LOTD: All Lancôme-d Out (Plus Site Migration Thoughts…)

I’m giving myself a little pat on the back for being more regular about LOTDs / Looks (ha-ha, as if it is truly deserving of a pat) because at one point I was primarily featuring products and diverted my attention to more ‘look feature’ entries. Which still feature my face, yes, but it isn’t as casual, rambly and ‘anything goes’ as my old-style LOTDs are.

While this look seems somewhat geared towards the ‘Look Feature’ segment, trust me I wasn’t keeping tabs on what I was putting on my face and it wasn’t until the last minute, sweeping across the products sprawled out on my vanity, that I realized….

oh hey, this kinda looks like a very Lancôme themed look so… let’s roll with that.

So, here you go – a Lancôme-ish face!

(pictured are the Lancôme products, I didn’t include the other non-Lancôme stuff)

If I had a mind to be more Lancôme about this, I would have truly kept everything to one brand but since the revelation was only made just before I donned my lipstick, I think some products kinda sneaked into the mention a little.

For the eyes, I didn’t have a color scheme in mind but I did know that I wanted to try to incorporate some Lancôme Monos because they have been sitting untouched in the drawers for awhile now and I remember they were pretty colors too, so it was about time I revisited them.

The eye look itself isn’t out of the ordinary – my usual neutral eye, this time leaning a little maroon with some shimmer and shine thrown in. Overall, still good enough for the day and fairly understated.

Though the difference this time was me exploring the Lancôme Kohl Liner (in Noir) as I used that to line the entire of my eye, not just my lower lashline so the overall effect is a much softer rim around my eye. Not as harsh as the usual sharp black liquid liner.

I’m going through a bit of a gloss-loving phase – not necessarily loving lipgloss, but loving that sheer-and-shine finish – so the Lancôme Lip Lovers are absolutely perfect for that with their balmy texture, glossy shine and lovely pigmentation.

The summer bug is not letting me loose and the killer weather these days – so warm and so dry – isn’t helping. I am constantly craving to put on a fresh and light face everytime I sit down to do my makeup.

Products Used:

BROWS
 Shu uemura hard 9 pencil in Walnut Brown
 Shu uemura brow manicure in Honey Glaze

FACE
 L'OCCITANE Hydra Vital Gel (moisturizer) 
 Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Sunscreen SPF50 
 Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation 
 Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

Eyes 
 Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base on 01
 Lancôme Alber Elbaz 5 color palette - smokey eyes 
 Lancôme Alber Elbaz mono in I106 
 Lancôme mono in violine tresor P209
 Lancôme Kohl Hypnôse Waterproof in Noir

CHEEKS 
 Lancôme Blush Subtil in 032

LIPS
 Lancôme Lip lover in 318

There you go! A simple little LOTD mention while shedding some accidental light on Lancôme.

Then again, given how generous the folks over at Lancôme are and how far we have come (from when they first contacted me and all), I do have a good amount of Lancôme within my stash and I don’t think it is all that hard to be all ‘Lancôme-ed out‘.

Thoughts of blog migration…

Either ways, a little off tangent rambling but I have noticed some, well okay, a lot of issues with Onsugar’s site of late. Aside from the whole RSS-issue, which to date I’m not even sure if it is solved or not, apparently there are also some site-script security problems. Which in turn has been affecting how my site (and probably all onsugar sites) shows up on search engines. Which is not at all.

To cut out the whole technicality of it, while yes I don’t crave to be number 1 on the search engine but if someone were to even google ‘icyabstract’ directly, there are instances where my blog doesn’t even show up. Probably the instances where the script’s security has lapsed but it is too glitchy and unreliable for me and has once again brought about thoughts of migrating.

I know I’m not for the whole ‘fame’ and being a widely recognised blogger. I am happy enough with my own pool of readers, some of which that have stuck with me through time but if the glitches are going to continually affect my blog to the point that even these readers do not know of content I have posted and information that I am sharing cannot even be found by those who wish to read about it, then it truly defeats the whole purpose of beauty sharing and such.

