Makeup haul + 1st impressions – LorealXBalmain, NYX Cosmic metals & more

Hello everybody !! Hope you are having a great week.

Valentine’s day is just round the corner. So there are lots of amazing discounts going on in sites as well as stores. This is the best time to shower yourself / your beauty queen with some amazing makeup. I will be sharing with you my recent haul and my first impressions review. I have finally got my hands on some very exciting launches like Loreal X Balmain lipstick range, the NYX Cosmic Metals lipstick and also few cult products I always wanted to try like the Maybelline Eraser concealer and Loreal Superstar mascara. If you are from India, you can save quite some money if you buy these products in nykaa.com until the Valentine’s Day sale goes on.

If you want me to do a more detailed review post on any of these items please let me know in the comment section.

Lets get started!!

These are the products I recently purchased :

  1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment concealer – 130 Medium (6ml for INR 650)
  2. L’Oréal Paris X Balmain Color Riche – 469 Fever (3.9gm for INR 1050)
  3. NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – Crystallized Metal (4ml for INR 700)
  4. NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – Fusion Fuchsia (4ml for INR 700)
  5. Maybelline Color jolt matte Intense Lip paint – 02 Bittersweet Mandarin (5ml for INR 450)
  6. Faces Ultime Pro Lip Definer – Red 01 (0.35gm for INR 549)
  7. NYKAA eyem24/7 Kajal – Ebony Soul 01 (0.35gm for INR 299)
  8. C.A.L Los Angeles Draw Me sketch eyeliner (4.8ml for INR 299)
  9. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon 24H Waterproof – 105 Super Cooper (1.2gm for INR 675)
  10. L’Oréal Paris False Lash Superstar Mascara (2*6.5ml for INR 999)

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment concealer :

This is a cult favorite product of many beauty gurus. Kaushal Beauty uses this product in most of her tutorials. I already tried and loved Maybelline Fit Me Concealer last year, so I am super excited with this one.

The packaging is super cute. The round sponge applicator gives it a unique appearance. The body is plastic but quite sturdy, overall very travel friendly.

The ingredient list and other details are mentioned in the cardboard paper.

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I am NC30 for MAC base products. If you are near to my skin tone then this shade is perfect for daily use. It has yellow undertones which hides your dark circles as well as brightens your under eye area.

You can go for shade ‘Light’ if you want sharper contour / super highlighted under-eyes for special occasions.

This concealer has a thicker consistency compared to Fit me. Also it gives better coverage. Since it is thicker you have to be quick to blend it when you apply it on your under eyes to avoid creasing. Also set the concealer well if you do not want the fine lines to show up. This concealer is better than Fit me if you have normal / oily eye area. If you have dry under eyes, use a good moisturizing eye cream before using this product. It is very smooth and blends beautifully. It instantly lifts up the face wherever you apply it. You can build it up, but I will suggest not to put too many layers. Because the product is comparatively thicker and high coverage, it may look cakey if you apply too much.

The sponge tip is very soft and can be easily used directly to apply the product under your eyes.

But it is not hygienic and the tip becomes messy easily,  the transparent cap looks dirty after few usage. This is a drawback of the packaging.

So my suggestion is take out as much product as required and then apply the concealer with a beauty sponge. Wipe off excess product with a tissue paper.

Rating : 4.5/5

Overall a great concealer, totally worth the hype !!

L’Oréal Paris X Balmain Color Riche Lipstick :

This is the star product of my makeup haul. Loreal recently collaborated with Balmain and launched this limited edition lipstick range. The lipstick covers are designed by Olivier Rousteing. There are 12 lip colours in the range and they belong to 3 categories – Safari, Rock & Couture.

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Safari has a blue packaging, Rock has green and Couture has a black casing. The marbled pattern gives a very classy elegant look to the lipstick covers. Other things like shape of bullet, lock, etc are similar to the usual Color Riche packaging. The colors in this range are very unique and experimental. If you love quirky colors not compromising on the quality, this range is a must-try for you.

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I chose this burnt orange shade from the Rock category because this color is wearable yet different. I do not experiment a lot with my lip colors, but this one just blew my mind away. The green colored case also looks the best out of the 3 in my opinion.

Another shade that impressed me in this range is 356 Confidence, try this out if you like a rose gold slightly metallic lip color.

I love the Color Riche lipstick formula in general, they are totally worth the money. The lipsticks are super pigmented, you get full opaque application in just 1 swipe. They glide on beautifully. This shade in particular is not at all patchy, it looks so gorgeous on fair to medium skin tones.

