Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Review: MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Quite the Thing!

Hello Everyone, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

MAC launched the Sheen Supreme line of lipsticks long long back and they are part of their permanent line of products. I always wanted to try these and the shade that caught my was Quite the Thing, quite a different eye catching shade and perfect name. 

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
Combining the color impact of a lipstick with the shine sheen of a Lipglass, Sheen Supreme created a perfect hybrid - with no compromise. Lightweight, non-sticky, slick to apply and comfortable to wear. This is a must have for those who have craved this kind of fusion. 

Quite the Thing - deep blue plum - is a lovely plum shade with fuchsia micro shimmer. The shade seem to be softer and sheered out MAC Rebel, of course with a fuchsia shimmer lipgloss on top of it. I just loved how wearable this shade it. Not as intense and vampy as Rebel, but, as pretty. Loved the shade. 

Sheen Supreme lipsticks are a fusion of MAC lipsticks and Lipglass. They are creamier, moisturizing and give a nice glossy finish to the lips, without actually applying a lipgloss, but not as long lasting as a lipstick. On me this lasted good for about 3.5 hours, after which I felt the need to apply a lip balm and the color also started fading. After 4.5 hours the color was literally faded from my lips without any traces of lipstick. If this was the staying power with a darker shade, I wonder what it would be for lighter shades. The staying power disappointed me very much., as much I liked the shade. I loath its staying power, especially because the company says it's a hybrid with 'no compromise'. 

The packaging of Sheen Supreme lipstick is not the standard bullet packaging, but its a glossy black cylindrical tube, which is cute. 

Price: Same as other MAC lipsticks. INR 990/-. 

Overall, Quite the Thing is a gorgeous shade but I highly loath it's staying power. If such is the staying power of a darker Sheen Supreme, I wonder what it would for lighter shades. To me this is not a worthy purchase. Only grace is the shade, which I absolutely love. 

Here are the pictures of the product and how it looks on my NC40 ish skin: 

Without Flash

With Flash

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Quite the Thing with MAC Lusterglass in Fantabulous
I hope you found the review helpful. Have you tried Sheen Supreme lipstiks? What is your experience with these? Do share with me in the comments below . 

Have a lovely week ahead. 

Lots of Love


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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in May - a great shade for Spring/ Summer

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy and had a great weekend. 

I love the pastel shades of nail polishes that usually trend during Spring Season. I got this lovely soft pink shade from Chanel, called May, quite a while ago. This was launched with Chanel's Spring 2012 collection and is from permanent range. 

I am wearing this nail polish a lot lately, and thought, why not share my thoughts with you all. 

Chanel Le Vernish Nail Color in May is a lovely soft pink shade which is very wearable by women of any age and ethnicity. Almost neutral, barely inclining towards cooler tones on my warm/ yellow hands. 

The formula of this nail polish disappointed me a bit, especially when compared with my other Chanel nail polishes (Malice & Blue Satin). The color pay off isn't as great as other Chanel nail polishes I have, which give almost full coverage in just one coat. One coat of May gives a very sheer uneven finish, for a full coverage I had to apply two coats. This polish has slightly thicker formula and it slightly dragged through the bed of the nail giving uneven finish. Because the formula is thicker, I have to apply this nail polish with lot of patience. I let the first coat set properly and then I apply the second coat. With Chanel and at this price point, I did not expect this, especially when I have used some really awesome nail polishes before.

I usually get a week's wear with all Chanel nail polishes, with minor tip wear & tear and this nail polish was also not an exception. 

Comes in sturdy glass bottle with regular cap and separate brush cap. 

Price: INR 1450/- for 13 ml of product. 

Overall, the shade is very pretty and apt of this season, but, I would have loved it to the core if the formula was like my other Chanel nail polishes. 

Here are some more pictures and swatches of Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in May: 

Chanel May after 4 days of wear
I hope you all found the review helpful. Which your favorite soft pink nail polish shade? Do let me know in the comments below, I would love to check out some. 

I am heading towards a long week, as it is going to very hectic & painful at work. Wishing all of you a lovely week starting tomorrow. 

Lots of Love


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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Review: Inglot Kohl Pencil 01 - Long wearing water proof jet black kohl at affordable price

Hello Everyone

Wow, second post in a day. That's an achievement for me :-D. Couldn't resist myself from sharing this product with you. 

