Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lancome My French Palette
Lancome My French Palette

Lancome My French Palette ($58.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes nine shades with two that double as powder eyeliners. Six of the nine shades are neutrals, and then two are in the teal family with one blackish-gray. The formula used in the palette really needs an eyeshadow primer in order for the majority of the shades to have good color coverage and smooth, even application, as it had a more powder quality that made it harder to apply to bare skin (or else it would sheer out immediately as the product didn’t stick well).

My French #1 is a very light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft but powdery texture that absolutely requires a base to perform decently. It faded within six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #2 is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Another shade that was somewhat powdery and resulted in so-so pigmentation. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #3 is a pinky-peach–more pink than peach–with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery, dusty texture. The color only lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #4 is a bright, metallic beige with warm undertones. The texture was so soft that it applied thickly, where the powder bunched up on itself, so it can emphasize the texture on the lids or lines/wrinkles. It had intense color payoff, and it did wear well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #5 is a peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. It applied well and stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #6 is a rich, bronzy brown with a metallic finish and warm, reddish undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, dense, buttery texture that went on well. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #7 is a light-medium, aqua teal with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was a little dry to work with, which made blending unnecessarily difficult. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #8 is a muted, bluish-teal with a satiny sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side and difficult to blend or apply in a solid line (as eyeliner). I couldn’t even use this wet at all–using it wet made the surface harden. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #9 is a gray-ish black with subtle shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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My French Palette

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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My French #1

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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My French #2

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

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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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Moonlight Rose

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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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