You can easily wear this lip color during the day in college / office. It is more or less on the orangish nude side on 1 swipe, but if you layer it up it gives you a nice rich burnt orange color.

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Rating : 5/5

I absolutely love this lipstick, this is my new favorite !! Definitely try it out soon because it is limited edition. Hurry !!

NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – Crystallized Metal & Fusion Fuchsia :

NYX launched these metallic lipsticks sometime back. Metallic trend is catching up in India as well like the rest of the world. So I also decided to get myself some super metallic lippies. These are best for any party / wedding makeup look or to even jazz up your Valentine’s day.

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The packaging is transparent, so you can easily make out which color you want to wear. These are not actually lipstick, they are more like pigmented gloss. Some shades like Crystallized metal are best applied as lip topper or as a sheer metallic gloss. But shades like Fusion Fuchsia are highly pigmented and can be worn on its own as a lip paint.

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The doe-foot applicator is quite big, so if you have thin lips use a lip brush. The applicator picks up quite a lot of product so you need only to dip in twice for a full opaque application. The product is quite pigmented and full of shimmer particles which gives a highly reflective look to the lips. They are not sticky at all and they last quite long compared to other lip gloss. The glitters are very fine and do not scratch or cause dryness to your lips.

Even if the actual color wears off especially for the lighter shades like Crystallized Metal, the shimmer particles remain on your lips for a very long time.

As you can see in the swatch below, Crystallized metal is a pink nude color with lots of silver glitters. Fusion Fuchsia is a bright cool toned pink color with pink and silver glitters. Crystallized metal is more reflective and Fusion Fuchsia is more pigmented.

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Rating : 3.5/5

If you love metallic lip toppers or super glittery lip paints these are good quality compared to others available in market. You can try it for special occasions.

Maybelline Color jolt matte Intense Lip paint :

I loved the L’oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paint Matte last year. So this year I wanted to try this similar yet cheaper matte lip paints by Maybelline. These lip paints look super cute and the concept of lipstick in a tube is very innovative.

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All shades in this range and fun and bright. Especially this bright orange shade I bought is ideal for the upcoming summer months. The packaging is super cute. These do not have separate applicators like the Loreal ones. You can squeeze out the product from the tip of the tube and directly apply it on your lips.

Again I feel if you have thin lips, it is better to use a brush. If you apply directly, make sure you do not squeeze out excess product at a time. The tip can get messy easily, so wipe off any residual lip color using a tissue paper once you finish applying it.

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The lip color is definitely matte. It is a bit creamy at first when you apply it, but it dries down completely matte after few minutes. These lippies are extremely comfortable to wear and do not dry your lips at all.

They last quite long if you do not take heavy meals, even if you do they will fade away evenly and you will have a tint on your lips remaining.

Since it is a matte lipstick, do not layer it up too much or re-apply multiple times without scrubbing your lips.

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Rating : 4/5

I absolutely love this color. Orange, pink and red are universal favorites I believe.

There is a similar product as I said called L’oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paint Matte. It retails for INR 799 for 8ml product. The 2 products are very similar, only difference is the Loreal one has a better applicator, so I prefer that one a bit more than this. But if you are looking for a cute matte lip paint under INR 500, this product is definitely worth a try !!

Faces Ultime Pro Lip Definer – Red 01 :

Lip liners are more important than lipsticks I believe. Most girls do not know how a lip liner can instantly make your lips fuller and plumped up. Especially if you are wearing bold lip colors, lip liners help you fill your lips flawlessly in seconds.

I own a lot of pinks and reds, so I decided to try this pink toned red liner which can match with many of my lipsticks.

I generally use PAC or NYX lip liners. I am trying Faces lip definers for the 1st time.

The retractable packaging makes life really easier. Also the color coded body helps to identify which color lip liner it is. A very impressive packaging by Faces.

I love Faces lipsticks – specially the matte crayons. So I had high expectations with this product. It is not a let down, but it is not the best also. It is decently pigmented and matte. But the PAC lip liners are more comfortable and creamy in my opinion. It may be because it is a retractable pencil, so it will not be as creamy as the sharpening pencils are. Overall a good product, but if you want a better lip liner I will suggest you to go for PAC ones.

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Rating : 3.5/5

A decent lip liner if you prefer a retractable packaging. Otherwise go for PAC or NYX for more creamy and pigmented pencils.

