Just Charlie G

The Fall collection from Lancome this year, is a stunner. Inspired by the Femme Fatale trend of the 1930’s and 40’s, it really shows!

The collection, 29, Saint Honore, honours the spirit of Paris and the heritage of Lancome, the brand’s home for over 75 years, the Lancome Institute, 29, Faubourg Saint Honore.

First up there’s the French Touch Absolu Lipstick in Rouge 29, £23.50.

Lancome French Touch Absolu Lipstick in Rouge 29

This is one classy lipstick! Heavy gold casing. Glorious red. Creamy consistency and the most beautiful finish. Equally lovely worn straight from the bullet, or dabbed on for a more stained effect. I love this, but then I do love my reds… please forgive me for not having applied with a lip brush…

Lancome French Touch Absolu Lipstick in Rouge 29Lancome French Touch Absolu Lipstick in Rouge 29

And then next up is Les CEillades in Blondette Fatale. £33. Essentially a taupe and brown based eyeshadow palette. So sorry for showing you these already swatched, I got carried away and used before photographing which isn’t like me!

Lancome Les CEillades in Blondette Fatale

Two matte shades and two shimmers, and the two matte shades are also suitable for filling in eyebrows. This palette can be used to create a lovely brown smoky eye, or a very subtle look, and includes three brushes which I cut out of my photo (unintentionally!). The dark brown is perfect for my brows, but the little brow brush in the kit is no good for me, it’s too fat!

Lancome Les CEillades in Blondette Fatale
Lancome Les CEillades in Blondette Fatale
Lancome Les CEillades in Blondette Fatale

Then we have Hypnose Drama in Gris Fatal £20.50

Lancome Hypnose Drama in Gris Fatal
Lancome Hypnose Drama in Gris Fatal

It’s a grey mascara and I love it! It’s not the best finish for my lashes (I prefer the Lancome Doll Eyes mascara) but I do love the grey and its decent and doesn’t flake!

Lancome Hypnose Drama in Gris Fatal

Then there are two gorgeous Nail polish. Le Vernis in 022 Rouge Saint Honore and 029 Noir 29. £12.50 each.

Lancome Le vernis

Ok I love the red but that black looks really special, full of glitter/shimmer (gold based).  Shown below with and without flash. Thought the black was going to be my fave, and it is gorgeous, but it’s the red that’s won my heart. I just can’t resist red. I do have a problem I know this. Can’t really comment on the wear of these as I removed them straight after (as I have tonnes to swatch), but application was smooth and easy. Very nice for Christmas too I think.

Finally there’s the highlight of the collection. Maison Lancome Blush £32.50. Two pictures, for different lighting. The first picture is the most accurate, colour wise and I strongly recommend you enlarge the pictures.

Maison Lancome Blush
Maison Lancome Blush

It is the most stunning thing I think I’ve ever owned and actually I got myself in a tizz about swatching it. But in the end I forced myself for the greater good. This is not a powerful or pigmented blush, it’s soft, subtle and pretty, probably best for those who are fair skinned. In swatches  it doesn’t show up well, but hopefully you’ll be able to see it on the cheeks.

Maison Lancome Blush
Maison Lancome Blush
Maison Lancome Blush

It’s a lovely soft blusher, a bit powdery in the pan, but I do love the effect on my skin. Tis very pretty! But that said, even if this colour wasn’t for you, it’s pretty much the first thing I would buy a second one just to stare at from time to time. It’s so gorgeous.

Oh here a couple of last photos that I had left over that just show a bit of all the products in use.

And that, my friends, is that. Is there anything that particularly stands out to you? The blusher is a stunner, even just to look at and I’m loving the lips and mascara, but also, the dark brown shadow in the quad is perfect for my brows which is fab. I love the whole lot. Honestly.  Well and truly worth a look and available from the 1st September from all Lancome counters.

PS: Sorry for the complete lack of accents in all the right places on this post… I don’t know how to do them!
Disclosure: PR Samples

It’s been many years since I tried a Lancome Mascara. I know they are very well regarded so I’m not sure how it came to be that they disappeared off my radar. I recently found my holy grail mascara… so it’s just typical that another should come along quickly after to rival it’s place in my affections.

Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara

Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara claims to do exactly what you might expect from the name… it promises every girl’s dream of creating separated thick, long, “nylon shine” lashes just like a dolls! The brush has been in the making for 7 years and the formula contains nylon powders as well as supple and hard waxes.

First thing is I love this Art Deco rose design on Lancome cosmetics at the moment which is gorgeous but also this mascara is very heavily scented with Rose. I love it, but it’s something to be aware of if you don’t like scented products or you don’t like rose!

