Today I’m reviewing 2 shades from the newly launched Lakme Absolute Illusion Pearl eye shadows – Peach 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
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.
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) –
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 –
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.