Friday, 6 March 2015

A Cheaper Alternative.


Luxury products are expensive... d'oh, it comes with the name. Just like Fashion and the Trickle Down Theory where the trend or product slowly makes its way down from High end to more affordable with a few modifications or just out and out dupes, the same thing seems to happen with Makeup. Now, I can't take credit for either one of these discoveries, but I can say that I have put them to the test. So here it is.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and L'oreal True Match
Now, we all now how much I love my Armani LSF, its foundation gold in my opinion! So, when I heard Amelia Liana mention in one of her videos that these two were similar, I was waiting to get my hands on it.
In terms of texture and coverage, these two are pretty similar.. actually, I'd venture that they are almost the same. Small difference being the True Match has a SPF of 17 which doesn't make it photograph as well as the Luminous Silk.
However, my big bugbear with True Match is the fact that no, it does not actually match me. W5 is a bit too light and pink on my skin, there is no W6, and W7 (the one I have) is a bit too dark, and a fair bit pinkish also. As a result I have to mix it in with one of my lighter foundations so it matches me.
The Armani LSF as I've mentioned several times before is the perfect match for me. And so wonderfully yellow.
The Armani still wins in my opinion, but the True Match is a pretty decent alternative, provided you actually do find your 'True Match'.
The Armani LSF costs INR 3600, while the L'oreal True Match costs INR 990, I believe?

Estee Lauder Stay on Shadow Paint in Chained and Max Factor Excess Shimmer Pot in Bronze
Once again, I love my EL Chained, so much I've sung its praises in many a post. Repeatedly. Over and over.. you get the picture. When I first heard via Lily Pebbles blog that these Max Factor Excess Shimmer Pots were a dupe for it, it went onto my wishlist almost immediately. After a few months of 'umming' and 'aahing' and wondering if I really needed another cream eyeshadow - another bronze I bit the bullet and bought it.
In terms of colour, Bronze is a lot darker and more shimmery than Chained. While Chained can be a 'my lids but better' kind of shade, Bronze can really make my eyes pop. They both have their uses, but I'm leaning towards Bronze in terms of colour, because its just that little bit more dramatic.
Texture wise, they're both pretty similar. I'd like to say that Bronze is more creamy, but thats probably because my Chained is more than a year old and a bit dry at the moment.
Longevity wise, I'd say they're around the same, Chained beating it marginally because of its lack of visible shimmer, it looks a little less of a mess after about 8 hours.
If I really had to choose between them, I'd choose Bronze, but I'm glad I have both.
Chained costs INR 1800, while Bronze costs INR 800 (GBP 7.99) (I don't think the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Pots have been released in India yet, have they? If they have, I maybe buying a few more, if they haven't... keep an eye out!)

Over and out.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Charlotte Tilbury - The Dolce Vita Palette



One of the only things I knew before I even went to the UK was that I was going to come back owning this particular palette by Charlotte Tilbury. If you happen to be living under a rock for the last few years, Charlotte Tilbury is very talented and very well known makeup artist, who recently came out with her own brand of makeup. Luxurious packaging, incredibly creative concepts and flawless products were a given with her vast expertise in the industry... and every single review has been positive. So obviously, I needed to own something from her range. I visted her counter about a dozen times, I kid you not. And very single time, I swatched this palette. Eventually, I just gave in and bought myself this palette for my birthday. After using it a fair bit (read: it has not left my lids) I thought I'd post about it.

For starters, it looks beautiful, doesn't it? The Dolce Vita as a look is inspired by likes of Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz and Monika Bellucci, emphasizing the on copper smokey eyes and a nudeish pink lip.
And this palette most certainly gives you the vibe.
The four colours (on me - a pearly white, a copper red, a medium-dark brown with golden shimmer and a bronze glitter) compliment eachother perfectly. They blend together seamlessly, so much so that I barely used my blending brush - a first, I must admit!
I really put this palette to the test by wearing it on a night out. Put it on at 6:30, and at 4:30 am it will still intact. Pretty impressive, non?

If I could change one thing about it, it would be the light highlight shade which I think is a bit too cool on me, but considering this is supposed to flatter a variety of skintones, its more a personal thing than something wrong with the palette.

The verdict? I could not be happier with the palette I picked (The Golden Goddess was the other option) and in the future, when I make decent money (lots of money) i would like to include a bunch of her products in my kit, because they really are a pleasure to work with.

FYI, this palette costs GBP 38.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals - Brush Porn for everyone.



Firstly, I graduated, I'm back in India, etc etc. But that's really not what this post is for. Its about these beautiful brushes. When I saw on instagram that Real Techniques was releasing a new range of brushes, my jaw literally dropped. Not only do I love brushes (read: obsessed) I love Real Techniques and the Pixiwoo Sisters who've created them. Safe to say, they went on my wishlist almost immediately. Fast forward to when the pricing in the UK was out, I honestly shed a tear or two. GBP 25 (INR 2500 approx) for a single brush?!?! Were they really worth it? I had to find out. And now let me tell you.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 - Arched Powder Brush
Firstly, I'm not the biggest powder girl, however, I do like a light dusting of powder to set the liquid products on my face. Enter this brush. Now, its soft - oh, so soft and I find myself stroking my face with it just because I can more often than not.
The handle is absolutely gorgeous. Not only does it look great, it fits in your hand perfectly and reminds me of a paint brush in its length, making me feel much fancier than I am.
Price - GBP 25

Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 - Blush Brush
If you have the original RT blush brush, you know its huge, and more suited for powder than blush. Now this, is the perfect size for blush. It almost reminds me of the MAC 129.
But, I prefer using this for bronzer/contouring as I find the angles at which it was cut to be perfect to get under those cheekbones or carve out cheekbones on moon like round faces like mine.
Oh, also, its so sofffft. And the rose gold handle only makes me use it more.
P.S. This was a birthday gift from my lovely friends, and I shall be forever thankful to them for listening to my broad, and very obvious hints :)
Price - GBP 22

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 - Shadow Brush
Now this, I bought on a whim. Having bought one of the gold and rose gold ranges, I desperately wanted to complete the set. I would never have bought all of them, but owning one of each seemed fair, right? Right.
I find this a bit too big to place shadow with, and not fluffy enough for blending. However this is perfect for what a teacher of mine called the 'magic brush'. A large shadow brush that you use just to erase the mistakes you make. Magic Brush? I think so..
Price - GBP 12

So there you have it, my take on these gorgeous brushes. If you have the budget for them, I'd say, get them. If you don't? Get them anyway. They look great, are great to hold and genuinely are amazing quality brushes. Oh, did I mention they're soft?

What are your thoughts?