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Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Colour + Swatches on Brown Skin

Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Colour + Swatches on Brown Skin

What the brand says: Lakmé’s first-ever lip colour in a mousse texture is super weightless and can be used as a cheek tint too. Available in 20 intense and vibrant shades, they last longer and have a powdery matte finish. It’s 2 in 1 formula […]

Huda Beauty The Overachiever Concealer Review | Caramel Corn 22N

Huda Beauty The Overachiever Concealer Review | Caramel Corn 22N

Anything which Huda Kattan launches, almost instantly becomes viral all over Instagram. So automatically her concealer launch garnered my interest from the minute I saw her whole campaign with the theme ‘Overachiever’. I picked it up within a few weeks of launch, and here’s my […]

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter – Molten Gold Review | Tan/Brown/Indian Skin

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter – Molten Gold Review | Tan/Brown/Indian Skin

What the brand says – Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter Makeup effortlessly envelopes the skin in a molten metal sheen. Meet the secret to brilliant and luminous skin. This highlighter powder drenches skin in a melted metallic finish. Maybelline’s pearl pigments leave a reflective finish for a brilliant glowing skin.

Price & Availability: It is priced at ₹550 (but you can find it on a 15-20% discount on an online store). It is easily available online at Nykaa, Amazon, Myntra, Jabong and Flipkart. Offline, you can find it at Maybelline counters in Lifestyle Stores and Shoppers Stop. You can also get it in your local makeup store which has a Maybelline counter.

 

 

Packaging: The Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter comes in a standard round plastic flip open packaging with a clear top. The flip top clicks to close and hence the product stays secure once its shut. The highlighter fits in the palm of the hand and the clear top makes it easy to see the colour. The product name and shade are mentioned on the the clear lid as well. Even though it has a plastic packaging, this Maybelline highlighter is not that travel friendly due to its large-ish size. The product itself looks very pretty and has a nice, patterned texture in the form of concentric squares.

Shades: The Master Chrome Highlighter comes in 5 shades overall, but sadly only 2 of those are available in India – Molten Gold (100) & Molten Rose  Gold (050). I picked up the Molten Gold variant as the Molten Rose Gold is a little light for my tan skin tone. The Molten Gold Shade is a beautiful pure gold shade which is neither too yellow and nor too brown. It will suit deeper skin tones extremely well.

 

 

Texture and Application: Even though the Maybelline Master Chrome is a powder highlight, it feels extremely soft to touch. It has a velvety texture which is not at all powdery or chalky. The Molten Gold highlighter is extremely pigmented and you don’t need much product for an intense glow. I applied this to the high points of my face with the Wet n Wild Tapered Highlight Brush, which is practically my favourite brush to apply highlighter with. The Master Chrome highlighter went on very smoothly and gave my skin a nice and even finish. I did not face any patchiness with this product. The glow this gave me was oh-so-amazing! It blended well on the skin and the colour was just perfect for me. This Molten Gold shade does not give a natural, lit from within sort of glow but it didn’t look out of place either.

Staying Power: I’ve used this highlighter on multiple occasions and most of them have been for over 9 hours. This did not budge from my face and my face looked radiant even after those long hours (a lot of which included heavy dancing). The maximum time I’ve worn this was for 11 hours and it faded a little by then. But it should last you well for a night out or any wedding function you have to attend. You won’t have to worry about the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter moving from its place, especially if you set it with any setting spray. I found this highlighter photographed nicely too.

 

 

Final Thoughts: If you haven’t guessed already, I’m absolutely in love with the Maybelline Master Chrome Molten Gold highlighter. It was the most used highlighter for me in 2018 and has quickly become by go to highlighter, especially for weddings or special occasions. I would not term it as an everyday highlighter for me as I prefer something which is a little subtle, but this is my number 1 for the evenings. If you have light or fairer skin then this might be a little too gold for you, but if you have tan/brown/deep skin, then this is a must-have in your makeup collection!

