If you ask my daily makeup routine will only include a compact , eyebrow pencil and lipstick. It is the only routine that I can follow even when I am pressed for time but inding a good match in affordable brands is a challenge. Affordable brands generally don’t cater to darker complexions and offers limited shades only. So I was delighted to see 6 shades Lakme 9to5 Primer Matte Powder Foundation Compact range. The 2 darker shades are good for people from NC 42-NC 45/50.
Packaging is very pretty. Keeping the theme of Lakme 9TO5 range the compact comes in rose gold case. I expected a metal case however the case is made of quite light weight plastic. It doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy. There is a mirror inside and beneath the powder there is a compartment holding applicator / sponge.
Shade – I was matched to Honey Dew which is a perfect match for me (NC 42). It has right tones, I would call it a beige toned powder thats why it doesn’t look too yellow or pink/ grey on me. Despite of being someone with yellow undertones I prefer beige toned products. They blend into my skin better and don’t create a mask. Having said that I tried MAC powder foundation the other day and it looked too yellow on me.
Texture & Formula – I have dry skin and it has the tendency to look flaky if a matte product is applied. However during warmer months I prefer matte formula since my skin tends to get sticky and sweaty and only matte products work on it. Believe me the formula of Lakme 9to5 Primer Matte Powder Foundation is amazing ! Not only it is smooth & fine, it also keeps my face matte for a pretty decent time. Now you all must be thinking dry skin and matte ? Yup my T zone gets shiny during summer.
Formula is smooth & blends into the skin nicely. There are two ways you can apply this product. First with a large powder brush and second with a damp sponge. Method of application depends totally on your coverage preference. On days when I am going out just to run errands, a light dusting of powder does the work. When I need a bit of coverage, a damp sponge works best for me. It doesn’t dry my skin and keeps it looking semi-matte.
Coverage – The coverage is light to build-able . For spots and blemishes you would need a concealer. However I expect atleast medium coverage from a foundation compact. This is the only downside in my opinion.
Lakme 9to5 Primer Matte Powder Foundation Compact is priced at Rs 600, available HERE
If you are looking for a good everyday compact then do give Lakme 9to5 Primer Matte Powder Foundation Compact a shot. The formula is smooth with right undertones.
Rating : 3.7/5