Monday, September 21, 2015

Maybelline Spiced Up in Berry Sherbet, Spicy Cinnamon & Tropical Punch

Here are the not-so-new Maybelline Spiced Up lip balms. I have all three - Berry Sherbet, Spicy Cinnamon and Tropical Punch.

Some product info:
Each of these is Rs 175 for 4 grams of product.
These have a shelf life of 36 months.
It is supposed to contain coconut oil & vitamin E, but there is no ingredient list.

Here's what the packaging says (it's the same for all three)




All taken in natural light


Berry Sherbet is a gorgeous berry, maroon-red shade on my lips. 
It has a berryish fragrance, but not the usual strawberry; this is something that has enough tartiness to keep it far away from the sickly sweet territory.
The scent is quite strong, but not at all unpleasant.

Spicy Cinnamon is a light brown tint - very unusual for lip balms. This is the most natural looking balm. It looks like 'my lips but glossier'. It would make a great 'nude' balm for us Indians. 
Unfortunately, it has a very artificial fragrance - something like toothpaste (which has cinnamon in it). It smells really strange and I don't think it suits the name. The scent should have been more organic.

Tropical Punch is a medium pink - lighter than Berry Sherbet, but not a 'light' pink (see the comparison with Pink Lolita). It is similar to Cranberry Jam. Cranberry is more pink, while this is more plummy, but in photos the difference is undetectable. 
The scent of this is very similar to Berry Sherbet - berryish with just a whiff of something tangy. But this is a much, much lighter scent compared to Berry, almost undetectable.

Top to bottom - Berry Sherbet, Spicy Cinnamon & Tropical Punch.
These hand swatches are deceiving. Berry looks sheerer than Tropical, but on the lips it's just the opposite.

Comparison of (top to bottom) Cranberry Jam, Tropical Punch, & Pink Lolita

I wore these balms for more than 2 months. Here are my thoughts on them: 
  • They have SPF 20, which is awesome!
  • These are very glossy, as you can see. 
  • They are extremely moisturising.
  • The balms feel really light & glide easily, but are thick enough that they don't wipe off the lips very easily. You can feel the balm on your lips.
  • The packaging is cute as similar to the other Maybelline lip balms. But I have found in the other lip balms that the cap/lid becomes loose & stops getting attached firmly to the body over a period of time. I don't know why, but it's the same with all the similarly encased Maybelline tubes that I have.
  • I find them generally more pigmented than the other Maybelline ones (see here). 
  • The tints are deep and much more suitable for darker skin, which is to be expected as these were specially created for Indians. 
  • Berry Sherbet is the most pigmented. On me, this is as good as a slightly sheer lipstick. This is also very 'visible' as a colour; not subtle but brightening. 
  • Spicy Cinnamon is next in terms of pigmentation, followed by Tropical Punch. Tropical Punch is extremely disappointing - it's very, very sheer. Spicy Cinnamon is also sheer, but not as much & because it has an unusual light brown colour, I expected it to be on the sheer side.
  • These don't contain shimmer (Yes!)
  • These balms are flavoured, but differently & the potency varies as well. The scents disappear after a while.
  • I don't mind the Berry Sherbet & Tropical Punch scents, but I dislike the Spicy Cinnamon one. 
  • These don't last 12 hours on my lips (nothing does), but these have better staying power than most lip balms because of the slightly thicker texture. 
  • These do outlast a meal in terms of moisturisation. 
  • In terms of colour, all three can somewhat withstand meals. Spicy Cinnamon wears off, especially in the centre of the lips and because it is such a natural colour, it becomes barely visible. Tropical Punch also wears off in the middle, but is generally still there. Berry Sherbet can weather meals the best, wearing off just a bit in the centre. 
  • Without doubt, Berry Sherbet is my favourite (really pigmented), followed by Spicy Cinnamon (unusual colour). Tropical Punch is avoidable.
  • If you have to get only one, I would suggest Berry Sherbet.
  • These are on the expensive side for lip balms, but for the quality I don't think they're as expensive as some other brands (TBS, for example). 
  • All in all, I think Maybelline have nailed the big 4 requirements for lip balms - High SPF, moisturisation, decent staying power (it's a balm after all) and high pigmentation. A big thumbs up from me!

P.S. Two lip balms were sent for review. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

8 Maybelline Lip Balms

In case I have not mentioned it earlier, I am a lip balm addict. Not only do I have 8 Nivea lip balms, but also 8 Maybelline lip balms. These are not all from the same range & were purchased at different points of time, but all are loved. Here they are in the order in which they were purchased.

