You kind of think it will never happen, but over time, your lips do start to look..well, a bit knackered. Ageing brings lots of lines and a loss of collagen – annoyingly, this loss of collagen doesn’t necessarily happen evenly, so you can end up with one side of your lips slightly less full than the other – that’s exactly what has happened to me. So, I fall on anything that promises to make my lips look younger. Lancome Absolue Precious Cells comes in a tube applicator with three little roller balls in the applicator. As you massage your lips with them, it does bring a rush of colour back – albeit temporarily – and the slightly sweet tasting formula is smooth and creamy in texture. The product promises to smooth out contours, plump the lips and give a rosy hue – the press release is baffling, mind you, so I’ve yet to work out quite how, other than to say the active ingredients boost the skin’s ability to repair and it needs to be used for 7 days to see results, so watch this space. It’s £40.
The second Lancome product has very quickly become an absolute favourite. The beauty world is divided into those who love Nars Orgasm blush, and those who don’t. I’m in the latter category because I didn’t like the glitter chunks. Up until now, my favourite blush has been Le Metier de Beaute’s Echo..another less sparkly Orgasm-esq powder blush, but it is continually out of stock at the Liberty counter (although I hear Le Metier are heading to Selfridges soon). Lancome Peach Fever is perfect for those who like peachy cheeks and lies a couple of shades of intensity down from Orgasm and also from Echo. Ideal for paler skin types or even those with a smattering of tan left from holiday to just give a natural and peachy flush, it’s one of the prettiest shades I’ve come across in a long time. There is however, some shimmer to it – sparkle is too big a word for the finest of sparkles in Peach Fever, but if you love it matt, you won’t want to invest in this. I don’t generally like shimmer, sparkles, glitter etc, but I do love this incredibly flattering blush which is also very prettily scented. It’s £25 and shown next to Le Metier’s Echo.
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