Lancome Chris & Tell

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Feb 062010
 

Sometimes there are products that come and go so quickly, one cannot be sure that they ever existed.  Like a unicorn.  Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge in Chris & Tell ($29.00) is one of those products.

Developed in a collaboration with fashion designer Chris Benz, this glowing coral had been anticipated for several months before it was released.  It sold out on Lancome.com before anyone could blink.  I purchased one by getting on a wait list at a Lancome boutique.  The Lancome Blog reports that there are a few sources left, but they are quickly disappearing.  If you want it, I would call one of those stores immediately.

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Lancome Le Crayon Kohl Waterproof Teal Kiss

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Feb 052010
 

Lancome’s Spring 2010 line includes an eyeliner pencil Le Crayon Kohl Waterproof in Teal Kiss ($24.50).

When I first saw Teal Kiss online, I assumed that this was a similar color to the teal in Lancome’s new Pop’n Green palette.  However, the “teal” in the Teal Kiss eye pencil has significantly more green, whereas the teal powder eyeshadow has more blue.  Fortunately, that means that you don’t have the matchy-matchy problem.  When I use them both together–bang!–the effect is really pretty.

Teal Kiss is not shimmery, but not a true dead-matte either.  After using Teal Kiss for several days, I found that the formula works well.  I noticed some initial tugging the very first time.  After those first few strokes, the pencil has been applying easily and consistently.  It is not as quite soft as some of the Armani pencils, but few are.  Also, I love having the convenience of a built-in smudger–thanks for understanding that, Lancome!

I don’t own any dupes.  Here is Teal Kiss next to other blues and greens for comparison:

Overall, I found myself using Lancome’s Teal Kiss and enjoying the look.  It adds a subtle dash of color that’s completely work-friendly, coordinates with a number of eyeshadow shades and looks very pretty.

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Another Example of Lancome’s Generous Gifts with Purchase

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Jan 262010
 

Lancome’s website has frequent, generous gifts with purchase.  Here’s the one that came free with my Pop’n Green order.  Seriously, I could live out of this gift for weeks if I added a foundation.

The lipsticks are full-sized, although packaged in less fancy tubes than the standard line.

The palette is nice, and is going with me in my carry-on luggage during some upcoming trips. Have you ever checked luggage, then been stuck somewhere over night?  I have, and ended up spending $25.00 on random drugstore items that the hotel gift shop happened to have.  This little Lancome palette would have been perfect.

There was a sample-sized Secret de Vie moisturizing creme pot included.  It feels wonderful on my winter-stressed skin.  The eyeshadow quad and blush are really nice.  Further, when I took the picture I forgot to include a sample sized mascara that was also thrown in.

Lancome massive GWP (mini mascara also included)

And, of course, free shipping.  If you like Lancome at all, please do register for their online site.  They change these deals around quite a bit if you don’t like any particular offer. You’ll receive emails detailing their latest.

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Jan 252010
 

The Pink Sith asks whether Green Spark from Lancome’s Spring 2010 Pop’n Green Palette is the same as the elusive Erika F., the grey-green eyeshadow that has been tantalizing U.S. makeup lovers for years. Well, the Pink Sith (as always) asks a very fine question.

In the interest of science, I did a very quick swatch comparison.  Here are two (very slightly) different views.  To really add to the database of results, I added Lancome’s Designer as well.  Designer is rumored to be a “U.S. dupe” for Erika F., which luckily was included in a recent gift-with-purchase palette.

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As you can see, there is a slight shade and texture difference amongst them. Green Spark is slightly “greener,” whereas Erika F has a touch more grey.  Actually, Designer shows up as a very nice shadow compared to Erika F.  Designer is warmer, so not a dead-on dupe. But, very pretty in its own right.

So, if you are type of person who thinks that 3,485 taupes are “different enough” to own them all (as I am), you will likely see a difference between these three eyeshadows.  However, if you’re simply looking for a very pretty shimmery green-grey you’ll probably think they’re all lovely.

But, just for the record, WHY won’t Lancome release Erika F. in the United States??  Whyyyyyy?

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Jan 242010
 

This just in–my Lancome order that includeds the new Pop’n Green eyeshadow quad ($42) (or, as the official name reads, the Spring 2010 Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Quad Smooth Hold in Pop’n Green). (Who thinks of these names? Snap, Crackle and ….)

As you can probably tell by now, I have a serious weakness for pretty eyeshadow palettes and so when this became available on Lancome.com, and they sweetened the deal with a massive gift with purchase, I placed an order.

The quad includes:

  • A very shimmery cool white called Enlighten (top left)
  • A metallic grey-green, with small micro-sparkles called Green Spark (top right)
  • A low-shimmer mossy-olive green called Very Khaki (bottom left) and
  • An highly pigmented teal called Teal Pop (bottom right)

The colors share a cool-grey undertone that makes them harmonize nicely together.  I’ve tried a few simple eye looks with this already.  I’ve used either Green Spark or Very Khaki as the main lid color, coupled with Enlighten as an inner-corner highlighter.  Teal Pop is a gorgeous eyeliner color.  Enlighten can be touched lightly on the brow-bone as a highlighter, but don’t put too much or it could turn frosty-frosty on you.

