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Read my lips

Seems like one of the side-effects of the economic slowdown is a spurt in sales of lipsticks and nail paints. Sujata Reddy tries umpteen lipsticks and nail lacquers to find that perfect one.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 18:38 IST
Sujata Reddy
Sujata Reddy
Hindustan Times

Seems like one of the side-effects of the economic slowdown is a spurt in sales of lipsticks and nail paints. Looking good makes the ladies feel alive, for sure, especially in bad times. May be that’s why they also say that depression leads to retail therapy. But, it also means that you should get value for money or be able to pick the best of lip and nail products, right? Here’s a lowdown on the good, bad and ugly of what’s in the market.

Nail lacquer: The name, Siren Red from the classics category, says it all. The shade lives up to the title. It’s the perfect shade to flaunt while at a formal gathering, clubbing, at a discotheque.. every where. Fireworks, by Tarun Tahililani looks gorgeous through the bottle, but is a bit disappointing when applied. Looks best in dim lights. Oh well.

Chambor Lipstick: The browns and maroons fan club members will enjoy the offerings in this line. The lipsticks ooze colour and moisture. Try the lip vinyl range.. a sponge tip leaks droplets of colour. One smear is enough to last through at least half a day. Nail lacquer: Shades like Glitzy Candy and the gold and silver shimmers are the highlights. They dry in an instant, are easy to apply and last for long. What more do you need, pretty woman?

Street Wear by Revlon Lipstick: The lipsticks are bearable but the nail lacquers leave much to be desired. Though a decent colour palette to choose from, the lacquers just refuse to dry. Don’t be surprised if you see your thumb print through the paint, a day after you applied a coat or two. Affordability is the only attracting factor, gals.

Estee Lauder Lipstick: Red seems to be the favourite colour. The glosses— Ultra Brilliance Bronze, Plum and Lilac lip shine are also cool, and so is the double wear mega mauve. Nail lacquers: Jungle Red and Red Hot are sure eye grabbers. While the packaging is attractive, the colour, however, doesn’t dry as quick. Tsk tsk, just when we thought we stumbled upon the perfect palette of reds.

Maybelline Lipstick: The lip gloss liquid is thin, so you have to apply more than one coat. The brush tip is soft making you want to dab on some more gloss. Water Shine range is recommended. Hey, don’t expect to look like brand ambassador Deepika Padukone though.

Colorbar Nail lacquers: Those looking for ‘different’ nail colours are in for a surprise. From shimmering metallics to solids, you’ll find a variety in both. The bottles are intriguing as well. As for lipsticks, lets just say, no complaints.

MAC Lipstick: The packaging is excellent.. a few lipsticks come in deep red cases that you simply want to own and show off. That’s a good start. But the sparkle restricts it to occasion wear. The shimmer gives it the extra edge. The hitch is that a greasy layer stays put on your lips till long after you wipe off the gloss.

Dazzleglass’ Sugarrimmed is just so-so. Cream coloured lip-gloss is not so exciting to blotch on, is it? Cremesheen Lickable is actually yummy. Guess that’s what it was intended to be. The lipsticks are smooth on the lips, but warning warning.. they come at a price dahlings!

Coloressence Lipstick: A new entrant in the market.. it has a usable colour palette. In fact it has lipsticks and glosses to match. From the pinks, to the nudes and the browns.. none of the shades for those looking to experiment. Just pick anyone, pat it on and your ready go. The best part.. they’re extremely affordable.

First Published: Feb 04, 2009 15:26 IST