I was browsing through the Lakme’s official web site, when I chanced upon the Bridal Sutra Summer 2009 range, which showcased different looks conceptualized by Anamika Khanna. This range had the models depicting five different looks and all of them recommended Lakme Silk Naturelle Daily Foundation as a base for a natural and luminous finish. Since the illustration sounded tempting, I decided to give this foundation a try. Also, all I had to do was just go to the store and pick up the thing since I knew Lakme’s “Natural Shell” shade suited me the best. Also, the SA (a well-mannered one) at the Health and Glow outlet blended the Silk Naturelle foundation quite nicely on to my forearm.
WHAT Lakme SILK NATURELLE DAILY FOUNDATION CLAIMS:
A lightweight foundation that glides on effortlessly like sheer silk. Just the right amount of coverage for everyday use, for skin that looks naturally flawless. With skin protecting SPF 8* (in vitro study) so you are ready for the day.
HOW TO USE Lakme SILK NATURELLE DAILY FOUNDATION:
Dab dots of the product onto your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Smooth evenly from the center of your face outwards. Apply daily for a beautiful natural look.
PRICE: Rs. 275 (Indian Rupees) for a 27 mL tube (that is three-quarters empty!!!!).
The liquid foundation is squeezed into a 27 g maroon-ish tube, but surprisingly when I examined it, around 75% of the tube seemed to be empty. There was only 25% of the product in the tube with regards to the tube’s capacity. I thought may be the SA had handed me a conked-out piece, but I came to know that all of the other tubes had the same amount in them. I wonder whether there is any science behind to keep almost three-quarters of the tube empty. The shade that matched me perfectly was the “Natural Shell” and this particular shade is for wheatish to dusky people. The Silk Naturelle smells same as the Lakme Face Magic souffle, very cucumber-ish. I have tried the souffle before, so I am quite familiar with the shade as well as the smell.
The SA at the store had informed me beforehand that I needed to apply a good deal of moisturizer before applying the foundation. But, this is something that I already know, but since the weather in Hyderabad is swelteringly hot, I chose to use Biotique’s Red Sandalwood Sunscreen lotion with SPF 50 as a makeup base. As directed on the back of the tube, I dabbed on dots of the foundation on to my cheek, nose, forehead, chin, and neck. At first, it gave the perception that it was going to turn my face into a rotten orange kind of complexion, but upon blending thoroughly, it disappeared into the skin giving a nice almost-flawless finish. The foundation gave me sheer to medium coverage, which was fine with me. But, I had to dab some more of the product again and again for some extra coverage in some troublesome areas. I was overall very satisfied with the way I was looking and the foundation was not weighing down on my skin. But wait, this dream just lasts only for a few moments. As I stepped out into the sun, the luminous glow, the flawless finish, and blah, blah, blah started to vanish in the hot and scorching heat one by one. I do not think this thing works in the summer season at all and it is not at all long staying.
PROS OF Lakme SILK NATURELLE FOUNDATION:
- The colors suits me to the T, I have not yet come across any other foundation shade that matches my skin so perfectly.
- This one is lightweight; it does not give the impression that I am wearing heavy foundation.
- It does blend on to the skin quite nicely.
- It gives sheer to medium coverage, which is what I want from my foundation.
- Most importantly, it does not cake or leave behind a whitish cast.
CONS OF SILK NATURELLE FOUNDATION:
- 1. The flawless finish, luminous glow, and sheer silk feel is all momentary, the summer heat saps all of it away.
- There is only 25% of the foundation in the tube, rest of the tube appears to be airy.
- The SPF 8* tag for the foundation is Lakme’s attempt at following herd mentality to cash in on the current craze with regards to demand for SPF-containing products. It’s a calculative and clever move by Lakme to attract consumers because it is clearly specified on the packaging that SPF 8 in the foundation has only been proved in vitro.There is no concrete evidence to validate their SPF claim.
WILL I GO FOR IT AGAIN:
I am really not sure. I will not use it on a daily basis because I did get some zits on my face in spite of this being water based. Anyways, I am not going to use it for the summers, so I will wait until the mercury drops down. All in all, it is a so-so foundation as far as I am concerned.
PS: I have used two different areas on my arm to show the blending in the pics.
Have you used Lakme Silk Naturelle Foundation?
Image Source : Lakme India