Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser And Makeup Remover Review


Product name: Avene Micellar Lotion

Price: Rs 1200

Quantity: 200ml

Brand claims: Removes impurities and make-up. Your skin is clean, soft and soothed. Rinsing optional. Paraben-free.

How to use:

  • Apply with a cotton pad on your face, eyes and lips.
  • Doesn’t require rinsing.


Hey, everybody!

Today I am going to review the Eau Thermale Avene Micellar Lotion. So, us Indian women love to splurge in makeup but we are quite taken aback when asked to spend on makeup remover, because the cleansing milk from Lakme, the ponds cold cream and the Vaseline petroleum jelly, seems to get the job done, right? Well, the truth of the matter is that a good makeup remover will ensure that none of your pores on the facial skin are blocked and your skin can breathe. Proper makeup removal can help in decreasing skin issues like acne, pimple, dullness, sallow skin, etc.  When makeup is completely removed, it allows your skin to breathe and get on right back with the rejuvenation process, and allows your skin care products to work more potently. So! For starters, let’s just realise that makeup removal is as important (if not more) as makeup application.

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Brand Information: Before starting with the product description, let us talk about the brand. Avene is a French pharmacy brand, which curates products, especially for sensitive, skin. After trying a number of products from the brand, I can very safely say that it does what it claims; and if Lisa Eldridge even remotely mentions a brand in her skincare favourites video, you know it’s good.

So now finally, coming to the product, the Avene micellar lotion, has slowly but surely sidelined my favourite Bioderma micellar water makeup remover.  Priced at Rs 1200, this makeup remover can be a little pocket pinching, but is every bit worth the money. Don’t let the “lotion” part in the name fool you; this is very much like the clear water-like makeup remover which removes makeup gently and does not require any rinsing post the removal. So it is safe to say that this is the lazy girl’s (holy-grail) go-to product after a Saturday night, or Sunday morning depending on how wild of a party animal you are.


Usage: Soaking a cotton pad with the makeup remover I apply it on my face, and it gently removes every speck of makeup including the long-lasting staining lipsticks. Surprisingly enough it does not sting my eye at all, and honestly, I do have sensitive eyes which water even when you say the word onion, (if you know what I mean). However, the Maybelline mascaras require special attention and take a little more time to be removed. I usually press a soaked cotton pad on my eye and wait for about 30 seconds to break down the product, and that way half the battle is won.


Packaging: It is a 200ml bottle which comes in only one size and has a standard see-through bottle packaging. The bottle that I have has a defect with the flip-open cap; it does not close with a click and isn’t tight, so I have to make sure that I keep it in an upright position all the time so that it does not spill.


Texture, feel and appearance: I believe it is called “lotion” because after the makeup is removed, your skin does not feel like it is stripped off its natural oils; in fact, it feels hydrated (not oily).

Effects/ results: I have combination skin, and I think this product never makes my skin look like an oil slick but gives my dry cheeks some much-needed moisture. If you have oily skin, you won’t even have to apply a moisturizer after using this makeup remover (but I recommend that you do.) Don’t get me wrong, I love my bioderma, but this one is more luxurious in feel and does not dry out my skin like the other micellar waters. Bi-phased formulas, aka oil based makeup removers, are available in India across major brands, but they can block your pores all thanks to the oil they contain. The same cannot be said about the Avene micellar lotion because it is a non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic formula which is designed to suit sensitive skin.

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Final Word: I believe this product is great if you have dry, irritated skin, even the oily skinned beauties can enjoy this product because it doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue. Plus, a little goes a very long way, and the dispenser allows you to control the flow of product, so the hefty price tag, is well worth the splurge. The best part is the smell, it is really mild and does not linger; even the most sensitive of noses will not mind the lovely smell which reminds me of babies (no it does not smell like Johnson and Johnson). The end result is non-sticky squeaky skin which has a slight bit of glow (what’s not to love?) This product is steadily moving towards my holy grail-ish list of products and I will continue to use it till I find a better alternative, which I think is easier said than done.


