Lakme Silk Naturelle Daily Foundation Review

by jomol on May 7, 2010 · 38 comments

Lakme Silk Naturelle FoundationI 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.


Lakme Silk Naturelle Foundation

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.

INGREDIENT LIST:

Not mentioned.

PRICE: Rs. 275 (Indian Rupees) for a 27 mL tube (that is three-quarters empty!!!!).

Before blending the foundation.

Before blending the foundation.

THE VERDICT:

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.

After blending the foundation completely on to my forearm.

After blending the foundation completely on to my forearm.

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:

  1. The colors suits me to the T, I have not yet come across any other foundation shade that matches my skin so perfectly.
  2. This one is lightweight; it does not give the impression that I am wearing heavy foundation.
  3. It does blend on to the skin quite nicely.
  4. It gives sheer to medium coverage, which is what I want from my foundation.
  5. Most importantly, it does not cake or leave behind a whitish cast.

CONS OF SILK NATURELLE FOUNDATION:

  1. 1. The flawless finish, luminous glow, and sheer silk feel is all momentary, the summer heat saps all of it away.
  2. There is only 25% of the foundation in the tube, rest of the tube appears to be airy.
  3. 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.

Rating : 3

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

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

sush May 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Hi Jomal,

Even i came across this product last time i visited their counter but since i have finished upwith all the money buying dresses :-( :-( , i planned to get it the very next time.

Bt now its a strick no no ….. right review at the right time.
75% of the tube empty !!! how weird of Lakne. :no:

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Hi Sush……even I do that….I “blow” up a lot of money on dresses and end up with no money at all for buying what I actually meant to buy. :-( But I think this would work in the winters………the heat is too much here in hyd.

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I so badly wanted to try this foundation but *luckily* I was not able to find either my right shade or the store was out of stock of it. Now I can be a little happy. :P

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I am saving the 25% of it for the winter season…..i had got a nice finish with this one….so hope it works in that season. :thunder:

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

:fingersxd: I think it would work. I have heard good reviews about this one. :)

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I think i have turned into grumpy complaining woman, I am finding fault with everything….. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Awww!! We all crib. It is our birthright. :cowboy:

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Poornima May 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm

YES..

Cribbing is our birthright…

Height of Cribbing: Cribbing about our cribbing nature :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Ruby May 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

great review !! i was eyeing this one from the website, wanted to try it the next time i go to india…but now maybe not. LOL!
.-= Ruby´s last blog ..Aayirathil Oruvan =-.

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Hmmm……..you got oily skin Ruby?

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Ruby May 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

no i have pretty dry skin, so it may actually work hmmmm
.-= Ruby´s last blog ..Aayirathil Oruvan =-.

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Palak May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I have this one and it really sucks !
I hate Lakme plus the consistency is very difficult to work :pain:

I agree with the half filled tube part tho :D
.-= Palak´s last blog ..Maybelline Whitestay UV Review =-.

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

You too had half tube palak…..I was so angry that I got an empty tube :-X

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ki. May 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

When I was a kid, I used to hate spending on chips packets that were all air and no chips! And now lakme is doing it to us with foundation!!! :rotfl:
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Don’t quite know what to write =-.

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Rima Kaur May 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

that’s exactly what came to my mind. i hate those airy chip packets too! but 75% is a HUGE amount!

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Ruby May 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

LOL!! same, thats what i was thinking of aswell!
.-= Ruby´s last blog ..Aayirathil Oruvan =-.

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ki. May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Lakme really ought to stop treating its customers rottenly! :shout:
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Don’t quite know what to write =-.

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm

By the way Ki, I saw your and fiance’s pics….you too make a cute and adorable couple……… :-)

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ki. May 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Thanks Jomol :))

btw, I found the perfect use for the matte mousse foundation :-D use a tiny amount as an eyeshadow base… sort of like MAC’s paint pot (except only half as great!) it works pretty well. :-D
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Don’t quite know what to write =-.

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Yes, Rima, not joking at all, try one of the naturelle tubes the next time you are at their counter and tell me if there is any different……..i really wanna know if they selling hyderabadis costly air.

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Ha ha…I agree Ki…….I hate anything that is filled with air……i get the impression that someone’s fooling me. :teeth:

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Mrunmayee May 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

One more inimitable Jomol review… The Lakme SA tried really hard to Chipkao this to me.. If this had happened a year back, i would have definitely fallen for it.. But i think I have wizened up in the past year only so much as to ignore Lakme SAs…

But the silky feel was damn attractive.. So glad i did not succumb to the SAs pressure..

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Thank you Mrunmayee………as I told Rati earlier, I have started grumbling, mumbling, and cribbing at everything….. :-D

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Poornima May 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I tried this recently on my hand at Health n Glow.Then it felt very silky and nice.

Remember Rati ?I even asked you for an opinion on it.. But somehow these days, I stay away from Lakme counters..

Btw, Just to update you’ll on a recent incident. I had a Lakme lippie, which was hardly a year old. Few days back, I used it and my lips started itching..I had to throw it out.

This has made me even more stubborn now..Not to buy that brand. :-X

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ki. May 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm

itching?! sick!!! :reallypissed:
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Don’t quite know what to write =-.

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Poornima, I was quite happy with the swatches and also convinced that it would make a decent foundation. I was not aware of the 75% empty pack issue or anything like that.

My lipstick has started feathering and it is just 7-8 months old. :( We are so losing trust in the brand.

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm

:-( :-( I too have found it to be a decent foundation, but it does not stay put……….

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Yes I agree with Poornima, I have scaled new heights in cribbing…..hehehe he.

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ritu May 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

i was wondering 2 get this 1.does it contains moisturizers?

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jomol May 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm

No ritu..it does not contain any moisturerzing effect…we have to apply a good deal of moisturizer underneath it….but the good thing about it is it does give a smooth flawless finish albeit temporarily…….

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Sonal May 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Nice review, jomol. :)

And what is it with no ingredient list? :pissedoff: I hate it when products (especially that have to go on my face) list no ingredients or only list an airy-fairy list such as ‘vanilla, soy & avocado’ (this is from an actual product I’m using!)

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Namratha April 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

When the quantity 27ml is clearly mentioned on that, it is of no use if you expect looking at the tube. One who are backing out because of quantity I highly recommend this please try once and then decide. I am the one who hate to put foundation so I was always using Lacto calamine as a makeup base & also I hate all these heavy foundation that make my face look artificial. Same time I have such a oily skin and a seberan porous caused by it I have to put some cream which absorb oil and cover the porous and same time should not be a thick cream where I need to struggle to merge it into my skin. Trust me it gets in to you skin in such a way that you don’t even feel like you have used a foundation. So please don’t go by review always experience varies from a person to person.

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amita September 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

hey i tried dis Lakme silk foundation, & i can find d waaooo!! kind of effect on my face.. m not saying it is d best, BUT it is an amezinggggggggg foundation i ever had in Lakmeeeessz.. :yahoo: :yahoo: :happydance: :happydance: :clap:

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