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Lakme CC Cream Review
While the Indian beauty industry was rejoicing the entry of BB creams to the circuit, Lakme surprised everyone with the launch of their first CC cream. You may ask what exactly is a Lakme CC cream and how do they differ from the BB creams flooding the markets?? Well CC stands for Color Correction and a CC cream is basically a next generation BB cream. While many users have complained that BB doesn’t work for all skin tones and and leaves an oily finish, Lakme CC cream aims to pick up where its predecessor left off. Its mousse-like texture blends easily and, supposedly, has a more “radiant” look. But the biggest difference is the addition of an ingredient that promotes collagen growth. Collagen gives the skin its strength, durability, and smooth, plump appearance.
Well coming back to the Lakme CC cream, after visiting about 10 shops at various places I finally got hold of it at one of the Lakme counters at the Lifestyle store. (Yes, it was extremely difficult to find). So here is what I have to say about this new innovative launch in the Indian Beauty Industry.
Lakme CC Cream : Product Description And Claims
Lakme describes it as a complexion care cream (no mention of color correction here) which is an instant skin stylist.Basically a combination of skin care cream with a hint of makeup, to give you the best of both world. Its skin care benefits include sun protection, moisturizing, brightening and freshness whereas its make up benefits are evening the skin tone and concealing. It has SPF of 20 which means that if you skin starts having sun-burn in 10 minutes, than it can give you protection for 200 minutes (Normal Sunburn Time x SPF).
It comes in two shades : Bronze (for the darker skin tones) and Beige (for fair to medium skin tones)
Lakme CC Cream Ingredients
|Titanium Di-oxide, Zinc Oxide||Whitening Effect, Sun- screen agents, Important ingredient for SPF 20 claim|
|Dimethicone Crosspolymer||Gives elegant, silky, non sticky and smooth feeling and instant wrinkle marking effect|
|Cyclopentasiloxane||Moisturizer - It works by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin.|
|Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate||Active Sun- screen agent. Important ingredient for SPF 20 claim|
|Glycerin||Draws water into the outer layer of skin, keeps skin moisturized|
|Tocopheryl Acetate||It is Vitamin E , which is an antioxidant that protects body tissue from damage|
|Niacinamide||It is Vitamin B3 - Anti-inflammatory actions. Helps in Skin repair|
|Allantoin||Moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin.|
Lakme CC Cream Price
- Rs. 250 for 30 gm tube
My Lakme CC Cream Review
The packaging is appealing. It comes in a cute sandal/ light gold color tube with screw lid, which is very travel friendly.The simple no-fuss tube packaging is sturdy, convenient and easy to use.I got myself the beige variant, so I cannot vouch for what the bronze variant has to offer.
The texture of this cream is just perfect, it is neither too thin nor too thick. It blends with ease and gives a medium coverage. It easily conceals light blemishes but for darker marks you will need a concealer. Initially it may seem that you have applied something but in a few minutes looks quite natural.It has a soft matte finish and adds glow which lasts for about 4-5 hours. It did even out my skin tone pretty well and added an instant glow but it didn’t moisturize my skin well, especially few dry areas near my nose, where it looked patchy.
As for the sun protection the CC cream only has SPF 20 and no PA++. So it only shields against UVB rays (responsible for burning i.e tanning) and not UVA rays (responsible for ageing).Now one more thing which I love about this CC cream is its smell.The soft lemongrass smell, which is indigenous to all lakme sunscreens is quite refreshing though it doesn’t linger long.
So for people with dry skin an additional moisturizer before applying the cream is a must otherwise it may not blend properly and cake up. As for people with oily skin, blending is no problem but you’ll need to control the shine with a compact powder after 2 hours or so.
- Good Packaging
- Easy to apply
- Blends very easily and evens out skin tone
- Gives a decent coverage
- Gives a natural look
- Decently priced
- People with dry skin need to moisturize their skin before applying it
- People with an oily skin, will need to touch up specially in hot weather
- Not easily available (I had to wait a long time to get hold of one)
Over all the Lakme CC cream is an impressive cream. It brightens and evens out the skin tone pretty well. You will not feel the need of a foundation on a daily basis if you apply it. I would definitely recommend Lakme CC cream but keep in mind to choose the correct variant depending upon your skin tone.
Buy Lakme CC Cream from Lakme counters at Departmental Stores like Lifestyle or Pantaloons, they have testers which you can try, find the best suited option for your skin-tone. Do like my facebook page at http://facebook.com/theblahqueen to get latest updates and reviews of beauty products.