 

Pros Cons
• Beautiful colour • Might not suit very fair skin tones
• Easy availability  
 Affordable, especially during a sale  
• Looks great on the skin  
• Long lasting  

 

Rating: 

5/5 Coffee Beans

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review | Oily Skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review | Oily Skin

What the brand says: Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated day after day. Our award-winning and best selling water gel formula absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration. And it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, which […]

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette | Review + Swatches

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette | Review + Swatches

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NYX Powder Puff Lippie Review + Swatches On Tan/Brown Skin

NYX Powder Puff Lippie Review + Swatches On Tan/Brown Skin

What the brand says: Pucker up and powder your pout! Featuring a pillowy cushion-applicator, our new Powder Puff Lippie Powder Lip Cream goes on mousse-y and sets to a powdery soft finish. Achieve a flush of color in eight vibrant shades—from warm peach to true red, and hot pink to cool plum—for an irresistible, just-kissed look.

Price & Availability: The NYX Powder Puff Lippies are priced at ₹650 for 12 ml. The price is quite affordable as we get 12 ml in this whereas in usual liquid lipsticks we get around 4-5 ml. It is available online on Nykaa Offline, it can be found at NYX stores in Mumbai.

Packaging:  These lipsticks come in a rectangle shaped outer box which has all the info about the product. The liquid lipsticks themselves come in a plastic tube which needs to be squeezed to get the product out. The color of the tube matches the color of the lipstick in the tube so if you have more than one, it will be easy to differentiate between them without having to read the name every time. NYX Powder Puff Lippies have a cushion applicator which absorbs quite some product when you’re trying to apply it.

 

 

Shade: The powder puff lippies are available in 8 shades, out of which I picked up 4 – Squad Goals, Moody, Cool Intentions & Pop Quiz. 

Squad Goals – This is described as a ‘Tea Rose Pink’ by the company. This was a light pink shade which sort of washed me out. If you’re a few shades lighter than me then it will be a beautiful pink on you. I feel it looks better on my brown skin when I blend it with a darker lip liner. In the picture below, I am wearing the shade Squad Goals on its own without a lip liner

 

 

Moody – This shade is described as a ‘Cool Toned Plum’ by NYX Cosmetics. It suited my brown skin really well and is one of my favourite shades from this range. Moody is a universal shade which will look good on all skin tones.

 

 

Cool Intentions – Described as a ‘Light Brown with Pink Undertones’ by the company, this shade is a perfect MLBB shade for me. It evens out my lip colour very well and looks like a brown nude on my skin tone. Anyone who has a deeper skin tone than mine might have to use Cool Intentions with a darker lip liner for it to suit them. However, for people with a lighter skin tone than mine, this shade will look like a nice brown colour on your lips

 

 

Pop Quiz – This shade is described as a ‘Berry’ by the company. Even though I enjoy deeper shades for my skin tone, I’m not a fan of pink toned reds and did not find this colour very appealing on me. If you like such tones, it’s a pretty universal shade and would suit all skin tones.

 

 

Application & Texture: The NYX Powder Puff Lippies have a sponge like cushion applicator with a fat rounded tip. This rounded edge makes precise application really hard and it’s not very easy to apply the lipstick evenly on the corner of the lips. It’s easier to wear these lipsticks after defining your lips with a lip liner so that the lips only need to be filled. These lipsticks have a soft, mousse-y texture which feels extremely comfortable on the lips. However, I found that the formula wasn’t very consistent across the range when it came to coverage. The shades ‘Squad Goals’ and ‘Pop Quiz’ were a bit streaky when applied and needed multiple coats for even application. I also felt that this applicator added to the uneven application as it made the lipstick move around the lips.

 

 

The lipsticks stay true to their name and dry down to a powder like finish. They are not extremely matte and feel comfortable on the lips without drying them down. The NYX Powder Puff Lippies don’t accentuate any dryness on the lips and don’t settle in the fine lines. These lippies remind me of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in terms of the formula. 

