Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation : Review

 

Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in shade 03 Golden Medium. Having loved the other products from the Face Stylist range, I was really looking forward to trying this out. Lets see how it fared on my combination/oily skin –

Price : Rs 1200 for 39 ml

Shade : 03 Golden Medium | Available in 6 shades

 

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

 

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Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

 

 

My  take on the Product

 

I was very excited to try  this foundation  because I absolutely loved the concealer and compact from the Face Stylist range. But this was a huge disappointment during the first few times I tried it. The packaging is very sleek and compact and reminds me of the travel-friendly packaging of some high end foundations like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and the Shiseido Sheer and Perfect. The foundation is housed in a black bottle with a nozzle to squeeze out the foundation.

The foundation has a slightly thick texture and it is a PAIN to blend. Because its a long wearing foundation, it has a very quick dry down on the skin so it barely gives you time to play around – it sets very quickly. Even when I tried to be super quick with blending this, it looked patchy, emphasized my pores and just looked bad in general. I tried using this over a thick moisturizer, over different kinds of primers – smooth and silky ones, dewy ones, matte ones  – but it didn’t seem to work with anything. I tried using this with my beauty blender, with a flat brush, with a stippling brush, with my fingers but it just didn’t look good on my skin! I pretty much gave up on this foundation after that point. Then few days back, when I was testing the Chambor liquid highlighter, I tried using this foundation mixed with a little moisturizer and the liquid highlighter and voila! the blending issues were resolved! Moral of the story – this foundation needs to be mixed with something for it to blend well

 

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Review

 

 

Blending issues aside, its actually quite nice – it has medium to full coverage and covers up pigmentation, spots etc. quite well. It gets a little sheered out when I use it mixed with foundation/highlighter so it doesn’t look cakey (while giving good coverage) and has a natural matte finish on the skin. Because Lakme foundations have strong yellow tones, I feel they brighten the skin and add a soft glow. It looks good in photographs and is quite long wearing on my oily skin. It doesn’t  break down and slide off my T-zone when I get oily in the area. I think it could have been a great foundation for normal to oily skin if it didn’t have blending issues.

I do like using the combination of this foundation mixed with moisturizer and liquid highlighter (glowy long wearing combo) but everyone may not want to put that extra effort every time they use this. Its not exactly super cheap and I feel there are better foundations out there in this price range that are more effortless to use than this.

Rating : 3/5

 

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

 

 

See how it gets into lines and makes the skin look dry/patchy? It needs to be mixed with moisturizer before application to avoid this kind of dry, cakey/patchy look –

 

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation Swatch

 

 

Worn mixed with Moisturizer and Liquid Highlighter :

 

FOTD - Plum-Rose Gold Smokey Eye + Nude Lips

FOTD – Plum-Rose Gold Smokey Eye + Nude Lips

 

Neutral Makeup with pop of Turquoise

Neutral Makeup with pop of Turquoise

 

 

[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried the Lakme Absolute Face Stylist range? Share your comments below! [/note]

 

27 Comments

  1. June 18, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    In the FOTD pictures, the foundation looks fabulous on u, but we cannot invest in 3 products to achieve that flawless look… The blended swatch looks so cakey— Sure No No to this foundation

  2. June 18, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the review I think this will work for my oily skin in summer, will try it out soon 🙂

  3. June 18, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    The packaging reminds me of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in a way.. Hmm.

  4. June 18, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    I hate foundations that require efforts to blend and for the price I do not think I would spend the extra time making it work!

  5. June 18, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    They must improve the formula. The packaging is indeed quite classy 🙂

  6. June 18, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    I was waiting for this review….to see why was this priced so high…but it still looks really pretty in pics ankita…:)

  7. June 18, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    the foundation looks lovely on you…. But yes I will skip this one for now….

  8. June 18, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    not for dry skin types..:( and it needs lot of investment ..

  9. June 18, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    Hi ankita,
    I have oily skin too and have always been in search for matte foundations and was thinking of giving this one a shot but reading your review i think i would not buy it 🙁

  10. June 18, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I’ve combination skin and it is doing good job for me. Nice review Ankita 🙂

  11. June 18, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Too pricey and then again more investment needed for other products to solve its blending issues…….its a no-no for me!! I wud rather stick to my BB creams………..

  12. June 18, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Thank you for this review Ankita… So again this is not meant for dry skin… 😐

  13. June 18, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    agreed with other girls .. wouldn’t want to invest in a product where i need to buy few more for its perfect usage 🙁

  14. June 18, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Revlon colorstay foundation does almost the same thing.

  15. June 18, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Will skip this…great review dear 🙂

  16. June 18, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Good you reviewed this one Ankita.I was thinking of trying it. Foundation with blending issue is not worth the investment

  17. June 19, 2014 / 12:34 am

    I was waiting for this review Ankita. Thanks for the honest review. I was really considering this foundation but I’m gonna skip it now! This has been featured in so many magazines, I wonder if all of that is just paid publicity 🙁

  18. June 19, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Aww.. A skip then! The packaging reminds me on the new Chanel Foundation though!

  19. Joo
    June 19, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    thanks for the review,,, m feeling happy that i didnt bought it… it becomes pain if the foundation consistency is thick…

  20. June 19, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I can see some patchiness on your face where you are wearing the turquoise kohl…would skip buying this one.
    Thanks for the post

  21. June 19, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    thanks for the review… as you said more options are available at this price range, will skip this one

  22. June 20, 2014 / 12:50 am

    will skip this..

  23. June 20, 2014 / 6:35 am

    Definitely not for dry skin… I would better invest in FnB.. 😀
    BTW your eye makeup is so prettyy in the last pic. <3 <3

  24. June 22, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Gosh they have copied the packaging exactly like chanel
    plus price …OMG 🙂
    since it doesnt work alone its own ,i will skip
    thanks for savin the money

  25. navpreet.kaur.5070276
    August 29, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Wowwww i love the turquoise pop look.super amazing

  26. February 20, 2018 / 12:52 am

    ur makeup is always so on point!

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