NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam Review

The world of makeup wearing women is divided into two basic categories – Team Eyes and Team Lips. Team Eyes experiments extensively with eyeliners, kohls, kajals, eyeshadows, crease cuts and smokey eyes while Team Lips is attracted to all kinds of lip colours; bold, bright, barely there, nudes and has numerous lipsticks in their kitty. I for once, am from Team Lips! I love wearing lipstick and how! I love my nudes just as much as I love my brights!

There is however, always one colour that women LOVE but it still puts them in dilemma. Red. Which red would suit me? Is it too dark? Vampy? Too bright? Ugh! This one is just TOO GLOSSY! My lips look like latex! Gosh!

And on and on and on we go!

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Which brings me back to the present where I’m about to review a red lipstick that pleases everyone! Heard that right!

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The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream literally appears to be cream like (the whipped kind but not as fluffy looking, obviously) It is very soft and smells ever so slightly fruity, not very candy like though. It glides like a dream on the lips and looks glossy at first but dries to a velvety finish which appears matte but is still hydrating. I skip applying lip balm whenever I use this because I feel it doesn’t let the lip cream set to a matte finish and just sits being all glossy on top of the balm. If you have severely dry lips, you can definitely use a balm.

The colour is a blue based, moderately bright red which would suit all skin tones. It brightens up the face and if you’re someone who doesn’t like wearing base makeup but still want your face to look alive, this red is for you. It doesn’t make any skin tone look stark, blends nicely with every undertone and is very well pigmented, so it will not sheer out on your lips if they have pigmentation.

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The lipstick wears quite long when it is allowed to set for some time, about 10 minutes without moving perhaps and survives meals that are not very oily. It also leaves a beautiful pink stain as it fades.

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The only problem I have with this is that it finishes off too fast! There is only 8ml of product in the tube and I’ve hardly used it a lot for it to get over so soon! I think the packaging is to blame for this because it is opaque and you really can’t see how much is exactly left.

Apart from that I love this lipstick and am planning to buy London, Copenhagen and Antwerp variants soon!

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream retails for INR 750 presently.

Until next time lovelies, stay beautiful and rock those red lips! :*

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation review (Beige Claire)

Hello lovelies! I have been missing in action for about a month now because I was keeping super busy but here I am today, reviewing my holy grail foundation which I have been repurchasing for three years now! So let’s jump right into it!

The Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation claims to have 3 correcting pigments, yellow pigments- for dark circles, mauve pigments- for dull complexion and green pigments- for redness. It claims upto 16 hours of flawless complexion for skin that is even toned to perfection.

I first read about this on Indian Vanity Case which is one of my personal favourite blogs, where the blogger said that it was perfect for very oily skin that needed color correcting. And since Cynthia does her makeup so well and her recommendations are always on point, I decided to get a bottle for myself. I purchased it from the Bourjois counter of Parcos in Beige Claire which seemed to be a perfect match for my skin tone.

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When I got home the same day, I decided to try it out and check for the oil controlling properties. I was an amateur at the time and didn’t have a lot of knowledge of makeup. I applied it with my fingertips all over my face and was horrified to find that the foundation looked very light for me! I immediately washed my face in despair. A few days later I tried it again and let it set for sometime, and Voila! Not only did it perfectly match my skin tone, my face was velvety matte and glowing at the same time! That was where my love story with this foundation began! 😛

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The color correcting claims of this foundation are absolutely true in my opinion. Just do not expect it to color correct like one of those correcting concealer palettes that have green, orange, purple, brown, peach and highlighting colours. This is just a foundation and to the capacity of what a foundation can do, it excels in the category! It is definitely not for really brown spots or very deep set dark circles. You will absolutely need a concealer for those. But if you have mild imperfections and just puffy eyes with shadows or a pimple that is red, it works wonders! It makes me look fresh and cancels any dull tones too! Whenever I wear this with a slightly heavy coverage, I always get complemented and asked what different have I put to my face. It also does not oxidize and turn orange, thankfully!

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The 16 hours claim is quite tall and I certainly cannot vouch for it, because I’ve never worn this or any foundation for more than 6 hours. But this does adhere to the skin and does not budge! It is, infact, very long lasting. Which reminds me that you absolutely have to use a makeup remover to remove this foundation because it really becomes second skin due to its long lasting capability. I broke out the first time I used this because I only used face wash to remove my makeup (which I never do now!). It needs a bi-phased remover like the ones from Lakme or Revlon or a cleansing oil or balm to thoroughly come off.

I have been using this every single time I do my makeup and have always seen a significant improvement in the appearance of my pores and covering up of imperfections. But I have to apply a good moisturiser before I put the foundation on because it clings to dry patches otherwise. This foundation can be applied using fingertips but I do not recommend it. When you get a fresh bottle of this foundation, the texture seems very runny, which your makeup sponge might soak, but give a week or two and it gets thick, so thick it doesn’t drip off your finger. It then needs a sponge to be buffed into the skin. I advice you to dab the foundation on face with a dry makeup sponge first and buff in with circular motion later if needed. Also, this foundation does not apply well with a wet sponge and gets patchy. This may be due to its water resistant property. But it blends in beautifully with a dry sponge.

The Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation presently costs around INR 1300 but I have seen it on Flipkart for INR 990, so if you test your colour any time you visit their counter, you can just order the shade online.

That was my review for this perfect foundation and hope it helps my beauties with oily skin!

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful :*