Tuesday, February 12, 2013

4 Lakme Eyeshadow Quartets & Swatches

I first bought an eyeshadow way back in 2007. OK  not too long ago. I was looking for a matte black eyeshadow and I got the Lakme Moondust quad then. I've bought 2 more Moondust quads since then. Not because I finished the product, but because I broke it! Oh and I got one as a back up. Yes, I used to be a hoarder. The makeup blog detox diet last year cured me. I swear!
But then by 2009 or 10, I think I bought the rest of these quads and this is one pre beauty blogging shopping decision I don't regret! Ooh I have a million of those!
Price: Rs 425. I got these for Rs 325 long back! And that was awesome!
General thoughts on Lakme Quads-
These are buttery and smooth. Most of the colours are beautifully pigmented. and last well on a base like a MAC Paintpot or a Maybelline Color Tattoo. These are easy to blend. See I don't really have many bad things to say about these. Oh! No, wait! I wish their packaging was better looking.(what's with the ugly confused maroon stuff? Make it black and shiny, no!) and sturdier. I drop things ok!  Also the sponge tip applicators these come with are quite useless. But they're definitely better than bad brushes and should work for emergencies. For the price they come for, these are da bomb! And No, I don't talk like that normally. So you know!
Quad 1: Peacock
This is a quad full of bright, jewel toned colours and I absolutely love it! With the exception of the green colour (which can be built up) every other colour is nicely pigmented and the quad overall has a good colour pay off. I used the Blue colour in a smokey eye look here. These colours might look too wedding-y and blingy to you, but the number of looks (wedding-y and especially non wedding-y) you can create having these colours with you, are numerous!


Quad 2: Purple Oasis
I remember being extremely excited about this quad more than the others. I honestly love the texture and pigmentation of all the colours in this quad, but the 2 highlight colours (the violet and purple based) are way too shiny for highlighters. And why 2 highlighters in 2 colours? One (the purple based one) is more than enough in my opinion. I wish it were just satiny and not as shiny though. But lightly applied, these might work. But I still cant stand the silvery shiny stuff all the way up to your brow bone makeup! Too tacky! The silvery frost clashes against the Indian skintone and isn't highlighting anything nice! And Lakme is an Indian brand! (If only I had a 1000 rupee note for every time I said that! Phew!) Also, I wish it were more like champagne coloured. And a mild rose gold colour for the eyelid. The Purple and Violet colours are gorgeous, but the quad feels incomplete!
Purple, Violet (yes violet is blue based!) and the 2 wrongly coloured highlighters.
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Quad 3: Into the Blue
There's something about this phrase. My favourite perfume from Escada is called this too! This quad reminds me of the older surf excel packet. Or maybe it's just the top 2 colours. The only colour I got it for was the teal (right corner). Even though it looks so beat up (that's because I'm Ms Butterfingers) I never really wore any of these colours. Only swatched them a million times, wondering how I could wear them. I'm pretty sure I'll use the blue green colour somewhere, sometime in some look in life! But the other 2 Rin sabun type colours, No clue! Ideas are most welcome though!
First 2 rin soap type colours, The blue green pretty thing that I hope to use. The gorgeous teal that I swear I will use in one successful look!

Quad 4: Moondust
This out of the entire lot, has the hardest (in texture) eyeshadows. But you know, it works in the favour of the quad. The steel grey silver is very 90s. It clashes against my warm Indian skin tone and as you already know or figured out just now (genius!) I'm not the go to eyeshadow using person. I'm a typical Indian girl who does kajal (and liner and mascara and only started filling in her eyebrows recently) but no eyeshadow on a regular basis. So I'm only figuring stuff out. And now that I've gotten these (7th time clicked) pictures from my drafts, I'm definitely going to look at more eye looks and try to incorporate these colours in them.The bronze-y brown colour is darker in reality and is duo toned (bronze and matte brown. Look at the second picture below) which can make it easier to wear for some. But on me, this looks like a bruise. (My eye area is darker than the rest of my face) I think I'll try using it in the crease or corners for an extra subtle smokey eye look.
The black is the reason I bought the quad in the first place. You know what, I love it. It's not extremely pigmented and I did have to go over a few times to get the intensity in the photo, but then it's black. It's good that it's sheer. or it would over power the rest of the colours. It's not buttery smooth but I've seen that only the shimmery colours are that easy in this range. It is slightly chalky and there can be fall out if used too much at a time.
The chalky white that looks like chalk, no comments.

In other news, today is the first birthday of the year in my family and I'm having a super relaxed day!
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21 comments

  1. I'm really liking peacock!!!
    you don't wear shadows much??? try doing neutrals, you'll love them :)

    btw- didn't get, kiska bday hain?

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    1. No ya! I'm very Indian like that! :P Zorro's!

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  2. I have desert rose quad..its pretty.
    Among these peacock is the one I would love to lay my hands one.. lovely pics n swatches Ikya :)

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    1. Thanks Sukanya! Desert rose looks really pretty! I must get that!

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  3. I still don't fill in my eyebrows...hehe.
    I've been trying to get the Peacock quad since quite some time but apparently it's discontinued!!!
    I'm so so so tempted to go to Inglot and make my own eyeshadow palette with jewel tones. But as hubby points out each time, I hardly wear eyeshadows.

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    1. Haha I just started like a week ago! Mine are scanty! Dint know it was discontinued! Oh and I don't know any Indian woman in India who wears eyeshadow on a daily basis! Not even the beauty bloggers I think. Not only it would it make me feel out of place, it's just too much work! Eyeliner works on most days!

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  4. Hahaha some of ur comments r too funny.. Like the rin sabun and the chalky white..about the quads.. Theres this one more quad that they have which has 2 pinks and 2 browns that u seem to have missed out on

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    1. Lol thank you, Rajvi! There are a ton more that came out with some collections too. These are just the one I have.

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  5. Those blues are stunning! Never heard of that brand

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    1. I know, right? Oh it's an Indian brand. It's been around since forever!

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  6. I loved all 4 palettes.. Greedy me :p do they have more palettes like these?

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    1. They do Aarthi! The desert rose one, and from some old collection I remember they had 2 palettes; one of which was called Tanjore rush. The other, I don't know. But they do have more.

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  7. Lovely swatches :)
    Moondust and purple oasis look amazing, adding it to my list of things to buy :D

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  8. Hi looking for the Lakme Moondust palette but the supply seems to have stopped ! Even online moondust is the hardest to find . Any where I can get it ?

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    1. Hi!
      After your comment I tried Tracing it online too but dint find anything. I got mine last in 2010 from a supermarket (Ratandeep).

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  9. Love all the sheds all sheds are useful as we wear all type of color dress so actually all are very nice and I like it shimmering effect.

    Best Hospital India

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  10. I want these too.. have they been discontinued ?

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