So yes.

Long story short, this time around I truly am considering options to move and while I can’t say I am keen on the whole dot com approach (I know, it is quite awesome to have your own domain, plus that is what I do for others at work… hurhur), because it’s a little too much time and effort etc right now. I am thinking it through on whether a move to wordpress (maybe?) is sufficient enough for what I want or should I genuinely consider a dot com.

It’s all in the works and research right now but I thought I would mention it to you all so when I announce a URL shift, you would have seen it coming ;)

 

All that lengthiness aside, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! This long weekend is especially awesome to me because there is a whole lot of fun and bonding involved and I absolutely can’t wait~

Thanks for reading!

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 24H Art Liners – Go Bold or Go Black! (Info & Swatches)

Celebrating 20 years of perfectly rimmed and flicked cat eyes at Lancôme with the help of the good ole classic 24H Artliner, Lancôme has to do something modern and fun by throwing out an array of pop (yet still wearable) Artliner shades!

Typically the 24H Artliner is only available in Black in Singapore.

While I can’t be sure about the offerings in the US, I do see quite a few shade selections on overseas websites that showcase the Artliner (e.g. Lancôme USA and Sephora USA).

The First Encounter (My Liner-Noob days)…

It’s a story I never told but my first encounter with liquid liners actually began back in the day with Lancôme.

*cue an unfocussed reminiscent stare*

As far as eye essentials are concerned – mascara, eye makeup remover and eyeliner – Lancôme was my first proper experience, probably due to a set of items my Mother-in-law (then: bf’s mom) had gifted to me; knowing my love for makeup and given her love for Lancôme.

Though I’ll be frank and say that for someone who is a complete liquid liner noob, Artliners aren’t the best to kickstart this eyelining journey.

Why?

With my initial experience, I gathered that Lancôme Artliners were really wet so you get a liquid-loaded brush each time. The foam-tip applicator was really soft and flexible as well, which spells bad news for shakey / non-experience liquid liner hands. Plus I wasn’t used to liquid liners enough to master wand applicators so the whole thing just worked out to be a mess and I swore off wand-applicator liquid liners after that (all me though, nothing on Lancôme).

Though I am glad that I eventually got back to liquid liners, even if it took the training wheels of a pen-style liquid liner to get me there, heh!

So… after that long backstory, onward to these newly improved (and reformulated) 24H Artliners!

Now that I am equipped with well-trained eyeliner hands and liquid liner know-how, what do I think of these Lancôme 24H Artliners?

I would say aside from looking downright gorgeous, these are mighty fine too!

Perfectly lasting (by my standards) on the lids with a glimmering light-catching quality.

The bright jewelled color, shine and definition is all done with a sophisticated air, nothing jarish or gritty about these pearly pretties. They are nice way to add a soft glimmer of color to your look without being too self conscious about it.

Now, here comes to the science.

Afterall, someone’s got to explain how these buggers can be water-proof, budge-proof, essentially life-proof lasting 24 hours looking fab and yet is so easy to swipe off with the ease of a gentle eye makeup remover at the end of the day.

Lancôme recommends Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover though Bioderma Micellar water (what I use right now) works just fine.

New Formula, New Tip –

Featuring a bolder and better formula (infused with Flex Polymer Complex) to turn the spotlight to your eyes and give you an alluring gaze. Lancôme’s 24H Artliners feature a newly improved formula for longer lasting color vibrancy and easier control be it if you prefer a thicker stroke or a refined flick.

After all, you should be concerned with how to wear your liner look and not how your liner look will wear!

The improved precision foam-tip applicator is firmer and denser, allowing for easier control with this sleek wet formula that promises no skipping, only intense and saturated color with every stroke!

With all that essential and important product information related, let’s get on to the fun part, all da COLOURS!

The Black (Black Diamond) is permanent and easily found at all Lancôme counters island-wide, though the vibrant and bold colors are sadly Limited Edition and only exclusive to Sephora.

I know right… Why? Why Limited Edition?

