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Lancôme | Or Vendôme, Parisian Lights Collection 2014




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Inspired by the chill Wintry beauty of Parisian nights & lights at the end of the year, the Lancôme Parisian Lights Collection for Holiday 2014, includes this truly fabulous Or Vendôme (DR09) palette that holds five eminently wearable shades that can be combined to create enough looks to tide you well past the party circuit.

Nude colours are still holding court with beauty lovers the world over, and this Or Vendôme palette is one that has been flying under most people’s radar, being overshadowed by so many other brands. But don’t let the fact that it’s part of a ‘gold collection’ fool you; this is a palette that will transcend the seasons and quickly become a makeup wardrobe staple. I mean, just look at it.

Lancome Or Vendome palette compact


Lancme Or Vendome compact detail


Lancome Or Vendome palette

Or Vendôme, Limited Edition (CAN $55.00) | Housed in a sleek rectangular compact, this limited edition version comes with a textured gold cover that gives this palette a vintage-y & somewhat glamorous vibe. The inner mirror displays an eyeshadow placement chart (useful only if you’re not sure where to layer the shades; otherwise, feel free to mix & match) and there are 2 small applicators included (I’m not a fan of these types of included applicators as I prefer to use my own brushes – plus, I feel that the space allotted for the applicators could have been put to better use here, by enlarging each shade in the centre section instead. But maybe that’s just me). Where the Or Vendôme palette really comes into its own, however, is with the actual shades … that are nothing less than absolutely gorgeous.

The surface of each eyeshadow bears a textured look – almost like that of raw silk – which becomes quickly smoothed out with use. The shades are finely milled and emit very little powdery kickback when brushes are swirled through them, and all can be applied with either a dry brush for a light wash of colour (that is still buildable), or with a dampened brush for more impact, drama, and intensity. The colour breakdown, with 1 & 2 being the two largest shades in the compact, respectively:

  1. warm taupe with rose-gold undertone, satin finish
  2. soft gold with a peachy undertone and slightly more visible gold flecks, satin finish
  3. sooty charcoal with slight pink & blue reflects (very understated), satin finish
  4. milk chocolate brown, satin finish
  5. pale gold (warm-leaning), the most shimmery finish of the five

As seen in the swatches below, applying these shades damp also serves to bring out all their complex qualities, with each individual shimmer becoming more apparent, but still well within a very wearable context. The beauty of the Or Vendôme palette, is that while the theme may be gold, I feel it falls closer to the neutral/nude range, and as such these are selections you’ll want to turn to over and over again – although that doesn’t take away from the fact that these shades can also be amped up for a more sophisticated evening look, if desired.


Lancome Or Vendome macro

Lancôme | Or Vendôme Smoky Eyes Palette, limited edition


Lancome Or Vendome macro 2

Lancôme | Or Vendôme Smoky Eyes Palette, limited edition


Lancome Or Vendome swatches dry

Lancôme | Or Vendôme Smoky Eyes Palette, limited edition (swatched dry)


Lancome Or Vendome swatches damp

Lancôme | Or Vendôme Smoky Eyes Palette, limited edition (swatched damp)


For some reason, I don’t own many Lancôme palettes in my beauty arsenal, but after having played with the Or Vendôme palette these past few weeks, that’s all about to change. The versatility of this palette – both in terms of colour/payoff and dual nature (as in the shades being able to be worn wet or dry), makes this a worthy investment, especially if you’re a fan of neutral shades like I am, while the superb quality overall, just sweetens the deal. The only downside, is the fact that it’s a limited edition item – which is a damn shame, as something like this needs to be part of the permanent lineup. Listen up, Lancôme.

Still available now, while supplies last at counters. Visit for more brand info.

Lancome Or Vendome palette closer

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo opener


There’s something about deep berry lip shades that just say ‘Fall’ to me, but with my colouring, it’s not always easy to pull them off. A highly pigmented lip gloss such as Lancôme’s Lip Lover in 362 Bordeaux Tempo, provides that intense colour I’m looking for in a lightweight yet highly moisturizing format, and with somewhat less commitment on my part, application-wise.


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo 2

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo macro

362 Bordeaux Tempo (CAN $29.00) | A rich oxblood hue with ultra fine shimmer that you can see in the tube, but which translates to the barest hint of shimmer once applied. This is a cooler leaning shade, but can still be worn equally well by those with warmer complexions (no need to fear it closing with your skin tone).

All Lip Lover tubes have a transparent panel so you can see the colour you’re getting, and bear a button in front for easy 1-click opening & closing and which also acts as a safety feature to prevent the cap from ever opening up on its own (and winding in the bottom of your purse/makeup bag/makeup drawer/etc). There is no discernible scent, and what little I do pick up, seems fairly neutral and pleasant. The wand is relatively short and bears a sponge applicator shaped flat on its sides (excellent for applying broader swipes of colour) and a rounded point at the tip for more precision work.

