Lakme, a brand synonymous with that of Indian makeup and beauty. Lakme, a brand that has been around since before any one of us were born. Lakme, a brand that we’ve all watched being used by our mothers, aunts and sisters. Lakmé, a brand with which most of us have started our makeup journey. Lakme, still one of India’s most popular, most trusted brand when it comes to makeup and skincare! So here it is, a sole dedication to our favourite makeup brand Lakme, with the top 10 products that this age-old brand has to offer in India. The list includes reviews on both skin care and makeup from Lakme with prices.
Girls, you have to agree with me on this. No matter how many brands are launched in the Indian market, no matter how many international (albeit, expensive) products battle it out on the makeup shelves, Lakme is one brand which has not only stood the test of time, but also made a special place for itself in our hearts. I don’t think that there is a single girl who has not used a Lakme product ever, or isn’t using still!
List of Best Lakme Products to Buy in India:
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal
This has got to be the most popular Lakme product till date! Every makeup aficionado must be aware of the ‘iconic’ kajal (excuse my pathetic pun), which pretty much tops the must-buy list of most kajal addicts. Intense black colour in a single stroke, waterproof, long lasting (though not 10 hours as Lakme claims), and easy on the pocket, what more could a girl want? This is one kajal that should totally top every girl’s makeup priority list. Price in India: ₹ 199
Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara
Yet another bestseller from the line! To be very honest, a girl’s best friend should be this magic tube of mascara instead of diamonds! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit! But on a serious note, long, lusciously curled lashes=Eyeconic Mascara. With an intense yet amazingly light wear formula, a curling brush that gives you perfectly curled lashes every time, and a price tag which doesn’t break the bank, there is absolutely no reason not to love the Eyeconic Curling Mascara. (Pssst…It’s got D-Panthenol moisturizer as well, which promotes the growth of lashes) Price in India: ₹ 250
Lakme Complexion Care Cream
This brand scores not only in makeup, but in skincare as well! Lakme brought about a revolution in the Indian beauty market by launching the first ever CC Cream, which is a unique blend of moisturizer and foundation. Till date, this CC Cream happens to be the only drugstore CC cream in the market, which is pretty much a major reason why it’s in this list. Besides being a lifesaver for people like me, who can’t decide on whether to cake up the face with a layer of heavy foundation, or go to the party looking like a maid, this tinted moisturizer is perfect as an option between moisturizer and foundation. This. Is. The. Makeup. Product. I. Have. Been. Looking. For. All. My. Life.
Hahaha… Seriously speaking, this stuff is too good! It acts as a moisturizer, evens out the complexion, gives a decent amount of coverage for an everyday look, covers up minor blemishes and basically makes my life better when it comes to doing my face for college everyday! And not surprisingly, it’s affordable too! Price in India: ₹ 250 for 300 ml
Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact
Pretty much my favourite compact, for not only does it provide an excellent coverage, but also does not make my face look cakey and dried out after application. Lakme, I’m falling in love with you more and more with every passing day! This compact is the shizz! It brightens, whitens and evens out my skin to a flawless finish, has that perfectly dewy finish, does not clog pores, and is perfect in every sense. The best part? It’s available in six whopping shades. Price in India: ₹ 190
Lakme Enrich Satin Lipstick Range
Whenever someone mentions lipsticks, the first image that comes to my mind is the Enrich Satin line of lipsticks that it has in its booty for the longest time. Many a fond memories are associated with these dainty little tubes of colour- lipsticks which I used to steal from Mummy’s purse and apply all over my face as a five-year-old, lipsticks which I used to sneak in from my older sister’s bag when I was twelve and still wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, and yes, the first ever lipstick that my best friend gifted to me when I was fifteen. Nostalgia, yes, but there is no denial that the Enrich Satin range continues to rule the makeup shelves all over the country. In spite of being the oldest range of lipstick from Lakme, it remains one of the best as well.
Where do I even start?! These lakme lipsticks are multiplying by the day! What originally started out with 15 shades(that’s what my fashion-forward Sis told me), now has a whopping 40 shades, covering every hue of pink, red, brown, nude, plum and even coral! With the creamiest formula that I’ve ever used, they go on to a beautiful colour on the lips in two-three strokes, with a semi-matt finish that’s super-perfect and super-versatile! Plus points for changing the icky purple cover though, the tubes are now in a sexy transparent style. The bestest best part? The revamped Enrich Satins have olive oil and Vitamin E, which keeps the lips hydrated and plump for a perfect pout! Price in India: ₹ 225
Lakme Fast and Fabulous Nail Paint
I started drooling over these sexy bottles ever since they were launched, and I’m drooling still, even though Over got practically all of them! This line of revolutionary nail paint from the house of Lakme are just one word: F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. Unique bottles, unique formula, unique brush, everything about the Fast and Fabulous range is as awesome as it is unique!
