Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palettes are priced at INR 995/- each and available on several online portals including Nykaa and Purplle. These are limited edition and I received the French Rose and Royal Persia palettes from the brand for review purposes.

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What Lakme Says about the Palettes

The ‘Illuminate Look’ is the latest trend marching on most international runways this season. It celebrates sparkle without any reason and has been designed by Sabyasachi. ‘The Illuminate Look’ is all about shimmer, translucent and lustrous makeup, with a reflective shimmer finish. Get creative with the two limited edition eye shadow palettes with 6 vivid colors that you can mix and match to create various looks.

lakme eyeshadow royal persia

My Thoughts about Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palettes

I have not been too happy with the pigmentation of previous palettes from Lakme, and I have to admit, this time, they have improved on the pigmentation department, and both palettes are better to work with. The packaging is nothing fancy – a shiny, sturdy black case with a big mirror inside, which actually is quite useful for quick touch ups. I like the Q-tip brush given with it – makes it easy to apply. There are two palette – the blue one, Royal Persia, is meant for dramatic, bold looks, while the French Rose Palette is good for day looks and warmer, more peachy looks.

I have to admit, I was skeptical at first, but although Royal Persia wasn’t too great, the other palette did make me quite happy, and I have been wearing some of the shades from this Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette extensively. Royal Persia is confusing, as if its trying to figure out whether it wants to be pink, blue, or purple.

Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette Royal Persia

lakme absolute illuminating eyeshadow palette royal persia swatches

From the swatches, you can see that the Royal Persia palette isn’t too great with pigmentation. The matte shades are really chalky and powdery, while the shimmery shade, especially the teal one on the top left is pretty good, and although there’s some fallout when I’m trying to pack it on my brush, its far better application wise when wet, so I go by that. On a lighter skin tone, the blue shows up wonderfully, and I love the sheen it has. I also like the purple colour in the lower bottom left, which is a great crease colour as well as an all-over the lid colour, despite the fact that its difficult to use it with any other colour in the palette. The fuchsia in the bottom center has a lot of pigmentation, but the finish is very powdery so it falls short of expectations.

Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette French Rose

lakme absolute illuminating eye shadow palette french rose

I liked the Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette French Rose far better because a) the colours are much more easier for me to blend and use together – in fact, the colours are pretty easy to pair up, and I loved the golds and pinks and brown which is really quite nice as a crease and/or transition shade. I haven’t gone beyond a couple of looks, but I do love the orange in the bottom-left, and the brown in the bottom right. The gold on top right is quite versatile, and so is the dark rosewood shade on top center. Of course, there’s a bit of fallout but consistency-wise this is much better and workable.

lakme absolute illuminating eyeshadow palette french rose swatches

I did a simple eye makeup look which literally took me 5 minutes to bring together. I used the pink and orange and gold shades, and blended it out on the crease with the brown – and this stayed on me for about 6 hours without creasing or fading.

lakme eyeshadow swatches and look

In the end I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of the palettes, but I do prefer Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette French Rose over Royal Persia, and these are available for a limited time, so if you like the hues, pick one.

Disclaimer: PR Samples sent by brand. Review is honest and unbiased. 

Written by Poorna Banerjee

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