Lancome Color Design Palette in Ruby Affair is one of three, limited edition shades introduced with Lancome’s Holiday 2012 Collection. I can’t believe, gulp, that I haven’t tried the Color Design Palettes as of yet.
I’m unsure why that is but I must redeem myself as they are all kinds of hashtag brilliant! Lancome couldn’t have created a more easy to use palette for novices and makeup experts alike. Instructions for a day and a night look, applicators, and five shades of color are included with this easy to apply palette. If you’ve had issues in the past determining the best colors for contrasting, shading, and just generally had a difficult time grasping the best way to apply your eye make up you’ll be quite happy with Lancome’s easy to use Color Design Palettes.
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Color Design Palettes are definitely something new and different for Lancome. Fact is, this isn’t your mother’s makeup. Lancome is commonly associated with a more mature image but since bringing on Emma Watson as one of their model’s the brand has evolved into something more youthful and modern. These palettes are testimony to a more modern Lancome.
The Lancome Color Design Palette’s come with five shades of color ($48). Seems overwhelming at first because I know I find it difficult to use three shades of color on my eyes never mind five but Lancome makes it super easy to achieve a look with all five colors in a few simple steps. The colors are easily defined by a clear top sheet that covers them as well as labeled on the back of the palette and in an instruction get the look guide. For so many years, brand’s failed to include any instructions on how we should use the shades in a palette. But this easy pull out guide gives me not only one look to create but two, well that’s a blessing if ever I did see one.
Ruby Affair isn’t quite as it sounds…this is more a mauve purple shade selection so it’s less about ruby and more about warm shades of purple and mauve for the Holidays. You have an all over base shade which is a pale almost pink lilac, a plummy purple lid shade, a grayish purple crease shade, a highlighter shade in light plum, and a liner in a rich, dark plum.
These have a soft, silky formula with an almost creamy consistency. If you’ve tried, used, and love eyeshadows from Japanese brands like Majolica Majorca and KATE you should LOVE the formula that Lancome embraced for these Color Design Palettes. On some levels it’s very much like the texture of the shades that Too Faced recently introduced in their Sexy Palette. These apply and blend like a dream although I warn you there is a good deal of shimmer and fall out. I suggest some sort of transparent base to prevent major fall out and sponge tipped applicators are also a good way to minimize fall out. They start out a little sheer as you blend but build easily for better color pay off. With a little patience you can easily build color up to a beautiful finish. I like that I can build as it insures I don’t over do things as I have a heavier hand with my makeup sometimes. Color with primer lasts all day without fading or creasing. There’s some minor fading within a four hour period if you skip primer so I do suggest prepping prior.
Although plum is a far cry from what I’d pick for a Holiday look I can’t deny it does have a festive feel once applied particularly if you pair it up with a red lipstick.
Overall, Lancome Color Design Shadow Palettes will be a sure fire hit with those who love Asian Eyeshadow Palettes. The formula is exact dupe for many of my favorite Asian brands. The sparkle, the pigmentation, and the lovely texture all make for an excellent eyeshadow experience. I can overlook the fall out so long as I’m using a good base under the shadows to keep it at bay but it does become a tad irritating without. This is one of the most friendliest palettes I came across in a very long time in terms of ease of use and application. Lancome’s addition of a how to get the look guide is incredibly easy to follow and a plus all around for novices and makeup experts as you don’t have the second guess which shade goes where.
I’d Muse Approved them for purchase but the price prevents that. They are a touch high at $48 each. Ouch. A little shave off at say $35 to $38 and I’d be quite a happy girl.
Available now at your favorite Lancome counters or online at Lancome.com
I’m sure by now you’ve tried these palettes, do share your thoughts!
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