Sunday, 9 February 2014

Lancome Spring 2014 Collection French Ballerine: Topaze Dore

French Ballerine is a concise collection with soft, feminine colours, the look is a pink flush to the cheeks, sheer luminous shadow and soft rosy lips. The collection features two of their cream eyeshadows,Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling Eye Colours, I avoided the pink one and bought Topaze Dore (£21).


Its a golden peach shade with a heavy dose of shimmer/metallic, which makes it look a bit frosty.
Reminiscent of Chanel Illusion d'Ombres, though similar they are not the same.

Lancome's has a more spongy texture, application is not as faultless as Chanels as they don't adhere as well (you can see in my photo below the bald spot on the lower outer section) and its hard to control the level of colour, one application gives a sheer wash, but one more clings onto the shadow so much that the second layer is much heavier, I think this performs much better when used over a powder shadow.

In terms of wear, these do need a primer to prevent creasing, though the colour stays true through the day. There is a lot of fall out with this particular shade though, and I do end up with silver sparkles half way down my face.
Swatched below once and then twice

Though I like the shade over a shadow, there is nothing here that would make me choose this formula over Chanel.

I bought this from Boots.

20 comments:

  1. Ugh post-application fallout is a b*. So sorry to hear it's not all that stellar! I haven't tried the formula yet, but I probably won't start with this particular shade!

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    1. I think its one to skip, I don't think I will buy anymore of these, just not worth the price.

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  2. Oh thank you for this review! I was contemplating getting this one but now will pass. Silver sparkles on cheeks is not my favorite look. Too bad because it does look very pretty.

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    1. Glad to save you the money ;) it is a shame as its so pretty in the container, I'm glad I only picked up the one.

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  3. Bleh if there is one thing that can totally kill my excitement over an eyeshadow it's fall out :-( What a shame.

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    1. Yep, its rather annoying, wonder if its just this certain shade that has this problem though.

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  4. Aw boo! It looks so lovely on you though Clare.

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    1. Thank you :) You know I was contemplating this for quite a while, kept swatching it at the counter along with the pinky highlight/blusher, wish I'd got that in the end instead.

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  5. What a gorgeous peachy colour :) Reminds me of the Chanel Illusion D'Ombres in Emerville :D

    x
    Phoebe
    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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    1. Hi,
      I was thinking the same thing :) I had a look at them together and Emerville is pinky and doesn't have the level of shine/frost that the Lancome does.

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  6. It looks gorgeous on you, Clare! However, if the formula pales in comparison to Chanel then it certainly sounds as though we would all be better off sticking with Chanel! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lola :) Yes, I think we'd best stick with Chanel, I just always get tempted to try other brands versions of things :)
      xx

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  7. I tried others from Lancome and they didn't match up to either Chanel or Armani's versions. I'll be like you and stop buying the imitations now.

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    1. Hi Marcia, yes I think I will leave alone, Lancome seems very hit and miss for me really.

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  8. Too bad, that's disappointing!

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    1. Yes, not quite what I would have hoped, I'm still tempted to get the pinky blusher from the collection though ;)

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  9. Such a shame there's fallout. They look so nice.
    xo, http://cheyenne-style.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, its rather annoying, glitter down face is not the best look :)

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