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Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow
Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic, golden khaki-green.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

Designer is a murky, olive green with a subtle hint of khaki-gold sheen. It has a metallic finish, so it has a more reflective sheen than frosted appearance, despite the healthy dose of shimmer packed into the color. The color payoff is lovely–dense, opaque color–and the texture is soft to the touch, smooth, and blendable. Subtle shades of green that tend to lean a little brown work well for a softer smokier eye, because it’s not as stark as gray or black. It’s very earthy, so it tends to complement many skin tones. I like it paired with champagne-beiges for a softer look and grassy greens for something more vibrant.

It has less brown (and much more shimmer and sheen!) compared to Laura Mercier Pine Bronze. MAC Greensmoke is similar but cooler in tone. Inglot #419 looked similar initially, but it has a much browner base with less green overall.

Worn alone (with no primer), Designer wears well for eight hours. By the ninth hour, there is a subtle creasing and fading. It’s noticeable to someone who’s waiting and watching for it, but it’s not so noticeable that bystanders would point and giggle! Over a primer–unsurprisingly–it wears just fine for twelve hours with no fading or creasing.

The packaging feels a little bulky, given the size of the actual eyeshadow compared to what holds it, but I like the clear lid, and it’s still lightweight.  The clear lid slides open, which is easier on the nails, at least!

How do you feel about khaki-greens?

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Lancome Fall 2011 Collection: 29 St. Honore


Lancome Fall 2011 Collection: 29 St. Honore

Lancôme’s 2011 Fall Color Collection, named after its original Parisian boutique at 29 St. Honoré , revisits the classic femme fatale era when timeless cult makeup products were born. This seductive color statement captures the glamour of the 1940s with luscious red lips and seductive smokey eyes. All limited edition.

Blush Multilumiere ($40.00)

  • Maison Lancome

Color Design 5 Pan Shadow & Liner Palette ($48.00)

  • Gris Fatale
  • Golden Frenzy

Le French Touch Absolu ($35.00)

  • Rouge St. Honore

L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor ($29.00)

  • Hold Up Red
  • Rouge Canaille

La Laque Fever Lipgloss ($26.50)

  • Bang Bang Red
  • Cranberry Kiss

Mini Le Vernis ($15.00)

  • Bang Bang Red
  • Noir 29

availability: Lancome-USA.com, August 2011 for all counters

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Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette


Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.11 oz.) includes four warm, summery hues in one, limited edition palette. The shades don’t really have names, just color descriptions on the back with a finish listed underneath.

  • Beige is a pale, white gold with stronge ryellow undertones. This has a shimmer finish. There is a touch of sheerness, and it has more of a metallic sheen amongst the shimmer as well. It’s yellower than MAC Nylon.
  • Peachy Keen is a soft, orange-peach. This has a sheen finish. The color payoff was good, and the shadow itself applied very smoothly. Bare Escentuals Sundance seemed the most similar, but it’s more orange, not quite as dark.
  • Copper is a coppery bronze. This has a metallic finish. The shade itself is very smooth and nicely pigmented. It is similar to MAC’s Amber Lights.
  • Dark Brown is a medium-dark brown with bronze shimmer. This has a metallic finish. Despite being labeled a metallic finished eyeshadow, it is more shimmer than metallic sheen. The brown shade from Givenchy Candide Garden was the one that seemed similar, though it is a little darker and redder.

Most of the eyeshadows felt really soft and smooth to the touch; Beige was the only one that had a shimmery finish and felt less smooth compared to the other three–I wouldn’t call it gritty or glittery at all, though! It was also the only one that had good pigmentation, as ooposed to great, which the other three shades did have. This is a palette that coordinates really well for warmer skin tones. It’s has summer bronze written all over it. I do think that one would find the golden shade a touch too metallic to use as a regular brow highlighter, but it works well on the inner tearduct. The gradient in light to dark here is also useful, because it allows you to blend and layer the shades to create more variance between the hues.

