Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick in Red Coat a dupe for MAC Ruby Woo?

If you ask any makeup lover the cult lipsticks that are essential for their makeup stash, chances are you’ll hear Ruby Woo from MAC a lot. It is that one ravishing red lipstick that suits every skin tone and looks beautiful on every woman/ person.

Since,I want to say, two years back, there have been speculations that a certain Indian brand (Ahem ahem Lakme) has a dupe for Ruby Woo; And that sounds like ย great news since Lakme 9 to 5 lipsticks are under 500 bucks compared to INR 1495 as MAC prices it’s lipsticks in India.


I own both of these lipsticks and I’ve had them for a REALLY long time, so I think I’m kind of fit to be a judge for if the 9 to 5 is a dupe of Ruby woo, or NAW! ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, unfortunately, its not! They do look really similar in swatches and pictures and you might even be fooled if you were shown swatches and asked to guess. But once you put them on, you’d know! That is because Ruby woo has blue undertones and Red Coat has yellow undertones. Ruby woo stands out on your complexion, not in a garish, siren-y way but subtly whereas Red Coat appears deeper and mellower on yellow skin tones that most Indians have. Red Coat blends with the yellow tones of the skin and it doesn’t have even a hint of blue.

(Above: Ruby Woo on top and Red Coat below)

Also, Red Coat is a matte lipstick but it doesn’t feel as dry as Ruby Woo. It is much more comfortable and wearable but that also means that Ruby Woo lasts longer.

All in all, Red Coat is a lovely warm tone red that will suit all Indian skin tones but sadly, it is not a dupe for Ruby Woo.


Your best bet can be a deep but bright blue tone red lipstick like:

Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Striking – INR 899

Sugar Cosmetics Matte As Hell Lip Pencil in Scarlet O Hara – INR 799

Please let me know in the comments below if you know any other dupe!

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L’oreal Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mocha Review

Hello lovelies! How often have you wanted to get that sophisticated peachy brown wash of colour on your lips that screams off duty model? The colour is just right, not too milky, not too dark and a nice satin finish. Ooh the glamour!



Well, guess what, I think I might have the colour and that lovely finish lipstick for you! Presenting, L’oreal Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mocha! I’d hopped on the moist matte train right when the lipsticks had come out and bought myself the colour Orange Power. The finish and colour were divine but it wasn’t very pigmented and this is for someone who has pink lips with no pigmentation whatsoever. I thought all the colours would be less pigmented so I moved on to other lipsticks. Not to forget that the Orange Power one just broke off because these lipsticks are really fragile. So, I thought, the colour and feel is real good but I’m not going to wash down another 900 bucks for a lipstick that breaks off and is not pigmented enough.

A few weeks back, I suddenly found a new love for the Maple Mocha one and I just got it in a whim. I do not regret purchasing this lipstick AT ALL! In fact I’m so glad I gave in to the desire and got myself this beauty. It looks very dark in the bullet and I was apprehensive at first but the actual colour on the lips is a lovely peach brown that is not stark and complements the yellow-olive Indian skin tones beautifully.


Firstly, the pigmentation of this one is great! Just one swipe gives you lovely peachy brown lips that look very sophisticated. Not seriously professional looking, just easy breezy and posh. On pigmented lips, it’ll take two or three swipes. The colour builds up nicely and doesn’t darken as you build up. Have you noticed if you build up some brown lipsticks they tend to get really dark and streaky? That is not at all a problem with this one.

The lipstick is fragile but I’ve learned to use it because it deposits colour without having to apply any force. If you own a retro matte by MAC you’ll know what I’m talking about because that is one DEAD MATTE finish and sturdy lipstick.


(Above: Swatched once and swatched three times side by side)

The finish is a lovely moist matte as the name suggests and is great for people who want matte lips but not the dryness that comes with it. One tip would be to apply balm until you finish doing the rest of your makeup, wipe it off and then put this lipstick. Your lips won’t feel chapped at all.

The lipstick does smudge a bit, in fact if you set it with tissue and powder, I don’t think it will move. It does not feather or bleed at all. If you eat, it might move because of the oil in the food but I think that’s it. The best part is, you can apply this lipstick after dabbing your mouth with a tissue after eating and you don’t even need a mirror because it layers so well!

