Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection) : Review, Swatch, FOTD

 

Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing a beautiful red lipstick from Lakme’s Limited Edition Absolute Royal collection – Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red.

Price : Rs 600

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick – Runway Red

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection)

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection)

 

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My take on the Product

 

The Lakme Absolute Creme lipsticks have a similar packaging as the Absolute matte lipsticks – just a little fancier! The tube feels a little heavier and has a more shiny, metallic finish. The texture of the lipstick is quite soft and creamy, it glides easily without any tugging and isn’t soft to the point of being crumbly – just the perfect smooth glide. Runway Red is one of the star shades of the range – a very pigmented deep brick red shade that’ll suit Indian complexions quite well. I’m not generally into warm reds as I like blue based reds more but I like how this looks on me. I love wearing this as a stain more though because it looks more natural and brightens up my complexion. The lipstick has a lovely vanilla + caramel scent, I say caramel because it reminds me a little of the Nivea Caramel Lip butter scent!

Because the color is really saturated, the staying power is really good. It stains and stays on for an easy 5-6 hours on me. The finish is on the creamier side though it settles into a matte finish few hours after application. While the texture, pigmentation, staying power are quite good, it does have a drawback – its not really hydrating. It also just seems to sit on my lips and I don’t like that. I don’t use this directly from the tube (unless I have a layer of balm on), I use my fingers for a stain and a brush to build up the color. Because this way, the color build up looks more natural. You would also want to use a lip liner with this or some concealer around the lip line as there may be slight bleeding.

 

Overall, I like the lipstick quite a lot and I think this is a very versatile red for Indian complexions. Its not too dark nor too bright – just a beautiful warm balanced red with a bit of depth. I was just experimenting a little for my wedding makeup few days back and this shade mixed with MAC Ruby Woo gave me a gorgeous deep red that wasn’t too cool or too warm – loved it! So it is going into my bridal kit for sure and I’d recommend it to brides-to-be. I just wish the formula was a little more hydrating!

Another issue I have with this is that the Absolute Royal collection doesn’t seem to have launched everywhere in entirety and is not available online as far as I know.

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick - Runway Red

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick – Runway Red

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick - Runway Red

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick – Runway Red

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick - Runway Red

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick – Runway Red

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red

 

 

Worn blotted as a stain ~

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red

 

 

Worn to full intensity ~

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection)

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection)

 

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection)

Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red (Royal Collection)

 

 

The GOOD about Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red :

  1. Beautiful packaging
  2. Soft, creamy texture
  3. Excellent pigmentation
  4. Soft creamy finish
  5. Long staying power
  6. Gorgeous shade for Indian skin
  7. Lovely vanilla scent

The NOT-SO-GOOD about Lakme Absolute Creme Lipstick Runway Red : 

  1. May bleed a little since its a dark shade and has a creamy texture
  2. Could be more hydrating
  3. Limited Edition, not sure of availability

 

 

Overall Verdict

 

Overall, I like the lipstick quite a lot and I think this is a very versatile and flattering red for Indian complexions. Its not too dark nor too bright – just a beautiful warm balanced red with a bit of depth. It is going into my bridal kit for sure and I’d recommend it to brides-to-be. The texture is soft and creamy, pigmentation is great and so is the staying power.  I just wish the formula was a little more hydrating!

Rating : 4.25/5

You can see swatches of 9 more Lakme Absolute Creme lipsticks HERE.

 

[note color=”#FFEECA”]Have you tried the new Lakme Absolute Creme lipsticks? Which is your favorite red lipstick? Share your comments below! [/note]

 

28 Comments

  1. November 22, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    u look breathtaking!! Love the color on u <3

  2. November 22, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    You look ABSOLUTEly gorgeous Ankita 🙂 loved the shade

  3. November 22, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    This looks really pretty. A warmer cousin to Ruby woo I feel. Nice FOTD 🙂

  4. November 22, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Absolutely like the creamy finish a lot!

  5. November 22, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    the shade looks very pretty on u!

  6. November 22, 2013 / 9:43 pm

    It’s a very pretty shade, looks good on you.

  7. November 22, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    Looking amazing. Especially the eyes.

  8. November 22, 2013 / 11:00 pm

    Nope these release online soon, I like that Plum Forever shade from your swatches.

  9. Swati
    November 22, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    Looks amazing on you!!! which eye shadow are you wearing?? looks very pretty

  10. payal sharma
    November 23, 2013 / 9:09 am

    Dear Ankita!

    The color looks really nice and yes this is not available online. I would like you to also review Red Carpet shade from this range as I have heard it is bit better than Runway Red.

    Thanks!!!!!

  11. November 23, 2013 / 11:04 am

    A vry pretty red shade!

  12. November 23, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    ah, such a perfect red for winters! I am always in search of red colors. Love it.

  13. Isha
    November 23, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    U look soooo beautiful, i just luv d way ur face glows, which highliter have u used?? I want dis glow on my face also

  14. Isha
    November 23, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    Makeup breakdown plzz

  15. November 23, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    Gorgeous colour! You look beautiful Ankita 🙂

  16. November 23, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    this looks absolutely stunning. i just love the colour.

  17. November 23, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    Looks great on u.. But I prefer ful matte..

  18. November 23, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    Love the color on you …not sure on me though 😛

  19. November 24, 2013 / 9:18 am

    Love a good red. This one is really lovely.

  20. November 24, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    nice color 🙂

  21. Ankita Chaturvedi
    November 24, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Thanks 🙂

  22. November 25, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    lovely color!!

  23. Madhura
    December 12, 2013 / 11:05 am

    Hi Anikta,

    Which eyeshadow are you wearing in this review? it looks lovely..

    • Madhura
      December 12, 2013 / 11:06 am

      Also have you applied any sort of nude/white pencil on ur waterline?

  24. Deeksha
    December 15, 2013 / 11:29 am

    Hey lovely color..Couldn’t help but notice, your eyes look beautiful..Could u have a tutorial on it? And what contacts are you wearing ? Im looking for some myself.

  25. apeksha
    September 19, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    Love the color on you! I too have that hairband that you're wearing! Picked it up from myntra! 😛

  26. naimisha
    April 27, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Wow your eyes!
    You look beautiful!

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