All About Lancome | Review, photos, swatches

May 06, 2016

In an elegance reserved only for French luxury brands, Lancome has recently launched numerous new products. When it comes to grooming, it seems as if innovation is the name of the game. But as far as the makeup goes, ever since launching the cushion compact, which was one of the first products to arrive in Israel, most makeup products were quite standard, and I always look forward to some more unique launches, such as the new jelly lip stains everyone is talking about online. Having said that, you cannot argue with the brand being so consistent when it comes to the quality of their makeup products, as well as their packaging – something I personally care about as a consumer.

The Long-Lasting Softening Concealer* is basically the same product with mild changes. It is the old and good concealer in a new packaging that includes a small window to showcase the shade as well as how much product is left in the container (and most likely a new and improved formula). The concealer comes in a small and sterile tube package, and has an impressive covering ability.  This product is suitable for someone who is looking for a stable concealer that does a good job, but also takes into consideration that the rich texture of the product requires some powdering. Personally, I would love to see a wider selection of shades, as I always find it difficult to match the right shade with what is sold in Israel (I am NC20 in MAC mineral concealer, for instance, and 02’ is a bit too dark and orangey for me). 247 NIS | 15 ml.

Stick eye shadows are a great option for the lazy ones, and also for those seeking a shade that will last all day. The blue stick eyeshadow named Ombre Hypnose Blue Nuit | Stylo* was my favorite, although the initial apprehension of using blue eye makeup. It slides well on the eyelid (but needs some smudging as it quickly becomes fixated) and has a perfect balance of black that adds a dirty touch and enables to create a dramatic and smoked eye look within a short time. Is it unique in comparison to other stick eyeshadows I have tried, like KIKO's? Not really, but the color is very beautiful. 185 NIS | 1.4 gram

Colorful mascaras are a makeup trend that I am not a big fan of, but might be interesting for those who love their eyelashes colorful. Grandiose Mascara | Violet Mirifique* is a precise brush mascara with an excellent formula, but I think its purple color makes it less usable, and I would rather have it in a black or brown shade.  Lancome’s massacres are among my personal favorites, and most likely when I will be searching for a new mascara, I would probably check this one in its black version. 210 NIS | 10 gram.

As oppose to the aforementioned, Hypnose Volume-a-porter*, might be the brand’s most famous mascara and for a reason. It is simply good mascara. The mascara has 306 (!) small bristles, which allow a professional and easy use on eyelashes, and promise an impressive eyelashes fan every time. If I had to recommend one mascara of the brand, then this would probably be it. 195 NIS | 6.5 gram.

The Shine Lover | French Sourire* is a moist pink lipstick that suits the existing weather. It is balmy and smooth on the lips, with a pink shadow that adds color, liveliness and shine to the look, with a finish touch that is not sticky and can be worn for a long time. It is a lipstick that truly guarantees moist to the lips for long hours given its hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil. This is the type of lipstick, which is fun to throw down the purse and reuse along the day. 165 NIS | 3.2 ml.

From makeup let’s move to the really interesting part – grooming. The famous moisture series Hydra Zen is targeting a young audience of women (around 25+ years of age), and the products defiantly attract the attention. The branding is all soft and feminine pink, and the products bring innovation and solution to the daily stress. Hydra Zen Masque* is a unique serum mask for a night use. It enriches the skin with moisture, relaxes it, promises to reduce fatigue marks and to make our face look more radiant and relaxed. In reality, the mask dealt greatly with a jetlag that refused to go away, and I would recommend this to anyone who likes light textures that observe well in the skin and don’t leave it oily or over slippery. 420 NIS | 75 ml.

Hydra Zen Essence De Beaute* is a moisture essence gel product, which enriches the skin with moisture, softens and relaxes it. The light gel with the nice fruity smell turns even more liquid-like once you slightly mix it in between your palms. The brand then offers to slightly tap onto the face, and do a relaxing massage in certain pressure points with harmonically movements from the centre of the face and out. While gel feels cool and nice on the face, I would suggest this is an indulgent product without a doubt, and not a must-have. 315 NIS | 200 ml.

For a more mature skin (as far as I see it), there were 2 designated products that were launched: one is for the eyes, and the other one is for an intensive night care. Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl* is a condensed essence which is protected with 7 patents (!) and comes in a luxurious packaging with a round-ball ergonomic head with which you place the product on the eyes area. After using this product, the skin feels cool and nice, and the substance is absorbed well into the skin, leaving it soft and radiant. It seems to be more suitable for summer when the temperature will rise and the natural preference is for light grooming products that absorb quickly and leave the face fresh and radiant. 402 NIS | 20 ml.

Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector* will be suitable for dry skin, that needs comfort and deep correction. While the texture is misleading – gel that seems as if it will absorb into the skin in seconds – the reality is somewhat different. It is a rich product, quite heavy on the skin, so those who don’t need it might not like how it feels. Those in which their skin is thirsty for moisture, and does not have an oily skin (!), will enjoy this product that seems to be affecting the skin in becoming much more relaxed. Please keep in mind that due to its rich texture, the brand recommends using only a small amount of the product (about half of what we would normally use). 510 NIS | 50 ml.

Photography | Vira Khrupa
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