Friday, 23 March 2012

Lakme Cheek Artist- Kiss of a Rose - Review and Swatches

Hola! Sorry I have missing in action for a while.Exams, and job have been keeping me busy, not to mention that stomach bug last week...blah.No matter on ward to the review.....
Product: Lakme Cheek Artist  |Shade : Kiss Of A Rose  |Price : INR 395 
Shelf Life: 3 yrs  |Weight: 6 g  
Let me state this right in the beginning: this is a really great product.It covers all the requirements of what I think consider must in a great blush:

  • Colour wearability - a beeeyooooootiful pink shade with plum hints, it does NOT have any shimmer, making it a great choice for day wear or even for office.
  • Ease of Application - its in a cream stick format which allows you to just swipe it directly onto your cheeks and blend.Otherwise there is ample choice to apply using a sponge, brush or fingertips.I personally use my middle finger to blend.
  • Blendability - super blendable! its soft and spreads easy, in case of a mistake you can wipe off with a towelette and it won't leave a tint.Its easy to work with and leaves no sharp lines.
  • Buildable - Yep! One can easily apply a couple of layers and still make it work. In fact I do 2 layers reaaaaaally well-blended for office. The stick form gives you a lot of control in the quantity you apply by just varying the pressure you put while gliding it onto your cheeks.Super easy right?
  • Staying Power - Being a cream blush, it stays for a while on dry skin but on my combination/oily cheeks it barely stays for an hour. I need to build it up with 3 layers to get it to stay for a decent amount of time.And that means a LOT of blending!! Sometimes I just use a similar blush in powder form over it and that also helps in increasing its stay on my cheeks.
  • Versatility - I can turn it into a shimmer shade by simply brushing a gold bronzer over it for the evening look. Super cool when you have to go from office to party look without no stop at home :)
  • Price - at INR 395 (approximately 4 USD) it allows you to not feel guilty about buying one more blush after the last time you promised yourself that you wouldn't buy one more :P
  • Portability - Easy to carry while travelling, office or leisure trip, this li'l baby goes everywhere!
  • No breakouts - I love that this blush has caused no breakouts or itching on my cheeks. ( Had a really bad scare 2 yearsback with a blush causing pimples that left marks on my cheeks :/ )
What I don't like: 
  • Staying power on combination/oily skin is very less (barely an hour on my cheeks!)
  • No mention of ingredients on the box or stick.
  • The plastic container stick is a little flimsy and I know some ladies have had problems with the twisting mechanism being faulty but no such problems in my product.
This blush has a definite place in my vanity kit because of its versatility and matte look.Suits all skin tones, specially dusky ones like me (I'm an NC 40-42).

Buy again: Yep! Once I finish this stick.
I give it : 3.5/5 (-1.5 because of the staying power)

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