Get Hypnotic Eyes with Lancôme's Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes (Permanent)

When I get sent / provided something that is permanent, I tend to take my own sweet (very long) time with it… Which is horrible, I know. Especially when it is such an incredibly handy and ‘user-friendly’ product as such!

So, finally, here is my mention on Lancôme’s Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes!

Launched in Spring 2013 (yes, a whole year has gone by – oops), this permanent array of palettes come in 12 variants that fall into 3 category of eyelooks:

  • Doll Eyes – Softer, neutral shades that are easy to wear
  • Star Eyes – Dressier shades with a little more glitz and glam
  • Drama Eyes – Smokey shades with a mix of more intense colors

Though ultimately you can use these palettes as you wish, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Depending on your preference for color there is something for everyone, be it smokey eyes or subtle neutrals. Though honestly speaking, that is often the case with most eyeshadow releases these days, no?

However the one thing I particularly applaud Lancôme for is the varying takes on neutral, instead of just one sole generic brown palette to fit the neutral spot.

You will find a good mix of soft browns that lean a little peachy, or rosey, perhaps cooler in tone, or taking on a tinge of mossy green. It is quite a selection and if you are a neutral lover, you will be swatching up a storm to make a decision – it is incredibly hard to settle on one.

I swatched and snapped shots at random while previewing these so there’s no particular reason why I am featuring some shades and not others.

Neutrals-aside, there are also blues, greens and purples for those who embrace color and prefer a little drama-mama.

Granted Lancôme’s definition of pigmentation isn’t that of Urban Decay’s, this has it’s own appeal lending a more sophisticated level of pigmentation.

I feel the pigmentation of these are at a comfortable level and if you are accustomed to pow-wow swatches in 1 swipe then maybe you are not going to be blown away but that doesn’t mean these do not perform well either.

They are bright yet soft enough for the typical neutral lover to introduce themselves to color and wear it in a comfortable way.

Now that I have introduced the collection to you, lets have a closer (and more high res) look at the palette I ended up taking home with me – Fraîcheur Rosée.

As I had mentioned, there were so many beautiful neutral variants in this collection that it was impossible to decide. I was torn between this and ST2 Kaki Chic but in the end, I opted for the cool-toned rosey-hued taupes.

I was in my blonde days then and was obsessed with cool-toned browns because that worked best with the whole blonde and blue hair get up.

One thing I enjoy about these palettes is the carefully thought-out combination of shades within. Or at least for the one I picked up.

I know, at a glance it just looks like any other 5-color eyeshadow palette but when you get started on using it, you realize that every color has its own purpose within an eyelook. It may not always have the same place on the eye but they work extremely well with each other and balance the look out.

All 5 colors can be incorporated into a look and they can work harmoniously without making it look over the top. The colors are distinctive enough alone and blend well into each other at the same time.

I know the palettes aren’t too attention grabbing from their visual appeal alone but these are great palettes to own if you want 1 palette that you can rely on regardless.

Maybe 2… one for the neutral days and the other to turn up the drama.

If that is not reason enough to go give these Lancôme palettes a look, how about some geeky makeup tech-iness?

Yes, the applicators are magnetised to the pan so they don’t fall out – how cool is that!

I find applicators quite a chore because firstly, I never use them and secondly, they are always falling all over the place when I open my palettes. So my usual protocol is to remove the applicators, dump them into the product box and chuck those aside.

It’s a sad world for applicators, I know.

Though the ones that come with the Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes are actually not bad.

To help you along, Lancôme has produced a series of videos (on youtube) featuring models doing their own eye looks using everything found within the palette – shades, applicators and all.

Watch it below!

It’s quite a fun watch and I believe the approach here is to make a statement that these palettes are well planned, from the color combination to the tools such that anyone can use the palette to look runway ready! Well, sort of.

Of course, there is always finishing up with eyeliner and mascara ;)

I don’t want to go on too much about something you can (and should) go check out yourself but I must highlight the flocked spatula applicator because this looks unassuming but in actual fact is quite an awesome little tool.

The applicators are firm yet flexible and I like how dense the foam is, making these feel very well-made. That also allows for the applicators to pick up, pack on and blend colors well.

The fine yet firm tip of this allows you to apply the darker shades close to the lashline while smudging it out a little, giving you that soft liner definiton.

If you need a well-illustrated guide on how you can best use the eyeshadows, the Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes come with a little eyechart on the 3 different ways you can use your palette, regardless if it is of the Dolly, Star or Dramatic eye variant.

Lastly, this is quite a useless thing to mention given they don’t give it out now but it is so clever I feel like I need to give it a mention. Hopefully they will do a re-run of this idea once more, just because it’s so cute.

Back when these palettes were first launched, Lancôme were giving out these handy ‘eye chart’ stickers / decal with every purchase of the Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes.

