An old Hyundai ad aired in Kenya comes to mind when I come across the word Lakmé. No association with the car manufacturer, just they used the hauntingly beautiful Lakmé Viens, Malliká: Duo Des Fleurs by Léo Delibes as the theme for the advert (seriously, have a listen here).
But Lakmé is also a big Indian cosmetics and skin care brand. I recall in the 90s, as I leafed through my mother’s lady magazines and encountered the indescribably beautiful Aishwarya Rai proclaiming Lakmé the secret of her looks. I wonder how many women bought tubes of lipstick to emulate the same.
All this time, my exposure to the brand was limited to print adverts until I chanced upon it in Malaysia last year. Access to beauty products designed specifically for my skin type? Had to buy!
|PRICE||approx. $19 (INR 900)|
|FORMULATION||Blendable thin cream|
|TEXTURE/FINISH||Natural, light coverage|
|PACKAGING||Plastic tube with doe-foot applicator|
(Fair, Medium, Honey)
I bought this in shade #05 Honey.
It is tiny. The tube looks like a travel-sized version of what it should have been. The amount of product is a tiny 3.5g (MAC Pro Longwear, by contrast, is a whopping 9ml of product).
Nonetheless, I am impressed by the packaging. It has come a long way from the 90s ads. The creamy concealer is housed in a transparent plastic tube so it is easy to see how much is left. The doe-foot applicator is great for dispensing the product. I dab it on and then quickly pat it into place with my ring finger. Because it is a little wetter than most, you will find you have a little more time to get it into place. I have also blended it in suing both a concealer brush and the Beauty Blender. I find using my fingers is the easiest and least wasteful way of applying this concealer. The Beauty Blender does give a more flawless result though.
I have been wondering though how I will get to the last of the product given the style of packaging (I have the same problem with my Giorgio Armani Master Corrector). I will have to figure that one out soon. The tube is almost finished, and had I started used it earlier and more often, I dare say it would have run out in a few weeks’ time.
Not sure why the range of shades is so limited especially along the darker end of the spectrum. Come on Lakmé, Indian women come in a plethora of shades, please lift your game.
Honey seemed a good match (there were no testers) and it was, at the time, given I was returning from warm weather. It has enough orange to counter shadows in the orbital area. But, it is not enough on its own if you have more than light discolouration under the eyes. Which is why I use colour corrector as well. On that note, please bear in mind I only use concealer under my eyes. If you are looking for something to cover up other areas, this will suffice as long as it is light coverage you are after.
The shade is a touch warm for me now that I’ve been through winter – I also notice this a lot more because I have been using NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger which is a lighter shade (review coming soon) .
The product isn’t as thick as I was hoping but it does blend rather easily and is quite smooth (I don’t know why I was expecting a little grittiness). The concealer gives quite effective coverage and appears quite natural albeit a touch wet-looking. This isn’t an issue for me because I set it with my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, so I find it lasts my entire work day, no problems.
Bottom line, I am pleasantly surprised by this brand and this product. It iss great to use something dedicated to Indian skin tones and I find I reach for it most days lately. But the quantity of product and range of shades was disappointing.
I’m not sure where I would find this in Australia but I will be keeping an eye out to try some other products from Lakmé.
Have you come across Lakmé before?
Would you give it a go?