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LANCÔME | LIP LOVER #362 BORDEAUX TEMPO

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

To win your favourite Lip Lover shade, visit liplover.ca to view the full range of Lip Lover shades, then click on your colour of choice (be prepared for a really hard decision, though!) … and good luck!

 BUT WAIT! (couldn’t resist!)

Until April 25th, receive 10% off your order + free shipping (Canada only) by entering the promo code LIPLOVER at checkout

See? Everyone wins!

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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

Lancome Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush (LE), French Ballerine Spring 2014 Collection

Lancome Rose Ballerine opener

 

The French Ballerine Spring 2014 launch by Lancôme is feminine and pretty to the core, with the centerpiece of this collection undoubtedly the Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush … from the detailed rose on the palette’s surface, to the hot pink bow on the compact’s cover, this is a product that will have you wanting to whip it out in public, if only to see the covetous looks it garners.

Before I get to the review, you should take note that this is a limited edition item. Fair warning …


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The Pink Dancers, Before the Ballet – Edgar Degas, 1884 (source)


Lancome Rose Ballerine compact

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush


Lancome Rose Ballerine bow

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush, bow detail


Lancome Rose Ballerine label

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush


Lancome Rose Ballerine

Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush, limited edition (CAN $52.00) – This is a finely milled and cool leaning ‘ballet slipper’ pink hue, with an ultra fine silvery shimmer. While the consistency is on the sheer side, it can be built up slightly to show more colour – fairer skin types will absolutely love the rosy glow of this blush, although I suspect it will come off as more on the highlighter side for darker skin tones. Lasting power was quite decent as well, going easily to the 9-hour mark, although the colour faded before the sheen did.

Pink blushes can be quite difficult for me to pull off, as they often clash with the yellow undertones in my skin, but there seems to be enough warmth in this shade that actually works on me – in that glowy-flushed-skin kind of way. That being said, it is quite sheer and required several passes with my brush to show up, but I don’t mind the extra effort, as this shade is not only very complimentary, but blends so seamlessly and easily along the skin. The shimmer is visible when light catches it, with the ultra-fine texture helping it to meld with the skin and not stand out. I actually prefer using Rose Ballerine more as a luminous booster over a more matte blush, as it serves to add depth and bring light to the skin, which makes this a very versatile product indeed. With the beautifully crafted rose on this palette’s surface, I found the bow on the exterior to be almost superfluous, but then again – I’m not all that fond of bows to begin with. But it is cute, I’ll give it that.


Lancome Rose Ballerine shadow

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush … and a bonus rose shadow on the palette!


Lancome Rose Ballerine side

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush, raised detail


Lancome Rose Ballerine flash

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush (with flash)


Lancome Rose Ballerine swatch

Lancôme – Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush (swatched heavily on the left, blended out at right)


Lancome Rose Ballerine vs NARS Gaiety

I could have sworn that Rose Ballerine would be quite close to NARS’ Gaiety, but the swatches show how different they are, with Gaiety being more matte and pulling lavender (and bluer based) against my skin.


Lancome Rose Ballerine vs NARS Gaiety swatches

NARS Gaiety blush (left), Lancôme Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush (middle & right)

 

This is definitely the year of pinks and nudes and all that is vibrantly pretty – and it seems that every single brand is on the same page with their collections; the French Ballerine Spring 2014 Collection from Lancôme oozes prettiness, but in a totally wearable (read: modern) way, as this gorgeous Rose Ballerine Highlighter Blush proves, and let’s face it; there’s something about the ballet (pointe shoes, tutus, pulled-back ballerina hair, and always, the effortless elegance) that is almost … magical.

Available as of February wherever Lancôme products are sold, this is a limited edition item – and sure to sell out FAST.

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Lancome Rose Ballerine closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Lancome Vernis in Love #520 Étincelle de Neige (LE), Holiday 2013

Lancome Etincelle de Neige opener new

 

For their Happy Holidays 2013 Collection, Lancôme released two limited edition nail lacquers, #520 Étincelle de Neige and #071 Étincelle d’Argent (not shown), shades that take their inspiration from the crystalline wintry landscape. The very name of this lacquer means “snow sparkle”, and that is exactly the look your nails take on with this beauty. Wearable weather, as I like to call it.


