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13 Best Lakme Compact Powders For Different Skin Types

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13 Best Lakme Compact Powders For Different Skin Types September 19, 2017

To an outsider, nothing showcases the diversity of India better than the color of our skin. Pale, fair, wheatish, dusky, brown, dark—the color spectrum here accommodates people of all complexions. And what better brand to understand this stunning diversity than a homegrown one like Lakme? Founded in 1952 at the behest of the former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, today Lakme is the number one cosmetic brand in India—loved and trusted by millions of women like you and me.

Let’s find out what are the top picks in Lakme’s comprehensive range of compacts are then, shall we?

Best Lakme Compact Powders

Following 13 are the best Lakme compact powders for different skin types.

For Oily Skin

By its very nature, oily skin has an excessive production of sebum which reduces the staying power of makeup. Thus, it becomes extremely important to use compacts that keep the skin as oil-free and matte as possible.

1. Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact

Buy Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact For ₹ 162.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-perfect-radiance-intense-whitening-compact

Lakme’s Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact is a dynamic compact that provides glowing complexion in an instant. Fortified with Vitamins B and C to add nourishment to your makeup, this compact helps keep the skin smooth and soft thanks to its advanced Micromesh and Allantoin complex formula.

Pros

  • SPF 23 protects against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Enriched with vitamins and multi-minerals
  • Contains skin brightening pearls
  • Vitamin B3 present visibly lightens skin tone

Cons

  • Does not hide dark spots or blemishes
  • Poor quality powder puff

Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact Review

If the oil on your skin is a constant companion in your life, then Lakme’s Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact is yet another great option from Lakme’s stables that you must try. What we love about this compact is that it’s light and wearing it on the face is next to wearing nothing. Coupled with its SPF 23 that protects against sun damage, this sheer coverage compact stays on for 5-6 hours with a solid matte finish that makes the skin look dewy and fresh. The only drawback for us was that though it claims ‘visible reduction in skin tone’, the effects of that were more or less negligible when tried. But if you aren’t in the market for that, and are just looking for a compact that controls oil, consider this an affordable alternative to the 9 to 5 range.

This Lakme’s Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact is not only the best choice for women with oily skin, but also for combination skinned women.

Rating: 4/5

 

[ Read: 5 Best Compact Powders for Oily Skin ]

For Dry Skin

Unlike their oily skin counterparts, dry skin users need to be looking at compacts that do not further dry out their already parched skin, as the effects of that can be patchy skin and makeup that, for obvious reason, is no sight to behold. Since matte finish compacts are on the drier side of the scale, dry skin users would be well advised to skip them and use cream based or multi mineral based compacts instead.

2. Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme compact

Buy Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme compact @ www.amazon.in/lakme-9-to-5-flawless-creme-compact

A high coverage compact that hides imperfections perfectly, the Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme Compact is infused with an outstanding blend of cream to powder formula to give you an effortlessly radiant look.

Pros

  • Creme finish
  • High coverage
  • Hides imperfections

Cons

  • Cost inhibitive

Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme Compact Review

A cream based compact that comes with high coverage, we recommend the Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme Compact to anybody who’d listen. Its cream base allows for easy application minus the parched feeling you get with matte powders, while the high coverage does a great job of hiding marks, dark circles and the like. But the good news here is that, despite its high coverage, at no point does the compact feel overwhelming or sticky. The staying power of the compact too is decent at 6-7 hours. Highly suited to women looking for a viable solution to mask blemishes on the skin.

This Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Creme compact is the best choice for women with Normal to Dry skin.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

[ Read: 10 Best Compacts For Dry Skin ]

For Dark Skin

In India, the color ‘dark’ has many connotations. But regardless of where you lie on that scale, always make sure that as a dark skinned diva you only get a compact that matches your shade in either a yellow or orange undertone (depending on your complexion). Going for compacts in lighter shades run the risk of giving a white-ish cast to your skin, which is something you want to avoid at all costs.

3. Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Complexion Compact – Beige Honey

Buy Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Complexion For ₹ 162.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-perfect-radiance-intense-whitening-complexion

Lakme’s Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact is a dynamic compact that provides glowing complexion in an instant. Fortified with Vitamins B and C to add nourishment to your makeup, this compact helps keep the skin smooth and soft thanks to its advanced Micromesh and Allantoin complex formula.

Pros

  • SPF 23 protects against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Enriched with vitamins and multi-minerals
  • Contains skin brightening pearls
  • Vitamin B3 present visibly lightens skin tone

Cons

  • Does not hide dark spots or blemishes
  • Poor quality powder puff

Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Complexion Compact – Beige Honey Review

The Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact is available in six different shades, of which Beige Honey is the most appropriate for dark skinned users. A light coverage compact, it is ideal for everyday use by women that aren’t looking to hide any blemishes. It does a good job with oil control too and easily stays on for 5-6 hours depending on the weather. The only issue with this compact is that it claims to ‘visibly lighten skin tone’ as well. Now, while this is a contentious issue with a lot of women with some opposing it on ethical grounds, and others wanting to use it for the very same purpose, we found that the compact doesn’t really lighten as such but may leave a white cast on the skin if overused. The verdict is still out on this one.