I love everything about this lipstick, the colour, the finish and the staying power! Just be careful not to press it on your lips with force and you’ll be fine! Also, it is such a beautiful colour to wear at work or for formal meetings.

The L’oreal Moist Matte Lipstick retails for INR 899 but is available on Flipkart, amazon and Nykaa for much less!

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

Real Techniques Blush Brush review

I have always wondered how girls got such a perfect flush. It was nice and rosy, not over the top and blended so well it looked almost natural. I discovered how when I got this blush brush! ๐Ÿ˜›

Rewind to three years ago, I purchased a blush brush which was fairly affordable and it had okay-ish reviews. I was just starting out, it was cheap, so I got it. That brush was prickly as hell, pardon my language. But it really was. Prickly and gave a very uneven distribution of product. It picked up a LOT of product but did not help to blend it out at all. The blush would just cling to parts of my cheek and sit there.


I was never a blush person because I thought blush just didn’t look right on me. I always looked a bit over the top with it, until I found the Real Techniques blush brush. Fistly, like all other RT brushes, it is super soft and makes applying blush a dream. It picks up the right amount of product and blending is so easy, the brush just does all of the work for you!


It can also be used for contouring and to set your concealer with powder but it works wonders as a blush brush. I never believed that a brush could give a High Definition finish. But even with my 5X magnifying mirror, I do not see any streaks or unevenness. It is all well blended and looks gorgeous! I’m totally a blush person now and I love the way it pulls all my makeup together.


The Real Techniques Blush Brush currently retails for INR 710 on, it is priced differently on different websites so you can choose the lowest price and get that one. All prices are around 710 to 745, don’t go on and buy a one for 1k.

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

Maybelline Clear Glow All In One Fairness Compact Review

I have to confess that I’ve never bought a lot of affordable base makeup because some products, especially the Maybelline ones broke me out a lot when I was still learning to do my makeup. I always sort out to try more “expensive” ones as I thought they’d be of a better quality and wouldn’t give me spots.

I actually bought this compact powder because I saw a celebrity use it on a reality show. uh, yeah. ย At first I thought it was Za or a luxury brand, because she’s a celebrity and they tend to use more high end and luxury products even if they endorse the more affordable brands. This particular lady is not really a star or very popular and I knew she was not associated with the brand in anyway (I don’t think she endorses anything, at all) and it was a reality show where they blur out the brand names of all products unless the show is sponsored by it. I caught a slight glimpse of the ‘Mayb’ when she was retouching her makeup and I ย was sure it was this compact.


I went ahead and bought this baby about a month ago, I’d like to guess. I really liked it but was apprehensive about writing a review because it has a fairness tag to it which attracts some negativity, as people would think I am on the whole “fairness” bandwagon. Let me tell you I’m not. I want to tell you about a product that I really love and only because the company put ‘fairness’ in it’s name, I should not hold back my review. I’d honestly like it if companies did not use the term or promote “fairness”.

Coming to the product, it is a pressed powder for the face and comes in a nice faded pink case with a sponge applicator. The powder is not really finely milled like the higher end ones but I find that it controls oil and keeps my foundation put without retouching for over 6 hours. I have really oily skin that gets greasy within two hours of using a matte foundation, so 6 hours without blotting or retouching is an achievement. The key to applying this compact powder is to swipe the sponge on the compact and dab it on the skin as opposed to dragging it on as I’ve seen so many people do. If you want to build it up, dab a little more. Your foundation will stay put and your face will be matte.


I got the shade ‘No. 02 Nude Beige’ which is the second shade. The SA was pressing me to get the lightest colour but that has pink undertones and this one has yellow undertones which go well with my skin and brighten it. The shade is a perfect match for me but the compact comes in only 3 shades, which is quite appalling. India, with its various skin colours from English rose fair to lovely golden warm skin tones and even chocolate velvet, deserves a variety of makeup shades in base makeup with pink and yellow tones. Companies really disappoint me with their 3 or 4 colour selections in foundation and powder. Do they think only women of the select shades use makeup? Or that women will “adjust” to the shades or buy lighter shades to look “fair”? Come on, step up your game.


