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Julia Roberts the New Face of Lancome

December 7, 2009

Pretty woman Julia Roberts has been selected as the new global ambassadress for Lancome. “By her remarkable personality and career, Julia Roberts is an emblematic woman of her time,” Youcef Nabi, president of Lancôme International, said in a statement. “Her exceptional talent, her radiance and her strong commitments perfectly echo Lancôme’s values. We are convinced she will embody the brand in the most sublime way possible.”

Julia Roberts joins the ranks of Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway and Juliette Binoche among others.

What do you think of Julia as the new face of Lancome? Will hers be the smile that launches a thousand lipstick sales? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Lancome Oscillation PowerFoundation Review & Swatches

December 3, 2009
Lancôme ‘Ôscillation Powerfoundation’ Micro-Vibrating Polishing Mineral Make-up SPF 21 ($48)

When Lancome’s new Ôscillation Powerfoundation hit the market I think we all let out a collective groan, wondering if we really needed yet another gimmicky product that wouldn’t deliver on its promises. Well thankfully Lancome has obviated that concern by bringing us a product that actually delivers! Despite some flaws, this powder is quickly approaching holy grail status for me.

Check out the full review and tons of photos after the jump!

The Good: Apparently the beauty world really was in need of a vibrating mineral powder applicator as I can’t imagine being without mine. Now you all know I’m not a big fan of mineral makeup, and while I don’t know how much I love Lancome’s Oscillation PowerFoundation as a stand-alone foundation powder, as a setting powder it’s really second to none (except maybe maybe my La Mer loose powder).


The 7,000 micro-vibrations per minute break down the powder so that it seems to almost melt into the skin, providing a truly seamless finish that just disappears into your complexion. You’ll never look powdery or overly made up using PowerFoundation, and as an added bonus, the micro-vibrations in conjunction with the minerals in the foundation provide your skin with mini-massages during each use, making for softer, smoother, healthier skin in the long run.

As for the flocked applicator – it’s bouncy, soft, holds and distributes the product well, and really is all-around pretty great. Coupled with the beautiful powder formula (think light, airy, yet slightly creamy with light to medium coverage and up to 14 hour wear) Lancome Oscillation PowerFoundation is a winner in my book.

The Not So Good: Of course no product is perfect, and Oscillation PowerFoundation is no exception. My main gripe is the fact that I couldn’t find a shade to match my complexion – Beige 10 (which I got) is way too yellow, and Ivory 10 was much too white. Luckily the powder is fine enough that I can get away with wearing it, but I’d love to have a shade that actually matches my skintone. The other gripe? The fact that you can’t wash these puffs – I’ve been using mine for weeks and it’s starting to look a little gunky and nasty, and while Lancome has been promising to bring us replacement heads at some point, I want them now! =P

The Verdict: Lancome’s Oscillation PowerFoundation tends to be a little too sheer for me to use as a stand-alone foundation, but layer it over some liquid foundation, let it work its complexion-smoothing wonder and you’ll have some serious magic on your hands. It smooths down even a rough liquid foundation application job and wears beautifully without oxidizing. At $48 it’s pretty pricey for the 0.28 oz of foundation that you get, but if you can afford the splurge do check it out!

I purchased this product myself at Bloomies, especially to review for you! You know I can’t resist trying all the latest and greatest gimmicky products!

Get The Look: Leighton Meester’s Red Lips

December 2, 2009

You all know I’m a big fan of L’Oreal’s Infallible Plumping Lipglosses, and apparently so is Leighton Meester! According to the multi-talented starlet, “L’Oreal Paris Infallible Plumping Lipgloss in Plumped Red gives me that extra little color boost when I really want my lips to pop.” The Infallible Gloss formula contains a patent-pending shine polymer that creates a long-lasting, supple film of color on top of lips to give you color and shine that lasts for hours on end.

Don’t remember my review of these? Check out the original post and swatches (including Plumped Red) and be sure to head over to your local drugstore to test them out for yourself!

Quick Video Review of Lancome Oscillation PowerFoundation

October 31, 2009

Again with text review and lots of photos to come at some point in the coming week! I’m just doing a quick YouTube experiment to see if I actually do like it (and to see if you guys actually want videos since honestly at this point I’m not a big fan) – I seem to be losing my voice though which stinks!

Introducing Lancôme Oscillation PowerFoundation SPF 21

October 15, 2009

Lancome’s latest Oscillation PowerFoundation is just one of those products that makes me go “hmmmm…..seriously?!” ~ it’s not that it seems like a particularly bad idea, it’s more that I’m wondering who the heck thought that the world needed a vibrating foundation! Which isn’t to say that I’m not dying to to pick myself up this $48 vibrating mineral foundation that promises to revitalize and smooth my skin.

