Lovely Lancome’s Spring Makeup Collection

Lancome has come out with Rosaraie Des Delices (La Roseraie means “Bed of Roses”), a luscious, luxurious, new Spring 2012 makeup collection that is as beautiful to look at as it is to use.  The collection has something for everyone, and reminds me of a Spring garden in candyland — and I mean that in a very good way!   It’s pretty, sophisticated, and if you can call makeup “cheerful,” it’s that, as well.

 

For example, there’s Le French Touch Absolu Nu lipstick in #316 Cotton Candy. The case looks a bit like a genuine, striped hard candy good enough to eat, in a special, limited edition case. The shiny and brushed silver tube has a pretty, green enameled stripe, inspired by Lancome’s heritage lipsticks – fourth edition. The lipstick itself is a bubblegum pink as bold as a brand new pencil eraser, but the pink is sheer, shiny and translucent, actually inspired by the look of cotton candy (without the calories).  It’s fun to wear, but it’s also got some serious skincare in it. It is the first Ultra caring lipstick with Pro-Xylane™ in a new infinitely light texture, and enriched with enhancing pigments to reveal the radiance of beautifully replenished lips. Pro-Xylane™ restores moisture to the lips for up to 8 hours. This lipstick feels immediately hydrating and silky, even on chapped lips.  For those who love tech-speak, Pro-Xylane is an ingredient originally developed by Lancome in 2006. It is a sugar-protein hybrid made from xylose, a sugar found abundantly in beech trees and known to stimulate the production of glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), molecules responsible for defending the skin against water loss. Theoretically, as skin ages, it loses elasticity and worse, the cells can’t as effectively produce youth-boosting proteins, such as collagen. Pro-Xylane helps to tell aging cells what to do, transmitting information to younger cells and re-stimulating older cells , simultaneously. All this sounds great. But even if it didn’t  make lips look younger, it does beautify,  with a flattering wash of pink color—and who doesn’t want that?!

If you think the lipstick above is stunning, take a look at the The illuminating Smooth Powder ($45.00). This gorgeous blush/highlighter is not just universally flattering, it’s gorgeous!  For starters, the compact is the iconic,
black, square Lancome variety, gussied up on the cover with an oval ring of
little roses (the Lancome rose. Of course). Inside the mirrored compact is a
pressed powder so pretty it literally made me gasp when I first saw it.  There’s a silky rose in medium pink with tons of Perle,  and above the rose, a sunbeam’s worth of  translucent highlighter. This beautiful, multi-dimensional powder is perfect to transition to Spring, giving even Winter weary skin a  shimmery, all-in-one boost as a fresh blush, or subtle, all over color.  I only wish that Lancome had inclueed a puff, sponge or mini brush in or with the compact. No matter how you apply it, this product will be your newest and nicest, Springtime beautifier.  It’s a little splurge well worth the cost.

 

 

The collection also has two Color Design Limited Edition Spring 2012 Collection Eye Palettes – a sea green palette called Vert Tendresse – shades of mint and forest greens)  and a pink-centric one called Rose Romance  - shades of soft pinks, peach and burgundy.. These Eye Brightening All-In-One 5-Shadow & Liner palettes are  $48.00.

Other parts of the collection especially worth of note are three Le French Touch Lipsticks: 314 Rose Candy; 316 Soft marshmallow; and 318 Sweet Marmalade. Plus three really fun, Le Vernis, Color Fever Lip Glosses in green, peach and rose: 386 Green: Petal; 387  Tangerine Petal; and 388 Rose Petal. Petal. I didn’t try these, but I am told that they are shiny, sheer and while the pink and rose add just a hint of tint, the green adds a hint of frost to lips.   There are three Nail Polishes to go with the Lip Glosses: 29 Green Almond, 30 Rose Tangerine and 31 Rose Macaron.  The green is a creamy, opaque mint with a bit of khaki in it to make it modern.  It might not suit everyone, but I think it would look amazing on olive skin.

Greet Spring!  Get this collection, and lots of great beautiful Lancome items at your favorite Lancome makeup counter, and check out the lancome official web site: http://www.lancome-usa.com

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