Monday, March 26, 2018

Lancome | Custom Glow Drops Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Highlighter: Review and Swatches

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Lancome | Custom Glow Drops Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Highlighter: Review and Swatches
For Spring 2018, Lancome has a new complexion product called the Custom Glow Drops Ultra-Pigmented Liquid Highlighter ($45 CAD). Designed to be mixed into your foundation or applied directly onto the face to achieve a subtle or intense glow, the range gives you full reins. To see some swatches and read my review of these liquid highlighters, click......
Lancome | Custom Glow Drops Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Highlighter: Review and Swatches
Lancome | Custom Glow Drops
Packaging:
The Custom Highlight Drop comes in a simple 15ml glass bottle equipped with a convenient dropper dispenser. The bottle opening is smaller than usual so I find it a bit tricky to pull out and re-insert the glass dropper without getting the rim dirty. Additionally, the liquid highlighter is quite viscous, so you won't actually be able to get equal-sized, individual droplets from the dropper. I feel like a pump bottle or even a squeeze tube may have been a better choice for the formulation.
Lancome | Custom Glow Drops Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Highlighter: Review and Swatches
Lancome | Custom Glow Drops | Bronze Glow
Formulation:
Available in four shades (Champagne Glow, Rose Glow, Golden Glow, and Bronze Glow), the Lancome Custom Glow Drops is a multi-use liquid highlighter with a lightweight, water-based formulation. The product can be mixed with foundation for a subtle, allover glow or it can be applied over makeup as a highlighter or bronzer. All four shade contains a fairly pigmented pearly base, in addition to a light sprinkling of golden micro-shimmers. The pigmentation is definitely there but I wouldn't call these "Ultra-Concentrated". The formulation applies nicely over foundation but it does not blend well over any powder products (ex. setting powder, powder blush). As someone with oily skin, a good powder is a must for finishing up any look but I find that with powder on top, the Custom Glow Drops significant loses their shine. Therefore, these are only suitable if you like that dewy, no-powder look.
Lancome | Custom Glow Drops Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Highlighter | Champagne Glow, Golden Glow & Bronze Glow: Review and Swatches
Lancome | Custom Glow Drops
The formulation is fairly smudge-proof but only if applied very sheerly. If built to a more concentrated sheen, there will be transferring and fading. Overall, the Custom Glow Drops is a pretty liquid highlighter. However, the idea is not original and I'm not loving the formulation. Despite being reasonably pigmented, the golden shimmers in all the colors are a bit excessive and I don't like how the formulation doesn't work well over powder. If you want something similar to these that are longer-wearing and easy to blend, I would check out the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators (reviewed here). See below for a breakdown of three shades from the line.

Champagne Glow: This is a very pale white gold shimmer scattered with subtle gold sparkles. The color is definitely not what I would associate with a champagne shimmer and it is sheerer than expected.
Golden Glow: A soft golden bronze, Golden Glow has both shimmer and sparkles. This one is great for those looking for a more bronze-y highlight.
Bronze Glow: Hands down the most pigmented shade of the three, Bronze Gold is a deep bronze sheen sprinkled with a subtle dash of golden sparkles. This is suitable for those with medium to dark skin tones.

Availability:
Lancome is available online and in stores at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers, London Drugs and www.lancome.ca.
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