Lakme Rose Powder - Review

Lakme claims: 
It is: Foundation make-up in a powder format- gives a flawless radiant look
How it works: Contains rose fragrance to keep you fresh, contains sunscreen to protect from harmful   UV rays. Gives a flawless radiant look.
Shades available: 
Soft Pink (for fair skin tones) 
Warm Pink (for wheatish to dusky skin tones)

Ingredients: Talc, Zinc Sterate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminium hydroxide, Steric Acid, Perfume, Rosa Damascena Extract; may contain CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499, CI12085, CI77891; Phenoxy Ethanol, Butyl Paraben, Ethyl Paraben, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben

1. A good light weight and fine, loose powder to help set your makeup post application. It is also good for touch-ups during the day. I have a very oily nose and forehead surrounded by very dry cheeks.So this helps minimize the shine and makes my pores look smaller instantly
2. Non-comedogenic. Although it doesn't say so, I haven't broken out as yet because of this. & I have been using this for a month now. 
3. The packaging is sturdy and good. Although it doesn't seem like that from the picture above, it is a sturdy plastic tub with two lids. The upper lid is screwed on and the inner one is plastic with 5 tiny holes, so that the powder does not fly everywhere when you open it. 
4. It also doesn't have any rose fragrance. (Or maybe my congested nose just can't make it out - Have had a case of the sniffles since a week). 
5. There is small puff with it for ease of application. But that does apply the powder a little heavily. I would suggest you use a face/blush fluffy brush for more subtle application.
6. Although it says pink, the powder upon application is quite translucent. My skin is peculiar in the sense that I have yellow as well as pink undertones. If I use a yellow toned powder, I start looking very pale and made up. This powder suits me just fine as it has both pink and yellow undertones. 
7. Price: Rs. 80 /- for 40 gms

1. Has no shimmer. This is a flat powder, while it won't make you look matt, it also will not impart a glowy look. It is a nice powder to absorb all excess oil and give finishing touches to your look.
2. While I am grateful that their are only 5 holes in the inner lid so the powder doesn't keep spilling out, it rather too effective. It won't even let the powder out easily. I have to hold the box sideways, cover the holes partially with the puff and tap at the bottom to remove powder. Quite irritating early in the morning. 
3. It claims to have sunscreen, but there is no mention of the SPF content. 
4. It has a lot of parabens as you can see in the ingredient list. 
 Parabens come in various forms (methyl, ethyl, propyl and benzyl) and are used as cheap and effective preservatives for personal-care products such as shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and sunscreens, besides they are hypo-allergenic - they don't cause contact dermatitis. Parabens are why products can survive the three-month boat trip from China, sit on store or warehouse shelves for years or be exposed to extreme temperatures.
But how can something applied externally be a concern? A recent Danish study showed that when parabens are applied as a "cream" to the backs of healthy male volunteers, the chemicals can be measured in the blood within hours. This demonstrates that parabens do indeed penetrate the human skin from cosmetic products.

Parabens, though they have been on the market for decades, have now been shown to mimic estrogen, disrupting our bodies' endocrine (hormone) system and have been found in human breast tumors possibly linking them to breast cancer. However for a paraben to have such drastic effects it needs to be used in very large quantities, about 100 to 1000 times the quantity that you would be applying to your skin daily. Besides while parabens do penetrate the skin, they are also rapidly excreted by the body in 36 hours.  

Want more information? Read this post here by a dermatologist.

Will I buy this again: Undecided, if I find a paraben free version I will definately opt for that. Untill then..... 
I really like this product, but you have parabens. But frankly 99% products in India have parabens. 
Don't believe me? Just go and take a look at your Colorbar blush ingredients or your favorite talcum powder or any other powder compact foundation.
On one hand at 80 bucks it is a very good quality loose powder. I use it to set my foundation and make up in the morning, and it helps it last longer - especially my blush. It is also very useful to freshen up my look in the evening in a jiffy, when there are sudden friends or guests over and I am looking tired and haggard at the end of the day. Just a swipe and I look fresh. I also find this easy to carry, though for the sake of safety - polypacked. 
On the other hand is the scary stuff about Parabens. 
Paraben awareness is very low amongst Indian consumers. While abroad a lot of companies have begun to produce paraben free versions of their products, in India, a lot of brands still don't disclose their full ingredient list. I suspect there is hardly any Indian cosmetic that does not have these. 
So as you see, if I decide to take a stand against parabens, I will probably have to throw out all my make up. and wait for the paraben free stuff to arrive (which will take another 10 years). 
Having a masters degree in Science, I can also assure you this that most studies use concentrations and amounts of chemicals under test far greater than we actually are exposed to in real life. In excess everything causes harm. Even simple talc can clog your pores and make you break out. 
So I guess am just gonna use this a little less frequently and in a little less quantity. 
But then what do I do about my lovely Colorbar Blush?
What is your take on this entire paraben issue? Do you know of any products that are paraben-free? please share them on this forum.