This is from the Lip Smooth Color Bloom range.

This is also from the Lip Smooth Color Bloom range.

This is from the first Baby Lips range that was released. It was just 90 or 99 bucks. It is not available anymore (discontinued).

Also from the original Baby Lips range. Not available anymore.

This is from the second Baby Lips range that was released called, Baby Lips Loves Color. This range was released in place of the above one.

This is part of the Baby Lips Lipcare range, which features only colourless balms. 

Also from the Baby Lips Lipcare range.

This is from the Baby Lips Electro Pop range. 

All swatches were taken in natural light

Bare lips

Peach Blossom

Pink Blossom

Cranberry Jam


Pink Lolita

Lychee Addict

Watermelon Smooth

Pink Shock

A few points about the lip balms. 
  • As mentioned above, these are from different ranges and Cranberry Jam & Cherry are no longer available. However, there will be similar shades available in the Baby Lips Loves Color range, as it was supposed to be a reformulated, repackaged, updated release of the original.
  • Lychee Addict & Watermelon Smooth are colourless; all the others are tinted. 
  • Baring Pink Shock, all have SPF. However, according to the Maybelline India website, the 2 blossoms also don't have SPF. But I clearly remember seeing SPF 15 or 16 mentioned on the packaging of both of these (which I purchased when they were first released). So I think the formulation must have changed to make them non-SPF.
  • Peach Blossom & Pink Blossom have an SPF of 15 and the others have an SPF of 20. 
  • Cranberry Jam, Cherry & Pink Lolita are the most moisturising. 
  • Peach Blossom, Pink Blossom & Pink Shock are the least moisturising. 
  • All the balms are glossy & extremely smooth-textured.
  • None of the balms have shimmer, which I really appreciate. However, in the photos, it looks as if Pink Lolita has shimmer. I'm not sure though, as I cannot see it in person & can't feel it at all.
  • All the balms are scented, varying in degree.
  • I don't find any of the scents obnoxious; all are subtle.  
  • Lychee Addict & Watermelon Smooth have the best scents - very light, fresh & summery. 
  • All the others have normal, quintessential 'lip balm' smells. 
  • According to the Maybelline website, all the balms cost between 135 & 165 bucks. However, most were cheaper when I bought them. 
  • My absolute favourite is Cranberry Jam, followed by Pink Lolita. 
  • However, I have almost finished Cranberry Jam, Peach Blossom & Pink Blossom. 
  • Peach & Pink Blossom look white/colourless, but they change colour once on the lips. 
  • A lot of bloggers complained that Peach Blossom was colourless on their lips, but I had no such issues. 
  • I always love wearing Peach Blossom under lipsticks because even after the lipstick wears off, there is a slight tint left. 
  • Pink Blossom is the most pigmented, followed by Pink Shock. Both have a bright pinkish-fuchsia colour. Both of these stain the lips.
  • Pink Blossom has the most staying power; it even survives meals for me. 
  • Pink Shock is the next in staying power. 
  • All others have poor staying power and are wiped off with meals & sipping water. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Splotchy Pink n Blue Nail Art

This is the first time in 2-2.5 years that I've painted my nails, much less done nail art, so I thought I'd do something really simple. And nothing is simpler than plastic wrap nail art. This is the second time that I've done it. Unfortunately, I don't have pics of the first time, even though it came out really well (much better than this).

natural light pic
artificial light pic
artificial light

For this nail art, all you need is 2 nail polishes and a small piece of plastic wrap or cling film. That's it. It would help if the colours were contrasting, like what I've used.

Maybelline Sexy & Avon Misty Blue

There are two ways of doing this.
Method 1: Paint your nails in one colour. Apply enough coats till you get opaque colour. Let it dry completely. Then take a small piece of plastic wrap. Crush it roughly. Now take the other nail polish & apply it to the crushed plastic wrap here and there. Then dab the nail polish-coated plastic wrap onto your nails randomly. Do it gently. This is what makes the splotches. After this, apply a top coat and you're done! This is the method I have used.

in natural light

Method 2: Paint your nails in one colour as above as let it dry completely. Now paint your nails in the other colour. Take a piece of plastic wrap, crush it & dab it on your nail. This will cause the 2nd colour to splotch. Make sure that you do one nail completely, before doing another, or else the 2nd colour will end up drying on your nail. I tried this on my toe as you can see below. I used Maybelline Sexy as the base colour and another Avon blue shade on top, which was shimmery & quite sheer.

artificial light

natural light