I recently got this from India, courtesy of the Enabler's enabling, and it's been a very long time (years in fact) since I've been excited about trying out a foundation. The only other foundation that I'm coveting on par with this is Chanel's Perfection Lumiere. One day, my precious. One day.
This retails at about Rs.700 which is roughly RM70-80, which is pretty decent for a foundation of this quality. By Indian standards, though, it's insanity. For those who aren't familiar with Lakme, it's not some random brand that India is trying to kill us with, it's actually produced in Germany, and the packaging shows it. Look how sleek it is!
A really odd aspect, besides how it looks, is the fact that it has an SPF of 8 which is both very random and very redundant. But we shall let that slide.
However, when you open it up, it does look a bit dodgy.
[01 Ivory Fair]
Because it's a mousse, it doesn't sit pretty in the pot, but I can't complain! The unsightly nature of this is definitely made up for by the scent though. It's not very heavily scented, but it has a subtle rosy undertone to it that's just lovely. Anyway, I just want the stuff, so unsightly or not, it's mine! Enough faffing about. Let's get on with it!
[How to terrify small children...The natural natural]
The coverage on this is pretty good. It's definitely got medium-full coverage going on, and it's buildable. The texture itself, being a mousse, is unlike any foundation I've ever used, so it was a little strange. The packaging suggested application using fingers so I did just that and odd texture aside, it blended it fantastically easily and didn't require very much at all. In fact, I had to put some of what I took out back into the put. And therein lies the reason why you always wash your hands before applying makeup!
Since it was meant to be a full coverage look, I opted for my favourite setting powder - MAC's Mineralized Skin Finish (MSF) Natural. I buffed it in using a kabuki brush just to get as flawless a finish as possible without going crazy with the concealer. As always, I did conceal under my eyes, only.
[Concealer + MSF to complete the base]
And the finished look!
[Ready to Roll at 7:20 pm - I wasn't late!]
It definitely sits as a very natural matte, and it didn't feel greasy at all. I like how the my bindi accentuate how uneven my eyebrows are. Perils of being Indian.
So, I didn't do any touch ups or even check my makeup throughout the night. It sat extremely comfortably and felt like there was barely anything there. In fact, this was far more comfortable than any BB Cream I've tried which stresses me out a little because I don't want to walk around with foundation on everyday!
How did it fare with being ignored?
Extremely well! Other than a very slight, natural, not quite shiny, sheen, there was barely any change to the makeup. There was a little creasing under my eyes, but that always happens so I'm not faulting this foundation for that.
I'm so impressed with this that I have no words! Surely it's the perfect foundation for us oily girls?! It's mattifying without being too unnaturally flat, and it feels fantastic on the skin. So much love for this foundation! Almost 5 hours without a need for even a check definitely gets my vote!