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Lakme 9 to 5 Creme Compact Vs Colorbar Triple Act Compact
What the company claims
This 3 in 1 concealer, foundation and compact is a one-step makeup. The Triple Act Compact Powder reduces spots and blemishes, gives a glowing complexion and a smooth and oil-free finish. Containing sunscreen, it protects the skin and gives it a fresh look. Triple Act Compact Powder is available seven shades – Neutral, Sand, Dusk, Marble, Fawn, Bisque and Walnut
Both are packed in double compartment round cases with mirrors. Lakme is in 9 to 5 signature colour of peach while the Colorbar is silver. However, the colorbar one scores over lakme for two reasons-
- Its snap lock is sturdier than lakme so less chance of accidental opening in your bag
- 2 The top compartment in colorbar holds the sponge whereas it’s the product in lakme. Accidental opening will contaminate your product in the latter
Looks like thought went into Colorbar designing!
It offers the regular four shades from Lakme –
Colorbar definitely scores over Lakme on this too!
Finish & Application
The finish is very rich and creamy. It does not go sheer unlike what Lakme claims on their website, but provides a medium coverage that is buildable to heavy. The sponge is good and provides an even application. I have used up two cases of this and have never found an uneven on streaky application. However, this is not a concealer.
You cannot use it to hide blemishes, patches or cover the under eye area. It provides a matte finish that lasts up to 6 hours in winter in around 4 in summer on my skin which is combination type. I have a very oily T zone. It is a bit drying and needs to be used over a well moisturized face else it accentuates the dry areas.
The finish is creamy but not as much as Lakme. It is a heavier product and the texture is quite drying. It provides a heavy coverage straight away if used with the dry sponge. Also, the application is uneven and streaky. I had to wet the sponge for a better application. A wet sponge toned down the application as well and I could get a medium coverage. Even though this is a concealer, it is not very easy to blend due to its drying texture. That means you can use it for blemishes and patches on face but not in the under eye area. It can be used as an eye primer too. It did enhance the pigmentation of some of my drugstore eye shadows but I have not tested it against a proper primer.
The finish is velvety matte and lasts the whole day in winter. I just got the product so have not used it in summer. I might not even do so because of its heavy finish. Lastly, this compact is very very drying. About ten times more than the Lakme one!! Even on a just moisturized face, it caused dryness at the temple and around the nose. So, I wet my face, apply the crème and then add moisturizer over it. Finally, I blend. After all this, I get an even flawless matte finish. The end result is quite nice but it cannot be use as an on-the-go product. Touch ups are difficult. You can just not duck into a corner and powder your nose with this (Unless your nose fell into a pot of oil and you want to soak it all up!)
I’d give this round to Lakme. For me, the whole purpose of a compact is to be able to do touch ups in a jiffy. Like heading to an important meeting or just before you climb up the stage to wish the bride and groom during a wedding or having arrived from a walk during your mid afternoon break. If I am going to do the whole, water, compact and moisturizer bit again, it’s no use. Oily skinned girls might favor the colorbar one in this respect but it just does not work for me. I had to buy a regular lakme compact for carrying around in my bag 🙁
The Final Verdict
If you are oily skinned or have to travel with a light baggage or cannot find a shade match in Lakme, go for the colorbar. If you combination skinned, need a quick product while rushing to work or college or for quick touch ups during the day, go for Lakme. If you are dry skinned, find another product. Both these will accentuate the dryness.
What’s your experience with cream compacts?
Swatches & Photos
See the withered sponge after 3 months of use?
Sponge after a year of use… much better!
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