Lancôme My French Palette review, swatches, photos | This morning, in Paris…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lancome French Innocence Spring 2015 palette review

The product: Lancôme My French Palette eyeshadow & liner palette

It’s rare that I’m ever ahead of schedule at theNotice, but today, I have a sneak-peak to share with you of a product that launches officially in February. (What can I say? With their recent announcement of Lisa Eldridge as their new Makeup Creative Director, I have Lancôme on the mind!)

Part of Lancôme’s French Innocence Spring collection, the My French Palette was inspired by the Parisian garden — delicately detailed, it reveals three matte and iridescent neutrals when you open it up, but the trio of “secret” blue-greens are hidden behind a lid.

Lancome My French Palette packaging review

The packaging: I’ve seen a lot of the inside of this palette on Instagram, but for some reason, it seems like no one ever shows off its packaging. Sleek and sharp-edged, it houses a dual-ended synthetic eyeshadow brush that’s soft and very springy, and hides an eyeshadow and two liners behind a metal flap.

This little metal door (which very reminiscent of the Dior Garden Clutch palettes) is just as exquisitely delicate as the gorgeous artwork that stole my heart on the lid. I mean, how lovely are those fine lines and the simple, perfectly-undone pink additions? And the dull “tink!” of the flap when you close it makes the palette feel truly special.

Lancome eyeshadow palette review - Spring Innocence collection

Behind the My French Palette door…

The product: The My French Palette contains three creamy mattes (ivory, mauve, and salmon-pink), three iridescent nudes (in light to medium tones), an iridescent turquoise blue, and two liners (dark teal and charcoal grey in satiny shimmers).

Much like the Clinique palette I talked about last week, I did like this palette, but… I couldn’t make myself love it. While the palette itself is visually stunning, the shadows were all just a little too similar and sheer for me to really fall in love with. Yes, they’re all gorgeous, but I could dupe all of this palette’s nude makeup look permutations using a single half-decent eyeshadow trio from the drugstore without breaking a sweat.

Lancome My French Palette swatches

Lancôme My French Palette swatches (swatched dry on primed skin in indirect sunlight)

Lancome My French Palette makeup look

Lancôme My French Palette nudes (shades 2, 4, and 6) and greens (shades 1, 7, and 9) worn dry over primer

That said, I do totally get where Lancôme was trying to go with this palette. Worn together, the nudes create a lovely, transparent rose lid, with the creamy mattes providing a very chic base while the iridescent shades (which apply quite transparently unless foiled) give the canvas a bit of sparkle.

As Syl would say, they lend themselves easily to a “Rae-whale” lid :P

Tip: If you just have to have this palette, it’s gorgeous as long as you foil the iridescent shades. Try layering the turquoise shimmer over black liner, too — you won’t be disappointed!

Lancome My French Innocence Spring review

The verdict?

For a more delicate, refined take on the nude trend (à la Urban Decay Naked), this palette does a beautiful job of encapsulating the feeling of a French spring collection. Like a trip to France itself, however, it doesn’t come cheap, and it’s fleeting — I was disappointed to find that I needed to foil these sixty-eight dollar eyeshadows just to make them show up properly, and they showed significant creasing and wear within 3 hours (over primer).

While I totally agree with Christa that this palette would make a great gift (all wonderful and chic and dreamy), I think it’s best for Muggles, not makeup addicts. Gift accordingly!

Availability: $58 USD/$68 CAD; limited edition. Available online now & at counters from February to the end of March.

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Lancome Urban Ballet Baume in Love swatches, photos, review

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lancome Baume in Love review - Urban Ballet

The product: Lancôme Baume in Love in 110 Urban Ballet

Lancôme’s Baume in Love won an Allure Best of Beauty award last year. But get this: it won for best sheer lipstick. The thing literally has “balm” in its name, and it won as a lipstick. I honestly don’t even understand how that happened.

Anyhow — the winning shade (this one; Urban Ballet) is still available, as are seven other shades at Nordstrom. And so, without further adieu: may I please introduce the classiest, brightest lip balm you’ll ever have the pleasure of owning.

Lancome Baume in Love review swatches photos

The formula: With these balms, Lancôme promises to “saturate lips with comfort” and moisture, with a lasting stain of colour. But, while I like the way its light, oil-based formula feels, I have to say — they didn’t do so great on the moisture front, and the stain isn’t too noticeable on the lips.

For a tinted lip balm, the Baume in Love formula feels pretty standard. It isn’t as hydrating as, say, Fresh’s, but it’s also way less gross and melty — it holds its shape elegantly, even in the heat, and seems rather “moisture neutral” on my lips. It has a very light scent that fades quickly.

I need to re-apply this balm in a decidedly not long-lasting two hours, but — it’s not exactly a trial to reapply, you know? I’d expect three, maybe four hours at least from a lipstick or gloss, but a couple of hours from a balm (while it doesn’t live up to its claims) is pretty much par for the course.

!Lancome Urban Ballet swatch Baume in Love on lips

Lancôme Baume in Love in Urban Ballet – swatched on lips (one swipe)

Lancome Baume in Love Urban Ballet swatch review

Lancôme “Urban Ballet” Baume in Love

!Lancome Urban Ballet Baume in Love swatches review

Lancôme  Baume in Love in Urban Ballet

The colour: On the other hand, where this balm clearly earns its keep is that gorgeous, “neon-translucent” pigmentation — their words, not mine, and wonderfully accurate. The fluoro-pink Urban Ballet is eye-searingly bright, yet it reads on the lips like nothing more than a balm.

As an extremely sheer bright, Urban Ballet is exactly what one would hope for. It makes the lips look soft and plush, as if you’re wearing nothing but clear lip balm and just happen to have perfectly flushed lips. This pink is a little darker and more vivid than my natural lip shade, and it brightens my complexion in seconds while still running totally under the radar.

!Lancome Baume in Love

The verdict?

It’s a splurge, but if you want to treat yourself with something luxe but super low maintenance (am I the only one who gets stressed out by those gorgeous, full-coverage reds?), this really is the way to go. Everything about the Baume in Love range is so Lancômeelegant but vivid in a very Parisian way. I can’t speak toward the other shades, but Urban Ballet will suit literally any complexion to add a bit of instant brightness.

On a budget, the Maybelline Baby Lips Neons ($3.99 USD) lip balms will offer a similar sort of neon-sheerness — but they’re a very different experience, and feature a chunky sort of electric-fun vibe in contrast to Lancôme’s refined feeling of spontaneous-luxury.

Availability: $26 USD/$30 CAD at Nordstrom (8 shades) and Lancôme counters throughout Canada (which carry just this shade, I believe!)


Lancôme Rose Étincelle Highlighter, Hypnôse Velours appliques – Christmas 2013 | Over the break

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lancome Rose Etincelle and Hypnose eyeliner patches

As some of you may already know, I took a “partial hiatus” starting last November, and ending May of this year. Over the break, I wasn’t accepting new product samples, and focused on slowly (very slowly) reviewing what I already had on hand. Here’s some of what you missed while I was away.

The product: Lancôme Hypnôse Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches ($28 CAD)

I have yet to try these, but they’re very, very cool — I couldn’t not share them with you!

Lancome Hypnôse Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches

Lancôme Hypnose Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches

This trio of eyeliner patches (think of them as eyeliner appliqués; press-on eyeliner for those wary of their liner skills) contains 3 different styles of eyeliner patches, each of which can be re-used up to 3 times – sort of like false lashes.

Each set comes with patches for both the upper and lower lashes, and presses on for a wide-eyed liner effect.

Lancome Rose Etincelle Blush Highlighter review

Lancôme Rose Étincelle Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder

The product: Lancôme Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder in Rose Étincelle ($52 CAD)

The Lancôme rose is featured in this collection as a beautiful pink highlighter for the face and décolleté. I was very wary of the overspray on this one, and I was right to be — when I removed it, I had puffs of silver glitter on everything from my pants to the top of my head!

Beneath the glittery overspray, though, is a beautiful, soft pink frost. It blends out easily to create a delicate glow with plenty of sparkle, and holds on better to the cheek than it did in my swatch. It’s too shimmery for me–I like all sheen, no sparkle–but I think many would adore this one.

