Every season, Lakme launches a new collection with Lakme Fashion Week and this summer, the theme is Illuminate. The Illuminate collection from Lakme contains 3 new pencil eye liners, 2 eye shadow palettes with 6 eye shadows each and new Lip Shimmer lipsticks. I received a few samples for review last week and I tried out some of them in my Summer Color Makeup Video. I know many of you were curious about the lipsticks so here are the swatches and my thoughts on the products –
Lakme Absolute Precision Eye Artist Eyeliner (Rs 850)
This is a retractable twist-up eye liner with a rubber grip for easy application. The texture is smooth and creamy though not melt-in-the-tube kind of creamy. You need a couple of passes to get the maximum intensity but once set, they stay the whole day without smudging or transferring. Available in 3 metallic colors – Burnished Brown, Blue Sapphire and Emerald Green. The shimmer is not gritty and would not irritate the eyes. I don’t have an issue using these on the waterline but its not the recommended usage so if you have very sensitive eyes, I’d suggest stick to the lashes and lids and don’t venture into the waterlines with this one. I do like these, particularly the brown one but and I think these are a touch overpriced. Perhaps if they have bolder shimmer and a more metallic finish, they would have stood out a little more from the other colored liners in the market.
Rating : 4/5
Lakme Absolute Lip Shimmer (Rs 700)
I think Lakme always makes fantastic lipsticks but I didn’t particularly love these as much as some of their previous launches. The texture is reasonably smooth and creamy without being crumbly, the color pay off is good (medium in one swipe and buildable) and the shimmer is noticeable but not chunky. What puts me off about these is the weird scent – I find it really unpleasant. The Enrich Satin lipsticks have the same scent and thats the reason I don’t wear those much. I had 3 shades in my kit and the shimmer varies a bit across the board. The Red and Pink shades have more subtle shimmer while the shade Tropical Shine is more pearly with a high dose of gold shine. I wouldn’t wear it on the lips personally because it leans too frosty but I think it would make a fantastic cream blush/highlighter for the cheeks with the subtle peach color and gold reflect! This lipstick has a satin finish but the shimmer flecks add some shine. The brighter colors stain the lips and last 4-5 hours on my lips. These lipsticks are available in a wide range of 15 shades. I’m not into shimmery lip colors personally but for those who don’t mind a bit of pearl on the lips, these are good option to try.
Rating : 3.5/5
Lakme Absolute Illuminate Eye Shadow – Gold (Rs 995)
I was very excited for this because its the first time Lakme has done a palette and gone beyond the duo/trio/quads most brands do. These come in a rectangular compact, contain 6 shades and are available in two variants – Gold and Silver. While these eye shadows are workable and have decent color pay off, they are not as soft and buttery as I would like. Most shades in the Gold palette are slightly stiff in texture, need to be layered a bit to show well and have a matte/satin finish with barely-there shimmer.
On the upside, if you’re new to wearing eye shadow, you can’t go wrong with these because they don’t deposit too much color on the skin in a single swipe and the colors are quite soft. You can do a nice neutral look with these but I personally feel the quality could have been a little better in terms of texture and color pay off. I would have also loved to see a little more variety in terms of finish. I think the palette is a bit monotonous with the satiny shades and needed a few shimmery colors for variety. The one thing I cannot fault though is the wear time. They stay put for nearly 8 hours with minimal creasing and fading!
Rating : 3.75/5
Have you tried the new Lakme Illuminate Collection?
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