You know it’s Spring when pastels make their much-welcomed appearance, and Lancôme’s La Palette La Rose is all about that soft, romantic elegance. Created by beauty guru and the brand’s Creative Director Lisa Eldridge, this palette holds a well-curated selection of shades that will work on everyone and in colours that may look dainty at first glance, but can pack a statement just the same … in an understated way, of course.
La Palette La Rose, limited edition (CAN $75.00) | Housed in a lilac pink compact case that bears a lovely design etched onto the lid, the inside holds 6 eyeshadows, 3 lip shades and 1 dual-ended brush, along with a full-sized mirror on the inner lid. For such traditionally pastel colours, I was unprepared for how creamy they all feel upon application, how well pigmented they are (with the exception of the silver that works better when pressed onto the lid, as opposed to being brushed on), and how easily they all blend as well. Another big surprise was that I was able to make such an obviously cool-leaning palette work on my light-medium skin tone, with no clashing in sight. By the way, that mint green shade makes for the most amazing inner eye corner highlight.
- baby pink
- soft mauve
- icy lavender
- pale seafoam
- silver glitter
- charcoal brown
The three lip hues can be worn individually, or mixed & matched/layered; when applied solo, the more vivid pink shade gives the better coverage of them all and has a slightly more satiny finish than the coral pink. Using a brush for application (such as the one supplied in the compact) can be somewhat time consuming and I’m not that crazy about the brush strokes it can leave behind; your best bet is to apply these with your finger and literally press the colour into the lips for a smoother finish and that sexy “bitten” effect.
- clear balm, glossy finish
- bright pink, velvet finish
- soft coral rose, velvet finish
There are several things I really, really like about La Palette La Rose; there’s its slim size which makes it eminently portable (that said, apart from travel I don’t actually cart palettes around in my makeup bag. Just wanted to put that out there). The shade selection may appear rather ‘lightweight’, but all are beefed up by good pigmentation. The lip shades are ok and convenient if you don’t want to lug separate lipsticks along, but I’m wishing that Lisa had included a few more eyeshadows instead, especially considering this pretty amazing formula. Oh yeah, the brush — while relatively well-crafted — is superfluous in my opinion; I would have preferred the space go to either adding a liner or larger eyeshadow portions. Personally, I feel it’s time that all brands ditched the inclusion of brushes/sponges in palettes — I’m fairly certain we all have our preferred beauty tools by now. Then again, that might be just me ∗shrugs∗
Media sample kindly provided, all opinions are my own