A lipstick I could almost love | Lancome The New Pink

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The product: Lancome Color Design lipstick in The New Pink (sheen)

There are three things that I can’t stand in a lip product: heavy scents, colour that moves around, and chunky glitter. This lipstick does a stellar job of the first two, delivering semi-opaque, slip-free, scent-free colour, but fails the third category miserably. Despite the gorgeous, perfect-for-summer shade (Lancome calls it a “perfect, not-too-bright medium pink,” and I have to agree), the amount of glitter loaded into this lipstick turns me off it completely.

For those who like a shimmery lip, though, this would be a great product to go with. It’s a very flattering pink, and the formula is divine – lightweight, smooth, and moisturizing. I’d say the coverage is medium but layerable, but the finish is quite glossy for a lipstick )so even if it’s applied opaquely, you’re never going to end up with a really heavy, overly made up lip).

All in all, I’m left a bit heartbroken by this one. The formula feels great and wears really well, and the colour is gorgeous, but the amount of silver shimmer (which, yes, I can feel on my lips) ruins it for me.

Lancome Color Design lipsticks come in five finishes (cream, sheen, shimmer, metallic, and matte) and retail for $22 US/$27 CAD, though shades that are often featured as gifts with purchase (like this one) can be easily found for $10 or less online.

a few swatches at different angles and in different lighting

The ingredients:

Polybutene, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, microcrystalline wax, isostearyl isostearate, triisostearin, PEG-45/dodecyl glycol copolymer, polyethylene, disteardimonium hectorite, calcium aluminum borosilicate, calcium dosium borosilicate, silica, alumina, synthetic fluorphlogopite, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, octyldodecyl/PPG-3 myristyl ether dimer dilinoleate, BHT. +/- colourants.

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26 Responses to “A lipstick I could almost love | Lancome The New Pink”

  1. Oooh, sad face :( It is pretty, but I hate glittery, grittiness in lip products. It does have an interesting sheen, though!
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  2. Arghhh!!! Why do companies still think it's okay to make frosty lipsticks? They never look good on anyone. It's too bad, because this is a really nice shade of pink. :(
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  3. I don't mind some shimmer in my lipsticks, but if I can feel it then no way, no how! Too bad, as it is a pretty colour on you!
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  4. Not really a Lancome girl myself, but I do like frosty lipsticks (and I wear 'em all the time). For me, the problem is that I only buy cruelty free. Ah well, it's not as if there aren't other frosty pinks out there!
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  5. Such a shame. I've had the same issue with some lipsticks and it usually signals their journey to the trash bin – I can't even bring myself to sell or give them away!

  6. it doesn't look that glittery on your lip, though! i think it looks lovely on you =)
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  7. Not in real life! The shimmer somehow ends up all around my upper lip and chin (despite the fact that the colour itself doesn't move) by midday >.<

  8. I usually end up giving mine away – I may hate shimmery lipsticks, but (apparently) there are a lot of people out there who don't! *shrugs* :P

  9. Haha, too true! There are frosty pinks aplenty for ya ;)

  10. Exactly! I prefer creme finishes by leaps and bounds, but I can put up with a bit of shimmer – if (and only if!) I can't feel it at all.

    Gritty lips aren't exactly my cup 'o tea >.<

  11. *flail-y hands* I don't even. A really smooth frost, perhaps, I could get behind – but none of this chunky business, ick!

    But then, I suppose, whatever sells :(

  12. Mmhmm! Despite the fact that cremes will always be my favourite, I'd totally wear this if it was just sheen and no shimmer. But alas!

  13. euuugh yuck! that's not sexy…
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  14. makeupmorsels, on July 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm said:

    urghh do not like it when I can feel gritty things on my lips. The formula actually looks pretty smooth, I wouldn't have guessed that there were uncomfortable shimmer particles in it if you hadn't said anything. Well, at least I now know to steer clear of this one!
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  15. Bleh, nope, not at all! :s

  16. The formula *is* really smooth – it's just the shimmer that isn't! :( Lancome seems to have added glitter to a sheen formula, in this case, which makes pretty much no sense to me. (I have another Sheen lipstick, Vintage Rose, that hasn't any chunky glitter at all.)

  17. jamilla, on July 20th, 2011 at 2:35 am said:

    Really pretty colours, but I shy away from Lancome lipsticks because they are very frosty, which I think is a dated look. Thanks for confirming my fears!
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  18. If shimmery flecks on my lips don't bother me, would you say this is a good buy? It looks like such a gorgeous color!

  19. Absolutely! & particularly if you pick up a GWP tube online for cheaper ;)

  20. This one isn't too frosty, just shimmery – the sheen itself is actually quite nice!

    Lancome does some other sheens (as well as some cremes and mattes) that aren't frosty or shimmery at all – worth looking at, if you ask me ;)

  21. The colour looks gorgeous on you, but I agree- too much shimmer ends up looking a bit 90s. Shame!

  22. I know! *sadface*

  23. [...] it just me, or is this week like, negative review week at theNotice? This one, plus the Lancome one from yesterday, and the Benefit one from Monday, and I think I’m doing a semi-negative [...]

  24. I was going to say that I thought it looked really lovely on you (even though I prefer creme finishes)–til I peeked at some of the comments and noticed the word "gritty"!! Gah! That's definitely no good in a lip product.
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  25. the color does look amazing on your lips. maybe it's good for photoshoots.
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  26. Me my best and I, on August 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 pm said:

    This is bootiful- right up my pink lippie alley- lovely :)

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