So who wants to see a review of this? Because if my public demands it, you know I have no choice but to get it! In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with this HSN presentation of the foundation. Surprisingly it looks promising, although looking at this product, some of my Oscillation Mascara disappointment is coming back to me.

There’s a New Lancome Deluxe Brush Set In Town

October 4, 2009

Lancome’s ‘Declaring Indigo’ Nordstrom Exclusive 5 Piece Brush Set was a huge hit when it launched, and it looks as though Lancome has decided to capitalize on that success during the holidays by brinigng us this lovely purple-hued Deluxe Brush Set for the holidays.

At $59 it’s $7 more than the original Declaring Indigo set, but it does include one more brush and comes in an elegant bejeweled brush roll ~ plus it’s a $160 value! So what exactly does your $59 get you?

  • Foundation Brush #2 -The must-have brush for flawlessly applying any foundation.
  • Powder Brush #1 – The pro for sheer, smooth, naturally flawless powder application.
  • Precision Shadow Brush #12 – The ideal partner for all Lancome eye shadows.
  • Dual Ended Brush #18 – At one end: the flat, fine edge brush precisely applies shadow, wet or dry, to create a sharp eye lining result. At the other end: the shadow brush.
  • Blending Shadow Brush #17 – For the most precise eye shadow application. It allows you to smudge shades into eye corners for the smokiest looks.

Check out my review of the Declaring Indigo set to see reviews of all the brushes except for the #12 Precision Shadow Brush. If you’ve been on the hunt for a decently affordable set of travel brushes, there are a fantastic option as they’re really a great deal at $59 and the quality is really pretty amazing. Or pick up a set as a holiday gift ~ I know I’d love to find one waiting for me under the tree come Christmas morning!

Mascara Series Part 29: Lancome Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara Review & Photos

August 13, 2009
Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara in Excessive Black ($24.50)

The Claim: Hypnôse Drama creates full body, high-volume lashes in a single stroke. The full contact brush, with its S-shaped curve, grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, eye-popping, full body fringe. It works magic on tiny lashes. Even dramatizes corner lashes other brushes miss—or worse, mess. Lancôme’s luxurious new texturizing complex features highly saturated waxes and intense black pigments for maximum lash volume. The triple coating system with caring Pro-Vitamin B5 delivers a fluid and creamy application to quickly and easily build big, battable lashes.

The Packaging: I’m generally not too impressed by Lancome’s non-limited edition packaging, but I do always appreciate the raised rose design they have on their mascara boxes ~ very pretty! The Hypnôse Drama tube is actually rather sexy – it curves and dips in all the right places, mimicking the S-curve of the brush housed within.

The Brush: Hypnôse Drama’s brush is what suckered me into purchasing this mascara. As you know, I’m all about trying out new mascaras, and when a company releases a brush design that I haven’t seen before, all hope is lost. In practice, the S-shaped curve design creates much the same effect that a curved wand does; the brush molds to fit the contour of your eye a little better and helps to give you lashes some extra lift. Unfortunately the bristles don’t quite do it for me – they do indeed load the lashes with mascara as Lancome claims, but this comes in the form of depositing large blobs of mascara along my lashes and then not being able to work out the clumps or provide much definition.

The Formula: Based upon Hypnôse Drama’s claim to be able to quickly build long, lush lashes I was expecting great things but was sorely disappointed. The formula is indeed intensely black, but that’s pretty much the only positive that I can find. Hypnôse Drama has a very very wet, somewhat mousse-like formula that globs onto the mascara wand and then sort of sits on your lashes, forming unattractive clumps that are difficult to work out. The wetness means that should you blink while applying your mascara or for a good period of time afterwards, you’ll end up with raccoon eyes. The formula flaked on me, smudged a little, and didn’t hold a curl (although it did provide some nice lift thanks to the S-brush). I was able to achieve some decent length with this, and I will say the volume was nice, but I can’t advocate purchasing a mascara that creates volume by gluing lashes together to create a spindy, spidery mess.

Here’s a close-up of one eye so that you can see the messiness/clumpiness I’m talking about. I worked hard to create an even application and this was the result.

The Verdict: I really really wanted to love Lancome’s Hypnôse Drama as it’s not terribly priced, has a cool brush, and basically sounds like it would be the most amazing mascara ever, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I know it actually doesn’t look too terrible in the photos above, but in person it was messy and clumpy and just not the mascara for me! I have seen a bunch of rave reviews on this particular mascara so you may be able to make it work for you, but I definitely won’t be going back to it until they improve the formula.

RATING: 2.5/5

Read Parts 1-28 of the Mascara Series here! I’ve also added a “Mascara Series” tab up top so you have easy access to it at all times!

Lancome ‘Declaring Indigo’ Nordstrom Exclusive 5-Piece Brush Set Photos Galore (& Review)!

