REVIEW: COLOURPOP NO FILTER CONCEALER

Hi there!

A couple of months ago I shopped off colourpop.com & boy oh boy was I a happy girl! ( that sentence just made my giggle) They did not disappoint. They’re so affordable! I was ecstatic for the amount of makeup I got and the price that I ended up paying!

I have heard nothing but great reviews of the Colourpop No Filter concealer. It’s known for its lightweight, non drying formulation & affordability. I decided to put this to the test.

Product description:

A lightweight, creamy, full-coverage concealer formulated with soft-blurring pigments to create the ultimate matte, flawless complexion.

Finish Matte

Net Weight 4.0g (0.14oz)

My experience with the Colourpop No Filter Concealer:

  • The shade golden 40 is a perfect match! It’s got a beautiful yellow undertone. Colour corrects and brightens naturally at the same time!
  • The coverage provided by this concealer falls from light to medium, build-able!
  • Concealer has a doe foot applicator, it’s quite nifty and gets into nooks and crannies. It applies a generous amount of product.
  • The packaging is a plastic container & is see through, you can see the amount of product you get quite clearly and how much you consume during your use.
  • The concealer has a beautiful light weight consistency & feel.
  • It sits well on my skin!
  • I use this to concealer on my spots as well as to brighten my under eye area. So for me to make that statement it clearly implies that it did not cling onto my acne marks and dry it out like most of my other Concealers.
  • The only problem I noticed is that this oxidises on me. I picked shade 40, to highlight. When you look at the tube it looks like my highlight shade but upon application it’s my exact skin tone. Therefore, the shade on the bottle and upon application differ.
  • The description claims it blurs out pores, but I didn’t notice that on my skin.
  • The shade 40 is a good match to the MAC shade in – NC42.
  • This concealer is definitely not one that can control shine, so I recommend you use a setting powder that you trust on your T-zone.
  • I didn’t not face a problem with shine breaking through because I set it well! If I have a 2/3 hour event I don’t set it strong, I let some shine break through for a natural glow. But in days when I have work for 12 hours straight, I set it with an anti shine powder and it works great with anything!

Do I recommend the Colourpop No Filter Concealer?

Well I love the formulation, lightness and feel of the concealer and I use it on regular basis!

For the price, you really can’t complain, this levels up with my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer but my Age Rewind is still preferred over this.

I would repurchase a lighter shade, say 30? I don’t dislike the product and would definitely recommend this, it’s one for normal to dry skin types.

Price: $6

Shop here: https://colourpop.com/collections/concealer

I hope this post helped you out, let me know if I’ve missed out on anything in the comments!

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

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Lookbook: Festive Makeup!

Hi guys!

Do you know of these coachella inspired makeup looks that’ve been going around your Instagram off late? Well I took some of my inspiration from that and added hues of what’s in for Spring/Summer 2018. I hope you enjoy the look!

Products used:

  • Eyes – Colourpop Cosmetics Yes Please Palette, I don’t love this palette because the intensity of the pigments fade in minutes, but the colour scheme is perfect for festive/music festive looks!
  • Lashes : Kingdom of lashes in sugar mama!
  • Lips: PAC Cosmetics Eye Gloss in Purple ( works beautifully as a liquid lipstick )
  • Contour – Benefit Hoola!
  • Freckles – MAC Brow Set Go in Bold Brunette with Golden Glitter
  • Highlight – Burberry Spring Summer 2016 Nude 02

Did you know, did you know? Yellow/Mustard is a big win-win this season?

Try to include it as a blush, eyeshadow or just on your nails! The shade does sound intimidating especially when including it on your face, but it’s not as scary as it seems when you give it a shot. I know I’m giving this trend a go!

Model: Natasha ManjunathPhotography: ElienaiAvec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Product Review: Nykaa Silicone Sponge!

Hi there!

So we’ve seen this Instagram trend take over the internet like a storm last year, right? Girls using silicon bra cups & what not?

The original company that came out with these silicon sponges was Molly Cosmetics!

Although I do think this trend is so 2017, Nykaa Beauty came out with these silicon sponges recently. Did this product really change my base game? Find out below!

Product description:

Nykaa markets this blender in two ways..