NYKAA eyem24/7 Kajal :

I was using Plum Natur Studio Kohl Kajal for the major part of last year. I have reviewed all the 3 kohl kajals in this range, you can read the post if you are interested.

I wanted to try a new kohl for a very long time. I heard several Indian beauty reviewers like Shreya Jain and Aishwarya Kaushal rave about this product. I love Nykaa, major part of my makeup collection is shopped from their website. When they came out with their own beauty products, I was super excited to try them. I own the NYKAA matte lipstick and crayons which I really love. So I had high expectations from this product.

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I use kajal on a daily basis. I prefer an intense black color which stays on my waterline for a very long time. Not many kajals meet my requirements. Most of them wither smudge easily or settle in my inner corners else fade easily from my lower waterline.

Let me tell you if you are a kajal lover like me – you must give this product a try. This kajal is super pigmented, you get deep black color in just 1 swipe. Also the retractable feature makes life easier. The pink rubber grip is great as it gives more balance while applying kajal.

If I compare it with the Plum one, then the plum kajal is slightly more smooth and creamy than this. But thats why this kajal stays on  my lower waterline longer than the Plum one. Also the Plum kajal is a little bit darker than this. But you can definitely get an intense black color with this one by swiping it 2 to 3 times.

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Rating : 4/5

A very good product at a super affordable price. Definitely try this out.

C.A.L Los Angeles Draw Me sketch eyeliner :

I heard beauty youtuber Shreya Jain rave about this product in one of her face painting tutorial. This brand is completely new to me, but I trust her opinions and so thought of giving this a try. Also this product is very affordable compared to other felt-tip liners.

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The ingredient list is listed in the eyeliner box. The black and gold packaging is typical to any felt-tip liner.

The name Sketch liner is very apt for this product. The felt tip is really pointed and so you can get a very precise line with this product. It is decently pigmented and the black is also good. Considering the price, this product is really a good find.

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Rating : 3.5/5

If you are a beginner or want a good felt tip liner on a budget, you can try this product.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon 24H Waterproof – 105 Super Cooper :

I had used Loreal Gel eyeliners in the past. But I think this is a revamped version, also a better version of the existing ones. The color scheme is also wider in this range and more fun. I really love lot of colors in this range and will get them in my collection soon.

I bought this copper shade to try out initially. Other shades you can try out are Golden Femme, Plum Avenue, Turquoise Vibes, Ive got the blue, True Teal  and Rest in Khaki.

You have to sharpen this pencil with any standard eyeliner sharpener. The product is very smooth and creamy. It glides on effortlessly on the eyelid. You can easily smudge it out if you want since the formula is so creamy. The pigmentation is also good.

You can get a lighter color for everyday use as you see in the swatch on 1 swipe, which you can build up to a deeper color by swiping 2 to 3 times.

This copper shade do not have any glitters but has a nice reflective sheen to it.

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Rating : 4/5

This is a really good quality eyeliner, definitely try the fun colors in this range.

L’Oréal Paris False Lash Superstar Mascara :

Another product which got a lot of hype on youtube when it launched. It featured in many beauty gurus’ best of 2017 like Debashree Banerjee. I have used up my Lash Sensational, so decided to give this one a try.

I have never used a fiber mascara as I have slightly sensitive eyes. This is my first try.

The packaging looks really intimidating, specially the white primer side. The mascara is big and bulky compared to others. One side has a white primer which you have to apply first, this helps to hold your lashes and stay curled longer. Other side is the waterproof black mascara which you use over the primer to separate, lengthen and coat your lashes.

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The wand on the primer is quite good. It holds and coats each lashes separately. The formula is not clumpy at all. But I do not use it on my lower lashes, you can if you prefer.

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The mascara is quite long and the tip is flexible. You need only 2 layers to coat your lashes evenly. It does separate the lashes and also adds length.

Even if it is waterproof it does not make the lashes heavy / clumpy. Also it is not difficult to remove with a oil based makeup remover compared to other waterproof mascaras.

Since it claims to add fibers, I expected more voluminous lashes which I did not see much. Also the primer is an extra step to hold the curl longer, which is not true in my case. My lashes droop after an hour and so I do not think it holds curls for enough amount of time.

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All mascaras have a shelf life of maximum 6 months. This one does not impress me so much to spend almost 1000 INR on a mascara. I think my old favorite Lash Sensational performs better than this at a much less price.

Rating : 3/5

It is a good waterproof mascara, but not a must have in my opinion.

Hope you enjoyed reading my makeup haul and the review helped you in some way.

Share your experience in the comment section if you have already used any of these products.

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