I am obssessed with jet black kohl and I never step out without it in my eyes. It's a staple for me. Who doesn't want a perfect jet black kohl in her/ his make-up collection, and if it's available at affordable price, its like a cherry on the cake. Isn't it? 

Presenting to you one such product that I discovered recently from a well known make-up brand Inglot. Its a simple kohl pencil which is water proof and it's jet black. When I compare it with my Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero, its much more deep in color. The shade is similar to MAC Chromographic Pencil in Black Black, jet black. On an whole Inglot Kohl Pencil is comparable with Lakme' Absolute Kohl Ultimate, former being better in performance. 

The formula is oh so smooth and buttery, almost like a gel. It glides very easily and gives the intense black color in just one swipe. It dries quickly, so if you want to smudge or fade it, you need to be faster. 

As the formula is water proof it doesn't smudge or move from its place for a very long time. When I tried it in the store, the SA told me that its a long wearing formula too. This pencil IS long wearing and water proof. On my eyes it lasted the whole day until I removed it using a make-up remover, even when wore heavily smudging a little bit as heavy kohl-ed eyes. I noticed fading in my outer most corners, but, every product that I have used so far tends to fade in that area of my eye. I don't know if it's a special feature with me or it happens with everyone around. 

I am totally obsessed with this pencil and I will always keep it as a staple which was UD Zero until I found this. 

The only thing which concerns me is the quantity. I am using it for two weeks now and only 2/3rd pencil is left. So, one needs to buy it very frequently as I use black kohl in water lines almost everyday. I think the whole pencil will last me one and half month, less but not more. But at thsi affordable price, I really don't mind buying it every month.  

Price: INR 650/- for 1.2 gms of product, similar to Lakme' Absolute Kohl Ultimate which is INR 675/- for 1.2 gms of product, but with better results. Unfortunately I do not have the Lakme' Absolute Kohl to swatch them side by side to compare. 

Overall, it's an awesomeness at affordable price if you like jet black kohls. Thumbs up! 

Here are few pictures of the product and comparable swatches and the kohl in action in a couple of pictures: 

Left to Right: Inglot Kohl, MAC Chromographic Pencil in Black Black & Urban Decay 24/7 Zero
All the three are swiped just once and you can see the intensity of blackness

Wiped it using a wet napkin. You can see that the Inglot Kohl has not even moved!
I just dabbed a little bit og kohl in between my lower lashes and smoothened it using an angled brush and the result is before you :-)

I hope you found the review helpful. I am dying to try Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Perversion and YSL Desin Du Regard Water Proof eye pencil, which the magician Make-up Artist Neeraj has featured in his top 5 black eye liners. Have a look at his post here

Which is your favorite jet black eye pencil which is long wearing and water proof?

Have a lovely week ahead. 

Lots of Love

Colorful cut crease makeup - first attempt at cut crease makeup

Hello Everyone, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

This is one look which has been there in my mind for ages, but never did as it requires hell lotta patience and time, at least I like to take time and do such looks. Today as I took off from work, I decided to take advantage of a holiday and do the look. 

This is my first attempt at this kind of dramatic cut crease look. I know its not a very crisp & neat cut crease. This post is not to show how well I can do it, but how I can improve from here. So, I need your valuable suggestions to improvise further.

Lets see the products I used to create this look: 

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark
  • Dior Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup liquid foundation (Sample) 
  • Diorskin Nude Powder Foundation in #40
  • MAC Blush in Pinch o' peach
  • Guerlain Terracota Bronzer #20
  • Lancome Blush Highlighter in Rose Moonlight 

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Chromographic Pencil in Black Black
  • MAC Eyeshadows: Indian Ink, Shockaholic, Lucky Green, Nylon, Sweet Lust
  • Inglot Kohl in Black
  • Clinique Gel liner in True Black
  • Maybelline Falsies mascara
  • Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Peach
  • MAC lipglass in Pink Poodle
Here is the step wise picture tutorial on how did the look: 
  • Step 1: As always, primed my lids using Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • Step 2: Draw a line like shown below using a black eye pencil. I have chosen MAC Chromographic pencil, because it formula is very soft and easily blends/ smudges. When tracking in the crease, make it parallel to your brows. 