1. Product is made of high quality silicon, a little product (foundation) goes a long way.

2. It’s easy to clean & good for sensitive/acne prone skin.

My experience:

  • So I happened to amazon search silicon sponges and I found silicon sponges from various brand for way cheaper! So in my opinion this product is overpriced.
  • My initial thoughts were, the blender was soft of the face upon touch.
  • I used this sponge to apply my foundation, concealer & powder..
  • So the pro’s to using a silicon sponge is that it reduces the amount of foundation you use by half! Did it do that? Not really. I found myself using the same amount.
  • I tried to spread the product and use only half a pump of foundation but that didn’t blend it at all.
  • I dabbed the silicon blender onto my face & it did sorta work but it looked like my makeup was sitting on top of my face. So it did blend the foundation but not naturally.
  • Secondly, it made my concealer sit on my skin & look heavy.
  • It was also hard to get under my eyes because of the shape & the blender is not pliable, well not like a sponge.
  • The time taken by the silicon sponge to blend my foundation is 2x longer than that with a brush or my beauty blender!
  • Finally, do not use this for powdering, cake face alert!
  • I honestly think Nykaa Beauty is late to the game. But it’s also the only Indian brand that’s got them (probably a genuine brand that you can trust when compared to the ones on amazon)
  • This trend is a fad, which has surpassed a long time ago.
  • This product is cruelty free.
  • A side note: I did not break out upon using this product. I have sensitive & acne prone skin! Because, Nykaa claims the above, so just confirming it for you.

My opinion:

Does this product save time in cleaning your sponge? Absolutely. But is does that weigh over the cons? Nah.

I did try my best to make this product work but alas, succumbed to my brush to save my face !

Do you know who would prefer this or more so, how I use this? Do you have those times when you just don’t want foundation on your fingers because you have to go out and just want to keep your hands clean? Yes, I use the silicon sponge to spread foundation on and then blend in with my usual tools. I also use this to apply face masks. But I do the above only because they were sent to me from Nykaa & because I have them. You could definitely use your trusty ol’ fingers & wipe your hands with a tissue, the way I use to before I had my silicon blender.

I don’t recommend this blender & I do not reach for it at all! Save yourself them ₹₹₹!

I hope this review helped you out!

Price:

₹300/-, per piece

Available on: http://www.nykaa.com

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Review: Plum Glow Restore Facial Oil

Facial oils are all the rage right now, almost every one I know has started incorporating the it into their beauty regime. One of the many brands that have launched their facial oil is none other than, Plum Goodness.

Plum Goodness has some pretty neat skin care. I use their toners, masks, moisturisers, sunscreen, body butter & facescrubs! So it’s safe to say I trust the ingredients they use & the claims they make. It works well with my skin.

Plum Goodness was kind enough to send me their facial oil for me to try out. So after a good 2-3 months of using this bottle I think it’s safe for me to spill the beans now.

Product description:

Blend of 10 oils, meet the dry skin expert.

This unique combination of 100% plant-derived oils combats skin dryness, and restores natural health and glow to skin. Without the greasiness one would expect from an “oil”. It gets to work instantly, restoring your natural glow by replenishing lost nutrients, fighting oxidative damage, and preventing Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) from your skin. 

We’ve carefully chosen these ten oils for the richness of their natural chemistry – here’s what’s inside! 

1. Grape seed oil- great source of linoleic acid- reduces clogged pores

2. Sea buckthorn oil- richest source of vitamin C – limits free radical damage

3. Rose hip oil- extremely rich source of antioxidants- slows down ageing

4. Argan oil- rich in omega-6 fatty acids- eases inflammation

5. Sweet Almond oil- hydrates and protects

6. Apricot seed oil- natural source of vitamin A – lubricates and heals

7. Sunflower seed oil- rich in minerals- healthier skin

8. Olive oil- vegan source of squalene- repairs damaged skin

9. Pomegranate seed extract- rich in omega-5 fatty acids- counters free radical damage

10. Jojoba seed oil – contains vitamin B complex & iodine- heals

And as always, this Plum is 100% vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and not tested on animals.

PROS:

  • It’s 99.8% natural, wow!
  • Contains a blend of 10 essential oils to target various skin concerns.

Here’s a what I noticed..

  • Do you know that greasy feeling you get after you layer oil or just too much product? I layered this oil and didn’t feel that at all. It’s like my skin drank it all up, it’s a beautiful hydrating oil which leaves you with a healthy glow.
  • This oil didn’t clog my pores and I didn’t break out from it. I do have dry skin at the perimeters and normal to a sometimes oily T-zone. I break out from the regular hormonal imbalance& when my something clogs my pores like dimethicone. So I was relieved that I didn’t have new friends upon using this.
  • Works great as a base for makeup. My makeup like it was my skin. I had a beautiful glow!
  • It works great as a highlighter, in fact I use this as my highlighter cause it blends easily on top of my foundation too.
  • In the long run, I do notice improvement in the texture of my skin. My skin isn’t flawless but I didn’t expect this product to fix my breakouts or anything. My skin looks healthy upon using it.
  • This product is quite affordable and lasts for a good two – three months upon continual usage!

