Posted by Ankita Srivastava | Posted in Lakme, Lips, Product Reviews | Posted on 07-05-2013
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The much anticipated Lakme Poptints is now available on most counters and online and here’s my first review of the Lip Tint. I’m review a pretty vivid pink from the range ~ Pink Sorbet.
Price : Rs 800 for 2 g
My take on the Product
The Lakme Absolute Lip tints comes in a black twist up crayon packaging with a transparent cap. The see through cap allows the color of the crayon tip to show through and the lettering on the tube is the same color as the tint shade. Even so, I prefer the Clinique Chubby Stick/Revlon packaging wherein the entire tube is colored so its easy to locate the shade. While I’m generally a fan of black packaging, I do not particularly like this packaging because it doesn’t feel very luxe. Its not flimsy and doesn’t look tacky but its neither pretty nor very classy looking. Its such a fun product with a fresh, summery feel to it – I really wish a little more thought had gone into aesthetics of the packaging.
The texture of Lip tint is quite creamy – its creamier than both Revlon and Clinique counterparts. Its also very pigmented so all you need is a 1-2 swipes to get true color on the lips. It is quite moisturizing and the jelly like cushion-y texture along with the soft glossy finish gives a healthy look to the lips. It also diffuses the look of lip lines giving a smoother look. Unlike the Revlon Balm Stain, its not drying over time and even though the glossiness fades, the lips don’t parch up. As far as longevity goes, I’ve tested 2 shades from the range so far – Pink Sorbet and a darker shade (the sample doesn’t say the shade name) and the darker shade stays longer of course. These don’t stain as heavily as the Revlon Balm stains but definitely stay on longer than the Clinique Chubby Stick Balms. Pink Sorbet wore for about 5 hours on me – the glossiness faded with a meal but the color was intact with a little bit of fading. It didn’t vanish completely from my lips since it does stain a bit.
Despite being quite pigmented and creamy, these feel quite light on the lips and you don’t feel like you’re wearing a heavy layer of balmy product on the lips. I think these combine the best of Revlon Balm Stains (pigment, longevity) and Clinique Chubby Stick Balms (moisturization). I wasn’t happy when I heard the price tag of Rs 800 for the first time but after trying these, I’d say they don’t disappoint and you would not regret picking one of these. Of course they don’t last super long but their wear time does qualify them as long wear products and they don’t dry out the lips which is always a good thing!
Pink Sorbet is one of the lighter shades from the range – its a vivid warm pink color containing fine shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and barely shows on the lips. It gives about medium coverage to the lips which is enough to even out pigmentation and still give the fresh look of a less heavy, sheer product. Had this been more pigmented and matte or satin finish, the color would have been very neon-ish but with its translucent glossy finish and sheerer color, it just looks bright, pretty and summery on the lips. Ordinarily I wouldn’t go for a shade like this, thinking its too light for me but after trying it, I really like it! I feel like this is just the right soft pink for my complexion, anything lighter would wash me out and anything darker wouldn’t qualify as a ‘soft pink’! I wouldn’t recommend this for very dusky complexions though as it may wash them out.
I like the versatility of the color – I’ve worn it with very soft eyes as well as smokey eyes and I think it goes well with both! The color didn’t photograph as well in daylight but looked closer to the true color (on lips) with flash. The picture on top is a Daylight picture and the ones at the end of this post with the smokey eyes are with Flash.
If you’ve been looking for a soft pink shade that doesn’t wash out the Indian complexion and yet has a soft, fresh, summery vibe to it – this is your shade! I’m quite surprised by how much I like it!
Quick Comparison ~
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (Rs 600) – are cheaper than Lakme, last longer but have a little less pigment so need layering, are drying over time and draw attention to dry lips/lines.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Balms (Rs 1025) – are more expensive, equally moisturizing but have much less pigment and hence, don’t stay long.
Picture take in Natural Light to show true color+shimmer ~
In Daylight (without flash) ~
With Flash ~
The GOOD about Lakme Absolute Poptints Lip Tint Pink Sorbet :
- Soft, creamy texture
- Good pigmentation
- Moisturizing – don’t need balm touch ups
- Gives good coverage – evens out pigmented lips
- Long wearing
- Leaves a soft stain behind
- Have a very light fragrance (grape?)
- Very soft shimmer – adds to the shine
- Softens the look of fine lines
- Not drying over time
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Lakme Absolute Poptints Lip Tint Pink Sorbet :
- The packaging could have been more attractive
- Priced high
I love the creamy texture, moisturizing formula, good pigmentation and decently long wear time of the Lakme Lip tints. They combine the best of Revlon Balm Stains (pigment, longevity) and Clinique Chubby Stick balms (moisturization) in my opinion and even though they are priced on the higher side (Rs 800), you would not be disappointed. The shade range is quite lovely – there’s a shade for everyone in there. The only thing I do not like is the packaging – its such a fun collection in concept – somehow that didn’t quite translate in the packaging.
Pink Sorbet is vivid soft candy rose shade which looks fresh, youthful and is perfect for the summers!
Rating : 4.75/5
Availability : Across Lakme counters/Online at Nykaa.com HERE.
Disclaimer : Press sample provided by the brand for consideration. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always. Read full policy HERE.