Saturday, 12 September 2015

Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus: Review, Swatches and FOTD!

Hi everyone :)
Today I've a beautiful pinkish brown lipstick to review: Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color in Toffee Nexus.
The packaging is a metallic rose gold cover housing the lipstick. It is chic and luxurious and reminds one of much higher end lipsticks, such a change for Lakme!
Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus: Outer Packaging

The shade as you can see from the hand swatch is a pale pink with brown tones. It will be a perfect nude shade for light to medium skin tones, duskier tones might washed off with the shade.
Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus:Hand Swatch

However, fret not, dusky beauties, there's still a way out to make the most of this shade....I'll come to that soon.
The texture is creamy, intensely pigmented, best applied with a lip brush and being a nude shade, the pigmentation is medium. It sets to a matte finish and is not too drying or uncomfortable on the lips. However, as with all matte lipsticks, exfoliating them, then moisturizing them with a lip balm, and finally prepping them with a primer gives a flawless finish.
Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus: Lip Swatch

The staying power is the only thing that belies its claim. However being a nude shade, I cant blame it much. It does not stay for the 9-5 as claimed, but only around for 4-5 hours after which it fades without leaving any tint. Removing it is hassle free too, as it doesn't stain the lips.
Now, as promised I will tell another way this lip color gets to use.
Being a matte lipstick, it goes fabulously as a cheek stain. It is the perfect pink shade with a hint of warmth when applied on cheeks. It goes with very well with red lipsticks and nudes, and it can also be used as the perfect long staying base for a brighter blush.
Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus: Stained a cream blush
 And yes, it goes gorgeously on deeper skin tones too!
And here's my FOTD, the lipstick worn matte, with clean lined eyes.
LOTD with Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus: Worn Matte
 Worn with a gloss on top, and highlighted cheekbones ( I've used the lipcolor as a blush here)for a night time look :
LOTD with Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color Toffee Nexus: Worn as a blush and with gloss on top

Verdict: 4.75/5 (improve the staying power, Lakme, and you've a winner in your hands! 
Price: INR 450