Saturday, 30 September 2017

Product Review - The Body Shop Brazil Nut Soap


 

   Product Claims: This creamy soap has a sweet and nutty scent and creates a rich lather to leave skin freshly cleansed.
- Rich lather.
- Cleanses.
- Sweet and nutty scent.

   Price: Rs. 195 /-
   Volume: 100 g.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions: Lather up in the bath or shower. Rinse thoroughly.
   Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Palm Kemelate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Coconut Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Etidronic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cl 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77492/Iron Oxides, Cl 77491/Iron Oxides, Cl 77499/Iron Oxides.

 

   The The Body Shop Brazil Nut soap comes packaged in a translucent plastic brown wrapper. It is printed with the name of the brand and the variant as well as the weight of the soap on its front side. 

   The The Body Shop Brazil Nut soap is mildly scented with a nutty fragrance, of perhaps the Brazil Nut (Not sure of the same as I have no idea of how the Brazil Nut essence smells like), which doesn't linger for long and disappears soon after bath. Though the scent of the soap is pleasant, it is something that I would not prefer, as I personally feel more drawn towards fruity fragrances. It creates abundant creamy lather, helping it to cleanse the skin well. It is easy to rinse off and does so without leaving any oily/creamy residue on the skin. It doesn't strip the natural oils of the skin or dry it out but keeps the skin soft and supple. It refreshes the skin, keeps it oil free and also doesn't cause acne. It dissolves readily on coming in contact with water and hence has to be kept in a draining soapdish away from moisture/water when not in use. That being said, with proper storage, a single bar of soap lasts a little over a month with once daily use. Also, this soap, much like other The Body Shop products, too, is made using vegetarian fair trade and sustainable ingredients, is free from sulphates and parabens and is totally cruelty free.

   The The Body Shop Brazil Nut soap can be brought from their retail stores across the nation, subject to availability and through online shopping portals. Cost may seem a bit much for those accustomed to buying drugstore brand soaps, but becomes relatively reasonable during sales!

 
 
   Pros:
- Simple, compact, travel friendly packaging.
- Possesses a mild, nutty fragrance.
- Creates abundant creamy lather.
- Cleanses the skin well.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Doesn't leave any residue on the skin.
- Does not strip skin of its natural oils.
- Doesn't dry out the skin.
- Leaves skin feeling fresh, soft and supple.
- Keeps oiliness away.
- Doesn't cause skin eruptions.
- Lasts over a month with daily use.
- Made from vegetarian fair trade and sustainable ingredients.
- Cruelty free.
- Free from sulphates and parabens.
- Easily available across the nation through online portals as well as The Body Shop stores.

   Cons:
- The creamy texture is very prone to quick dissolution.
- Cost may sting a few pockets.

   Verdict: 4.25/5. Apart from my personal preference for fruity varieties and the bit high price, I couldn't find anything else not going in the The Body Shop Brazil Nut soap's favor warrantying a repurchase of the same!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Product Review - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser


Product Review - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

   Achieving and maintaining good healthy skin certainly takes efforts and help of quality skincare products, and cleansers form the most basic group for the same. I've been trying out the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser since the last couple of months on myself. Below is an in depth, detailed review of the same.

   Product Claims: This mild cleanser is specially formulated with a sugar-derived glycoside foaming agent to thoroughly cleanse skin and remove makeup, without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. With effective emollients Squalene, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E, and Avocado Oil, our gentle formula dissolves excess oil, dirt and debris. pH- balanced to maintain skin's natural balance. Tested for safety and gentleness.

   Price: Rs. 895/-
   Volume: 75 ml.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions: Apply a small amount to clean fingertips and gently massage into damp facial areas in upward, circular motions, avoiding the immediate eye area. Rinse thoroughly or assure removal of cleanser residue with a damp wash cloth.
   Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Distearyl Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Laureth-2, Propylparaben, Sodium Methylparaben, Squalene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid Fmla 685386/25 Code F.I.L.: D31958/1.

