LOTD: A Lancôme-y Weekend

The last weekend was quite a Lancôme-y affair as I decided to pop by the Grandiôse mascara launch event that was happening at Sephora ION.

I know I often spotlight Lancôme on here but it isn’t for any reason other than the fact that Lancôme’s brand people are generous with their press pieces and are truly looking to spread the makeup love.

It also helps that the new makeup pieces that Lancôme has been putting out have been a joy to use and most of them manage to make their way into my list of daily used items, or even staples because of how easy they are to use (such as being lazy and skipping SPF with Blanc Miracle) and effortlessly polished a look they give (like the Blush Subtils with their soft radiance and flush).

 

So anyway, back to this!

I don’t often attend events over the weekend because it is hard to slot that in amongst errands and family time but because there was a fairly special significance to this event, I decided to pop by and join in the celebrations!

I didn’t put much thought into my outfit given I expected it to be a quick run-by so I did feel a little under dressed amongst all the other very glammed up people, but I wasn’t going to run my errands (after the show) in high heels, a skin-tight skirt along with a baby in tow so… such is life!

Seeing as it was a Lancôme event, I did have a mind to put together, as much as possible, a Lancôme face and it was also a good time for me to finally break into the Hypnôse Star Palette in Brun Au Natural which I have had sitting around but haven’t explored.

This palette is quite a run-of-the-mill neutral palette but leaning towards the golden and warm browns this time instead of the cool ashy taupes I seem to prefer these days.

I am also fiddling about with my new camera so if you do notice a difference to pictures here, that would be why.

The whole process of finding the right lighting, angle, position and way to snap face shots is a whole lot tricker and more of a transition than product shooting, which seems to work so long as the set up is right.

For the lips, I wanted to reach for my trusty Lip Lovers but decided to give some love to a dearly beloved but forgotten product, the Rouge in Love lipsticks.

BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glaze

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfetion Hydrating Care
Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

EYES
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes in ST7 Brun Au Natural
Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS
Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030

LIPS
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 132M

Purple Divider

About the Lancôme Grandiôse launch event, I didn’t snap many pictures of it because I wasn’t very well-equipped and all I had on hand, baby girl aside, was my iPhone which normally works great but just isn’t the best at zooming.

This little fella was so excited about the show, clapping away and so transfixed on the models walking up and down the miniature runway.

The turn out for the event was tremendous, which is all fab for Lancôme but we were quite far from the stage to capture decent pics without the right gear but it was a fun experience all the same with the outrageous and rule-bending makeup looks, couture fashion pieces and whatnot.

A very lively and edgy event all the same, that added a nice touch of glam to my otherwise very homey weekend.

Wrapping it up, Lancôme’s Grandiôse mascara is already available for sale at Sephora stores islandwide and it retails for S$60 a piece. I am still collecting my thoughts about it so I will share them soon, once I pick up words too…

Ha! Yes, I am still battling that word-block situation. I can still write entries but they are just not as fluid as I would like and take far, far too long.

 

Thanks for reading, the weekends are almost here again and I can’t wait for it. I need sleeeeeeep!

Do share, what are some of your Lancôme makeup loves?

Lancôme Blush Subtil – Preview & Swatches

Today, I want to talk about and showcase a couple of beautiful Lancôme blushes! These are relatively new but not all that new to the scene either as there have been a couple of mentions floating about online.

New to Lancôme, these blushes were launched together with a series of products aimed at helping you put your best face forward. I haven’t gotten down and dirty with the rest of the items yet but to give you an idea, the products launched with are:

  • Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation, will get to this soon!
  • Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact, a re-promotion, not new – my favorite compact powder evarrrr
  • Le Correcteur Pro, an eye-area correcting palette

Though back to this!

Available in 6 colors, these Long Lasting Powder Blushes from Lancôme are fairly impressive in both their pigmentation and texture.

I don’t know what I was expecting but perhaps knowing Lancôme’s more sophisticated take on color, I was assumed that these Color Veils would be… well, veils!

I assumed it to be like Dior’s take on cheek color which makes a hot fuschia in the pan translate to a soft wash of pink on the cheeks – it’s a good and bad depending on what you’re after!

