MAC Pro Longwear Foundation NC42: Review, swatch, FOTD

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Today I’m reviewing my most favorite foundation these days. This review has been pending for more than 3 months now, and I don’t really know what stopped me from reviewing it for so long, but without any further delay, here’s why I love love love the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation. I got the shade NC42 after the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC45 started to look too orange on me. NC42 is a better match for me currently.

mac pro longwear foundation

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Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser- Hazelnut Star: Review, swatches

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Today I’m reviewing my first ever tinted moisturiser. Yes, you read that right! So, read on to know a first-timer’s take on the Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser in the shade Hazelnut Star.
lotus herbals nutraglow daily tinted moisturiser

About Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser: Nutraglow is a light weight tinted moisturiser which contains a hint of skin perfecting color that helps in hiding any appearance of imperfections on your skin.
  • Perfect moisturizer as per the skin tone.Blends easily to hide imperfections.
  • Day or night, winter or summer, this innovative moisturizer can be applied as a base before applying make-up in the morning and also in the evening after removing make-up.
  • SPF-25 formula  protects against the harmful UV rays.
  • Enriched with powerful active ingredients that include extracts of Aloe Vera, calendula and hibiscus.
  • Gives a flawless finish.

Comes in 3 shades, T1 (bright angel, lightest shade), T2 (fresh ivory, medium shade) and T3 (Hazelnut Star, darkest shade)
More about this product in THIS post.
lotus herbals nutraglow daily tinted moisturiser review
lotus herbals nutraglow daily tinted moisturiser reviews
Usage directions
Price: Rs. 475 for 50mL
Packaging: Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser- Hazelnut Star comes packed in a light golden carton with reddish print. The product is in a heavy glass bottle (so it may break if it falls), which is translucent, so you can see the amount of product left inside. The bottle has a light golden cap, and a white pump dispenser which works well, and one pumpful of product is enough for a single use. Because of the cap, the product does not solidify much on the mouth of the pump, as is usually the case with pump dispensers.
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Ingredients: Active ingredients: Extracts of Calendula, Hibiscus, Aloe Vera
My take on Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser- Hazelnut Star: Hazelnut Star is the darkest shade in this range, and it suits my NC-45 skintone in MAC just fine. It has an orange tinge to it, so it does not look chalky or grey on my face. The shade will work for medium to dusky skin tones.
The TM has a light, slightly runny consistency, a smooth velvety texture and it spreads and blends easily. It has a light floral fragrance, which I don’t fancy much, but thankfully it disappears soon after application. The coverage it offers is bare minimum, but since my skin is pretty decent these days, I’m ok with that. It slightly evens out the skin, and imparts a subtle glow to the skin. On days when I need heavy coverage, I either use my MAC foundation, or use a concealer after applying Nutraglow. Works pretty well!
On my oily skin, the product works well, in that neither does it mattify, nor does it make it shiny (Delhi is beginning to get hot again). It keeps the skin moisturised. It has not broken me out, or caused any skin irritation.
The SPF-25 content is an added bonus! I think the product will work well across almost all skin types, though those with patchy, dry skin may need to use more product to quench the dry skin’s thirst.
I have worn this TM to work on a lot of days, and I have not had an issue with the staying power as such, but then I do keep applying compact powder every 3-4 hours by habit, so I cannot comment on how this product will work on its own.
Price wise, I think the price is okay, since you don’t need to buy 3 separate products.
Below are the swatches, and before-and-after pics. You can see that the TM hardly covers the greenish veins in the wrist, and imparts a subtle glow to the skin.
lotus herbals nutraglow hazelnut star swatches
In the below pic, I have worn only Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser- Hazelnut Star on my face, and you can still see some spots on the chin. I had not even applied powder before clicking this pic. Sorry for the completely b*re face, the eyes look so tired!
Pros of Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser- Hazelnut Star:
  • Weightless, liquidy product. Does not feel heavy on the skin
  • Easy to use, 3-in-1 product: moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation (light coverage)
  • Imparts a dewy look to the skin
  • Does not make the skin too oily or sweaty
  • Great for daily wear
  • Sturdy, travel friendly packaging

Cons of Lotus Herbals Nutraglow Daily Tinted Moisturiser- Hazelnut Star:
  • I wish the coverage was a bit better. Those with problem-skin may not love this product.
  • I don’t fancy the floral fragrance, though it disappears soon
  • Complete ingredient list is???

