Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Cosmetic Haul: Lancôme + Clarins

A breakdown of my mini Lancôme and Clarins haul from my angry shopping.

One of my favourite products by Lancôme is their Le Rouge Absolu Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF15 (what a mouthful huh?) in shade 391. It's definitely one of my holy grail lipsticks, and I'm more than half way through my third tube of it.

During my recent trip home, mum saw me wearing it and she really liked the colour. It's a lovely shimmery pink that is perfect to brighten up the face even when you're not wearing makeup at all; yet at the same time, goes on really naturally on the lips.

However, Lancôme counter in Robinsons ran out of this particular shade when I tried to get a new tube for mum. The sales assistant then directed me to their new range of lippies - the L'Absolu Rouge Advanced Replenishing & Reshaping Lipcolour Pro-Xylane™ SPF 12 (again, what a mouthful!).

This new line of lipsticks promises to be even creamier and smoother than Le Rouge Absolu, and since their shade 391 - Rose Diams looked really similar to the one I have, I decided to give this a try instead.

L'Absolu Rouge retails at RM72, which is the same price with Le Rouge Absolu. I got it in shade 390 - Rose Cashmere for myself, and shade 391 - Rose Diams for mum.

Rose Cashmere is a very pretty shade of pinkish rosy nude colour, which is perfect when you wanna play down the lip colour yet don't wanna look all washed out.

Pink Diams might look like a strong shade of pink in the tube or swatches, but I assure you that it actually goes on very naturally on the lips like your very own.

And here are the swatches:

With flash

Without flash

I also got the Teint Idole Ultra Fluid Foundation in 01 - Beige Albatre, which I believe is the lightest shade. I'm getting rather bored of my Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation.

I like that the glass bottle comes with a pump, but I can't say I'm too fond of the floral scent of this foundation though.

The scent is actually quite mild and not too bothersome, but I just would much rather if it's unscented and fragrance free. Oh well. *Shrugs*

I had a hard time deciding between 010 - Porcelaine and 01 - Beige Albatre. The former has a pink undertone, and the latter has a yellow undertone, but both matched my skin tone equally well.

The makeup artist put the two shades on each side of my face, but we couldn't really see much difference between the two colours. I decided to go with 01 in the end because I have this terrible fear of looking pinkish or orangey; and I'm counting on the yellow undertone to even out the redness in my complexion.

Beige Albatre is actually still a hair too dark for my skin tone, but I really like how lightweight this foundation is. It's fairly watery and only provides medium coverage, but it evens out my skin tone really well and it's super easy to blend. Plus it's oil-free!

The Teint Idole Ultra Fluid Foundation retails for RM126, which is very affordable for 30ml of product. This foundation claims to be formulated to resist transferring onto clothing and to provide a flawless 14-hour wear, though I seriously doubt that. It was transferred onto my clothes even after I set it with powder, so..... *Shrugs*

The purchase of these 3 products came with a 6-piece gift-with-purchase - the Blanc Expert Neurowhite X3 sample set.

And I finally stopped procrastinating and picked up the Clarins Double Fix' Mascara that Fuzkittie's been raving about. Can't wait to test this out to see if it really delivers what it promises to do - sealing and waterproofing our mascaras!

This is a transparent gel-like mascara sealer that you're supposed to use before and after (or after only) applying your mascara. It retails for RM85 at Clarins counters or outlets in Malaysia.

Get ready to say bye bye to raccoon eyes, baby! Haha.

8 left a petal:

emotionalistic said...

I like Rose Cashmere. I'm planning to get a new lip color cause i'm quite bored with the current one I have now. Have been living with the same lip color for almost a year now and I realize i didnt invest much on lip color, which I think i should :P.

prettybeautiful said...

nice colors! i mean, the lippie. it is my mom's fav shade too! and the liquid foundation seems quite affordable. yeay for freebies!

iamthewitch said...

Oh I seldom use lipsticks now, only use lipgloss! I just love shiny and juicy lips. Haha but it's a b*tch during windy days and your hair flies all over and STICK to your lips! Yuck! But the Lancome gift with purchase seems so worth it! So many pieces of them!

fuzkittie said...

Woot!! Double Fix!!

Lila said...

Gal, you made me want to go shopping too!!! I like both lippies you chose, so pretty colors. I will go try them out next time I go to the mall. Can you tell us what are the gifts-with-purchase?

Doreen said...

I normally use lipgloss than lipstick. I love the pumped up shinny lips! LOL

You definitely got quite a big loot there. Enjoy!

MisSmall said...

Emotionalistic: Lipsticks (or lip glosses, whichever one prefers) are worth investing into IMO. They're great for adding some colours to your face even when you aren't wearing much makeup at all. Rose Cashmere is a gorgeous colour, you should swatch it when you walk past a Lancôme counter next time and see if you like it. :)

Prettybeautiful: Your mum's favourite shade too? I hope that doesn't mean I have auntie taste. >_<

Iamthewitch: I totally know what you mean by sticky lip glosses. That's one of the reasons why I prefer lipsticks these days, less sticky and easier to apply. :)

MisSmall said...

Fuzkittie: Yes, thanks to you, gal, now I've joined the fan club of Double Fix too. ^_^

Lila: Oops, sorry about the late reply, gal. Not sure if the same GWP is still running, but Lancôme almost always has some sort of GWP going on, so check it out anyway. :)

My GWP came with (from left to right):
- 15ml Blanc Expert Neurowhite X3 Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Cream
- 10ml UV Expert Neuroshield High Potency Active Protection 12H UV-Pollution SPF50 PA+++
- 10ml Blanc Expert Neurowhite X3 High Potency Whitening Spot Eraser
- 30ml Blanc Expert Neurowhite X3 Ultimate Whitening Purifying Foam
- 15ml Blanc Expert Neurowhite X3 Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Emulsion - Moist
- 15ml Blanc Expert Neurowhite X3 Ultimate Whitening Beauty Lotion - Moist

Doreen: I apply lip gloss over my lipstick when I can be bothered, but on a daily basis, lipstick is just more user friendly (ha!) IMO. They're more pigmented and easier to apply. Well, for me anyway. :)