Sharing Soft matte Smokey Eye-Makeup look

“Smokey eyes” is a gateway to slay the iconic “sultry look” and steal the show. I am obsessed with it. It can be glittery or soft matte. I love to go overboard when using brown or black-brown eye shadows. Giving a Smokey effect needs lot of it. At least that way I can finish warm shades I tend to buy all the time.

Talking about the palette I used in this video is from Smashbox “Ablaze” except the kohl.

I usually get engaged with YouTube shorts. So, this video is just 54 seconds short.

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You must know why Tarte magnetic palette is not suitable for Mac pro-refill pans.

Tarte custom magnetic palette

I was happy when I ordered Tarte custom magnetic palette so that I can transfer some of the MAC’s refill pans and blushes to it. Before that, I owned just a MAC Pro Palette Compact that beautifully accommodates their single eye shadow and blush refill pan inserts with no issues.

But the space in the palette was so occupied that some of my eye-shadow pans literally bend from the side due to inconsistent placement of blush and eye shadow pans together including one or two from other brands. I could see that the poor thing was already exhausted and was overcrowded.

PRO PALETTE LARGE / SINGLE (COMPACT)

Initially, I intended to buy one more MAC Pro Palette Compact as I was happy with the quality and it was surely a place for all. But I saw Tarte’s magnetic palette on sale and I instantly added it to the cart and placed the order. 

I never gave so much importance to other details and hence never thought about how a Tarte’s magnetic palette will work for refill pans that have already Magnet attached at the bottom of it. 

You see, MAC refill pans are made of steel and so they provide a tiny magnet glued to them. That’s the reason it can easily accommodate their inserts in their company-made customizable palettes. Now here is the catch, those are surely no magnetic pallets but just cases made up of metal surfaces to attract and embrace the attached magnet of the refill pans. 

Left is MAC Pro refill pan eye shadow and right is ABH eye shadow refill pan

Now, Tarte magnetic palette is indeed a “Magnetic Palette” that holds the metal pans beautifully. As I can say, the refill pan from ABH (Anastasia Beverly Hills) is made with metal and stuck to a palette as if they are made for each other. On the contrary, MAC inserts fell apart and so did not make any sense to even try to fit those into it.

I did not play with Mac inserts or tried to detach the piece of magnet of it. As it was mere waste of time that could have caused damage to those tiny pans. 

If the refill pan inserts are glued to the tiny piece of a magnet then make sure you simply buy a customizable palette that is non-magnetic (has metal surface). As we all know “The opposite poles of two magnets will attract one another when they are brought together, but the same poles will repel one another”. Now, who knows which is the North or South pole of the magnet when we buy such items.

So, finally, I would like to conclude my post here. 

As mentioned earlier, make sure you check what kind of refill pans you have and accordingly buy the one which is suitable. 

If you have MAC refill pans then it would be recommendable to buy their pro refill palettes only. 

If you have pans that have no attached piece of a magnet at the bottom of them then probably Tarte’s palettes would be suitable for them.

I wish I had known this before. Perhaps I missed the point and could not understand the technicality of it. Anyway, guys, I am glad Tarte’s custom magnetic palette open my eyes and made me think over some basic points before buying any random custom palettes. 

I hope you find this post helpful and understand why Tarte’s magnetic palette is not useful for Mac pro-refill pans? Or for any of their Inserts.

This was my experience.

Let me know in the comment below if you think this is a helpful post.

Thank you so much. 

 

MAC ‘Lens Blur’ Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow

It is a part of the MAC Powder Kiss collection. First they launched their Lipstick collection followed by the eye shadow and liquid lipsticks collection.

If interested, please check out Must-have MAC eyeshadows for every skin tone.

MAC described “Lens Blur” as a bright rich violet. A pillow-soft, matte, pressed-powder eye shadow with an ultra-creamy texture that delivers a beautifully diffused, blurring effect on lids. 

It is a soft-matte, cool tone berry color eye shadow. 

MAC ‘Lens Blur’ Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow has a gorgeous matte berry color with cool undertones. It had a soft consistency that was slightly powdered yet felt more velvety, almost smooth to the touch, but not as opaque as I was expecting. It provided semi-opaque, buildable color coverage.

I love this powdery eyeshadow and glides smoothly across the lid. However, it is not as pigmented as it looks in the pan. 

So, on medium to deep skin tones, this color might not show up well. But there are other ways you can still pull it off. 

You can apply a light foundation on your lid to help this color appear in its original form. You might need a generous amount of shadow for application unless you want to throw a soft color on eyelids in a jiffy. 

