There was much excitement when news spread of the collaboration between Alber Elbaz and Lancome. The collection consists of four of Lancome's bests selling mascara, 3 shadow palettes, 3 singles and some false eyelashes.
Some posts I have read have stated that all the shadows in
the collection are in the regular line-up, I couldn't see a dupe for
this palette but as I am not oh-fay with Lancome, I'd be interested to
know if this is the case?
I bought the least dramatic of the offerings, Hypnôse Doll Eyes palette
(£38) with is adorned with a heart motif by Alber Elbaz.
feature I really like is that the palette is magnetised so that the
little brushes don't fall out, which I think is a neat idea.
The palette contains a taupe/grey, black with a bit of sparkle, gunmetal
grey, silver grey/beige and a very sheer pink with micro glitter. Apart
from the black and pink, the other shades have a slight shimmer.
There is a variant in feel, some are smooth, whereas others feel dry to
the touch. That said, they colours do apply well and I don't have any
issues with blending them. