By Tanya Arora
I am all excited today because this is my first review on IMBB. Like all of you, I have been an avid follower of IMBB for a very long time now. I am head over heels with red lipsticks these days, but wait! Who doesn’t love red lipsticks? It’s womanly impossible! 😀
So today I am reviewing a shade called RED REBEL that comes from the Lakme 9 to 5 matte lipsticks’ range. Lakme continues to be a trusted brand over years and I know people who are really loyal to it (for my mum, lipsticks = Lakme). Not to forget the collections Lakme comes up with that are so hard to resist; knowing that you already have enough red lipsticks, you promise yourself that you aren’t buying any more of them *super-fail*!
Anyway, let’s see what the company says about the lipstick:
Lakmé Nine to Five brings you a range of 15 shades that sit on your lips all day long. Enriched with Vitamin E; it conditions your lips & softens them with wheat germ oil. So, perk those soft, smooth lips with a touch of matte.
• High performance color fix formula
• Shades suited for office wear
• Soft and smooth texture
• Matte Finish
• Vitamin E
• Wheat germ oil
• Travel friendly packaging
INR 450 for 3.6gms
My Experience with Lakme MR10 Red Rebel 9 to 5 Lip Color:
This lipstick comes in the usual packaging as the Lakme 9 to 5 range generally does. I like the metallic finish that is given to the packaging. While opening this lipstick, I always fear I may end up breaking the product as it is a little tight, as per me. But that’s also why it is travel friendly and I am assured that my lipstick won’t mess up in my bag. 🙂
Shade and Pigmentation:
The shade MR10 – RED REBEL is bright red with orange undertones. The best part of this lipstick for me is the pigmentation. I love how highly pigmented this lipstick is. A single swipe and you are ready the go! This shade is so pigmented that you do not need a second swipe. Anyway, if you still feel the need of building up the product, you can manage so without the product appearing cakey.
The texture of this lipstick is not very creamy, I would say; though not very drying as well and glides on smoothly. Those who have dry lips would need to moisturize their lips before applying this lipstick. This lipstick has a mild, citrus smell in it which is almost negligible. It has no shimmer in it which is a thumbs-up for me, as I personally do not prefer lipsticks that do have shimmer. I feel that they make my plump lips appear even fuller. As promised, the lipstick gives you a very matte finish.
As far as the staying power is concerned, it definitely does not live up to its 9 to 5 claim, but stays on for 4-5 hours with minimal fading after having a light meal. The color is a little transferable. After fading, it still doesn’t disappoint you and leaves a natural tint on your lips without being patchy.
This lipstick gives an instant illumination on my face and is quite compatible with my wheatish skin tone. All in all, this a well pigmented shade, suitable for most of the outfits and skin tones, and you should definitely try it if you are a matte lipstick lover like me!
Pros of Lakme MR10 Red Rebel 9 to 5 Lip Color:
• Travel friendly
• Highly pigmented
• No shimmer (yes, a pro for me, might be a con for many others)
• Suits most of the Indian skin tones
• Matte finish
• Doesn’t fade in patches
• Contains Vitamin E
• Fairly priced
Cons of Lakme MR10 Red Rebel 9 to 5 Lip Color:
• Fails to live up to its 9 to 5 claim
• Doesn’t moisturize the lips, so dry lips need to prep first
IMBB Rating :
4/5 ( -1/2 for the staying power, -1/2 for being a little drying)
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Lakme MR10 Red Rebel 9 to 5 Lip Color?
For the pigmentation, definitely yes! Although would like to try the other shades as well.
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Lakme Burgundy Business 9 to 5 Lip Color
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