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
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.
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
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 –
Worn mixed with Moisturizer and Liquid Highlighter :