Sigh!

Anyway, Lancôme mentioned that they brought in a good amount to meet the demand so everyone should be able to get their hands on it! Though don’t take that for granted and do head down if a particular shade catches your eye!

Black aside, we have 5 colored variants to choose from depending on your preference – be it purple hues, jeweled emerald or a regal gold.

If you ask me, I think all 5 shades are equally stunning making it almost impossible to pick from the lot. My suggestion, get them all! It is Limited Edition after all…

Amethyst is a funny shade, doing that whole ‘tricky to photograph’ color shift, being blue sometimes and purple in others. In person it is quite an ultra-violet shade but given that, it isn’t stark either and gives enough depth on the eye while maintaining its pop of color.

It truly is beautiful and one of my favorite of the lot.

Following close would be Emerald and Silver, it’s a little tricky picking a favorite from here on.

If you are familiar to the Artliners, perhaps having used them before, you would know that one trait of theirs would be how incredibly wet they are.

These do require some ‘wiping down’ at the mouth of the bottle before you apply them to your lids for fear of a huge wet glob of color wherever the brush first lands.

Though the ‘wetness’ hasn’t changed because it does provide for a smooth and undisturbed sleek line, I feel the improved and firmer applicator does help to control the liner application a whole lot more.

It is still flexible enough to wing out a soft flick or get really close to your lashline and yet it possesses enough resistance to draw a steady line without bending or flopping all over. That was one of the issues I had with this back in my noob-days.

Given how ‘wet’ these are, the formula is bound to separate so Lancôme recommends shaking these up before use and also recommends against putting these on their side (especially when they are open).

Here’s a swatch of the colors to show you how intensely saturated they are:

Upon initial swatch, they feel wet, watery and glossy but as they set and dry down, they start to hug closely to your skin giving it a patented vinyl-like finish. Almost like a second skin conforming to your first, the film that these
Artliners dry down to allows for them to last perfectly well through the day.

If you pay some attention to it while it dries, which does take a short while given how wet they are, you can almost feel the ‘wrapping’ effect as it dries and adheres to your skin. Almost like the liner is infusing itself into you but of course nothing of that sort. I’m watching too many superhero-mutation movies these days…

The shades are all intensely pigmented with a pearly (metallic for some) finish, save for the black which is just a glossy patent and intense shade.

Here is a comparison of Lancôme’s 24H Artliner’s Black to a softer black in my stash, to show you how smooth and dark Black Diamond is.

I especially love the depth to all these colors as they do carry some ‘pop’ but also lightly define the eyes in the process, it is all about the ‘jeweled’ finish of these shades.

Here’s a better shot of the sparkles in dimmer light.

To help you understand how these function as a film over the skin that enables them to wear for a long period of time and yet remove easily, here’s what happens if you really get in there and rub at these.

Of course you would never apply the same sort of pressure to your eye area and given that the skin around the eyes aren’t as taut as the back of the hands, it wouldn’t be an easy task to do this sans water either.

I have been rotating these liners since I got my hands on them, and will come back with a post about how they look on the eyes and how I prefer to wear them (nothing revolutionary though, given my neutral makeup rut). If you are interested to see how they look on, do check back!

I’ll also talk about how these wear through the day with an end-of-day shot and such but if you want to take my word for it, these are tenacious and lasting little buggers!

Though to disclaim, I only use liquid liners on my eyelid (no undereye / waterline and you shouldn’t too) and I typically don’t have issues with liquid liners on there! Only the one or two that seem to disintegrate upon bare contact with water of any sort – case in point Lancôme Plume’s liner, quite the opposite of Artliner.

If you’re in need of a good, saturated and long-lasting liquid liner than look no further! Especially so if any of these pop of colors catch your eyes because they are Limited Edition so grab them while they last!

Lancôme 24H Artliner in Black Diamond is permanent and found at all Lancôme counters island-wide.

Lancôme 24H Artliner in other shades (Jade, Emerald, Amethyst, Silver & Gold) are Limited Edition and available at Lancôme Sephora only.

