Lakme Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Eye shadow : Peach Pearl, Gold Pearl – Review

 

Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing 2 shades from the newly launched Lakme Absolute Illusion Pearl eye shadowsPeach Pearl and Gold Pearl. These are limited edition  products part of the Illusion collection – the trend statement for Spring/Summer 2014.

Price : Rs 750 for 3.5 g

 

 

Spring Makeup - Pastel Pink and Pearl

Spring Makeup – Pastel Pink and Pearl

 

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadow - Peach Pearl

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadow – Peach Pearl

 

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadow - Gold Pearl

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadow – Gold Pearl

 

 

My take on the Product

 

I had been super excited to try these as the promotional images starring Kareena Kapoor looked great! I was however slightly disappointed when I tried these – the texture was a little dry, they felt a bit sheer and I had to really scratch the surface of the some of the shades to get good color pay off. They are quite sparkly so the lighter shades look very pretty on the eyes – adding a glistening effect and catching the light.  But you need to put in a little effort to get an even, uniform layer of these on the eyes. They also have a bit of fall out – especially the shade Gold Pearl. They adhered fairly well to my lids – the first signs of creasing appeared around 5 hours after application but the shadow held on for about 7-7.5 hours before beginning to fade (without primer). There was minor fall out in my under eye area after a full day of wear. Overall, these could have been stellar products had the texture been smoother but apart from that – they are decent though I would have expected better at this price tag (Rs 750).

 

The thing about these eye shadows is that they are basically just pearl particles compacted together. They aren’t comprised of a base color carrying the pearl particles dispersed through it. So when you swatch/apply these, you just get a veil of shimmer particles on the skin and very sheer coverage as there is no “base” color. For the same reason, they don’t feel very buttery/smooth to touch. And this is where the description given by Lakme is misleading – “An incredibly smooth oil and powder formulation, that delivers intense color with a delicate shine“. There is no intense color and the shine isn’t delicate – its the reverse! If you are looking for light shimmer on the eyes – either of Peach Pearl or Gold Pearl worn alone would give that effect. But if you want more color and not just shine – a matte/satin neutral eye shadow is needed underneath these to complement the sheer shimmer.

 

 

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadows

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadows

 

 

Peach Pearl is a sparkly peach in the pan that translates to a peachy-champagne pearl on the skin. It is a nice shade for an all over lid wash.

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Gold Pearl* is a pale gold that gives a gold sheen to the skin. It makes a beautiful inner corner highlight and I also used it on my lower lash line to brighten up the eyes. While wearing neutral eye shadows, you could also apply this just on the center of the lid to add focus to that area.  This unfortunately had a bit of fall out during application.

Rating : 3/5

 

 

Swatches (color layered 4-5 times) –

 

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadows - Swatches

Lakme Absolute Illusion eyeshadows – Swatches

 

 

In this look, I have worn Peach Pearl all over the lid with Gold Pearl in the inner corner, along lower lash line and in the center of the lid –

 

Spring Makeup - Pastel Pink and Pearl

Spring Makeup – Pastel Pink and Pearl

 

Spring Makeup - Pastel Pink and Pearl

Spring Makeup – Pastel Pink and Pearl

 

 

Overall Verdict

 

The Lakme Absolute Color Illusion Pearl eye shadows are sheer shimmery eye shadows that add a thin veil of pearly shine to the skin. To get a more intense effect, these need heavy layering and a bit of effort. They are just pressed pearl pigments with no base color so they don’t feel as intense or buttery as one would expect. Even though the shades Peach Pearl and Gold Pearl looked good on the eyes and wore decently well, I don’t love the texture and the basic formulation. These aren’t bad by any means but they aren’t fantastic either. And going my Lakme’s description and the price tag, I expected better.

Peach Pearl : 3.5/5

Gold Pearl* : 3/5  

 

[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried the Lakme Absolute Color Illusion Pearl eye shadows? Which shade did you like from this range? Share your comments below! [/note]

 

Disclaimer : *Press sample provided for review. Opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always. Full policy HERE.

 

43 Comments

  1. May 5, 2014 / 10:56 am

    You look so so pretty! For the price I guess I’ll skip these though I really liked the color!

  2. manpreet
    May 5, 2014 / 10:57 am

    This look is so fresh! You look adorable ^_^ The texture doesn’t really fair well :/ :/ though I love the lighter shades!

  3. May 5, 2014 / 11:01 am

    Very sheer! Agreed! Nice detailed review 🙂 U look gorgeous! 🙂

  4. KRUPA
    May 5, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Such a detailed review. Thank you!

  5. Manasi
    May 5, 2014 / 11:13 am

    You look so pretty!

