January 15, 2019

Lancome Le Monochromatique Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
3 stars out of 5

Lancome Le Monochromatique is a new eyes, cheeks, and lips cream-to-powder tint that acts as an eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick which launched in nine shade selections for $25 each. I headed to Nordstrom and picked up one shade to try out sadly, they didn’t have the really bold, bright red shade I wanted called Soiree so I ended up with a bright pink called Petit Bisou. I was going to buy a few more shades but decided against it since I wanted to try the formula out first.

Here’s my review, swatches, and thoughts on Lancome Le Monochromatique!

Lancome Le Monochromatique arrives in a 0.13 oz small eyeshadow compact. It’s a pretty simple packaging that reminded me a little bit of Illamasqua Eyeshadow. I’s a fairly simple packaging and should store easily as well as travel lightly. The middle of the powder has a rose motif but this disappears fairly quickly after using the product.

Lancome created the Le Monochromatique to use as an eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush. The idea is to multitask with one formula. I love this idea as I do so like a product that gets me out the door quickie in the morning not to mention it sounded like a great weekend makeup product as I could dab it on and just go. The shade I choose was Petit Bisou which is a blue-based pink that reminds me of NARS Angelika Blush with refined silver sparkle. The sparkle wasn’t noticeable when I applied this in front of my bathroom vanity mirror in the morning but when I headed outside it was very noticeable. My first choice was actually the bold, bright Lunar red called Soiree but my counter didn’t have it in stock sadly.

Interestingly enough these appear much more vibrant in the pan but apply a lot more naturally and sheerer or at least the shade I purchased did. The formula has a soft, thin cream texture which is matte in finish (yes, there’s that microfine sparkle in the mix but the finish overall, is a matte one). It blends fairly easily onto my drier skin and provides a nice sheer touch of pink to my cheeks, eyes, and lips. You can build the color up however, no matter how you apply it never comes across as too much or too bold. The color itself is very vibrant in the packaging but applies a lot more subtly with a natural finish. The glide is easy on my cheeks and across my lids but I felt like the formula felt a little drier on my lips so in my look below I’m wearing a bit of gloss on top of the color for moisture. I felt like the formula wore very close to my skin and was quite seamless with the longer wear of a stain as the color simply wouldn’t quick and stayed on for several hours before I removed it at the end of the night. It remained quite fresh looking without fading.

It did feel like a one trick pony for me or at least the color I choose was. The pink looked best on my cheeks but I wasn’t terribly impressed with the shade on my lips as it looked dry nor on my eye lids as as it looked quite sheer and only provided a sheer wash of color in this area.

I’ll be the first to admit Lancome Le Monochromatique is a little disappointing in the pigment department. I think the colors come across so bold and beautiful in promo images as well as in the compacts but once you apply them the color is a lot more natural and sheerer. I think this could be either a good thing or a bad thing. A good thing because if the idea of such bold shades scare you they do apply more natural. But disappointing if you wanted something louder and more dramatic.

Lancome Le Monochromatique is available now.

Anyone try them?

Do share your thoughts on the formula!

Where to buy

Nordstrom Macy’s Lancome Lord & Taylor

Lancome Le Monochromatique are a new multi-use, all-in-one cream-to-powder eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush that are 0.13 oz in size and $25 each. Lancome launched the formula in nine shade selections for Spring 2019 and they are available for purchase now online and on counters. This is a cream formula that has a lightweight almost mousse-like texture that applied a lot sheerer and less bold than what you see in the pan. I got a very natural hint of tint from the formula on my cheeks and a wash of color on my lids and lips. The formula does have microfine shimmer however, it is matte in finish and wears for several hours without fading.


  • Very natural and seamless!
  • Wears long without fading.


  • Not as vibrant as it appears in the pan or in promo images.
  • Feels dry on lips.
  • Seemed to work best as a blush as it applied sheerer on lips and eyes.


Lancome Le Monochromatique should be appealing for those that like more natural pops of color versus anything too dramatic or bold!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Agona

    I never feel like products that claim to work on eyes, cheeks, AND lips to ever really perform in all 3 places. Besides which, textures (tackiness/powderiness) that I am okay with on my eyes and cheeks for example are not necessarily things I am okay with feeling on my lips and vice versa!

    • Isabella Muse

      too true! sometimes you’ll get a rare product that works great on all three but most are a one trick pony! These actually aren’t tacky or sticky and not really a traditional cream texture. More of a mousse-like consistency that sets to a powder ;-D

  • Christina

    It’s a very pretty colour on you, and I think the sheerness is good for multi-tasking. I don’t think I’ve ever really liked multi-tasking products, though, so this is something I will probably skip. I guess it would make more sense for me to just buy a vibrant red eyeshadow.

    • Isabella Muse

      Multitasking products can sometimes be good but most times they feel like a one trick pony in this case I def feel like it works best as a blush and not so much a lipstick or an eyeshadow!

  • Chris

    Could you use a brush to apply this or is this strictly a fingertips for applying product?

    The lips & cheeks look great with the color choice. Soirée on the Lancôme site looks to be a really bright pink— shocking pink? And Petit Bisou looks like a paler pink at Lancôme’s site.

    • Isabella Muse

      A brush is fine. I used a fiber brush to apply it and it worked fine! Soiree looks blood red on my monitor but I haven’t yet seen it in person but based on Petit Bisou, which looks pigmented but applies sheerer, I imagine Soiree will work out the same as well as the other colors!

  • Jodi

    This shade looks like a delicate raspberry coulis … Wouldn’t it be cool if they incorporated edibility into these multi-use products? When we’re tired of it … chomp!

  • Agona

    So…I went to go check out the rest of Lancôme’s spring collection and the couple of items I wanted were already out of stock! Oh well, LOL