Many brands chose to go pink for spring — Lancome chose hot pink. This is the first full collection for Lancome’s new Director for Makeup, Aaron de Mey.
The collection includes two limited edition Color Design eyeshadow quads ($42 each). Mademoiselle Sass includes Island Kiss, Simmering, Wear It Well, and Midnight Dance; I’m still looking for shade names in Irreverent Madame.
I think the sleeper stars of the collection are the limited edition blushes ($29.50). I already love Lancome’s Blush Subtil, but doesn’t Extravagance make you want to run off and contour something? There are also four Color Fever Lipsticks ($25) — only Rock Icon Fuchsia is a permanent shade.
There are also four Color Fever Plumpers (lipgloss) — $29. I think the shades are rather strangely named. City Mauve is sparkle-free, Fuchsia Flaunt is sparkly (but not my definition of fuchsia), Rose Punk is clear with a few sparkles, and Downtown Pink is mauvey with a gold sheen. I believe all of these shades are limited edition.
De Mey’s first offering with Lancome was a vibrant, tomato-red Color Fever Lipstick called Piha Red (named after a resort town in his native New Zealand) and a Color Fever Gloss called Piha Black. I’d heard that the red/black duo released later than expected, so Piha Black was re-released with the spring collection. (Other sources say the Piha Black was re-released because it sold so well.) My counter still had both products, so I thought I’d swatch them together. They’re still limited edition. The set was $48; the gloss alone is $25.
Lancome Spring 2009: Mademoiselle Sass, Irreverent Madame, Extravagance, High Maintenance, Mademoiselle, Pink Attitude, Forget Me Not, Rock Icon Fuchsia, Fuschia, City Mauve, Fuchsia Flaunt, Rose Punk, Downtown Pink