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Apr 07 2015

Travel Exclusive Tuesday: La Maison Lancome Palette

 

I’m quite sure that the La Maison Lancome Palette is very old news. It must have originally released in 2012? I didn’t know that until after I purchased it. As such, I’m not sure if its just REALLY old stock or if duty-free jurisdictions were sent the palettes at different times. I picked up the La Maison Lancome Palette locally, as The Bahamas is a travel jurisdiction.

 

la maison lancome palette review

 

At the time, I was deciding between La Maison and one of the Lancome Travel Lip and Eye Palettes.  I won’t lie, my final decision was completely and utterly influenced by aesthetic appeal.  Isn’t she pretty?

 

la maison lancome palette review

la maison lancome palette review (5)
 

The palette includes a blush, which I believe was available separately at regular retail several years ago, along with three eyeshadows.  At first glance, they looked very impractical. I wondered what Lancome was going for with this compilation – a frosty white, a pale pink and purple duo-chrome. Could you really create an eye look with these? Well, I did manage to and it didn’t turn out too bad. The colour payoff of the white and pink shades could be better with the purple being the most pigmented and best performing.

 

la maison lancome palette review
 
La Maison Lancome Palette Review

 

la maison lancome palette review

 

Now for the pièce de résistance and what really sold the palette: the blush. It is a beautiful scene featuring the iconic Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, the glitter is an over-spray – a feature which frustrates many a makeup junkie. It is visually appealing and draws one to the item, but serves no function. And it makes us sad to swatch and ruin it. Doesn’t it? But I did it anyway, for you guys. Swirled together, the blush is a very pale, warm pink. So pale, in fact, that you can barely see it in the swatch. On my light to medium skin tone, it does show up but as a very subtle wash of colour.

 

la maison lancome palette review
 
La Maison Lancome

 

At the end of the day, due to the lack of versatility, I think of the La Maison Lancome Palette as a collector’s item more than a practical travel palette. In this sense, I’m happy to add it to my collection as just that – a collectible but I probably won’t get a ton of use out of it. Additionally, the palette does not offer the kind of pigment that many prefer – limiting its appeal.

 

Generally, do you shop the duty-free? What makeup or skincare gems have you spotted lately?

 

 

Interested in duty-free shopping? Check out past Travel Exclusive posts here.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Karen

    The embossing really is something special! I have to agree with you that the look of the palette would draw me in rather than the wearability. Having said that, your eye makeup with it looks lovely!

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    x

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Karen. How swayed we are by shiny things….Hehe. xo

  2. Lisa @ Midwest Glam

    Old news or not she is one heck of a beauty! Love the eye look you created too! And that blush!!!

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Lisa. If I were to wear it again, I’d definitely add some liner but for the review I wanted to focus on the shadows only as they are. 🙂

  3. Ingrid Stump

    I wouldn’t be able to even swatch it! Definitely a collector’s item. Gorgeous.

    1. Kimmy

      I was brave, took one for the team. 🙂

  4. Dagmara (@mummyscorner)

    What a gorgeous looking little palette! The embossing on the blush is just too pretty to ruin it 🙂 Juts like you said, more of a collector thing 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Kimmy

      Definitely. I probably won’t end up using it again – not because I don’t like the colours but because I was to preserve it, hehe. 🙂

  5. nerdylibrariangirl

    OMG this is beyond, over the top ridiculously cute! How did you even bring yourself to us it? I would have just stared at it. Its too pretty!!!

    1. Kimmy

      All for the blog, all for the blog, lol. I had to psyche myself out. It is a beautiful palette.

  6. Jen

    I saw this not to long ago and was thinking about buying it. I love the design on the powder, so cute! I think I would feel bad using it. lol

    1. Kimmy

      The feeling is mutual…it took me days to get over losing the over-spray. So you’ve seen it around? I guess it must still be available in some places then…that’s good to know 🙂

  7. Renata Burden (@SpeakinBeautyUK)

    I never saw this palette when it was released back in 2012 but it was such a find! It’s simply stunning, like a piece of art. Love the blush. I’d feel bad to use it and destroy the pattern. lol x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    1. Kimmy

      The fact that I found it, makes me wonder if it’s still available in some places? It is a piece of art – which is probably why I haven’t touched it since the review, lol. xo

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