Too much pretty!
Welcome to the newest products in the Lancome cosmetics range. Gloss in Love. Lightly sparkling, extremely shiny and lovely moisturising glosses. Available in twelve shades, I’ve got two to show you. Pink Pampille (left above) and Peach Show (on the right above).
First thing is the opening mechanism. It’s a gimmick really but I love it, it just makes for something a bit different. All you do is press the little square button and the lid pops up and you pull out the wand and off you go.
I realise now I’m actually writing the post that I forgot to take photographs of the applicators but it’s sort of double sided and you use the curved side to coat the lower lip and the pointed side on the top lip. It works perfectly.
As for the colours they are gorgeous. Pink Pampille is on the left here and Peach Show is on the right. Both are lightly sparkling, with the the pink shade having just the merest hint of sparkle.
Beautiful products that deliver on all counts. They feel a bit thick on my lips and I’m not overly keen on that sensation, but the thickness lends itself to a very good wear time. They promise 6 hours… I get more like 4-5. But hey, that’s good going for a gloss!
Really like these and love the sound of Glitter Mania!
They are £20 each and available from Lancome Online.
The Lancome Autumn/Winter Collection, Midnight Roses, is in stores now and I’ve not seen too much of a fanfare about this launch which is a shame as the products are really quite beautiful. I’ve got three bits to show you today. I actually see the Christmas collection is out already so perhaps I’m a little late with this but here we go anyway!
First up we have the Le Vernis Nail in shade 453, a delicious deep fuchsia, almost purpley. A gorgeous gorgeous shade. £12.
There are also a couple of other shades in the collection, Cosmopolitan Kaki and Beige Poudre. Going by online images, 453 (I can’t find a shade name) is the best though, it’s lovely.
The next thing I have to show you is L’Absolu Rouge in shade 160 Rouge Hypnose. Stunning lipstick, this looks red with a hint of bright pink in the bullet but on me it’s very pink indeed, and very bright, and matte, and stunning.
This shade makes my eyes look extremely blue. For a matte lipstick, it wears extremely well and I don’t find it at all drying. This is seriously gorgeous. £21.
The final thing I have to show you is the L’Absolu Mat Cashmere in shade 300 Magie Pourpre, £21.
A stunning matte liquid lipstick, in a wonderful colour. It paints on like a dream and stays put for hours and hours. Although it’s matte, it’s not completely matte, the close up shows it very freshly applied so you can see it’s still a little wet, but on the picture of my full face it’s dried down and is matte, but it’s not completely matte, it still has a little life in it. It’s gorgeous, it’s available in three shades and I rate this very highly indeed.
Oh and hand swatches of the two lip products:
There are lots of lip products in this range so probably a red or pink for everyone. The star product has to be the beautiful Blush Highlighter at £34. It does look beautiful.
The Midnight Roses collection is available now on Lancome counters nationwide.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Life is Beautiful! A mantra I should repeat frequently to myself to remember all the good things…. not just a great message but also Lancome’s latest fragrance.
Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle
Such a pretty bottle. Be aware that this is a small sample size bottle, not the full size but it is a replica of the full size bottle, so when I say this is a gorgeous bottle, that applies to this miniature and the full size.
The first thing that I thought when I opened this beauty was how like a Lancome fragrance it was. Not that they’ve produced anything like it before, just, well it just smells quintessentially Lancome!
This is apparently an Iris gourmand. I don’t know, its just beautiful. There’s Iris, orange blossom, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, praline, blackcurrant, pear and I love it.
It’s sweet, but it’s not too sweet, the iris and patchouli temper the sweetness somewhat, but the blackcurrant is detectable.
It’s almost like Lancome set about designing a perfume just for me, but actually, this is really a very mainstream scent and I think it will be extremely popular with many people. In terms of strength, well it lasts for hours on me and whilst people standing close to me have asked what I’m wearing, I’m not filling the room with my scent either! Perfect.
I predict this will be a best seller for Lancome, it’s a very pleasing every day scent.
