I can never have enough of eyeliners and always on a hunt for more. While looking for budget-friendly cosmetics I stumbled upon the Blue Heaven Sketch Eyeliner. Blue Heaven is an Indian brand and they recently gained momentum in the cosmetic industry. The packaging is in a black pen form with a click shut cap. It looks quite sturdy enough to ensure no leakages. The pen provides a good grip while working with it. The tip of the pen is quite flexible depending on the pressure you apply. I could get a bold winged liner without much effort. I think this is perfect for beginners. The application was very smooth and the eyeliner dried up very fast. It is definitely smudged proof and water-proof to some extent. The staying power is decent and lasted me a good 7 hours without fading. The best part about the eyeliner is the intense pigmentation. It works just perfect for my daily needs. I think this is the best eyeliner in a budget. I cent percent recommend this to beginners and to those who prefer a pen-style liner. I will surely be buying more once this pen gets over.
Maybelline came up with their latest eyeliner collection and I was too tempted to buy the Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil. When I purchased it I had really high expectations from it. They claim it is water-proof and crease-resistant. I just loved the hues in which are available. The packaging is very sleek and can be easily tossed in your purse. The cap fits snugly enough to avoid spill-off. I was disappointed that a sharpener was not provided. I purchased the Sleek Oynx shade which is a pitch-black shade. I am super impressed with the swatch of this eye pencil. The pigmentation is just mind-blowing. I loved working with the creamy texture of this pencil which glides like butter and in just one swipe the job is done. The staying power is amazing and it lasts all day but this is surely not water-proof. I smudged badly when removing my contact lenses following with minor irritation in the eyes. I really thought this was the best one I have ever used but it is not smudge-proof nor water-proof. I was really disappointed. So I would not recommend this to anyone especially those who wear contact lenses. It is not meant for us.
NYX is my favorite brand, and I recently purchased their mascara. A mascara can change the look of your face, and you will not believe it until you try it out. The mascara comes in a tube packaging with a twist-up cap that holds the applicator. The applicator looks like a tiny spoolie and perfectly fills the brows. Tinted mascaras are not highly pigmented as lash mascaras, but they blend effortlessly with the natural brow hair. You need to be very careful when applying mascaras else it might end up looking very weird. I loved their shade which is perfect for my eyebrow. The best part is that it is waterproof and sweatproof. It was quite a task to remove it with a make up remover. I was quite impressed with the staying power. It lasted a good 12 hours and I think would have lasted more than that had I not removed it. So I would say go ahead and buy this one without a second thought. NYX cosmetics rarely disappoint me, and this is definitely an amazing mascara to own.
Easy to use
I love matte lipsticks. I always wondered what was so special about MAC lipsticks that everyone used to rave about. MAC comes up with their new collections every now and then. MAC Colour Rocker lipsticks were one of their latest collections. They launched these Rocker Lipsticks in a plethora of shades. I totally fell in love with the hues. I am not sure how the greens and yellows would look good on me, but you can definitely rock these shades if you think so. They come in the standard MAC packaging of black and silver. I purchased the Forbidden Sunrise shade which has ha hue of burnt orange. It has a creamy texture and a very intense pigmentation. It gives the perfect matte finish in two swipes, but it was not 100% transfer-proof. The staying power was a good 6-8 hours with minimal fading. Now the lipstick is amazing, and they have a variety of rebellious hues but I am not sure if it is worth the price unless you are a MAC fan. So I am not sure if I am going to purchase more of these unless the same shade is not available in any other brands. 1500 INR for a lipstick definitely burns a hole in your pocket.
Does not dry out
I was looking for some budget-friendly lipsticks when I came across the Blue Heaven Splash Super Matte lipsticks. They are available in 12 vibrant shades, and they claim to be waterproof. The packaging looked cheap though I did not expect much at this price-tag. The lipstick was smooth to apply, but a single swipe did not do the job. It needed multiple swipes to give the matte finish. It wasn't patchy bit it felt a bit heavy on the lips, and it dried out my lips. When I applied it on top of a lip balm, it did not dry out, so lip balm is a must for this brand. This one did not last too long and needed touch-ups. But they are definitely waterproof, which is a good thing. I could not figure out the fragrance, but whatever it was it wasn't good to smell, but it fades off quickly so not a big issue. I purchased a dark red and the pigmentation was decent. So I think this is okay for the price. You can buy it if you wear lipsticks only for a few hours. Otherwise nothing amazing about it except for being waterproof. And their variety of hues in their collection.
