Monday, 24 November 2014

Dear you don't just look EXPENSIVE, you actually WORK - Real Techniques Brushe's Copy- Review

Darling , it doesn't matter if you are expensive and don't work for me ,you just have to work your best and if you just LOOK expensive ,then trust me I LOVE YOU ! Now these are some golden words comming from a person like me who doesn't really give a piece of mind until or unless its necessary, and today, trust me its HUGE ! All those who love makeup are well aware of the name REAL TECHNIQUES for their amazing and unique brushes that are said to be top notch in the war of brushes. Since I consider my self a newbie in makeup land (read: amazing world of colors), I tend to get stuff that doesn't put a hole in my pocket.So my trip to market , I picked up these brushes majorly because these looked so much similar to Real Techniques Brushes , plus they were super affordable. Here have a look :

Real Techniques COPY Brsuhes

Real Techniques COPY Brsuhes

My Experience:

These Brushes are literally everywhere these days , in the market , on facebook pages, ebay literally EVERYWHERE. I just picked up the angled one initially and then went back for other two. Ever  since I got these I havent reached for any other brush so far . The handle is metal with different colors , you might find the original Real techniques colors (golden/pink) and other colors too like red , blue and green !. It is quite sturdy and the base is really smooth so the brushes can stand on their own . The bristles are super dooper soft , like SOFT soft,no scratchy feeling on your face at all. I don't have an original RT brush to compare with but still I totally love these for what they are  There is no shedding at all. I have been using these for past couple of months and I haven't notice a single shed hair. One thing that might turn off a few people is the staining of the white ends of the brush. Even though you wash them off , a tinge of color stays there that might not look nice to some people. They just pick up the right amount of product and transfer them nicely to your skin with no streaking at all.
Now lets have a look at individual brushes.

1. Round Top Blush Brush:

This round top blush brush is ideal for putting up blush if you like it to be precise. For me it works more nicely for putting my highlighter on my cheek bones for I like my highlighter to be properly placed. It just blends my highlighter so well . It can also be used for contouring as the round top gives more precision yet no harsh lines
RT Copy Brush- Round Top Blush Brush

2. Flat Top Stippling Brush:

This flat top brush serves  as an excellent tool to stipple your foundation .It also works amazing for the cream blushers , highlighters and bronzer. Long story short , use it for cream products ! 
RT Copy Brush- Flat Top Stippling Brush

3.Angled Blush /Bronzer Brush:

This was my first from the three and is my makeup staple , The wide angled top is just perfect for applying blusher in a single wiping motion . If you like to have that sun tanned bronzed look then it can be used to apply bronzer all over. From the picture you can easily guess that I use it for my blush.
RT Copy Brush- Angled Blush/Bronzer Brush

Thumbs Up for:

  • Super affordable
  • easily available
  • No smell on first opening
  • Sturdy Colorful handles
  • Soft Bristles
  • No Shedding

Thumbs Down For:

  • No specific company 
  • Doesn't mention which hair have been used
  • The hair stain after use that doesn't come off after washing

Price & Availability:

I got these brushes for PKR 245/- Each from a cosmetics counter in a local departmental store. If you want to purchase online , you may find these at these facebook pages in Pakistan :ZUNEL , JAVAAHIR ,WE MAKEUP BLOG . For international costumers you may find these beauties at E-BAY or Ali Express .


I give these wands of amazing features a 5/5 for this price they do the job well ! They not only just look expensive ( you can't tell them apart from RT brushes by just looking at them , I guess) . 

**A little piece of my life to share : on 22nd Nov , one of my cats, Mr.Whiskers passed away after a very painful time on bed . His departure has shaken me to the core for he was my companion through thick and thin. Just 7 months old, that little fellow brought so much light to our lives that we ,all at home ,are grieving his loss, I thank God for blessing me with him and 3 others ,for they are the reason for keeping me sane with their PURRSSS at the hardest times of life. For this reason , you might find my post dull and dry 'cause I can't do anything without him like I used to. Hope you guys understand and bear with me for some time . Here is a picture of him sleeping all comfortable a month ago . Allah has put him in a better place now but still my heart aches
May you be in the best of the places my dear little one ,for you were an angel that was sent to me to put my broken pieces back. I loved you , I love you and I will always do :'(

Have you tried these or any other copy brushes yet ? Can you compare these with the original RT brushes if you have any of them ? Would love to know your take on these in the comments below 

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Do you have a SMUDGE-FREE Dream ? Get smudge proof with Maybelline Colossal Kajal (Review & Swatches)

Smudge proof , Water proof , Glides effortlessly , Butter smooth and Amazing color Pay-off, sounds like a dream for Kohl lovers but not unachievable .Today I am talking about one such product that I am head over heels in love with these days .Its Maybelline The Colossal Kajal in Extra Black & Torquoise. Since I am a linner fanatic and love to line  my eyes with colored liners these two were like a must have for me , plus I had always wanted a smudge proof formula . So is this kajal an answer to all my liner prayers ? Let's have a look shall we :D

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula- Torquoise & Extra Black

Mayeblline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula:

The Extra Black Maybelline Colossal Kajal 12 hour creates smudge-free bold lines that last for up to 12 hours. Fortified with 5 enriching ingredients; Olive Oil, Esters, Emollient Butter, Vitamin-E, Vitamin-C Derivative & Conditioning Agent, the new formula not only beautifies eyes, but soothes and nourishes them as well. 

