Monday, 29 July 2019

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches

Hello everyone! 

If you follow us on Instagram, then you would have known that we picked up 4 of the nail enamels from the new Masaba by Nykaa Collection last week. 

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

We have already done 2 huge Swatch Fests of the Nykaa nail enamels before, so make sure you see those two. It is important. You will see why at the end of the post.
All Nykaa Nail Polishes In My Stash - PART I 
All Nykaa Nail Polishes In My Stash - PART II

So without any delay, let's dive straight into the new collection! 

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

The bottles are the regular Nykaa nailpolish bottles with an ox print all over the black cap which looks cool, but it really does not make a big difference to me. I always like the sleek packaging of the Nykaa polishes though - easy to stack and store :)

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

The formula is good - as with most Nykaa polishes. Smooth texture, goes opaque and shows up true color in a single coat. Dries down to a shiny finishStaying power is average - about 4 days - with some fading/chipping on the tips. (Might differ on the amount of hand work you do).

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

The brush is good and a bit broader at the end -applies the polish well. 

The collection has 12 shades - 4 in each family - reds, pinks and nudes. The shades cover a good variety of skin tones.

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

1) Rawr 275

Warm Toned peachy color. Will look good on light-medium skin tones. 

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Rawr

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Rawr

2) Buzz Kill 277

Cool toned dusty pink (with a hint of mauve). Will suit light-medium skin tones.

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Buzz Kill

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Buzz Kill

3) Kale-ing Me Softly 280

Cool toned brown--taupe-mauve-ish color (sorry about the bad description). Will suit all, but will look lovely on dusky-deep skin tones especially.

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Kaleing Me Softly

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Kaleing Me Softly

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Kaleing Me Softly

4) Nimbu Pani 283

Warm chocolate-y brown (with strong orange brick tones). Will suit all, but will especially flattering on dusky-deep skin tones. 

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Nimbu Pani

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Nimbu Pani

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review & Swatches, Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Nimbu Pani

Price : 199 INR for 9ml

Now, let us get to the interesting part of this post! I found very very very similar shades in my own stash. The second I opened the package & took out the bottles I knew just the shades these would look like. Which made me super sad and a bit mad. 


Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill review, Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill dupe

Masaba by Nykaa Rawr review, Masaba by Nykaa Rawr dupe

I understand Nykaa coming out with exciting collaborations and I love that the Indian beauty community has a wide variety of choice now - BUT, if some shades in a new collection look 98% similar to the already existing polishes from the brand, then what's the point? Why would I as a consumer, be interested? 
This is not the first time this is happening. We already found similar shades from their original collection and floral carnival collection (READ SMRITI's POST FOR THIS). 

But, luckily for you, I am swatching these shades below. You can see for yourself how similar they are. 

** I am wearing 3 different shades below - can you that make out? Can you figure out which nails have different shades? 


Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill review, Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill dupe

Index Nail - Dusky Azalea ; Middle Nail - Rustic Rose 
Ring & Small Nail - Buzz Kill

Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill review, Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill dupe

Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill review, Masaba by Nykaa Buzz Kill dupe

Buzz Kill is just a tad bit lighter & ever so slightly cool toned than the other two.
If you have either Dusky Azalea or Rustic Rose in your collection - you need not pick up Buzz Kill.


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** I am wearing 2 different shades below. Can you make that out? 


Masaba by Nykaa Rawr review, Masaba by Nykaa Rawr dupe

Index & Middle Nail - Mink Muffin 
Ring & Small Nail - Rawr

Masaba by Nykaa Rawr review, Masaba by Nykaa Rawr dupe

Masaba by Nykaa Rawr review, Masaba by Nykaa Rawr dupe

These 2 are even more similar than the above. Rawr is just a tad bit lighter than Mink Muffin. If you have either one you need not pick the other. If I had to pick 1 - I like Rawr a bit more on my skin tone. 

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

It makes sense to club certain shades together to fit a colour mood and launch a collection. I would not have minded it in the least if the shades included were the old ones. After all, I adore the original Nykaa polishes.

It however does not make sense to me that a brand would tweak existing shades by 2%, give it a new name, and then say oh hello, here's a pristinely new collection for you to spend your money on.

Well my money is hard earned, and I could have spent it better!

Masaba by Nykaa Nail Enamel Review, Masaba by Nykaa Nail polish Review

Considering the price point, you're better off purchasing one of the original colors of the similar shades.
If you have a Nykaa store near you, definitely compare the new ones to the old before buying! I have a feeling that almost all colors will be similar to something else from the older collections. 

That's all, I hope this post helps you save a few bucks!

If you don't have any of the mentioned polishes above and you do not mind spending a few extra bucks then definitely go ahead and get your hands on shades from the new collection. 

xoxo,
Swati

Also check out :
All Nykaa Nail Polishes In My Stash - PART I 
All Nykaa Nail Polishes In My Stash - PART II