Lakme Lumi Cream
“Hmm… Highlighter??? Nnnn… Moisturizer…. Highlighter! Moisturizer…My moisturizer is a highlighter too…” Heard it? Yes, Ananya Pandey’s moisturizer is a highlighter too. Let’s see how good it is a moisturizer and how good it is a highlighter. Let me give you a very analytical and very honest review of Lakme Lumi Cream.
It comes in a usual tube packaging. Color is shiny cream with hints of pink, which looks basic yet beautiful.
It has an outer carton too with all information written on it.
Price: Rs. 299 for 30 gram
The price is not very high. Consistent with the reputation of Lakme, this product too is affordable.
- Light weight moisturizer
- Has hint of highlighter,
- Gives 3D glow,
- Gives instant glow,
- Designed for all skin types and all skin tones,
No big and unrealistic claims such as “preservative free” (it is not possible) are given. Good!
Here is the list of ingredients, along with their functions (you can skip and scroll if not interested in the ingredients):
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B5): minimises large pores and uneven skin tone
- Dimethicone: a silicone: reduces moistures loss, gives smoother look
- Isohexadecane: texture enhancing and skin conditioning
- stearic acid: moisturizing, skin repair
- cyclopentasiloxane: emollient, carrier solvent
- synthetic fluorphlogpite: skin tone enhancer
- glycerine: moisturizing agent
- butylene glycol: moisturizing and softening agent
- ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate: UV protection
- sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer: improve texture
- sodium hyaluronate: skin hydration
- pearl extract: anti ageing
- caprylic/capric triglyceride: antioxidant
- titanium dioxide: Sunscreen
- sodium ascorbyl phosphate: antioxidant
- pyridoxine HCl: brightens skin, boosts collagen
- cetyl alcohol: emulsifier
- potassium cetyl phosphate: emulsifier
- hydroxystearic acid: surfactant
- sorbitan monooleate: emollient and emulsifier
- polysorbate 80: emulsifier
- PEG-4 Laurate: emulsifier, hydration
- PEG-4 Dilaurate: emulsifier, hydration
- PEG-4: emulsifier, hydration
- Palmitic acid: emollient
- Arachidic acid: Lubricant, moisturizing
- Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate: forms a uniform coating, helps disperse particles/pigments
- Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone: silicone polymer, skin softening
- Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate: Preservative
- Iron oxides: colored pigments, sun protection
- Butylated hydroxytoluene: improves product stability
- Tin oxide: Bulking and opacifying
- Disodium EDTA: Preservative
- Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
- CI 77491: Red iron oxide pigment, colorant
- Citronellol: Fragrance
- Limonene: Fragrance
- Linalool: Fragrance
- Linalyl Acetate: Fragrance
Ufff…. So many chemicals. Looks like they want to achieve everything with just one product. Also, it does not mention the highlighting agent/pigments.
FYI, Emollient is the agent that softens and smoothens the skin; Emulsifier is the agent that helps oil and water mix with each other, it is an indispensable component of any cream.
Pearly Light Pink
Thin Cream like
It has a strong fragrance. Not suitable for those who are allergic to fragrances.
Moisturizer and highlighter both in one is a very good concept. Who would not want to get a glow too with moisturization.
But the product has too many chemicals. Many of these look unnecessary to me. For example, the chemical list shows it has sunscreen agents and anti ageing agents also, while the product is a moisturizer and a highlighter. What is the need of adding sunscreen agents to it; in any case it is not providing sufficient sunscreen protection (SPF) and so the user will have to use sunscreen separately. And if the manufacturer wants to add these agents, then he should market the cream as all in one…. Moisturizer, highlighter, sunscreen, anti ageing, etc.
Anyway, let’s focus on moisturizing and highlighting. Lakme Lumi Cream product can be a hit only if both (moisturizer and highlighter) are combined in the right proportion. Is it? Let’s see…
My Experience with Lakme Lumi Cream
The first thing I noticed was its beautiful color and strong fragrance. Next, I spread it on my palm, and I could clearly see shining shimmery particles… Yes, it had highlighter, and I could see a lot of it.
Next, I applied it on the back side of my hand, and you can see the pictures below. The right side of the hand has the Lakme Lumi Cream applied, and it clearly has shine.
I could also see that other ingredients too are working, like skin tone enhancer, texture enhancer, etc.
I was really liking the effect… until I moved to yellow light…. And in the yellow light, I could clearly see the big glitter particles shining, and it was looking too bling and odd (pictures below). It also looked like a white cast.
It’s not visible on the camera, but it appeared too glittery. Several big glitter particles were clearly visible.
Just like always, I wanted to give more chances to the product before making an opinion about it. Probably I had applied too much product. I then applied small quantity on my face, and examined my face in white, yellow, and natural light. The effect was same… big glittery particles were clearly visible on face too. What a disappointment!
Can the Lakme Lumi Cream be used any other way?
So the Lakme Lumi Cream is definitely not suitable to be used as it is on the face.
Next thing came to my mind was to use it as a base beneath the foundation. I tried. And I could still clearly see the glittery particles. Okay, if I use a higher coverage foundation to cover the glitter, then what is the point of using it at all.
Last thought that can come to somebody’s mind is to use it as a highlighter. But as a highlighter too, we need extremely small particles, not big glitter particles. So no… this idea too does not work.
So basically, it’s highlighting property is of no use, in fact a big turn off.
Moisturising ability of Lakme Lumi Cream
Let’s talk about its moisturizing ability now. It is a light moisturizer. It is not greasy, not heavy, not sticky, no sweating. As a moisturizer, it is perfect when you need light moisturizing (not suitable for dry skin). But then how can you use it as a moisturizer when it has too much glitter making it unsuitable for the use.
- Perfect light moisturization
- Strong fragrance
- Too big glitter particles
- Too big glitter particles
- Too big glitter particles
Does it fulfil its Claims: Yes, it fulfils its claims, so much so that you can’t even use it.
It has too much glitter. Cannot be used.
2 points for the moisturization, and for the concept.
Will I buy it again: No
Do I Recommend: Not at all.
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