[productsample/affiliatelink] These new lipsticks from Lancome are based around the crystal trend, something immediately obvious by the faceted bullet. If you look at the gemstone related wellness trend, this could have gone a bit wafty and insipid, but instead, Lancome has put some power-packed colour into their interpretation.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream

I had a friend over last night while I was opening these and we both instantly loved the scent of them – they’re how older lipsticks used to smell; a kind of lightly floral, soapy and sweet scent that will instantly take you back. Not a dot of vanilla in sight.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream

In the picture above from right to left it’s Ruby Queen, Kiss Me Ruby and Bad Blood Ruby – the latter being the best lipstick name ever. There is another shade called Pigeon Blood Ruby which is just a bit too visceral for me… I just keep thinking of a poor squashed pigeon. There are 15 shades in total.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream

You can probably tell from the gleaming finish on the bullets that they’re not matte! The finish is satin – an infusion of sesame oil keeps lips supple, and tourmaline gives the colour more luminosity (I didn’t notice this crystal benefit to be fair). There is 25% more pigment than you’ll find in other Lancome lipsticks and they’re £27 each.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream

I know the swatches look really feathery but guarantee this didn’t happen on my mouth (it would be a very different review had that been the case!). Shades from bottom to top are: Bad Blood Ruby, Kiss Me Ruby and Ruby Queen (my least favourite shade that’s just a bit too brickish for me). There are four shades in the red packaging on the Lancome website and all of the shades in black packaging HERE.

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