L’Oreal vs Lakme – Which is better?

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L’Oreal and Lakme are two of the top brands that have a strong foothold in the Indian makeup industry. Lakme launched in 1952 in India while L’Oreal came to India in 1994. Lakme has always been about affordable products although it has a premium range of products too. L’Oreal used to sell higher-priced products but sells affordable products now too.

Which is better? Rather than generalise and give a verdict as a whole, I am going to compare a few products that I used from each and tell you which one is a better option in each.

L’Oreal vs Lakme 

L’Oreal Base Magique Primer vs. Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Primer


The L’Oreal primer spreads well on the skin and gets absorbed without a hint fairly quickly in comparison to the Lakme primer which was tricky to apply. As the Lakme primer is thicker I had to take my time to blend. It is definitely not recommended for people who are on the go because you need to take time to blend.

Skin type

As I have a combination skin type, the L’Oreal primer suited me well as it blended easily and smoothened out my pores as well as my fine lines. With the Lakme primer, although it smoothened out the pores it didn’t do much for the fine lines and there was a chalky cast on my skin. This is more suitable for people with fair skin. My skin felt soft post-application with both the primers. 

Staying power

Both did well when it comes to staying power. I tested out each by wearing them for 4 hours when I went out and they held well. All my large pores were hidden well although the L’Oreal primer fared better. A little bit goes a long way for both these primers. I found that they worked better post-application of moisturizer.

The verdict

I liked the L’Oreal Base Magique Primer better because it is best for beginners (like me) and professionals (like my sister) alike. It is good for all skin types and it blends easily. It has a good staying power and it was a success when used by itself and when I applied it under heavy makeup.  

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick vs. Lakme Forever Matte Liquid Lip Color


L’Oreal liquid lipstick is available in seven earthy shades and is suitable for those who want to make a statement with their liquid lipstick only. The Lakme matte liquid lipstick comes in 30 shades that are a mix of nude shades and corals suitable for every occasion.

Staying power

L’Oreal matte liquid lipstick has a better-staying power as it can stay for 12 hours easily without re-application. Both fared well after I ate and drank my coffee during the day. The L’Oreal liquid lipstick proved to be waterproof, smudge-proof, and non-transferable. Lakme lip colour transferred a bit although if I was careful, it was not a big issue.  


Both the liquid lipsticks provide good pigmentation and I loved that about both of these. The L’Oreal liquid lipstick is hydrating while I had to moisturise my lips before applying the Lakme liquid lip colour. The L’Oreal lipstick was quite difficult to remove and I had to resort to coconut oil. The Lakme liquid lipstick was easy to remove in comparison.

The verdict

Lakme liquid lip colour is best if you are going for an affordable option that stays on well for about 8 hours. It is best if you don’t mind reapplying and moisturising beforehand. As it is quite affordable when compared to L’Oreal liquid lipstick, you can buy more shades. The shades are unique and I feel they are suitable for all skin shades. The weightless lipstick felt good on my lips and I will recommend it.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise vs Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara


The L’Oreal mascara comes in only one shade which is black while the Lakme mascara comes in two shades, black and royal blue. Both give intense colour payoffs.


The L’Oreal mascara comes with an hourglass brush with loads of bristles. I found it pretty easy to apply and one stroke was enough for voluminous lashes. I liked the creamy texture formula as it was simple to coat lashes evenly. The Lakme mascara brush was soft and easy to apply too.

Staying power

The Lash Paradise mascara is intensely waterproof and stays for 9 hours without re-application. I tested the waterproof claim by washing my face a few times with water and the mascara stayed put. The Eyeconic Curling Mascara is not waterproof although it stayed for four hours as long as my lashes didn’t get wet. It is somewhat sweat proof because it stayed when I travelled (for around an hour) in public transport.


Lash Paradise mascara required quite a lot of patience and time to remove. I read about the struggles of removing the mascara which is why I was prepared. Removing one coat wasn’t a challenge but removing three coats felt like one. I used coconut oil to safely remove the mascara completely although it took a few mins. The Lakme mascara was pretty simple to remove.

The verdict

I liked the L’Oreal Lash Paradise because of its waterproof property and its long staying power. I can apply it instantly when I am in a rush and get luscious lashes in minutes. I don’t mind taking some time out at the end of the day to remove the mascara from my eyelashes.

L’Oreal Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid vs Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Brightening Serum


The L’Oreal serum and Lakme serum both had a lightweight consistency and I was able to easily apply each on my face. Both were smooth and they absorbed pretty quickly into my skin. They were also non-sticky which made it easy to work with them regularly. The L’Oreal serum had a more watery consistency in comparison to the Lakme serum.


Although both were pretty hydrating, the L’Oreal serum says that one must moisturise before applying. I tried not to moisturise and I felt it was a bit drying. When used with moisturiser, the L’Oreal serum felt good on my skin. The Lakme serum was moisturising without the need to apply a moisturiser which was a thumbs up from me.


The L’Oreal serum had no fragrance and I really liked the fact that it didn’t clog my pores. It felt comfortable on the skin. The Lakme serum had some smell although I didn’t mind it after a while as I got used to it.


Both are steered to give a radiant glow. I found that the L’Oreal serum and Lakme serum achieved it to some level although the results were more visible faster in L’Oreal. My skin felt smooth, my skin was glowing and I saw a reduction in fine lines when using the L’Oreal serum after 1 month. When I used the Lakme serum for 1 month, my skin felt smooth and I started having a more even skin tone.

The verdict

With similar price points, the L’Oreal and Lakme serums had stiff competition for this one. I preferred the L’Oreal serum because of the absence of fragrance and a noticeable reduction in skin ageing signs along with a natural glow. My skin started to look plumper after a while but other benefits were visible faster. The weightless formula is also great for everyday use.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Detoxify With Charcoal vs Lakme 9to5 Moist Matte Clay Face Mask


The L’Oreal clay mask felt like a lotion and the Lakme clay mask is slightly thicker than L’Oreal’s mask. They were both simple to apply on the skin and had to be left for the same amount of time.  


The skin felt smooth post-application of both the L’Oreal clay mask and the Lakme clay mask. With the L’Oreal mask, my skin felt refreshed instantly as soon as I washed off the mask. My skin felt soft and smooth after the Lakme clay mask. Both were detoxifying although I found the L’Oreal clay mask a little more drying in comparison to Lakme. L’Oreal didn’t give me radiance as promised even after a month’s use.

The verdict

I liked the Lakme clay mask better because it suited my skin better and it didn’t feel as dry after I washed it off. It is also the more affordable option of the two and I think it makes sense to buy something like this to regularly use on my skin to detoxify a few times a week. A definite try for those who are tired of their lifeless skin at the end of a hectic day.

There is no clear-cut answer to which is the best brand because each has its strengths and weaknesses. While L’Oreal might seem better in many cases, it is oftentimes the pricier one when compared to Lakme. I use products from both brands regularly and I like them for different reasons. Have you used any of these products? Which brand do you like more?

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