Rating: 4/5

 

For Wheatish Skin

As a neutral skin tone, wheatish skinned women often have the hardest time choosing the right compact for themselves. Ideally, depending on whether they have pink or yellow undertones, women must pick a compact that perfectly matches their shade as getting a mismatched compact can lead to a white cast on the skin.

4. Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Almond

Buy Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact For ₹ 319.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-9-to-5-flawless-matte-complexion-compact

The perfect choice for an oil-free, even and natural complexion, Lakme’s 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact is fortified with Vitamin E that helps nourish your skin and gives you a radiant look that lasts all day.

Pros

  • Matte finish
  • No patches
  • No white cast
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not recommended for dry skin users
  • Needs to be used with a base
  • Does not hide spots/blemishes

Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Almond Review

If you’re a wheatish skinned woman with oily to combination skin, then Lakme’s 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact in shade Almond is what you’ve been waiting for all your life. As the name suggests, the compact does give a flawless matte finish without making the skin appear patchy or chalky at any time. Since this is a matte product, we highly recommend that you use a base before applying this compact as direct application of the compact may lead to breakouts. The lack of SPF is a downer too. But that said if you’re looking for a medium coverage product with good staying power (5-6 hours) this is a decent product, especially to wear at night. Take our word for it, you’ll have zero to no complaints.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

5. Lakme Rose Powder – Warm Pink

Buy Lakme Rose Powder – Warm Pink For ₹ 135.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-rose-powder---warm-pink

The Lakme Rose Powder is a fragrant compact powder that is perfect for blushing your cheeks. Packed with the goodness of sunscreen to protect your soft, peachy skin, buy the Lakme Rose Powder right away to give yourself the rosy glow you know you deserve.

Pros

  • #1 seller on Amazon India
  • Loose face powder with fragrance of roses, contains real rose extracts
  • Oil control
  • Protects against sun damage

Cons

  • Low coverage
  • Recommended for wheatish skinned women only
  • Does not last long

Lakme Rose Powder – Warm Pink Review

Lakme’s Rose Powder in shade Warm Pink is an ideal daily wear compact for wheatish skinned women. Packaged in loose powder form, this particular compact is easy to wear as it blends into the skin seamlessly, and has a very pleasant fragrance of roses. Coverage is light to medium and can’t really be built up. This is more of a powder than a compact if you ask us, but with certain compact like qualities like evening out the skin. The staying power isn’t great at a bare 2 hours top and requires regular touch ups. But if heavy makeup isn’t your thing, then this might just be the thing for you.

Rating: 4/5

 

For Dusky Skin

Much like their dark skinned sisters, dusky women too ought to choose compacts in yellow or orange undertones that precisely match their skin tone. Using lighter shades brings with it the danger of a white cast on the skin, which is why getting the right shade for your complexion is of supreme importance here.

6. Lakme Radiance Complexion – Shell

Buy Lakme Radiance Complexion – Shell For ₹ 140.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-radiance-complexion---shell

The Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact allows you to add nourishment to your makeup thanks to the presence of Vitamins E and C that help replenish the skin. The advanced Micromesh and Allantoin complex formula keep your skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch and leave you looking picture perfect at any hour of the day.

Pros

  • Made with an Allantoin complex formula
  • Nourishes and moisturizes skin
  • Contains Vitamins E & C
  • Advanced Micromesh technology

Cons

  • Not suitable for dry skin
  • Does not hide blemishes

Lakme Radiance Complexion – Shell Review

The Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact in shade ‘Shell’ is a compact with yellow undertones that is ideal for dusky skinned women. It has a creamy texture. Since this is a compact with light coverage, it doesn’t do much to hide blemishes, but if you have mostly clear skin that you’re just looking to even out, then this is a decent choice for you. The staying power is lesser than that of the 9 to 5 range at about 3 to 4 hours which means you will be required to touch it up occasionally. But given its creamy texture and ease of application, we don’t see that as much of an issue. Dry skinned users are advised to not use this product as a standalone as it may lead to breakouts. Instead, use it a creamy base or sunscreen on the skin first before blending the product in for best results.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

7. Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Apricot

Buy Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Apricot For ₹ 319.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-9-to-5-flawless-matte-complexion-compact---apricot

The perfect choice for an oil-free, even and natural complexion, Lakme’s 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact is fortified with Vitamin E that helps nourish your skin and gives you a radiant look that lasts all day.