July 21, 2009
Lancome Declaring Indigo Brush Set ($52)

I’ve been told that I’m quite possibly one of the most annoying people in the world to shop with: I’m indecisive, I second-guess every decision and I basically have to contemplate each purchase or a good hour or two beore I can make a final decision. But this Nordstrom-exclusive Lancome Declaring Indigo Brush Set was one purchase decision that I made in minutes and I haven’t looked back since! I’m generally not a bluesy kinda person, but the rich, deep indigo of these brushes is truly stunning and a crowd-pleaser for sure, judging by the rate at which these sets were selling. Check out my small Norstrom Beauty Exclusives haul HERE!

I bought this set primarily for the Mineral Powder Foundation Brush, a plush, dense, velvety soft brush that picks up powders beautifully. I’ve been in desperate need of a powder brush for the longest time, and that gave me just the excuse I needed to indulge in this set.

I’m generally not a fan of these types o oundation brushes as I tend to go for the stipplers or the shorter, denser ones like the Shu brush I previously reviewed, but Lancome’s Foundation Brush #2 was a pleasant surprise. It’s super soft, of course, yet it applies foundation beautifully thanks to the fact that it has some give without being too flexible. It’s that perfect blend of firm yet yielding that enables streak free foundation application.

So to be honest this Blender Brush #4 is a bit of an enigma to me. It’s really oddly sized, as in it’s pretty massive to be used as an eye brush, but really small for a face brush. Lancome says that this is great for blending face and blush powders or eyeshadows meaning it can be used for both face and eyes, but it seems to be ill-suited for both. I’m probably going to reserve this to use or highlighting my cheek/brow bones and the like.

And the fourth brush in this set is double ended. At one end we have a flat, fine-edged brush for lining the eyes.

And on the the other end we have a nice all-purpoe eyeshadow brush, although it looks more like a concealer brush to me.

I took a little family photo so that you can get a relatively good idea of the sizes of these brushes in relation to each other. The blender brush is the one facing the bottom let corner — see what I mean about its odd size? How would you use that on your eye?!

My minor quibbles aside, the Declaring Indigo brush set is one of the best purchases I’ve made all year and definitely a set that I hope to treasure for years to come. The brushes not only have a gorgeous blue hue, but they’re well-constructed, incredibly soft and plush feeling against the skin, and a seriously great value at only $52!

ABS Shops Nordstrom’s Beauty Exclusives!

July 20, 2009

You’ll be getting more in-depth info on the products in upcoming posts, but here’s my tiny restrained haul!

So here’s my favorite purchase of this year: Lancome’s ‘Declaring Indigo’ Brush Set (see it on Nordstrom’s site HERE). I’ll be posting a review on these tomorrow or so but let me just say that if you haven’t already, you need to get your hands on these! Not only are they simply stunning, but they’re also an amazing value, exceedingly soft and plush, and just so much fun to own.

Plus it didn’t hurt that my purchase qualiied my for a great gift with purchase (GWP). I chose the indigo tote to go with my new indigo brushes and was delighted to see that the set included a Color Fever Shine lipstick in Pink to the Club (you get a choice of two shades), a bright pink that’s heavy on the golden flecks, which I’ve actually been meaning to purchase.

Can you believe I only made two purchases during this year’s Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives event? But that’s pretty much all my wallet would permit, and I’m proud that all of my purchases were relatively practical ones.

Purchase #2 was Clarins’ UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 Double Edition (see it on Nordstrom’s site HERE) which I raved about on the blog HERE. This is seriously my HG sunscreen and it’s one amazing product that I don’t think that I can be without.

And lucky for me there was yet another GWP! While you technically have to purchase two separate Clarins products to receive this gift, the salesgirl was sweet enough to let me get away with just puchasing the UV Plus duo. How amazing is this set? I can’t believe that it was free!

I’ve already taken a bunch of rather beautiful close-ups of the Lancome brushes so you can expect those to be up Tuesday (hey a little suspense is good for you!) but in the meantime I’ll be posting a bunch of swatches that I know you’re going to love!

New Mascara Alert! Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara

July 17, 2009
Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara ($24.50)
Hypnôse Drama creates full-bodied, high-volume lashes in a single stroke. The oversized, full-contact Convex Brush has an S-shaped curve that grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, full-bodied fringe. It even dramatizes corner lashes that other brushes miss. Lancôme’s new luxurious, texturizing complex features highly saturated waxes and intense black pigments that provide maximum lash coating and rich color. The triple-coating system with Pro-Vitamin B5 delivers a fluid and creamy application, with long playtime, to quickly and easily build big, battable lashes.

You all know I’m a sucker for cool/new/different mascara wands! I was thinking I’d been ordering Givenchy’s new & improved Phenomen’eyes release, but then Sephora decides to torment me by sending this little morsel of delight to my inbox! Should I? Shouldn’t I? It does say ‘quantities are limited’! Which of the two would you rather see reviewed for the Mascara Series?