Lakme Nine to Five Lipstick Bella Rose Swatches 

Guest Post by Ashwini (Dusky Skin tone, Oily Skin)

My first love in lakme is Lakme’s ‘lip love’ lipsticks but the  9 to 5 perfect Lip Color in Bella Rose comes a close second. After trying out most of the brands i bought this though this is more expensive, its MLBB for me. MLBB for me means natural looking healthy pink lips.  I don’t like brown lips even to the work,I want a hint of pink on my lips. This lipstick is another example for my love for pink- give me a rosy shade in an attractive cute pink case, im sold! Read on for my take on this one:


Lakme Claims  

  • With a long-wearing comfort technology
  • Offers a creamy color with Colorfix technology
  • Ensures 10 hours of intense crème color
  • Available in 12 shades
  • Priced at Rs.550/-
  • Available at all leading lifestyle stores

Colour and pigmentation: Mauve/dark pink with brown undertone, there are no shimmers in this one. There is enough pink to make lips rosey and enough brown to make it MLBB shade. I’m medium wheatish complexion with warm undertones like most Indians and this suits me well for everyday use. For reference Maybelline ‘my mahogany’ look light peachy brown and unable to cover my pigmented lips fully like this one though I wear it often since it’s my fav shade. Medium or dusky complexion girls will love this shade .  it just evens out the pigmentation(I have quite pigmented lips) and makes my lips pinker. It comes out opaque in a single swipe, to make it understated, I blot it. This way it looks more natural and stays put for longer time .for evenings, two swipes with gloss on top works well for me. it wont bleed so no need of liner.

Texture : its neither buttery smooth nor dragging kind dry, It’s just smooth enough to glide on lips easily. Its similar to colorbar velvet matte lipsticks. It doesn’t feel light on lips though it looks like it is.

Finish and lasting power : initially there appears healthy sheen but 2-3 hours later it  settles to matte finish. This is probably the reason why it lasts long. It lasts for more than 6 hours on me without a liner(impressed!). Even with meals, there is a pinkish-brown tint which looks natural. It feels dry on lips after 2 to 3 hours, I just rub in lip balm to fix that. though its drying, it won’t settle into lines. The staying power has not altered even when I top this with a  gloss, this is the reason I like this so much. Other lipsticks won’t last on me if top it with gloss. for reference, I don’t have dry/chapped lips but so many lines on my lips. It has to be removed using cleansing milk, just soap wont do.

It fares well in colour pay off and lasting department. Since I bought this shade when I was looking for a everyday shade which I can wear to college and didn’t wanna bother about touch ups. The only con is the drying factor. Sorry for not mentioning the ingredients list since its not the website and I have thrown the packaging cover, I guess it was mentioned on that.

 Rating :A-

Price: Rs 550/-

Recommendation : The Lakme Nine to Five Lipstick in Bella Rose is the  perfect neutral pink for medium/dusky complexioned gals. For fairer complexion it would be a deeper shade . I really like this range of lipsricks from Lakme and definitely recommend.

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