Lancome Holiday 2009: Part 2

Lancome, holiday, 2009, L'Absolu Rouge Soiree, La Laque Fever glossYesterday we looked at Lancome’s holiday palettes — today let’s admire the rest of the collection.

First the lips. There are six shades of L’Absolu Rouge lipstick (and some unusual color choices for holiday). L’Absolu Rouge (Advanced Replenishing and Reshaping Lipcolor) is Lancome’s newest lipstick formula. It contains Pro-Xylane, a hydrating ingredient also found in Lancome’s Absolue skincare line. (Fun fact: It’s pronounced “proxileen” not “pro xylane.” Boy do I feel silly.)

L’Absolu Rouge lipstick is $29. It also contains SPF 12, smells like roses, and its case has a magnetic closure. Only Rouge Seduction is a limited edition shade.

There’s just one lipliner, a repromote of permanent Le Lipstique Rougelle ($23). I’ve always liked Le Lipstique liners; they’re expensive, but they were my first and I’m still a fan of the formula.

There are also six La Laque Fever Glosses. These are $26, have the famous spatula applicators, and smell like grape. In the name of science, I lip-tested Captivating (love the color. It’s like sheer strawberry jam — for that sought-after post-popsicle look). It felt like dense jelly — kind of like the Chantecaille Lip Chics of gloss. If I rubbed my lips together, I did feel a bit of stickiness, but if I didn’t rub my lips together it didn’t bother me — and it was nowhere near as sticky as the Juicy Tubes.

Of these, Captivating, Seductively, Evening Splendor, and Feverish are limited edition. You’ve actually seen Optical Rose before — that shade came out with the original release of these glosses in February of this year.
Lancome, holiday, 2009, L'Absolu Rouge, Soiree, swatches, Luxe, Crushed Rose, Coquette, Rouge Seduction, Absolute Rouge, Aubergine Velvet, La Laque Fever, gloss, Captivating, Untamed Plum, Seductively, Evening Splendor, Feverish, Optical Rose, Le Lipstique, RougelleLancome, holiday, L'Absolu Rouge Soiree, Color Design Sensational Effects Cream Eye Shadow Long Wear, Pink LaceThis holiday collection introduces a new product for Lancome: Color Design Sensational Effects Cream Eye Shadow Long Wear (cream eyeshadow, in a tube, with a dense, bullet-shaped brush applicator). These are $22 each, and they’re limited edition. I didn’t blend my swatches at all, but you could use these on their own or as a base for powder eyeshadow (a la Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics).

There is also a limited edition powder called Lancome, holiday, 2009, L'Absolu Rouge Soiree, Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating PowderSparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder. When you first buy this it has some crazy gold overspray, but once that’s wiped away, you’re left with a light ring and a dark ring of powder that mix to make a really pretty, barely there, golden highlight. Sparkling Cherub gives a really subtle effect, and though I was tempted to make fun of the ridiculously long name, I think “Sheer Warming” does sum up what it’s all about.
Lancome, holiday, 2009, L'Absolu Rouge Soiree, swatches, Color Design Sensational Effects Cream Eye Shadow Long Wear, Pink Lace, Garter Belt, Haute Smoke, Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder, Ink Artliner, Plum Tease, Brun Mystere, In All Her Splendor, Untamed PlumThere are also two new limited edition Ink Artliners ($23.50). We first saw these potted cream eyeliners in the Declaring Indigo collection — those shades were also limited edition (and Declaring Indigo’s Brun Elegance looks like it was perhaps a darker, more blackened brown than Brun Mystere).

I’m not sure, but it seemed to me that the Declaring Indigo liners were creamier than the Rouge Soiree ones. Plum Tease and Brun Mystere felt a little gummier than I remembered.

There are also two limited edition holiday polishes ($18): In All Her Splendor, a candy cane red shimmer, and Untamed Plum, which in one coat is sexy-gothy-vampire plum, and in two coats is nearly black.

Just one more unswatched item I think I should mention: there’s a limited edition Oscillation mascara topcoat in gold or silver for $34.

Lancome L’Absolue Rouge Soiree: L’Absolu Rouge, Luxe, Crushed Rose, Coquette, Rouge Seduction, Absolute Rouge, Aubergine Velvet, Le Lipstique, Rougelle, La Laque Fever Gloss, Captivating, Untamed Plum, Seductively, Evening Splendor, Feverish, Optical Rose, Pink Lace, Garter Belt, Haute Smoke, Sparkling Cherub, Plum Tease, Brun Mystere, In All Her Splendor

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8 Responses to “Lancome Holiday 2009: Part 2”

  • Kristina says:

    >The cream eyeshadows look awesome!

    Hey Karla, I have a technical question about your blog! Did you change something about the formatting of your photos recently? I always click on them to enlarge them, and in the past, it's just opened up in the same window (pretty standard). Recently, though, 1-2 of the pictures in each of your posts (but not all of them, notably) don't do that. Instead, I get a pop-up window for those asking me how I want to download the .jpeg file (happens sometimes with blogs, IME, but has never happened to me with mine or yours before this). It won't let me just view the images unless I want to download them and view them on my computer in another program. Do you know what this might be about? Thanks! :)

  • KarlaSugar says:

    >That is SO weird! It happened to me yesterday, too (for the first time, and on my own blog) — but I didn't think anything of it. I'm not doing anything differently… O.o

    I hope that new "feature" goes away!

  • Kristina says:

    >Uh-oh… well, I hope it goes away too!

  • Joey says:

    >Holy effing hell, those cream shadows…must have that burgundy and taupe!

  • peachgirl says:

    >I can 2nd that thing about the pics, it's seems there's a glitch of some sort (?)

    I have a question about the la laque glosses; do they have a scent/taste? I'm so picky!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    >The glosses smell like grape.

  • Elvira says:

    >OMG Haute Smoke I WANT! I NEED! And that Cherub powder is so cute! I wouldn't use it. I would just stare at it! LOL

  • ballet622couture says:

    >Can you review the oscillation mascara? I bought it and I can't get it to do anything for me. I use the primer and the black mascara daily (so I think I have the technique down), but the top coats just arn't working! Thanks for your great blog!

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