What this post is about: A review of the Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick in 5 beautiful shades — Bombae, Khoobsurat, Begum, Kudi and Madras Kaapi.
Some months ago, I did a review post for the Nykaa Mattelicious lip crayons and swore that they were the best matte crayons I had ever used — with the best shade selection, colour pay-off, lasting power, everything! And even to my surprise, I still find that to be true. In the drugstore sector, Nykaa, as a brand, have established their place on the podium by launching makeup that is trendy, fantastic in quality, affordable and well-suited to the India market. It also makes me happy when an India brand researches its target audience, understands what sells and launches a product that finally exceeds expectations. After a while, you begin trusting that most new launches from the brand will be just as good, and don’t think twice before you invest in a newly launched product. And that’s the only way to make it big in the beauty world, where the competition is so overwhelming — where there are impressions floating all around — from bloggers, from social media, from everywhere. It is difficult to hold somebody’s gaze to your innovations. And so, it only makes sense that genuine bloggers talk about the launches that really make a difference. The ones to watch out for. The ones that we can proudly call Indian.
I have five gorgeous shades from the Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick range — covering most bases — other than the orange/red part of the spectrum. MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Relentlessly Red, MAC Chilli, and MAC Vegas Volt are the only oranges and reds I really wear.
These lipsticks, like most liquid lipsticks, need lip priming before application. This is how I do my usual lip routine — prime with MAC lip prep + prime (see my review here), allow it to sink in while I do the rest of my makeup, top it off with a lip liner — MAC Spice, MAC Soar, or MAC Boldly Bare (depending on the shade of lipstick I plan to wear), and finally go in with one neat, calculated layer of the liquid lipstick, pursing my lips gently to evenly spread it out. Then, I wait for it to dry completely. Finally, I clean my teeth with a cotton swab. Patience is the name of the game.
This is the ideal way to wear any liquid lipstick like a pro and get the best results.
How do they fare then? The usual attributes do not require repeating, but at the risk of being so, I’ll summarize — these liquid lipsticks are opaque in one swipe, extremely pigmented, a bit runny but settle in about 2 minutes, and don’t leave the lips feeling too dry. They do feel drying after wearing them for a couple of hours (but that may just be me, because I need my hourly dose of lip balm). Let’s just call them bearably drying. And that’s a real feat for any liquid lipstick.
To nobody’s surprise, Bombae is my number one favourite shade — a wearable, enviably pigmented, everyday nude that will suit fair to medium India skin. It is bound to wash out any skin tones that are two or more shades deeper than mine. It is a warm, pinkish beige nude — but a nude made for Indian complexion. It can effortlessly pull any look together — perfect for day wear but equally adept at turning heads even with a smokey eye for the night. My favourite way to wear Bombae is with a simple three-eyeshadow warm look (basic eyelid shade, warmer crease shade, highlighting brow bone + inner corner shade).
Khoobsurat is the typical girly shade of pinky peach. It is a cool-toned, semi-fluoro, mid-toned pink that will brighten most fair to medium skin tones (not a lot deeper than mine, preferably). It is a daytime colour, well complemented with some low-key makeup and not too bright an outfit. I am not sure if this colour is suited to all age groups, but then it all depends on how you put it together. This shade is a little tricky to apply evenly, and is ever so slightly patchier than the other shades, but nothing unredeemable. I think this a close match to the Colorbar kiss-proof lip stain in Royal Pink (see review and swatches here) — maybe just a tad bit peachier, and a little less cool-toned.
I know. Describing lipsticks is like trying to explain what colour the number four smells like.
Begum is a luxurious, royal, vintage, classy, pinkish plum. This is the only shade in the range that has tiny gold shimmer specs in it — but, the specs are almost imperceptible, adding dimension and a sexy punch to the final effect. This formula is also the most non-drying of them all; the colour pay-off and application are also the best in the lot. This mid-tone plum will look stunning on most skin-tones — fair, medium or deep. It’s an easy colour to wear, no fuss and no drama. The colour flows on the lines of MAC D for Danger (see review here), but is slightly more pinkish, and overall, a less deeper plum. If you decide to get one shade from this range, get this one — or Bombae.
Kudi is not for every girl. It’s a noticeable, cool-toned, bright (almost fluorescent), true fuchsia (a vivid purplish red that looks like a pink). It is madly pigmented, and dries down to seem less florescent than the time of application. The perfect lipstick for a full-on makeup look — but only to flatter fair or fair-medium skin tones. If you are any deeper than me, then this shade is going to look ghastly on you — like a glowing worm in a dark night — but not in a nice way. Okay, maybe like an overbearing halogen bulb that makes others squint with distaste. Hey, you know what I mean.
To be honest, I have never worn anything like it — and I am not sure how much use I’m going to get out of it. But I know girls who can totally rock bright, intense colours with such class. So, just choose wisely.
Last but not the least — Madras Kaapi. This is the only true brown lipstick I own. I always believed that brown was not my colour (the only brown things I like are my eyes and my coffee). However, I would call this a universal brown. In a very true sense, this brown will flatter all skin tones — porcelain, fair, medium, deep, very deep. It is a deep, dark, true brown that looks beautiful with dark outfits, is versatile enough for day or night wear and although a brown, it does not disseminate a grungy aura on lighter skin tones — you can make it look subtle, gentle and elegant. Faithful to its name, Madras Kaapi is like the brown filter coffee that leaves its lingering scent behind — tasteful, rejuvenating, and a good way to start the day.
Until next week, where I’ll be sharing my favourites for quarter two of 2018,