I picked up a few items recently from Lancome's holiday collection, aptly named "Happy Holidays." The Petit Trésor Sparkling Color High Fidelity eye shadow (is it just me, or does it seem like makeup descriptions are getting longer and longer these days?), with its interesting pattern, drew my attention most. I read that there are three shades available, Fil d'Argent, Fil d'Or and Fil d'Bronze, but my local Macy's counter only had one of these on display, Fil d'Argent, a beautiful shimmery fawn-taupe with silver micro-sparkles. These shadows have a smooth, less powdery finish than traditional shadows, with a formula similar to that of MAC's Extra Dimension shadows and Laura Mercier's Illuminating Eye Colour singles (new this season).
I also picked up both of the loose powder shadows from this collection, Les Paillettes Aux Yeux in 10 À La Belle Étoile, a sheer gold with peachy-pink tones; and 20 Lumiéres de Paris, a silvered taupe. These are finely milled and very sparkly, similar to Make Up Forever's Star Powders. They are not quite as pigmented or dense as most of MAC's pigments. These are pretty on their own over a base, but because they are a bit sheer I think they are better suited for use as "overshadows" to add extra dimension and sparkle to a look. I wouldn't say these are must-haves, but they are nice to have on hand for the holiday season if you don't already have something similar in your makeup arsenal.
Les Paillettes Aux Yeux in À La Belle Étoile and Lumiéres de Paris
|Nail color here is Guerlain's Altoum|
|Petit Trésor Fil D'Argent|
Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in 104 Taupe Brilliant is a sparkly taupe shade that is great for lining the lower lash line and pairs nicely with Fil d'Argent shadow. I wore it through a 9-hour workday and did not have any problems with smudging. I only wish this were like the Le Crayon Khol pencils - it feels as if there is not enough product contained in this twist up-style packaging (0.01 oz), but some may prefer the advantage of not having to sharpen.
|The Le Stylo liner has a sponge tip for blending|
A few comparisons above, left to right: Lancome's Taupe Brilliant, Chanel's Stylo Yeux in Taupe, and Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil in Underground.
Left to right: Taupe Brilliant, Fil D'Argent, Lumiéres de Paris, and À La Belle Étoile.
Shown above is Fil d'Argent shadow on its own all over the lid and blended up into the crease, black liquid liner on the top lash line, and Taupe Brilliant on the bottom lash line.
Below you can see how the silver micro-sparkles in Fil d'Argent catch the light -- really nice for a simple, subtle holiday eye look that would go well with a stronger lip color. I did have sparkle fall-out from the shadow but nothing too troublesome, and I think that could be solved by using a good base.
Below is another view in indoor lighting, where the shimmer is less apparent.
|Love how the case sparkles in the sunlight!|
Do you have your eye on anything from Lancome's Holiday collection?