Pros

  • Matte finish
  • No patches
  • No white cast
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not recommended for dry skin users
  • Needs to be used with a base
  • Does not hide spots/blemishes

Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Apricot Review

Rounding up our list of the Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact is the shade Apricot which feels like it’s been designed keeping the Indian woman in mind. Ideal for women with oily to combination skin, this is a pressed compact that provides a smooth matte finish that pretty much lasts through the day. What we particularly liked about this compact is that it leaves behind no white cast or patchiness, and settles on the skin like a dream. The coverage is medium with a staying power of 5-6 hours, thus negating the need for regular touch ups. Keeping in mind the lack of SPF and its matte effect, however, ensure that you use this compact with a creamy base or sunscreen only, and not as a standalone product.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

For Combination Skin

The combination skin type is identified by an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) alongside dry cheeks. As such, most women with combination skin tend to use two different compacts for the two different zones of the face. While that is a decent practice, depending on just how oily or dry the skin is, one may choose between a creme and matte compact for overall use too.

8. Lakme Absolute Flawless Creme Compact

Buy Lakme Absolute Flawless Creme Compact For ₹ 680.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-absolute-flawless-creme-compact

The Lakme Absolute Flawless Creme Compact guarantees hiding all your dark spots, dark circles and imperfections completely to give you a radiant look at the stroke of a brush. Using this compact will help rejuvenate your dull and lifeless skin, and give you a brighter complexion.

Pros

  • Creme compact
  • Easy to carry
  • Excellent sponge applicator
  • Hides blemishes

Cons

  • Expensive

Lakme Absolute Flawless Creme Compact Review

Ideally, combination skin women don’t usually use creme compacts, but if you’re on the less oily side of the combination skin type, this one product definitely deserves a place on your list. A creme compact available in 4 shades to suit different skin types, the compact has high coverage which assures hiding imperfections to give you even, radiant skin. The texture of the compact is buttery soft which makes it easy to apply and leaves your skin feeling light and fresh. It stays on for 4-5 hours depending on how much you sweat and is better suited to winters. All said and done, a good creme compact that may be used by combination skin women too. However, if the creme aspect of it still bothers you, use it as a base for your makeup and top it off with a powder compact for a more matte finish.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

For Acne Prone/Sensitive Skin

Women with sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts are wary of beauty products, and with good reason. If you count yourself in that list, our suggestion to you would be to avoid creme based compacts as they might just block your pores further. Instead, opt for compacts with a matte finish that reduce shine on the face. Coverage, whether low, medium or high, would depend on whether you have active acne and/or scar marks that you are looking to hide.

9. Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact

Buy Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact For ₹ 116.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-radiance-complexion-compact

The Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact allows you to add nourishment to your makeup thanks to the presence of Vitamins E and C that help replenish the skin. The advanced Micromesh and Allantoin complex formula keep your skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch and leave you looking picture perfect at any hour of the day.

Pros

  • Made with an Allantoin complex formula
  • Nourishes and moisturizes skin
  • Contains Vitamins E & C
  • Advanced Micromesh technology

Cons

  • Not suitable for dry skin
  • Does not hide blemishes

Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact Review

Acne prone skin requires a compact that sucks out the excess oil on the face without blocking the pores in the process. Keeping this in mind, the Lakme Radiance Complexion Compact is a great choice for women with acne prone/sensitive skin as it is a low coverage compact that doesn’t overwhelm the skin. At the same time, the matte powder helps remove the excessive shine on the face leaving you with radiant skin. The staying power of the compact depends on the weather (lesser during summer) and how oily your skin gets, mostly around 4 hours under average conditions. Bear in mind though that the compact is a sheer one and will not be able to hide blemishes as such. So, if you have active acne or acne scars then this may not be the product for you, and you might need something heavier like foundation.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

For Lighter Skin

India being a tropical country, skin tanning is a major problem we face. Add to that the constantly increasing pollution, and we can safely say that most of us are at least a shade or two lighter than what we normally seem. Lucky for us though, there are Lakme compacts that help even out tan and bring about a more uniform tone to the skin. Here’s our top pick in this regard.

10. Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry compact

Buy Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry compact For ₹ 560.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-absolute-white-intense-wet-and-dry-compact

The Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry Compact has been created as a long lasting formulation of Vitamin B3 that nourishes the skin from within and brings out your natural flawlessness. While adding an enchanting glow to the face, the SPF 17 present in it helps protect against the dangers of UV rays too.

