Lancome’s holiday collection, L’Absolu Rouge Soiree, is lovely and quite extensive — and on account of the length of my arms, I had to break it into two posts. (If I were taller, I could have fit two palettes to an arm.) It’ll be worth the wait, though: there’s going to be a completely awesome giveaway starting tomorrow.
Part one is the Eye and Cheek Palettes. These feature six shadows and one blush in a hinged compact… and they’re $39.50, which seems pretty fantastic (especially since MAC’s holiday palettes — six shadows, no blush — were $36).
I definitely think Plum Irresistible is the best of the four; it’s just fabulously pigmented. I’m not sure which shade is which, but its shadows are Rapturous, Seductive Gaze, Magnificent, Captivating, Diva Shimmer, and Entrancing. The blush is Violet Sunrise.
I mentioned four eye and cheek palettes, but I think Alluringly Bronze is actually a Nordstrom exclusive. Though Lancome’s website lists the details for Alluringly Bronze, you can’t buy it there. The holiday display units in stores also only accommodate three palettes; as a result, Nordstrom is missing La Nuit Seduction.
Alluringly Bronze contains shadows Fabric, Alluring Presence, The New Black (that’s probably the first shade, right?), Enticing, Get It Now, and Daylight. The blush is Mocha Havana. The only other thing I need to tell you about these palettes is that the matte shades can be a little more difficult to work with than the shimmery ones… but there also seems to be some variation from palette to palette. The final eyeshadow shade in Nordstrom’s Evening Splendor was a little hard to work with, but that same shade in the display in my freestanding Lancome store was fine.
Evening Splendor contains (in no particular order): Honeymoon, Tempted, Impress, Mannequin, Model, and Lezard. The blush is Bronze Escapade.
La Nuit Seduction is listed online as Nude Seduction, but the display unit says “La Nuit,” so I’ll go with that. The eyeshadow shades are Pink Zinc, Wear It Well, Erotique, Amorous, Kittenish, and Feline Strut; the blush is Aplum (the only matte blush in any of these palettes).
So what do you think? Which is your favorite?