Product Review - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
 
   The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser comes packaged as a collapsible white tube provided with a flip cap. The packaging is simple, compact, leak proof and sturdy. It is printed with the name of the brand and product on its front side along with the product claims, net volume provided and a few manufacturing details. Details about suitability according skin type and directions for use have been mentioned in English on the front side, whereas the same has been mentioned in various other languages along with the list of ingredients on the tube's backside. It also comes stuck with multiple (3) information stickers printed with net content, price, month of manufacturing and import, shelf life, contact details for consumer complaints and queries, batch number and more.
   The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleaner has a thick, gel like consistency and is hazy whitish in color. Though I am not able to put a finger on exact substance that the gel smells like, it somehow reminds me of being underwater or in pools. It isn't the most likeable of the fragrances, but being very faint and mild, is something that I can easily ignore. A small drop of the face wash is more than enough to cleanse the face well, lathering sufficiently and easily getting rid of dirt, oiliness and makeup from the facial skin. It leaves a oily residue on the skin which takes a few extra seconds to get rid of, but a single wash ensures skin which feels fresh. The cleanser is mild, and does not strip the skin's natural oils but at times leaves tiny patches of skin dry, especially in winter. It keeps skin oil free for couple of hours, makes skin soft and keeps eruption of acne in check with continued use. Another downside is the fact that the cleanser contains sulphates and parabens amongst its chief ingredients.
   The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser is easily available across the nation for purchase, through their stores, select chemists and also through online retail sites though, at Rs. 895/- for a 75 ml tube, it is definitely priced much more than I or most other people would ever consider paying for a facial cleanser.

Product Review - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
 
   Pros:
- Simple, sturdy and travel friendly packaging.
- Formula has a thick, gel like consistency.
- Small quantity is enough for thorough cleansing.
- Lathers well.
- Cleanses oiliness, dirt and makeup off the face well.
- Leaves the skin feeling refreshed with a subtle glow.
- Does not strip the skin off its natural oils.
- Keeps skin oil free for good couple of hours.
- Helps in keeping skin soft and acne free with continued use.
- Easily available across all Kiehl's outlets, a few select chemists and online retail sites.

   Cons:
- Smells similar to chlorinated pool water.
- Takes time to rinse off the oily residue the cleanser leaves on the skin.
- A bit drying on my combination type skin.
- Contains sulphates, parabens and many more chemical additives.
- Costs a bomb when compared to other cleansers in the market.

   Verdict: 4/5. Despite its high price, the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser cleanses the skin thoroughly, keeps oiliness away and acne in check, making it worth a try or two!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534

 
Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534
 
   Our hands are one of the things that people notice the first about us but are often amongst the most neglected parts of our body. Grooming our hands is important as it reflects to others the attention we pay to detail. To do the same, I usually keep my finger nails well in shape and painted with a subtle colored nail enamel. I have been favoring the Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534 since the last few weeks, a shade perfect for work as well as parties alike! Below is a detailed review with swatches of the same.

   Product Claims: Long-lasting high coverage nail polish in the latest shades. With Expert Gel Technology for even coverage and chip and fade resistant colour. High Definition Wide Brush for accurate application.

Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534

   Price: Rs. 299/-
   Volume: 8 ml.
   Shelf Life: 30 months.
   Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Mica, Acrylate Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Silica, Benzophenone-1, Diacetone Alcohol, Quartz, Tin Oxide, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 77000, CI 15880, CI 77742, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77163, CI 77510, CI 19140.

Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534

   The Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish comes packaged as a see through, transparent cylindrical glass bottle with a grey colored plastic screw cap. The packaging is simple, sturdy and travel friendly. It is provided with a soft, pliable applicator brush which is flat from side to side and is rounded at its end, which makes application of the enamel more controlled, easy and mistake free. The container bottle is stuck with a transparent sticker printed with the name of the product on its front side, while a grey sticker on its back side is printed with the brand name, the specific color code and name, net volume provided, month of manufacturing and expiry, some caution signs and manufacturing details.
   The shade Cappuccino 30534 is a nude, light brownish pink shade with grey undertones in it.
   The nail enamel formula has the perfect fluid consistency, ans isn't clumpy nor too runny. It dries quickly on application, and gives colored opaque nails with two coats of the nail enamel. It does not settle into streaks or lines and gives a smooth and shiny finish to the nails. A double coat of the enamel, without a top coat stays on my nails easily for 3 - 4 days after which it starts showing signs of tip wear. The formula is easy to get rid of with use of nail enamel removers and does not leave behind any residual stain on the nails after doing so. Also, these enamels are available in a variety of shades, each more beautiful than the other!
   These Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polishes are easily available across the country, through Oriflame consultants as well as online shopping sites, their only pitfall being their high price.
 
Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534

   Pros:
- Simple, sturdy packaging.
- Easy to use, pliable flat brush applicator.
- A perfect liquid consistency.
- Quick dry formula.
- Two coats give perfectly colored opaque nails.
- Does not cause streaking of colors.
- Gives a smooth and shiny finish to the nails.
- Good staying power.
- Easy to remove using nail enamel removers.
- Does not leave a residual stain on nails.
- Availability in different shades.
- Easily available through Oriflame consultants and online retail sites.

