Lakmé launches a new collection every season of Lakmé Fashion Week and this year at the Summer/Resort 2016 edition, they launched the new Lakmé Absolute Illuminate Collection, a specially crafted range of illuminating makeup and skincare products inspired by shimmer. In this post I am going to review the makeup range as Lakmé sent me a lovely box with some of the products from the collection. I love shimmery and metallic makeup and using this range has been a delight.
The Gorgeous Box that arrived
Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette
The Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette is available in two variations - Silver and Gold. Each palette consists of six eye shadow options. I got the Gold palette and the shadows range from nude to oranges to brown to olive green. You can build up the colours to your liking and can use this for a natural look as well as green smokey eye look. However, the darker shades don't have too much shimmer in them and can look chalky if not blended in well. It is perfect for Indian skin tones. I have been using it quite regularly for the lightest nude colour which has a nice sparkly look to it. The palette is priced at INR 995/-
Lakmé Absolute Precision Eye Artist Eyeliner
I am an eyeliner maniac and love coloured eyeliners coz just that one thing can change your look completely. So I was elated when I opened the box and saw that Lakmé had sent me all the 3 shades that they had launched of the Lakmé Absolute Precision Eye Artist Eyeliner: Emerald Green, Blue Sapphire and Burnished Brown. The eyeliners have a pretty metallic look to them on application and are smooth to apply. I have worn them for 8 to 10 hours and they have stayed put without smudging which proves how long lasting they are. These are slim and long, twist up pencils with a rubber grip that helps in easy application. You have to push the cap a bit for it to lock on, which then stays secure till you don't pull it off the next time. It is priced at INR 850/- which is pricey compared to competing brands but it's long lasting feature is what will make me buy it. For the eyes, the collection also has the Lakmé Absolute Precision Eye Artist Kajal in black and is available for INR 750/-
Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer
Metallic lipsticks were a rage in my college days and I used to love them. I don't know why they faded out and just matte or glossy shades were all that you got. This made me run to imported brands, or cousins and friends living abroad so that I could atleast have a few metallic and shimmery shades in my collection. The launch of the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer made me super happy because I felt like I was transported back to the late 90s - to my college days :) Lakmé sent me 3 shades: Tropical Shine which is a frosty metallic peachy shade and my most favourite especially for day wear, Pink Flash which is a bright pink with loads of shimmer and your perfect party accompaiment, and Crimson Blink which is a bright red with shimmer and is perfect for weddings only according to me. The texture is creamy, super smooth to apply and lasts for atleast 3-4 hours. Totally there are 15 lipsticks in the collection and they are priced at INR 700/-
The collection additionally also has the Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist nail polishes in 10 glitter shades which are priced at INR 400/-.
Here is my #IlluminateandShine day look using the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer in Tropical Shine and the Lakmé Absolute Precision Eye Artist Eyeliner in Emerald Green.
I had done a blog post after Lakmé Fashion Week where I had rounded up my favourite beauty looks that were created using the Illuminate range. Check it out here - http://www.ritchstyles.com/2016/04/my-favourite-beauty-looks-from-lakme.html
I will be reviewing the Illuminate Skincare range soon too, so stay tuned!
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