Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert Review & Swatches


Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert


Hey there!

Anyone who reads my review on WiseShe knows that I am an ardent lover of red lip colours, stains, liners and really anything in the makeup world. 😛

While I transitioned from lip glosses to lip sticks a long while back, I have still been a little reticent to try lip liners because of my sheer laziness. I mean, come on! Adding another step to my bare bones makeup routine is a little disconcerting.


Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert


But nevertheless, when I set my eyes on this brilliant red on Nykaa, I swear I heard angels sing in the background and I just HAD to pick it up! The fact that most makeup swatches on makeup  portals are deceiving, just slipped my mind. 😛

Read on to see if this lip liner met my heavenly expectations. 😉

Price: 350 INR

About Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner:

The Lakmé Nine to Five Lip Liner gives you definition with a long lasting formula which sits on your lips through your day at work with no touch-ups. With its super gliding, never felt before satiny finish it feels beautiful on your pout. The perfect shades that work for work are easy to blend and have excellent color pay off. This is the key first step to perfect lips.


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How to Apply

Step 1: Line your lips starting in center of your upper lip

Step 2: Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth

Step 3: Follow the same technique for your bottom lip

To extend the wear of your favorite lipstick or lip gloss, first fill in your lips completely with lip liner

My take on Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert:

Ruby Woo is the cutest red I have ever seen in my life, and when I see anything akin to the same cool red I just have to jump it’s bones. I just can’t help myself! 😛

This lip liner is a perfect preparatory step before Ruby Woo, it matches the cool blue undertones that make the lip stick such a cult classic.


Lakme 9-5 Lip Liner Red Alert


Just like the retro matte finish of Ruby Woo, this too is extremely unforgiving on the lips. It accentuates dry and flaky lips, so please don’t forget to exfoliate incredibly well before application.

The pigmentation is also incredible and single stroke opacity is achieved with ease. But too much of a good thing isn’t always great. It changes the tonality of all the lipsticks that I pair this with, making any of the warm colours look distinctly cool.

It lasts a decent 5-6 hours on its own and prolongs the wear of any lipstick I pair it with. But when paired with Ruby Woo, this stays smudge proof for my full 8 hour day, which is pretty darn awesome!


Lakme Lip Liner Red Alert


This lip liner comes with no ingredient list, which is always a red flag for me. The pricing may also be a tad bit steep for the quantity provided. I wish this were retractable so that so much of this incredible pencil wouldn’t be wasted on unnecessary sharpening, due to its creaminess.


Lakme Liner Red Alert lipswatch


What I like about Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert:

  • Cool toned red
  • Classy travel safe packaging
  • Matte finish (akin to MAC’s Retro Matte finish)
  • Transfer proof
  • Versatile
  • Lasts for a decent amount of time
  • One stroke opacity
  • Hygienic

What I don’t like about Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert:

  • Sharpening leads to unnecessary product wastage
  • So creamy that it may need to be sharpened often
  • Small pencil
  • No ingredient list
  • Can accentuate lip lines due to matte finish
  • Can change the tone of lipstick due to strong pigmentation

Will I repurchase? Yes! I love this lip liner! It’s incredible!

Will I recommend to friends? Certainly!  It’s a universally flattering shade.

Rating: 4.75/5

Have you tried Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Red Alert?

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    • Thank you so much! :*
      They really are perfect matte finish products, even if they are a little unforgiving on the lips..

  1. Whhaaaat? Sun allergy? Girl don’t be hard on yourself you are nearly converting me to red with that drool worthy pout! Love the review!

      • Aww, you are most welcome. riddle me this- a fundamental question, why do u love red so much? I can’t handle the attention it gets. Not many wear it and it feels like standing on the stage … how do u do it?


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