Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover for Spring 2014
Lancome Lip Lover for Spring 2014

This year, Lancôme gives women a whole new way to show lips some amour. For the first time, get three luxurious, lip perfecting benefits in one—the hydration of a balm, the vivid shine of a gloss, and the intense color of a lipstick—with Lancôme’s newest addition, Lip Lover. This revolutionary formula drenches lips in eight hours of moisture, smoothes fine lines, and adds an eye-catching dose of shimmering color in 18 saturated shades.

First, a balmy base delivers eight hours of lip softening moisture. Then, a smoothing layer of dewy shine reduces the look of lines and leaves lips looking smooth and flawless. Finally, saturated pigments infuse lips with intense, high-impact color for lips that will leave your lips saying je t’aime.

Lip Lover ($23.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Rose D’eau (311)
  • Rose Ballet (313)
  • Casse Noisette (314)
  • Rose Attrape Coeur (316)
  • Ambre Arabesque (320) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Rose Contre Temps (321)
  • Beige Adage (332)
  • Rose des Nymphes (333)
  • Coraile Cabriole (334)
  • Orange Maege (336)
  • Lip Lover (337)
  • Rose des Cygnes (338)
  • Fuchsia Attitude (339)
  • Framboise Etoile (355)
  • Belle de Rouge (356) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Bouquet Final (357)
  • Violette Pirouette (361)
  • Bordeaux Tempo (362)

Availability: March 2014 at Nordstrom, Sephora; May 2014 on-counter

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Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Lancome Hypnotic Eyes Collection for Spring 2014
Lancome Hypnotic Eyes Collection for Spring 2014

Color Design Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00) (New)

  • Beige Brulee
  • French Nude
  • Chocolate Amande

Color Design Eyeshadow ($20.00) (New)

  • 24 Karat
  • Cafe Creme
  • Cinnamon Sucre
  • Eclair
  • Golden Amande
  • Smoldering Cocoa

Availability: Now @ Lancome, Nordstrom

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow
Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow

An Eternal Gold from Lancome

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a medium yellowed gold, muted by a hint of brown, with a frosted, metallic finish. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is nearly identical. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is very similar–perhaps a touch warmer.

I’ve had the best luck with Eternal Gold when it comes to Lancome’s Infinite Eyeshadows–the other two I tried were disappointing. The pigmentation is fully opaque both wet and dry, and when dry, it looks a bit more intense and less frosted (more metallic). It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly and evenly. I tested wear for twelve hours, and I didn’t experience any fading, creasing, or fall out.

Lancome’s Infinite formula is definitely comparable, generally, to Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows–all three companies are owned by L’Oreal. What I’ve noticed primarily is that Giorgio Armani’s shades are much more nuanced and complex in comparison to Lancome and L’Oreal. Lancome offers several shades, but of the three I’ve tried, they are composed like L’Oreal’s as all solid colors.  The only difference I could find was that Eternal Gold is just a little smoother/finer compared to Gold Imperial but the color and wear are the same, though the latter is a limited edition shade for the holidays, so if you want to get the same color for a lot less, you’ll need to track it down sooner rather than later.

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Eternal Gold

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The only difference I could find was that Eternal Gold is just a little smoother/finer compared to Gold Imperial but the color and wear are the same, though the latter is a limited edition shade for the holidays, so if you want to get the same color for a lot less, you'll need to track it down sooner rather than later.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013


Lancome In Love Collection for Spring 2013

Blush In Love ($49.00)

  • Peche Joue-Joue (10) Peach
  • Pommettes D (20) Pink

Baume in Love ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rose In Love (100) Baby pink
  • Urban Ballet (110) Satin bright pink
  • Coral Electric (120) Bright orange
  • Midnight Rose (130) Lavender violet

Vernis in Love ($15.00)

  • Peach Melodie Orange
  • Rose Macaron Fuchsia
  • Sugar Rose Pink

Khol in Love ($25.50)

  • Deepwater Blue (401) Dark blue
  • Chocolate Affair (101) Brown
  • Jade Crush (501) Dark green

Color Design Infinite 24H ($24.50)

  • Boundless Blue Dark blue
  • Evermore Lilac Light violet
  • Persistent Peach Peachy pink
  • Tremendous Turquoise Bright blue

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Friday, December 14th, 2012

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Underneath the Moon, You’ll Glow Pink

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder ($42.00 for 0.18 oz.) is supposed to “give the skin a light-reflecting, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, warm-toned pink with a fine, frosted shimmer that sheers out easily when applied. If applied with a damp brush, it will take on a more metallic finish. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose has a finer shimmer that turns to a sheen, so it is subtler on the skin; there’s also a slight golden tint that Lancome’s dosen’t have. Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is slightly warmer, but it’s incredibly similar. MAC Light Sunshine is less shimmery, paler.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that makes for effortless blending during application.  Though very soft and the shimmer is fine, it did emphasize the pores on my cheeks very slightly.  I think the luminous, lit-from-within result is worth the trade-off, as the emphasis is subtle.  Moonlight Rose wore well for seven hours, and after eight hours, there was a touch of fading along the inner edge where I applied it.  This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color.  For paler complexions, it might show up as a very soft tinge of pink as well.

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This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream
Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream

Just Hydration — by Lancome

Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream ($45.00 for 1.70 oz.) is supposed to have 24-hour hydration with a greaseless formula and contains SPF 30. For sun protection, the active ingredients are Avobenzone 3.0% (UVA I) Octisalate 5.0% (UVB), and Octocrylene 7.0% (UVB), so the formula does not protect against the UVA II portion of the spectrum.

I tested this moisturizer out, because I was looking for something with sun protection (ideally, you’d get full coverage across both UVA and UVB ranges, but many sunscreens miss UVA II part of the UVA range) and didn’t want a juiced-up, hopped-up, anti-aging-injected moisturizer.  I just wanted something that would 1) hydrate and 2) offer sun protection.  I’ve really tried to reduce the amount of skincare products I accept for testing, particularly those that are high in price and (supposedly) high in anti-aging benefits, only because I don’t feel I can adequately test the efficacy of most anti-aging products to ever justify a three-digit price tag. Check back with me in a few years :)

It’s a thicker cream, but I felt like it was rather airy–so it didn’t feel too heavy in the jar, and it had great spreadability on the skin.  It took about fifteen to twenty minutes to absorb and really sink in, but after that, it didn’t feel greasy or look oily.  I wore it under makeup numerous times, and it did not interfere with the longevity of my foundation, blush, and the like.  It hydrated incredibly well; my skin never felt dry or parched in the evening, and some lighter-weight moisturizers can leave me anxious to take off my makeup and apply my night cream.

The elephant in the room is the amount of fragrance Lancome puts into their skincare range.  Bienfait Multi-Vital was tamer compared to other Lancome moisturizers I’ve tried, but it was still heavily scented with a nondescript floral perfume.  Because of the scent, amount, and that it’s not a scent I want to tolerate, I wouldn’t purchase a jar.

I only tested this product for three weeks or so, because Shaun was also using this (mostly) daily in the morning as well–much to my dismay, of course.  If I don’t give him his own moisturizer, he will steal whatever is my section of the bathroom counter!  I did ask him for feedback, and he didn’t have much, other than it has a strong scent but otherwise worked well for him.

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