Review: Lakme Makeup Illuminating Foundation 01 Ivory Glow

by - 8:55 PM

Few weeks ago, Lakme Makeup invited the famous Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist – Mario Dedivanovic – to Indonesia for a glam class and makeup demo. Sadly, it was held in Jakarta and I couldn’t fly there – thus I could only watch the fun through Lakme’s Insta Stories. Anyway, one of Mario’s favorite products was the Illuminating Foundation. I was intrigued and been wanting it ever since. So, when I strolled in SOGO last week and saw Lakme’s counter, I couldn’t be more excited – let’s try this foundation!

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doesn't it look lovely on me? ;) 

Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation
Brand: Lakme Makeup
Netto Weight/Content: 15 ml
Origin: India
Price: Rp 250.000,-
Where to buy: Lakme Makeup, Lazada

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Lakme Absolute Reinvent Illuminating Foundation comes in a plastic bottle which is encased in clear outer part. Even though it looks unique, I found it kind of confusing, since the bottle which holds in the foundation is opaquely black so you can’t see how much product is left on the inside. The whole packaging is made of plastic, including the silver, metal-like pump inside the cap. To be honest, this makes the product looks kind of cheap – but at least it’s travel friendly and the pump works perfectly, so I’m good 😉

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The shade that I got is 01 Ivory Glow. It’s the only shade with pink/peach undertone, so I went with it. This foundation has 4 shades in total, and the other 3 are just very yellow.

When I first swatched it, I quickly fell in love with it – satin matte finish with a beautiful gold shimmer! Texture-wise, it’s a liquid-gel with medium consistency. It’s quite thick, but somehow turns out quite thin and sheer once applied on skin. I think the best tool for application is the good ol’ time foundation brush, because this kind of brush will not end up eating too much product and the result will be more flawless. Trust me, big no to flat top brush like Sigma F80 as it will just end up eating the product.

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Due to the gel-like formula, this product feels lightweight on skin and has light/medium coverage. However, this product is not very buildable and can’t really cover up redness and pimples. A good concealer underneath and proper skin prep is important especially when your skin isn’t on its best condition.

This Illuminating Foundation is literally illuminating and glimmering from shimmers – so don’t expect anything dewy like Korean base makeup and get the two mistaken for one another, okay 😉 shimmer and glow is totally different! I’m kinda afraid that this one will make my face looks like crazy disco ball when is worn outside on daytime, thank God but it’s not.

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close up - daytime

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close up - daytime
close up - with flash, after 7 hours
For me, this foundation is perfect for night time occasions and parties. It’s long-wearing and won’t get cakey if you prime beforehand and set it right after application. Yes, it has SPF 20, but surprisingly no white cast or ghastly face when photographed with flash. It’s very photo-ready, as this foundation makes your complexion appears poreless and super flawless on pictures!

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Last Words?
Overall, I really love this Illuminating Foundation by Lakme Absolute! It makes your skin looks bright, glimmering, and fabulous especially when photographed with flash. The application, however, may not be the easiest as the unique gel-like liquid is kinda hard to work with fingers or flat-top brush. This foundation may cling on dry patches and doesn’t really have much coverage, thus it’s best to wear it on those days when your skin is great.


Share your thoughts about this foundation on the comment section below – yay or nay? 
For me it’s yay, because I really had hard times finding the perfect mix between matte foundation and liquid highlighter so this product is a life-saver. 

I’ll see you next time on another post, ciao for now~ XO ❤👌

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  1. Thank you for informing that it will not good on dry patches. At first i was interested but since my skin is dry i would not buy it for the moment.

    1. yep, you have to prep your skin well before applying this one :D

  2. Being a newby on make up this was really cool.

    1. yeah, at least it's foolproof if you have difficulties to find a good way to mix foundation and liquid highlighter like I do! ;)