me, any brush that does its job well is good enough and the brand name does not matters, nor the looks. I also do not see a point of spending 500 bucks for a brush with certain brand name when you do not even know how to use it correctly. So do not get crazed about the brands and instead search for similar quality at a more affordable price. I got all my brushes from a relatively unknown website called buyincoins where as you can see, my face brushes are actually sigma and real techniques dupes. As for the eye brushes, I suspect the blending brush is MAC 219 inspired but nothing like it and the rest of the synthetic brushes are at least original.

So far, the face brushes and the blending brush which I own for couple of years now are very soft and not scratchy at all. They never shed a hair on washing either. The new set of synthetic brushes are also quite good except a flat brush which is really scratchy and I use that for scooping out foundation from my fit me bottle. 😀

If you are seriously into brands then these are some of the best affordable options there is:

  • Vega professional range stippling brush
  • Vega professional range smudger
  • Vega foundation sponge( the round ones)
  • Colorbar smokin’ eyes smudger brush
  • Real techniques core brush set
  • Real techniques sponge
  • Faces foundation and conceal brush- this one is a dual sided brush I spotted at the stores and they were quite soft to touch.
  • Search with keywords “foundation and makeup brushes” and you would come across brushes with black handle and gold metal for clasping the hair on online websites like ebay.in and amazon.in. They are available as sets of total 8 brushes for face and eyes and costs above 1200 bucks as far as I remember. These are actually the same brushes as the ones I have in terms of quality. The only difference is that each of my face brushes had cost 1USD-1.5USD which was approximately 62-80 rupees then.

New year Look- Burgundy Eyes

Today’s post is going to be really brief as I have to get going. This is basically a look I created for New Year and this one is comparatively dramatic than the previous one I did. I am not very fond of dramatic looks and even when i try to create something dramatic I end up creating something “mildly” dramatic- that is what I would call this particular look. I rarely use berry and burgundy colour  and in this look, I based entire color scheme around pink and berry tones.

For the eyes, pearl finish burgundy, burnt-sienna and chocolate brown as transition colour has been used. For the lips, I have used a subtler rose pink colour. The makeup is suitable for any berry toned dress and would also look flattering with emerald green and peach dresses in contrast.

Here is the breakdown images for the Look:

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the lip colour is from estee lauder double wear range- just ginger and topped with maybelline hypershine gloss in forever mauve

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This is the entire look. I planned this post for yesterday but got stuck in some work.

So, I am off to my day’s plan.

Wish You All  A Happy New Year In Advance and enjoy the day!

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.

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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

packaging:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • the smell