Thanks for reading!

Lancôme Lip Lovers – Lip Loving Formula with A Kiss of Color! (Swatches & Thoughts)

The makeup realm seems to be booming with lip product releases these days!

We have seen new ranges of lipsticks, revamped ranges, re-introduced shades, and now we are seeing hybrid lip formulas that seems to transcend varying lip categories we know of to bring us a whole new level of confusion. I mean category.

I don’t know if it is just my OCD-trait of having to understand everything but I can’t seem to wrap my head around these Lancôme Lip Lovers!

If you are already confused with the realm of lip products out there, the introduction of these Lancôme Lip Lovers (and another boundary crossing item, Dior Fluid Sticks) wouldn’t be helping you on your quest to understanding how the lip-world works.

I’m sorry y’all.

Though I have learnt to forget trying to understand and instead just embrace the presence of this ingenious product and thank Lancôme for putting out such a comfortable, decently pigmented and easy to wear lip product!

If your beef with the lip world is how drying some of them are and how unflattering some may be on cracked / dry lips, these Lip Lovers could very well be your new lovers!

If you would like to find out more (technical) information behind how lip loving these Lip Lovers are, then hop over to my introduction post about these.

For those who want a quick comparison to the Dior Fluid Sticks (for the purpose that these are ‘grey area’ products), I would say straight out that they aren’t the same at all.

Lancôme’s Lip Lover is closer to a gloss than a lacquer, with a jelly-like translucence that allows your natural lip color to show through. Yet, it is deliciously balmy, with a smooth finish on, lending a little more color-coverage than your typical sheer glosses, with a hydrating quality that doesn’t dry your lips out with wear.

The Lip Lover has a mild staining effect due to the color coverage and how the color adheres closely to your lips but that is the key point of this would be how hydrating and easy to wear (in all aspects, color and formula) it is.

Available in an array of 18 colors, I don’t want to be cheesy about it but there truly is a color for everyone.

Given the transluent nature of this product and how your own lip color plays a part in this mix-up, a single color will look different on everyone, hence it is best to check out these colors in person!

The translucent quality also ensures that no matter how bright, bold or dark a color is, it never looks overdone.

It would also mean that those craving for an opaque and clean pout wouldn’t be able to find anything here but this, soft and elegant color, is what Lancôme does best.

Dressing natural up yet have it appear so effortless, never ‘too much’ – perfect for everyday since how many of us are going to functions every single night, yes?

So, let’s get to it! Swatches, I mean!

Swatchin’ It Up!

While Lancôme designates their Lip Lovers into 2 categories (Basic Chic and Creative Chic), I had taken the liberty to further segment the 10 shades I have on hand to 4 ‘batches’.

What I will do with each batch is showcase a half lip and full lip swatch per color, since these run sheer you’ll have an idea of how much they color up my lips.

I had initially wanted to do a ‘look’ per batch but I’ll save that for another entry to come (hint, Lip Lover Lookbook!).

The Soft Spoken Trio

3 perfectly soft and natural lip colors that pack a little punch of color and a lot of juicy shine. These are a no-brainer to wear and perfect for days you want to dress up your lips with the look of nothing but yet something ;)

313 Rose Ballet – A milky pink that appears a little pale against my skintone, this gives you a lovely nude-lip-ish finish without the whole dead-out look.

316 Rose Attrape-coeur – A rather vibrant pop of pink amidst a translucent mix of gloss and shimmer, great for the pink-lip lover to take a break from the vivids and embrace a natural look.

318 Abricot Tango – The most natural against my skintone, this milky coral tone gives a perfect MLBB finish with a sprinkle of gold shimmer within. Very much like a NARS Orgasm meets Lip Lover situation, heh!

313 Rose Ballet

316 Rose Attrape-coeur

318 Abricot Tango

The Playfully Subtle Trio

For those looking to subtle define yet keep a rather neutral canvas on, nothing too strong nor vivid and bright but just enough statement, shine and gloss to have your puckers looking perfectly polished!

