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 Superfresh Compact in Coral review

Though blessed and cursed with oily skin, I never liked compacts much. I would rather say that I was prejudiced against them. The white cast effect with flaky skin that I saw on aunties at wedding parties as a kid, that too in zoom mode when they would rush to pinch my cheeks, had put me off compacts for what is believed till now forever. Yet there are so many women who would swear by compacts and I had to find out why but within a budget. So when I saw these newly launched compacts by Maybelline I thought to give them a try after checking couple of reviews.

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Company claims:

Stay Fair & Fresh 12 Hours With The New White Super Fresh Compact

  • Maybelline New York introduces it’s all new perfecting compact powder, White Super Fresh that comes in three shades, Pearl, Shell and Coral. The new perlite formula absorbs oil and sweat and gives you a fresh look all through the day. Now bid goodbye to touch-ups and stay fresh and fair upto 12hours.
  • Here’s why you will love it:
  • – UV filters protects skin from both sun darkening and damage.
  • – Helps you stay 12HR Fair and Fresh
  • – Perlite, a pure mineral that helps absorbs oil and sweat.
  • – gives a naturally perfect-looking complexion
  • – Suitable for everyday use.

sourced from maybelline.co.in

Price: rs.150 for 8g

Packaging:

The compact comes in an all-white and sky blue cardboard box which encases the circular white plain compact tub. It clicks shuts firmly but is very lightweight- almost to the extent where it feels like flimsy but the overall finish of the packaging is practical, travel friendly and handy. The compact has a sponge but I find it useless. The mirror is a clear winner though. It is clear, bright and just exact size for touch ups.

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My view of the product:

I will start on a positive note- the oil control part- it is winter in Kolkata now and my skin ha started to feel dry though my t-zone still gets oil when I am outdoors though not as much as in summers. The compact easily survived 8hours and still looks fresh even on my t-zone without any unnatural shine. However I suppose this would not survive more than 4-5hours during summers. The powder is easily blende able and covers minor imperfections when used alone. the pigmentation is light and you can built it though after a while it can become cakey.

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The major drawback is the shade selection. I must say it is extremely limited- even medium toned women would have hard time finding the best match but as it is sheer you can work it out. The range has three shades namely, pearl, shell and coral. Pearl is a pink based compact and is the lightest of the three and will only suit the fairest who are also the rarest in India unless you photoshop every women’s pictures. The shade shell is too yellow toned and though it would suit the indian skin tone well, it again would suit only the yellow toned fair girls. The shade coral which I got is a neutral tone-neither too pink nor too yellow. Though it is considered the darkest of the three I did not find any difference in colour depth, but just the in the tone when swatched. Basically shell and coral are of the same colour depth where one is with yellow undertones, the other is more neutral. I already had decided on shell before going to store but seeing the swatches coral seemed the safest choice since it is not darker than shell but not that yellow either. It does match my tone perfectly well.

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I had sandy beige of the clear glow range of Maybelline to compare with and in terms of quality, this new one is a definite improvement. Sandy beige is the darkest shade of the clear glow range but still match me moderately well. Compared to sandy beige, the coral shade is more yellow toned and lighter. Overall, the compact is decent for the price you pay and part from the shade range I do not have anything to complain about.

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as you can see, I have swatched it against a deeper colour which is actually a matte bronzer.

This is how it looks on me. In this picture I have just the compact on with light contouring.

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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 colossal kajal Review

My love for kohl was never very intense and that is basically because I did not like getting raccoon eyes every time. As a kid the only kohl I was familiar with is the Lakme kajal. Waterproof and kajal can go hand in hand was a dream then until maybelline came up with their colossal kajal which became a instant favorite for me. So by now you can understand that I would be raving about this kajal in the review- saying that,  I would try and not be biased. 😛

What the brand claims:

Colossal effect: Enriched with Olive oil esters,Vitamin E, Vitamin C derivatives and conditioning agents,Colossal kajal has our deepest black formula,a unique tip and exclusive color fix formula,which gives you smooth intense black colour that stays on for up to12 hours. The Colossal Kajal is ophthalmologically tested and is suitable for contact lens wearers.

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The packaging:
The kajal comes in a slim, yellow twist up pencil like tube with bold black lettering printed on the tube mentioning the name and brand. The twist up functions well but in certain faulty tubes, it can break– happened with me on my second tube and it is irreparable- the kajal becomes completely useless when you cannot twist up the product. But overall it is travel friendly and sturdy otherwise. It can fit very well in the slimmest of purses.

My take on the kajal:

I have been using this kajal since it was launched in its 6 hour formulation. I am through with three tubes already so you can understand that how well in like this kajal. I find the new 12hour formulation to be a definite improvement. The kajal is smoother while applying and does not cause any kind of stress on my eyes while applying. my eyes are not watery but I have oily eyelids and hardly any kajal lasts on my waterline or eyelids. But this particular kajal fares well enough. On my waterline it lasts 5-6hours without smudging during winters and in summers, around 4 to 4.5 hours. On the eyelid is lasts much longer- i have not really tested whether it is true to the 12 hour claim but it definitely stays put without smudging on mu eyelids from morning till the time I return home which is often quite late.wpid-dscn1793-copy.jpg.jpeg

The pigmentation of the kajal is not the blackest black that you can get but black enough. The kajal cannot be sharpened and hence after the tip gets blunt you have to be very careful with application to get the finest lines. The kajal is matte and removing it can be quite a pain. It fades with soap and water but to completely get rid of it, I use Baby oil.