MAC describes it further, the velvet comfort you love on your lips – now for your lids. Experience a weightless kiss of color with Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow. Enwrap eyes with pillow-soft, matte color using Soft-Focus Filter Technology that delivers a beautifully diffused, blurring effect. The highly blendable, the luxurious formula smooths onto lids with unbelievable slip. Its exclusive Cream Matrix formula allows for an ultra-creamy, exceptionally soft, and gliding texture. This next-generation matte formula is available in lip-toned colors translated for the eyes.

I was looking for a good deep berry color eye shadow under my budget. Last year Black Friday there was a deal on the MAC website for 40% off on eyes. I could not take my eyes off of lens blur and bought a refill pan.

So, I would say MAC’s powder collection is good but since its name “Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow” focuses on being very soft matte appearance that offers very less opacity.

At least Lens Blur is not so bad and I use it happily. But guys If I compare, I wonder, how the lighter shade will appear on eyelids when the opacity is the real issue.

Anyways, since it’s summer, I enjoy applying this shadow during day time followed by eyeliner and mascara. Job done 😀.

It is a permanent eyeshadow that retails for $23.00 (USD) and contains 0.05 oz.

Thank you.

MAC Tsk Tsk! Lipstick – Limited edition (Short Post)

It was a part of the MAC “Boom Boom Bloom” makeup collection. I am glad that I could grab it when it was launched here in the USA. I love this shade equally as I love Mac Flat out Fabulous and other pink and bright lipstick I owned. So, thought of sharing it with you.

This lipstick is not for the faint-hearted, that was said in jest. I mean, MAC Tsk Tsk! Lipstick is a medium-dark, satin-finished fuchsia with a somewhat cool undertone (limited edition) lipstick. In-person, it looks way brighter than what you see in the below pictures.

MAC Tsk Tsk!

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Semi-matte makes it wearable in summer, at the same time very comfortable on lips. A non-drying formula is so opaque and offers excellent color payoff in a single swipe. I am so obsessed with it and that’s the reason I did not feel like buying candy yum yum which is I think brighter shade than Tsk Tsk or other bright shades from MAC. At times I feel, I grab it more often than “Ruby woo“. 

I had uploaded a video featuring Mac “Tsk Tsk” lipstick to complete my simple and very basic makeup look. If interest please head out to it.

I wish I could mention dupes but unfortunately, so far, I have not come across any closer shade to it. 

Such a beautiful shade to flaunt in Indian Outfit. Believe me, if you are comfortable wearing fuchsia shades then this Kind of shade will be the cherry on top, and be ready to receive countless compliments. 

If you know a dupe of it or can suggest any drugstore match (If any), especially from Maybelline or Revlon, etc., then please comment below in the section. That will help my friends to buy available alternatives in their country. 

Thank you so much for your time in advance.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer $34 (USD) Yay or Nay?

Buying make-up products can sometimes become brain work.  Especially, choosing high-end products. Now, expecting satisfying results from such costly products seems viable. But sometimes, it does not go well with our profound feelings. 

Choosing make-up products depends upon our analysis of various shades, colors, and formulas. Being said that, examining our skin type & textures is equally important too. As we all are aware that textured skin might look like a disco ball after wearing shimmery products. Similarly, sometimes using shimmery bronzer can make us look terrible and unpleasant. 

What do you think? This Too Faced bronzer is worth the hype? Is it really suitable for all skin types and colors? Does it really a natural looking bronzer? 

So, Let’s see. I, hope this post will give you a closer look and the performance of the Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer that can help you to decide if you should add it to the cart before you hit the “place order” button.

My skin is acne-prone and getting a lot of skin issues even if I switched to any make-up product. Thankfully, this bronzer did not cause any breakouts. So, rest assured. My skin tone is medium-Tan and some nasty acne has left large pores as well. I have a normal/combination skin type. During summer as usual it gets more oily (T-zone) and use matte-setting spray in intervals during daytime outings. 

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer, gives a subtle shimmery bronze look. Since it is not a matte bronzer, the formula is beautiful enough to get the summary tan bronzy cheekbones.

If interested you can also check other blog posts.

What it does do?

With this dual-shade bronzer, which has a little pink undertone to replicate the flush of a true tan, you may achieve a natural glow.

The Too Faced company claims that it creates a luminous, sun-kissed finish and dual shades are buildable for a customized glow. 

The Formula

The formula is quite pigmented and buildable. It’s indeed beautiful, soft, and apply effortlessly. Dual shade is definitely a game-changer thing that gives a hue of natural glow. The bronzer blends perfectly and gives a gorgeous glowing effect. 

What do I think about it?

For me, it has been a neutral experience. I mean, as I have mentioned earlier, I have been facing acne issues for the last 2 years. It has made my face a little bit textured. Having said that, textures are consistent not very prominent. But still, I try to stay away from shimmery formulas be it bronzer or luminous/dewy finish foundations.

I could see Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer was in the beauty influencers’ goods books. So, I had to try it. It has indeed lived up to my expectations. It is beautiful and suits my skin tone well. A single light-handed application of dual shade will give a natural flush of rosy tan. A darker shade can be used to contour the face as the lighter shade can be used as a nude blush for a no-makeup look. 

As we all know often bronzers end up looking like an orange fruit if not meant for a particular skin tone. On the contrary, this bronzer has the right amount of orange hue that offers a flawless bronzy look. 

I used it all year round. I don’t see a reason to not use it in winter. However, I also love to use my other matte bronzers interchangeably. 

This is the only gleamy bronzer I owned.  Glad that it turned out to be a great bronzer. So, for me, it was worth spending $34. But there will be always a black Friday sale that can save your pocket from getting empty. 

Final Thoughts

Yes! I will recommend this bronzer to fair, medium, and tan skin tones and Yay! However, I would recommend my beauties with deeper skin tones to first try it and see if the gleaming look is favorable or desirable as per your expectations.

P.S. I would love to try their other matte bronzers so that I can compare the formula and final look. At this moment I compared it with other matte bronzer I owned from “Hard Candy” a drugstore brand and Estée Lauder.

Let me know which one is your favorite bronzer so far and hooked to it for years. 

Thank you.

The best MAC lipstick for Indian skin tone – MAC MEHR

“MEHR” was created by Mickey Contractor for his wife, a well-known Indian MAC cosmetics artist. As described by MAC, it’s a matte dirty blue pink, and the blue undertones are noticeable. It’s the most natural-looking matte lipstick that looks well on Indian skin tones.

One of the most sought-after shades that suit almost all skin tone beauties. Especially, Indian beauties can buy this shade without blinking their eyes. A ton of thanks to its creator for his extraordinary and amazing contribution. 

This is my second tube that I am equally excited to use it. Best go-to lipstick for every occasion.  

You can see the Picture and swatches below. 

MAC MEHR outdoor picture

MAC “MEHR” is matte finish lipstick and a quite comfortable formula on lips.  It is a very popular and famous shade across the nation and among the beauty blogger/ influencers. I prefer matte finish lipstick over other formulas viz. Satin or amplified finish from Mac. 

As I have mentioned earlier, I personally love this shade, and already on the “Must have” list. 

Also, this is the best-suited lip shade for fair to medium skin tone. However, deeper skin tone beauties might wanna try it before they buy it, as it might wash you out. Otherwise, no doubt about “Mehr”. This creamy, thick formula has a matte finish with an excellent color payoff. 

MAC MEHR Outdoor Picture
MAC Mehr Indoor picture

If interested head out straight to my blog post. I have also reviewed MAC Brave lipstick which is again a beautiful everyday shade and other My top 3 Mac lipsticks for all skin tones.

Comparison between Mac MEHR and Mac Brave.

Apparently, it seems this unique shade is hard to find in any other brand and so the dupe of it (Exact match). I would recommend this shade to all Indian beauties. If planning to stop by the nearest MAC store then would insist to try it on. 

Few things to note down, it is a Matte finish so make sure you prep your lips before you apply it. Especially if you have chapped lips like mine. Or else it might accentuate fine lines. Since it is not ultra-matte, you are in safe hands so don’t worry, it’s quite hydrating and won’t let you down for at least 4-to 5 hrs. 

Here in the USA, its MRP is $19 (USD) for 3 G / 0.1 US OZ. 

Let me know which one is your so far favorite go-to MAC lipstick.

Thank you very much!

Namaste!

Best Makeup Remover Cleansing Balm for all skin types – Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm

Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm. The best makeup removing cleansing balm suits all skin types. Awarded by Allure Beauty Expert as the best makeup removal product. 

Juggling between which product to use or which one is better than the other. On top of it, having acne-prone skin or fighting acne-related issues makes the situation worst. It is very hard to choose the products, especially when buying skincare products. Believe me, I always step into others’ shoes when I write such posts. 

Hence, I can say out loud that this is the best cleansing balm I have ever tried. So gentle on your skin. I have tried a couple of other drugstore brands and a few from high-end. But Clinique’s Take the Day Off cleansing balm stands apart. Once you incorporate it into your makeup removal ritual, you will forget about its price. Would love to keep a backup in case of emergency. 

In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical if this makeup removing balm will work to its hype. I started using Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm when I was breaking out badly. I was using minimum makeup at that time and did not want to use any harsh makeup removal wipes either. Eventually, ended up using it more often than the other products I owe. 

What makes it a bestseller?

Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm dissolves long-wearing makeup in a minute. The best part is, that it is suitable for all skin types. Every skin type. It will never let you down except for people who have very-very sensitive skin and needs doctors’ attention. 

The formula is Non-comedogenic, Non-greasy, Non-drying, and Fragrance-free. Lightweight makeup remover dissolves stubborn eye and facial makeups, as well as sunscreens, swiftly. When applied, it transforms from a firm balm to a silky oil. It cleans deeply and completely. Helps skin seem younger and longer by gently removing the stress of pollutants. 

As stated on Clinique’s website, the key ingredients are Safflower seed oil.

This natural emollient is high in linoleic acid and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. It effectively breaks up natural oils on the face and dissolves difficult-to-remove makeup.

In my opinion, yes it indeed does what it says. The silky formula just melts down the makeup on your face into some luxurious emollient balm. Leaving skin very soft and clean. 

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Also, I must admit that price-wise, it is expensive and probably for many of us (including me) cannot always be an affordable option spending USD 36 for 3.8 oz. / 125 ml. 

But it’s the winner cannot debate on price. 

Final Thoughts

Clinique Take the day off makeup removing cleansing balm is an amazing product. It is gentle yet very effective and breaks down the makeup and for that, you just need to massage the balm into dry skin with your fingertips. Voila! Your face is clean and makeup free. As I have mentioned earlier this would be the most recommendable product for acne-prone skin. Give it a try!

You can also check out a review of Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter and Clinique Pep-Start™ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser.


NYX EYE SHADOW PALETTE “FESTIVAL”

NYX Eyeshadow Palette Festival

A pocket-friendly eye shadow palette that is relatively good pigmented for the price and has no fallout except shimmery ones. A combination of vibrant colors with flattering shades. Guess what? This compact NYX palette is everything you will want to keep handy for a quick make-over and if you are a beginner then grab it without a second thought.

Long story short, I was looking for a playful & vibrant eye palette to get out of my comfort zone. I usually opt for warm and natural eye shadows that are easy to go. But my sister suggested I try something striking colors as well. So found out what was missing in my vanity box, it was a palette like the NYX festival.

There are numerous brands that offer heavily pigmented colors at a hefty price. And knowing that, I am not a professional to demand high-quality products. This eyeshadow palette is just what I could wish for. 

If you are a social butterfly, this budget-friendly palette will save tons of your time to get ready.

It has 16 shades, out of which 11 shades are matte finish and 5 are shimmery. Tempting colors that are indeed eye-catching, perfect for spring and summer outings. I was able to create and play with colors that you can see the video in the link below. My recent activities include creating short youtube videos and uploading them, also updating reels on Instagram. If you like my other videos on YouTube then please Like and subscribe to my channel.

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/qrfUx6sMSYA

Here you can get a glimpse of it. “Eye liner” I have used is also from NYX ♥️.

You can create from natural eye look to smokey or glam nights, by using this small palette.

I bought this from Walmart for $12.53 (USD)

P.S. You might need a facial spray like Mac Prep+prime to intensify the shimmery color. 

Let me know what do you think about this palette.

Thank you and Namaste!


MAC Lipstick “Marrakesh” review

If you have been reading my posts, you all know how much I love to review lipsticks. So here I am with yet another lipstick post to share swatches and much more.

I am eagerly waiting to say “bye-bye Covid-19 & its non-stop variants”. I mean seriously, girls like us who are desperate to flaunt newly painted lips, have to hide joy under the mask with a heavy heart. But, what I have learned these days, inner happiness is the best remedy for all worries. So no worries. And I give a big smile and cheer up myself.

Now let’s continue and dive into it.

MAC Marrakesh

MAC describes it as an “Intense orange-brown (Matte)”. It is a matte lipstick that has no shine (not ultra-matte). The shade shown in the swatches might not be the same as it looks in real. I tried to capture the real color of the bullet but daylight did not let me do that. However, hope you will get an idea from lips and hand swatches.

So “MAC Marrakesh” is a pretty matte shade and opaque, and one swipe delivers a punch of color with a smooth application. I prefer to use a straight lipstick bullet for application instead of using a brush and that saves my ton of time.

This lipstick has an excellent color payoff. Having pigmented lips like mine, MAC Marrakesh is the very right choice for us. You can wear it anytime, this gorgeous color will always balance your look beautifully.

Even though it’s a matte lipstick, it is a non-drying formula. Being said that, the formula is neutral. Neither drying nor hydrating. Therefore, I will recommend softening lips with Lip balm or anything of your choice before applying the lipstick. If wearing throughout the day, a touch-up might be needed.

Mac Cosmetics always comes up with innovative lipstick formulas and this one is definitely the lipstick that can never go out of fashion.

Last but not least, special message to my Indian friends. This would be the most beautiful lipstick in your vanity and I am sure you would grab it more frequently before leaving the house.

MAC Marrakesh lipstick’s retail price is $19 (USD) 3G / 0.1 US OZ.

Pictures and hand swatches

MAC Marrakesh
MAC Marrakesh

Thank you so much for reading my post.

Stay safe and healthy!

Namaste!


Best Concealer for Indian skin “Tarte shape tape concealer”

Today, I am going to review the most popular concealer that is approved by many bloggers and vloggers. People vouch for its incredible performance. It’s a Tarte Shape tape concealer.

Let’s see what I think about it.

I have been using Tarte shape tape concealer for over 2 years now. I must say, I never felt like switching it to another brand.

In this post, I have especially emphasized Indian skin tone because I know the weather in India is very unpredictable and at times it becomes very risky to wear makeup while commuting by public transportation during sunny or Hot/humid days. So girls I understand your pain. That’s the reason I thought of dedicating this post to all my Indian friends.

So my skin tone is Medium-Tan, foundation shade in MAC NC 35/NC37, Estee Lauder is Tawny, just for your reference. Tarte shape tape in the shade 36S Medium-Tan sand works like a magic for me. I just love the result when I look into the mirror at the end of the day.

Let’s talk about the formula.

Tarte’s shape tape concealer is the most sought-after concealer in the United States. But region-wise every product has some pros and cons. Speaking about India, most people prefer to commute by public transportation (Viz. by Bus or Train) and the situation could get worst in Summer. So ladies, let’s see what I have for you in this post.

Tarte claims :

  • full-coverage formula with natural matte finish – Yes! That’s right.
  • smooths & brightens to make eyes appear lifted – Yes, but I have noticed the product has a tendancy to settle into fine lines & crease so setting it with powder perfectly is important.
  • crease-proof formula won’t cake or settle with 16 hrs of flawless wear – Can’t say 16 hrs but I have tested it for 6-7 hrs and it stays put.
  • tape technology™ helps smooth & blur appearance of fine lines & wrinkles – Not sure what is Tape technology but yes it certainly helps smooth & lifts the under eye area and thats what a concealer is supposed to do .
  • applies easily with jumbo speed smoother™ – True but I feel the smaller domed end of the sponge would have been great like maybelline Fit me to apply easily.
  • ideal for normal, combination & oily skin – Yes! I would say it is true.

Yeah, it is full coverage formula with a natural matte finish. I have tried best seller Maybelline Fit me concealer as well. But somehow it did not work out for me. When I tried Tarte Shape Tape concealer in the Ulta, I just fell in love with it. After a long time, something had worked on me like magic, especially concealer with exact shade.

As mentioned earlier, I use 36S Medium-Tan sand and I don’t think I am going to change it anytime soon. Winter or Summer, I can use it all year round.

The formula is great and blendable, and most importantly it is super easy to apply for even a newbie. I personally feel that the smaller tip of the sponge applicator could have been a great choice to pick less product. Having said that, you can always prefer to use the desired amount of product if applied carefully. For me, less is more.

I mean, initially, when I started to use concealer, I knew the perfect blending is the key to achieving flawless under eyes. On top of that my low confidence was keeping me away from using such concealer ($30 USD), as I knew that I am not confident enough and did not want to waste my money.

But honestly, Tarte shape tape changed the game. It works best with its best buddy “beauty blender” and I can say it will suit any skin type if you find your perfect shade. Like mine, I have combination skin and so far my eyes are loving it more than me. Anyways, I have tested it in hot summers and it stays put for around 6-7 hrs. But make sure you set it properly with a setting powder. Sometimes your eyes might need a touch-up to avoid settling it in the creases or fine lines, especially in the hot scorching sun.

An easy-peasy formula can be directly applied to the area that has discoloration, pigmentation, dark spots, and of course dark circles.

I have incorporated pictures of hand swatches in this post to understand the color of the shade I am using. I hope it would be helpful to you to understand the color if you are trying to pick one.

So, I personally feel this concealer would be a great choice for my Indian friends, who are really looking for a go-to concealer with fewer efforts. Believe me, this will save you tons of time if paired with the right setting powder. And yes, I would recommend it to my friends & family.

That’s all for now. I will be back with another review.

Namaste!