  • Smells amazing
  • It is extremely gentle on the skin and does not sting the eyes
  • Leaves the skin moisturised and hydrated
  • Is great for sensitive skin because it is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
  • Takes away most make up in a few swipes
  • Will work on all skin types
  • It is paraben free


  • The price tag is hefty, hence it is pocket pinching
  • You need a lot of product to remove heavy makeup
  • The cap of the bottle I received did not close securely

Price: Rs 1200 for 200 ml of product

Where to buy it? Nykaa.com

Will I recommend it? Yes, if you are willing to splurge on a makeup remover, this product is well worth a try.



Red Lipsticks for Indian Skin tones (Drugstore Version)

RED LIPS-minRed lipsticks have been my absolute favourite thing to wear on the lips. They definitely add a spring in your step. So here are some drugstore recommendations. From left to right we have:


Revlon HD Matte liquid lipstick in passion: Why does Revlon have to lie to use? This one is definitely not matte, but it is a beautiful colour. Plus, it does not dry up the lips; however, the smell may be too strong for some. Prices at 1195, it can pinch your pocket, but is worth the splurge.

Next up we have my two favourite red lipsticks, both from the Lakme 9 to 5 lip and cheek mousse line. The 2nd from left is burgundy lush and the 3rd is crimson silk. I think it is a bold claim, but I dare say, they are hands down my most favourite liquid lipsticks in the Indian market. Opaque, creamy, highly pigmented, these feel like high end lip products on the lips. They do not dry down a 100 percent, but they look absolutely matte and never do they enhance the lines and wrinkles of the lips. Plus, this range has a very impressive colour selection. Priced at Rs 525 they are a steal!

Next up we have my most used red lipstick. It is the L’Oreal color riche moist matte lipstick in blaze of Red. Priced at Rs 925, they are exactly what the name suggests, they are matte but have a comfortable texture and feel. It’s more of a deeper maroon red; it has a depth to it. Great shade for women of all ages.

Next we have the Avon true color perfectly matte lipstick in Ruby Kiss. I will be 100% honest, the formula sucks, but the colour is so pretty that I am willing to forgive the formula. The product needs to be built up for full opacity, and the dimethicone laden formula has a slip to it, therefore making them comfortable to wear; retails for Rs 450.

Next we have the Maybelline color show lipstick in Firecracker Red, it’s a warmer more orangey Red color which is great for the summer months. This range cannot boast of a good formula, but is easy on the pocket because it retails for Rs 325.

The final lipstick here is the Sugar Cosmetics Matte as Hell Crayon lipstick in Scarlett O’ Hara. On a side note, when you name a lipstick after someone so beautiful, it gotta be good! And it sure is. One of the most pigmented lipstick in this range, it comes in a sharpenable pencil, which is a bummer, but the formula is so creamy and smooth that they could not have it in any other way. Priced at 799 it is quite expensive for the product you get, but it is definitely worth it!

Comment below your favourite red lipstick, will love to check it out. Also let me know what more would you want to see in this blog.

Maybelline the Magnum Barbie Mascara review and swatches

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BRAND NAME: Maybelline

PRODUCT: The Magnum Barbie Mascara

PRICE: 399

QUANTITY: 9.2 ml

BRAND CLAIMS: Give your lashes the million bucks effect with the fluffiest volume and longest length this season with the Magnum Barbie Mascara.