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It does not sting my eyes in any way. I use it majorly in the upper lash line so that my lash looks fuller, but I have not seen any kind of adverse effect so far. The kajal is used by my mother and sister as well who have dry and normal skin type respectively. They too have never faced any kind of trouble.One kajal lasts fairly for a long time despite being used by three people in my home- at least for 3months. So it is indeed cost effective. Overall this is one kajal that is perfect for someone on a budget.wpid-dscn1808-copy.jpg.jpeg wpid-dscn1813-copy.jpg.jpeg

Pros:

  • available easily
  • budget friendly
  • pigmented enough
  • truly waterproof and smudgeproof
  • does not sting eyes
  • travel friendly

Cons:

  • if the twist mechanism malfunctions-the entire tube becomes useless.

Will I repurchase?

I have been repurchasing it for all these times now.

Comparative analysis:

So far I have used three kajals- lakme eyeconic in black, maybelline colossal kajal, and Lo’real Kajal magique. among these, maybelline is truly waterproof and smudgeproof and lasts the longest on my oily eyelids and waterline. Lakme is the blackest and smoothest is formulation though it starts smudging within 2hours on my waterline. Lastly Lo’real is neither pigmented nor lasting so I will skip talking about it at all.

Rate: 4.5/5(0.5 deducted for the mayhem I had with my second tube)

Fiama Di Wills gentle exfoliating shower gel- lemongrass and jojoba review

Shower gels are like luxury for many and even I had always thought them quite unnecessary in my cleansing regime until recently. When you have the good old soap bars to keep company why go for shower gels at all? I bet there are many out there who feel the same way. But showers gels are milder than soaps generally and hence soothing on skin. They come in liquid or gel forms so they are easier to lather up and reach places where your soap fails. For me, they are more like indulgence when I want to spent some extra time relishing the bath. Today I am going to review one such shower gel hat I have been using recently and tell you about my experience with it. It is the Lemongrass and Jojoba variant from Fiama Di Wills brand.
Product Description:

Superior skin conditioning meets a luxurious bathing experience with Fiama Di Wills Shower Gel, an innovation from Laboratoire Naturel. The shower gel infused with skin conditioners brings to you gentle and effective care for youthful skin. Enriched with Lemongrass and jojoba beads, it gently exfoliates making the skin clear and smooth.”

Ingredients:

The ingredients- did not feel like typing it all :D

The ingredients- did not feel like typing it all 😀

Price: Rs.180 (got a Loofah free with the bottle) for 175ml
Packaging:
The shower gel comes in a flip open bottle which itself is made of transparent plastic. The bottle is sturdy and the cap click shuts tightly. The colour of the cap is green and so are the labels with the name of the variant and the brand name. Overall, the packaging looks and good and feels sturdy but if you are planning on taking it with you, do not stuff it under all other things that you are carrying with you.

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My take on Fiama di Wills Gentle exfoliating shower gel:
The texture and colour: The shower gel is chlorophyll green in colour and contains minute exfoliating particles and green globules. In the bottle it looks quite vivid as a green but when you take it on your palm it is transparent with a slight tinge of green.

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The scent: The scent is strong and citrus. It is beautiful and heavenly to me. Anyone who is a fan of citrus and lemongrass scent with like this one. Initially I felt the scent is overwhelming and reminded me of phenyl for some reason, but after you have lathered it up and washed it off, the scent gets toned down and the scent is heavenly. The scent will last for a couple of hours on you; at least it does so for me.
Cleansing and exfoliation: The shower gel cleans well and lathers really well. It is especially effective with the loofah. The exfoliating particles are not hard on the skin and the gel is mild as well. It will not leave your skin dry in any way but I make it a point to use a moisturizer after bath every time anyways. The shower gel leaves the skin hydrated enough though.
Cost effectiveness: I need a couple of dollops for the entire body for thorough cleansing and after being used thrice a week by my mom, sister and me for the past three weeks, we have hardly managed to finish 1/5th of the bottle. So it is going to be lasting for another 3 months easily. So though priced higher than other drugstore shower gels available in Kolkata, it is still quite cheap.
Comparative analysis: I usually prefer exfoliating shower gels more than others, and if it comes with a pleasing fragrance, it is like a bonus point to me. So far I have used three varieties of shower gels from Palmolive and Fiama Di Wills which are the most popular drugstore shower gels here. In terms of exfoliation and quality, I would rank the Palmolive Jojoba and Coconut exfoliating shower gel best. In term of fragrance this one and Palmolive ginger and sandalwood are both equally good to me. But the best overall performance, accepting minor drawbacks, is provided by Fiama Di wills Jojoba and lemongrass is the best. It cleanses well without being harsh on the skin and at the same time has a really good fragrance that last for sometimes at least- in short, everything that I can possibly ask for from a drugstore brand shower gel. I am glad that my favourite jojoba coconut shower gel was unavailable and I picked up this instead because I have found another variety that I love as well.
Will I repurchase?
Yes, but that will have to wait quite a while until this bottle gets over.
Rate: 4.5/5 (0.5 deducted because initially it smells like phenyl and there is still another one which cleanses better than this one)
Pros:

  • Availability
  • Affordable
  • Travel friendly
  • Cleanses well enough
  • Smells good
  • Hydrates skin
  • A little goes a long way
  • Exfoliating particles gentle on skin
  • Transparent bottle makes it easier to keep track of the amount used.

Cons:

  • Contains SLS
  • Might leak if you dump it under all other stuffs in you travel bag
  • Initially smells harsh.

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

Packaging:

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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:

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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.

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The hand swatch is 2 swipes of the lipstick

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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.