Here are some swatches.  From left to right are Enlighten, Green Spark, Very Khaki and Teal Pop (click to enlarge):

Overall, I’m very happy with the palette.  The colors are neutral-with-a-kick, to add a little bit of interest beyond the normal browns and greys.  These are work-friendly shades, but the palette can given an amped-up evening look by using more of the deeper teal.

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Jan 202010
 

I have an irrational fear of blue eyeshadow.

There, I said it.  I can handle a deep navy, and possibly a silver with a touch of blue.  A medium or light blue shuts me down completely.  I don’t think the world would end, you know necessarily, if I were to try one.  But, I can’t be sure.  So I don’t risk it.  For everyone’s sake.

Imagine my shock when I received a free mini-palette from Lancome which included Color Design in Lure ($17), a medium blue that I liked so much that I bought a full-sized version.

I think of Lure as a “blue-plus“–meaning, it’s blue plus violet.  It’s almost blue.  Lancome added a  nice iridescence that catches the light, without looking over the top.  Lure looks lovely layered over a neutral brown eye. Or a soft grey one.  If you dash a bit on the center of your lid, it adds a depth and dimension that’s really pretty.

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Dec 162009
 

Picture 7Last summer, I visited the Avenue Montaigne in Paris.  If you’ve been there, you’ll know that some of the finest designers have a boutique there such as Louis Vuitton, Paul & Joe, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana.  It is not the only boutique-lined street in Paris, but it is certainly a lovely one.  The Champs Elysees is at one end and an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower over the Seine is at the other.

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I went into the Caron boutique, which sits on a corner across from Dior. Reader, I had done my homework. I had scoured the almost-breathless blog postings that described their incomparably fine finishing powders, glamorous sparkling evening powders, perfumes and powder puffs made of swan’s down and  satin ribbon.  I searched Make Up Alley for both fragrance and makeup.  The fact is, the brand is very difficult to find in the United States.  Given that I had never touched their product, and my French can charitably be described as “very rough,” I wanted to stumble through without too much embarrassment.

My research disclosed that everything about their products was excellent.  I immediately rejected attempting to purchase perfumes, as traveling home by plane made packing liquids challenging.  But the powders….the powders!!!! From my research, it appeared that they were made by faeries from the wing dust of angels, mixed via a stir of Tinkerbell’s wand.  I prepared my shopping list, my budget and set out to tackle the boutique.

If you get to Paris, treat yourself to a stop in the Avenue Montaigne Caron boutique.  It’s lined with very large, gilded Baccarat crystal perfume dispensers, from which one is supposed to fill the bottle of their choosing.  The amount of marble, gold and crystal inside, together with the multi-colored swan’s down puffs scattered everywhere , was as close to the inside of a jewel box as I’m ever likely to get.  Luckily, the boutique was empty except for a rather formal woman there to assist.  To my relief, she spoke English.

And here is the thing about the woman in the Caron boutique on the Avenue Montagne in Paris.   She did not want me to buy anything that I wouldn’t use properly.  She cautioned me not to use the sparkle powders during the day (“For the night only.“).  I asked whether I should get more than one color daytime powder?  No, she replied, you get one color that looks good on you.  I wondered whether I should get a swan’s down puff.  Looking at me with a squint, she asked, Didn’t I own a brush?  The loose powder can be applied with a small puff (included, made of cotton), and that I should then knock off excess off the skin with my brush.  She suggested that I buy a compact with a pressed version, but I thought it best to try the loose powder first before investing further.

I left spending about only 1/2 of my budgeted amount, with a loose powder and one refill. So, how is the powder?  It’s a really finely milled, high end powder. Converted to U.S., a loose powder runs about $60, which comes in a polished metal container with a tight-fitting lid (but not too tight-fitting) that keeps the powder very dry even on messy countertops.  There’s a plastic screw-top inside to avoid disasters.  The refill runs roughly $30.  The quality is on par with La Mer, Chanel, Laura Mercier.  I typically use it over foundation, although sometimes I use it completely alone when I’m not worried about coverage.  The powder doesn’t last any longer (or shorter) during the day than other high end brands, and it does look quite natural.  It mattes the skin down, but still leaves a barely perceptible glow that looks very polished.

I’m not 100% convinced it’s made with fairy dust.  Ultimately, and with the Caron staff’s help, I made good practical choices that I’ll use until they’re all gone.   Rather than using a puff, I’ve been applying it  with Lancome’s Mineral Powder Foundation Brush, which is well-priced and works beautifully.

Caron case copyCaron Powder Final copy

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