Available from Selfridges now, with prices starting from £39.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
I wrote about all the lovely new Lancome things recently and this is the first item that I’ve had the chance to try. Lancome Hypnose Star mascara.
The tube is glittery. I repeat, the tube is glittery.
It has a fab brush which is sort of two brushes in one.
You can sort of add plenty of product with one side and then pull through to lengthen and separate with the other side. It’s rather lovely.
It’s a great mascara, does good things to my lashes I can tell you.
Rouge in Love are the latest lipsticks to join the Lancome range and I received a few to try out.
Rouge in love are a gorgeous light lipstick which promise up to 6 hours of wear, the amazing thing being the long wear whilst having a light texture…. in my experience, long wear lipsticks can be very heavy or matte, these are quite the opposite.
Before I show you the colours I just want to take a moment to show you the beautiful packaging.
Gorgeous Brushed silver with a little ‘plaque’ with red Rouge in Love written on it but I particularly love the seamed stocking effect up the back of the lid. Gorgeous!
So there are 24 shades in 3 different styles, Jolis Matins, fresh and wearable shades, Boudoir Time, vibrant and on trend colours for day to night wear and Tonight is my Night, rich and seductive shades.
Lets look at the shades I was sent followed by the swatches.
Left to Right: 146B Miss Coquelicot, 159B Rouge in Love, 200B Rose The (can someone please tell me how to put an accent on my e?!), 340B Rose Boudoir and 381B Violette Coquette.
And now in the same order, on my lips.
Rouge in Love
The texture of these is just lovely, they have this light shine on them and they do wear very well… I haven’t managed to make them last 6 hours, but not far off to be honest and I do tend to eat and drink a lot throughout the day so they really do get put through their paces. Out of all the shades I tried, Rose The and Rose Boudoir are my favourites and here’s how I wore them.
Oh and incidentally, Rouge in Love, the red, wasn’t all that red on me, not a complaint, its lovely, but I’m told it’s Emma Watson’s favourite red, so there you go!
Love these, and think there is definitely a colour for everyone. I also love how many of the shades having matching Vernis in Love nail polishes.
Available from all the usual Lancome counters and www.lancome.co.uk and priced at £21.
Vernis in Love by Lancome, what an amazing collection. When I spoke to the lovely PR at Lancome she said it felt like they had fallen in love with colour again and it’s easy to see why.
Vernis in love comes in 22 shades, and has the most fab wide brush and perfect formula. These are £12 each which I think is fairly reasonable for the quality of these. There’s not much more to say, lets just look at the swatches! I was sent seven of the shades to show you, of which I’m showing you six. I’m not showing you the far left one 020M Pure Narcisse, there’s nothing wrong with it but I have a mixture of different types of acrylic on my nails at the moment from practising on myself, Pure Narcisse is a milky sheer and is lovely actually, but I don’t want you to see my nails so I’m just going to show you the rest of the colours!
Starting with 112B Rouge in Love.
The signature red of the collection, beautiful, rich, shiny, and classy.
154M Miss Coquelicot
Bright vibrant gorgeous orange!
220M Jolis Matins
Perfect work safe peach toned nude. Wore this for days and days on end!
573B Bleu De Flore
My fave in the selection I received. A rich deep blue which is really quite teal in some lights but pure blue in others. Glossy and gorgeous.
Finally we have 501B in Aquamarine. I did something a bit different with this one and painted tips on top of the previous shade and I think the effect was fab, if a little less than perfect.
Love the bright aqua shade and love the combination with Bleu De Flore, this manicure got lots and lots of compliments!
So that’s everything I have to show you from this collection and whilst the colours might not be earth shattering it is a lovely selection of colours and the formula is absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended.
Available from Lancome counters and of course www.lancome.co.uk
I’ll be bringing you several of the Rouge in Love Lipsticks soon too, so look out for them!