321 Rose Contre-Temps – A bit of mauve and a bit of plum, this shade is the perfect neutral for giving your lips some definition so it isn’t nude yet keeping it from looking too ‘bold’ either. I can see that this will be a universally flattering color across all skintones.

333 Rose Des Nymphs – A juicy raspberry pink that brightens your smile but isn’t too bright that it would scare neutral lovers away. It is shimmer-laden with gold, purple and silver sparkles but isn’t gritty at all.

336 Orange Manège – This looks like a fire-engine red in the tube but goes on a jelly-like watermelon tone. The translucence gives it a casual look, making it easy to wear for those taking baby steps towards a red lip look!

321 Rose Contre-Temps

333 Rose Des Nymphs

336 Orange Manège

The Sophisticatedly Vibrant Trio

If you are a ‘pop’ lip color lover through and through and must have your slick of striking red or flambouyant pink at all times, less you feel naked, then maybe you will find solace in either (or all) of these three Lip Lovers. Perfectly pigmented with just enough shine, just enough gloss and a jelly-like translucence that doesn’t take away from the color, these are great for those who live for color.

337 Lip Lover – A glassy medium pink that seems to thread between the lines of neutral and ‘pop’. Depending on how you pair this up, it could be a perfect compliment to a simple neutral eye or a smoked-out sultry cat-eye. This hints a tiny bit metallic in bright light but is still very wearable.

353 Rose Gracieuse – Not quite rose in terms of hue but this bright blue-based red slicks on a juicy and strong shade, with fine purple and gold shimmers to add dimension while hardly being noticed.

355 Framboise Etoile – A medium raspberry red, this leans towards pink but yet stays with a strong red tone, adding a playful burst of color to the lips. For days you want to be dolled up but yet not too serious / sultry. After all, make up is about fun!

337 Lip Lover

p.s. this is also the color I wore for the ‘cover photo’ in this entry !

353 Rose Gracieuse

355 Framboise Etoile

The Femme Fatale

Because this color is so tempting and heart-stopping (to me), I have decided to give it a batch of its own, given it is also the only ‘deep dark tone’ within the Lip Lover range. The next closest plummy shade for you purple-fans is 357 Bouquet Final (which I don’t have on hand to feature).

I have also featured this numerous times on my instagram, given I wear this shade so much.

362 Bourdeux Tempo – A lovely burgundy shade that is frankly, quite neutral for a vampy tone. It has hints of a darkened cherry red, a little brown with a soft plum twist. It’s a perfectly wearable vamp, if there is ever such a thing.

Much like Lancôme’s Gloss in Love, these feature the same dispensing method of pushing a little button to ‘pop’ open the lid, instead of twisting the cap as per usual glosses.

Though to put it in some perspective, these are a whole lot smaller than the Gloss in Loves, making them quite adorably compact.

I don’t know about the volume comparison but I would say giv
en t
he smooth balmy texture and intriguing technology that allows for color to adhere better to your lips, the Lip Lovers aren’t all about fighting the big boys volume to volume.

After all, good things come in small packages?

The applicator of Lip Lovers isn’t much to talk about except that the flat, enlongated doe-foot works perfectly well in gliding color on while tracing a precise lip line with the tip.

Some Things You May Want to Know…

Pardon this getting incredibly long but here is the review portion though… I don’t really have a whole lot to say because I think this is a fantastic lip product if you are seeking it for its purpose – balmy, smooth, lip-perfecting and glossy color that lasts comfortably on.

These seep into lip line a little

Which you can probably tell from the close up shots above but I want to disclaim this by saying it is only this noticeable because the shots are so so close. Given a normal person’s distance the glossiness and plush shimmery color manages to conceal the lip-line issue well and give your lips a lusciously smooth (and glossy) look.

The color lasts, if you don’t eat / drink

Simply said. The technology Lancôme implemented somehow works… I don’t know how the color pigments know to adhere to your lips but even after all the gloss and shine which fades away (with talking etc), you will have color left on your lips. It doesn’t all fade away like gloss. However the minute you eat / drink or wipe your mouth it does get wiped off given it isn’t a stain.

