Today, I am reviewing another shade from the Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint range. I love dark, bold and vibrant shades; and this one is my absolute favourite from this range. This is a bright red shade; and an absolute must-have in every woman’s kitty; especially in winters. Gel nail paints had become a rage last year; due to their long-lasting shine and durability; and along the same lines; Lakme introduced these nail paints. However, these are not actual gel nail paints; but claim to function along those lines.
Nails are fast becoming the next big beauty accessory for today’s fashionable woman who seeks professional and salon based expertise to achieve highly styled nails. Inspired by this insight, the breakthrough Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist range packs the performance of a gel manicure in a bottle to ensure glossy and plump nails in a single stroke. This break-through product range aims to introduce the global trend of gel-based manicures in the country. It comes with a highly pigmented colour formula to ensure super glossy and plump nails. A singular simple stroke delivers rich colour and a high gloss finish that stays for long.
How To Use:
First, apply a base coat of clear nail polish for a smooth surface to work on. Place a drop of polish at the bottom of the nail, just enough to cover your entire nail. Spread the polish in even strokes. Apply a second coat once the first coat dries for a richer color.
- Professional finish gel nails.
- High coverage.
- Rich color.
- Recommended by Lakmé’s makeup experts.
Rs. 400 for 15 ml product.
N*de Glow, Caramel Melt (something nu*e), Tomato Tango, Scarlet Red (something red); pink burst and Pink Champagne (something pink); and Electric Orange and Coral rush (the orange shades. These were the original shades launched last year; now Lakme has added another 8 stars to its constellation of Absolute Gel Stylist nail polish range. The newer ones include: Mint Julep, Blue Royale, Mystic Hue, Peach Schnapps, Pink Queen, Purple orchid, Grape Blossom and Amethyst.
My Take on Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Tomato Tango:
The Lakme Gel Stylist Nail polish come in a huge size bottle; which look like they hold a very large amount of product; however, the product held is a standard 15 ml.
The nail polishes have been launched in many delightful and glorious shades. There are shades available for everyone; for every occasion and every season. These actually look extremely gorgeous.
The shade “Tomato Tango” is an extremely gorgeous bright orangish red shade; making the name extremely suitable for it. Tomato Tango looks extremely nice, bright and glossy; and is a must-have shade for these winters. It is sure to make every skin tone look much fairer; with so pretty nails.
The brush is a flat brush, which fans out very well on the nails; and make the application extremely easy and perfect. The consistency is not very thick nor very runny; however, a wee bit thicker than the standard normal nail polish. The application of the nail polish is very easy. It distributes evenly on to the nails; giving a gorgeous and even coat of color within one stroke. I have applied two coats of nail polish in the pics; and the overall effect is shiny and gorgeous.
First coat of the nail polish dries quickly; within a minute or so. However; application of the second coat is bound to bring you trouble; as it does not dry equally fast. You are bound to have nicks and bedsheet prints all over the nails; unless you give it a long time to dry and harden completely; or apply some type of nail polish fixer. I had to give it an hour’s time; still I got bedsheet prints on it when I woke up in the morning.
Now, regarding the longevity. Does it last as well as a gel manicure? And the answer is disappointingly, NO. It starts chipping within the fourth day; earlier if you do all the house work and it loses its shine within 4-5 days. You cannot, at all keep it on your nails; looking bright and fresh for 3 weeks. I have kept it for a maximum of 7-8 days; before I had to remove it. For this quality, Lakme is indeed charging a high amount.
Pros of Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Tomato Tango:
- Gorgeous shades.
- Tomato Tango is an extremely gorgeous and glossy orangish red shade.
- Will make your hands look very fair.
- The brush applicator is flat; and extremely convenient to use.
- The nail polish will make your nails look very pretty.
- It applies very fast; and the first coat dries out quickly.
- It applies smoothly; without any unevenness, or bubbles in it.
- Slightly thicker than normal nail polish gives it a gel-like feel.
- Removal is easy with a standard nail polish remover.
- Availability is good.
- A must-have shade for winters.
Cons of Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Tomato Tango:
- Does not retain shine for more than 4-5 days.
- Starts chipping by day 4.
- Expensive, considering the brand and the fact that this is not an actual gel nail polish.
- Takes an extremely long time to dry.
Would I Repurchase Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Tomato Tango?
Probably no. I have two more shades in the same range, and shall be reviewing N*de Glow next. I am in love with this particular shade; only wish that it dried out a little faster. I cannot sit for more than an hour doing nothing; just waiting for my nail polish to dry; right!!!
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