Staying Power: The NYX Powder Puff Lippies are not transfer proof and have very inconsistent formulas.The shades ‘Squad Goals’ and ‘Cool Intentions’ stayed put on the lips for 3-4 hours with light snacking and then started fading away from the centre of the lips. The shade ‘Moody’ also stayed put on the lips for 3 hours but instead of fading away evenly, the colour started bleeding and gave me a weird ring of colour around my lips. It was like the water and the lip pigment were separating. The shade ‘Pop Quiz’ started bleeding around my lips in just 1 hour of application. I had to take the lipstick off and apply something else as it looked unappealing. However, none of these lipsticks will stay put through a proper meal as they are not matte lipsticks and they rub off pretty easily.

 

 

My Overall Experience:

Even though the NYX Powder Puff Lippies look like a fun lipstick to own with the unique cushion applicator and nice shades, I was left a little disappointed with them. The formulas were inconsistent, they didn’t last very long and some shades started bleeding around my lips. I would probably only re use 2 out of the 4 shades I own but they would not be my first choice when it comes to picking up a lipstick. I feel that NYX has many more lipstick formulas which are definitely better than these and have more colour options as well. So from my side, I would not recommend these lipsticks, especially if you are looking for a long lasting lipstick. 

Pros Cons
• Comfortable on the lips  • Limited availability
• Different cushion applicator  • Inconsistent formula
• Universal shades  • Patchy and Streaky on lips
 • Certain shades start bleeding

 

Rating: 

2.5/5 Coffee Beans

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review | Oily Skin

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review | Oily Skin

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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review | 15 – Caramel | Oily Skin

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review | 15 – Caramel | Oily Skin

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is one of those Insta-famous foundations as it comes with a dropper which lets you drop the foundation directly onto the face. NYX recently extended the shade range of this foundation in India and now it’s available in 25 shades. […]

Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Eyeshadow Palette vs ABH Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Comparison + Swatches

Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Eyeshadow Palette vs ABH Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Comparison + Swatches

Makeup Revolution has some of the most versatile and well priced eyeshadows available in India and one of my first eyeshadow palettes in my vanity was from this brand. They recently launched their Reloaded palettes here in India and I picked up the Velvet Rose variant. The tones looked super gorgeous and it kinda reminded me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette which I already had. So I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison between the two considering that there’s a MAJOR price difference between them!

 

Price & Availability 

The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose palette costs ₹850 in India. It is available online only HokMakeup. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette is priced at $42 (₹3300 approx after tax) and it’s sadly not available in India currently. I got mine from Cult Beauty, a UK website. They ship to India (Free shipping on your 1st order or any order over £40) and also remove UK sales tax from their products, but most of the orders get charged customs which eventually makes the products pretty expensive. You could also pick it up at a premium price from several Instagram resellers.

 

 

Packaging

The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Palette comes in a minimalistic flip to open packaging with a transparent lid. I like this packaging as I can easily see the shades in it and this lid clicks to close the palette. All their Reloaded Palettes come in a similar packaging and this makes it convenient to easily differentiate the shades in the palettes without having to open them. There are no shade names on the inside but you can find the shades numbered from 1-15 on the back of the palette. The packaging feels very simple but is lightweight, sturdy and very travel friendly.

The ABH Soft Glam palette comes in a flip to open packaging as well the exterior is made of a dusty orange velvet with the name of the palette written in white. As I previously own the Modern Renaissance palette from ABH as well, I know that this exterior is bound to get dirty very easily. The palette is made of cardboard and has a magnetic closure. There are shade names below each eyeshadow (super convenient!) and a dual ended brush is included as well. Although the brush can feel prickly on the eyelid, it’s very useful for placing and blending eyeshadow. The packaging surely feels luxurious as compared to the MUR palette but it can easily get dirty and is not very travel friendly as I will always be scared on breaking the palette. This palette includes a mirror as well which is an added advantage!

 

 

Shades

The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Palette has 15 stunning shades with 9 mattes, 4 shimmers, 1 satin and 1 sort of a pressed glitter while the ABH Soft Glam has 14 shades with 9 mattes, 3 shimmers and 2 foiled shadows.