Lancome Etincelle de Neige

Lancôme – Étincelle de Neige


Lancome Etincelle de Neige 2

#520 Étincelle de Neige, Limited Edition (CAN $16.00) – a cool-leaning and totally complex white hue with so much going on; the slightly thicker formula means that this lacquer will fall exactly where you want it to go, while coverage is pretty even even at 1 coat – unexpected for such a pale hue. Here’s where things become very interesting; this self-levelling varnish is textured – along the lines of OPI’s Liquid Sand – although the finely ground silvery and prismatic glitter renders this shade particularly brilliant in spite of the matte-ish finish. Picture your nails as though coated with fine sugar crystals, and you’ll get the idea. Meant to be worn as is, there’s always the option of adding a top coat for a different kind of glossiness (as on my last swatch), although I personally love the look without – very edgy and beautifully unique. I’m totally loving this look of Ice Queen nails; absolutely sublime and perfect for the season, although something tells me I’ll be wearing this beauty far into the warmer season as well. Note that removal, while not difficult, could mean some fine glitter migration upon the skin. Coats applied: 2, no top coat (except for final swatch)


Lancome Etincelle de Neige swatch

Lancôme – Étincelle de Neige


Lancome Etincelle de Neige swatch 2

Lancôme – Étincelle de Neige


Lancome Etincelle de Neige swatch 3

Lancôme – Étincelle de Neige


Lancome Etincelle de Neige macro

Lancôme – Étincelle de Neige (detail)


Lancome Etincelle de Neige swatch 4

Lancôme – Étincelle de Neige (top coat added)

 

With its perfect representation of the season, this shade was a delightful surprise all around; my first thought upon looking at the bottle of “just another frosty white polish” quickly changed to oohs & ahhhs with every brushstroke. What makes this lacquer so unique, is the finish – not glossy, but über-brilliant nonetheless, with that sensorial experience that only such a fine texture can give. The bad part, is that it’s limited edition (and pretty much sold out online through retailers that carry Lancôme), but with a little bit of detective work – not to mention, luck – you might still be able to score this beauty at counters.

Lancôme products are available through fine department stores and select Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada.

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Lancome Etincelle de Neige closer

*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Happy Easter! with Lancome’s Le Rouge par L’Wren Scott

Greek red Easter eggs are more than simply decorative; they are steeped in the traditions that surround this holiday, also known as “Pas-ha”.  The custom at a Greek Easter, is for two opponents to each take an egg, and crack them together — the egg left intact ‘wins’ but there is a deeper meaning than that.  Long a symbol for rebirth, eggs are dyed red (on Holy Thursday preceding Easter) to represent the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross.  Cracking them together symbolizes opening the tomb of Christ and His subsequent resurrection.

In honour of the day, I bring you a mesmerizing red lacquer from Lancome, that was originally released this past winter and one of two limited edition shades created by the talented designer (and long time love of none other than Mick Jagger of Rolling Stones fame), L’Wren Scott.


‘Le Rouge’ is a deep ruby shade with hints of a burgundy claret in its base, and tons of super-fine red and golden shimmer throughout. The application is exceptional; fully opaque at two coats, the formula has an excellent consistency, flowing beautifully across the nail and basically self-leveling. Dry time was also quick quick, and I was impressed by the resulting glossy finish.  This is a slightly blue based red, but will nonetheless suit every skin tone across the spectrum.  Note how the top photo taken in bright light, brings out a more ruby hue while a flash (middle photo) exposes the inner flash of shimmer.  Seen in a more indirect light (bottom photo), you get to appreciate its deeper burgundy undertone. All swatches are with Sèche Natural base coat, two coats of lacquer and Sèche Vite top coat.

Final thoughts: Given to me as a gift, this is a shade that can inspire lust in all who set eyes on it, and a covetous hunger for those unlucky enough to have passed on it! This is one of those reds that you dream of; deep, mysterious, sophisticated, elegant, modern & edgy…all at the same time. Under certain lighting, the colour combinations of the shimmer can almost make it seem like there is an inner pulse to this shade, making it come alive.  There’s something really unique about this polish and I believe that it’s truly the sum of all its parts: the perfect red nail lacquer. Absolutely sublime!

CHRISTOS ANESTI – HAPPY EASTER!!