The powder does give quite some coverage for a compact powder and can be used over moisturiser on good skin days because it single handedly cannot cover dark circles or spots, you’ll need your BB cream, concealer foundation for that. The SA said that the powder can be used with a dry or wet sponge, the damp sponge gives a slightly dewy finish. I have not tried it with a damp sponge because I’m scared of bacteria build up and I bought the powder for setting my makeup so I wasn’t looking for that quality in the first place. The powder does not oxidize at all which is great because you won’t look orange at the end of the day! ๐Ÿ˜›

Other than the above mentioned points, the Clear Glow Compact has an SPF of 26 PA+++ and claims to have Vitamin C.

Overall, it is a really good, affordable and effective compact powder if you can match yourself to the three shades that it comes in.

The Maybelline Clear Glow All In One Fairness Compact Powder retails for INR 199 and is available at all Maybelline outlets and online stores.

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush Reviews

Hello lovelies! I’m back after almost a month for a review and I have today, a star product, which is, as the title suggests, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.


I have only used different types of sponges and puffs to apply my foundation since the time I’ve started to do up my face. I was sort of satisfied with it because I thought that a product is the star of the makeup, not the applicator. And so, I felt like I did not really need to care what I used to put on my foundation with as long as the foundation was a great one. Like a lot of times, I was wrong. This time, I was proven wrong by this fabulous brush.


Now, the real reason I got this brush was that I was really weary of using sponges. I tried them dry, I tried to dampen them but they still didn’t give me the “perfect” finish. I was contemplating buying the beauty blender for quite sometime and I watched a lot of Youtube videos for reviews so I’d know it was worth the money, because darling, that thing can empty your pocket! The problem I had with the beauty blender is that you have to use it damp, which I don’t like. Any damp applicator does not go with my foundation which is water resistant, sweat proof and mattifying. It just looks off putting, like something is not right or something is missing. Moreover I was tired of touching the very applicator that I was putting on my face. If you use a sponge or the beauty blender or it’s dupe, you’d know that you have the hold the very sponge you put on makeup with and at some point you’ll have to use the side you have touched to sheer out the coverage or to use the side which is clean. It was really starting to bother me. So I just bought this brush after reading and watching some great reviews.


I am really happy with this brush. It is densely packed and the bristles are very soft and gentle on the skin. It is perfect for liquid, cream and powder foundations; And gives perfect finish with all three. You use less product as it does not drink up foundations like the sponges and it gives good coverage even with little product. The brush is an ideal size, not too large that you’d accidently go over your eyes while covering your dark circles; And not too little that it takes 15 minutes for you to only finish doing your base. I literally finished doing my face and neck in 3 minutes flat! I promise you I also set up a timer to check so I can write it confidently in this review. I kid you not! I’m not saying that you have to go super fast but if you are in a hurry or you don’t have a lot of time to do your makeup in the morning but still want a nice, presentable face, this will be your best friend.

I really have had no qualms with this brush, it feels good, my makeup looks good and it doesn’t shed at all while washing. I wash my brush the night before I want to do my makeup and it has not shed a single hair. You just take a little shampoo on your palm, swivel and turn the brush in it several times, then turn on the tap and continue swiveling, and tada! clean white bristles!

Some people do have a query if using a brush for doing foundation will break you out. If you have sensitive skin, don’t use a foundation brush in a circular motion, using it in a downward motion. Moving in circles, or buffing as it is called is great for hiding large pores but it also pushes the product into the pores which can clog them. Very few people have this problem really, I buff my foundation with this brush AND I have sensitive skin, But I have never broken out, I promise!


A bonus point is that my mother loved this brush too, and that is a surprise because she is really not a brush person. She uses foundation with her fingertips and powders over and has never bothered with brushes. But I did use this on her once, (ofcourse it was super clean and I washed it thoroughly before I used it on myself) , and she loved it. She asked me to use it on her multiple times and I’ve ordered one for her too! Take my mother’s word girls, because she is VERY hard to please like that! ๐Ÿ˜€

This brush is raved about all over the internet and I’m so happy to find that all that raving is worth it! ๐Ÿ˜› I really suggest everyone to get this because it will really change the way your foundation looks!

The Real Tecniques Expert Face Brush currently retails for INR 745 on and is also available on Flipkart for around the same price.

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