[productsamples/affiliatelink] Oh, bonjour! An unexpected mid-season launch from Lancome celebrates the 230th anniversary of the French Revolution. Don’t ask me why 230 years is such a landmark – my French history isn’t nearly good enough, but I’m absolutely into the vibe of this sophisticated and pared back edit that has only five products.

Lancome Limited Edition Summer Collection

There are two bronzing palettes with ‘liberté, egalité and femininité’ as a play on ‘fraternité’ for the last word – it’s the national motto of France – both outside and in. I have one of the three lipsticks here – Idole – in a matte finish.

Lancome Limited Edition Summer Collection

The bronze palette above is 02 Warm Sensualité and will suit deeper skin tones or tones already with a tan. It’s not, in my view, suitable for very deep skin tones so it feels as though there is one missing and the finish is lightly shimmered.

Lancome Limited Edition Summer Collection

This is 01 Light Liberté – despite the deep tone bar, it’s most suited to light and cool tones. I haven’t taken pictures of the swatches as these are best used with a big brush swept over all four bars and then straight to the face. It’s subtle so doesn’t really show well on a swatch at all but obviously you can build to any intensity you like at whichever points suit you best.

Lancome Limited Edition Summer Collection

The three lipsticks are existing shades, re-dressed for this collection, in the L’Absolu Rouge formula. The other shades are Caprice Creme and Poeme.

Lancome Limited Edition Summer Collection

While I can see that this collection is more likely to be a hit in France than here, I love it for it’s elegance and vibrancy and it seems appropriate if you’re heading off to France over the summer. The lipsticks are £27 each and the palettes, £42 HERE, non affiliate HERE.

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