CONS:

  • It’s recommended only for dry skin. Well I don’t think that’s a con, but I just feel for you oily gals, haha
  • It does not lighten acne marks or spots. I say that because the last three ingredients are supposed to cater to this. Although I do feel the longer you use this product, say 2-3 bottles later you will see results. Will definitely update this space if there are changes in my skin.

Do I recommend this product?

Yes! I love how this works and feels on my skin & how it works under my makeup. Despite the fact that it’s summer, it feels light and makes my skin feel luxurious! I will definitely pick up another bottle!

Price:

₹775, 30ml

Shop here:

I hope this review helped you out. Let me know if you’ve tried this product in the comments!

See how I use the Plum Glow Restore Facial Oil: Click here!

Shots by,

Eric Samuel

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Look book: Vampire Diaries!

I’ve been binge watching the Twilight series back to back &hence here we are.. I thought I’d just turn myself into a vampire & why not? With the help of my friends, makeup. I could do just that!

Using various tones of red I could recreate blood stains & hollow eyes!

Palette used on the eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

Fake Blood: Huda beauty Cheerleader, Famous. Colourpop LAX, MAC Cosmetics Sin & Diva.

I hope you enjoy!

Shots by,

VJ Wesley

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Review: Colourpop Yes, Please Palette!

Hi guys!

I broke the bank when I splurged for around $100 on Colourpop’s website around January & I have no regrets at all!

My current favourite palette, the one I’m absolutely obsessed with is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. That palette is of supreme quality & is unbelievable!

Product description:

Pressed Powder Shadow Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.

Finish Matte, Metallic

Shade Neutrals, Oranges/Corals, Reds, Golds, Yellows/Oranges

Net Weight 12 x 0.85g (0.03oz)

I got the Yes, Please Palette for $6, that’s such a good deal right? So after playing with this palette for two months, here are my thoughts.

Thoughts about this palette:

  • Love the price! So affordable!
  • Palette contains no fragrance.
  • Simple packaging, easy to travel with. Cardboard package with magnetic flaps.
  • This formulation of the palette reminds me very much of the Kylie Cosmetics ones. It’s very similar.
  • They swatch beautifully when used with fingers or brushes.
  • What I noticed while playing with these shadows were that on application they look beautiful, intense & pigmented. But, give it 10 minutes & they lack they vibrancy they had at the beginning.
  • Secondly, they work better when used with an eyeshadow primer, it helps with the intensity & longevity of the vibrancy of the shadows.
  • Finally, these shadows didn’t last the way they first looked at the beginning by the end of the day. They mixed into each other and sort of disappeared. This was quite disappointing.
  • The deepest warm/red brown (French Kiss) in the palette was the most trickiest & my least favourite shade to work with. Although I love the colour so much, it went patchy & skipped on few parts of my lid.
  • What it also did was it didn’t blend into a few shades available on the palette and it looked like a black streak in the crease.
  • Mischief (the yellow shade) does not show up on medium skin tone, you’ll have to layer it or use a strong white base to get it seen.

I’m honestly surprised that this palette did not work out for me because it’s rated as a their best seller & comes under Nylon’s Beauty Hit List.

How I use this palette:

Since certain combinations in the palette don’t work out & end up looking muddy. I tend to a max of two shades only.l to avoid chaos on the lids & I use the shimmers just by itself.

I don’t love the palette but I don’t hate it because I spent only $6 on it.

I do not recommend this palette if you’re paying the whole sale price but if you get it on a discount like I did I’d recommend it cause it’s not that big of a loss because the shades are beautiful & they can work with a little bit of help.

Swatches:

I hope this review helped you out!

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

(Ingredients: FULL-ZIP: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZINC STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

BIG COCKTAILS: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZING STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, CARMINE (CI 75470), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).

CHAMPS: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZING STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

BLING: DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TALC, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TIN OXIDE, MICA (CI 77019), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

LOUIE: DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TALC, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

BUTTER CAKE: DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TALC, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SILICA, MICA (CI 77019), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

SPOILED: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZING STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

GNO: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZING STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).