Though, that is Dior.

These Lancôme Blush Subtils on the other hand will certainly leave you quite pleased no matter if you’re a full-on blusher sort of girl or if you prefer the barely-there-flush.

There is one confusing aspect of these Blush Subtils – to me only, maybe? If you run a google search you would see another Lancôme blush variant that goes by the same name but is perhaps a different formulation.

Though I am assuming this is where the whole USA / Western / Asian boundaries mix and mess up the makeup realm a little since the other variant is spotted on the Lancôme USA website with a whole lot more colors than the 6 we have here (and in a seemingly different pan too).

So just a heads up incase you get a bit of makeup confusion searching these up.

Infused with a new Translucid Technology, named TRANSLUPEARL™, the new Blush Subtil combines a silky, smooth, creamy formula with a high transparency and high fidelity color.

SILKY, CREAMY AND SMOOTH –

Replacing the classic talc formulation in Blush Subtil with a oil-coated talc, this gives the powder a much smoother and well-binded texture so the blush does not appear chalky on nor is it dry and powdery to the touch.

The oil-coated talc also functions as a barrier for the blush pigments, allowing them to wear longer on your skin as it prevents perspiration from easily breaking down the blush, causing it to fade away.

HIGH TRANSPARENCY AND COLOR –

Transparency is what helps prevent the blush from applying too ‘white’ or ‘ashy’ on certain skin types, or appearing too chalky. Thus, a good amount of transparency fillers allows this blush to work better across varying skintones and also to show up more naturally as well as blending seamlessly.

the color intensity of these blushes are also pushed to the max, to compliment the transparency of it so the blush does not go on too light of a wash.

To help you along with blush application, Lancôme also has a little chart on how blush placement can compliment a certain face shape / type!

So, with all that technology explained, these Blush Subtils do feel creamy and smooth to the touch, even though they are a powder blush. They have a buildable intensity however I feel, for my skintone, it works perfectly fine as per usual blush applications. I don’t even feel I need to do much for it to show up nor do I have to be overly careful with application.

The range of colors available cover much of the blush spectrum be it a dusty pink, a cool bright bubble-gum pink, a mandatory coral, a shimmery golden-strewn coral-pink or that loud tangerine shade.

It’s hard to imagine that Lancôme had somehow gotten most bases covered with just 6 colors!

Amongst these 6 shades, Lancôme had thrown in a nice variety of finishes from satins to shimmer with a particular one that has a lot of gold thrown in.

Though what impressed me most is even with that amount of sheen and sparkle, the texture of the blush is still refined and smooth allowing the blush to enhance the skin in a prominent yet sophisticated manner. You’re certainly not getting gritty or metalic cheeks (in fashion of some less-than-perfect formulation of MAC MSFs) here, I can tell you that!

I happen to have that particular gorgeously sheened one on hand and had featured it in this post, you can have a look at how lovely it glows without being sparkly or gritty.

I will give you a closer look at the 2 shades I have on hand in another post though in the meanwhile, here’s a swatch of the whole gang.

The lighting conditions were a little iffy at the venue I was previewing these blushes hence I apologize for the quality but this should be a good gauge as to how pigmented and smooth these blushes look on.

They blend smoothly on and adhere ‘closely’ to the skin, giving a second-skin finish – the look of a very natural flush.

Well yes, save for that hawtpink (021) and sizzling orange (032) but I’m sure those can be worked into a look be it natural or loud!

This shot slightly captures the sheen and shimmer some of the colors carry. While evident, they are done in a subtle manner, mainly for highlighting and adding dimensions to the face.

My personal favorite right now would be 030, which is smacked right there in the centre of swatches, because of how natural yet glowy a color it is.

Though I will get to showcasing the 2 in my stash in another post. I’ve got some comparison swatches coming up in that post too so stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, the Lancôme Blush Subtil retails for S$60 and is available at all Lancôme counters. These will be added to the permanent collection.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Do you notice the little grey blurb above? I’ve finally decided to list prices or key information on a product’s availability within that grey ‘price’ b
lurb for easier referencing hence all future price and product information (retail value, where to purchase, permanent or not) will be included in there. Unless I forget, that is!