Lakme Swatch and Review

The thing about Lakme is their colour choices compliment Indian skintones.  It is also weather resistant and doesn’t taste or smell foul even after years.

It’s basically super strength makeup that fearlessly faces any Indian summer, year after year.


Lakme Eyeconic Eye Pencil: Purchased Turquoise shimmery blue (its buh-rite), Emerald green and Black. They apply like a dream, are soft and pigmented. No tugging or pulling on my crepe-y lids. Its has a twist up nib but DO NOT over twist as it doesn’t go back down. The sales girl instructed me thus.

It wears extremely well but it does creep up to your crease if you have hooded eyes like I do. So for me this is better on my lower lids.

Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict Lipstick:  Shade purchased Rustic Red.  Its soft and glides beautifully and creamy. I have dark purplish pigmented lips and on me it sits Tomato red. It has a warm undertone and pretty muted.

It lasted a cup of tea and a bowl potato bhaji but could not withstand my favourite bowl of spicy Noodle soup.

Lakme 9-5 Matte Lipstick:  A matte lipstick that doesn’t feel dry, applies without dragging and comfortable to wear. Shades purchased were Cherry Chic and Peony Goal

Cherry Chic is a nice brick-brown red, almost terracota. Applies nice and flat

Peony Goal is a nude. Its a pink-mauve nude with flecks of shimmer. Very subtle shimmer. This colour can apply patchy on my lips because I have dark pigmented lips and also emphasises the lines. I am not a nude lipstick person but bought it for its shimmer. But the shimmer is a too subtle for me so I don’t reach for it that often.

Lakme Aquashine Lip Gloss:  Purchased Wildberry, Wine and Guava.  It has shine, feels like a balm and not sticky (I hate sticky).

What I love the most is the applicator. It is a lark to apply. I find doe foot applicators a nightmare apply but not this one. It’s a small, flat tip sponge that dispenses the product as you twist the tube.

Wine is a maroon with shimmer. You cant really see the shimmer flecks but gives the lip a beautiful dimension.  It reminds me of a Christmas ornament, which makes it pretty festive I think!

It does bleed and I do think a lip liner is a must for this one! It lasted through my morning coffee though!

Guava is a nude pinky-creamy shine. Perfect daytime gloss-balm.

Wildberry is a deep maroon. I have pigmented lips and on my NC40 skintone it translates to a purplish nude.

These gloss-balms have decent staying power and both Guava and Wildberry are perfect nude glosses for me.

All in all I am very happy with all my purchases. Now all that’s left for Lakme to do is to add ‘real’ INDIAN skintone shade range to their base makeup products.

An Indian company that caters to a tiny % of light skinned Indians.( To quote Jeffree Star) #cantrelate


  1. This was really informative. I feel like checking out some of their products myself. Love the Guava colour lipstick! I must share this with Shaamain who is ex-Lakme 🙂

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