First, I am completely in love with Rose Divine lipstick. You already knew I adore the L’Absolu Rouge formula. It is so comfortable (and moisturizing, thanks to the inclusion of Pro-Xylane) — and the shades are somewhat staining, so the color really stays with you. But Rose Divine in particular is going to be the perfect fall lip for ladies who don’t like mauve (or berry, or purple) — and that’s me.
Rose Divine is supposedly what Daria Werbowy (on the left) is wearing… I think they must have tapped the color on, then layered Sweet Nude on top. (Ergo I must also buy Sweet Nude.)
I also really liked the nail polish trio. All three colors (sweet pink with nearly invisible gold shimmer; creme wineberry; plum-burgundy with tiny silver sparkles) seemed eminently lovely for fall. The formula swatched beautifully, and I like Lancome’s wide, flat brush (it’s similar to OPI’s Pro-Wide). Sorry the tape got a bit wrinkly; I was swatching too close to my wrist.
Rendez-vous is not new or limited edition; that shade was repromoted with this collection (and I thought, “why not?”). L’Absolu Rouge lipsticks are $29; La Laque Fever glosses are $26.50; the nail trio is $25.
I’d heard that the Rose Deco powder ($40) could be used all over the face or a blush, and to use it as a blush you should focus your brush on the rose itself. I did a quick comparison of the whole compact and just-the-rose, and I didn’t think the distinction would show up on camera (just-the-rose is a little darker). Â So I did a light and heavy swatch of the whole compact instead.
Rose Deco is a light, dusty, slightly mauvey pink. I think whether or not you can wear it as a blush will depend on your skintone.
There’s a new, limited edition eyeshadow quad: French Touch ($42). Â The shades are matte baby pink; shimmery, complex rose-brown(-violet-gold? It’s fascinating); shimmery pink-gold duochrome; and rich, plummy purple with silver sparkles.
There are two Artliners (liquid liner pens; $29): shimmering Plum Glimmer and sparkly Sparkling Noir. The Artliner pens are almost universally beloved by liquid linerÂ connoisseurs. TheyÂ have a flexible, extremely narrow sponge tip, perfect for precision application (which does perform much better on your lid than on your arm).
There’s one last item to the fall collection which isn’t available yet: the Ombre MagnÃ©tique shadows ($25). There ARE three shadows in the display, but these are the existing Color Design formula. When Lancome creates a new formula (like Ombre Magnetique, or Creme de Brilliance gloss), they sometimes use popular shades of an existing formula.
Ombre Magnetique will be out August 15. It is a â€œspectacular sparkle,â€ long-wear, crease-resistant eyeshadow. It will be available in three shades: Cherry Cherie, Urban Silver, and Black Macadam.