August Beauty Preview: Lancôme L’absolu Desir, Visionnaire Yeux, and Teint Visionnaire
Lancôme’s launching a whole gamut of mouthwatering skincare and beauty products in the coming month. I’m particularly excited about the nail and skincare-related items, so read on!
L’ABSOLU DÉSIR Fall 2013 Make-up Collection
The catch-phrase for this collection is “effortless made-in-Paris chic”. The Fall colors are rich, but the textures are softer and sheerer so the overall effect is understated and elegant, without being aging or severe.
1. Blush Rose Désir: (SGD70) This gorgeous collectible embossed lumizing blush mixes peachy and pink tones to give skin color as well as a soft-focus glow. It’s designed to complement all the lipcolors in the L’ABSOLU DÉSIR range, but I haven’t had a chance to take a look at the actual product so I’ll have to let you know at a later time if this is good for all skin tones.
2. L’absolu Rouge lipsticks in 6 new shades: (SGD44) These 6 lipsticks look very strong in the tube but are actually creamy and semi-sheer, so I’d recommend 322 or 06 for the pale-skinned, and I LOVE 386 (a deep blue-based red) for medium to darker skins. They come in the same magnetized L’absolu Rouge tubes, but are jazzed up in black and gold embossed designs. If you like softer lip colors and a conditioning feel, these are great. If you want very strong, opaque colors, they might not be for you.
3. Vernis in Love “Faux Black Trio”: (SGD30) These made my heart skip a beat. (Ok, who am I kidding? I about had a seizure and started drooling on the spot when I heard this.) Lancôme’s launching - not 1, not 2 - but 3 multi-tonal “blacks”, each with its own twist of color. A black-plum (Purple Fiction), a black-brown (Black Sepia) and a black-grey (Grey Lumière). I’m not sure how similar Grey Lumière is going to be to my beloved Noir Caviar, but I’m itching to check these out.
P.S. Noir Caviar has got to be one of my most-complimented nail colors to date.
Skin - Visionnaire, Visionnaire, Visionnaire!
Those of you who are more interested in skincare and maintenance, heads-up!
I’ve mentioned repeatedly that when it comes to skin, I never skimp on serums. Of the few I love and repurchased multiple times over the years, Visionnaire LR 2412 is definitely one. At my age, I seem to have skin that can’t seem to decide if it wants to be “young” (oil and clogs) or “mature” (dryness, fine lines, uneven tones). Sometimes it almost feels dry on the surface and oily beneath. Go figure.
Visionnaire is one of those odd products that seems to be able to both, so I’m waiting with bated breath for TWO new products in the Visionnaire range.
1. Visionnaire Yeux: (SGD98; mid-August)
This fluffy, fast-absorbing, non-greasy eye cream aims to work like the serum but is more targeted at toning and reducing lines, as well as helping with discoloration around the delicate eye area.
The product comes in a hygienic twist-and-lock tube, with a soft silicone dispenser that you can use to gently tap and smooth product into your skin.
The skin around my eyes is pretty sensitive (I’ve broken out into rashes or gotten milia from some high-end eye creams before) but not from this one after about 2 weeks of daily use.
Aside from the patented LR 2412 molecule which boosts collagen production and improves skin tone and texture, the formula contains:
- caffeine to reduce puffiness and increase circulation
- Haloxyl to treat and slowly reduce the typical “bruised” coloring of dark circles caused by leaking capillaries
- encapsulated pigments to instantly brighten the eye area (the cream goes on clear but as you rub it, little spheres burst and release a rosy-beige tint the way skin-matching tinted moisturizers work.Test it on a sheet of white plastic and see for yourself!
2. Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Foundation and Corrector Duo: (price TBA)
This is a sort of sneak-update; it’s not launching to the public until September, although the company has hinted at a “preview” in the month of August. I’ll keep you posted once I know more!
Visionnaire Duo is one of those “makeup + skincare” multi-taskers for women who want their foundation and concealer to gradually improve their skin inside AND out. I haven’t managed to give it a full testing, so I can only say it seems to be a medium-coverage base that’s suitable for the same type of skin that would respond well to Visionnaire serum; combi/dry, normal, and combi-oily skin with visible pores, hyperpigmentation AND fine lines.
Interesting note: I was told the corrector goes on FIRST, before the foundation. (And I’m such a big advocate of Base before Corrector that I’m curious how it’s going to work out.)