Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lancome Holiday 2012 Selected Eye Products


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?



25 comments:

  1. Hi MM, the casing on Fil d'Argent is stunning! It looks like a Christmas Bauble already--- the patterning on the inside makes it even more special. I love the beautiful specks of shine that are highlighted in your sunlit eye photo :) This is the first time I'd seen pictures of Lancome Holiday 2012, and I'm happy I got to see it here!

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    1. Hi Dovey, Aw, thank you! :) The glitter on the case photographs so well in the sun. I'm a sucker for anything sparkly, and in the holiday season there is sparkle everywhere! Each time I've gone to the mall lately I see something new and gorgeous, but for the sake of my budget I think I'm done with holiday makeup shopping!

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  2. I never used to wear glitter, but the offerings from this season got me to be more adventurous. I started with MAC pressed pigments and I can't stop now. This collection has some of the prettiest colors and look very wearable too. It would be so fun to pull out that glitter compact.

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    1. Hi Rola, I love shimmer and very tiny sparkles. When I was in my early twenties I even wore larger glitter, but I can't pull that off any more! The holidays are a perfect time to go a little crazy with the shimmer :)

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  3. Hi MM,

    Fil d'Argent looks awesome on you, as usual. Now I have to check Lancome Holiday 2012 in addition to Guerlain and Chanel! Even though I have a similar coloring, my eye color cannot be more different than yours (boring brown!) but I guess Fil d'Argent or one of its siblings will come home with me just for the sake of its lovely package if nothing else.

    By the way, did you get anything other than Altoum from Guerlain Holiday? What about Turandot? For an opera buff like me, that probably means investing in whole collection!

    All the best,

    Aylin

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    1. Hi Aylin, Thanks so much! :) There are some nice 5-color shadow palettes with this collection as well, which I didn't pick up.

      I actually didn't purchase the Altoum nail polish (although I wanted to) I had just tried it on in the store the day I took these photos. I did recently get Turandot, the Meteorites, and the gold lipstick. This was the first time I've ever bought Meteorites! Love the black & gold packaging :)

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  4. These look gorgeous, I am definitely going to go swatch them. I am in love with sparkly gold shadows. Thanks for the swatches my dear.There goes my holiday budget.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, this collection is worth a look! The nail polishes are quite pretty too. I find this time of year to be so difficult to stick to a budget. I've already blown mine...must resolve to be better in the new year! :)

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  5. Love the look of the dark red nail polish! The eyeshadow is now on my shopping list!;)

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    1. Hi Flyavsted, All three of the polishes are pretty & perfect for holidays. The Fil d'Argent shadow is very nice - I'd love to see what the bronze and gold shades are like!

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  6. I am OBSESSED with how Fil d'Argent looks on your eyes. It's absolutely, breathtakingly stunning!! And the sparkles really catch the light beautifully and make your eyes look bright! I LOVE this!

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    1. Hi Becca, Thanks so much for the kind comment! :) This color is perfect for a quick & easy one-shadow look!

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  7. I really think that soft and classy eye makeuo look very pretty, the e/s seems to ahve a very pretty sparkly base. I don't like lancome that much but I never would have thought those products would look that nice! Now I am really lemming chanel's taupe liner. / Claire

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    1. Hi Claire, Thank you! :) the shadow has very, very tiny glitter particles. Lancome has never been one of my favorite brands but I'm really liking their holiday collection this year!

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  8. I have a weird aversion to sparkly things, but since I embraced the fact that most great e/s colors sparkled, I have been more open to the idea... And oh man, that liner is calling out to me quite loudly. I have never tried eye pigment before, though, but those are so stunning that I may have to.

    P.S. Very pretty eye makeup!

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    1. Hi Carina, Thank you! :) I like to use sparkle or shimmer in small doses only. I don't really like big chunks of glitter though, except in nail polish, once in a while :)

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  9. These are stunning and just beautiful on you. I want the shadow. Bad. Did you happen to see the one called Mesh? So far it's the only one on the Nordy website. I desperately want the one you're wearing but I wonder if Mesh would be close enough?

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    1. Hi Polarbelle, I am fairly certain that the shadow they are calling "Mesh" (#S207) on the Nordy website is the same as Fil d'Argent. They named it Mesh because of the pattern on the shadow -- maybe they thought the French name would be too complicated lol. It looks like we may not get the other two colors in the States, at least not yet!

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    2. P.S. thanks for the kind comment!

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  10. Eeeeeep, your eyes look beautiful! Taupe Brilliant is starting to look like a must-have. :D

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    1. Aw, thank you Liz! If you don't mind the tiny micro-glitter I would say Taupe Brilliant would be nice to have! :)

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  11. Hi would you recommend this for bridal makeup? I am wearing gold jewellery with my dress. I have dark hair, pale skin and blue eyes. Any other recommendations for bridal makeup would be appreciated too!!
    Best foundation, powder etc. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I'm not experienced with bridal makeup but I think a neutral taupe shade would be very nice, although this particular one might not be best for a daytime wedding because of the tiny micro glitter - it could fall out on your cheeks and then it might not look right in photographs because it really catches the light. Neutral chocolate browns, taupes, bronzes and champagne shades are pretty for wedding eyes and look great with blue eyes.

      I found a video on YouTube by TiffanyD that demonstrates bridal makeup on her sister who is brunette with light eyes:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwRquR0nzDw

      Also, Makeup & Beauty Blog's 101 Wedding Makeup Looks may be helpful for inspiration:
      http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/101-wedding-makeup-looks/

      I have read that MAC's Studio Fix is a nice, light powder that photographs well. I would be careful not too use anything too "white" and to be safe I would skip any foundation with SPF for this occasion because it can photograph strangely sometimes. I haven't tried it, but I've heard MUFE HD foundation works well for photographs.

      If you can, I would recommend making an appointment at a Bobbi Brown counter if you have one in your area. I like their range of foundation shades. They should be happy to apply a trial-run bridal look and give you a good foundation recommendation. Long-lasting/waterproof formulas are best for weddings. It's especially important to make sure your lipstick stays put. If it were me personally, I would not use lip gloss (or maybe a very tiny amount) for the actual ceremony because it has a tendency to move around. Waterproof mascara and false eyelashes that are not too dramatic might be best, such as the partial ones (like Sephora's Flutter). Individual lashes like Ardell Duralash look most natural but take longer to apply.

      In general, I think it's best to stay classic, defined and glowing -- but not too trendy or exaggerated because you want to be able to look back on your photos 30 years from now and see timeless beauty rather than whatever the "in" hairstyle, color or beauty technique (super winged-out liner, etc.) was in 2012.

      Good luck and best wishes!

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  12. this is probably one of the most gorgeous look for the eyes I've seen. LOVE it! May have to go check out the Lancome counter. Also, what camera do you use. You take gorgeous pictures!

    PS. Thanks for following my blog :)

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    1. Hi Janine, Thank you!! I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 (micro-four thirds camera), but it's an older model -- I think there are better versions available now. I like it because it has different lenses you can purchase separately (macro, zoom, etc.) and they all fit the newer models as well.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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