Yesterday 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.
This 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 Sparkling 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.
There 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