It has been quite long since I bought myself some nail paints. A friend recommended the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish. They claim it lasts for 14 days. They had launched 47 swatches in this gel collection. The packaging is neat and comes in a glass bottle like most nail paints in the market. So I applied two coats of this gel polish and then applied the Miracle gel top coat. The top coat gives an amazingly shiny finish to your nails. Ensure to apply it on clean and bare nails. The applicator is amazing. It just took 2 strokes to give complete coverage. I was quite excited that this might last a good 2 weeks but man it took forever to dry. I really did not have the patience to wait that long but somehow convinced my self for the same. They claim its chip-resistant but I am not very sure about it. After doing the dishes t started chipping off after a week or so. But I guess a week is also good enough for me. I am positive it will last longer had I not done the dishes. I think if long-lasting is the key for you to buy nail paints then Sally Hansel Gel is the best in the market.
Drying time is too long
Difficult to remove
If you use a primer under the makeup and a good setting spray above the makeup, there is no chance you can have a makeup meltdown. Usage of powder, bronzer, illuminator, etc can give a very cakey look to your face. The setting spray ensures to give you a refined look and a just-applied look at any time of the day. I own some great primers but was on the lookout for a setting spray. I stumbled upon NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray that was on sale and immediately purchased it. The spray mist dried up very quickly on my skin but I felt a bit of tightness on the skin. I needed to spray about 3-4 times for full facial coverage. Even after a good 6 hours, my makeup was still looking fresh as if I just stepped out of my house. The spray has definitely given longevity to my make up. This might not do a great job if you are using liquid-based foundations. You could try this spray if you want the makeup look all day long. If you are looking for a matte finish then this one is not for you.
Easy to use
Might take away the natural finish
BB cream is a blemish balm cream. It is also called as a miracle cream because it is expected to do the job of a moisturizer, concealer, primer, SPF, etc. Basically, an all in one cream for those who really do not have the time for a full-fledged makeup. The packaging is nothing fancy considering the price, but the tube looks sturdy enough to avoid leakages. I realized that the Fair and Lovely BB cream comes only in one shade. Being on the wheatish side I felt this would suit my skin tone but unfortunately, it gave a very unnatural look. It did not even make my skin moisturized in fact it dried out my skin very badly. The texture is not creamy and it did not blend easily like other bb creams. I think this did absolutely nothing to my skin. This is the worst purchase I have made in recent times. I totally hated the look I saw in the mirror. In fact, this cream gave me acne immediately the next day. I don't really suffer from acne but the bad quality products give me acne for sure. So please stay away from this cream. It is dirt cheap but I wouldn't try even if given for free.
Gives a patchy look
Does not blend well
No shade choices
I do like using herbal and Ayurveda products because most of the branded cosmetic products contain parabens and other harmful chemicals. A good face wash is a very important part of your daily skin routine. A friend who swears by herbal products suggested the Roop Mantra Cucumber Face Wash. It was quite pocket-friendly and I had no qualms in buying it. The packaging looks a bit cheap but I really had no expectations except that it should be travel-friendly and no spillages. I mixed this face wash with little water and gently massaged it on to the skin in a circular motion and then rinsed it thoroughly with water. I mistakingly used it when I was wearing contact lenses and this did not irritate my eyes at all. I was very happy with the fact that I could use it even when am wearing my contact lenses. It gave a very cooling effect on the skin because of the presence of cucumber in it. It thoroughly cleaned my skin removing the dead skin and impurities. The only drawback I felt is that it was a little drying for my dry skin. It definitely worked wonders for my husband's oily skin and he is a fan of this face wash now. For dry skin people like me, we need to use a good moisturizer after using this face wash. Overall I feel it is a great herbal product with natural ingredients that can keep your skin healthy in the long run.
Gives a cooling effect
Packaging could be better
I generally love matte lipsticks but for weekend parties I prefer glossy ones. NYX Professional Makeup Intense Butter Gloss comes in 15 vibrant shades. I purchased the shade Toasted Marshmallows. The butter gloss comes in a sleek with a shiny gunmetal colored cap. The body is color-coded which makes our lives simpler. It comes with a doe-foot applicator which is flexible enough for a smooth and easy application. It is a bright mauve shade which is perfect for my likes. It looks just fabulous and matches my skin tone. The pigmentation is insane for a glossy lipstick. It gives you complete coverage in just one swipe. It is very hydrating and nourishing for the lips which is great and does not need the use of a lip balm. The application is as smooth as butter but still has the stickiness to it which most lip glosses do have. It does not look tacky at all and the stickiness goes away in a couple of hours. I am totally in awe of these glossy lipsticks. It surely imparts a glossy shine to my lips which is a must for night parties. If you love glossy lipsticks then the NYX Butter gloss is just about the right product for you. You definitely won't regret this purchase.
Smooth to apply