Tina Basu
Bangalore , Indian

Beauty Profile

Skin Tone: Fair
Skin Type: Oily
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Hair Type: Wavy

3.7/5

Expensive but effective premium compact

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder is a good daily wear compact powder. Use it on top of foundation or BB cream, and you are good to go. If you don’t have too much of imperfections on your face, you can wear it alone on top of your moisturizer. I kind of like makeup products when they come in cute packaging. This comes in a classic compact pack with a puff and mirror. It’s easy to carry and can slide in easily in your handbag. The brand logo is not just printed but engraved on the top of the compact pack! That makes it look so premium, and its Estee Lauder anyways! The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder is an everyday use powder. I have oily skin, I have used this compact on my BB cream and even just over a moisturiser and it is perfect as it locks all the moisture. It has a SPF of 10, so good for daily use. But SPF 10 isn’t enough sun protection in a tropical country like ours, so you better use a sunscreen lotion. However, this compact doesn’t create the whitish layer, thankfully. You can choose from over 20 shades! That’s a lot. I like it when makeup brands cater to women with all kinds of shades. I don’t like it when some brands just decide having 3 shades of bright medium and dark is enough! For Indian skin tones, try the shades RATTAN or cashew, if you are wheatish. However, it is expensive, - again Estee Lauder. It retails for Rs 3600/- and is available online and in most of the premium makeup outlets. That’s a lot of money for. Compact. So if you are a beginner at makeup and looking for affordable options, skip this.

Pro's

20 shades

has SPF 10

good on oily skin

Con's

very expensive

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Reviewed on : Jun 28 2019
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4.7/5

Gentle face wash for oily skin

Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash is an Ayurvedic face wash for everyday usage. It cleans open pores, pulls out dirt and controls oil production. I have used several Patanjali products and this one is one of my favorites. I use this face wash to clean my face after I come back from outside. You don’t need a lot of quantity. Just a little bit lathers up well to clean your face and neck area. Massage the facewash on your face and neck for 2-3 minutes so that it can take out all the dirt from your pores and leave the skin fresh and clean. Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash is chemical free and natural ayurvedic product. It doesn’t contain SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate This facewash is extremely good for people with oily skin since it controls the oil production. So if you have extremely oily greasy skin please use this face wash. Wash your face twice a day with this to notice quick changes in your skin. If you want a clean fresh skin apply aloe vera gel after washing your face with the Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash. You could also use any light moisturiser after the face wash. Most of Patanjali products are very good as they have natural ingredients and doesn’t react on your skin. However since the Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash helps in controlling the oil production on your skin, avoid it if you have dry skin because it might make your skin drier. Packaging - Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash comes in a tube packaging with a flip open cap making it leakproof and easy to carry. Texture – It has a gel texture and is neither too liquid nor too thick Price – It is very cheap. Retails for Rs. 60/1 for a 60g pack Availability – easily available at retail stores and online sites.

Pro's

Gentle

Ayurvedic

Hydrates the skin

Pleasant fragrance

Washes off easily

Controls oil

SLS-free

Con's

Not for dry skin

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Reviewed on : Jun 28 2019
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4.9/5

Totally worth it

I am a big fan of MAC cosmetic products – it’s a make uplover’s heaven. Their products are little expensive but their quality is extremely good and they deliver on their claims EVERYTIME. 

M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is a face powder that you can use over your foundation. Or if you are a person who uses only a BB cream or a CC cream, use this powder on top of them to give that natural finish. It is a kind of compact that blends so well in to the skin that you won’t feel it on your skin. It’s very light and smooth so it doesn’t look cakey after application. This is a slow baked powder that sits on the skin well. It suits the Indian skin tone well and is available in 15 different shades. So if you are fair, medium or dark I am sure you will find a shade for you. Mac products have Multi-mineral complex and Vitamin E so it is safe on the skin. MAC products doesn’t give any kind of allergies so don’t worry about braking out or acne. If you like to do nude makeup, use this MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder on top of your foundation and concealer to get that natural even look. It comes in the typical MAC black round box with a puff and a mirror which makes it handy to carry in your bag or touch-ups whenever you need. I love MAC products so I don’t mind paying for it. This product is a little pricey. It retails for Rs 2600/- So if you are new to makeup you might have apprehensions about spending a bomb on a compact but it is totally worth it. MAC products are not easily available in retail outlets. You will find them only at MAC store or on online sites like Nykaa, Myntra and few on Amazon. .

Pro's

has vitamin E

very good finish

Natural finish

15 shades

Con's

availability issues

expensive

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4.6/5

great for contouring

NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation is a superb foundation. It comes in a convenient stick format that can be used as a foundation, a highlighter, and also a contouring stick. So many things with just one product. It gives a medium to high coverage. It neither clogs pores or look cakey. Stick foundations are extremely easy to apply. It’s always better to blend them with a wet beauty blender or a foundation brush. NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation is available in 14 shades. So if you are dark, medium fair you are sure to find your shades in this foundation. I like it when brands offer more shades because it’s unfair when you have only 3 shades in a brand and girls come in so many colors. This NYX mineral stick Foundation comes in a glossy black packaging which is travel friendly. It comes in a roll-up plastic stick and has a nice creamy texture.    If you are into contouring – use two shades, one that matches your skin and one that is little darker to contour your face. The stick format makes it very easy to contour your face. Make sure to set it with a loose powder once you have applied this foundation. If you have imperfections on your skin, make sure to use concealer. Since this has a creamy formula it gives a glowing finish and not a matte finish. It stays good for 4-5 hours and you might require reapplying after that. More than using it as a foundation I like to use this as a contouring product because it is so easy to apply and blend. I use it on the sides of my face and under the cheek bones and jawline for that perfect blended contour. I totally recommend it for all newbies to contouring.

Pro's

Easy to apply

Travel-friendly

Multipurpose

Easily buildable

Richly pigmented

Con's

No SPF

Not suitable for acne-prone skin

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4.6/5

super highlighter for makeup pros

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter is for Makeup pros who have honed the art of makeup, contouring and highlighting. If you don’t know how to do subtle highlighting, please avoid. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter is a face powder with low-level pearlized pigments. It is a slow-baked highlighter which has MAC’s Multi-mineral complex and is enriched with vitamin E. Highlighters should be used in moderation unless you want to look like a shiny glittery doll! Use only on the high parts of your face that reflects light – centre of forehead, bridge of node, top of cheeks, top of lips. Unless you know how and where to apply it might ruin your makeup. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter compact is available in 7 shades and you can choose anyone depending on the kind of look you want to create. Yu must use a fan brush for that subtle highlight on your cheeks above your blush. Never try to replace your blush with a highlighter – it is a big mistake in makeup. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter is expensive – like any other MAC product. It retails for Rs 2850 and is available only at MAC outlets and online stores like Nykaa, Amazon, Myntra. If you are new to makeup, you might not want to spend all that money on a highlighter. But if you know the art of contouring, highlighting, strobing – you must give this a try since no one makes makeup as good as MAC. I totally recommend it for anyone who like makeup and does it well. You can use the shade Lightscapade – soft candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer. The shimmer is perfect for a light highlighting. So even if you are not very conversant with highlighting it will give you a moderate shimmer on your skin. You can also use this highlighter above body lotion to highlight your arms and legs.

Pro's

good quality

beautiful shimmer

has vitamin E

Con's

availability issues

expensive

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Reviewed on : Jun 28 2019
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4.4/5

can be used as highlighter too

Milani Baked Blush is a wonderful blush that suits the Indian skin tone well. These are highly pigmented and gives a shimmery and matte finsh. The best part of the Milani Baked Blush is they are sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles. It gives the perfect glow and blush to the cheeks without looking too pink or over the top. They do not look cakey and aren’t easily breakable. The blushes are available in 12 colors and comes in tiny cute boxes with a clear top. It comes with a small brush applicator. You could use this blush to even highlight your cheeks. It is travel friendly since it’s a small container. The shade Berry Amore is great for any party look if you style it with bright lipps and rose gold eyeshadow. They don’t look over powering or unnatural on the face. Make sure you re blending it well with a blush brush. I like the subtleness of this blush with the shimmer in it. It works well like a highlighter too. You need just the foundation, concealer, loose powder and the Milani Milani Baked Blush to finish your look. If you are really pressed on time, you can use this as an eyeshadow too. I have done it for a day makeup look and it looked absolutely fine. The container can be small but it lasts your pretty long because its highly pigmented and you only need a little bit each time you use it for your makeup. If you are using this on a day makeup look, you can totally skip the highlighter and keep it subtle with this blush alone. It has a lovely creamy texture that will stay put for long time. 
 It isn’t too heavy on the pocket and is easily available online on Nykaa, Amazon etc.  

Pro's

good quality

baked blush

highly pigmented

Con's

availability issues

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3.6/5

Good everyday sunscreen with BB cream

Lotus is a popular skincare brand in India. I love their range of sunscreens. The Lotus Herbal Safe Sun Whitening+ BB Mattefying glow fairness cream is light, easy on our skin and has a medium coverage. It is pretty good as an everyday cream. If you don’t like to wear makeup everyday this is perfect for you. It has sunscreen, fairness cream and BB cream blended together so your base is ready in a jiffy. Add a little bit of compact or loose powder on top, some kajal and a lip gloss and you are ready to face the world. I have used this product and it didn’t break me out or leave that whitish layer on my skin. Texture and consistency: The texture feels like a BB cream. But there’s only one shade. If you are light to medium skin toned this one is for you. It gives a matte finish and doesn’t clog your pores Coverage: The coverage is light to medium but you can build upon it. In case you want to hide imperfections on your face you might require concealer. Fragrance: It has a light and pleasant fragrance that you will like SPF: it has a SPF of 30 with PA +++ means you don’t need any additional sunscreen. I would actually prefer little more SPF. If you re someone who spends a lot of time out in the sun you might have to reapply every 2-3 hours. Packaging: Lotus Herbal Safe Sun Whitening+ BB Mattefying glow fairness cream comes in a regular tube with screw open cap – making it easy to carry in your handbag. Price: It is pretty affordable and retails for Rs 175/- for a 20g pack Availability – Lotus products are easily available at retail stores and online sites like Amazon, Nykaa, Flipkart etc

