The After-Hours Chronicles of Lancôme's Artliners

Okay, I know I did mention in my earlier Lancôme post that when I obsess over some brands and recently used items I could talk about them all the time, non-stop, forever.

But I assure you that initially the plan to ramble on about Lancôme (for now) had stopped in the earlier post and I was all ready to start painting a new picture and ramble on about other stuff but as it turns out, I forgot to give some mention to the long-wearing ability of these Artliners, which rightfully is one of their selling points.

Thus, here I am checking in sheepishly to plop on some less-than-flattering close ups of my eye but hey, it’s all in a days work.

If you haven’t already checked it out, head over to see how these Artliners wear when they are all fresh and beautiful in my Lancôme Artliner Look Book feature.

Now, if you are ready, here is how a couple of them look after hours, which frankly isn’t bad. It’s just my mildly greasy skin and creased (lower lashline) liner that I am a little ashamed of.

Pretty good for 10 hours of wear, if I say so myself.

When everything else looks a little worn, fatigued and faded, these are still going strong with their pigmentation, sparkles and pristine shape! Check out the tips of my flick looking as sharp as they did when I first drew them on in the morning.

These definitely do live up to their claim of being long-wearing though I have a teeny tiny bit of a complaint, which I forgot to mention in earlier entries too.

Slight Con…

These ‘peel’ or ‘flake’ off because of their vinyl / film like quality that actually enables them to stick and hug the skin well. Though this also means that the best way to remove these would be to rub in one direction. This way, it prevents the little bits and pieces that ‘peel’ off from getting into your eyes. I am having a rather sensitive eye moment right now so little flecks that accidentally fall into my eye can irritate my eye a lot so I have noticed this and taken extra care during removal.

It isn’t totally a con because this is just how the formula is and most of the time our eye cleans itself out anyway but if your eyes are easily prone to irritation, you might want to take note of this.

So, with that said, I think I’ll put a lid on Lancôme on here for a bit. I still have a lot of Lancôme loving to give but I’ll shift the spotlight a little for now, alright?

Thanks for reading and if you haven’t checked out my recent Lancôme swatch-fests and look books, follow the links below!

Look Feature: Colors of the Rainb- No, Wait, I mean Lancôme 24H Artliners

Hello y’all!

I know I’ve been giving a fair bit of Lancôme lovin’ of late because… I seem to have this problem.

With new releases (of a particular brand) I tend to obsess over every single bit and incorporate it into my every day which means the pictures I snap on a day to day basis is well, a whole lot about that brand and right now it’s Lancôme!

I’ve had my NARS days, my Dior days and also the mish-mash days where I am a lot better at being diverse but for now just enjoy the Lancôme lovin’ because these items are pretty fancy and dandy!

So… all about these Lancôme 24H Artliners!

I’ve done a (relatively) detailed introduction about the product, colors and also what to expect with their new presence (better formula and better applicator), so go read that if you haven’t!

In this post, I will be spamming you lots of pictures of my very unimaginative eye looks – I’m sorry I love neutrals and am in a neutral rut – to showcase how these liners look on!

A lot of them are absolutely gorgeous and I tried to wear them and show them as well as I can and I can only hope these pictures do them justice!

The Looks –

I didn’t bother taking note of what I used per eye look (Lancôme liners aside) because I didn’t think it was very important. Though if somehow you are interested to know what I used for a certain eye look, you can enquire below and hopefully I remember it enough to let you know!

Black Diamond

Starting it off with the staple, the signature and a color you probably can’t live without as far as eyeliner goes – black. Black Diamond is an extremely rich and intense black that can draw (hurhur) drama and intensity to your eye like no other.

Definitely not for the weak but if strong and boldly lined eyes are your thing, I dare you to take on the challenge and embrace this diamond, you probably wouldn’t look back after.

Emerald

Now, if you kinda like it dark but yet still want a little something something to your look (perhaps a glint of green?) then Emerald is looking perfect for you!

This shade came out a little darker than I expected – almost black even – but the minute it hits the light, the green tone within shimmers and shines for all to see. Beautiful for brown-eye ladies *ahem myself*

Jade

If you like your green a little mossy, a little murky and dirty than Jade is probably the right color for you. This shade doesn’t have as much depth as Emerald does and almost looks a little like a olive-pewter at angles but it is a lovely shade all the same.

Good enough if you like light definition or like to top the look off by tightlining with black after using this.

Amethyst

For those that love to spice their look up with a pop color, Amethyst would be a perfect shade for you.

A vibrant shade of blue-purple that seems to shift depending on the lighting, Amethyst is bright and bold but not so much so that it is stark on. There is enough dimension and sparkles to it but is kept sophisticated as a whole. If there is one color that you would need to check out from this range, it would be this (though frankly you probably should check all of them out).

Gold

Now, moving on to the more classic and regal of things, here is a very common accent liner shade – Gold!

Lancôme’s variant is, needless to say, very intense and saturated enabling the Gold to truly show up in all its sparkly and golden glory – a wee bit metallic even. Though I can’t help but feel very cleopatra-esque everytime I try to wear an accent gold liner on my lids. Given gold is quite a light tone, this doesn’t offer a lot of depth so if you want some definition to your eye area, tightlining or using a mascara would certainly help.

Silver

After Gold, comes Silver! This silver isn’t just any ole silver, it’s a very pretty pink-sparkle-ified version of silver that almost leans a little grey-ish-lilac under certain lights.

Okay the lilac portion is probably my eyes playing tricks on me but due to the pink shimmers within, it does seem to have more to it than just metallic silver alone, absolutely gorgeous if you ask me!

So there you go, all 5 beautiful Limited Edition colors along with a classic black that is in the permanent range.

