Skin Tone: Fair to medium
So here I am finally wrapping up the Lakme illuminating range that I picked! This is the last shade out of the lot called Tropical Shine. This is probably the lightest shade out of the all that I got. I was never really comfortable with lighter shades but this looked beautiful, so I got it to try. Let’s see how this rose gold shade worked for me.
Price: Rs 700/-
Product Description by Lakme:
Back stage experts at Lakme Fashion Week bring to you the latest trend of ‘The Illuminated Look’, with a range of makeup that helps create red carpet lustre every day. A crème lipstick that delivers high color pay off with a reflective shimmer finish.
• High Color pay off with a creme texture
• Reflective Shimmer Finish
• Contemporary shades from Lakme Absolute, recommended by backstage experts
My Experience with Lakme Absolute Tropical Shine Illuminating Lip Shimmer:
Packaging: I am so happy that Lakme finally added a new touch to their packaging. The lipstick comes in a basic black box with the description and shade name. And inside sits the lip colour. The packaging of the lipstick is deep charcoal grey with white fonts. It does look classy and elegant. It looks a lot similar to the Lakme’s skin gloss skincare range. The lipstick has a label at the bottom stating the colour, I wish there was some colour-coding too. The lipstick is super handy and the cap closes with a click, so no way of the bullet getting harmed.
Shade: The shade “Tropical shine” is a very pretty rose gold shade with a subtle gold sheen and pink tints. It is a very unique shade which is not easily dupable. It will suit fair to medium complexions but since the shade is light and the sheen is bright, it looks a bit frosty. But after settling, it looks pretty, but because of the shimmers I did not feel comfortable with it on. Also, the shade is very light and hence the shimmers are highly visible. Although it is a beautiful neutral shade which would look great and glam with smokey eyes for festive season or will look even better with ethnic wear.
Consistency and Pigmentation: The consistency is super smooth and buttery which is why it glides very easily on the lips. Just a swipe and I have the pop of colour on my lips. It looks a bit too frosty initially but later settles down looking great. I build it up a little to make the colour look more intense. But after a few hours especially after meals, I can see a huge difference in the texture. It dries out my already dry lips and clings to dry patches on my lips. Also the shimmers become much more visible since the colour gets ripped off after meals.
Staying Power: The staying power is somewhere around 2-3 hours with heavy meals since after a meal, 50% of the colour gets ripped off and all I can see is a little colour and shimmers. Without food, it will stay for 4 hours. It does transfer a little but settles in fine lines after meals.
So in all some good lipsticks for the festive season or parties, but I don’t like shimmers that much, so I would still favour the other ranges from Lakme!
Pros of Lakme Absolute Tropical Shine Illuminating Lip Shimmer:
• New and attractive packaging in charcoal grey.
• Handy and 15 shades to choose from.
• Wide variety of shades and everyone will find a few shades of their liking.
• Amazingly pigmented.
• Soft texture which glides smoothly on my lips.
• Tropical Shine is a pretty rose gold shade with subtle gold and pink tints.
• Gives a glossy illuminating shine to my lips.
• Easy to remove.
Cons of Lakme Absolute Tropical Shine Illuminating Lip Shimmer:
• Shimmers are highly visible.
• Dries out my lips after a couple of hours.
• Looks pretty tacky after 3 hours or so.
• Not everyone would like shimmers and it is a bit frosty.
• Will wash out dusky skin-tones.
• Stays for 3 hours with food.
IMBB Rating: 3/5
Will I Repurchase/Recommend Lakme Absolute Tropical Shine Illuminating Lip Shimmer?
I wouldn’t get these again as I already have 5 of these and recommend if you are comfortable with shimmers. These can make some good lipsticks for the festive season or parties.
Conclusion: I like the other ranges more than this one because shimmers are not my cup of tea, I like their gloss addict and sculpted matte range more.
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