The shades are housed in a metallic copper palette that’s slim and square, but what I did like about it was the inclusion of a miniature eyeshadow brush–an actual brush. It’s by no means the best eyeshadow brush I’ve used, but it will get the job done decently. It’s also nice to see a brush instead of a sponge-tipped applicator.  There is also a full-sized mirror when you open up the palette.

Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette

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Lancome & Chris Benz GWP @ Saks


Lancome & Chris Benz GWP @ Saks

Lancôme is a long-time sponsor of Chris Benz’s fashion shows, and I’m sure many of you remember their first collaboration–Chris & Tell–a Pout-a-Porter designer lipstick. Now, Lancôme and Chris Benz have partnered on a limited edition gift with purchase sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue from June 14th through June 25th.

The gift with purchase includes Définicils Precious Cells Mascara and Absolue Hand, plus you get to choose a moisturizer from Absolue Premium BX or Absolue Precious Cells, and whether you want to go pink (L’Absolu Rouge in Pink Sapphire, Juicy Tubes in Moulin Rose & Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque) or coral (L’Absolu Rouge in Fleur Impressioniste, Juicy Tubes in Coral Rush & Blush Subtil in Shimmer Coral Sunset).

For those in NYC, Chris Benz will be stopping by Saks Fifth Avenue on June 23rd from 5 to 7 PM.

Lancome Bronze Azure Collection for Summer 2011


Lancome Bronze Azure Collection for Summer 2011

Color Design Eyeshadow Quad ($42.00)

  • Heat Wave A warm palette with shades of soft gold, peach, copper and brown (Limited Edition)
  • Molten Shore A cool palette with shades of beige, teal, metallic plum and brown (Limited Edition)

Artliner Waterproof ($29.00)

  • Beach Gem Metallic teal (Limited Edition)
  • Scorched Brown with gold sparkle (Limited Edition)

Color Fever Gloss ($26.00)

  • Hibis-Kiss Bright sparkle pink (Limited Edition)
  • Heatstroke Spiced pink-y taupe with silver flecks (Limited Edition)
  • Paradise Peach Soft peach with golden shmmer (Limited Edition)

Color Design Lipstick ($22.00)

  • Femme-Fire Medium pink (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Nights Bright sparkle pink (Limited Edition)
  • Coral Goddess Sheen pale peach (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($19.00)

  • Sarong Bright sparkle pink (Limited Edition)

Desert Rose Blush ($40.00)

  • Island Horizon A mix of bronze, berry red, soft rose and light pink (Limited Edition)

availability: Now @ Lancome

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Lancome Coral Crush Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Coral Crush Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome Coral Crush Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Coral Crush Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Coral Crush Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.141 oz.) is warm, neutral palette with only a hint of coral but mostly variations on brown.

The all-over base shade is a soft pinked champagne beige with soft gold micro-shimmer. Next, the lid shade is a soft coral-orange with faint gold micro-shimmer–this is the only coral shade of the five but love how it doesn’t lean too orange. The crease shade is a red-based, warm medium-dark chocolate brown with very subtle bronze micro-shimmer. Though I can’t imagine anyone highlighting their brow with it, the highlighter shade is a smoky brown taupe with gray tones and a metallic finish. The liner shade is a dark, smoldering brown with bronze flecks of shimmer that works well wet or dry; when used wet, the color is richer and the shade has more of a metallic finish.

my thoughts on the formula: The texture of Lancome’s eyeshadows are very smooth–soft, silky–and all of these shades were excellent in terms of pigmentation. The rich colors, blendable texture, and mix of textures gave this palette a cohesive feel.

I’m disappointed in the quantity provided in the palette, though. Lancome’s Color Design Quads come in at 0.16 oz. and their Color Design Eyeshadow singles at 0.0458 oz., which works out to be $263/oz. and $371/oz. respectively. This palette is $340/oz., which makes it more expensive ($48 vs. $42) with less product (0.141 oz. vs. 0.16 oz) than the Color Design Quads.

Lancome Coral Crush Eyeshadow Palette

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