Lancome Mix & Matte Collection: Matte Lipsticks

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.

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This Week’s Beauty Report: 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…