MISCHIEF: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZING STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).

NOTE TO SELF: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZING STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

CHAUFFEUR: DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TALC, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).

FRENCH KISS: ZINC STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, TALC, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, SILICA, BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

REVIEW: MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE CONCEALER!

There’s a new concealer in town & yes I did pick this bad boy up to test it out & see if it lives upto the hype. The Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer has been labeled as the dupe for Tarte’s Shape Tape. Now, I haven’t used the shape tape yet so I can’t compare them for you. But what I can do is give you my thoughts on this product.

Product Description:

“The concealer for everyone. 18 shades ranging from fair to deep, in cool, neutral and warm undertones. Lightweight yet full coverage concealer to cover blemishes, even skin tone and counteract dark circles, with a matte finish that won’t setting or accentuate fine lines and pores. Long wearing intense pigment that can also be used to contour and add definition. Our large doe foot applicator allows for smooth application that won’t drag on the delicate skin under your eyes.”

Ingredients:

“Aqua, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Isobutylmethacrylate/Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Acrylate, Cyclopemtasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cetyl PEG-PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Cetyl PEG/PGG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Lecithin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Polyglycerol-3 Polyricinoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric “Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499”

I would typically use a concealer for either highlighting the centres of my face or to conceal my acne marks. I have dry under eyes & any concealer that is too heavy can cake up easily or just crack once I apply my powder. This usually happens to me when I use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It’s not one that I reach out to often because of the above & the light coverage. I live for good coverage! It plays a crucial role for me when I look at the characteristics of a new concealer.

So in short, this concealer must not crease, should lean on the medium/full coverage side, feel lightweight, contain NO FLASHBACK & not cake up in weird spots, lines or places for this to acquire my approval.

I picked up the shade C10, because the description said, “Medium skin with Golden undertones”.

PROS:

  • I love the packaging & the doe-foot applicator. It’s HUGE! It covers large areas & is great to use.
  • Does not oxidise!
  • The texture of this concealer is smooth & definitely light weight.
  • I recommend exfoliating before using this concealer, it can emphasize or stick to dry patches otherwise.
  • It lasts beautifully for 5 hours but started creasing very lightly right under my eyes later on. I did try to use this concealer without powder, and it did work well. I experience minimal creasing under my eyes, but nothing I couldn’t just dab away. It however did  crease on my eyelids, pretty bad.
  • It’s quite hydrating for someone with dry under eyes, I would not say extremely hydrating but it’s not ultra matte.
  • Great value for money if you lean on the normal skin family.
  • This concealer is medium to high coverage, it contains a ton of pigment

CONS:

  • Have you ever had a moment when you tend to wear the wrong shade you tend to have some flashback? I had that experience with this concealer cause there was crazy flashback. But, when I mixed it in with my Colourpop No Filter Concealer, it had minimised drastically.
  • Upon using it by itself, since it isn’t golden enough it gives me a white cast, it make me look ashy near my chin area.
  • I love that they have 18 shades in their range but unfortunately to me, the undertones of the concealers aren’t golden enough for me. They’re too ‘peachy’ despite its description, so it can be used to correct my dark circle, but it leaves a white cast so I’ll have to top it off with a more yellow based foundation or concealer.
  • It however, is not great for spots because it tends to cling onto dry patches.
  • I would not use this for special occasions because of the flashback, no proper undertone & the fact that it does not last all day for me.

Note: I do not recommend letting this concealer sit for 5 – 10 minutes and then blending it off because it becomes very difficult to spread it and peels.

If your undertone lies more on the cool/neutral side this would actually be great for you. For those of you with olive/warm undertones, I doubt we’d fine a gold enough shade to use on it’s own. I presume that if I buy C7 I may be able to use it as a highlighting shade.

For reference, I am a MAC NC42 (Studio Fix Fluid), NARS All Day Luminous – Syracuse, Makeup Forever HD 153, Maybelline Fit me 228 Soft Tan.

I like but not love the formula of this product & if you find your shade with the right undertone I recommend this product only for highlighting. Sadly, I did not & did not will not repurchase this product.

Price: ₹595/-, http://www.hokmakeup.com

I hope this review helped you out.

Shots by, Eric Samuel

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Review: Garnier Micellar Water, Bi-phase (Yellow) & Cleansing Non Water Proof Gentle Remover (Pink)

We know the severity of the situation when we don’t clean all of the makeup from our face by the end of the day. A code RED. You’ll probably end up welcoming a few uninvited guests the very next day. Been there, done that!