Here’s a after-hours shot of how these look with wear.

Pretty impressive for a balmy lip loving formula!

Summing it up, these Lip Lovers are definitely great inventions and I welcome these boundary-bending, lip-product-confusing products with open arms even though I did have a moment with coming to terms with their purpose for a bit.

I highly urge everyone to give these a look because there truly is nothing quite like it out there (right now).

Here’s me signing off with my favorite of the bunch, Bordeaux Tempo!

The Lancôme Lip Lovers retail for S$40 and are available at all Lancôme counter islandwide

These are permanent.

Thanks for reading!

Lancôme Rambles: New Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes (Swatches)

Heya!

Thanks for the patience on here while I collect my thoughts in the midst of work madness, along with my words that seem to have left me somewhere along the way.

Though I wanted to quickly put up this mention and throw some spotlight to these pretty underrated but incredibly awesome offerings from Lancôme.

The Lancôme Woman…

Before I start though, I guess I wanted to ramble a little about Lancôme as a brand. From what I see, at least, Lancôme is best known for some of their skincare products – most notably Genefique and Visionnaire. However skincare aside, the brand has constantly been reinventing its makeup range that to date, I dare say their offerings are pretty darn awesome for the Lancôme woman.

By that – the Lancôme woman – I mean someone who is mature but youthful, dares to thread gently in color but likes to embrace sophistication, doesn’t mind sparkles but likes to do it subtlely. After all, when it comes to portraying Lancôme in makeup, it is always about an effortlessly put-together look that is easy to achieve and understatedly classy. Never flashy.

Thus they may not throw out the most striking of blues or have sparkliest of shimmer / glitter, nor would they have the most strikingly matte red lip look but it is always easy, effortless and frankly quite perfect.

So to put them against the hip and happening ranks of other brands out there, they may feel ‘plain’, ‘simple’, or always similar in their own ways but yet if you truly ask me to grab something that I know works, somehow a good number of the products always tend to be Lancôme offerings.

So anyway, long story short I just wanted to throw that out there because I just felt a little odd about why some of Lancôme’s staple and pretty awesome pieces aren’t as widely talked about or raved as much as items from other brands when they are just as good or even better.

Case in point?

These Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes.

There is more to the range, as I have talked about here but these three new additions bring with them a mix of textures for all y’all neutral lovers.

Because you can never have enough neutral palettes in your stash, right am I?

Off-hand I don’t have proper home-shots of these palettes in better light so you’ll just have to prevew it here via a warm ambient lighting but it’s good enough! I color adjusted them as slightly as possible but just enough for true-er tones to show.

What makes these 3 newcomers so different from what was already available?

Well, a new mix of neutral tones aside, these 3 palettes contain a more diverse mix of textures – featuring smooth satin shades amongst equally soft pearly or shimmery tones, to create a more dimensional eye look.

The earlier range of palettes are generally made up of shimmery or pearly tones, which are thankfully very fine and smooth allowing them to be easy to work with. Though if you are a fan of something more understated than you would have craved a smoother satin or matte finish amongst the shades, the darkest defining tone aside that is.

So, here is a small capsule collection to answer your call!

ST7 Brun Au Natural

DR6 Gris Au Natural

DO8 Taupe Au Natural

Of the lot, it’s no surprise that Taupe Au Natural and Brun Au Natural caught my eye first. As much as I think Gris Au Natural is a lovely and murky take on neutrals, I just didn’t think that it is a neutral I would reach for often enough.

After some pondering, I settled on Brun Au Natural because I felt the Taupe variant is a little too close to my beloved Lancôme Hypnôse Palette in Fraîcheur Rosée, no matter how pretty and sparkly that second from left swatch is.

Though I don’t have the palette on hand to swatch and show but I will soon!

After all, I still have more Lancôme lovelies to talk about first so that can wait, since it is permanent after all.

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

Thanks for reading!