Pros

  • 3-in-1 skin care product
  • Can be used as a wet foundation or dry compact
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B4
  • SPF 17
  • Skin lightening properties

Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry compact Review

The Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry compact is a life saver thanks to its 3-in-1 formula that allows you to use it in a variety of ways. It claims to have skin lightening properties that help reduce the tan and even out the skin tone. We decided to test that claim on our tans and were pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. Of course, one can’t be expecting miracles here, but it did do a fair job of evening out the skin tone for a more uniform finish. This makes it a must have in your carry bag as it can be used as a light base to apply makeup on the go. Especially, since the pressed compact also doubles as a foundation when applied with a wet sponge/brush. A surefire winner all the way.

Rating: 5/5

 

For Radiant Skin

Rounding off our list of compacts for different skin types, we have a special something reserved for the very end. Regardless of your skin type, if you’re looking for something to elevate your look for weddings, family functions, and parties, our last review is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

11. Lakme Face Sheer

Buy Lakme Face Sheer For ₹ 300.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-face-sheer

Seal your makeup with this specially formulated highlighter from Lakme that lifts your look to another level. A sheer powder, it blends effortlessly into the skin to give your face an iridescent glow. Available in three different shades.

Pros

  • Bestseller on Amazon India
  • Highlights cheeks for a beautiful glow
  • Contains pigments for tint
  • Blends seamlessly

Cons

  • Needs a light hand
  • Avoid overusing the product

Lakme Face Sheer Review

Since most of the compacts we reviewed above are for regular wear, we were trying to look for a product that added a little extra to our look for special occasions. And that kids, is how we met Lakme Face Sheer. First things first, this is a highlighter and not a regular compact so never, ever make the mistake of applying it all over your face at the very outset unless you mean to look like a shiny disco ball. That said, the Lakme Face Sheer is meant to complement your regular compact/foundation for an effortless glow. To use, get your makeup in place, and then using a makeup brush (ditch the sponge applicator the moment you open the box) very lightly get some of the product on your face. Never go in for more than one dab of the powder as it is highly pigmented and will end up messing with your whole look if you overdo it. Our advice, do a trial run with it to know how much is too much. Once you have that down pat, you’ll be ready to slay at any event like the boss that you are using this. Thank us later!

Rating: 4/5

 

For Fair Skin

Depending on whether they have oily, dry, combination or normal skin, fair skinned women have the liberty of choosing compacts a shade or two lighter than their skin tone too. Additionally, getting one with pink undertones will lift the overall look.

12. Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Melon

Buy Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact For ₹ 300.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-9-to-5-flawless-matte-complexion-compact

The perfect choice for an oil-free, even and natural complexion, Lakme’s 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact is fortified with Vitamin E that helps nourish your skin and gives you a radiant look that lasts all day.

Pros

  • Matte finish
  • No patches
  • No white cast
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not recommended for dry skin users
  • Needs to be used with a base
  • No SPF

Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact – Melon Review

Lakme’s 9 to 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact in shade Melon is ideal for oily and fair skinned women with pink undertones to their skin. With a light to medium coverage, we found that the compact provides an excellent matte finish that doesn’t make the skin patchy or chalky. That said, it’s always a good idea for women to use this compact with an SPF based foundation/sunscreen as the compact itself does not have any SPF, which is an issue since most fair skinned women are more vulnerable to sun damage. Hence, if you don’t mind the lack of SPF, and are looking for a compact to wear at evening/night, this is definitely an option for you to consider.

Rating: 4/5

 

13. Lakme Rose Face Powder – Soft Pink

Buy Lakme Rose Face Powder For ₹ 135.00 @ www.amazon.in/lakme-rose-face-powder

The Lakme Rose Powder is a fragrant compact powder that is perfect for blushing your cheeks. Packed with the goodness of sunscreen to protect your soft, peachy skin, buy the Lakme Rose Powder right away to give yourself the rosy glow you know you deserve.

Pros

  • #1 seller on Amazon India
  • Loose face powder with fragrance of roses, contains real rose extracts
  • Oil control
  • Protects against sun damage

Cons

  • Low coverage
  • Recommended for fair skinned women only
  • Does not last long

Lakme Rose Face Powder – Soft Pink Review

The Lakme Rose Powder in shade Soft Pink is a bestseller from the Lakme collection. An affordable, everyday compact, unlike most other Lakme ones that are pressed, this is a loose powder that makes blending and application very easy. It has a very pleasing fragrance of roses with a coverage that is light to medium. However, we found that the compact doesn’t last too long and requires frequent touch ups. Also, though the packaging claims ‘sun protection’, it doesn’t quite indicate the SPF rating.

Rating: 4/5

***Prices may Vary***

With a diverse range of products for nearly every Indian skin type, and at varied price points, Lakme does a good job of catering to the beauty requirements of millions of us Indian women. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re pretty certain that you or someone in your family has definitely used a Lakme product at least once in your lives. We hope that you found our list on the top Lakme Compacts informative and helpful. Please leave your reviews and suggestions in the comments section below!

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