I’m a huge fan of the Lakme Absolute makeup range and today I’m reviewing the White Intense Cover Wet and Dry Compact from this range.
Price : Rs 595 for 9 g
What Lakme says about the Product :
Look naturally fair and flawless through the day with this dual long wear compact with soft focus effect. Its unique formula contains Hyaluronic Acid that deeply hydrates your skin restoring its natural youth and glow and Vitamin B3 that makes you look visibly fairer.
• Lasts up to 16 hours
• Use it dry as a compact and wet as a foundation
• SPF 17
My take on the Product
The packaging is sleek and compact – like the rest of the range. It comes with a sponge applicator which is housed in a separate compartment at the bottom of the packaging. I prefer brushes for applying powders and I almost never use the sponge for application. I guess the sponge may come in useful if you want to use the powder in ‘wet’ form.
The compact powder has a lovely soft texture, the powder is very fine milled and feels like silk against the skin. It blends in quite easily but if you have wrinkles/lines etc., it may emphasize them a bit like most powders too. It gives more coverage than your average powders, its sheer but not translucent. The oil control ability is not great, my combination skin begins to get a bit shiny in about 3.5-4 hours of application. It may give lesser oil control in summers when my skin is super oily. But since it doesn’t claim to be a mattifying powder (it claims to be a hydrating one instead!), I won’t count that against it. Even though my T-zone gets a bit oily in a few hours, the rest of the face stays in a good state for a few more hours so the staying power is decent (about 6+ hours).
It does give a nice finished look to the skin but if you’re looking to just setting your foundation – use it with a light hand and a soft brush. Since its slightly heavier coverage than most powders, it can look cakey if you apply too much of it over foundation. If using dry over foundation, I would not recommend using the sponge. As for using it wet for better coverage, I tried that with a damp sponge but the results were not good – it gets patchy, cakey and doesn’t blend properly. I only use it in dry state now.
Since its more of a sheer powder foundation than a setting compact powder, I feel the best use of it is for everyday wear – over sunscreen or a tinted moisturizer. This way it gives a bit of coverage, doesn’t get cakey or heavy and stays on fairly well though touch ups are needed. It does brighten up the skin a bit so the ‘fairness’ claim isn’t all hogwash.
Shades : It is available in 3 shades and I wear the shade ‘Golden Medium’ which is the medium shade in this range. The lighter shade is Ivory Fair and the darkest shade is Beige Honey. Golden Medium is slightly light for my skin but it works.
I’ve worn it lightly over Lakme Absolute White Intense Cover liquid foundation –
The GOOD about Lakme Absolute White Intense Cover Wet and Dry Compact :
- Attractive packaging
- Silky smooth texture
- Blends easily (dry)
- Stays on well (though doesn’t control oil)
- Gives sheer-medium coverage
- Contains SPF 17
- Has a soft brightening effect
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Lakme Absolute White Intense Cover Wet and Dry Compact :
- Cannot be used wet – gets cakey and patchy
- Gets cakey if used over heavy coverage foundation
- Not recommended for oily skin (doesn’t offer much oil control)
- Sponge applicator isn’t very useful
While the foundations in the Lakme Absolute range were sure winners, the compact is a bit of a disappointment. It is great for everyday wear when you need some light coverage but it doesn’t sit too well as a setting powder over foundation (unless used with a very light hand). The texture is silky smooth and it blends quite well but with the high standards set by the other products in this range, it doesn’t quite impress. It does brighten up the skin and I think it works best over sunscreen or tinted moisturizer for regular wear. For the quantity (9 g) and the not-so-impressive performance, I think it is overpriced.
Buy it : If you need a powder foundation for regular wear.
Skip it : If you need a setting powder for foundation/have very oily skin.
Rating : 3.5/5
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