Verdict: For my first ever tinted moisturiser, I am fairly impressed with what this product does to my skin. This is my go-to moisturiser + sunscreen + foundation these days, and I’m wearing it to work quite a lot! I see myself finishing off the 50mL pretty soon! If you have good skin, do try this!
Rating: 8.9/ 10
You can buy the product directly from the website of Lotus Herbals HERE
*Disclaimer: Product sent by Brand for review. The review is honest.
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Revlon PhotoReady Compact Make-up (400 Caramel): Review, swatches, FOTD

Hiya girls! Today I’m sharing with you all another awesome foundation I discovered this season. Read on to know more!

revlon photoready compact make-up

About Revlon PhotoReady Compact Make-up: Cream makeup instantly liquefies for complete coverage and superior blendability. Lightweight powder finish. Perfected airbrush skin in any light.

Price: Rs. 975

Shelf life: 18 months after opening

revlon photoready compact make-up review

revlon photoready compact make-up reviews

Packaging: The foundation comes in a sealed, rectangular case. The packaging is flip-types, with a small mirror and a rectangular latex sponge included in the pack. The actual product lies under a sieve-like film, or a liquefying screen, as they call it. The sponge needs to be pressed onto the screen to get some product on it. The product is creamy, so it doesn’t run about inside the pack. The pack is travel friendly. The mirror allows for touch-ups, and the sponge included in the pack is of very good quality.

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-Active ingredient: Titanium dioxide 9.5%
-For the remaining ingredients, refer the below picture.

revlon photoready compact make-up ingredients

My take on Revlon PhotoReady Compact Make-up (400 Caramel): The foundation is a cream based foundation, lying in a pan under a thin sieve like screen. You need to press the sponge onto the film to get some product onto the sponge, and then apply it to the face. The foundation has some very finely milled glitter particles in it, which are not perceptible to naked eyes, except when under sunlight or when clicked under flash. Because of these shimmer particles, the foundation imparts a subtle glowto the skin, but nothing over-the-top. The foundation sets to a powder finish in a few minutes after application, and in this season (winters), I have been out with this foundation on my face without a primer all day, without a need for touch-ups. It offers medium coverage, which can be built upon to give full coverage, without any cakiness. There’s no funny smell to this product, and it didn’t break me out. I generally skip the concealer with this foundation. It covers acne scars considerable, when applied with a light hand, and fully too, if need be. It does not, however, conceal under-eye dark circles much. The product blends into the skin effortlessly.

revlon photoready compact make-up swatches
Above- without flash, below- with flash
(note the subtle shimmer particles under flash)

Shade 400-Caramel is suitable for duskyskin tones. It has yellow undertones to it. For my NC 44.5-45 complexion, it is a tad darker, but I balance it out with a lighter powder on top, sometimes.
Since it is a cream-based product, I’d highly recommend it to those with dry skin for all-round-the-year wear, and to those with oily skin for winters. The product is especially good for occasions where you will be photographed, since it has been made keeping in mind photography needs, and it photographs well.

Pros of Revlon PhotoReady Compact Make-up (400 Caramel):
·         Smooth, pigmented, creamy product
·         Had miniscule shimmer particles, which aren’t perceptible to naked eye, but impart a glow to the skin
·         Medium to full coverage
·         Stays on practically the whole day
·         Easy to carry packaging, complete with a good quality sponge and a mirror

Cons of Revlon PhotoReady Compact Make-up (400 Caramel):
·         None for me. The price may be a con for some.

Verdict: Do check out this foundation, whatever skin type you have! It offers good coverage and staying power, and gives an illusion of glowing skin.