Pro's

Non-greasy

Reasonably priced

Protects skin from UV rays

Offers coverage

Organic ingredients

Brightens the skin

Does not clog pores

Matte finish

Easy to apply

Con's

Effective only for 2 to 3 hours

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Reviewed on : Jun 28 2019
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1.9/5

not recommended for oily skin

Patanjali has some good skincare products but this one might not be it. The Patanjali Beauty Cream contains aloe vera extracts that nourishes and makes your skin soft. I have oily skin and this cream made me breakout. Patanjali Beauty Cream is ayurvedic, like all Patanjali products. This cream contains aloe vera and there’s no chemicals in it and safe for sensitive skin too. But I think this product is not for women with oily skin. I have used several products by Patanjali – Kanti lep (one of my favourites), aloevera gel – and all of them have been pretty good for my skin. However, Patanjali Beauty Cream has an unpleasant texture and it’s hard. It’s not smooth and leaves the skin feeling quite greasy. It kind of was blocking my pores because I found my face sweating more after I used this cream and noticed some acne after using it for 2-3 days. The product claims it acts like an anti-ageing cream – but I found that hard to believe. This beauty cream doesn’t have any SPF content, so if you are using this daily, make sure you are using a sunscreen lotion on top of it while going out during the day. The only plus point of Patanjali Beauty Cream is its price point – it retails for Rs. 50/- for a 75g pack. It comes in a regular tube which is easy to carry. Patanjali products are widely available across the country these days. You will find them in retail outlets, Patanjali outlets and even online like Amazon, Flipkart etc. Patanjali Beauty Cream might work out for you if you have combination skin or dry skin, because I have read many positive reviews about this product. But it certainly is not meant for anyone having an oily skin or sensitive. Who wants extra pimples anyways!

Pro's

100% natural

Contains aloe vera

Con's

Hard

Unpleasant texture

Can make your skin greasy

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Reviewed on : Jun 25 2019
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4.7/5

Quite affordable product

If you follow all the makeup tutorials on Youtube, you will know how every Beauty influencer swears by a good loose powder to set the make up or ‘bake’ the under eye concealer. I use this too as its helpful and sets your makeup well. The Lakme Rose loose powder is one of the most affordable loose powder you can find in the market now. Lakme is one of India’s oldest brand and perhaps the only brand our moms knew. The Lakme Rose Loose powder comes in two shades – soft pink and warm pink that blends on the skin well. Once you are done with your foundation and concealer, apply the loose powder with a powder brush on your face to set the makeup. You need very less quantity. Tap on the brush to dust off the excess. The best part of the Lakme Rose powder is its price point. It retails at a MRP of Rs. 160 but you can get it on sites like Amazon at 116/- which is super cheap! Many brands offers loose powders with similar qualities but they are priced much higher. It comes in a very basic packaging with a little puff. Bust it is always better to use a makeup brush. 

It also contains SPF so you have the added advantage. It has a light fragrance that comes from natural rose flower extracts. The Lakme Rose Loose powder also has a shelf life of 3 years – meaning it will last you for ever! 

I use this powder extensively. On somedays I just pat on the loose powder over my BB cream and I am good to go. It also controls the oil on your skin so chances of your makeup looking greasy or cakey are less when you are using Lakme Rose Loose powder to set your makeup.

Pro's

Reasonably priced

Matte finish

Easy to apply

Blends easily

Controls oil

Non-comedogenic

Provides sun protection

Subtle rose fragrance

Con's

Contains parabens

Only available in two shades

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4.6/5

With amazing eyebrow brush

Sometimes we are so focused on our eyeshadows and contouring that we forget the importance of good eye brows in a makeup look. I have thin and sparse eyebrows which I used to fill up with a black eyeshadow. Which was a disaster. The natural color of my eyebrows are dark brown instead of black so a black eyebrow pencil looked quite unnatural. But since I switched to the NYX Micro Brow pencil, my eyebrows have had the most natural looks and has never looked dull! NYX Micro Brow pencil is actually tiny and thin. The dual sided product has and eyebrow pencil on one side and an eyebrow brush on the other side. This feature is quite impressive. There are several shades available – I liked Brunette and Espresso since they match my body hair color. You can choose the one that best matches your eyebrows out of the available eight shades. Isn’t that impressive! The brush side comes in handy. The brush helps in blending the eye brow well with the thin hair of the eye brows and create the perfect arch. It is quite easy to apply actually and gives a more natural finish to the eyebrows. The size is so convenient that it fits perfectly in your handbag or purse. It comes in a travel friendly packaging. 

The only drawback for me is - Quantity of the product is too less. It would have been nice if the pencil was a little bigger. It is around Rs 850 and is quite worth the money. The NYX Micro Brow pencil doesn’t give you the cakey dark finish that you must be dreading! I was very satisfied with my purchase. This is a highly recommended eyebrow pencil that is totally worth the money. I would definitely recommend this to you.

Pro's

Good Quality

Good brush in the packge

Con's

small quantity

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