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Monday, March 8th, 2010


Lancome Color Design Matte Lipstick: Bronze Show, Corset
Lucky Kiss, Pink Preview

Lancome Mix & Matte Collection: Matte Lipsticks

This month, Lancome launches Mix & Matte, a collection of eight matte Lancome Color Design Matte Lipstick ($22 each, available in Bronze Show, Corset, Lucky Kiss, Pink Preview, Plum Show, Posh Pink, Stylista, and Red Haute) and eight Color Design Eye Shadow Matte ($16.50, available in Chic, Daylight, Fashion Label, It List, Successorize, Sultry Mauve, Vintage, and Wear It Well). This collection is available exclusively at Macy’s and Lancome’s website.  Today, I’m reviewing the more interesting part of the launch–the lipsticks.

There’s only one word to sum up how I felt about Lancome’s new matte lipsticks:  SURPRISED BEYOND BELIEF.

Pleasantly, fabulously surprised! Matte lipsticks have a reputation for being chalky, drying, and difficult to work with. Lancome has reinvented the feel and touch and play of a matte lipstick and modernized it in a way that works. I would describe the finish of these new lipsticks as more of a semi-matte or demi-matte. In natural light, they look like a more traditional matte lipstick, but in the sunlight, they have a subtle sheen.

However, regardless of how they look, they feel nothing like matte lipsticks. Nothing. At. All. (That’s where the pleasantly surprised bit comes in!)  Like it was love at first swipe.  My mouth formed an “O” as soon as I applied Bronze Show.  I was like, “What?  No way.”

These matte lipsticks are soft, creamy, and glide on smoothly. There’s no pulling or draggint to get even, opaque coverage. Every single shade in the matte lipstick line-up is consistent in its finish, feel, texture, and pigmentation. These are lightly moisturizing and have a bit of slip, which is so out-of-the-realm of matte lipsticks in my world. Lancome attributes this to “soft waxes and emollients” for “modern glide and slip” as well as a “light-diffusing gel” as a mattifying agent (as opposed to a dull powder).

Though there is some slip, I wouldn’t describe these as slippery. They’re creamy without being all over the place. The color clings to lips well so wear-time is improved (I found myself getting around five hours with these) and fades in a way that doesn’t leave a ring of color on the outskirts of your lips.

  • Bronze Show is an opaque, orange-toned brown.
  • Corset is a richly pigmented, creamy coral-pink.
  • Lucky Kiss is a smooth, softened plummed-down pink.
  • Pink Preview is a creamy, blue-based light pink.

To nitpick, I don’t love the packaging of the Color Design Lipsticks. They’re a glimmering, almost metal-looking plastic, but you can only stand them label-side down. Even though the tops of most Color Design lipsticks has a colored top (to “match” the shade itself), I prefer names (because I remember those more!). The Matte lipsticks have a clear top, though, which makes it a little more annoying when you’re trying to find the shade you want. But that’s really the only part that I didn’t like about these. The price is right, and I’m glad these aren’t Absolu Rouges (they’d be $30 then!).

Kudos, Lancome! This is probably one of the best Lancome products I’ve tried–to date–and an incredibly well-done take on the matte lipstick.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’ve wanted to get down with matte lipsticks, but you couldn’t get down with the drying texture, give Lancome’s latest take on the matte lipstick a try.

Availability: Macy’s, lancome-usa.com

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What is your favorite type of makeup to buy? Eyeshadow? Lipstick? Foundation?

Temptalia's Answer.

I adore lipstick!

Thanks to Heather for this question!

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


LOVE Victor!

SO much to do before Monday arrives! Someone extend the day by 24 hours? Please?

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Choose or Lose

How often do you wash your hair?

  • Every other day (32%, 884 Votes)
  • 2-3 times a week (29%, 785 Votes)
  • Everyday (28%, 772 Votes)
  • Once a week (9%, 245 Votes)
  • Less than once a week (1%, 39 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,734

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

This Week’s Beauty Report: Sunday, March 7th, 2010

  • Beauty.com continues with its designer bag series with Chris Benz’s “Globetrotter Beauty Case.” It was “inspired by the glamour Golden Age of travel.” It includes several sample-sized products in an aqua-blue train case. It’s valued at $130 and available free with any $100 Beauty.com purchase beginning March 1st while supplies last.
  • CoverGirl announces their Stand Up for Beauty video contest. Enter by March 12th with a one-minute video of you and how you stand up for beauty. Winner wins $50,000 in cashalong with a year’s supply of CoverGirl. Head over to the contest promo page for all the details.
  • SK-II launches Cellumination Essence Hydrating Serum and Cream Illuminating Moisturizer. It’s the “next-generation” skincare line-up designed to brighten the complexion. Each retails for $150 a pop.
  • Ojon donates 10% of Restorative Hair Treatment sales at Sephora to Rainforest Alliance during the month of April, aka Earth Month!
  • Cake Beauty launches their sweet treat line-up at Sephora.com. Congratulations, Cake Beauty!
  • Chantecaille is now available at Nordstrom! Say what? I wish it was also available in-store, but maybe some day…
Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Shiseido PK 224 Lipstick
Shiseido Sugar Babe PK 224 Lipstick

The Spring Season: Shiseido PK 224 “Sugar Babe” Lipstick

Shiseido PK224 Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte Lip Color ($25.00) is a softened pink with a yellow undertone. It has a very glossy look to it in the light–completely the opposite of matte, despite the product name–and is incredibly creamy. In more natural/darker lighting, it has a semi-matte appearance. It’s moisturizing and fairly long-wearing, too–I get about three to four hours of wear in this particular shade.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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