Many makeup fans are familiar with the legendary Lancome Erika F., a very popular European eyeshadow that is a beautiful metallic mix of blackened green, silver and bronze that makes a beautiful eye. It borders on a neutral, but with an interesting kick that seems to enhance one’s natural eye color. Perhaps most frustrating for the U.S., the eyeshadow has never been available for sale here. Part of Lancome’s Ombre Absolue Mono line, Erika F. is sold in a single mirrored compact, in a square shape with a rose imprint.
I’ve read that this series is not sold in the U.S. because there is an ingredient which is not approved for sale in the U.S. It is my opinion that this ingredient is “magic.”
On my recent trip, I was struck by the Lancome’s display of other Ombre Absolue Mono eyeshadows. I will say that Erika F. is the most stunning, and apparently most popular, of the Ombre Absolue Mono series–Erika F. was sold out everywhere I went. I had picked up the eyeshadow on a prior trip, but I did find two others to bring home with me this time around. One of these is F30 Moonlight, a soft neutral gold that looked perfect for a highlighter or inner corner highlighter. The other is F60 Cuban Brown, a greyed-down brown that borders on taupe (but lacks any purple or mauve tones). The texture of all of these is superb–soft, shimmery, and easy to work with.
In browsing the web, I found Lancome has an overview of these eyeshadows in English on the Lancome UK site (the color swatches are not appearing in Safari, sadly). I also found several of these for sale on Strawberrynet.com.
The colors that I chose have a very soft and neutral look. However many of the Ombre Absolue Mono series are extremely vibrant. For example, there was a beautiful teal and a highly metallic silver.
Here is another view to show their reflectivity and texture:
I wish I knew more about the line–when I purchased these, I was moving quickly and so did not have time to ask about them. For example, what do the letter designations “A,” “B,” through “G” mean? I suspect they are different finishes.
So what do you think? Do any international readers have any insight into the letter designations? Do you enjoy these as much as I do?