   Cons:
- Price is on the higher side.

Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534

   Verdict: 4.5/5. The Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polishes are available in beautiful shades, have a long stay formula and provide a smooth and shiny finish. When a product delivers so much, isn't all that one can do is just absolutely adore it?

Product Review - Oriflame The One Long Wear Nail Polish in Cappuccino - 30534

Friday, 31 March 2017

Product Review - Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo

 
Product Review - Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione ShampooProduct Review - Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo

   Dandruff is a condition, that everyone definitely suffers from, at one point or the other in their life. It leads to incessant itching, acne on the face and a lot of embarrassment due to constant flaking, making the sufferer's life miserable. Having gone through the same, I have myself tried a lot of over the counter antidandruff shampoos, most of which aren't even able to control the dandruff, let alone get rid of it by curing it for good. It was then that I was introduced to Glenmark's Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo by a friend, which effectively fights against dandruff right from its first use. Do read my detailed review of the same to know more about it.

   Product Claims: For dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis of scalp.
 
   Price: Rs. 256/-
   Volume: 75 ml.
   Shelf Life: 24 months.
   Directions: Wet hair and scalp and apply sufficient shampoo to produce enough lather. Massage for one minute and rinse with warm water. Repeat procedure for additional 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry hair. Use twice a week for 4 weeks followed by once weekly as maintenance therapy or use as directed by the Physician.
   Ingredients: Ketoconazole IP 2% w/w, Zinc Pyrithione (ZPTO) (as dispersion) 1% w/w, In a conditioning base q.s.
   Color: Carmoisine.

Product Review - Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione ShampooProduct Review - Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo

   Glenmark's Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo comes packaged in form of a leak proof and travel friendly white opaque plastic container with a sturdy hot pink flip cap and a quadrangular outer cardboard cover. This white and pink outer cover (same color theme as the inner bottle) is printed with the name of the product, conditions for which it is used and volume provided on its front and back side. One of the sides of the cardboard box mentions the composition of the shampoo, directions for use and caution warnings while the other is printed with storage instructions, manufacturing details including date of manufacturing and expiry, price as well as a few more caution details. The container bottle, too, is stuck with stickers mentioning these exact same details.
   The shampoo formula is light, almost baby pink in color and possesses a pleasant scent. It has a good liquid consistency, without being too runny. A small quantity of the formula works wonders, creating good amount of lather, and cleansing grime and dirt off the hair well. The formula has helped me get rid of dandruff, time and again and makes symptoms like itching and flaking show regression right from its first use. On the downside, the shampoo makes my hair strands rough, though that can be counteracted by using a conditioner.
   The Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo is widely available at chemists across India, though it's price may not feel affordable to one and all. Despite that, the quick relief that the shampoo provides from dandruff, makes it a good buy! 

Product Review - Scalpe Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo
 
   Pros:
- Simple, sturdy and travel friendly packaging.
- Pleasant scent.
- Decent consistency; neither thick nor too thin.
- Small quantity needed for desired effect.
- Lathers well.
- Cleanses hair well.
- Fights dandruff right from first use.
- Widely available at chemists.

   Cons:
- Makes hair strands rough.
- Priced on higher side of the spectrum.

   Verdict: 4.5/5. Despite its high price, the Scalpe Ketoconzole and Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo has turned my dandruff woes to no more than a minor inconvenience, thereby proving itself as a must have product for me.
   

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465

 
Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465
 
   A famous quote says 'Life is too short for boring nails' and why wouldn't it be, especially when a simple nail enamel can add a vibrant color to our everyday wardrobe, taking up the style quotient of our finished look by a few notches to say the least. To accomplish the same, I recently tried the LYN (Live Your Now) Nail Enamels in a couple of shades, and am sharing a detailed review of one of my favorite shades, 'Didya Vinka At Me #465' below.

Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465

   Product Claims: The Live Your Now team has worked closely with an expert formulator based in France to create a revolutionary HIGH DEFINITION nail lacquer that promises to give you nothing less than pure color perfection. These lacquers have been formulated with pigments that reveal their true brightness and vividness for ultimate wear. LYN salon quality nail lacquers glide on like satin, dry fast and are available in 100 gorgeous shades!

   Price: Rs. 350/-
   Volume: 12 ml.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions: Shake well before use. Apply 2 coats.
  
Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465

   The LYN Nail Enamels come packaged as cubical see through glass bottles having a black colored screw cap with the brand name embossed on top of it. The enamel bottle is super elegant and luxurious to look at. It is printed with the brand name on its front side; whereas its manufacturing details including shelf life, customer care details, cost, directions for use and net volume are printed on the back side. The shade name and number can be found on stickers stuck on side of the screw cap (along with the batch no.) and at the bottom of the container bottle (along with the manufacturing date). This sturdy bottle is provided with a thin, soft and pliable brush for easy application.
   The LYN variant Didya Vinka At Me #465 is an in your face, hot pink shade.
   The formula of the LYN nail enamel is just perfect, neither runny on the nails nor clumpy. The enamel dries quickly when applied and does not lead to streaking. Even a single coat gives near opaque color but two coats are necessary for complete opacity. The enamel gives a glossy, smooth and shiny finish to the nails. Removing the LYN enamels too, is an easy task - They come off easily with use of enamel remover and do not cause staining of the nail with residual color. The best thing about these enamels is the diversity of shades and effects they come in, i.e over 100 different variants, making sure that they have something to offer to women of differing tastes and styles.
   The LYN nail enamels are available widely through online shopping sites and at Juice salons across the country, their only negative being, at Rs. 350/- a bottle, their high cost.
 
Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465

   Pros:
- Packaged in sturdy, elegant and travel friendly glass bottles with screw caps.
- Provided with a good, pliable applicator brush for easy and smooth application.
- Good consistency, neither too runny nor clumpy.
- Quick dry formula.
- Formula does not streak on application.
- Two coats give an opaque finish.
- Provides a glossy, shiny and smooth finish to nails.
- Enamel can be gotten rid off easily with a nail enamel remover.
- Formula does not stain the nails.
- Available in wide range of colors and effects.
- Easily available on online retail sites and Juice salons across the nation.

   Cons:
- Price is expensive when compared to other enamels available in the market. 

Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465

   Verdict: 4.5/5. A product which ticks so many points on the pros section, has definitely got to be a keeper which these enamels undoubtedly are, their only negative being their high price.
 
Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465Product Review - Live Your Now ( LYN ) Nail Enamel - Didya Vinka At Me #465
     

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Product Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - Berry

 
Product Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - Berry

   The one skincare mantra that I religiously follow during winters is to Moisturise! Moisturise! Moisturise! be it for my skin or for lips. So for this winter I chose the The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop in Berry variant as my buddy to protect, nurture and pamper my lips. Do give this review a read to find out if it was a wise decision to do so.
 
   Product Claims: Soft, luscious, moisturized lips are what our Berry Lip-pop provides. An all natural formula, it protects and softens lips. Apply directly to your lips as often as required.

Product Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - BerryProduct Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - Berry
 
   Price: Rs. 295/-
   Volume: 5 ml.
   Shelf Life: 24 months.
   Ingredients: Each 100 g contains -
Shea Butter 2 %, Mango Butter, 2 % Castor Oil 5 %, Vitamin E 0.5, Kokum Butter 4 %
Balm base, Natural Flavoring and Food Grade colors (FD & C) Q.S.

Product Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - Berry

   The The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop comes packaged in form of a white cylindrical bullet container and is provided with a matching cap. The bullet can be twisted to protract or retract the lip balm. The container has a pink sticker stuck on it which is printed with all the pertinent information regarding the product such as the name of the brand, the product as well as the variant of the same. It also has mention of the product claims, ingredients, manufacturing details including packaging and expiry dates, volume provided, price and contact information for addressal of queries. It looks simple and has a compact, sturdy and travel friendly packaging.
   The lip balm possesses a mild, pleasant scent of berries. It is non-tinted, i.e transparent making it suitable for women as well as men, though at the same time having the downside of inability to hide the pigmentation of lips. The balm formula is smooth in texture and buttery in consistency, which makes it glide easily across the lips. It feels light on the lips, providing them with a subtle glossy finish. It moisturizes the lips and prevents as well as treats chapping. It withstands sips of liquids without getting wiped off but needs definite reapplication after intake of solid meals. That being said it provides no additional protection from sun damage and the formula melts in hot weather conditions. It is pretty hygienic to use due to its stick form. Also this 100 % vegan, cruelty free lip balm is available in many variants to suit everyone's preferences.
   The The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop is available quite widely across most online retail sites, though their price may sting pockets due to a marginally higher cost!

Product Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - Berry
 
   Pros:
- Simple, compact and travel friendly packaging.
- Possesses a mild, pleasant scent of berries.
- Non-tinted, making it possible for men to use it as well.
- Glides easily on the lips.
- Soft, buttery consistency of the formula.
- Provides a subtle glossy finish.
- Feels light on lips.
- Moisturizes the lips well.
- Prevents as well as treats chapping of lips.
- Doesn't get wiped off by intake of liquids. 
- Hygienic to use.
- Available in different scented varieties.
- 100 % natural, organic vegan ingredients used.
- Cruelty free product.
- Easily available across the country.