Lancome Rose Etincelle review swatches

Lancome Rose Étincelle swatches – overspray, heavy swatch, blended swatch

Lancome Rose Etincelle Blush Highlighter

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Lancôme announces a new ambassadress: Lily Collins

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lily Collins for Lancôme - new amabassador

From Emma Watson to Daria Werbowy, Lancôme seems like it can do no wrong in its choice of spokesmodels. With the newly-announced addition of Lily Collins as a face of the brand, their golden streak seems to be continuing — and I, for one, can’t wait to see their work together in the coming months.

The 24 year old actress, seen most notably in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (neither of which I’ve seen, admittedly) photographs with a grace and poise that harkens back almost to the black and white era of film, and will represent Lancôme starting January 2014, as the face of their French Ballerine Spring make-up collection.

Lancôme Artliner 24H review, swatches, photos & giveaway | An old favourite, reinvented

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lancome Artliner 24H review swatches photos

The product: Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner ($30 USD/$37 CAD)

   ↳ in 01 Black Diamond, 02 Gold, 03 Sapphire, 04 Amethyst, and 052 Emerald

The cult-classic Lancôme Artliner celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the brand is launching a new 24 hour version of the formula. Available in 10 shades, the new “24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliners” boast a vinyl finish and their new “flex polymer” technology for longer wear.

Lancome Artliner applicator - felt tip liquid liner

Lancome Artliner 24h vs original ingredients

The product

The wear: While I haven’t tested these for a full 24 hours (a girl’s gotta sleep and shower), I can tell you that the formula is made with us oily-lidded gals in mind. I don’t get any flaking or smudging when I wear these, no matter how long I wear them for, and oil seems to LOCK the product onto the skin — sort of like how a tubing mascara works.

These remove easily with warm water or an oil-free makeup remover, but don’t so much as budge during the day. My swatches of these liners didn’t even flake when I tried to “peel off” the product with my fingernails — which, for the record, was kind of painful. I lost a bit of arm to the cause–ouch–but can happily report that the liners stayed intact!

(What’s that? My product testing doesn’t actually need to be that rigorous? Don’t be silly; of course it does.)

Artliner 24H precision eyeliner review swatches

Lancome Artliner 24h liquid eyeliner - gold

Lancome Artliner 24H swatches - Emerald Amethyst Sapphire Gold Black Diamond

Lancôme Artliner 24H swatches, L-R: 01 Black Diamond, 02 Gold, 03 Sapphire, 04 Amethyst, and 052 Emerald

The shades: 01 Black Diamond is a rich, opaque black with a glossy finish and no noticeable shimmer. 02 Gold is a metallic yellow-gold; a hair less opaque but definitely still a full finish. 03 Sapphire is an opaque, amazingly vibrant blue, without shimmer but with an eye-catching vinyl finish.

04 Amethyst is a medium-opacity purple with blue shimmerbut (as Lancôme notes) it is not suitable for contact lens wearers, as it can stain the contact lens. I would have liked to have seen more pigment from it, at $37 CAD, and its swatch washed off my arm noticeably sooner than the other shades I tested. 052 Emerald is a medium-opacity dark green with light green shimmer.

Lancome Artliner 24H swatches - Black Diamond, Gold, Sapphire, Amethyst, Emerald

Lancôme Black Diamond, Gold, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Emerald 24H Artliner swatches

A look in black and gold 

I wanted to put together something basic-but-pretty for this post, so here’s a quick eye look with simple black and gold liner. It’s super easy to do, and eye-catching without being, you know, eye-catching. Think of it as holiday party appropriate and lunch date appropriate, all in one.

Perilously PaleTon Petit LookSimply Stacie, and Beautezine have all created looks with the Artliner 24Hs today as well — make sure to check out their posts!

Black and gold liquid liner look - holidays, Lancôme Artliner

Wearing Lancôme Artliner 24H in 01 Black Diamond and 02 Gold (any metallic shade would work) with their Hypnôse Star mascara in Noir Midnight and Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base in Nude.

The giveaway (plus 10% off and a free sample!)

I didn’t really have time to for this post, but when Lancôme generously offered to give away three 24H Artliners and one tube of Hypnôse Star (value of $144) to one of our Canadian readers… how could I say no?

The original Lancôme Artliner was my very first eyeliner, and I loved it to bits. This new version? Even better. To try them out for yourself, enter using the form below:
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