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula-Extra Black

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula-Extra Black

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula-Torquoise
Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula

 My Experience:

I have given a major blooper in the beginning of the review by literally swooning over these kajals ( I am sorry for that ) but the point is I actually love these and use them on daily basis (yes the torquoise one too ! ). First of all comes the packaging . These kajals come in plastic covered simple cardboard sheets with all new claims of 12 HR SMUDGE PROOF FORMULA screaming out loud . The black one gets black highlights and torquoise one get torquoise (well isn't that obvious ) . You have to push the kajal in backward direction to get them out. The kajal pencils come in same ol' twist up plastic tubes, twist as much as you want the tip to be out for application ( I wouldn't advice some vigorous twisting out the nib ) . The new EXTRA BLACK one comes in black tube with a yellow cap and torquoise one comes in a yellow tube just like the old 6 Hr formula Black kajal. 

These kajals are super dooper soft, trust me I mean it !! They glide in effortlessly, don't tug on my eyelids and give a really smooth line in a single stroke as the color pay off is really good (Thumbs up Maybelline). The kajal sets off pretty quickly and gives a pretty matte finish,which the torquoise is a bit pearly .One thing I personally don't like about the twist up pencils is the inability to sharpen the tips once they get blunt so you can't get a fine line if you want to. 

Now, the best part STAYING POWER ...It really lives up to its claims of 12 HR SMUDGE PROOF FORMULA . I use this kajal daily and by the end of the day its still there with all its intensity ,not on my crease but on my lash line which makes me super happy . I tried it for 12 hrs straight, with no touch ups at all , a little nap for an hour and 2 times of washing my face with plain water and it was still there when I towel dried my face. Here I must say it was the extra black after all this but it was there and was BLACK. I majorly use the Torquoise one to line my lower lash line and its formula consistency and the staying power is no less the Extra Black Formula.

Another good great news is ,it doesn't irritate your eyes ( beauties with sensitive eyes ,can you hear me ?? ) I usually don't use it in the water line but on my lower lash line and I have a bad habit of forgetting that I have something on my eyes but it doesn't make me look like a bad casing of beating with a panda eye :D it stays just there unwilling to budge just gets a little less intense. For water line , the color pay off is a bit MEH. No intense color there and for watery eyes like mine its gone within what like 2 hours ? So a big no for water line and I say just get it for your upper lash line.

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula

 The Swatches:

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula-Swatches ( Single Stroke)

 Comparison between 6 Hr and 12 Hr Formulas:

I haven't reviewed the old Maybelline The colossal Kajal 6 hr Formula separately,but with this post I have the opportunity to compare them both:

Maybelline TheColossal Kajal 6 hr & 12 hr Formula Comparison

Maybelline TheColossal Kajal 6 hr & 12 hr Formula Comparison ( swatches)

Thumbs Up for:

  • Smooth creamy formula
  • Doesn't smudge or budge
  • Doesn't need layering, single stroke gives intense color
  • Doesn't transfer to Crease ( I have oily lids)
  • Stays put for more then 12 hours
  • 2 colors to choose from
  • Twist up packaging makes it safe to take in purse , no danger of cap falling off and creating a mess in your bag
  • Easy availability
  • Affordable

Thumbs Down for:

  • Can't sharpen the tip once it gets blunt
  • Poor staying power on water line
  • Twisting up too much may result in breakage due to its very soft formula , so just twist it up a little.

Price & Availability:

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hr Formula is available for PKR 299/- at Maybelline counters all over Pakistan in all leading stores . You can get online too via or


I give this little tube of wonders a 4/5, if only it had shown & stayed on water line as intense as it does on uper lash line it would have been a winner!

Baby Snowy nudges and purrrrrrr-suades you to get one for your self and try it !! She totally loves those intense black CAT EYE LINERS  ;) 

Baby Snowy wondering if she can get her eyes lined too

Have you tried the New 12 hour formula your self? What is your favourite eye liner these days that is smudge proof ? Do let me know in the comments below .

Stay BlessedSherry K & Snowyxoxo

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