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Olivia Cosmetics products First Impressions and Review.

Hello Beautiful,

It’s my first post in this brand New year. First of all, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New year. May the New Year bring you the plot twist that you have been waiting for. So much have changed over the years including my skincare, haircare and makeup routine. I no longer stick to a single product and always keep on experimenting with new products. Well, that’s a life of a beauty blogger. Recently, I was sent some products from Olivia Cosmetics. I remember when I was in college my first foundation stick came from the house of Olivia. For all those who are not familiar with the brand, it’s an affordable Indian herbal beauty brand that has some amazing skincare and makeup range at pocket friendly price. I received 4 products out of which two are my cult favourites and old best friend and the rest of the two are new found love. So let’s find out what I feel about the products.

1. Olivia Golden Glow Facewash for Radiant Skin-

This facewash is great for someone who is looking forward for a radiant glowing skin during festive season.  It is new from their collection and it has properties of Gold, Chandan and Turmeric which provides deep cleansing and clears skin pores.  This facewash is meant for all skintype and lathers really well. It gives a slight tingling sensation while massaging. There is nothing that I don’t like about this product.   It is actually very effective in removing dullness and making it soft smooth and healthy.

Price- Rs. 60 for 60ml.

2. Olivia Aloe vera Cleansing milk-

This cleansing milk has been there in the market for a long time. This was my go to product for face cleansing.  It not only removes all traces of face makeup but also make your skin glowy and healthy after the wash.  I will not recommend you to remove your eyemakeup using this as it may irritate your eyes. You may want to use an oil based makeup remover for eyemakeup. However, it’s best for removing dirt and other impurities from your skin. I absolutely love the fragrance of this product. There is so much quantity for the price. One bottle will easily last 1 month.  This is an absolute must have for deep cleansing.

Price- Rs. 60 for 100ml.

3. Olivia Powder Compact Natural Beige 02-

Olivia cosmetics make some of the best base makeup products. Trust me with this, I grew using Olivia products. Those were the days when we were completely dependent on pocket money to survive our days. My love for makeup started in my early days of college; I was hooked on the panstick and powder compact for regular use. I wonder why I stopped using this powder compact.  It gives the right amount of coverage inspite of being just a pressed powder. You can simply apply a moisturiser and dab this pressed powder if you are looking for light to medium coverage. It didn’t ever break me out.  This compact powder gives matte coverage which is such a plus for oily skin beauties.  I can easily compare it with Loreal Magique pressed powder which is my HG powder compact.  Dry skin beauties may want to moisturise your skin very well before using this compact powder.

Price-  Rs. 100 for 15gms

4. Olivia Instant Waterproof Makeup Stick with SPF 12-

This makeup stick is a boon for someone who is looking for a full coverage foundation. If you ask me KRYOLAN OR OLIVIA Makeup stick? I will gladly choose Olivia. Its because this makeup stick doesn’t feel heavy on application and made up like Kryolan pan stick. With Kryolan you can actually see that you have used a heavy coverage foundation but this looks extremely natural.  It has inbuilt moisturisers which makes your skin look healthy. Since it has medium to heavy coverage it perfectly conceals under eye circles and imperfections of your skin. It is truly waterproof and sweatproof. This was my cult favourite during my college days. If you are looking for a budget friendly full coverage foundation cum concealer, this should be your best bet. This didn’t break me out and it also provides UV protection. However, I suggest doing a patch test as one of my friend claimed that it did break her out.  It differs as per your skintype.

Price- Rs. 120 for 15gms.

Overall, I absolutely loved all the four products, you need to try it to know how good these products are even though its pocket friendly. The products are easily available on stores and online. Have you tried any of the Olivia products? What’s your take on them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Review, Swatches & FOTD

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Lakme 9to5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Review & Swatches

Today’s post is about the all new Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation. I absolutely love using the 9 to 5 range from Lakme. Especially, the 9 to 5 lipsticks that have light weight matte finish. I was really excited to have hands on experience on the new launch which is a trio of a product. This powder foundation claims to work as a primer, foundation and compact powder to give a longlasting matte finish. What struck me even more is that it is available in 6 different shades – Rose Silk, Ivory Cream, Silky Golden, Natural Light, Honey Dew and Natural Almond. I am going to review 3 shades for you today.

