Lakme Nine to Five Lipstick in Bella Rose

by mehak on April 30, 2012

in Lakme, Lip Products, Lipsticks, Reviews

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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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Kejal April 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

:O this is similar to Mac Cosmo by any chance??? This is very close to how cosmo looks on me


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

yeah,even i thought of that but since i don’t own ‘cosmo’,i couldn’t compare. but in the shop when i tried cosmo,i didn’t buy it since i have this similar shade.


Kejal April 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

it kinda does…u know I m lately obessed about cosmo coz I recently got it :D
and I stare at my lips everytime I apply it..and as soon as I saw this I was like “COSMO DUPE” :D


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

yeah,even i checked swatches online and its similar…cool na :)


mehak April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I love cosmo its so prettyyy!


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

i can see y you love it so much,i went through your post and i must say this comes so close to it. when you were featured in cosmopolitan i expected them to write about your love for cosmo instead of mocha :)


mehak April 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Actually, i have no idea why it showed it mocha..i had said viva glam cyndi!


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

lol…atleast they got the mac part right :) mac mocha also one your fav na :)


tinafreysd April 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

Nice color of lipstick..I want to buy for myself also..


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

yeah,a regular shade.i’m sure you can get a close dupe of this one :)


Manya April 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

From this range I have apricot nector and almond ice, do check apricot nector is very pretty!


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

yeah,will keep that in mind and next time,i’ll check it out,thanks :)


Preetha April 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I have this n totally love it..perfect MLBB..MAC Cosmo is pinker than may be a dupe for MAC Twig..:)


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

ya? thanks for the info :) i don’t have both of those mac lippies :)


Shalini April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Such a pretty shade <3


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

right? and most are agreeing it’s dupe for cosmo, i feel so proud of lakme to have come up with this shade :)


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

lol…atleast they got the mac part right :) mac mocha also one your fav na :)


Neha April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Pretty natural looking shade :)


Ritika April 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

This seems kinda similar to Lakme peach carnation na?


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

yeah,for brown undertones but there is no peach undertones in this one


Ritika April 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

This is kinda similar to Lakme Absolute peach carnation na?


Jyoti April 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

It is a pretty everyday shade Ashwini. And WOW!!! you hv amazing lips. <3


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

yeah,i use it everyday mostly but still it lasts longer. thanks *blushing*


Nisha Khan April 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

loved the color….i havnt tried lakme 9 to 5 lippies yet but after reading this i m sure i m gonna try ..thnx for review.


ashwini April 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm

i hope you pick this one,if you are looking for pink with brown undertones


Rima April 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

wow!!!its lyk the colour m lukin for rite nw!!! :)


ashwini May 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

yeah,it’s MLBB shade for medium-dusky skin tones.


Vanu April 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Very natural and classy shade! super like it :)


ashwini May 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

me too,i love this kind shades :)


Nivedita May 1, 2012 at 1:04 am

on seeing your lip swatch, I just died! I had tried their previous 9to5 lipstick and I’m kind of neautral to them. But on seeing your post, I realize, haven;t bought Lakme in a while. This might be a starter again :P


ashwini May 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

lol :) these lipsticks really last from 9 to 5.try these.


Nivedita May 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I bet I would :)


Nivedita May 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

I tried commenting at the bottom. No clue why it showed up in the middle. Sorry ladies for breaking the thread


ashwini May 1, 2012 at 8:55 am

it’s okay,it happened to me too :)


Sukanya May 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Loved the color,but i wonder if it would look dat good on me? am MAC NC 40-41??


ashwini May 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

yeah,it’ll. it will suit almost all except may be too fair ones.


Madeeha May 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

The color is gorgeous I am such a sucker for these shades !


pavani reddy May 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

this looks like cosmo….its very very prettyyyyy pink version of frapucchino


varsha August 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Is this similar to Lakme Lip Love in Rose Kissed?


Taz September 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I don’t buy a Lot of lipsticks but thought to buy 9to5 since package said it would last longer. Argh I was so disappointed. What am I doing wrong? It wouldn’t even stay for 6 hours even when I am not having meals. It’s just disappointing. Which lipstick I should buytjat would stay?
Kind of shocked to see all positive reviews of this lipstick.


mehak September 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi Taz
6 hours is actually an above average time for a lipstick. Mac lipsticks last about 4 hours or so…so anything above 4 hours is definitely very very good.
If you want a lipstick that stays longer- try the maybelline superstay 14 hr..they stay very long but they are very drying and fel chapped on lips


Taz September 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Great thanks mehak will try
Maybeline superstay. When I said it doesn’t last even 6 hours I was
More of referring to ppl who said it stays 6 hrs. For me
It’s less than two hours and I have to admit I am a clumsy person but in a few hours mostly 2 it just completely gets off and all I have left is no lipstick

Any other lipsticks that stay longer ?
Thanks again for responding!!


mehak September 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hi Taz- hmmm….maybelline bold matte is what you should also try…thyr better in texture than the 14hr ones and also stay long…
Btw- you can increase the lifetime of any lipstick by doing this…apply the lipstick, then blot down hard on your tissue paper, apply again, blot again and apply one last time.


Taz September 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Cool thanks!!


Taz September 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hello again! i tried using the blotting method (call me naive that I didnt know this until know) and the 9to5 lipstick stayed a lil longer, so BIG THANK YOU!


mehak September 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Yr most welcome :)
Not naive at all,…haha ..


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