   Cons:
- Does not hide pigmentation of lips.
- Needs reapplication after solid meals.
- Does not provide SPF protection.
- Melts in hot weather conditions.
- A bit pricey compared to other lip balms.
 
Product Review - The Nature's Co. Foressence Lip Pop - Berry
 
   Verdict: 4.25/5. Despite downfalls like a higher price, need for reapplication after meals and softening of the formula in hot weather conditions, the The Nature's Co. Foressense Lip Pops are definitely worth giving a try!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red



Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

   Audrey Hepburn said, "There is a shade of red for every woman", and in my opinion very rightly so. In my search for the same, I came across the Starlet Red shade of Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte lip tints which were first introduced in the market during the 2015 Winter - Fall edition of the Lakme Fashion Week. Do give the review below a read to know if it fits the bill of "My shade of red".

   Product Claims: It’s time for the backstage trend to take centre stage as Lakme introduces its very own playful take on lip tints.
   Say hello to Lakme Absolute Lip Pout - a chubby lip color crayon that gives you a luscious tint with a scintillating matte finish. Available in 6 classic matte colors, Lakme Absolute Lip Pouts is retractable by design (no need for a sharpener) and is your go-to lip tint for that effortlessly vibrant and playful look.

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

   Price: Rs. 650/-
   Volume: 3.5 g.
   Shelf Life: 30 months.
   Directions:
- Pull out the cap.
- Start applying from the centre of your upper lip.
- Work from the centre towards the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth.
- Glide across the entire bottom lip.
Ingredients: Not mentioned.

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

   The Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte comes packed in a black cardboard box printed on which are - The name of the brand, the product and the shade. Also mentioned are the manufacturing details, net weight, price and dates of manufacturing and expiry, a brief description of the lip tint and contact details for voicing of queries and feedback. The lip tint comes packaged like a cylindrical crayon. The body of the lip tint has a color similar to its shade and is provided with a silver colored cap. It has the name of the brand and the product mentioned on its side while the shade name, net weight and manufacturing and expiry dates are mentioned on its bottom. The bottom part of the bullet can be twisted to protract and retract the lip tint. Its simple packaging looks super cute, attractive and is very compact and travel friendly.
   Starlet Red is basically the color - Scarlet, a bright red shade having hint of orange hue in it.
   The lip tint formula has a mild scent to it which is pleasant to the olfactory receptors. Its packaging in form of a slender crayon like bullet container and uniform texture which glides over the lips, helps in easy application. It has a nice pigmentation, providing maximum color payoff with just two to three swipes, giving good coverage even to dark/unevenly pigmented lips. It provides the lips with a matte finish. The lip tint doesn't really smudge or bleed but isn't transfer proof. It stays on for more than 8 hours with light snacking, though doesn't survive a heavy meal. While it fades from the centre, the tint on the peripheral part stays put, requiring a touchup. On fading, the formula leaves a subtle pinkish tint on the lips, without settling into lines. Also, the formula is resistant to melting in hot weather conditions on storage and is available in six smashing shades containing two shades each of reds, oranges and pinks. Negative point about these is the fact that they dry out the lips a bit and also their ingredient list is not mentioned anywhere on the lip tint or on the Lakme website.
   Though the price of Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte may seem on a bit higher side, it is still pretty decent considering the amount of the lip tint provided in a single pack and is available quite easily across the nation via both online shopping portals as well as retail stores.

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

   Pros:
- Simple, attractive, compact and travel friendly packaging.
- Mildly scented with pleasant fragrance.
- Packaging and formulation of the lip tint makes for easy application.
- The formula glides over the lips.
- Two - three swipes gives good color payoff.
- Works well on pigmented lips.
- Provides a subtle matte finish.
- It doesn't smudge or bleed from the lips.
- The tint stays put easily for more than 8 hours.
- Doesn't require frequent touchups.
- Leaves a subtle tint on fading.
- Does not settle into lines.
- The formula does not melt in hot weather conditions.
- Available in six bright shades.
- Price is optimal considering the quantity provided.
- Easily available across the nation.

   Cons:
- It isn't transfer proof.
- A bit drying on lips.
- The list of ingredients isn't mentioned.

Product Review - Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

   Verdict: 4.5/5. Despite these lip tints not being transfer proof; the long staying power of the Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte, brilliant color payoff and their availability in variety of trendy shades, make them more than worth a try!