I use to splurge on the Bio Derma makeup remover before this launched in India. While I love that product with all my heart, it did break my heart when I would have to repurchase the bottle again because it was just too expensive & the fact that I use makeup everyday, the bottle would last for 3-4 months. That does not sound bad, but now that Garnier launched a more affordable one, it does have me relieved. Phew! But the big question that is remnant is, did it replace my Bio Derma Micellar Water?

Product Description:

Micellar Cleansing Water , Non Water Proof Remover (Pink Bottle)

This All-in-1 cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses and refreshes skin. A multi-purpose cleanser that contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying.
• All-in-1 cleanser and makeup remover cleanses, removes makeup and refreshes skin
• Surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin, micelle technology attracts dirt, oil and makeup like a magnet without harsh rubbing
• All skin types, even sensitive

Bi-phase Micellar Water, Water proof makeup remover (Yellow Bottle)

This all-in-1 bi-phase cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It is specially formulated to effectively cleanse, remove even waterproof/longwear makeup, and refresh. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying.

Ingredients:

MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER: AQUA / WATER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, POLOXAMER 184, POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE, FIL B162919/3

BI – PHASE WATER: AQUA/WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ISOHEXADECANE, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, DISODIUM EDTA, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE

The reason I’m reviewing both the bottles in the same post is because they performed the same to me.

Cleansing Water (Non- Waterproof)

  • The cleansing water does what it’s supposed to do. Two cottons pads should be good to get off majority of the makeup.
  • I would compare the performance of the Cleansing water as that of the Bio Derma Micellar Water. It does not have any fragrance to it so I would recommend this if you have sensitive skin. ( This will not remove water proof mascara)
  • The Cleansing Water does not remove the makeup 100% , you’d definitely need to wash your face to get rid of the minimal amount left.
  • I did not break out with this product. It was very gentle!
  • I use this stuff when I usually wear just concealer, simple everyday makeup.
  • It did not remove the waterproof mascara ( I didn’t expect it too) I use oil to break it down and then wipe with the Micellar water.
  • The Micellar water didn’t leave any oily residue. But my skin didn’t feel light weight either, I felt like I had to wash my face immediately and moisturise. It’s not something that I could just use and walk around my house feeling free. But that may be just me.
  • My face didn’t feel dry upon using this product.
  • The kohl that I used in my waterline took a while to come off, it removes majority but not everything. You’ll definitely need oil to get everything out.
  • This product is suitable for all skin types.
  • The water was gentle on my water line. It did not irritate or burn.

Bi-phase Micellar Water (Waterproof)

  • The Bi-phase Water is stronger when compared to the cleansing water because it contains Argan Oil in it. You have to shake the bottle to combine the two layers & then use it.
  • This stuff works just as the cleansing water. It does not remove every bit of makeup, but the majority. A wash could remove the rest.
  • My skin did feel moisturised after using this product, and not dry. One could also consider this ‘feel’ as a heavy residue left or greasy feeling. I don’t hate it. It’s not too heavy that it bothers me.
  • The bottle is heavily fragranced. It would not be an ideal choice for people with sensitive skin. I however don’t mind the fragrance.
  • This Micellar water did not remove all of my water proof mascara. I used the MAC Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara to check this out, but to my disappointment I had tons of product still left.
  • I tend to use oil to break down the product and then the Micellar water. It does perform better than the Cleansing one.
  • This product did not dry my skin.
  • This is suitable for all skin types.
  • The water did take off the Kajal out of my water line but it took a while & two cotton pads.
  • Two cottons pads would be enough to take off majority of the product.
  • The water was gentle on my eyes & did not irritate or cause an blurring of my vision.

Would I recommend this product?The Garnier Micellar Water would bag the crown for the most affordable makeup cleanser for sure. Apart from its price, I do really reach for this product everyday & despite its few cons, it’s value for money and the fact that it does it job works for me!I would definitely recommend the Garnier Micellar Water. Now which one you choose depends upon your preference. The only difference for me is the strength, fragrance and Argan Oil!If you use minimal makeup, no Kajal and mascara daily the Cleansing Water would be great. The Bi-phase would be great if you need to remove strong Kajal & mascara.Watch my video using the Garnier Bi-phase Makeup Remover: Watch Video!Price:

  • Cleansing Water: ₹349, 400ml; ₹149, 125ml;
  • Bi-phase Water: ₹399, 400ml; ₹191,125ml;

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REVIEW : NYX HYDRA TOUCH POWDER FOUNDATION!

