If you're in Pakistan, and keep up to to date with the latest makeup related releases, there's no way that the talk of Luscious Cosmetics and their collaboration with Ather Shahzad hasn't whizzed by you! I literally let out a gasp when I saw the initial sneak peaks of what the Master Makeup Collection looked like! The idea behind this collection is bringing forth products that have been designed in collaboration with Ather Shahzad, where his expertise in professional and bridal makeup of over 20 years is used to create portable palettes that will help you achieve the same professional salon style looks, at home! As if that wasn't enough, the Luscious Cosmeitcs Website has a feature where you can choose any of Ather Shahzads stunning makeup looks and you will be guided with step by step instructions and the exact products used to create the look! Talk about sharing lots of tips and tricks! Click HERE to direct yourself to the feature page.
The Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Collection features a whooping 48 eye shadows, 4 blushes, 2 highlighters, 5 lip glosses and 5 lipsticks. In this blog post, I will be reviewing the visually stunning lip gloss and lipstick palette!
Now first things first, how classic does the gold and black packaging look! Love the Ather Shahzad signature on the packing and the palette itself and the little blurbs that are at the back of the palette telling you a bit about the palettes and the shade colors along with their names! I love products with well thought off names, so having the lipstick and lip-gloss shades named after Pakistani supermodels is a brilliant idea in my opinion! The sleekness & sturdiness of the palette along with the huge compact mirror and a high quality lip brush it comes with makes it THE palette to take away with you on trips or excursions, or just to quickly pop it in your bag for on the go touch ups!
The packaging is a definite winner but what about the actual products inside? Let me just sum it up in a single word, they're fan-freakin-tastic! Starting with the lipstick palette, you get five stunning shades of matte finish lipsticks that include two nude shades, a vibrant coral, a bright pink and a red with orange under tones. There is something for everyone in this palette, whether you like to play it safe with neutrals or love to make a statement with bold and bright lips. The color are perfect for on the go, since you can start of your day with sporting either of the nudes for a casual, laid back look and change it up to one of the brighter shades at night. All you need to transition your look from day to night is in this palette!
Pigmentation - Amazeballs! These lipsticks are the one-swipe-and-you're-done wonders!
Lasting Power - 4 to 5 hours, with mild eating and drinking. They fade evenly and all the shades leave behind a pretty even stain that lasts for around 2 more hours totaling the over all staying time of these lipsticks to roughly around 6 hours!
Finish - Semi Matte / Matte
MEESHA 01 - Named perfectly after the model who is known for her edgy-ier looks, the shade is a bold red with orange undertones making it seem like you've mixed the two shades together to create that perfect balance.
MEHREEN 02 - Hello my favorite everyday lipstick! This 'darker' nude, a my-lips-but-better shade is definitely going to be the first shade I finish up from the palette! Doesn't wash me out, and actually brightens up my face which should be visible in the swatch above as compared to the others.
NADYA 03 - Definitely the shade for bright coral lovers, its almost neon against my skin tine! Very much appropriate for the upcoming summers.
IMAN 04- The shade I wanted to love since Iman is my favourite super model of all times, but the shade of nude is just way too light for my skin tone, making it look dark and patchy (should be obvious in the swatches above as compared to the others). If you're a fan of the concealer lips look, this is definitely your shade, I sadly won't be getting much use out of it. The good news is that this should be the most amazing nude for skin tones lighter than mine.
CYBIL 05 - This shade is my definition of the perfect Barbie pink! Its bright and fun and surprisingly flatter my skin tone since most bright pinks don't and I tend to shy away from them for this very reason. This, on the other hand, is a winner!
Now coming on to the lip gloss palette, older readers might know about my aversion to lip glosses in general due to their sticky/tacky/hair-getting-stuck-on-lips properties.Well guess what, if you're like me, you've hit the jackpot with these non-sticky lip glosses. I'm not the biggest fan of the glossy look in general and prefer mattes but most of the girls love their lips glossy, and these colors are just that, super glossy and creamy!
Pigmentation - Almost all of the lip glosses being light shades, they deliver the color that is shown in the pan. The berry-ish shade (Rachel) can be built up to make it super intense.
Lasting Power - All of the shades lasted around 2 hours on me, do not fare well if there is eating or drinking involved, but that is the case for any kind of lip gloss.
Finish - Initially seemed sticky when swatched on the hand, but not at all when applied to the lips. All the shades are creamy and glossy, and even the ones with glitter are smooth and non-gritty!
NADYA 01 - On my lips, this is basically a milky nude. Perfect for topping a bright lipstick with which you want to tone down.
NATASHA 02 - An almost clear / super light coral shade with subtle gold glitter that is NOT gritty at all! I resent glosses which have chunks of glitter in them that you can actually feel if you rub your lips together, and this one thankfully isn't that!
VINNIE 03 - A darker / nude-er version of the first shade, shows up a bit better against my lips.
ZARA 04 - A subtle pink shade with light gold and silver glitter that doesn't make your lips look like a disco ball and once again, thankfully, isn't gritty!
RACHEL 05 - My absolute FAVORITE shade of the palette! Love the almost brown-berry shade that looks fabulous against my skin tone. I've never ever finished a gloss in my life, this one though, is going to be my first. Lifts up my skin tone and ahhh, can't even explain how amazing this is.
If it isn't obvious by my review, I LOVE these palette for their portability, sleekness and how amazing the formula of the products inside is. Now all you guys need to do is -
1. Go to your local cosmetic store.
2. Pick up the Master Makeup Collection Lipstick Palette.
3. Swatch it on your hand.
4. Fall in love.
5. Buy it!
6. Thank me later (haha)!
Here's a picture where I wanted to show how easy it is to use these palettes for on the go, but sadly, the end result consisted or awkward posing, and chipped nails! Oh boy.
Ather Shahzad Lipstick Master Palette - PKR 2250
Ather Shahzad Lip gloss Master Palette PKR 2150
While these palettes may seem to be a bit on the pricier side at first glance, the quality of the products inside, an excellent full sized lip brush and the packaging completely justifies it and makes sense.
SHOP - Online here!
& in-store at all your local cosmetic/departmental stores.
What is your favorite shade? Or which palette would you be picking up? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, tc.