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  1. HOw come I have never ever come across thsi product. It sounds nice.

    I have read a lot of rantings about parabeans. There is so much confusion around. SOme people say, it's not harmful and some vice versa. However, I have rarely come across cosmetics here that are parabenas free. I think I will live with the thought that anything used in excess is harmful so be it parabeans. :)

    By the way did you notice how many chemicals are present in the Body Shop's products and while what is mentioned on the site gives you a feel of all herbal and natural stuff. I also read somewhere that their mineral products are not purely minerlized as opposed to the name. Hence, I strictly decided against buying them.

    Also, I feel if we go too deep with the ingredients and all, we won't be able to enjoy all our cosmetics that we love and lust so much. :P

  2. @ Rati: I completely agree with you - 100%.

    Everything has parabens these days. Even Deos & Body splashes. So like you even I will probably continue to use these products regardless.

    But I also felt that I shd inform my readers about it, so that they can take an informed decision. It felt wrong to me to not mention Parabens and the research related to it.

    Even I was shocked at The Body Shop list. Hell, their body butter has like 20 - 25 chemicals in all I think, by just adding a few drops here & there doesn't a herbal make.

    Personally I too think all this mineral make up is just hype. Cosmetics have contained minerals since the beginning. Even this rose powder can very easily be packaged and sold as mineral loose foundation - thereby jacking up it's price from 80 to 600, at no extra cost to the company.

  3. I never fancied powders from Lakme, especially the rose powder stuff! But, not now! I am definitely making a biggggggg list of all the products possible, so I dont get lost wat to buy once I am back this summer...YAY!

  4. @ Divs: Hey, tht is gr8 news! Looking forward to your posts on yr trip to India :D

    I hope i am able to help you get some good stuff in India :D, I too wld stay away from these rose powders initially. One day in a store I saw a mother - daughter pair pick up one each for themselves. And they both had nice skin. So I tried it myself on a lark.

    You must also add Colorbar to yr list. They have really nice blushes (I adore the plum brown I am wearing these days and getting a lot of compliments), juicy lip glosses, eyeliners. Really amazing stuff.

  5. Hey Tanveer,

    Came upon ur blog thru Rati's and I dont think I need to say that you have a gr8 blog here like Rati....I guess you already know that....and believe me I have gone thru all your archives in the last 3-4 days since the time I first visited it and I am surely gng to be a regular visitor here....Some of your reviews have been personally helpful to me in shortlisting some products....I had been to bandra lst weekend and visited the NBC abt which I had read in ur blog ;) they have a branch at Kandivali too which is called The Beauty Shop...incase you want to check out sometime..its much bigger than NBC though..I normally buy my stuff from there...I was not aware abt parafen...thanks for letting us know thru this post


  6. @HD,

    Welcome to "Addicted to Blush" and thks so much for the comment, appreciation and taking the pain to go through the posts :D :D

    I am glad to have been of help, since that was my primary motive here, to the give the modern Indian woman a voice as a consumer. and of course to share and learn make up tips. :D

    I hoped you liked the Khar NBC, I just love that place.. I had no idea they had a store in Kandivali too!! do you get gr8 discounts thr too?? I will def drop by the next time i am in that area :D

    Thks for the tip.

  7. yes tanveer, the kandivali one has similar discounts as its a branch and its much bigger...u shud visit some day


  8. @ HD,

    Thks for the tip :D, :D...

    I will def drop by when in tht area :D

  9. Very Informative!!Bt i don't feel comfortable using powder on my skin everyday!!I get scared dat it will clog my pore!!Nomatter wat it says...I hav trust issues!!!

  10. @Simran: Yea, it seems scary, but it hasn't broken me out as yet :D

  11. Which brush do you use to apply this powder?

  12. oh my will have to get it now aap after reading this review..will let you know how it worked for me too:)

  13. Thanks for the great review! I'll surely buy it today!


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