  • Bringing the latest trend of ‘Barbie lashes’ straight from the city of New York, Maybelline New York- introduces the Magnum Barbie Mascara to help you get onboard the global makeup trend of the Barbie Doll makeup with perfectly fluffed ‘Doll Lashes’ this summer. It has two different lenghts of fibers to create the most natural fluffy lashes with the most extreme length. So drop your false lashes and head over to the naturals!
  • Here’s why you’ll love it:
  • – Soft flex technology birstles make the lashes look thicker.
  • – It’s waterproof and weightless.
  • – Perfect to create a Barbie Eyes look


Hey everybody, welcome to the world of MakeupManiac. Just a quick intro, my name is Tunjeena and I am a self-proclaimed makeup maniac, hence the name of my blog. Well, today I will be discussing with you guys, my reviews on the Maybelline the Magnum Barbie mascara, which is a new launch. Maybelline as a brand for me is like a makeup jukebox, because every time you walk into a counter, you get to see something new.

I am a lover of mascaras; anything which says “mascara” on it has my heart; the shop assistant did not even have to convince me to buy it. So let us start with the packaging, the tube is quite similar to the original colossal mascara; just that it has pink fonts on it. But, the deal maker is the glossy pink cap which is hard to miss out when you keep it in your stash. Priced at Rs 399, it is not going to burn a hole in your pocket. The plastic wand has a curve to it, which can be concave or convex depending on how you hold it; it succesfully applies the product uniformly to top and bottom lashes. I noticed that it has a lot of fibers, and when I say a lot I mean it! I have never owned an Indian drugstore mascara which such many fibers.

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The formula is in between wet and runny, but nothing that will transfer very easily. I am presuming that it will get dry as the shelf life increases. The actual product is black in colour and quite pigmented.  It’s  lightweight and you do not feel any kind of heaviness on your eyelashes even after a good two coats. The mascara does not flake away even after hours of application.


Coming to the performance, The first time I applied it, it had a slight fume to it which made my eyes tingle but nothing too major; the feeling did not repeat itself the second time around. The mascara gives you decent length but I have used more lengthening mascaras from the drugstore; however, at this price it is pretty good. It also gives you volume, but I believe it is more lengthening than volumising. On the downside, it clumps up the lashes and you might need to comb through them with a lash comb or a clean spoolie brush. I have always maintained that washable variants of mascaras are comparatively less clumpy than the water resistant or waterproof ones.


The fantastic thing about this mascara is the fact that it holds the curls for up to 6 hours, it did on me at least and boy does it last for very long! And this is where things start to change, yes there mascara is crazy long wearing (it will stay put even after you shower, and this is my first hand experience) but that comes with a price tag. The Magnum Barbie mascara is insanely difficult to remove. If you have used, Maybelline waterproof mascaras you know what I am talking about, but this one is on another level and will not budge come what may!

I tried a cleansing milk and it did not move from its place. Then I pulled out my grape seed oil, hoping that it would to the trick but even after vigorously rubbing the oil on my lashes for a good 2 minutes, only half the product broke down. I had lost all hopes of removing every trace of this pesky mascara when my trustee Avene miscellar lotion came to my rescue.  I held a soaked otton pad on my lashes for a minute and the remnants of the mascara came off, much to my relief. In this process I lost about 10 of my precious eyelashes (it could be more [yes I count them]) which is why I will use this product with caution.

Overall this product is great if you want a long wearing mascara which gives both length and volume and holds the curl for a long time. But at the same time, you will need a bi-phased aka oil based makeup remover to get rid of it completely. To end it all, I would like to say that Maybelline’s The Magnum Barbie Mascara is not a boyfriend with whom you can easily breakup, it is more of a husband, a good, loyal yet pestering one though, which will be with you in life, death and even beyond that if you don’t have the right makeup remover.

To sum it all up here are the pros and cons:

  • Lengthening and volumising jet black mascara which has fibers
  • Interesting wand which covers all the lashes
  • The formula dries up easily
  • Stays on for very, very long and holds the curls giving you “Barbie like” rounded and more open eyes and does not flake away.


  • It can look clumpy while applying the second coat, so its not separating
  • It is a pain in the a** to remove

For further queries, leave a comment down below and I will get back to you. Remember I always reply. Have a good day 🙂