Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Battle of the M's: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer vs MAC Studio Fix Concealer


The Battle of the M's:

The title is pretty self explanatory as to what I am comparing, right? 

I know one is in the thin liquid form and the other is a thick in the pot form.

But a concealer is a concealer, it should conceal imperfections, right?

So I compared a popular drugstore brand with a popular non drugstore brand.

Instead of noting down individual reviews, I will straight away go to the comparison:

Maybelline is a liquid consistency in the tube form.
MAC is a thick consistency in the pot form.

Maybelline shade pictured here is Light.
MAC is in the shade NW30.







As you can see I have pretty intense dark circles.



On the left I have used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and on the right side I have used Mac Studio Finish Concealer. 
Not much difference in the coverage.

The Fit Me concealer although the shade says Light, it blended pretty well in my skin tone.
Coverage is medium, but it can be layered without looking cakey. 

Studio Finish gives perfect coverage for under eye dark circles.

Brush is required for the both the concealers to blend perfectly.
The wand in the Fit Me concealer is of no use other than applying. For blending, brush it is.

To be in a budget, Maybelline Fit Me is the perfect fit, but it seems that after a while the concealer gets a little dry, because the application is not as smooth as it used to be when it was new. I bought it a month back. 

Whereas MAC Studio Finish Concealer never loses its charm. I have been using the same pot since 2 years, still hasn't dried up on me and the application is still smooth. For a review on the same, click here.

The Fit Me concealer lasts me a good 4-5 hours, whereas Studio Finish lasts me entire day approx. 8 hours.

Overall, if you can, buy the MAC one because of the staying power and the coverage that it gives.
If you are in a budget, Maybelline Fit Me will do the job of concealing, but you might end up buying it again after 2-3 months.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Rimmel Showoff - Lip Lacquer/Velvet: Review and Swatches

Hello All,
I finally got my hands on the Rimmel Show Off after seeing rave reviews about the same.
I had to review this because I had a different opinion about this.

The Rimmel website says: Its neither a lipstick nor a gloss. Its bigger than that.

This is actually true to its claim. Pigmentation of a lipstick and shiny like a gloss. Although not at all sticky.

Pros: 

Highly pigmented. Actually covered up my pigmented lips pretty decent.
Non patchy.
Very smooth application.
Moisturising, did not dry my lips even after it wore off. Even the matte version is very moisturising.
Price wise very cheap, I mean 5 dollars for a lipstick, bring it on!

Cons:

It didn't even last me 2 hours. It wore off after like one hour, it was as if I had not worn a lipstick at all.
At work, I literally I had to keep this lacquer in my pants pocket so that I could touch up every time I see a mirror. ;-)
Seriously it didn't last me even when I didn't drink or eat anything.

To sum it up:

Although I love the colors, I wouldn't repurchase this product because I do not have the patience to touch up every hour.
Although they don't claim it to be long lasting, 2 hours lasting power is the least expectation, especially from Rimmel since they have been giving us super products.















Saturday, February 28, 2015

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 225 in Sultry - Swatches and Quick Review

Revlon has always given us the best lipsticks, comparable to the expensive brands, for a lower price.

Pros:
It is a smooth, moisturizing, matte lip crayon.
Thick crayon like packaging, doesn't require sharpening.
It looks red on some, pink on some, on me it is more like a marsala kind of color.
Highly pigmented, covers up perfectly even highly pigmented lips like mine, glides smoothly, very moisturising, long lasting.
Stays good for 4 hours, leaves a tint after that.
Doesn't require sharpening, which is the best part.

Cons:
A little bulky kinda packaging.
Can get a little drying once it starts fading.







Sunday, February 22, 2015

L'Oreal Colour Riche Fresh as Rose - A Quick Review and Swatch


Hoping the summer comes soon after all the snow and below freezing temperatures.

Fresh as a Rose is a pretty pink shade perfect for summer.

Moisturizing although I am not too impressed with the pigmentation, the lip swatch below is like a 5-6 swipes.

It is pretty sheer for pigmented lips like mine.

Lasting power is average, maybe 1 or 2 hours depending on what you eat or drink.

I like the shade a lot, this is by far the only pink that looks good on me hence use it sometimes, but otherwise I was not too impressed by the lipstick range.




Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick - 107 Swatches and a Quick Review

Little late for the review but better late than never.

Overview: A moisturizing matte lipstick in kind of a berry red color.

Pros: Immensely pigmented
         Very moisturizing matte finish
         Smooth application
         Lasts a good 5 hours
         At 6 dollars, the best

Cons: Become patchy after 5 hours, need reapplication
          Can become drying after a while, need well moisturized lips
         





Thursday, December 11, 2014

Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick - Eternal Rose

After using this lipstick I don't know why I was shying away from this brand. Simply amazing!
It's a little glossy, highly pigmented mauve pink shade.
Just perfect for medium to fair skin tones.

A quick review.
Advantages:
Highly pigmented, good color payoff even on pigmented lips.
14 hr lasting, I am not sure but definitely a good 5 hours and also survived breakfast, lunch and coffee.
Moisturising, didn't dry my lips at all.
Does not bleed.
Cheaper than other counterparts.

Disadvantages:
I had to reapply after 5 hours just to maintain the look.
It does however accentuate dry lines.

The last pic is 8 hours after application, no touch ups.

Only two disadvantages, which means it's actually good. Need to get more shades.

Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo - A Quick Review


A quick review on Nyx matte lip cream in Monte Carlo.

Shade: A typical blue red matte lip color.

Pros: Good pigmentation hence good for pigmented lips like mine
Very smooth application
The brush applicator perfect for precision
Does not bleed
Stays for a good 4 hours without touch ups after which it gives a good stain
Stays matte without drying lips
Will suit all skin tones
Costs only 3 dollars
Does not transfer after it dries.

Cons: For it to stay longer than 4 hours, touchup will be required
As with any bottled lipstick, it's tough to reach the bottom when there is still alot, hence a decent amount gets wasted.

Overall: A decent red lip color for those who have a budget but want a decent lipstick with average staying power.