*Disclosure – Press Samples*
Well here comes another beautiful candy coloured Spring Collection, this time from Lancome. I have to admit that although these colours aren’t ideally suited to me I can’t help but be drawn to them. The mint greens and candy floss pinks were a colour of my bedroom when I was in my early teens and I chose them and I still love them now and so the Lancome Rosarie des Delices (Rose Garden of Delight) collection was always going to appeal to me. It taps right into that very girly side of me. I always lean towards the rockier side of make up and/or scarlet lips but inside there’s a girly girl screaming to get out!
The Lancome Roasarie collection is visually stunning and the products don’t disappoint either.
The star product of the collection is the La Roseraie Blush (£34).
There is a stunningly pretty overspray on this blush which is why it has an airbrushed look to it. Underneath the overspray is a beautiful pinky-coral blush and pale pinky cream mother of pearl shade which apparently has a hint of green that helps to correct redness, I will have to look at this again because I hadn’t noticed any green in it! Swatches of the two shades separately and blended:
This is truly beautiful and the sole reason I didn’t buy the Chanel blush this Spring, because I think this is just as pretty and the colours not that different.
And on my cheeks:
Next up is the La French Touch Lipstick in Cotton Candy (£23.50). There are three shades available, Cotton Candy, Rose Candy and Sweet Marmalade. The packaging of these is to die for, so so beautiful. A gorgeous candy striped metal case.
I can’t get over how matte the bullet looks but the lipstick is far from it! It also looks very coral in the above pictures, but it really isn’t as you’ll see below. Loving lightly glossy finish, but not sheer, and these feel very moisturising on. The only thing that I don’t find so fabulous is the wear time, it’s not my greatest concern though really when all the other points are so good. I’m more than happy to keep pulling this lipstick out of my purse 🙂 Oh and this really isn’t one for dry lips as you might notice in my pictures my lips are a little dry and it shows, on subsequent uses I’ve been sure to give my lips a gentle scrub and a touch of balm before use.
Next are the three Colour Fever Glosses in Green Petal, Rose Petal and Tangerine Petal (£18). I have Green Petal to show you.
Although perhaps a little scary in the tube, actually this is nearly completly clear with just the smallest sparse green sparkles in it. You have to look hard to see them on the lips/skin but they are there and they are super pretty. Trust me, you wouldn’t want loads of green sparkle in your gloss… well maybe you would if you’re more theatrical, but this definitely isn’t theatrical. Looks closely!
And here it is over the Cotton Candy lipstick. If you enlarge you should be able to see the tiny little green sparkles.
The final item from this collection I have to show you is the Les Yeux Doux Ombre Absolue Eye Palette (£33). Bit of a mouthful. Available in two colour ways, pinks which is Rose Romance and greens, Vert Tendresse.
These swatch nicely, but it is worth noting that these shades are designed intentionally to be subtle and sheer, presumably for a subtle hint of Spring colour.
I love these shades, they look great on, really good for those who like to wear colour without being too daring. You’ll see what I mean when you look at them on my eyes. As always, I always go for a subtle look but it’s certainly possible to ramp up the depth of colour if that’s your preference.
The only thing I don’t really understand is that the images I saw from US blogs showed these palettes as having a fifth colour, a liner shade and its a shame the UK versions don’t have it.
My full face for a bit of perspective.
All in all a truly gorgeous collection with something for most people, if pinks aren’t your thing, then there oranges and corals. So pretty. The blusher is my must-have item from this collection.
The only thing I’m a bit confused by is that I thought that there were two eyeliners available with this collection, from memory a frosted white shade and a shimmering pale green, I’d like both of them but I can’t find them online at all! I’m sure I saw them on the stand in Debenhams when I kept going into swatch the glosses, but I noticed when I was in there a couple of days ago the display had been taken down already. I guess I’ll go in and ask them if they have any! I was definitely going to buy the green one so I hope I can find one!
Oh and one last thing, you may have noticed thats not my hand the swatches are appearing on! I’m afraid Chloe is desperate to be involved if I do swatching before she goes to bed or when she’s not at school so I conceded this time and let her help me out. Thanks Chloe!
