Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Lancôme // Christmas Colour Collection '15

If you are looking for a luxurious but affordable gift for a loved one or even for yourself then you need to check out the limited edition Lancôme La Palette 29 Faubourg Saint Honoré Christmas palette. Inspired by Parisian chic this €55.00 palette contains six eyeshadows, two lip colours, a lip primer, a brush and it all comes packaged in a gorgeous, durable case.

The Eyeshadows
So the eyeshadows range from a matte beige to a deep metallic purple. You have everything you need to take your eye makeup from day to night. To make your life even easier Lancôme have included to handy little guides on the mirror to help you create effortless but striking smokey eye looks.

#1: Shade number one is a really nice matte beige. I love using this shade as a base colour. Not everyone is aware but by using a base colour you can help to intensify the shades that follow. Without using a base coat any discoloration which may be present on your eyelids will be visible.

#2: Shade number two is a gorgeous shimmery gold which is your best friend for next your tear ducts and for highlighting your brow bone. It has just the right amount of sparkle.

#3: Shade number three has a definite copper look to it with just a hint of shimmer. This is beautiful for a one colour all over the lid and underneath the eye. It is fabulous combined with #2 for a quick and easy Smokey eye.

#4: Shade number four is a rose shade with grey undertones and a hint of shimmer. It is beautiful alone or also stunning when applied to the crease as a subtle transition colour. I find wearing this shade with either a baby pink or a nude lipstick really sets it off.

#5: Shade number five is a very subtle mauve shade again with shimmer. Who doesn't love a little shimmer this time of year? This shade looks really well on the outer corners of the eye blended inwards.

#6: Last but definitely not least is the deep metallic plum shade with pink shimmers. This compliments green eyes beautifully but is wearable for all eye colours.

The Lip Colours
The Lancôme Christmas palette also houses three lip products which are very cleverly hid under a gold flip lid. This is a genius idea because it prevents any cross contamination between the powder and cream products. In it you get a lip base, a cherry red and a burgundy red shade. Basically everything you need to create this seasons infamous ombré lip.

In these pictures I am wearing the slightly darker red on the right. It is a very classy and striking colour.

To create an ombré lip you will need to first apply your Lancôme lip base. This will act as a primer for your lips and ensure they stay moisturised under the matte shades. Next using the side of your Lancôme lip brush apply the darker shade to the outline of your lips and blend it inwards. Everyone's lips are different shapes and sizes but I usually do this line over a quarter of my lips. Finally using the flat of your brush you can apply the lighter lip colour and blend it into the darker shade. Ombre lips can be created using a variety of shades and combinations and it gives such a gorgeous effect and the illusion of bigger lips.

These lipsticks are creamy, highly pigmented and long lasting. The palette is worth buying for them alone. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried them at how smoothly they applied. 

No festive eye makeup is complete without a little glitter and the Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara makes the look so easy to achieve. This mascara is enriched with thousands of gold sparkles which when applied over classic black mascara leave behind a gorgeous, subtle golden shimmer.

Beginning with centre of the upper lashes all you need to do is press the wand onto the lashes next the root and use a zig zag movement from root to tip to ensure an even coverage. Repeat this step on the outer and inner corner lashes if you wish. This Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara retails at €28.50 and it is a must have for the Christmas season.

All of the products featured in this post are available from selected Lancôme counters at Department Stores now. 

Thank you for reading guys. This post made me feel so festive and Christmassy.




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