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REVIEW/COMPARISON : LIP BALM STAINS

A single lip product which seeks to replace a multitude of lipsticks, balms and glosses sure is an enticing and a viable alternative to using all of them or none at all. Given the time constraints one faces, a multipurpose product is an alluring option.

Ever since Clinique launched their much sought after Chubby Sticks, I have been keen to try them out but found the shades Clinique offered to be very light/frosty for my olive skin tone.

After a long wait for a similar product suited to deeper skin tones, Revlon and Lakme launched chubby stick dupes-Just bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Absolute Lip Tint respectively. The price ( Revlon- INR 600 and Lakme- INR 800) and the shades came as a pleasant surprise. I picked up 3 from Revlon and 1 from Lakme- mostly dark colours except the for ‘Rendezvous’ from Revlon which is a bright orange.

SHADES:

REVLON
Rendezvous: Bright orange ( a little frosty on application)
Romantic: Red with warm undertones
Adore: Reddish brown

LAKME
Wine punch: Magenta

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1st picture: Top-bottom (Lakme In Wine Punch, Revlon in Romantic, Adore and Rendezvous )
2nd picture: Left-Right ( Revlon in Rendezvous, Romantic, Adore and Lakme in Wine Punch)

The packaging for both is very similar to the chubby sticks- a thick crayon with a retractable base.The packaging in the Revlon ones is the actual colour of the stain which makes it very easy to locate in an array of products where as the Lakme lip tint comes in a uniform black packaging with a see through cap.

The Revlon ones smell minty while the Lakme is almost odourless. Anyone who is allergic to peppermint oil might have an issue with the Revlon.

Both have light-medium coverage which is buildable with a couple of coats. The tint stays on for around 2-5 hours depending on the shade.
I will be posting detailed reviews of each shade separately.

They texture is very smooth and consistency makes for easy application. However, I feel that the results are better- colour and texture wise when used on prepped lips.

VERDICT

These products are definitely worth a shot and have found a permanent place in my vanity as they moisturise, leave a lasting tint and are available in a variety of shades.

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B.B Creams

This All-in-one beauty product which has flooded the western and Indian markets claiming to replace a moisturiser, serum, foundation and sun block has been used by the women in Korea since the eighties. BB Creams/ Beblish Balms/ Beauty Balms were initially used by doctors in Germany to treat patient with scars from surgery. It sought to provide hydration while concealing and lightening the scar to an extent. Soon it became the staple of many Korean actresses who attributed their flawless skin to it.

Finding the right shade is crucial since one can end up looking ashy or muddy very easily. I have an olive skin tone with warm golden undertones and most BB creams have made me look ashy! Korean BB creams often lack shade options to match warm olive skin tones and this has been the reason for deferring my purchase of BB Creams till the ones suited to match deeper skin tones were launched.

Maybelline, Garnier, Ponds, The Body Shop and Vedic Line are the brands that currently have a BB Cream in their range of products. Barring Maybelline and The Body Shop, the others offer only one shade which is supposed to adapt to match all Indian skin tones.

Having tried the Maybelline Clear Glow 8-in-1 Skin Transformer, Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream and Ponds White Beauty BB Cream, here is a mini review with swatches.

MAYBELLINE CLEAR GLOW 8-in-1 SKIN TRANSFORMER

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PRICE/QUANTITY : INR 199 / 18ml
SUN PROTECTION : SPF 21 PA+++
COVERAGE : Medium
NUMBER OF SHADES : 3
It provides medium coverage and comes three shades (I picked the darkest one in No 3 :Natural). I have had to moisturise prior to using this since it did not hydrate my skin enough. but when used with a moisturiser, it blends and spreads easily. It may look ashy if the colours don't match your skin tone.

GARNIER MIRACLE SKIN PERFECTOR BB CREAM

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PRICE/QUANTITY : INR 99 / 18g
SUN PROTECTION : SPF 24
COVERAGE : Light
NUMBER OF SHADES : 1
It provides the sheerest coverage of them all and gives a dewy finish. The shade is a little bit lighter than my skin tone in the summer but because of the coverage being so light, it gave a very natural look.

PONDS WHITE BEAUTY BB CREAM

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PRICE/QUANTITY : INR 125 / 18g
SUN PROTECTION : SPF 30 PA++
COVERAGE : Medium
NUMBER OF SHADES : 1
This matched my skin tone perfectly, didn’t look ashy and gave medium coverage and also has the highest SPF value of 30. It may be a little dark for people with fairer skin tones.

SWATCHES( L-R): Maybelline, Garnier and Ponds

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VERDICT

BB Creams provide a lighter alternative to foundations while offering skin benefits and sun protection. I still use a separate moisturiser and sunscreen since my skin is very dry and tans very easily, but adding a BB Cream gives a good finishing touch to your face when going for a natural look. I don’t wear foundations or compact and thus find a BB Creams to be a good addition to my routine as it gives a naturally (relatively) flawless look.

While most beauty brands have launched a BB Cream, whether it actually lives up to its multi benefit claim or is a tinted moisturiser behind a veil of fancy labelling, is for the companies to know and the consumer to find out!