Lakme 9to5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Review & Swatches

Product Description-

Introducing the new Lakme 9 to 5 primer plus matte powder foundation, which is the perfect multi tasker for your on the go life. A first of its kind product, the Lakme 9 to 5 primer plus matte powder foundation is a primer, foundation and face powder all in one. The built in primer gives you the benefit of a long lasting foundation that conceals fine lines, blemishes and blends effortlessly into your skin. Its powder texture gives your skin a comfortable and smooth matte finish.

Lakme 9 to 5 primer plus matte powder foundation has key features which will fulfil your desires for a the flawless look because it has a built in primer for long lasting coverage, lightweight powder format for buildable coverage, it blends in effortlessly, conceals fine lines and blemishes and gives your skin a long lasting matte finish. Lakme 9 to 5 primer plus matte powder foundation is available in 6 shades, suitable for all skin tones to best fit your complexion.

In order to get the flawless look, apply the product to your face and blend well using a sponge. It goes well, with Lakme 9 to 5 primer plus matte lipstick. About Lakme is India’s number one Color cosmetics brand offering a wide range of high end, world class color cosmetics and skincare products. Lakme has a vast product range specially crafted by experts for the Indian skin. The brand has also been redefining fashion in India for over 15 years with Lakme fashion week, India’s premier fashion event. Pro tip for long lasting coverage and expert finish, blend the product all over your face with an additional layer along your t zone.

Price- Rs.600 for 9gms.

Packaging- It comes in a gorgeous rose gold packaging which looks like a mirror. Although, it does come with a soft sponge and mirror inside. The compact looks sturdy enough to carry it while travelling. There are tiny holes in the base of this powder foundation so that the air passes through and the sponge remains bacteria free. You can use the sponge both wet and dry.

My Experience with Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation-

The moment I got it in my hands, I couldn’t stop gazing at the packaging. It comes in a beautiful mirror rose gold packaging. It has a slight fragrance which goes off easily. Firstly, I applied sunscreen on my face following up with the primer + matte foundation. The powder foundation felt silky smooth texture wise and blended easily on my skin. I skipped the liquid foundation and concealer to see how the product works without them. It has sheer to buildable coverage giving a comfortable matte finish. It didn’t feel chalky or highlighted my dry areas. I applied the shade Ivory Cream on my face as it was the closest shade to my skin. The shade Honey dew will suit dusky skintones while Silky Golden will be a good match to medium skintone with yellow undertones. There are more three shades in this range and I am glad that we have more options. The powder foundation can also be applied wet but I like it dry. It doesn’t help much in covering finelines and pores or even with blemishes. You will surely need a primer for that also if you are someone who likes good coverage then you would want to use a liquid foundation and then use this as a top coat. However, girls who prefer natural makeup or who likes light coverage for daily use this will be a great option for them. I applied the powder foundation at 9 am and it stayed upto 5hrs which is pretty good after which my t-zone gets a little shinier. But, I generally touch up so that’s not a problem. Later, I tried applying the liquid foundation and applied this powder foundation and it gave a flawless coverage.

With Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation
With Liquid Foundation and Lakme 9to5 Primer + Matte Powder Matte Foundation

 Pros- 

  • Fancy Rose Gold Packaging
  • 3 in 1 Product (Primer, Foundation & Compact)
  • Sheer to Buildable coverage
  • Stays upto 5 hrs
  • Available in 6 shades to cater all skintones
  • Silky smooth texture
  • Lightweight matte finish
  • Blends like a dream
  • Can be applied both wet & dry
  • Comes with a mirror & sponge
  • Good quantity for the price.
  • Minor holes in the bottom for the air to pass through.
  • Perfect for daily wear.

Cons- 

  • Doesn’t help much with fine lines and pores.
  • If you like heavy coverage you would need foundation.

Ratings-  4.7/5

Recommendation- Lakme 9 to 5 primer + matte powder foundation is great for natural coverage for everyday makeup. There are a variety of shades to choose from and you would like it for the long lasting matte finish.

 

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