Lakme was the first of the lot to understand the perils of us girls-the only time we’re not invincible was when our nail polish was drying! And hence, born was the Fast and Fabulous range, with a quick drying formula that took only 40 seconds to dry and a unique flat brush for single stroke application. And gone are the perils of smudged nail paints, hurried and gloppy coats, and tears of frustration! Oh, and did I mention that Lakme has covered every colour under the sun with this range? And the colours are just Ah-mahzzz-innnggg! Price in India: ₹200
Lakme Absolute White Intense Skin Cover Foundation
Probably one of the best foundations in market, this product from the Absolute line of Lakme is pretty much everything that you need in a foundation. It’s PERFECT! Water-based, so it doesn’t feel like you’ve got a ton of makeup on your face. Oil-free, yaaay for all of the oily-skinned peeps, including me! Vitamin B3, which boosts collagen production in the skin. SPF 25, sunscreen as well! Medium coverage, perfect for day-to-day use, and pretty long lasting as well!
As I said, it’s nearly perfect. However, it comes in 3 shades- Golden Medium, Beige Honey and Ivory Fair, so even though there’s something for everybody, I guess a wider palette of shades might have been better for absolute perfection. Price in India: ₹650 for 15 ml
Lakme Absolute Bi-Phased MakeUp Remover
It is pretty much a wonder how Lakme churns out perfect products one after the other! Even in this makeup remover, the creative streak of Lakme experts can be seen, with this awesome product that’s sure to give your face wash a run for its money. Previously, when I was laziness personified, what I’d do after coming back from a party would be to somehow get out of those heavy dresses, splash some water carelessly onto my face and drop off to sleep. Needless to say, next morning, my already oily, sensitive, breakout-prone face would be nearly invisible from the all the pimples that would have had broken out due to the built-up of old makeup. Once I entered college though, my roomie ensured that I somehow wipe off aaaaallll the makeup residue, and that’s when I was introduced to this magic potion that Lakme calls its Bi-Phased Makeup Remover. And let me tell you, Do. Not. Ever. Use. Anything. Else. For. Removing. Your. Makeup.
This beauty of a makeup remover combines the cleansing properties of oil with the refreshing properties of water to give you the best makeup removal experience ever! All through my life, I used to think that oil and water do not merge, but trust Lakmé to go ahead and do the undoable! The oil phase of the Bi-Phased remover wipes away any trace of makeup, whilst the light water phase ensures a refreshing and hydrating experience. Though suited to all skin types, I feel that it is apt for sensitive skin, for besides being surprisingly light, it is dermatologically tested too, ensuring no breakouts as well as removing all traces of the most stubborn makeup. Price in India: ₹200
Lakme Peach Milk Moisturizer
Not that there aren’t better moisturizers in the market, but the beautiful fragrance of this one is one major reason why I keep using it! Besides, it’s delightfully light, and since I shudder at the mere thought of applying those heavy, oily lotions, the Peach Milk Moisturizer is perfect for me. This is one product you must have in your kitty for those harsh winter days! This light-weight moisturizer is perfect for any skin type. It gets absorbed very fast and has a sweet fragrance that lingers all day, keeping you refreshed throughout. Soft and supple skin is what you get when you use this! Price in India: ₹55 for 60 gms
Lakme 9to5 Eye Colour Quartet
I nearly screamed when I was checking my list for a preview and found out that I had missed out on these lovelies! I’m incomplete without my eye makeup, and not including the best of the lot from Lakme would be a crime on my part. It’s intense, it’s affordable, it’s versatile, it’s got a super long staying power, it’s got a creaseless, smooth formula and it’s awesome! This one certainly deserves a try by every girl who loves her eye makeup!
Available in 5 quartets, namely Silk Route, which has mainly plums and grays, Moon Dust which is black, white, gray and brown, Peacock with blues, greens and browns, Tanjore Rush having bright purples, greens and golds and Desert Rose in soft mauves, roses and neutrals. My only complaint is that they don’t have more shades! Price in India: ₹ 500
So there you are, with your list of must-have, must-buy Lakme products in India. When you’ve got products from India’s most trusted beauty brand to choose from, know that you’re in heaven! And yes, Lakme die-hards, you’re welcome!