I would start by saying that I am suppppppeeerrrrrrrr excited about this particular review as this time it’s the perfect blend of 3 of my favourites – “matte – red and lipstick.” The lipstick that I am talking about is Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color in the shade “Crimson Catch,” which the SA told me is a new addition to the collection and being a die-hard red lipstick lover, it was love at first sight for me 😛 So, let’s move on to the review and see as to why I love it sooooo much.
Say “no” to touch ups with this perfect for office wear, Lakmé 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color. Formulated with vitamin E and Wheat Germ Oil, this lip color nourishes your lips by retaining its moisture. Keeping your lips hydrated all day long, it gives you smooth, perky lips. These lip colors are ideal for daily office wear adding charm and lasting long. The smooth lipstick texture allows easy application, giving you a perfect finish. The Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color is a must have in your makeup kit. Pick the shade you love, or try them all!
My Experience with Lakme Crimson Catch 9 to 5 Lip Color:
As we all know by now, the lipstick comes in a very pretty sleek rose gold case which click locks tightly. The packaging is super convenient to travel with and is great for touch ups on the go. There’s no shade indicator but a sticker having the shade name and number attached to the base. I really wish Lakme did something about the shade indication bit because for hoarders like me, it becomes really difficult to find a particular shade when in a rush. There’s an outer carton for the lipstick as well which holds the various details like the date of manufacture, expiry, etc. Overall, I find the packaging quite pretty and functional with the only con being the lack of a proper shade indicator.
The lipstick has a really mild sweet fragrance which wouldn’t bother anyone with a sensitive nose and it has a little sweet taste to it as well, which I felt when I licked my lips accidentally.
Coming to the shade “Crimson Catch,” I would call it an out-and-out cool-toned matte red sans any shimmer, which I absolutely adore against my NC42 skin tone as I feel that warm-toned reds can at times end up looking a bit garish against wheatish complexions like mine.
This is the sort of red that I can sport any day and any time without a second thought and I love the way it brightens my face even without any base makeup and makes my teeth appear super white. I feel this one is a universally flattering shade of red and being so intensely pigmented, it can be worn as a tint by beginners or those who are scared of bold lips in general.
In terms of pigmentation, this lipstick is pretty awesome and gives full coverage in two swipes and I would suggest against layering it further as it could end up looking cakey. Texture wise, I find these to be one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks around as they glide on the lips really softly and set to a matte finish in a few seconds.
There’s no tugging or pulling on the lips during application and it doesn’t stick to the dry areas of the lips.
Coming to the staying power, I would say that the 9 to 5 claim is quite far-fetched, but it does stay for a good 4-5 hours post application and survives light snacks and drinks quite efficiently, but disappears leaving a rosy tint post a full meal and reapplication becomes a must. Once it sets, it hardly transfers much and this really is a big plus for me.
Summing up the pros and cons:
Pros of Lakme Crimson Catch 9 to 5 Lip Color:
- Easily available.
- Really pretty packaging.
- Isn’t really drying on the lips in spite of being a matte lipstick.
- Good staying power.
- Good pigmentation.
- Doesn’t transfer much post after it sets.
Cons of Lakme Crimson Catch 9 to 5 Lip Color:
- Really wish they had thrown in some sort of shade indicators.
- 9 to 5 claim is a bit too far fetched.
Overall, this range is pretty amazing if you are on the lookout for an affordable non-drying matte lipstick and I totally recommend this range to everyone. More specifically, I would say that this shade of red is a must-have for all red lipstick lovers and would be a great addition to the stash for the upcoming festive season.
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