Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Review

Hello there beautiful ladies! Lakme recently came out with a bunch of new products and I couldn’t resist not getting my hands on any of them. I ended up buying the Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation, since it looked like something I could use on a daily basis. So if you’ve not already read a dozen reviews of this product, here comes mine!

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Price: Rs.600 for 9gm

Packaging: I’m so impressed with the rose gold packaging of this powder foundation! It looks really classy and the lid is reflective as well. It has a mirror on the inside and a separate compartment for the sponge applicator. I’m not sure if the product will break if you drop it, but it’s always better to be careful right?

Shade Range: There are six shades available in this powder foundation. Lakme has tried to cater to the deeper shades as well, but it’s really difficult to select a shade online. The names do not represent anything specific as such. I got the shade Silky Golden and fortunately, it suits me perfectly!

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Texture: The texture of this product is smooth and soft. It glides on to the skin easily and blends effortlessly.

Application: I’ve used this with both the sponge applicator provided and with a dense brush, it works well both ways! If you do not have a brush lying around, you can certainly go ahead with the sponge.

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Staying Power: The powder foundation lasts for about 4-5 hours and not 8 hours, as Lakme claims.

Coverage: The coverage is sheer to medium and not really buildable. It’ll lightly cover up any acne marks or blemishes.

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Fragrance: The product has a very mild fragrance on the pan but nothing transfers onto the skin and that’s certainly a win.

My Experience:

The Lakme powder foundation is perfect for everyday wear. It is very lightweight and doesn’t look cakey or anything. It gives decent coverage and mattifies the skin for about 4 hours or so. After that, my t-zone starts to look shiny (yes, my dry skin is turning into combination skin, thanks to the crazy Mumbai weather). It works great as a setting powder as well; you can top up your foundation with this for a matte finish.

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Left: Swatch, Right: Blended

The product makes my under eye area quite dry and hence I would recommend dry skinned girls to moisturize well before using this product. I also feel that the product works better when used over a moisturizer or sunscreen, it just adheres better to the skin that way.

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Left: Bare Face, Right: With only the Lakme Powder Foundation on

Let us now sum up the pros and cons.


  1. Doesn’t feel heavy
  2. Mattifying
  3. Decent coverage
  4. Blends easily
  5. Mild fragrance
  6. Can be used as a setting powder
  7. Beautiful packaging
  8. Easily available
  9. Decent staying power


  1. Drying
  2. Doesn’t live up to the 8 hours claim
  3. No SPF
  4. On the pricier side


If you’re looking for something mattifying and lightweight for your everyday makeup routine, you can give this a go.

Have you tried the Lakme 9 to 5 powder foundation yet? If not, do you plan to? Comment below and let me know!

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