This is my very first IMBB blog post and I am soooo Excited…!!!
My this post will cater to all those teenage girls who search the internet frantically for suitable make-up products under a fixed budget. This is because when I first decided to start with make-up (all thanks to IMBB), I couldn’t understand what all to buy: there were too many awesome options and they would burn a big hole in my (as well as my dad’s) pocket! After all, we don’t exactly get enough pocket money to buy ourselves a MAC or Inglot product.
Well, young ladies….have no fear, IMBB is here; I will name all the suitable products you might need and can use for the time-being till you save up for your first MAC haul. And each of these products is below Rs.300.
1. Lacto Calamine Lotion- At such a young age, one doesn’t really need any foundation. I recommend Lacto Calamine Lotion, which you will get in any chemist or cosmetic shop for Rs.80 (for dry to normal skin) or Rs.72 (for normal to oily skin). They are tinted and also prevents acne.
2. Lakme Invisible Foundation- If Lacto Calamine doesn’t fulfill your requirement, this will surely do. Though the staying is average, this is the best and cheapest foundation that you can get. Price: Rs.185.
3. Lakme Silk Naturelle Foundation: This comes in a tube and is better than the Lakme IF, leaving a more smooth feeling. Price: Rs.275.
4. Lakme Daily Wear Soufflé: I don’t really recommend this but if you are willing to risk Rs.99, then go for it. It might work for you.
L-R: Lacto Calamine for Oily Skin and Dry Skin respectively.
Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation
Face Powder/Compact: A must for me, it helps giving me a smooth finish and also prevents to much sweating of your face. Dab on before you rush to college or party or concerts and experience a sweat-free face.
1. Lakme Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Compact: Rs.150. The best bet.
2. Colorbar Time Plus Compact Powder: Rs.150. Colorbar cosmetics never disappoint.
3. Streetwear Girl Magic Pressed Powder: Rs.70. Though I did not use it myself, I have read the IMBB review and have decided to give it a try. Rs.70.
My Pick: Lakme Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Compact. (shown below)
Blush: I was never a fan of blushes, but after using it for the first time, I simply fell in love with the whole idea of blushes. A quick pinch of colour on your face will immediately change your complete look.
1. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Blush: This creamy blush is the cheapest you can find. Though quantity is less, it won’t disappoint you and you will rush to buy it again once it’s over. Only sad part is there are only two colours available. Rs.190.
2. Maybelline Expert Wear Blush: Rs.209.
3. Colorbar Blush: Rs.250. With six awesome shades to choose from, these powder blushes not only have a sufficient amount of product, they also have a huge fan-following.
Left: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Blush. Right: Maybelline Expert Wear Blush.
Kohl: Nowadays, each and every drug/cosmetic company has got a kohl of its own. The Kohl has been worn traditionally as far the Bronze Age (3500 B.C. onward) by the Egyptian queens. It was originally used as protection against eye ailments. There was also a belief that darkening around the eyes would protect one from the harsh rays of the sun. India’s oldest caste, the koli, used kohl as a cosmetic. In addition, mothers would apply kohl to their infants’ eyes soon after birth. Some did this to “strengthen the child’s eyes”, and others believed it could prevent the child from being cursed by the evil eye (from Wikipedia) :-P. So much for the theory, all in all, Kohl’s are the very first thing every girl uses when she is about to with make-up. The Best. The Ultimate.
1. Maybelline Colossal Kajal: Rs.150.
2. Lakme Black Satin Kajal: Rs.150.
3. Colorbar Kajal: Rs.99.
4. Elle 18 Kajal: Rs.65.
5. Himalaya Kajal: Rs.105.
6. VLCC Kajal: Rs.135.
7. Lotus Herbals Kajal: Rs.115.
Ummm…..that should be enough.
L-R: Maybelline Colossal Kajal, Himalaya Kajal, Lakme Black Satin Kajal, Elle 18 Kajal.
Eye Pencils/Eyeliners: These beauties are a must have for everyone. Collect as many colours as you can, you will never regret it. A little bit of colour on your eyes and you are sure to turn a thousand heads.
1. Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eye Studio Pencils:At Rs. 200 per pencil, you are sure to fall in love with them. They are soft and creamy, water-proof and smudge-proof. Available in 11 colours, ranging from gold to pink to ice blue and sea green, they are a must have in your make-up bag.
2. Chambor Contour Kohl Pencil: Rs. 225. Chambor, one of the semi-luxury brands have these beautiful eye-pencils in dark colours. The only problem is that they smudge and bleed a little.
3. Lakme Glide On Eye Pencil: Rs. 275. With 7 cool colours doing the rounds, you might just wish to check them out.
4. Elle 18 Colorbomb Eye Sparklers: At Rs.85, they are dirt cheap and not very good (you know, “Itna Paise mein, Itna hi milega”), but you can pick up all the five colours they have. Its good when you want to just look at yourself in the mirror at home and don’t really care much about the staying power.
5. Lotus Hypnotica Eye Contour Pencil: Rs. 199.
6. Colorbar I-define Pencils: Rs.250. I haven’t used them (all thanks to their elder brother, the super-duper I-glide pencils) but they shouldn’t be bad.
Note: If you are willing to extend your budget a little for eye pencils, then I strongly recommend Colorbar I-glide Pencils (Price: Rs.325). They have over seven-eight shades and are the best pencils I have tried till date. Once you use them, you won’t feel like using anything else. Also, Chambor Stay-On Eye Pencils at Rs.370 are a pretty good buy.
L-R: Colorbar I-glide Pencil, Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eye liner, Elle 18 Colorbomb Eye Sparkler.
Black Liquid Liner: Another must-have in your bag, you never know when it might come of use.
1. Lakme Instant Black Liner: At lower than Rs.80, the Lakme liner has befriended millions of Indian women since time immemorial.
2. Elle 18 Colorbomb Blackout Liner: Rs.65.
3. Maybelline Ultra Liner: Rs.225.
4. Lotus Herbals Opulence Botanical Eyeliner: Rs.180.
My Pick: Lakme Instant Liner.
Coloured Liquid Liners: I have got limited knowledge in these. I have only used Lakme and Colorbar Liners.
1. Lakme Jeweltone Liner: Rs.275. Four colours available.
2. Lakme 9 to 5 Intense Shine Eyeliner: Rs.245.
3. Colorbar Waterproof Eyeliner: Rs.195. Available colours are Black, Blue and Brown, but Blue and Brown are never available.
4. Lakme Fantasy Collection Shimmer Eyeliner: Rs.275. These are limited edition shimmery eyeliner in 8 super shades. I suggest pick them all.
L-R: Lakme 9 to 5 Intense shine Eyeliner, Lakme Fantasy Collection Shimmer Eyeliner, Lakme Jeweltone Eyeliner, Lotus Herbals Opulance Botanical Eyeliner.
Mascara: I have used only one kind, and I have very satisfied with it- Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara: Available in two varieties; Waterproof (Rs.275) and not-Waterproof (Rs.265).
Eyeshadow: If you are thinking about those huge multi-coloured palettes, then I can’t really help you. But one thing I know is that you can get them cheap in eBay or other online shops, no guarantee about the quality though. I have only used Streetwear cream Eyeshadows.
1. Streetwear FX Cream Eyeshadw: Available in quite a few colours, these are single shade tiny pans of creamy, shiny eyeshadows. Rs.110 each.
2. Streetwear Luminous Eyeshadow: Rs.175. I read about in IMBB but didn’t get the opportunity to use them.
My Pick: Streetwear FX Cream Eyeshadow. (shown above)
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