The purpose of these transparent decals would be for you to easily adhere them to your mirror so you can refer to it while you put your makeup on. The decal quality of this makes it recycleable, such that you can continually stick and remove it from surfaces.

Though it’s a pity these (the decals) are no longer available, though I hope Lancôme does a run with them again!

Wrapping it up, you can check out the eyelook I had done using this palette over at this post if you haven’t!

These Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes retail for S$90 a palette, which sounds like quite a heft but I feel that these palettes are a great investment for the quality and thought gone into it. They will certainly have a nice place in your stash and for me at least it is a palette I can easily rely on and work with.

Definitely a worthy investment for those who may not have many eye palettes on hand or if you have a lot but are still on the lookout for that one workhorse palette you can reach for anytime, anyday!

Lancôme’s Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes retail for S$90 at all Lancôme counters island-wide. These are permanent.

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It's a Sunscreen? No, it's a BB Cream? No, it's…

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ with BB!

And I say this name pretty enthusiastically because it’s the perfect answer to sun protection and decent coverage, all rolled into one!

I don’t always like my face products to be multi-purpose, I would rather them to ‘focus’ and be better in one field.

That is especially so for sunscreen, I always prefer to use one alone even if a base product comes with SPF. Though given Bioré is touted the No. 1 selling sunscreen product in Japan, there is probably no doubt about this multi-purpose product’s sunscreen abilities, yes?

I don’t know about you but with the recent immensely hot and dry weather, less is definitely more and if you can skip out several layers of various products for the same protection and effect, I’d say: take it!

Using the same Aqua Rich technology known to Bioré’s earlier sunscreens – that allow for the lightweight watery texture – the Bioré UV BB (shortened here on) is said to give a natural-looking coverage that is comfortable and yet also hydrating on the skin with wear.

The Low-down…

Simply said, the Bioré UV BB is armed with a sweatproof formula to ensure that you are well protected from the harmful skin-aging / burning effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

The Bioré UV BB also comes with a cosmetic effect of giving you natural looking coverage, evening out your skintone with a formula so lightweight it doesn’t leave a stick on. The UV BB also offers a soft skin brightening effect that instantly enhances the high points of your face due to the fine skin brightening powder.

All that aside, this refreshing watery texture is also enriched with hyaluronic acid and citrus essence to ensure that your skin stays hydrated with use! There are also oil control elements in this to ensure your skin feels fresher for longer.

I know that sounds like a lot thrown in but all you need to take away from that blurb is that: the Bioré UV BB feels comfortable and easy to wear with a lightweight texture, sun protection and a natural coverage that’s good alone if you don’t have many skin blemishes and concerns.

Otherwise there is always concealer!

Made in Taiwan, the tube contains 33g of product and comes housed in a baby pink broader squeeze bottle, as compared to the skinnier and sleeker White UV Sunscreen that was last released.

Ever since my first encounter with Bioré’s sunscreen, upon recommendation by Mag, I’ve thought nothing less of Bioré’s sunscreen products because they are perfect for those who shun sunscreens due to the heaviness, tack and the greasiness that would ensue.

Though in today’s day and age I think sunscreens have come a long way and most are pretty decent. At least the ones I have tried.

But I digress…

The Bioré UV BB dispenses almost like a moussey-cream and it appears a little thick at a glance.

Though upon spreading it and rubbing it in (I like to use my fingers for this), the formula starts to feel lighter on the skin and blends away very easily without feeling heavy or sticky on. There is a slight brightening effect and the color tends to be in the lighter spectrum (for the whole brightening effect) so those darker than an NC30 may find the shade tricky to work with.

On me, this is just nice, maybe a tiny bit fair but it usually blends into my skin after awhile of wear so the shade doesn’t bother me much. Though I need to be sure to blend it well so I don’t appear patchy.

It photographs quite ‘matte’ here but trust me, the formula and feel is the same as previous Bioré sunscreens, if you are accustomed to that.

While it is a simple and straight-forward product whereby I don’t have too much to say about it otherwise, the fact that it is so incredibly lightweight on makes me enjoy using it.

Naturally I think those with dry skin may not appreciate it as much as normal / oily / combination skin users would but I think it’s not something they should cross out from their list either. It really is quite perfect for a quick casual look.

I have been reaching for it a lot over the weekends where time is scarce because this works as a 2-in-1 and if I only had time to throw on some sunscreen, why not this one! After all, you hardly need to set it. If your treshold for face-tackiness isn’t too bad you probably don’t even have to!

I, as I have probably mentioned, like a powdery smooth face and even then a quick dust with some pressed powder does the job.

I’ll talk about my weekend face in a LOTD soon, though in the meanwhile, do check the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ with BB out! Especially if you are looking for a lightweight base to get you through the recent crazy heat.

I don’t think it can get any lighter than this, really!

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ with BB is retailing for S$19.90 at all leading supermarkets and pharmacies (try Watsons)!

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