“Infinitely luminous. Sensationally smooth. All-in-one 5 shadow palette to brighten eyes.” – Lancome
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $48 ($$$) Black lacquered compact w/ 5 colors + applicators
SHADE REVIEWED/OPTIONS: Taupe Craze. Available in about 26 standard and limited edition shades.
QUICK REVIEW: I normally don’t recommend palettes – but these are gorgeous. Great quality shadow and glorious (and useful) shade combinations.
(2/26/2011): It is a rare occasion when I get genuinely excited over a color cosmetic product. After working in the cosmetic industry and being makeup obsessed for so long – I’ve just about seen it all. Especially when it comes to eye shadow palettes. Up until 2008 – I owned (literally) every Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and Nars eyeshadow made. So with Umi palettes and a few Trish McEvoy planners, I was able to create my own customized palettes.
The Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palettes are similar to the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quads and the Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Precious Eye Shadows. They all have sensible color combinations; they all have smooth and long-lasting formulations; they all make you want to collect every single shade. The main difference is this: Cle de Peau $80 (Refill $55, Compact $25), Guerlain: $84, Lancome: $48. Personally, I think Shu Uemura had the BEST shadows – but now they are hard to find, only sold online and would cost $94 (4 shadows and a case).
Color Design in Taupe Craze caught my eye, primarily because I would use all 5 colors. The semi-matte all over base is the perfect ivory shade that works on the brow bone or lid – simply illuminating. The Lid (warm taupe shimmer) and Highlighter (cool taupe shimmer) shades are gloriously shimmery without being over garish or frosty. A matte warm brown isn’t only an easy crease color – but also would work well to fill in most brows. Finally, the rich pigmented deep espresso brown (with just a hint of shimmer) can be used wet or dry to intensify your look, fill in dark brows or to create a smokey eye. The ratio of product:use is also a plus – you’re less likely to run out of your favorite lid color – or to get stuck with an abundance of dark shadow.
While many palettes end up in the “Dead Zone” because they just don’t make sense, are incomplete or lack the quality of their single sisters (who I suppose need to stand on their own to get purchased – LOL!) Lancome Color Desgin Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palettes have earned a coveted front and center spot on my vanity.
LOOK BOOK: LANCOME COLOR DESIGN IN TAUPE CRAZE (BASIC EYE)
1. Apply the All Over Base shade (ivory) on the brow bone.
2. Apply Lid Color (warm taupe shimmer) on the lid and under lower lash line.
3. Define brows and crease with Crease Color (matte taupe).
4. Then I used a brown eye liner pencil and smudged it with the Liner (espresso) shade.
5. The Highlighter (cool taupe shimmer) shade went in the inner corner of the lower lash line and a spot in the center of the upper lid.
6. A dark brown liquid liner went on the top lash line, black pencil on the lower membrane and 2 coats mascara.
LANCOME COLOR DESIGN PALETTE DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Lancôme’s new versatile, all-in-one palette conveniently creates a full eye look for day or night. Experience the newest generation of luminosity as silky lustrous powders transparently wrap the skin, allowing a seamless layering of pure color for a silky sheen and radiant finish. Build with absolute precision and apply the shades in 5 simple steps (all over, lid, crease, highlighter and liner) to design your customized eye look. Contour, sculpt and lift in soft day colors or intensify with dramatic evening hues for smoldering smoky effects. Long wear, 8-hour formula. Color does not fade, continues to stay true.” – Lancome
RECOMMENDED APPLICATION: (Images by Lancome. Click image to enlarge)
(Not all shades available at all retail locations)
TOP (L-R): Jade Fever, Taupe Craze, Sienna Sultry, Midnight Rush, Bronze Amour, Amethyst Glam
BOTTOM (L-R): Teal Fury, Pink Envy, Mauve Cherie, Kissed by Gold, Emerald Boudoir, Coral Crush
Lancome Color Design Palettes are available at Sephora and Nordstrom.
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