Lakme Absolute Eye Artist Burnished Brown

Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown Review, photo, swatches, price.

Ever since I created a look with the Illuminate and Shine range, I decided not to delay the reviews of the products . But call it my luck, I had a bad bug bite which gave me a strong chemical burn covering almost half of my face including my eyes. Long story short, I had to avoid makeup for sometime.
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liners
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liners

Price: Rs 850 for .35 gram

When I received the box, I was taken by the luxuriant feel of the packaging. The packaging no doubt wonderful. It's longer than regular liners and has an ergonomic rubber grip. Seems like, the brand had in mind the complete comfort of use while they were designing it. It is a twist up liner.

Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown 
The product is soft and I did not have to tug or swipe multiple times in order to get the
intensity. In a single gliding swipe, the color shows up in it's full intensity. That way, what you see is what you get.

Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown
The color: Burnished brown is a deep brown, not exactly copper I would say because it's not warm or reddish. It has tiny specks of gold. The color is beautiful as it has a  jewel-toned duochrome effect. I have used it without black liner and it gives a black-brown duochrome effect which creates the illusion of dimension. In short, yes, it feels as if the brown has been burnished. It's not really shimmery, but has a blackish-goldish sheen.

Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown  swatches
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown  Swatches


Very surprisingly, the color shows up on my skin very well. In fact, it shows up in its fullest intensity on my skin and this gives me the courage to dabble into brown liners because I always thought brown would not show up on my eyes.

The staying power of the Eye Artist Liner is pretty good. It did not smudge around for the time I wore which would be about 5 hours I think. Because of my eye condition and everything, I haven't had the chance to keep it on longer than that; but going by what I saw, I don't think I would have been worried for another 5 or six hours. Need to try that again.

Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown  swatch
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision
Eye Artist Liner Burnished Brown

Swatch



What I like:


  1. The design and packaging.
  2. The intensity.
  3. Ergonomic.
  4. Staying power.
  5. Did not irritate my eyes.
  6. Beautiful neutral jewel-toned brown with specks of gold and duochrome effect.
  7. The luxuriant feel.



Now comes the not so good part of the liner.

When I tried putting it on, in a hurry, I happened to apply a slight more pressure. Mind, I am quite used to using makeup. So, the pressure wasn't anything too bad ( and my eyes are delicate). The tip broke. 

I twisted up the pencil and continued using. After sometime, the tip broke again. I continued using, but the rugged edges started crumbling. I thought may be sharpening the tip would help. I was hoping to find a tip sharpener, you know the kind you find in twist up liners these days and more because the cap seems long and the bottom seems long too... I mean, because the cap and the bottom are longer, I thought there would be a sharpener. No, there was not.

Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liners
Lakme Absolute Illuminate and Shine Precision Eye Artist Liners


What put me off:


  • The tip breaks easily. To be losing some product through breakage is a sheer wastage of money.
  • There was no sharpener. I demand one! Please! Especially if the soft product is going to break at this rate.
  • The price. It's comes at an exorbitant price of Rs 850. Are you kidding me? 
  •  For .35 grams of the product, I don't know how to justify this price point.


To sum up: I love the color, the texture, the staying power of Lakme Illuminate and Shine Eye Artist precision liner and I feel it right belong to the Illuminate and Shine Range of the philosophy jewel meets color but it is damn overpriced! 

In the Indian market, there are still plenty of options in similar quality and lesser price point.


I do not know why Lakme, which used to be such a household brand has to hike up the price in this manner. I really want to go back to it for every cosmetic category, but the price is a major impediment.


Have you used Lakme Illuminate and Shine Eye Artist Liner in Burnished Brown? What do you think of this range?