Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint Pink Champagne
By Contributor: Agnirupa Acharyya
I may not be a nail paint fanatic like I am about lipsticks and glosses but when a popular drugstore brand Lakme whams me in the face with the promise of the effect of a gel manicure in a single nailpolish itself I had to turn around, stare and well yes buy! I simply loved most of the shades and had a tough time choosing and yes the ridiculous pricing gave me nightmares too but I wanted a gel manicureeeee so damn it! I got 2! Today I will swatch and review Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint in Pink Champagne.
Lakme Claims: Nails are fast becoming the next big beauty accessory for today’s fashionable woman who seeks professional and salon based expertise to achieve highly styled nails. Inspired by this insight, the breakthrough Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist range packs the performance of a gel manicure in a bottle to ensure glossy and plump nails in a single stroke.
This break-through product range aims to introduce the global trend of gel based manicures in the country. It comes with a highly pigmented colour formula to ensure super glossy and plump nails. A singular simple stroke delivers rich colour and a high gloss finish that stays for long. The Absolute Gel Stylist comes in exciting shades ranging from tomato tang, coral flush to nudes like nude glow and caramel melt. The range is your very own manicurist in a bottle giving you an unmatchable shine and the most perfectly styled nails.
Lakme Pink Champagne is a soft girly pinkish coral which is just the perfect summery shade and looks very feminine and pretty. I greedily wore it on each and every nail including my toenails.
The texture being quite thick takes a bit of a time to dry completely but when it does, it dries to a smooth perfect glossy finish with no bumps or scars or bubbles *me happy*
The nailpaints are housed in a big OPI like bottle but very oddly contains only gm. The brush was too fat and large for my nails and picked up way too much product IMO . It had no shape either! Just a jharu like brush.
The texture was very thick and gloopy which made it quite hard to smoothen it and spread but once done the finish looked really really nice and glossy! Me being a lazy bum hate topcoats,bottomcoats..err..basecoats ;) so I just like to slather on my nailpaints and be done. This range definitely provides the glossy finish which a top coat usually brings and though of course it is nowhere near a real gel manicure (duhh lakme!) it still looks pretty attention catching and nice!
The glossy finish sorry to say fades within 4-5 days (sooner if you do housework) and soon resembles any other nailpolish in the market. The tips get chipped too.
Last but not the least, unlike many other paints, these gel paints were super smooth and easy to remove and vanished in a singlke swipe.
A closer look at the nail paint brush
this is just one coat of the nail polish
this is 2 coats of the nail paint
The pros of Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint Pink Champagne:
- Sturdy glass bottle withstands minor accidents.
- Packaging looks classy!
- The nail paint dries to a smooth, glossy finish without any bumps or bubbles!
- The glossy effect is equivalent to slathering on a topcoat on your painted nail- its quite good.
- The color Pink Champagne is a very pretty coral pink shade which would look great on all!
- Easy to remove.
The cons of Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Polish:
- Pricceeeeeeeeee !!!! 400 for a little better than ordinary nailpaint? Grow up lakme!
- Thick gloopy texture is not very likeable.
- Glossy finish starts fading from 4th day onwards and resembles any other polish.
Price: Rs. 400 (can’t you hear my purse crying. I can!)
VNA Rating: 3/5
Do I recommend? Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint shades are really good. Most are very bright and vibrant, more so for the glossy finish! But the gel nail claim is too fake to support. And Rs 400 is really a ridiculous price to ask for these ok-ok nail paints! So unless you are as curious or as crazy or lazy (who hates applying topcoat like me) then you can easily skip these! However if you are I urge you to try these nail polishes out!