While the Indian beauty blogosphere was oohing and ahhing over all the BB creams that finally hit our shores, indigenous Lakmé dished out a complete surprise in the form of their CC cream. And now that we've tested this Instant Skin Stylist for quite a while, we thought it was high time for a detailed review!
First up, it's definitely NOT a tinted moisturizer. The reason behind this is that Lakmé CC cream gives a lot more coverage than just a tint, and it isn't very moisturizing on dry skin.
This is what the company claims:
Lakmé has introduced two shades in this, Beige and Bronze. I got myself the Beige variant which is for lighter skin-tones. What I liked that it has sufficient amount of yellow in it, with only the slightest hint of pink which keeps me from looking sallow. The texture is a little thicker than most BB creams in the market, with the signature Lakmé fragrance. The scent is mild and does not linger long. This CC cream has managed to impress me to a great extent as it gives a very natural soft matte finish when applied, and definitely adds glow. My complexion evened out to a noticeable extent, and also seemed brighter.
That said, I would not advise this as a concealer for stubborn pigmentation or under eye darkness as the coverage is sheer to medium. However, you can build it up in thin layers. As the texture is on the thicker side, it takes a few strokes to get absorbed into the skin, but it's not difficult to work with and blending it is real easy. Initially, it looks very obvious that you've applied something, and may even look a little ashy, but in a few minutes, it appears very natural.
Those with oily skin can apply Lakmé CC cream directly. The matte effect lasts about two hours, after which you will need to control the shine with blotting paper, or compact powder. On my sister, with a periodic dusting of powder, her skin continued to look flawless. Dry skinned beauties however, cannot skip their moisturizer prior application, or else the cream refuses to blend properly and cakes up. I used a water based moisturizer before and let it sink in. Blending the CC cream afterwards was a dream, it went on so smooth!
After 3 and a half hours, my T zone looked a little shiny. My conclusion is, if you set it with powder, you can sail through half the day easily.
Now coming to a minor, but important factor- the packaging. The CC cream comes in a matte golden beige tube, with a silver cap which unscrews to reveal a tiny nozzle. The nozzle honestly, is no wider than a pin hole. All in all, very travel friendly and Lakmé has taken a good precaution to prevent wastage or oxidation of the product. (Anyone remember how fast their Daily Wear Souffle oxidized?)
I'm recommending Lakmé CC cream to all of you without a second thought! If the colour matches your complexion, do give it a try. The formula is pretty amazing, with decent coverage, and it gives a healthy glow to your skin too! Plus it has SPF 20, and any amount of sun protection in your makeup is always a good thing right? The only con is after you finish blending the cream, you'll notice that some amount has settled into the grooves of your fingers and will not melt away not matter how hard you try.
Lakmé CC cream retails for 250 INR for 30 ml. Easily available and relatively inexpensive. GO GET IT! If you're looking for other options, read our review of the Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector here.