Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color in Saffron Gossip: Review, Swatches & FOTD

While I am all in for plums and wines during the colder months but once in a while I love a pop of color on my lips. One such shade I find myself trying more than I expected is orange and one orange in my collection that I am particularly fond of is Saffron Gossip from the Lakme 9 to 5 range.

Price: Rs 450 for 3 gms

All lipsticks in the Lakme 9 to 5 have a beautiful shiny rose cold tubes. The packaging is pretty sturdy and travel friendly and while I love the packaging, I do not appreciate the fact that I have to look at the label to find out the shade as I own more than one lipstick from this range.

The shade Saffron Gossip is a beautiful orange with coral undertones. I love how bright the shade is and while such a bright shade can be tricky to work with, the coral undertones ensure that the shade compliments most Indian skin tones.

The texture of the lipstick is a little drying so it is essential to prep the lips before application or the application can look patchy and uneven. It is also important to wear a lip balm under the lipstick as the lipstick initially feels creamy but settles into a more of matte finish.

The lipstick has a decent pigmentation and a couple of layers can get you a nice wash of color on the lips. The texture is light so the lipstick doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable even after layering.

Staying power is one of the best things about this range and all lipsticks do not budge for good 5-6 hours. The lipstick has very fine shimmer particles which it does leave behind when it fades and to be honest I kind of find that annoying. The lipstick also leaves behind a pretty orange tint which looks as good as the lipstick and there is absolutely no feathering or bleeding.


All in all, I am pretty happy with the lipstick just like I was with the other lipsticks I have tried from this range. The color is beautiful, the packaging is pretty and sturdy, the color payoff is decent and obviously the staying power is absolutely amazing. I am not a big fan of the shimmer particles it leaves behind but other than that, I have absolutely no complains.