  6. mily jain
    May 5, 2014 / 11:17 am

    It looks really pretty on you but definitely not worth the price and the claims!

  7. Sumathi
    May 5, 2014 / 11:22 am

    Such duds and at this price. They do look really good in the pan but in the swatch it looks like some local brand.
    By the way this pastel look is great on you 🙂

    • May 5, 2014 / 11:49 am

      Thanks! 🙂 They do look deceptively good in the pan!

  8. Sana
    May 5, 2014 / 11:36 am

    Could you please tell which colour lenses do you use in this and also in your other FOTDs and also the brand.

    • May 5, 2014 / 11:48 am

      Hi Sana, I wear 3 tone prescription colored lenses from brand Aryan. I'm wearing the Green ones here and the brown ones you see in some of the other looks are the Hazel ones from the same brand.

      • Sana
        May 5, 2014 / 10:12 pm

        Thanks for the reply. Could you also tell which colour s did alia bhatt wore in 2 states as you have experience.

        • May 6, 2014 / 9:48 am

          Sorry I don't know which s she might have worn! Haven't seen the movie though from the promo images it looks like a light brown/hazel color.

  9. deeptika
    May 5, 2014 / 11:43 am

    honest & helpful review again

  10. Harine
    May 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

    It gives your eyes a fresh look Ankita, other than that it is so disappointing.. I like highly pigmented eyeshadows rather than shimmery ones..

    • May 6, 2014 / 10:03 am

      Same here! Just don't like sheer shadows.

  11. Arzoo
    May 5, 2014 / 11:51 am

    Such gorgeous shades, I really loved them on you 🙂

  12. RADHIKA
    May 5, 2014 / 11:53 am

    looking fab

  13. fashionistkiaara281
    May 5, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Hey ankita where to get these uuhhmmaazzinnggg lenses online.. I tried bugging into a few sites bt cudnt find them… ps the look is amazing suits u absolutely

    • May 6, 2014 / 10:03 am

      Hi, I think you may be able to find them at lenskart.com.

  14. Shrutilaya
    May 5, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    I love how great that lipstick looks on you!

  15. lifestylishly
    May 5, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    Looking very pretty on you! but at this price range the quality is a bit disappointing.

  16. Raji
    May 5, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    The colors look promising but the texture n price .. not so much.

  17. Divya
    May 5, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    These look great on you! and the second photo is a nice change from your usual “photo-face” 🙂

  18. Bonny
    May 5, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    700 for single eye shadow!! Not my pick.

  19. Fiona
    May 5, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    You look fabulous but from the swatch the eyeshadows look tacky and not worth the price tag… Gonna skip this one:) thank you for saving my money

  20. Rimmy
    May 5, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Looking very pretty anikita :).. Can you please let me know which lipstick you are wearing in the above pics?

    • May 5, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      Hi Rimmy, I'm wearing Lakme Absolute Gloss Stylist in shade Pink Pout!

  21. Swati
    May 5, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    U look gorgeous.. nice sheer eyeshadows…but not my take..priced on the higher end.

  22. Mehak
    May 5, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    Whats on your cheeks???? The highlighter..its gorgeous!

    • May 5, 2014 / 6:52 pm

      Hey Mehak, I am wearing Benefit Coralista blush – its got a bit of shimmer so it gives a nice glowing finish!

  23. Esha
    May 5, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    They look so pretty although poorly pigmented for the price. Love your clicks and you look beautiful 🙂

  24. priyanjana
    May 5, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    I think the shadows wash out on you ! but the lipstick looks fab on you 😀
    Thanks for the review 🙂

  25. Suneha
    May 6, 2014 / 1:23 am

    would skip these ones….

  26. Tanu
    May 6, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    These look great on u. Sad that they’re not worth the price.

  27. Shifa
    May 8, 2014 / 1:26 am

    pretty shade <3 you look gorgeous <3

  28. Ramya_Rao
    May 8, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    u really looking so pretty .. i liked that second fotd.. its so diiferent than ur usual pose……

  29. Lana Ray
    May 8, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    What an extremely detailed review! This is why I love reading your blog.
    “they are basically just pearl particles compacted together. They aren’t comprised of a base color carrying the pearl particles dispersed through it”
    Thanks for the review

  30. navpreet.kaur.5070276
    August 29, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    Superb look and the pastel pink suits you so well

  31. aliyajamshed7
    September 16, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    beautiful necklace….you look pretty and lip color is wowwwwww

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