Rating: 10/ 10

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Kryolan Ultra Foundation- OB3: Review

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I finally paid a visit to the pilgrimage of make-up, yes, the Kryolan flagship store in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, last month. I wanted to buy an everyday foundation for myself, for those ‘quickie’ make-up sessions in the morning, since winters force you to stay in bed for longer, leaving you with less time for make-up. The MUA, Sakshi, at the store was very helpful, and after trying about 10 different foundation types and shades, I finally zeroed in upon the Kryolan Ultra Foundation that I’m reviewing today.

kryolan ultra foundation

This Kryolan foundation is my current favourite. It gives my skin a dewy look, something we all crave for. Read on!

About Kryolan Ultra Foundation- OB3: The ultimate cream foundation for professionals. Ultrafoundation is a cream foundation specially formulated for the most demanding make-up expectations. As a result of its excellent covering quality, Ultrafoundation is also effective as a corrective make-up. Transparent application of Ultrafoundation is also suitable for photographic work. Its matt finish provides models with a naturally attractive appearance.

The Ultrafoundation formulation contains advanced ingredients that are recognised for particulary good skin compatibility. This formulation contains no mineral oil, to assure that the skin readily absorbs the make-up.

This foundation is available in a wide range of more than 70 shades. 

kryolan ultra foundation review

Price: Rs. 900 for 15g
kryolan ultra foundation price

Packaging: Kryolan Ultra Foundation comes packed in a thin cardboard box. The product is housed in a round, flat, grey pot, with a grey, screw-on lid. The central part of the lid is transparent, so you can see the shade of the foundation inside. It is definitely travel friendly, and the pan can easily fit into a medium sized clutch.
kryolan ultra foundation packaging

Ingredients: Refer the below pic:
kryolan ultra foundation ingredients

My take on Kryolan Ultra Foundation- OB3:
For reference, I have very oily skin, which stays oily even in winters (though lesser than summers), and I am NC44-45 in MAC base products.

Kryolan Ultra Foundation- OB3 is a shade which will suit everyone in the NC40-45 range. The shade is hard to describe in words, but it has yellow undertones to it, and is suitable for dusky beauties.

kryolan ultra foundation ob3 swatch

It is a creamy, thick product, smooth in texture, and easy to apply. It has no fragrance, per se.
I apply it with finger-tips, and the warmth from the finger tips makes the foundation melt into the skin. It sets into the skin in 2-3 minutes. I then lightly dab some powder on my face using a compact sponge.
Coverage wise, it offers medium to full coverage, and it covers all sorts of acne scars and spots. I have used this as a concealer on spots too, dabbed with a bit of powder, and it gives me that flawless look without much effort. It does not completely cover under-eye dark circles, though.
On my oily skin, I usually wear it with a primer or oil control lotion underneath, and it lasts the whole day. Alone, it lasts for about 6-7 hours on me, which is quite impressive by itself. Since it is winters here in Delhi right now, the foundation gives a dewy look to my skin, and I need to powder my skin only after 3-4 hours. But I highly doubt if it’ll be the same in summers, when my skin is horribly oily. I once carried the foundation in my bag, and I could see an oily appearance in the pan after 3-4 hours, so I’m guessing it’ll get oily on me during summers. 
Dry skinned beauties may be able to use it all round the year.

In the below pic, I am wearing only this foundation on my face. The pic was taken after I came back from the nearby grocery market. No touch-ups, and see how glowing my cheeks look. Also, the cheek has a few dark acne scars, which, as you can see, have almost been covered.
Sorry, I am not wearing any lipcolor or eye make-up here. Was just testing this foundation.

Pros of Kryolan Ultra Foundation- OB3:
·         Excellent coverage
·         Foundation and concealer in one
·         Covers acne spots too
·         Gives an even looking, dewy finish
·         Easy to carry
Cons of Kryolan Ultra Foundation- OB3:
·         One needs to dip fingers/ brush into the pan to use the product, so a little compromise there on hygiene. Make sure you sanitize your hands before using this product
·         May not suit oily skin in summers, though it’s fab for winters
·         Kryolan has limited availability in India
Verdict: If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, dewy finish foundation plus concealer with medium to full coverage this winters, do pick this one up. It comes in 70 shades, so everyone will find a match. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!
Rating: 9.8/10
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Mid-week sunday!

