Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Amande Sucree, Berry Noir, Blush Classique, Champagne, Cherrywood Luxe,
Exotic Orchid, Rose Mythique, Sienne Ultime

Lancome L’Absolu Creme de Brilliance: Review, Photos, Swatches

This Spring, Lancome released eight shades of their newest lipgloss, L’Absolu Creme de Brilliance ($29.00 each). According to Lancome, Creme de Brilliance is a cross between lip gloss and balm designed to deliver “intense hydration that helps lips stay comfortable for up to 10 hours.” It contains “shine-boosting oils” and “light-diffusing pearls” for richer color pay off; Pro-Xylane™ for increased hydration, and glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate lips and help color stay put.

Like you, fancy ingredient names don’t mean anything at first. I typically don’t even read the press release or description in its entirety until after I’ve tried it. (I prefer to try things as I would normally… diving in head-first, not caring about the science behind it, and just getting down to business!) Then I go back and read the product’s description, check out tips or insight on the website, etc. to see if my experience lines up with what the product was supposed to do.

Creme de Brilliance is definitely a cross between gloss and balm. I didn’t make that bridge myself, as I was thinking maybe it was more like a glossy lip stain, but the balm part makes sense. It’s glossy and liquid enough to pass for a gloss, but it’s thin and sort of melts into lips. It doesn’t impart an ultra glossy finish (which is more a preference than a necessity). The gloss isn’t drying, but I don’t think it’s particularly moisturizing either — it just doesn’t suck moisture out of your lips while you wear it and keeps it locked in, so your lips don’t dry out, but you should make sure your lips are moisturized prior to applying for best results.

The applicator is the same as most (all? can’t remember!) as Lancome glosses – a modified doe-foot applicator (always reminds me of a heart for some reason). I felt like the scent on these is very low-key–kind of a rosy scent, but it’s not nearly as strong as other Lancome lip products. I’m not loving the price –

  • Amande Sucree is a neutral chocolate brown with bronzy shimmer. I found this one applied beautifully on lips–completely opaque and lush.
  • Berry Noir is a creamy berry red with subtle silverish shimmer (but it’s very, very subtle, as you can tell from the swatch). This one really feels and looks like a stain (in fact, I think it stained my lips for about five hours!). Not quite as opaque as Amande Sucree, it’s still mostly full color coverage. On me, the redness of it certainly stands out, but there is still enough berry to keep it from being purely red. This had a creamier look with a glossier finish.
  • Blush Classique is a brightened up medium pink with shimmer. This brightened, yellower-toned pink is a pretty spring shade that goes on nearly opaque and is one of the more shimmery shades.
  • Champagne is a cooler toned medium pink with silvery-pink and gold shimmer. Side-by-side, Blush Classique and Champagne are similar, but I think the warmth/coolness of each is apparent. Do you need both? Probably not unless you’re a pink fiend! Not too cool, so still wearable by a variety of skin tones, Champagne applies mostly opaque and has the same shimmery look as Blush Classique.
  • Cherrywood Luxe is a coppery brown with subtle gold shimmer. This was an interesting shade, just because it’s not quite brown, but it’s not really a red-brown, so I went with coppery at the end of the day. I found this one to be a little streaky in application, whereas the other seven shades applied very evenly without much work. Cherrywood Luxe has a glossy sheen and shimmer like most glosses.
  • Exotic Orchid is a plummy pink with pinky-gold shimmer. This is a creamier but still glossy shade of plummed down pink. It’s pink enough that it’s not a true plum, but there’s enough plum in it that mutes the pink tones of it and darkens it a bit. It has an almost iridescent fuchsia shimmer in it.
  • Rose Mythique is a brightened cherry red with gold shimmer. Like Exotic Orchid, this is a creamier shade with a glossy finish. It has less noticeable shimmer–just a few bits of gold shimmer. This is the shade that Kate Winslet is wearing in the Creme de Brilliance promo (though there is also a lipstick shown in the advertisement, just to be clear). It’s not a true cherry red when applied to my lips–it’s more like a cherry stain. The color does make me feel like I have “juicy” lips, ha! Funny enough, Rose Mythique may be one of the lesser pigmented shades of the eight.
  • Sienne Ultime is a more muted, darkened red (with maybe a little brown) with soft gold shimmer. This is actually much more pigmented than Rose Mythique and redder, too, though still not a true red. Like the majority of the shades, this provided nearly opaque color coverage on my lips. (You can still see my lip freckle but barely.)

Which are your favorites?

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love pigmented gloss that’s not too glossy and locks moisture in, you might like these!

Availability: Nordstrom

See more photos & swatches!

