Studiowest Cosmetics First Impressions Review and Haul
Today was a really un planned visit to the mall and a even more random visit to Westside, when I was going through shoes, I got to see this huge makeup and skincare display for their in-house brand Studiowest. I had seen Westside host a bloggers event for this range in Mumbai, and also saw some bloggers reviewing their stuff, but I had not gone through those reviews pretty much and to be very honest I dint have much hopes, because these sort of in house products are usually a fail. But at the first look at the counter it looked quite impressive with the whole range at display. I could tell that they had everything to do a complete look.
I called the Sales assistant for walking me through the range. I was literally asking her about each and every product and the details. Reema impressed me when she spoke about every little thing and did a ton of swatches. I usually do not find SA’s who are so helpful and knowledgeable about the range. So I definitely appreciate Westside for such excellent staff.
The whole makeup line is split into two categories, One is the Pure Passion line which they claim is a more wearable line for the woman on the go and the other one is the Maaya line which has more shimmery and bold shades for festivity and women who want to be edgy. But to be very honest both the ranges were quiet impressive to me. I would wear them any day. On a general note the shades are beautiful across the whole range they have a great balance of peaches, corals, reds, pinks and browns which are really flattering on Indian skin. I appreciate the color selection on the whole, I can see the shades picked ideally to work on Indian skin.
Another impressive thing about the range is the price range. This is really affordable makeup that comes with such good quality. To be very specific, I can’t really stress enough on how pigmented and smooth the eye shadows are. Great color selection and they blend so well on the skin. I was surprised to see that one Maaya quad, which had a blue, green and khaki looked so good on my brown Indian skin. The blushes swatched well too and the color selection is good. I know I am saying the same thing over and over but I have never loved the colors so much with any Indian drugstore brand. Lipsticks also had beautiful shades, they had two rages, one was more creamy and the other one was a long wearing lipstick line which wasn’t dry either. The colors again, very stunning. The kajal eyeliner was also very smooth and black to swatch. The foundation felt nice on application, it had a very supple finish with about medium coverage. I would have liked few more shades, especially the darker ones included. If your somewhere around up to NC 43.5 in MAC then you would find your shade on point. But even a NC 45 can wear the same shade by adding dimension with a bronzer on the perimeters of the face and little bit of color correcting. The powders are smooth and melt into the skin. They have four shades, maybe inclusion of two more shades would be an added benefit, but we could still suffice with these existing shades because they are sheer like a translucent powder and melt into the skin. (The pictures taken at the store are of bad quality because it was totally unplanned so these were taken with the mobile camera)
I couldn’t resist myself from picking up a few things. So here are what I picked up,
Studiowest Maaya Crystal eye shadow (Goldmine) – Rs 425
Studiowest Pure Passion Flawless Finish Compact(04 Amber)- Rs 495
Studiowest Pure Passion Long Lasting Lipstick(Coral Fantasy) – Rs 450
Studiowest Maaya Luminous Lip Glaze (Golden Dream)- Rs 395
Studiowest Pure Passion Intense Kajal(01 Black) – Rs 195
Studiowest Pure Passion Vivid Nail Colour(361 Caramello) – Rs 145
My overall thoughts on the whole range is definitely positive. You can’t ask for better quality at this price. Lack of darker shades on the foundations and in between shades on the compact powders is what I feel is the only downside. I never had the chance to test the mascara so I can’t comment on that alone. If they bring in some brow products, primers and highlighters, this brand will stand out. I would still go ahead and recommend this brand to my brides who always ask recommendations on affordable, quality makeup because the Maaya range screams brides to me and also other clients and friends who venture into makeup and want to start with something affordable but still with great quality. I would review all the products separately in the future.
P.S – This is not a sponsored post by the brand. I rave about what I honestly love.