A lipstick I could almost love | Lancome The New Pink

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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  • Reply Larie

    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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    July 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM
  • Reply Arianne

    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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    July 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    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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    July 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM
  • Reply vijiis

    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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    July 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    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!

    July 19, 2011 at 5:18 PM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    it doesn't look that glittery on your lip, though! i think it looks lovely on you =)
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    July 19, 2011 at 6:10 PM
  • Reply makeupmorsels

    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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    July 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM
  • Reply jamilla

    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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  • Reply anna

    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!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM
  • Reply Jfunnyvalentine

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

    July 20, 2011 at 8:04 PM
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  • Reply Angela

    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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    July 22, 2011 at 1:07 AM
  • Reply @_prettymom

    the color does look amazing on your lips. maybe it's good for photoshoots.
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM
  • Reply Me my best and I

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

    August 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM
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