What’s a powder foundation?

A Powder foundation comes in two variations, one – a loose mineral based powder or a compact/pressed powder form.

Its formulation is one that gives you either sheer or full coverage depending on how much of it you use, it contains pigments to cover up blemishes and is usually an everyday, go-to option/ideal option for an oily skin gal.

There are tons of powder foundations in the market, this one by NYX appeared different to me because of the term – hydra.

I love using powder foundation on days where I have to look put together but I just can’t be bothered with my whole routine.

I have desert like under eyes & too much powder can cause it to patch up or cause flaking underneath. One powder foundation that works beautifully for my skin is the MAC Studio Fix Powder. I love it!

The reason I would compare this drugstore product to my high end holy grail Studio Fix is because they both fall in the same price category. Let me just tell you this now, I love my Studio Fix despite having dry/flakey skin, once exfoliated it’s a beautiful product to use on everyday basis. So, the NYX Cosmetics Hydra Touch Foundation has a pretty tough competitor .

Product Description:

A weightless pressed powder that offers buildable coverage with a matte finish. Now available in five more silky shades, Hydra Touch Powder Foundation can be applied dry or wet. Our innovative formula also contains moisturising botanical extracts to leave skin looking soft and fresh.

Features :

  • Weightless powder for a matte finish.
  • Multi-use powder foundation, can be used dry or wet.
  • Contains moisturising botanical extracts for soft and fresh skin.

At first, the price of this product had me taken aback. NYX is acclaimed as one of the most budget friendly brands, but this product is the same price as the MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder Foundation. I have dry skin under my eyes & a T-zone that gets shiny when it’s hot and pretty dry/dehydrated skin around the perimeters od my face. I suffer from hormonal acne around my jawline.

I love my Studio Fix, it does not cling to my dry patches & can be used wet/dry, buffed in, over foundation – you name it!

Pros:

  • Good shade range!
  • It’s light weight on the skin, does not feel heavy.
  • It’s great under eyes, it does not crack under my eyes.
  • Lasts for 8 hours easily on dry skin (if you’ve exfoliated) and looks natural by the end of the day . I used the foundation with and without my FIX+ and there was no difference in the performance!
  • It’s very hydrating if the product is not layered heavily.
  • It works great under dry eyes & over concealer, just make sure you don’t drag/buff the powder in the area. Pat lightly.
  • I didn’t notice any flash back when I used this.
  • Did not oxidise on my face, phew!

Cons:

  • The powder is very delicate, I didn’t drop my foundation but the powder had cracked when I dipped my buffing brush into it. So, it’s not travel friendly.
  • If you don’t exfoliate well before using this product. You will HATE this foundation. It emphasises every pore, dry patch & brings out texture that you didn’t even know existed.
  • Upon layering this product over foundation or concealer, I found that it works good with a few and not so great with the others. Although a light dust under the eyes with any of the concealers used was not a problem.
  • This powder provides light to medium coverage. I would say you can achieve a full coverage but it ends up looking cakey (even though it does not feel cakey). A spritz of fixing spray cannot save the cakey appearance either.

I could build the coverage in certain areas such as, the perimeters of my face & neck. I could not layer the product on the T-zone, forehead and under my eyes. It emphasised the texture and made my skin too dry.

  • The product cannot be used wet as NYX claims it can.
  • The powder cannot be layered over facial oil. It just clumps up or moves around.

My thoughts after using the NYX Hydra Touch Powder Foundation:

This product is a hit one day & a miss some days for me. I cannot exfoliate everyday basis just to make this product work for me, although I do like to use a light dust under my eyes to set my concealer.

So would I recommend this?

If you’re an oily gal, this may not control your shine for long. This would be good just for running errands or a 2-3 hour occasion.

If you’ve got normal skin this is a great product, just be sure to exfoliate!

If you’ve got dry skin, it’s good stuff but it will emphasis any dry patch if you’ve not had your good skin care routine the night before!

My Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation performs way better, the NYX hydra Touch Foundation has left a lot to be desired for, and even though it’s not horrendous, I would not repurchase this as the cons way in a lot more.

I mix the shades Golden & Warm Beige!

Price:

₹2500/-, 8gms

Hope this post helped you out!

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal