A unique relationship between woman & Kajal (Kohl)

“Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”.

It is so true. Being an Indian, I am sure many of you will feel connected to the post.

I believe the prowess of harnessing the beauty of the black Kajal (Kohl) and adding it to the eyes imparts a transcendent power. Every person is unique, and so are their eyes. I think it empowers every spirit and lifts it to never give up on dreams. Perhaps its mystical presence gives the strength to steal the show and stand out in the crowd. Or perhaps its presence is enough to tell you to get up and brace yourself for a new day. 

When I was a teenager, I remember my elder sisters used to keep one small pouch handy all the time. They would put a few makeup products like Kajal, Lipstick, and eyeliner. All the items mentioned were limited to a limited quantity, to be more precise limited to a single number. It was about sharing it until used up entirely, and those are delightful memories to treasure. 

Seeing all my sisters and cousins using Kajal (Kohl) more frequently than lipstick or other beauty picks was very usual for me. Acknowledging that it is the only weapon to look beautiful was quite convincing in those days. 

It was a pretty common trend and trick to look beautiful for all girls back then and that trend is still on among the young crowd. As I grew up, I could understand the power of the dark Kajal eyes and the paradigm to look irresistible. So, I felt writing down why we all still fall for it that is simply irreplaceable. 

Those were the days when we had no idea what makeup meant, or even when looking at the “Bollywood celebrities” we could all see was Kajal, eyeliner, and lipstick.  

As I said earlier when I was a teen and was getting to know how to look more (and more) beautiful every passing year.  All I was doing was learning how to apply a Kajal more efficiently and correctly than giving importance to my career goal. Silly me!

Even today, I wonder why we still get drawn toward it. I would love to share my experience when I was working in Mumbai (Mumbai) from 2009-to 2012. A long story, but I will make it short. When I left Mumbai and shifted to Pune in 2013, one of my friends called and told me that a Tailor where I used to get my Salwar suits stitched in Mumbai was talking about me. Nope! he did not recall my name or remember any of my facial features except he vividly remembered that “Madam with very dark (Kajal) eyes”. Ha. Ha. Ha! That was it. We cracked up and could not stop. And then I realized how insanely I was using it and now wondering if it was good or bad, but eventually amazing to know that people still remember me by my bold eyes. It’s a great feeling. 

Also, when I was in Living in Mumbai, the moment I realized I am getting late for the office.  It was natural for me to fill my eyes with dark back kajal and then run to catch a local train. Hardly gave any importance to my hairdo or other facial beautification. Probably, it was the only thing that kept my confidence alive and made me the most beautiful girl in the world. Ha..ha!!!!.. Please don’t take it seriously. That I said in jest.

In India, people still love it, and I think that’s the only tool that wraps up the look before stepping out of the house. So why girls cannot live without it? Why Kajal is so important & an integral part of our lives?What could be the reason for its popularity that started centuries ago in India? 

Indian history is quite intriguing, reading about Raja, Maharajas (King), and emperors who ruled India before British rule and has charming tales of their  Maharani’s (Queen) & Princes’ beauty secrets and alluring personalities. Striking poses of Queens wearing Jewelry and eminent eyes were enough to illustrate their royal attitude. Surprisingly, many of them can be seen wearing kajal. And I believe they commenced the project of “bold eyes” that got famous among other women. Later, probably that craze spread across the nation, and people started giving so much importance and got smitten by the deep mesmerizing eyes outlined by black Kajal. More importantly, they knew the homemade recipe of it. Interesting fact, right!

I bet, still, people cannot get enough of it and just cannot let that magical wand disappear from their vanity. The moment they realize they are running out of it, there always be a backup plan borrowing from a friend or cousin until they figure out when they can buy it. At least I was one of them. 

This peculiar fashion where the eyes tell the story first portrays the unique bond between the eye and its magical relation with Kajal.

Feels great to write down our distinctive style of adopting elements of beauty that interprets our unity and strength. That’s amazing!

Share your thoughts and tell me if you are one of those who love it as much as I do. 

Thank you!


 

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. It is

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!


Must-have MAC eyeshadows for every skin tone

Cult-favorite MAC products and their variety in make-up line make it stand out in the crowd. A glimpse of its collection and arrays of colors are breathtaking, and simply molding us to “want more”. However, a few single eyeshadows are indeed recommendable if decide to splurge on them.

I am a big fan of MAC and I would like to buy everything if I could. But that’s quite not possible. But I am glad to share my viewpoint on the single shadows that I own. I hope it will help some of you to decide if MAC single shadows are really worth splurging on.

In MAC, my foundation shade is NC 35 ( recently recommended by MAC artist). Just for your reference so that it will help you to understand the shade. Well, I am going to emphasize the color than its texture. I believe these eyeshadows will suit almost all skin tones.

From Left Bronze, Sable, Honey Lust, Antiqued and Woodwincked

MAC Woodwinked – Veluxe pearl finish

Mac described it as a Warm antique gold. A very beautiful eye shadow that works like a magic and gives a subtle look. I would say it is warm with a tad bit of rustic gold. It is pigmented shadow and swipes across the lead easily. A single shadow is a solo warrior and works like a magic. My go-to eyeshadow and hooked to it forever. Your daylight look is ready in no time. Give it a try.

MAC Sable – Frost finish

It is described as a Gold-plum w/bronze pearl eye shadow on the MAC website. A great combination of plum with bronze, all-day wearable. However, it can be your savior, especially in a daytime. Rushing somewhere and need a dash of color on the lids, just go for it followed with mascara & eyeliner. Princess is ready! I love this shade.

MAC Bronze – Frost Finish

It is a dark brown with a frost finish. A warm-tone eyeshadow is a perfect blend if you love the touch of a smokey effect. It blends flawlessly and gives a perfect smokey effect in no time. Use it with Kohl or black eye shadow in the outer corner to get that killer sultry look. Voila! you are ready. You will look fabulous no matter how you apply it. A must shade for the to-go pick.

I am wearing Bronze eye shadow in the below images.

MAC Honeylust – Lustre Finish

Honestly, this one is a very common shade & probably dupes will do the same job. Except for one reason, I adore this Bronze-dipped peach shade, as it illuminates & gives a perfect center eyelid shine for a day’s wear. Besides, the shimmery part is best, it does not fall out. Since I have tried some other dupes where it makes application difficult, so for me, “Honeylust” is truly my BFF.

MAC Antiqued – Veluxe pearl finish

MAC described it as an Ash brown with bronze. Instead, it is a reddish bronze eye shadow that is so antique and very pigmented, just don’t forget to make the outer corner of the eye Smokey to enhance your look. Day or night! Show your swag with pretty eyes.

MAC is pricey and it’s recommended to try it before you buy it. Checking shades in the sunlight is the best thing if you want to see the real hues and color of the eye shadow. In fact, even lipsticks are the best if tested in natural light.

Further, I always spend mindfully when it comes to cosmetics. MAC is one of them. Besides, recently I read that make-up products like powder foundation, eye shadow or for that matter, anything which has talc in it, have a life of max 2 years. After that, it is best to stop using it or in other words declutter it.

This post was all about eyes and I hope you like the swatches & find this post helpful.

Thank you so much!

Namaste!

Check out my other Tarte remix palette https://revivelifewithme.com/2020/10/19/tarte-pro-remix-amazonian-clay-palette/

“Raksha Bandhan” celebration meant for Brother and Sister – A unique Indian culture

India is well known for its diversity, different cultures, and various regional languages.

If you have any Indian friends around you then you might have heard about the “Diwali” or “Holi” celebration a lot. But Have you heard about “Raksha Bandhan” also knows as “Rakhi”?

Since Rakhi is just around the corner I thought sharing its importance and why Indians celebrate it with enthusiasm.

So it is the Hindu festival but these days seems it has become very popular among Indians irrespective of religion. It is a very unique way to celebrate the love of a brother for his sister. Quite interesting, right!

Again I would like to mention that Indians usually follow their regional yearly calendar to check auspicious date or time called “Mahurat” to perform or to begin any ceremony. So like I said they go by their timetable, and as per the Hindu calendar, it is “SHRAVAN” month. A very divine and sacred month.

What is so special about Rakhi and why Indians celebrate it?

The history of Raksha Bandhan lies in a Hindu mythological great epic story “Mahabharata”. Even if I wish, It would be hard to explain each n every character and the storyline in detail here in this post. So leave it for some other day.

Instead of getting into story details, Let’s see how people love to celebrate it.

“Rakhi” or “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated in the month of “Shravan” (July 23-Aug 22) as per the Hindu Calendar. On this day girls get one more day to flaunt in their best outfit. A day for a brother to express his caring n loving attitude towards sisters.

A day starts with a very beautiful morning. One can feel the festivity in the air. First ray of sun touching the soul with great joy. I wish I could express that enthusiasm in the words.

Great importance to a “Rakhi means Band”. A colorful thread. Sister ties “Rakhi” on the wrist of their brothers and in exchange brother promises his sister he will stand by her side in any circumstances. It also means brother will always protect her sister and save her from evil eyes. Sisters also pray for their happiness.

The best thing is like I do not have any brother but we still have cousins (Brothers). So there must be many girls/women like me who do not have real brother. Yet they get to celebrate it with the same amount of love. Again not just about cousins, even you have somebody in your life with a “brotherly” figure. You can definitely celebrate it with a mutual understanding.

A very unique right? Yes, Indeed it is!

Let me know how you celebrate or express your love for your brothers or siblings. Hope you like today’s blog.

Thank you so much.

Too Faced Travel Size Born This Way Setting Powder – A mini review

Hello Friends!

Today I am going to review Travel Size Born This Way Setting Powder in the shade – Translucent.

If I tell you that I love make up but have tried one or two drugstore setting powders then you might wonder n laugh at me but it’s 100% true. I was a little bit skeptical about loose-setting powders as I was happy with my Estee Lauder compact. Therefore did want to spend more on just loose setting powder.

I see people rave about Laura Mercier’s setting powder which is actually pricey and would like to see if it worth the hype when I am done with this Too faced travel size powder.

Anyways, this powder will never disappoint you. Trust me! Such a beautiful lightweight formula sets the makeup and gives a natural finish look.

Although I am a beginner, the other day I was trying to play with purple eye shadow and did full-face make-up so please ignore my BROWS. I was very excited to use this little guy to set my face with and it really made me happy. You can see me in the picture below. 

So what does it say?

A lightweight powder sets foundation & concealer perfectly providing a silky and luminous natural finish. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, which gives a smoother, more youthful appearance. It also helps brighten and boosts skin radiance. It is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, etc. 

What I think about it?

I am quite happy with this travel-size loose setting powder as it gives a flawless finish and looks natural on the face. It seems it really locks the foundation & concealer efficiently. A very fine powder that can be easily inhaled while applying the powder so make sure to use it properly…he he he !!! I mean yeah it is a very ultra-fine formula and gives outstanding results.

I chose the Translucent shade because I knew it is the only shade that can give me a natural finish. So if you running out of your setting powder I would suggest go n grab one travel size first. You get a 1.5g/0.05 Oz product for $16 USD.

Thank you guys so much for reading my post.

Stay awesome !

Mac Studio fix Powder Plus Foundation Vs Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

Hello Friends! Today I am going to review a powder foundation. I personally feel powder foundations are best as they are so quick to apply and mess-free. But of course, liquid foundations are always going to be on the top hierarchy as they provide a flawless canvas and hence, are simply irreplaceable. 

Important things to mention is, my skin is Normal/combination. I love to wear matte natural-looking foundations with medium coverage. And I don’t mind if some nasty acne/spots peek through it. 

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

On website it says, “a one-step pressed powder and foundation that gives skin a 12-hour ultra-matte finish while controlling shine and without causing acne.” So yes! that’s true. It is such an amazing product by MAC. It is a beautiful matte press powder foundation & lightweight. It indeed feels like your second skin if you get the exact color match. Although it has 53 shades to choose from, one should know what shade to choose without any doubt as even if the light application can give you the desired result.

So my shade is NC 42 – TANNED PEACH WITH GOLDEN UNDERTONES FOR MEDIUM TO DARK SKIN (NEUTRAL-COOL). And unknowingly if I go overboard with it like even 2 layers, instantly my face looks like an orange. Well reason is, I was recommended a wrong shade by the Mac Rep. When I contacted MAC again they suggest NC40. After that, I did not dare to spend money blindly unless I go to the store and try it personally. 

I use it during hot/summer days, as I know my skin easily get tanned so NC42 works good if I use it mindfully.

Anyways, yes it is easily buildable and flawless. Definitely wearable on its own if you wish to skip a liquid foundation like I do (No-makeup look) or can be used as a setting powder.


Here, I am going to validate few points as to what MAC says and what I think after using powder as a foundation without any liquid foundation. 

  • Long-wearing, 12 hours – I don’t think so it is true as I can see after wearing it for 7-8 hrs, I can feel my skin getting little bit oily and foundation starts to wear off so touch-up is needed.
  • Immediately reduces the appearance of pores – Yes, skin looks even-toned and since it is a powder it blends well into the skin so apparently pores might look smaller.
  • Controls oil and shine, 8 hours – Yes, true but touch-up is needed.
  • For all skin types, especially oily skin – Yes, for combination/normal like mine.
  • Stay-true color, 12 hours – Not sure as I never tried it for 12 hrs.
  • Does not cause acne – Yes, very true.
  • Non-streaking/non-caking/non-settling, 12 hours – Yes true but not sure for 12 hrs.
  • Sweat- and humidity-resistant – Yes, up to a few hrs in hot summer. .
  • Photo-friendly – Yes, true!

Price – 15 G / 0.52 US OZ $33.00 (USD)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Estee Lauder double wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

Best seller and flawless matte pressed powder foundation. Sink into the skin beautifully and I really like the way it blends into the skin with minimum effort. Coverage is buildable to full coverage and can wear as a foundation or over it. 

My shade is 3W1 TAWNY. It is a good match for me. But at least it does not make me look clownish. I use it with my Tarte powder brush to sweep over the face and voila! I get a gorgeous natural finish without any hustle.

It offers 41 shades. I hope there is something for pretty much every skin tone except a few as there is scope for improvement in terms of making more variety of shades. 

On EL website it says,”Versatile formula is silky soft, weightless, flawless. Controls oil and shine. Stays color true.”

So, yes! Double wear by EL is a game-changer compact totally Worth a try. It does not cause acne, better version of compact, non-caking and it surely controls oil and shine but roughly for 5-6 hrs after that touch-up might be needed. 

It is a matte powder (but not ultra-matte) and it has just the right amount of softness in it. Once applied, it gives a very natural look without being heavy on the skin. 

I use it as a foundation, I like to wear sheer/medium coverage finish and never tried to achieve full coverage. I must say I am pretty much happy with what I get from a small compact.

I have been using it for the last 4 years in a row, I always go back to EL no matter how many compacts I try.

Price – 0.42 oz. $43.00 (USD)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Recommendations

Mac and Estee Lauder (EL) both are beautiful compacts. Having said that, the Mac formula is a little bit thicker than EL. This is the only reason always be watchful while using it.

Use it as a foundation or setting powder/touch-ups. However, Mac studio fix would be a better choice during sunny summer days as it provides an ultra-matte finish.

I would say go for EL Double wear Stay-in-Place matte Powder foundation if you want to use it as a foundation for those easy days to get the natural finish during winter or summer.

So this is for now, Thank you so much guys !

My top 3 Mac lipsticks for all skin tones

Hello my beautiful friends !

Let’s talk on very interesting topic today and yess! as you read the caption it’s “Lipstick”. No matter how old we are, no matter if we are Dark ,Brown or white & no matter if we are beginner or professional it will always find its way to our vanity or most of the time in a hand purse. It has earned its place in our heart so on the lips. Look at just any lip products you own even if sitting ideally you will definitely want to swatch it. I know I know ! it’s Tempting. Anyway, time to dig into it.

Before we start I would like tell all my friends that that MAC Lipsticks offer different types of finishes/textures so always recommendable to understand it when you add it in your shopping cart. Some formulas glides so beautifully on lips that it takes us straight to Hawaii & some are so true to its nature specially Retro Matte lipsticks that it needs a lot of efforts to apply it but results are amazing though. No doubt !!!!

Mac Diva

If somebody is already following Mac lipsticks then they will probably laugh at me as Mac Diva is already into the “Limelight” so what’s the point reviewing it now ? yeah I get it girls but every opinion counts so let’s continue. It is an intense reddish- burgundy color as described on the company website but for me it looks like a dark burgundy berry color with a matte finish. It has a huge fan followers across the world. It is the most beautiful & sought after Lipstick from Mac and will take your style swag to the next level. At the same time it is very dark color so some of you might think its a vampy color and I am totally agree with you!LoL!. All skin tone can pull it off it is so comfortable matte on the lips such a luxurious formula and excellent color pay off in a single swipe. Oh! I love to see this one particularly on my brown and dark beauties I can’t take my eyes off it is so irresistible. Formula is long lasting but might need a touch up after 6 hours or so as it’s a creamy matte.

Mac Ruby Woo

This one is the iconic red lipstick which will suit all skin tones without any second thought and have won so many “best lipstick awards” being popular shade it has always been a talk of the town. Such a unique vivid cherry red with blue undertone and again bestseller from Mac. It is a Retro Matte finish lipstick & has opaque application and thus name says it all a very matte or one can say a true matte. Lips to be Prepped n Prime before applying retro matte is advisable that too with a lip liner just to avoid feathering or else it will give you a very hard time for application. Believe me I have tried it in the past without exfoliation and it was totally gross! no one wants to be seen with cracked or chapped lips having lippy on, but look at the brighter side if you get a chance try this one in the store, must have lipsticks guys I bet other girls will envy you after all “lips don’t lie”. Who needs a retouch-up, matte formulas often comes to the rescue so yeah its quite long lasting.

Mac Relentlessly Red

Now this one I do not wear as frequently as needed because I always get stuck between other reds , pinks and burgundies but this one is another bestseller from Mac. Bold and beautiful bright pinkish coral fuchsia retro matte alluring people to stare at your lips. Yes ! that bright and coral plays its magic giving you a fashionista look all the time(AM/PM). Fair to medium,Brown or dark skin tone can easily pull it off being said the shade will show its true color/hues as it is very pigmented n so rich in color. Recommended to try it in the store to check the vibrancy of it, completely a showstopper. However, Relentlessly red is a warm tone lipstick and the formula is little more drying compare to other retro matte so exfoliating lips prior to application is “must”.

All these Lipstick’s retail price is $19 (US dollar) and it is in their permanent line. Swatches of it are shown below and I’ve tried my best to take the natural colors of it.

Swatches from Left Mac Relentlessly Red, Mac Ruby Woo, Mac Diva

I know lip swatches are more appealing than a hand swatches so going to update the post soon. Stay safe stay healthy!!!

Thank you so much !

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MAC BRAVE LIPSTICK

Hello Guys !

Today, I am going to review MAC bestselling Lipstick Brave. It is one of the best-sellers across the countries by MAC. It is also something about the color which is such a beautiful for every day. Before I start would like to share information about my skin tone. I am moderately fair – medium tan falls under Neutral/Warmer category, so for foundation match reference NC42 by MAC, 3W1 Tawny by Estee Lauder & WN46 Golden Neutral by Clinique. I hope these foundation matches will give you an idea about my skin tone.

A very short story behind the picking up Brave Lipstick as I was running out of my favorite MAC MEHR lipstick & desperately wanted a good replacement just for a change. When I visited @Ultabeauty, I had to try a few MAC lipsticks so when I picked up Brave I instantly fell in love. It is such a gorgeous color to try. I am sure it will suit all the skin tones. But for my darker beauties, you might want to try it in the store before you buy. Yesss! There are no golden rules when it comes to choosing/selecting Lipsticks or Makeup products. So yes! It would be totally your choice.

It is described as a PINK-BEIGE WITH WHITE PEARL on the MAC website but I don’t know when I wear it I do not see any white pearl finish noticeable on my lips. I mean it gives just the right amount of shine to lips. So smooth and soft to wear what could we wish for more than healthy-looking lips. It is a Muted Pink brown shade and if I try to be very specific it’s browner indoor & pink in the bright lights like in-store lights or daylight. Lipstick swatches comparing Mac Mehr & Mac Brave are shown below in the picture.

I will recommend this lipstick to all my friends. It is a Satin finish formula and gives a full-color payoff. It is very comfortable on lips, moisturizing, and lasts up to 5-6 hours depends how much you eat or drink so might need a touch-up after that. So let me say goodbye to you now.

I really love this lipstick so giving it 5 stars. Its retail price is $19 (US Dollar).

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Let me know if you like this review or think it could be better then you are more than welcome! Thank you very much !