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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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