Monday, August 21, 2017

Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan Collection: Review and Swatches

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Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan Collection: Review and Swatches
In addition to a fabulous makeup palette, the Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan Collection features a whole range of collector-worthy items. Inspired by the designer's quirky and playful style, each and every item in this range is bound to make your heart skip a beat. To check out my review and swatches, click....
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan Collection Olympia's Wonderland Palette: Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Olympia's Wonderland Palette
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Olympia's Wonderland Palette ($100 CAD):
An absolutely stunning eyes, lips, and cheeks palette, the Olympia's Wonderland Palette features a whimsical embroidery design that perfectly reflects Le-Tan's quirky vintage style. I've already posted a full review of the palette so go check it out here!
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter: Swatches and Review
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter ($55 CAD):
We've seen cushion foundations and cushion blushes by now but Lancome is changing things up with a cushion highlighter! Housed in a lacquered black compact and adorned with an embroidered design on the cap, the Olympia Le-Tan Cushion Highlighter appears ivory beige in the compact but when swatched, it is a pale pearly shimmer.
The formulation is liquid and it's intended to be applied with the included sponge applicator. The highlighter is quite pale and it actually has a whitish pigmentation, which I'm not really a fan of. Additionally, the finish has noticeable particles of pearly white shimmer flecks shining through; they aren't gritty, large glitters by any means but they aren't the kind of fine shimmers I prefer.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter: Swatches and Review
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter
Lastly, I don't really like how this highlighter applies. I used it on my cheeks as the last step of my makeup and it really disrupted the powder blush I had applied underneath. Overall, I'm not fond of the formulation but the packaging is utterly adorable (and collector-worthy). Because the cushion portion is removable, you can easily replace it with the amazing Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation if you wish. However, I want to note that because the embroidered elements of this collection are made of actual cotton fabric, they do tend to get dirty very easily so it's best to avoid toting the compact around in your purse.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter: Swatches and Review
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Cushion Highlighter
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick ($40 CAD):
Just when you thought that things can't get any cuter, the Lancome L'Absolu Rouge lipsticks are getting a special "Le Bisou" makeover with a special edition packaging. With a kiss mark and Olympia Le-Tan's autograph embossed on the tube, the L'Absolu Rougelipsticks are shaped into a pair of puckered lips.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick in "1955 Rouge de Rose"
This is actually my first time playing with the L'Absolu Rouge lipsticks and I am just in awe with the luxurious black and gold packaging. They have a nice weight to them and to open them up, you actually press on the iconic Lancome Rose etching that's at the top of the lipstick and the base pops right out!
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick
I honestly didn't have the heart to ruin the lip design so I apologize for not having lip swatches to share with you guys. However, I did dip a lip brush near the base of the lipsticks so I do have some arm swatches for your reference (see below). "1955 Rouge de Rose" appears as a true red in the tube but it swatched a lot more orange than I expected. "1988 Rouge Profond" looks like a deep oxblood in the tube but it swatched a tad lighter on the arm; I would describe it as a nice rich wine red.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker: Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick ($29 CAD):
Released earlier this year, the Lancome Matte Shakers took my by surprise with its ultra-pigmented and long wearing formulation. This Olympia Le-Tan collection introduces three new shades and I've got two here to share with you. I won't delve too much into the formulation as I will refer you to my previous post where I have a detailed review. Essentially, these are oil-infused liquid lipsticks with a non-drying but matte finish.
"1980 Olympia" is a soft orange red. I'm usually not a fan of orange lips but this shade is quite unique in that it's orange but not too orange. The formulation is decently pigmented, not as much as some of the other shades in the permanent range, but still opaque in a few swipes. However, I did find the wear a tad disappointing. The color faded noticeably after eating, which was not the case with some of the other shades I've tried in the past.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker: Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker in "1976 Insoup├žonnable"
"1976 Insoup├žonnable" (translates to "unsuspected" in English") is a rich medium purple. I had some trouble with the formulation as the pigmentation is quite patchy. Funny enough, though, this color leaves behind the most beautiful bright pink stain that won't budge with eating or drinking. So it definitely has some appeal. Overall, I'm not super impressed with either of these new Matte Shaker shades. "1980 Olympia" I will definitely wear again because it is a really pretty color but I'm disappointed with the shorter wear time. Again, if you have not already done so, please go check out my original review of the Lancome Matte Shakers, shades like "Kiss Me Cherie" and "Pink Power" are unbelievably pigmented and long-lasting, but without the drying, crackly texture of traditional matte liquid lipsticks.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou Lipstick in "1988 Rouge Profond" & "1955 Rouge de Rose": Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shakers & L'Absolu Rouge Le Bisou
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker in "1976 Insoupconnable": Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker in "1976 Insoup├žonnable"
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker in "1980 Olympia": Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Matte Shaker in "1980 Olympia"
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Le Vernis Nail Polish in "1967 Moderato" ($22 CAD):
Last but not least, there are several limited edition Le Vernis shades included in this collection. I have here "1967 Moderato", a high-shine, shimmery gunmetal silver. The formulation is definitely on the sheerer side but the polish is very easy to apply. I used three coats for the swatches below although you can probably get away with two if you don't mind some subtle patchy spots.
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Le Vernis Nail Polish in "1967 Moderato": Review and Swatches
Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan | Le Vernis in "1967 Moderato" | Three Coats with No Top Coat
It's also worth noting that the packaging for the Olympia Le-Tan polishes is different from that of the Lancome Vernis in Love polishes. It contains 10ml of product (vs 6ml) and the cap is embossed with the Lancome rose in gold (see the first image of the Matte Shakers). The bottle still has a "double cap" design though, a little inconvenient but very luxurious.

So what are your thoughts on this collection? Will you be picking up any of the items? Share with me in the comments below!

Availability:
The Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan Collection is available online at www.lancome.ca and in stores at Lancome counters.
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