Just because something needs a little work doesn’t mean you should love it any less. This should be our motto for a lot of things, and while I admit I may need to work on adhering to this in some other areas of my life, when it comes to makeup I am a firm believer.
Take for example one of my favourite eye palettes at the moment. The Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Lavender Grace ($55 CAD/$50 US). If you want this palette to look truly amazing then you need to use an eyeshadow primer. So what. I don’t really see that as a fault. You will never hear me rant and rave about something saying it totally sucks because it fades, creases, or looks lacklustre with no primer. As long is it performs well with a primer then I see the product as being worthwhile. I see eye primers as a daily necessity. I have a huge assortment that I use depending on the look I’m doing and I even regularly layer a cream base over a sheer primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance. ALL eyeshadows look and perform far better with a good primer. So, in my opinion, why the heck shouldn’t it be part of my daily makeup routine? I shudder at the thought of the number of years my makeup looked far less stellar than it could have before I started using them. Well, lets get back to the look. I’ve gone off the rails with my preaching about the necessity of primers.
So lets get back to the amazing Lancôme Lavender Grace Palette. I am SO IN LOVE with the look this palette creates. It is beyond stunning and perfect to coordinate with the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. In order to achieve this look I need to use an eye primer all over my lid and I also use a sticky glitter base (Too Faced Glitter Glue) with the highlighter shade to really get the full effect from it. Without primers the lavender lid shade is much sheerer/softer and the highlighter shade is just very sheer glitter with a lot of fallout. With primers the entire palette improves immensely. Let’s take a look at some swatches:
If I had of swatched this in store I probably would have been. Meh, way too disappointing colour payoff, and passed. Luckily I was sent this for consideration from Lancome and had the pleasure of fully testing it. I think from now on I may take primer with me for swatching in store! If I hadn’t of given this palette a chance I would have been missing out on this fabulousness.
The palette design is very slim and sleek.
The plastic protector denotes the intended uses for the shades. There is also a booklet included with the palette that gives a suggestion for a day and night look with full step by step instructions. I have been wearing the night look because I’m a go big or go home kinda gal.
It is such a gorgeous collection of shades. The soft pink base shade is a satin matte and works great as a base and builds up nicely under the brow bone to amplify the sheen a little bit. The lavender lid shade is bright and beautiful. It is the only shade that does still fade a bit throughout the day even with a primer but not enough to make me stop loving it. The charcoal shade I feared would be too dark in the crease on my fair skin but it blends out beautifully. The highlighter shade requires a base or even better a sticky base otherwise it falls out like crazy. With a good sticky base it looks absolutely incredible on the inner corner and patted on the lid. The liner shade (which is used in the outer third and blended into the crease as well in this night look) is the perfect compliment.
Here is the look in full. I perfected my skin with Rouge Bunny Rouge Time Defying Foundation in Quinoa Cream and set with the Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Dual Fit Compact Jewel Complexion Pressed Powder. On cheeks in the new Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop and Lips are Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Liner in Roald with Dior Addict Gloss in Enchanted Pink. On the eyes I also used Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Eyeliner in Prune and the new Spring 2014 YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Captivating Purple.
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