  • Smothen and smudge that line like shown using an angled brush. 
  • Apply MAC Indian Ink eyeshadow using a pencil brush on the black portion as shown below. I used MAC 219 brush. 
  • Buff MAC Shockaholic eyeshadow using MAC 217 brush
  • Apply MAC Sweet Lust eyeshadow under the brows and blend 
  • Apply MAC Lucky Green eyeshadow using a flat stiff shader brush on the lid
  • Apply MAC Nylon eyeshadow in the inner corners 
  • Now is the time for lower lash line. I traced the same MAC Chromographic pencil and smoothened the lined using the same angled brush. Then I applied MAC Indian Ink eyeshadow and blended it using MAC Shockaholic eyeshadow. Also, applied MAC Sweet Lust eyeshadow in the inner third and blended it in the purple. 
        This is where I need your suggestions. As you can clearly see the Shockaholic eyeshadow blended under the lower lash line, but if you see the portion beyond the end of my eye i.e. from the outer most corner of my eye, the eyeshadow doesn't look blended there and there's a crisp line (the portion above the yellow line). It kind of look weird to my eyes. I realised it only when I saw the pictures. There are two things which I want to understand: 

1. Whether I should have blended Shockaholic eyeshadow in that portion (portion above the yellow line) as well? or 
2. I shouldn't have blended the Shockaholic eyeshadow under the lower lash line?

  • I then finished the look with a jet black pencil in the inner rims of my eyes and 3 coats of Maybelline falsies mascara and set the brows in place using MAC Clear Brow Gel. I have used Inglot Water Proof kohl in inner rims, as it is jet black and doesn't smudge or move from its place. 

Here are some more pictures of the look. But before that, I need your suggestions on the cheek and lips combo as well. I used a peachy pink blush as I thought it will complement the purple & green well and would not be over powering and same peachy pink shade on the lips mixing a peach lipstick and pink lip gloss.

As you all know that this is my first attempt at the cut crease eye make-up with little knowledge that I have. Looking forward to see your suggestions in the comments below to improve further and also some new techniques to do a cut crease and blush and lip combination to pair with such dramatic looks.

Have a lovely week ahead.

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

A wearable everyday green eye makeup tutorial

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy.

Summer is the season for popping bright eye makeup. I love those edgy colorful eye makeup looks that trend during summers on blogosphere and YouTube. The look that I am sharing today has a popping green shade on the lids but yet it's very wearable anytime during the day and great for this season. I have paired the green eyes with pink lips and cheeks. So, to know how to get this look, keep reading ...

Before I list the products I used to create the look, I want to say that you don't have to have the exact same products to create this look. It's just the guideline to get more use of those colorful eyeshadows which we generally shy away from on an everyday basis.

Here is the list of products used followed by a step by step picture tutorial to get the look.  

Products Used:
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark (for under eye)
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in #24 Beige Ambre
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC 42 to hide blemishes
  • MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden
  • MAC Powder blush in Dollymix
  • MAC Cream Color Base in Hush
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • Colorbar eyepencil in Jaded Green
  • Chambor eyepencil - bronze shade (don't know the actual shade name, got faded)
  • MAC eyeshadows: Swimming, Tempting, Carbonised, Brule
  • L'oreal liquid liner Brun
  • Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara (water proof)
  • Inglot water proof black eye pencil 
  • MAC Cleal Brow Gel
  • Dior Addict lipstick in Dior Kiss
  • MAC Lipglass in Pink Poodle
Step by Step tutorial: 
  • Step 1: Started with priming your lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • Step 2: Applied Colorbar Jaded Green eyepencil near the lash line and blended it 

  • Step 3: Apply MAC Tempting eyeshadow in the crease 
  • Step 4: Apply MAC Swimming eyeshadow on the lids
  • Step 5: Darken the outer corner using MAC Carbonized eyesadow 
  • Step 6: Trace the Tempting eyeshadow under the lower lash line and darken the outer corner with Carbonized

  • Step 7: Apply the bronze eye pencil in the water line and a black liner in the upper water line 
  • Step 8: Finish off the look using a brown eye liner on your upper lash line and couple of coats of black mascara and tame your brows using a brow gel. To make it more vibrant and bright, you can use a green eye liner instead of brown. 

Here are some more pictures of the look: 

I hope you like the look and found the post useful. Let me know how you make your colorful shadows work?

Have a lovely week ahead.

Lots of Love