Lakme recently launched an aloe infused skincare and makeup range and they sent me a few products to try out. In the Lakme 9to5 Naturale range, three products have been launched in the first phase – Aloe Aqua Gel, Finishing Powder and Matte Lipsticks. Want to know more about the range and see swatches of the lipsticks? Read on.
MAC has been one of my favourite makeup brands for years and there was a time when I would eagerly wait for each and every one of their collections. There was a maddening urge to grab atleast one Limited Edition piece simply because it was from MAC. But then they started releasing collections faster than I could cope up with and with every new launch, my interest and excitement levels also started going down. The shades looked the same, there was nothing new that was coming out and with much grief, I was forced to take a break from my makeup love. The break lasted for about a year. And then the MACxPADMA Collection came out. One look and I fell hook, line and sinker for that gold packaging.
I was in Sheffield when the collection launched in Nykaa and unfortunately because of the time difference, almost all the products were sold out before I could check the app. Hence, I settled for two pieces – Sumac lipstick (Rs 1500), a dark plum and Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bordeauxline/Molé Brown (Rs 1320), a dark purple/ plum and cool brown.
Apart from the luxurious and eye-catching gold packaging which I read came right from her kitchen (the design is a copy of her Turkish plates), the best thing I feel about the collection is that it is very brown girl friendly. But do the products actually perform? Read on to find out my views on the stuff that I have.
After wearing only matte liquid lipcolors, the return to traditional, creamy bullet lipstick feels kinda good actually. And the new ColourPop Lux Lipsticks are making that transition a very smooth process!
ColourPop Lux Lipstick
This range is new from ColourPop Cosmetics and the lipsticks are described as a “creamy-matte” that “glides on like butter, doesn’t feather or bleed, and lasts so long you’ll forget you’re even wearing it.” There are 24 shades in this range and I have four of them – Friends, Hello Stranger, Sitting Pretty and On Repeat.
ColourPop Lux Lipstick Shades
- Friends – Rich, dark brown
- Hello Stranger – Deep burgundy
- Sitting Pretty – Purple fuchsia
- On Repeat – Orange Red
ColourPop Lux Lipstick Review & Swatches
The ColourPop Lux Lipsticks look really pretty and very chic with their rose gold packaging and stars embossed on the actual lipstick bullet. They look much more high-end and definitely not like a $7 product but mind you, these lipsticks are actually quite heavy as in, heavier than normal lipstick bullets.
In terms of formula, ColourPop nailed it. They are very well pigmented. One swipe and you get full color payoff. They glide on the lips like butter and all the shades I have go on very well without being patchy. Athough ColourPop describes these lipsticks as ‘Creamy Matte’, they feel more like a satin formula to me. And unlike liquid lipsticks, these do not last for too long and they do transfer. But then, that’s the same with all normal, creamy lipsticks.
Like I wrote earlier, after using only liquid matte lipsticks and mostly the ColourPop Ultra Matte ones, these Lux lipsticks feel like a refreshing change. The only issue is that you have to keep on reapplying after 3-4 hours but the lips look all plumpy, creamy and they feel hydrated. For the price of $7, I won’t mind that.
Have you tried the new ColourPop Lux Lipsticks? Which is your favourite shade? Do share in the comments below.
One of the most common lipstick related concerns that most of us have is “Which nude lipstick will work on my skin tone without making me look sick or washed out“? With the new Lakme Absolute Reinvent Nudes Collection, the answer to that question is here. The collection not only includes six new nude shades in the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color range but also an eyeshadow palette, kohl pencils, nail colors and mousse foundation, all of which are created to suit the Indian skin tone. I received the PR package yesterday so need some time to play with the products but if you want to know my first impression of them and take a look at the swatches, read on.
Jacqueline Fernandez, face of The Body Shop India is out with her second limited edition makeup collection in collaboration with the brand. This time around, The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0 includes a matte foundation, mascara, eye shadow crayon and shine lip liquid. I have five products from the collection and in this post, will be sharing my thoughts on them and showing you a makeup look that I created using these five products. Let’s get started.
The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0
Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (Rs 1195) – This is a matte high coverage foundation, available in seven shades. I have Moluccan Nutmeg and it is the perfect match for my NC43.5 skin tone. This foundation is said to have mattifying clay and purifying tea tree so it should be good for those with oily skin. I was in London last two weeks and wore this foundation extensively. I really like the matte, natural finish, the good coverage, the fact that it is light and does not clog pores and that it does not oxidise. However, I have only used it in freezing temperatures so the real test will be when I wear it in summer. If it stays matte in that humidity as well then I’ll become a fan for life.
Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara (Rs 1395) – This is a two-step mascara, combining a base mascara formula with lengthening fibres. The mascara is available in four shades and I have Texas Topaz, a bright blue. Usually with coloured mascara, the colour hardly shows up on the lashes but this one is different. You can clearly make out the blue and it stays for a long time without fading or irritating the eyes. The lengthening fibres instantly volumises and extends the appearance of lashes. This one is a winner for me.
High-definition Metallic Eye Colour Stick (Rs 945) – I am extremely fond of coloured liners and eye shadow pencils and if you are as well, you will love them. I have the shade Bogota Emerald, a beautiful metallic dark green teal colour. The stick is very easy to use and can be worn both as an eye shadow and eye liner. It is soft, easy to blend and stays for a long time without budging and fading. There are some very pretty shades in this range so definitely check them out. I am eyeing Siberian Quartz and Cyprus Bronze.
Illuminating & Nourishing Shine Lip Liquid (Rs 645) – Basically, these are shiny, moisturising lip glosses but very light and non-sticky. I have two shades – Apple Taffy, a light peachy nude (that does not make me look like a ghost) and Watermelon Fizz, a bright coral. Usually, I stay away from lip glosses but these have been really helpful in winter. They don’t make the lips dry, and the colours and the shine add freshness to the overall look. As with all glosses, they don’t stay long but the colours are really pretty and can be a good option if you are looking for something that’s more subtle. You can also layer them on top of matte lipsticks for the extra shine and to get more wear time.
The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0 Makeup Look
This is the ‘Peacock Look’ that I’ve created using products from the The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0.
Face – Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Moluccan Nutmeg, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush Feisty.
Eyes – Bogota Emerald all over the lids , Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear eye shadow on the crease, Texas Topaz on the lashes. On the waterline, I’ve applied Bogota Emerald mixed with a dark blue eye shadow and Texas Topaz on the lower lashes.
Lips – Apple Taffy and Watermelon Fizz
Have you tried any product from The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0? What’s your favourite? Do share in the comments below.