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Amande Sucree, Berry Noir, Blush Classique, Champagne, Cherrywood Luxe,
Exotic Orchid, Rose Mythique, Sienne Ultime

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Amande Sucree, Berry Noir, Blush Classique, Champagne, Cherrywood Luxe,
Exotic Orchid, Rose Mythique, Sienne Ultime

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Amande Sucree, Berry Noir, Blush Classique, Champagne, Cherrywood Luxe,
Exotic Orchid, Rose Mythique, Sienne Ultime

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Amande Sucree, Berry Noir, Blush Classique, Champagne

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Cherrywood Luxe, Exotic Orchid, Rose Mythique, Sienne Ultime

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Amande Sucree, Berry Noir, Blush Classique, Champagne

Lancome Creme Brilliance
Cherrywood Luxe, Exotic Orchid, Rose Mythique, Sienne Ultime

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Lancome Amande Sucree Creme de Brilliance

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Lancome Blush Classique Creme de Brilliance

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Lancome Champagne Creme de Brilliance

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Lancome Cherrywood Luxe Creme de Brilliance

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28 thoughts on “Lancome L’Absolu Creme de Brilliance: Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Blush and Exotic Rose look GORGEOUS, but not digging any of the other colours. They look kind of generic to me, like not too original. I will probably be skipping these completely =/

  2. Anitacska

    Ooh, these are very pretty! I like the pinky-rosey shades most! :)

  3. beautiful colours, my sister saw some of your lipstick modeling pictures, and she said that you have model lips…she’s right! You are the best model for lip colours

  4. oh i’m totally going to get these…! Berry Noir, Champagne I heart but Rose mystique, my thats prettttyyy!

  5. Lolly

    Cherrywood Luxe is so desirable but it’s probably going to be more than $50 in Australia :(

  6. Charlotte

    These look like they apply very well but they’re just too expensive (especially here in the UK)

  7. Avatar of Kristina Kristina

    Where is the lip swatch of Exotic orchid?

  8. egon

    Exotic Orchid is the only one I like and it’s not even that unique !!! not worth the price tag @ all

  9. Michelle

    Oooh, I love Exotic Orchid!!

  10. Avatar of Rebecca BeckBeck

    I love Lancome (I religiously buy their skincare), but I wish they would vary their gloss color selections a bit more. The last gloss I had from them was an old Star Gloss, and even that was a bit strong on me color-wise; since then, I haven’t been able to find a color in any of their gloss collections that’s daytime-wearable on someone as fair as I am without being like “HOLY BOLD LIPS BATMAN!” (I don’t know my MAC shade exactly but I’m Bobbi Brown Porcelain and Bare Escentuals Fair.) I think they’d do well to add a softer mauve or nude to this collection, especially with all the nude lip love around!

  11. Lisa

    Amande Sucree is my all time favorite Lancome lipstick so I may have to get this!!!!

  12. Omg Cherrywood Luxe looks gorgeous!

  13. Mirna

    Oooh, I want to get Amande Sucree to layer over my Color Forcast Bronzilla lipstick. Although it might overpower Bronzilla, I think it will complement it.

  14. I really like the looks of these! I have 2 of Lancome’s Colour Fever glosses and they are some of my favorites. Will def have to check these out:)

  15. Angela

    Amande Sucree is sooo pretty!!

  16. a lot of these shades are really beautiful. also i’m not a fan of lancome’s old gloss formula because it is very heavy and has a tendency to feather and slide off your lips, but from your description these seem less likely to. although that packaging…looks great in a row but would it stand in its skinny little end on my dresser?

  17. Ellie

    I love Cherrywood luxe- It looks just like a gloss I had a while ago and lost, and have been searching for a replacement!

  18. Tiffany

    Champagne looks like the only one worth getting

  19. Anaelle

    Hi!

    I’m now to the comment,but not to this website which is my most favorite make up one!

    I’d like to know if you can put the number of the “creme de brillance” with their names? Because here in france, it seems we have different names for the shade, and I’m really lost… I wanted to pick either “exotic orchard” or “rose mythique” but I don’t see what number it matches on sephora’s website :(

    Thanks ;)

    • Hi Anaelle,

      Unfortunately, when you get Lancome products in the U.S., they don’t come with numbers :( At least not on the bottom of the gloss (maybe they were on the boxes, but I recycled those already).

      Is it possible for you to look at the U.S. Sephora site & then line-up the “swatches”? I know the U.S. Sephora site listed the names.

      • Anaelle

        Oh :(
        Thanks for your quick reply anyway! :D
        There are no matches between our names and numbers and the ones I found on the sephora.com site…

        So I’ll just have to pick the one I like best and I’ll try to see them in person just to check!

        Anyway the good news is, now that I’ve let a comment once, I think I’ll be less shy to do it again! :p

  20. Kristina

    I can’t find them here in Canada :((( I actually like a few colours (but I always had a bit of a safe taste when it comes to make up) LOVE Amande Sucree – it’s like it’s been made specially for me (that and Guerlain Terracotta, probably my favorite lip gloss ever!!!) Cherrywood Luxe and Sienne Ultime are gorgeous as well!