Not enough is said about how good these products are, perhaps because they are cheap and don’t grab eye-balls. These have pleasantly surprised me because they work without breaking the bank. Read ahead if you feel like saving a few bucks.
Lakme| 9 to 5 Creaseless Lipsticks | Red Chaos
Price: 450 INR
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I brought this only for the colour and had zero expectations about anything else. But then this is by far one of the most comfortable semi-matte lipsticks that I have tried. It doesn’t dry your lips and is very comfortable to wear. Lasts long and the pigmentation is excellent. It is not creaseless but then it doesn’t crease the way some liquid mattes do. They are definitely pricy but then for that price you do get comfortable wear- time and a huge range of colours that you can pretty much find at your closest beauty store.
Matrix | Biolage Deep Smoothing Serum
Price: 295 INR for 100 ml
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With this product a little bit goes a long way and that little bit is enough to tame my frizz. It also adds a slight sheen to the hair. Its transparent and of a runny consistency with a barely there kind of a fragrance. It can be applied to both dry & damp hair. A bottle lasts me for more than a year and this is my second bottle. It does not weigh the hair down and works wonders when I am having a bad hair day. The dry & coarse haired folks will love this. Even if I use a crappy shampoo and my hair is out of control I can bank on this to get it back in line. It performs really well for the price at which it is sold.
Lotus Herbals |Alphamoist – Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturizer
Price: 345 INR for 170 ml
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This moisturizer is excellent for summer time. It is of a thin consistency and gets easily absorbed into the skin in seconds. The pump packaging is very convenient. Inspite of the thin texture it provides a boost of moisture to the skin and the face feels cool and fresh. It is a water based moisturizer so it will work well for the folks with oily skin. The fragrance is also quite faint and does not overwhelm. The only downside is it contains Parabens. But then if they used an alternative preservative other than Parabens it would increase the cost.
Lakme | 9-5 Eyeshadow Quartet – Desert Rose
Price: 500 INR
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They are wonderfully pigmented and has a thoughtful colour selection. They stay on the eye lid for 4-5 hours (without primer) beyond which the colour starts to fade but the shimmer stays. The colours look wonderful on Indian Skin and can be used in various combinations based on the time of the day or the occasion. The applicator is terrible and I don’t know who really uses that anyway. This is an excellent choice for beginners, its affordable and has a fine consistency that can easily be applied with just the finger tips.
Maybelline Colossal Liner
Price: 425 INR
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Ever since this launched, this is literally the only eyeliner I use. The felt tip is amazing for doing a line as thin or thick as you like. The stroke comes out clean & crisp. The tip is great for covering the hard to reach areas between the lashes. It’s very easy to work with and is a good choice for beginners to practice wings. Once dry it does not smudge at all and is very easy to remove or correct mistakes. It is not the blackest black and dries a little shiny but I am OK with that because of the convenience it offers at a relatively affordable price point.
NYX | Slim Lip Pencil – Peekaboo Neutral
Price: 450 INR for 1 gm
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For the price point they are great and they have some beautiful colours that can be worn on their own or under a lipstick. They are slightly drying but don’t tug at the skin. They do transfer but a wash of colour still remains which helps when the lipstick starts to vanish from the centre of the lips. The shade – Peekaboo Neutral and one of the best neutral colours I have come across. The downside is the sharpening which I absolutely detest, I wish NYX would make these in the retractable form.
Special Mention | L’Oreal Paris | True Match Super Blendable Powder
Price: 999 INR
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This one doesn’t fall in the category of under 500 INR but I thought I should mention it as it is available everywhere and works almost as well as its high-end counterparts. It’s very finely milled and offers medium coverage and has quite a few shades to choose from. Its light texture is also great for setting makeup. The packaging, the mirror and the applicator are all well made because the powder did not break in spite of rolling around in my suitcase on many of my travels. I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of this, it’s almost like MAC Studio Fix on a budget.
Do you swear by any such underdog products? Definitely let me know in the comments and share this with folks who would like to save some money.