Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lancome Color Design Infinite Shadow: Endless Purple

Lancome's Color Design Infinité shadow in Endless Purple is a beautiful blackened purple with a slight blue sheen that reminds me of the color of concord grapes and blackberries. This is my current favorite of the three purple shades I purchased. 

 



Top row: NYX's Deep Purple, Lancome's Zip Me Up
Bottom row: Purple from Guerlain's Les Violets quad, Lancome's Endless Purple

 

Above is Endless Purple shown to the left of L'Oreal's Infallible shadow in the shade Perpetual Purple. As you can see Endless Purple is deeper and cooler-toned.
  


Comparisons

  1. Lancome Color Design Infinité - Endless Purple 
  2. MAC - Moth Brown 
  3. NYX - Deep Purple 79A
  4. MAC Mega Metal Shadow - Unflappable 
  5. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow - Black Velvet 
  6. Lancome Color Design - Zip Me Up 
  7. MAC Pigment - Starless Night 
  8. Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs - Les Violets 
At first I thought Endless Purple was just another average dark purple, but I was surprised to find I don't have anything exactly like it. The closest match I found was NYX's Deep Purple but it is not as blackened or as pigmented, and it lacks the pretty sheen of Endless Purple.


MAC Starless Night pigment - purple sparkles in a black base


 

GRAPE PARFAIT PIE


9-inch crumb crust (recipe below)
1 can (6 ounce) frozen grape juice concentrate (100% grape juice made with Concord grapes), thawed and undiluted
1/2 cup water
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry flavored gelatin
1 pint softened low-fat vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Sweetened low-fat whipped cream
Candied violets

(Makes 8 servings)

Heat 100% grape juice and water to boiling. Remove from heat and stir into gelatin; stir until dissolved. Gradually add ice cream, stirring until melted. Add orange peel. Chill until thickened, but not set (15 to 25 minutes). Spoon into prepared pie shell. Chill until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and candied violets.

Crumb Crust: Combine 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, gingersnaps or graham crackers, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine. Mix well. Using fork, press firmly against sides and bottom of 9-inch pie plate. Chill 30 minutes or bake at 375°F for 8 minutes and cool before filling.

Recipe courtesy of: concordgrape.org.

27 comments:

  1. The blackened character of Endless Purple really shines amongst the swatches! I really see the grape tones as well + the real grapes look delicious :)

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    1. HI Dovey, The grapes were really good! I don't often get concord grapes because of the seeds but they were tasty : )

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  2. Oh my god, this post! *swoons* As a purple-lover (and, let's be honest, a bit of a pie fiend), purple-centric features always have my heart.

    (I'm still kicking myself over missing out on Moth Brown -- it looks absolutely gorgeous every time I see it swatched online.)

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    1. Hi Rae, Thanks!! I am such a fan of purple - I think dark purples like this are especially versatile. Aww sorry you missed out on Moth Brown... I didn't purchase it the first two times it came out, but had good timing this year when I saw the email from MAC announcing it was in stock. :)

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  3. Sounds like a really yummy grape pie! Did you try the recipe yourself?
    love your swatches - Guerlain les violet caught my eye immediately.

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    1. Hi Tracy, I haven't tried the grape pie myself, but thought it sounded like it might be good. I never thought of cooking with grapes or grape juice before, but the concordgrape.org site does have some interesting recipes.

      Being the purple fiend I am, I love the Guerlain Les Violet quad! :)

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  4. Beautiful swatches. How do you get them so clear? :)

    I have the Loreal infallible shadow. Its gorgeous :)

    Beauty for Biochemists

    x

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    1. Hi Lucy, Thanks!! My swatches come out best when there is very bright lighting. In low light the shimmer and fine details won't show up well. I would say, other than finding the right angle so the light hits the swatches well, bright sunlight is key! :)

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  5. This is my first time visiting your blog, I really liked it!! You are grouping lots of similar shades of product or even something that's not make-up(grapes it is here) in one post, sort of creating a theme is what I like the most <3

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    1. Hello, Thanks very much for the kind comment! :)

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  6. Beautifully arranged post :) And can I just maybe steal your whole eyeshadow collection? :D

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    1. Hi miss_independent, thank you!! I love the color purple and I like eyeshadow--put the two together and I now have more purple eyeshadow than any sane person ever should! ;) I must admit it's fun deciding which color to wear in the morning :)

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  7. oh wow this is so creative!
    I'm loving all the plum and purples that are in for fall!

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    1. Hi Sarah, Thanks very much! Plums and purples are definitely some of my favorites for fall :)

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  8. Gorgeous pictures and swatches, as always! And what a lovely shade––methinks I'll have to drag myself to the mall to check it out myself! Purple is one of the few colors I feel comfortable wearing on my eyes, and I don't think I have anything quite like this one (let the rationalizing begin!).

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    1. Hi Amy, thanks so much! :) I like purple for eyes too. Green and blue on the other hand, I never seem to be able to pull off! I like these types of pigment shadows because they are longer lasting than traditional powders.

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  9. You & your delicious fruity comparison pics:)
    I just can't resisit!! Straight to the Saks online shop with me.
    In case I haven't mentioned it every time I leave a comment here...... I love, love ,love your creative posts!!!!

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    1. Hi Buggsiebee, At first I was looking for blackberries in the grocery store, but then I saw these grapes and thought they would be a great match, and the bonus is I get to eat them afterward! Thanks very much for the kind comment! :)

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  10. Such a nice way to tell about the colors of the powders, Is this real that these powders made by this blackish type thing ??

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  11. This is just beautiful--but for me personally, I wish there was just a tiny more hint of purple. It's lovely though! On a side note, did you recently change your setup/lighting or something? You know that your pics NEVER cease to blow me away, but these particular images (especially that lovely bunch of concord grapes!) were spectacular and oh-so-sharp. Love it!

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    1. Hi Becca, Yes, it's kind of smoky and would look nice with more purple!
      Thanks!! :) For all of the photos with grapes alone I used flourescent light indoors, and for the pictures where you see a plum, I used bright sunlight outdoors. I recently learned in Photoshop how to replace the background of an image with pure white, which I think makes a big difference!

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  12. Endless Purple is unbelievably gorgeous!! The whole post itself is a true treat to behold! LOVELY LOVELY job!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. Hi Lola Seicento, Thanks very much for the kind comment :) This was a fun post to put together, and I got to enjoy the grapes afterward!

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    2. You are so welcome, makeup magpie! The grapes looked delicious!!!!!!!

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  13. What a gorgeous post! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this big post together!<3

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    1. Hi Red lips, Black hair, Thank you! :) I love these colors and it was nice to revisit some shadows I haven't used in a while!

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  14. I love the way you compose your reviews. The comparison swatches, as well as the natural elements you use as points of reference really add something unique to your posts. Very inspiring!

    And this shade. MUST HAVE.

    Thank you so much for the work you've put into this post!

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Thanks for commenting!