Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick: Review and Swatches
I am more of a ‘lip person’ than an ‘eye person’ (if you know what I mean) 🙂 Women who claim to possess only two to three lipsticks which they buy, use and exhaust within a span of one year belong to a breed I don’t understand. They are an alien species existing on this planet in some remote corner where I never tread 😛 My mother strongly feels I suffer from an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) of hoarding lipsticks. Since the aforementioned OCD has now acquired gargantuan proportions, I am often compelled to denote her a few out of my treasured collection in a bid to keep her pleased and appear ‘normal’:)
My tryst with lipsticks began some four years ago with Colorbar matte lippies. Today, I own close to 25 shades from their matte collection. Since I find the remaining 20 (out of their total 45) either too dark or too light for my taste, I felt it was time for me to hoard up another brand. In my search for a new brand that offered a new texture and formulation to matte lippies I came across Chambor Powder Matte Lipsticks three months ago while casually tottering inside a mall 🙂
Price and Weight: Rs 415 for 4.5 grams (so you get a tad more product than your regular 4g or 4.2 g lipsticks)
What Chambor claims: Non – drying triple action formula which (a) has anti-ageing properties to soften and smoothen lips (b) SPF 15 to protect against sun (c) hydration effect of Vitamin A and Jojoba oil. It contains no animal ingredients.
Total shades: 12 when these mattes were first launched in India in April 2010. Four or five new shades have been recently introduced in addition to these 12.
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I would be reviewing fourteen shades.
1. Rose Fantasie: A pretty mauve lipstick with deep pink undertones that would suit a lot of skin tones. Pair it with a neutral eye during day or top it up with gloss for evening wear and see your complexion glow 🙂
2. Desert Rose: A terracotta brown with very tender peachy undertones to it. The shade reminds me a lot of Colorbar’s Full Finish lipstick ‘Tempt Me’. But Desert Rose is a creamier version of the same so it tempts me more than ‘Tempt Me’ 😛 Also instantly reminded me of deserts, camels and Rajasthan where I spent 3 years of my childhood :-D. And Oh! Also the song by Sting “Sweet Desert Rose, la yeah-ee yeah-lay” 😀
3. Fronce Rose: An earthy brown with slightly orange undertones. A very wearable shade for most Indian skin tones.
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4. Pink Devil: Similar to Rose Fantasie but lighter and more pink than mauve. Suitable for fair to very fair complexions.
5. Brun Cider: It is a coffee brown with black undertones (Don’t know how else to explain it!). I do not find this very wearable. A shade which will instantly add 5 years to my age and so is a blow to my vanity 😛
6. Coral Reef: A gorgeous coral colour with strong pink undertones. A personal favourite.
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7. Rose Fresque: Darker than Pink Devil but lighter than Rose Fantasie, this shade is actually a mix of both. Makes my complexion glow even on a bare face minus any make up. Along with Coral Reef, it is another favourite.
8. Dusky Earth: A regular chocolate brown colour which I find too dark for my liking though not hideous like Tender Chestnut below. Dusky Earth is a pretty shade in its own right and reminds me of ‘Verve’ by Colorbar.
9. Fantasy Nacre: A cherry colour with slightly brown undertones. Good for evening wear.
10. Mauve Fantasy: A deep mauve minus any pink undertones, bordering towards plum but not yet quite there. Apply this lipstick along with the same colour on long nails to achieve a Gothic look.
11. Tender Chestnut: A chestnut colour similar to Brun Cider but 2-3 shades darker than it. Apply this lipstick along with auburn coloured hair, medium and dark brown eyeshadow to achieve a Gothic look.
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12. Indiana Fusion: Lovely auburn brown with orange undertones. Reminds me of Colorbar’s ‘Twig’. I used to wear that shade everyday during winters last year :-))
13. Brique Rose: A terracotta brown with pink undertones. The picture above does not do justice to this beauty, neither does the one below with me wearing this lipstick. The SA recommended it to me claiming that every customer who buys any of the Chambor mattes always takes this one home as a rule. Now I know why. It is a colour that gives me a pout, matches well with both Western and Indian outfits of any colour and doesn’t look over the top even when paired with gloss. I absolutely adore this one.
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14. Rubis Rouge: I am not into reds but for those who like collecting reds and oranges, this is a beautiful red with orangey undertones.
Below are pictures of 3 of my favourites:
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My lips in Brique Rose
What I like about Chambor Powder Matte lipsticks:
- Dermatologically tested so I believe very few people will break suffer from any allergic reactions or
break-outs after using them.
- Water resistant and long wearing: My Colorbar mattes stay put for hours on end but the lighter shades do tend to fade with meals or when topped with a super moisturising clear gloss. I can eat, drink and make merry in my Chambor Mattes with or without a coloured/clear gloss and it stays put much longer!
- Claims to have spherical powders to get the ultimate matte effect: I don’t quite understand what this
means but the moment the SA swatched these on my hand, I ‘felt’ the skin touch, sensation, and the
texture of these mattes to be very smooth and of superior quality.
- Awesome pigmentation that gives you colour in one swipe flat.
- I have very dry lips and always use a colourless chapstick beneath all my matte lipsticks. But with these lippies I simply exfoliate my lips and apply them directly. The colour spreads beautifully and evenly without making my lips feel dehydrated.
- I also have a number of very visible fine lines on my lips and till date no other matte lipstick has
diminished their appearance to such a great degree as these.
- Lightweight formula which does not leave any gunky or goopy residue towards the inner rims of my lips.
- Amazingly Non-feathering.
- For those whose days are guided by the names of lipsticks, this range has the most beautiful names !
- I am sensitive to lipsticks that emanate any kind of smell. But this one has a very mild and pleasant fragrance which does not overpower your senses as you carry on with the daily hurry-blurry of life 🙂
What I don’t like about Chambor Matte Lipsticks
- There is nothing wrong with the packaging but I find it a tad too simple. Though it is a very sturdy and ‘easy-to-carry- in-my –purse lipstick’ yet one that I don’t like to flaunt. It does not make for a ‘pretty-out- of- the- purse lipstick’ like the Maybelline Colour Sensationals. Frankly, these just look a bit ‘Auntyjee’ 😛
- The packaging for all the shades is exactly the same so I have to first find the tail end of the lipstick, read the microscopic names and then choose and apply. So those not blessed with a good vision or a good memory will have to twist the lipstick to choose the shade if they hoard many of these 😛
- I often feel that some of their pink shades make my lips look slightly thinner as compared to my
Revlon and Colorbar mattes which make my mouth appear fuller.
- Limited shade selection with too many browns-reason why I did not swatch all shades. I would have liked more pinks, corals and peaches so I hope they come up with more shades soon.
But then these are drawbacks that I am rather readily willing to ignore given my break-up with Colorbar and a new found love in Chambor . 🙂
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Verdict: Absolute value for money and a must-have for those into mattes.
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Would I purchase Chambor Matte Lipstick again: Yes, without doubt. They will definitely sit pretty in my never-ending and bulging-out-of-the-fridge (that’s where I store all my lipsticks) matte collection 😛 But now I need to purchase a new fridge for my makeup:-D
P.S: This is my first review for IMBB so it would be good to know how I fared . 🙂
Have you used Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick? please rate in the box below.
Further Readings :
- Chambor Eye Shadow Trio (Bronze)- Review
- Chambor Beauty Sponges Review
- Chambor Eye Contour Pencil Kohl Review