Woo! Thanks to some diligent guest swatchers and the kindness of a few friends in Europe, I have swatches of Lancome’s non-American spring items. Click here for the full European recap.
I’m fairly confident that the eyeshadow palette (Pop’n Green in the U.S.; Pop Petrol overseas) and the Ink Artliner (Teal Delight in the U.S., Pop Petrol in Europe) feature the same colors. So the exclusive items are the Gloss Kohls, the nail polish, and the Baby Kiss lip crayon.
The Gloss Kohls are chubby eyeliner pencils, and the lead is ridiculously soft — almost liquid. These are so ridiculously creamy, I wondered whether you’d want to use them for non-waterline application (or if they would just smudge everywhere). I wasn’t alone: The Lancome blog published this tip from artistic director Aaron de Mey:
Apply a fine layer of concealer and a light dusting of powder to the undereye area, and in dark corners closest to the bridge of the nose. Then apply the pencil in and around the lash line and blend with a soft, small, fluffy brush or the fingertips. Set the edges of the pencil with a lighter/neutral powder shade such as taupe or gray for a graduated/sophisticated look and this will prevent the edges from bleeding/smudging. Alternately, use a powder shadow in a similar or slightly lighter shade of your gloss pencil and apply it around the edges and/or lightly dusted over the pencil to give extra hold and intensity. Or use the Khol Gloss only on lids and use powder shadow under the eyes to shape and design them. This gives a glossy lidded effect whilst looking sophisticated and holding perfectly under the eye.
The nature of a gloss/cream eye shade product is that it will slightly move/crease/smudge. It follows the movement of the lids and settles into corners or lines, so apply gently, using small amounts of the product. The creamy/glossy texture of eye color creams gives a more realistic, sexy, ‘slept inâ€™ effect. It is purely personal preference, ease of use and desired makeup result that leads women to either a powder shadow or cream/gloss eye shade.
I was also very lucky to find guest swatchers of different skintones! Stetko, of Confessions of a Zydrate Addict, was able to surreptitiously take some pictures at her counter. Stetko is extremely fair —Â NW05 on MAC’s scale —Â but the indoor lighting may misrepresent her skintone.
Miss Whoever You Are was also able to track down the lip crayon (which she swatched dry) and the nail polish. The nail polish is reeeeeally blackened, darkly shimmery, teal. Like an oil slick. It’s gorgeous. Miss Whoever You Are is about NW45.
And a few more swatches of the Coral Baby Kiss from guest swatcher Jenny — wet and dry, next to some other “famous corals.”
Lancome O My Rose: Pop Petrol, BB Sand, Swinging Copper