The formula is a mix of: balm, lipstick & gloss, with an ultra creamy and buttery soft texture that enables it to literally glide along the lips. The deep shade of 362 Bordeaux Tempo (as seen in the tube) applies initially slightly more translucent and at first swipe, you can clearly see its grape undertones. The shade is layer able to a certain degree, but don’t expect the opacity of a similarly coloured lipstick. Staying power is 2-pronged; when the majority of gloss has faded (around the 3.5 hour mark on me), I’m still left with colour on my lips along with a very quenched & moisturized feel. The secondary effect, is that the stain left behind in fact will most likely remain until removed – an impressive feature when considering that this is a gloss. Another bonus: with a colour this deep, I expected some feathering and bleeding into surrounding lip lines (which hit at about the 4-hour mark on me), and hardly noticeable overall.


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo closure

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo (1-click closure)


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo 3

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo brush

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo 4

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo brush 2

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo swatch

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo swatch 2

Lancôme Lip Lover | 362 Bordeaux Tempo


Lip gloss has come a long way from the Bonne Bell days of clear & flavoured roller-balls (anyone remember those?) and I must say that all brands have definitely stepped up their gloss game. The trend now is for this new type of format: basically, a liquid lip product that displays a high pigment level, is über-glossy as well as long-lasting, and delivers a highly moisturizing feel. Lancôme’s 362 Bordeaux Tempo scores high on all counts, and while not opaque per se, it still gives a gorgeous surge of colour – enough to satisfy most of my Fall lip cravings.

Available through all Lancôme counters nationwide , find more information here.


Lancôme Bordeaux Tempo closer

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

Lancôme Lip Lover


Lancome Lip Lover mood board new


Lancôme has just launched Lip Lover (CAN $29.00), a revolutionary new hybrid lip product: colour that melts into your lips, coupled with the brilliant shine of a gloss which feels absolutely non-sticky (along with a slight lip plumping effect, thanks to a silicon layer), and ending with the long-lasting moisture benefits of a balm to keep your lips well hydrated and nourished for up to 8 hours. Available in a range of 21 shades, it’s almost impossible to not want to scoop them all up once you’ve tried one.

The 3 shades I chose (#316 Rose Attrape-Coeur, #334 Corail Cabriole, and #337 Lip Lover) all inspired me to create the mood board seen in the opening photo (above), depicting some of my favourite things and places, although once I began creating, it was so hard to stop with just these images – something about wearing such a lovely product really draws out your inner artiste!

Forget everything you knew about the colour pink; the new Lip Lover range comes in 2 colour groups – ‘Basic Chic’ shades (of which #316 Rose Attrape-Coeur and #334 Corail Cabriole are a part of) in subtle yet evocative tones, lightly scented with rose petals as well as a hint of vanilla and touches of raspberry, while the ‘Creative Chic’ (#337 Lip Lover falls in this grouping) shades take this colour to brighter, more daring levels – all infused with a more voluptuous fragrance of rose, iris and violets.

The first thing I notice upon application, is how feather-light they feel and so totally non-sticky as well. To be fair, I didn’t really notice the scent all that much – which is a good thing if you have sensitivities that way – and while I was tempted to apply more, especially with the lighter shades, I was surprised to find that coverage was pretty good even at first swipe. The subtle shimmer is undetectable upon the lips and not really obvious if someone’s looking at you, but serves to add depth and stunning reflective shine. Wear time will vary with the selected colour, with the lighter shades obviously fading faster, although I managed to get a good 3.5 hours with each just the same. The best part, is how incredibly soft my lips feel long after the colour has faded – very balm like, indeed.

*Read on below for exciting details on how you can win the shade of your choice, as well as a fabulous promotional offer you’ll definitely want to take advantage of.



Lancome Lip Lover opener

Lancôme Lip Lover


Lancome Lip Lover trio

Lancôme Lip Lover


Lancome Lip Lover labels

Lancôme Lip Lover


Lancome Lip Lover ingredients

Lancôme Lip Lover, ingredients


Lancome #316 Rose Attrape-Coeur

#316 Rose Attrape-Coeur – a soft rose hue with delicate shimmer


Lancome #316 Rose Attrape-Coeur swatch

Lancôme #316 Rose Attrape-Coeur


Lancome #334 Corail Cabriole

#334 Corail Cabriole – a warm light coral hue with delicate shimmer


Lancome #334 Corail Cabriole swatch

Lancôme #334 Corail Cabriole


Lancome #337 Lip Lover

#337 Lip Lover – the signature shade, a luscious pink hue with delicate shimmer


Lancome #337 Lip Lover swatch

Lancôme #337 Lip Lover

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Lancome Lip Lover closer

*Disclosure: Products provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration with compensation – reviews and opinions are strictly my own