I had previously mentioned that my pick of the lot would be Amethyst, Emerald and Silver but truly, I can’t say that I don’t like the other colors either. I feel they all serve a particular purpose and crazy as this might sound they all have a place in the stash and would work perfectly will for their own type of looks.

Given they are Limited Edition, do hurry down to Lancôme at Sephora to pick your picks today!

Lancôme’s 24H Artliners retail for (I believe) S$30.

The black is available islandwide and permanent. The colored versions are Limited Edition and only available at Lancôme Sephora

Thanks for reading! Which is your favorite of the lot?

Lancôme Lip Lovers Look Book!

Initially the plan was to feature these looks within my Lancôme Lip Lover swatchfest but I figured that it’s probably a little much given how long and picture heavy that entry is alone.

What’s more it’s probably a lot easier if I were to just feature these looks seperately on their end, without the distraction of all the in-yo-face lip swatches.

So… we’re good? Here we go!

This ‘look book’ is really simple and if you came here thinking I’m doing looks for every single shade then my bad, I may have deceived you. Instead I am very simply doing a choice look from each of my self-created ‘batch’ of Lip Lovers.

If you are completely lost right now, chances are you may not have seen my Lip Lover swatchfest so do head over and check that out!

If you already have, let me properly explain myself a little more.

 

This is simply a collection of looks varying from the super natural (using a choice Lip Lover from a batch I had designated as ‘natural’), to slightly defined yet polished, dressy and even the all out vampy. As vampy as these sheer slick lip colors go, that is!

Within my swatch entry I focussed on the lips mainly to give you a close look at them and how they swatch. The purpose of this Look Book would be to take a step back and see how these Lip Lovers work in the whole of things!

Also, to see how you the range of colors can last you from day to night, casual to dressy!

So now, let’s have a look at the little ‘batches’ shall we?

Again, I stress that you check this post out if you are lost with the whole concept of batches and the colors within the batches etc, alrightey?

From The Soft Spoken Trio – 318 Abricot Tango

Well, it is no wonder that I would end up featuring this shade as it is my favorite (and the most wearable one on me) of the Soft Spoken Trio. The other two are gorgeous too, don’t get me wrong but because I am trying to do a representation of fairly natural looks to more dressy ones, Abricot Tango would be as natural as it gets for me!

The look here is quite – doh – straightforward. I hardly have anything on and this is actually when I prefer using the soft and natural shades. For weekends when I don’t have much slap on or don’t want to look like I am trying at all but want to prettify my lips a little.

On the Face:
Biore UV BB Cream, NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder (dusted on), Benefit Gimmebrow, 
Lancome Blush Subtil in 030 (lightly)

 

From The Playfully Subtle Trio – 333 Rose Des Nymphs

For something a little more than just ‘au natural’ but yet still relatively simple and casual, here’s my pick from the Playfully Subtle Trio – Rose Des Nymphs!

That may come to be a bit of a surprise given I often find pinks a little ‘dressier’ and not as casual on my skintone but somehow for Rose Des Nymphs, the raspberry pink in it helps to make it a casually playful lip look. It has enough color that it is fun but just enough that it isn’t too bold, is easy to wear and just brightens up a (really) simple makeup look!

On the face:
Guerlain Ecrin Sourcils Brow Powder, YSL CC Cream in Apricot, Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, 
Dior Backstage Eye Primer, Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette (Neutral tones), 
Lancome Artliner 24H in Black Diamond, Lancome Blush Subtil in 030

 

From The Sophisticated Vibrant Trio – 355 Framboise Etoile

Now we’re talking!

Again a peculiar favorite of mine since Framboise Etoile (once worn on the lips) has a slight pink tinge to it amidst the juicy strong red. It is almost a deeper raspberry tone, but on the sheerer spectrum of things so it doesn’t look too unwearable nor vampy. Instead, it seems to add a soft dose of femininity which I quite like.

I do enjoy using both this and 353 (the more true red version) but somehow I find myself reaching for 355 a little more, perhaps because I find deeper reds easier to wear on myself.

On the face:
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Walnut Brown, Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed, 
Lancome Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, 
MAC eyeshadow in Vex, MAC Extra Dimensions eyeshadow in Modern Pewter, MAC eyeshadow in Mineral, 
Lancome Artliner 24H in Jade, Starlash Liquid Liner in Black, MAC Mineralized Blush in Ring of Saturn

 

The Femme Fatale – 362 Bourdeux Tempo

This one probably needs no introduction since I have raved about it since the earlier swatchfest.

It’s deep, dark, dangerous (okay not really) and absolutely stunning. Surprisingly for a deeper berry tone it is very easy to wear as well! Though that definition may differ from person to person since a nude-lip-lover may have reservations about it but if you love your bold lip colors, this shouldn’t be too much of a shocker once on.

Instead it is absolutely gorgeous, a plush brown-tinged plum that defines and deepens but not unwearably so.

On the face:
Guerlain Ecrin Sourcils Brow Powder, Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Liquid Foundation, 
Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Primer, Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette, 
Shu Uemura Black Princess palette (purple), Lancome Artliner in Amethyst, 
Starlash Liquid Liner in Black, MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved, 
MAC Mineralized Blush in Grand Duo

 

And that wraps it up!

Hope this has motivated you to go check out these Lancôme Lip Lovers in person because while the swatch post was perhaps helpful in giving you the gist of the color, these look so much better from a distance (as per a normal person would look at you). That way the colors show more evenly, strongly even and definitely makes the lips appear a whole lot more lustrous and plush!

Perfecto~ I haven’t loved a lip formulation this much in awhile. These are absolute stars in my book, go have a look!

Lancôme Lip Lovers retail for S$40 a pop and are permanent. They are available islandwide at all Lancôme counters.

Thanks for reading, have a great week everyone! It’s back to work soon for me, boohoo…