Bare Lashes followed by Doll Eyes in all cases below:

 Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara
Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara
And again:
Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara
Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara
And the same again:
Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara
Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes Mascara
So what do you think? I love it! It literally painlessly grabs every single lash and lengthens and defines each one. I’ve also worn it all week on holiday last week and it coped well with hot days and rainy days. Great stuff. I highly recommend… my only problem now is, which is my holy grail mascara? Can I have two? I love this!
It’s available now and is priced £20.50.
Disclaimer – PR Sample
Lancome Renergie Yeux Multiple Lift
Lancome Renergie Yeau Multiple Lift (Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Duo) is a clever little product. I’ll start with telling you how much I LOVE the packaging! I don’t know why it appeals to me so much but it really does. As you can probably see from my picture the top of the lid pops open revealing a mirror and a pan of concealer like product, but then the whole of the silver bit unscrews like a you would expect a normal screw top lid to come off revealing a pot of moisturising cream.
The product contains two formulas, as explained above for 6 benefits.
Dark circles appear reduced
Bags appear reduced
Eye contour looks more luminous
Eye contour looks smoother
Eye contour feels firmer
Fine lines around the eye appear smoother
So the it promises a lot in some ways but I notice that mostly it promises to make things “appear” more so and so, rather actually have an effect, other than to feel firmer. Thats not a criticism, if products are honest about what they achieve thats fine! I’d rather be told up front something will look much better but not promise to permanently remove all signs of aging!
So the first thing to talk about is the concealer-like pan on the top. It’s not concealer, its Illuminating Protecting Care rich in highlighting pigments and with skincare benefits to fade dark circles, deflate under eye bags and illuminate. I did try to swatch it but it just melts away into nothingness and is impossible for me to capture. On the eyes though it brightens beautifully and hides redness but yet somehow remains undetectable, its magical stuff reall and I love it. You can of course follow with your usual concealers/foundations. And you can of course use it at night.
Then there’s the cream section. The cream (sort of) acts as a base onto which you put the highlighting product, it absorbs quickly, feels light and moisturising, non-greasy. Included with the product are directions, which you really do need to read and use because each product is applied in quite particular areas, to target specific issues.
Unfortunately I didn’t carry on with this product for long enough to really give you a great idea of it’s effectiveness. Nothing to do with this product at all but my skin has been freaking out lately so I’m in the process of going back to basics with my skin care which means no more chopping and changing with samples. I just need to stick to some natural gentle products for a while.
What I can tell you is that these products seem pretty good with “highlighter” bit being really quite fab and immediate effects are certainly good for the use of both products!

This product is a pretty pricey £44.50 which if you were feeling flush, would probably be worth spending!

Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks

Moisture Replenishing Lip Colour they say! Which translates as sheer (in most cases), moisturising lipsticks which promise to give you a bare lip sensation. I don’t agree but they are certainly very very light indeed.

The packaging is absolutely stunning! What these are really are the latest line of lipsticks following this years trend for balm like lipsticks and these are as lovely as any other I’ve tried.

I find some of the colours don’t work well for me as I my lips are too pigmented to carry off sheer pale colours but regardless these lipsticks feel lovely on, are moisturising and are fab for every day wear.

In comparison to the other lipsticks in this style I’ve tried, the Clinique Chubby Sticks, Chanel’s Coco Shine’s (which I’ve only tried in store) and the Shiseido Shimmering Rouge’s, I personally find them all very similar in consistency and wear. But what I will say for these Lancome ones is that the packaging is by far the prettiest!

L-R Shades 204, 101, 103 and 202.

Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks

And swatches in the same order as above.

Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks

And on the lips, again in the same order.

Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks
Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks
Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks
Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipsticks

So there we have it. Well worth a look if this style of lipstick is your thing, they feel beautiful on, add a light sheen but absoltuely zero stickyness and are £19.50.

My fave is 103, seemingly a nothing in the swatch, but a gorgeous sheer berry shade on the lips.

What say you?

Disclosure – PR Samples

I’m sure most of you have heard about this new foundation launch from Lancome. If not, let me tell you a little bit about it. Teint Miracle claims to be the “holy grail” of foundations. It claims to be super light, water based sheer texture but rich enough to give a perfect complexion.

Where traditional foundations play with the surface colour of skin using pigments, Teint Miracle has new ingredients that hope to aid the absorption and refraction of light.  With 10 times less opaque fillers and almost 40% water it seems incredible that this could create a flawless complexion and recreate skin’s natural light. It certainly sounds promising, interesting and impossible! Oh and it also offers SPF of 15.

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Review

Firstly, I love the packaging, it’s a lovely glass bottle, elegant, like a perfume bottle with a pump.It goes on so easily, I’ve stippled, used fingers and a traditional foundation brush, all work well, although stippling is fab and is the method I used in the following pictures. It really does feel weightless on the skin, doesn’t dry too quickly to work with and it looks great as I will now (hopefully!) demonstrate.
Here it is in shade and light, applied on it’s own, no other make up. Please enlarge for a good look.

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Review
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Review

And here it is set with a little powder and with my eye makeup on.

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Review

And a close up of the finish, please feel free to enlarge.

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Review

Well for me I really think this might be my holy grail foundation, great coverage, looks natural, fantastic match to my skin, long wearing (it lasts all day on me with no problems), it’s glowy but not oily and it feels like I don’t have anything on. I don’t have much more to say about it than that, I think in this case the pictures do the talking.

Available from Selfridges now but available nationwide from 1st September and retailing for £25. Go get it!