Gosh, it feels like Sunday today, as I write this post!
Well, first of all, Happy Dussehra to everyone! May everyone be blessed with ‘good’ things in life, since we are celebrating the victory of good over evil today.

So, I went for a small shopping spree with my bestie Sakshi today (by now you all know her).

We bought some cosmetics, and some clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.

Before heading to the mall, we had lunch at my place today(we had decided we’ll cut down on eating-out. We’re in the ‘I’d rather buy a lipstick‘ phase right now… hihi). I made sandwiches for the two of us, and cappuccino. We are both addicted to coffee! Then we also had mom-made rajma chawal, and we were full till the brim before leaving, but all the madness in the mall left us hungry, so we headed to Berco’s for a quick bite. Here’s a glimpse…

The Bar at Berco’s

The plates at Berco’s

Singapore Wok

The food was yum, and the ambience was awesome. Dim lit, and with Buddha inspired decor, the place was perfect to relax in after a mad day.

And for some cosmetics haul, here’s what we bought:

-Maybelline lipstick
-Chambor lip liner
-MAC blush

– Chambor Ultra Matte foundation
-Chambor nail polish
-Maybelline Color Sensational lip liner- Velvet Beige (reviewed HERE)

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My journey with foundations!!!

Hiya girls!

I was organizing my make-up stuff some days back, and also discarding some products, expired or never-to-be-used. And I realized I had a lot of foundations with me, and the story behind each one ran in front of my eyes like a movie. 

I have finally found my HG foundation, but it has been a very long journey, and a very difficult one too! Read on to know my tryst with foundations!

Please bear in mind that I’m only talking about the shades here, and I have oily skin, so the foundations will be the ones I selected for oily skin.

The line-up:

Like any Indian girl, the journey started with the Lakme foundations. I went to the Lakme counter at a store once, and was given the shade Natural Marble from the Perfecting Liquid Foundation range (check Lakme India website here). I had to attend a wedding the next day, so I came home and tried the foundation quickly. And my gosh, I have never looked so scary ever in this life. I looked like a living ghost!!

The Lakme foundations

Rushed back to the same store the next day, and narrated the incidence to the SA. This time she gave me Natural Shell from the same range.
I’m talking about the times when Lakme didn’t have a huge range of foundations, just 1-2 types in their collection. These foundations are too old now, and were just lying in a corner.

But I didn’t give up on Lakme just yet. After these, I tried the Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme Compact (check Lakme India website here)… Again, ghostly!!!
Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme Compact

Then foundations took a back seat, and I didn’t wear any for some time. Last year, again I ventured into foundations, and bought the Maybelline Dream matte Mousse- Sandy Beige (Medium 01) with peaking expectations, and you know how it kaboomed, if you have read the review!

Next up was Chambor… I tried the Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up 302 Enriched Natural and the results again were pathetic… 

Then I tried the Maybelline Clearglow BB Cream- 03 natural, and ended up dissatisfied again L


Finally in January this year, I ended up at the MAC store… and the rest is history. I got my perfect match, both for my complexion, and my skin type, in the MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF-15 Foundation: NC-45. All other brands sell such pale products that it is virtually impossible to find the right shade for a dusky girl like me. 

Under flash photography

Without flash

You can clearly see the difference in the shades in the pics… only the MAC foundation has yellow undertones, rest all have pinkish undertone, and upon blending, they look WHITE!

PS: I’m not saying that you can find the right shade match only in MAC…. But other companies need to realize how important it is to expand the shade availability, atleast for foundations. Many Indian girls have yellow undertones, and this cannot be ignored. What is the point of having only, say 3 shades, all with pink undertones??? 
Finally, these are the ones I tried, apart from the numerous foundations that I don not have now, for this post:
In case you want me to review any foundation not already reviewed here, please let me know.

I hope this post was interesting, and helpfulJ

How did you stumble upon your HG Foundation? Or is your search not over yet?

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