Lakme Absolute Matte Lip Color in Grape Blossom: Review and Swatches

The Lakme Absolute collection was one of the most awaited collection of the year (with Kareena Kapoor endorsing the collection the hype and expectation were as high as the launch of a MAC collection!) I was eyeing only two things from this collection: the day sheer blush and the wet to dry compact. I bought the blush but yet to buy the compact. 

To my β€œabsolute” surprise I was gifted the lipstick I’m reviewing today (Grape Blossom) and a lipgloss from this collection and my mom bought the 16 Hour Long Stay Foundation which I have free access to πŸ˜€ . The irony is I didn’t want to get any of the lipsticks at all since the colors weren’t appealing and matte lipsticks were a big no-no since I have dry lips. But the shade which was gifted to me (thankfully!) was a pretty plum color with very very minute shimmer.

Shade No.: 209
Price: Rs 375

What Lakme claims:

The Lakme Absolute Matte Lip colors 
  • are non-transferable.
  • Doesn’t look patchy.
  • Wear time of over 6 hours at least, but it doesn’t disappear completely until you remove it.
  • Good variety of shades, along with quite a few unique and uncommon colors.
I’ve always avoided matte lipsticks for two reasons: One being my dry lips and the other being the color settling in to the fine lines and giving me a dreadful appearance!

So I exfoliated my lips (like I do often) and applied a lipbalm. After a few minutes I applied this lipstick and I was ready to go. Unfortunately it dried out my lips further πŸ™  and it settled into the fine lines and looked terrible. SO I kept reapplying lipbalm whenever I felt my lips were drying out.

On the good side, the color is pretty and the lipstick is pigmented. One swipe of it will do or you can apply it as a lipstain (which I do with all my dark lipsticks).

It stayed on me for the entire day. Even when it started fading away the color was visible.

So summing up the pros,
The color lasted on me for 6 and half hours straight.
Reasonably priced for a matte lipstick (yet to try the Colorbar one though!) 
The silver packaging is classy
Pigmented; One swipe of the lipstick is enough to get the color
And the cons,
Extremely drying on the lips; Unless and until your lips are exfoliated and/or a lipbalm is applied before applying this lipstick it will definitely make your lips dry
Settles into the fines lines and makes your lips look terrible 


If you are a lover of matte lipsticks and have gorgeous lips sans fine lines then this one is for you!
I would give this a 3/5

7 days to go!
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  • Yay!! Finally! Nice color! I too shud start using such bold colors πŸ˜€

  • I really wanted to love these but I hate the formula.
    Then again you cant not love the colours in this range, nice shades Lakme has this time.

  • this is a very nice plum shade Deepsi. πŸ™‚ Lip swatch please.Want to know how its gonna look on me :p

  • @shruthi you should! it would suit you! you could have tried it when i showed it to you at ea.. the thing is Im finding it a little difficult to juggle work and blogging.. thats why the delays in posts πŸ™‚

  • @nirah i personally dint like any of the shades in the lakme matte lipsticks collection.. this was a gift πŸ™‚ but somehow after using it i liked it πŸ™‚

  • @jyoti was planning on posting lip swatches for this one but i have a huge boil on my lips :(( will post one as soon as possible

  • Ya i will! Am kinda liking plum colors of late πŸ™‚ I was waiting for this post. Now pls post the gloss nxt πŸ™‚

  • @shruthi ill post it sometime this week πŸ™‚ have to put up the giveaway posts too πŸ™‚

  • @deepika..the shade looks very pretty in the swatch..methinks i should now venture in to the world of plums n reds ;;)

  • Deeps pretty color but hate the drying effect it gives..
    how was ur new year celebrations πŸ™‚

  • Ani

    sounds so good…lovely shade.:D.. i love matte lippies very much :-*

  • @few unnecessary stuff you must give it a try.there is a misconception that these colors make you look older .. if you apply it proprly then it can look gorgeous!!avon has a really pretty red and so does lotus.. will do a review on those soon πŸ™‚

  • @Namita so do i!! πŸ™

    my new year celebrations were awesome! went out for icecream with cousins at midnight and also for 3 movies back to back on 1st πŸ™‚

    How was your Nams? And happy new year!! :X

  • @Ani Ani what do you do to prevent it from drying out your lips?

  • You didnt!
    I bought elegant bloom and love the colour and there were two more that I really liked but did not buy.

  • @nirah which ones did you like other than elegant bloom?

  • Ani

    @nirahdeeps please don mind……… and don be astonished……. i love the dryness of matte lippies………… and don use any lipbalm under or over this…… my lips usually never cracks …. bcoz i use lipbalm daily night…….and I don use mattes in winter….. but in summer most

  • thats a nice shade deeps ;;)

  • @Ani you are really lucky πŸ™‚

  • @Upasana thankies oops ;))how r u?

  • Same take Deeps…even i dint pick up any lipstic from this range coz its matte…and my lips r already so dry that a matte lippy wud push them over the edge!

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  • I want to get the absolute lippy in Peach carnation-Thanks for the review!! And hey I am your new GFC follower πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • @Zara πŸ˜€ and besides that 90% of the shades in this collection are dark ones

  • @Upasana yay!! πŸ˜€ me also planning to update my blog to a site but i have no clue how to go about it.. so consulting people.. might bug you too ;;)

  • @GOLDEN FALCON Welcome to Divassence Anuradha! πŸ™‚ Thank you for following Divassence!

    Following your lovely blog too!! πŸ™‚

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  • @Upasana wow!!im in! πŸ˜€

  • Wow such a berrish shade. thanks for honest review. wont like to go with dry lippies with my biting habit.
    following u now