I love Lancome’s a/w collection inspired by the femme fatale trend of the 1930s and 1940s. In particular, I’m taken with the lipstick packaging – the lipstick comes in a very small tube and is absolutely bang on in design for how lipsticks were originally packaged. It’s got some weight to it as well – I remember my grandmother (although thinking about it, god knows how long she’d had those lipsticks for, even back then) having lipsticks that were small – fitting in the palm of your hand and very different in construction than the sticks we have today. The shades are a modernised replica of Lancome’s first lipstick, then called “Shaker”, but now renamed as Rouge 29, Rouge Faubourg and Rouge St Honore, £23.50. If you love a red lip, these are really exciting.
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The Maison Lancome Palette, £32.50 for cheeks is actually much prettier in real life than the images suggest. There are golden shimmer sparkles around the lamp and on the Eiffel Tower that don’t translate well in the picture but are, in fact, absolutely lovely.
The eye palette in my view is nothing much to shout about, but is very wearable. Les Oeillades in Blondette Fatale, £33, has brown and taupe shades that are good for eyes or eyebrows, coming in a quad with two matte and two metallic.
There is also Hypnose Drama Mascara, £20.50, in grey – not sure you wouldn’t always be wishing it was black when wearing – and two really stunning nail polishes, £12.50, in blood red Rouge St Honore and a black featuring very subtle multi-shade flecks. It’s all on counter from 1st September.
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