Lakme Color Illusion Pearl Eyeshadow Review: Smokey Pearl & Gold Pearl

by mehak on June 3, 2014

in B-, Eye Products, eyeshadow, Lakme, Reviews



Dont know about you but the names of these Lakme Absolute Color Illusion eyeshadows sound like names of DJ’s to  me !! “DJ Smokey Pearl is in the house ladiieessss and he will be playing right next to DJ Gollld Peaarrrlll” …no? Its just me ? Oh ok.
Anyway, names aside these eyeshadows are one of the rare ‘mono shadows’ to be launched by Lakme and they are part of the Color Illusion range by Lakme Absolute!

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No points for guessing- which one is smokey pearl, and which one is gold pearl right?

First thoughts- shimmer ! These are sheer, and shimmery and if you like to have a wash of shimmer on your eyes to make them pop you will probably love these. Me however..ummm..welll- I like pigmentation and in that department these two cuties dont really score the best marks yaknow?

Sure they seem smooth to apply and all, but I really need to layer for the pigmentation to show. The best way to use them is actually to use them wet-in which case pigmentation takes a quantum leap forward but otherwise when used dry they can be problematic- specially because the fallout is kind of bad too.

Smokey pearl is definitely better in terms of both payoff as well as fallout than gold pearl and they are both eyeshadows you will want to wear on your night out. Smokey pearl is a beautiful grey-blue which is nice for a smokey eye and gold pearl is a nice shimmery cream that you can put on the centre of your lid or as a brow bone highlight.




Verdict: B-

Price: Rs 750/-

Recommendation: Both of these were too sheer for my liking honestly. Plus had some fallout issues. When used wet  they do significantly improve and Smokey pearl does give decently good payoff when used wet but at this price point I expect atleast solid pigmentation if nothing else



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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Xuvious June 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I like the gold shade but I don’t want to deal with fallout. :/


Rashi @sincerelylazy June 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Not enough bang for the buck, eh?! Lakme eyeshadows usually have terrible fallout issues, I learnt the hard way :-/


Vini @dndb June 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I might skip these. I am neway a beginner and then the fall out no no no!


TA June 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

That looks like a skip from me too!


Embellished June 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Do they do more neutral colours? Although that’s too expensive anyway.


laks June 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

i would skip this, looking pretty on you though


Lisha@HeartBowsMakeup June 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

ouch such duds! Lakme keeps on disappointing with their prices if not the quality


Fiona June 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Very nicely reviewed!! Off late Lakme has been so disappointing :/ the new line of lipstick look meh on kareena in the new ad.


Pallavi June 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

the colors are very sheer .. thanks to you now i ll use it wet


Supria June 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

The fallout is pretty obvious from the pictures. Pearly eyeshadows are a big no no for me!


mily June 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

These are getting a thumbs down from every single person….bad !!


Shailja @BeABrideEveryday June 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Wow.. this looks perfect for parties.. !


Manasi June 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Pretty shade!


kayennat June 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm

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Krupa June 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

The reviews for this eyeshadow really have not been great.


Swati June 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I wish these were more pigmented :(


Gunjan Mittal June 4, 2014 at 12:18 am

Fallout is bad and I feel that it should have been more pigmented.
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Pallavi June 4, 2014 at 12:20 am

Sounds like a waste of money. Lakme sure is losing grip.


A Golden Tulip June 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

looks like a bad one…but love ur look in the end.



Himani June 4, 2014 at 2:07 am

I like ur EOTD :) but yup, they do lack in pigmentation..


Vineetha June 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

Sheer and Shimmery, not a fav combo of mine. And the fallout bothers too!


Aayushi June 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

Lovely EOTD… :) You are right Mehak … at this price atleast good pigmentation is required …… otherwise Mac eyeshadows are already doing a great job..


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