A while back I received some new Lancôme launches, which included a waterproof version of their best-selling Lash Idôle mascara along with four shades from the L’Absolu Rouge lipstick range. What I like about this combo is that all you really need is mascara + lipstick to look “done” … doesn’t get easier than that.
Lash Idôle Waterproof Mascara (CAN $37.00) | Housed in the same metallic rose gold tube as their best-selling original version, this mascara also comes with the same brush head that contains 125 different bristle sizes along with 360 micro-bristles. The formula here is a new gel emulsion and contains white tea extract for lash conditioning benefits. Said to provide 24H wear (which I don’t plan on testing, as there’s no way I’ll ever wear mascara for that length of time), I can state that after wearing this mascara on an insanely hot & humid day while playing tennis outdoors, it passed with flying colours. Providing length, volume and curl along with a deep black hue, it doesn’t smear, flake or smudge. you’ll definitely need a dual-phase remover to take it all off, but then again I always use that type of remover for all my eye makeup.
L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick (CAN $45.00/each) | With 25 shades to choose from, this is the brand’s creamiest lipstick. Both this and the matte version come in a new luxe case, adorned with the brand’s rose motif on top that you press on to open the tube. The iconic formula is now enriched with 30% moisturizing rose balm, as well as hyaluronic acid and cold-pressed oils, which helps to provide up to 18 hours of comfortable wear. Incredibly colour saturated — that includes even the lightest hues — you get complete coverage from the very first swipe. Comes to soft shine finish.
L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick (CAN $45.00/each) | With the same high-intensity colour saturation as the cream version, this lipstick formulation comes to a soft powdery finish, but one which never feels drying along the lips. The bullet tip has a petal shape which helps in hugging lip contours for application, and you get full/opaque coverage from the very first swipe. Available in 13 shades, these are long lasting and while not fully transfer proof, they are still able to go for quite some time before reapplication is needed. Comes to a velvet finish.
- 118 French Coeur – terracotta red cream
- 525 French Bisou – true red cream
- 196 French Touch – soft brick red matte
- 274 French Tea – cool dusty rose matte
As someone who prefers regular mascara, I turn to waterproof versions when I don’t want to worry about smears and in that regard, this new Lash Idôle mascara is as amazing as the original — with the added perk of excellent staying power. I’m still more of a balm girl, but the formula of both the Cream and Drama Matte lipsticks is absolutely lovely — enough so that it’s making me rethink my balm love. Verdict: you really can’t go wrong with any of these launches!
Available at Sephora and Lancôme counters nationwide
Kindly provided by Lancôme for my unbiased consideration