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
- Golden Amande
- Smoldering Cocoa
Lancome Hypnotic Eyes Collection for Spring 2014
Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow
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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Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
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.
Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream
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.
Lancome Enduring Vert Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow
Lancome Enduring Vert Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow ($24.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “satin pastel green.” It’s a muted sea foam green with a frosted, metallic finish. I thought Chanel Riviere was a dupe, but it’s a lot softer and lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour is greener. Dior Garden Pastels is similar. Lancome Fashion Forward is lighter. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard is greener, slightly darker.
The Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow is supposed to “stray true for 24 hours without creasing” with a “powder-to-cream texture.” If they sound familiar, they should. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are both iterations of this type of formula, and it’s not surprising that the three have more in common than not when they’re all owned by L’Oreal (parent).
Enduring Vert is sheer when applied dry, but it’s not much more pigmented when applied damp/wet. I was able to pack it on and get more opaque color, so it’s possible, but it took several passes of color. The texture was a little chunky, and it looked like it on the lid. It just didn’t have a smooth finish once on. It did, however, wear without creasing or fading for twelve hours. There was some minor fall out that I noticed during wear.