 

 

Here are the shades which are similar in tone and colour –

ABH Soft Glam Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose  
Tempera (Matte) 1 (Matte)  
Glistening (Shimmer)  11 (Shimmer)  
Orange Soda (Matte)  7 (Matte)  
Rose Pink (Shimmer)  8 (Shimmer)  
Sultry (Foiled)  9 (Shimmer)  
Bronze (Foiled) 2 (Pressed Glitter)  
Mulberry (Matte) 3 (Matte)  
Dusty Rose (Matte)  4 (Matte)  
Fairy (Shimmer) 5 (Shimmer)  
Burnt Orange (Matte) 10 (Matte)  
Sienna (Matte) 12 (Matte)  
Rustic (Matte) 14 (Matte)  
Cyprus Umber (Matte) 13 (Matte)  
Noir (Matte) 15 (Satin)  

 

Swatches of some of the similar shades in both the palettes

 

Texture

The matte eyeshadows in the ABH Soft Glam palette are softer to touch and more buttery as compared to the Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose ones which feel the slightest bit chalky when touched. The foiled eyeshadows in the ABH palette swatch superbly well whereas the shade no. 2 in the MUR palette which is supposed to be similar to the shade Bronze, is more of a pressed glitter than an actual shimmer/foiled shadow. Though both the palettes include a black shade, the one in the Velvet Rose palette has some shimmer particles in it and is not exactly matte.

Performance

Now comes the exciting part, did the two perform the same on the eyes? I would say sort of. So I tried a few different looks with both the palettes and tried incorporating all the shades to give each one a fair shot.

I felt that the matte shadows in the MUR Velvet Rose were a little chalky and patchy on the eyes as compared to the highly pigmented mattes in the ABH. Even though the matte shades in the Soft Glam palette are quite powdery (you gotta dust off that excess), they had great color payoff and blended like a dream on the eyelids. However, one can build up the intensity of the MUR mattes with a few layers of the shadow and a little more blending for it to look as pigmented as the ABH ones. The black shadows in both were unexpectedly very comparable. I couldn’t really see the tiny particles of shimmer of the black shade in the Makeup Revolution Palette.

 

Left eye – Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose; Right eye – Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

 

The shimmers were really good in both the palettes. They picked up nicely with a brush and applied well on the eyelids. As always, shimmers give an intense colour payoff when used with a finger or a wet brush and I found that to be the case with both the palettes.

The only trouble I really had was with the Shade No. 2 in the Makeup Revolution palette. The shade did not pick up at all with a dry brush and once I wet it, it kind of got very chunky. I could only see flecks of glitter on my eyelid instead of a proper shade. I tried applying it with a finger also but it got pretty messy and the glitter started flying off everywhere. On the other hand, its counterpart, ‘Bronze’ was so stunning on the eyes and applied really well with a finger and a brush.

 

Lasting Power

As I have really oily eyelids, it is the staying power which eventually makes or breaks an eyeshadow palette for me. For my eye shadow base, I applied my Colourpop No Filter concealer in Med/Dark 36 and set it with a loose powder. I applied the eyeshadows on top of it and was really happy to see that BOTH of them stayed put for a solid 7-8 hours. The shimmers from both started fading slightly after that but there was hardly any blotchiness. They both lasted really well on my eyes.

 

Final Thoughts

The Makeup Revolution Velvet Rose Palette in itself is a superb palette especially for the price point. You get 15 shades for 850 bucks and the shadows and the tones are really good. If you’re willing to excuse that glitter shade (you can find many similar gold shades in other palettes or as single shadows), then it is a spot on dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette as well. If you’ve been eyeing the Soft Glam palette but it’s really hard to get your hands on or seems a little too expensive,  then you can definitely pick up the MUR palette and you won’t regret it. It will practically give you the same looks as the ABH one and at a much cheaper cost.

However, if you have the extra moolah and really want to experience those buttery eyeshadows which practically blend themselves, then without a doubt, grab the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette!

 

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