*Disclosure – All items are PR Samples*
So I’ve already blogged about the beautiful Golden Hat Blush Palette which is something really special and here are the final two pieces in this small collection.
Firstly there’s the L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in 132 (19.50) and it’s a beaut. I’ve already blogged about the lovely finish of this formula. Glossy, but not too glossy, slightly sheer in general but in this shade that really isn’t the case. It’s a light texture that feels gorgeous on and isn’t sticky. I’m not even going to bother talking about the colour because the pictures will speak for themselves.
And then finally there’s the red polish, Le Vernis in 102 £15. I’ve cocked up and unfortunately there’s no swatch. I did swatches, then deleted all my pictures because they were blurry, by which time I’d removed the polish and started swatching others and then I had a nail disaster of some very serious breaks… which made me bite the rest and now I’m too ashamed to show you my nails! I’m sorry.
It looks gorgeous and having previously reviewed Lancome Le Vernis, I find the finish and wear really good.
So all in all, the Golden Hat collection is bijoux but gorgeous, but if I’m going to be picky I’d say that it’s very similar indeed to the last collection 29, Saint Honore in that there’s a red lipstick and polish (although the shades are different) and a very pale blusher (although the Golden Hat Blush palette is much paler). I could justify buying both of the palettes because they are so beautiful visually, and indeed a pleasure to use, but the polish and lipstick, well unless you are a red connoisseur then you probably don’t need both sets. That said the finish of the lipsticks is entirely different…well it’s up to you. I think all the products are beautiful, I just think that the reds and pale blusher are very similar in concept if not finish and texture and it would have been nice to see something new, but these are classics so it’s not exactly a complaint.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
Well this is another Lancome thing of beauty, but before I talk about the product let me talk a bit about the inspiration of this product (and the others items in the collection, posts to follow). Lancome is supporting Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation and to mark the occasion they have created a limited edition collection with Kate herself.
The Golden Hat foundation was created by Kate Winslet. A book is in development and due out soon which brings together self portraits by celebrities all wearing Foundation’s Golden Hat. The non-profit foundation aims to better the lives of autistic children by removing or limiting the barriers they face, teaching them to communicate more clearly as well as offering education, job training and recreational activities. Today autism affects a staggering 67 million people worldwide and of all the serious developmental conditions, autism is the one seeing the most significant global growth.
So this is a mini collection consisting of the blush palette and a nail varnish and lipstick. The nail varnish and lipstick will be in a post coming soon. Lancome promises to donate at least 150,000 euros of its sales profits to the Golden Hat Foundation.
Ok, so serious bit over, the Blusher! A gorgeous glossy palette with Kate Winslet’s signature and a picture of the hat. The powder is a golden hat of course surrounded by a soft pink powder. There is a very glittery overlay. But its easily swept away (which is a good thing, it’s VERY sparkly), the gold hat is also overlaid with a shimmer, which is also easily removed.
In the following picture I’ve swiped the overlay off the band around the hate and the bottom half of the pink. It nearly killed me do it too, it’s so gorgeous you don’t want to spoil it, but to show you what you’re actually getting I had to do it.
I don’t know if you can even see that pale swatch on the right there? And therein lies the problem with this palette. It’s not a blush. It’s far far too pale (and I’m incredibly pale) to give me even a hint of colour on my cheeks BUT for me this is is an amazing all over face powder and I do mean amazing. It’s not sparkly but it adds a touch of glow and really gives me a glow rather than a shimmer. It’s truly a thing of beauty.
I was waiting to show you how this works on my face but I’m suffering with a seriously bad break out and I just can’t bear to put a full face picture up at the moment so it’ll have do without as I’ve waited long enough to try and get rid of the spots and I needed to share this.
It’s gorgeous, potentially a bit too pale and chalky on darker skins I’d image but on anyone pale this is beautiful, either as very subtle highlight or the most beautiful face powder ever!
£34 and available now.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*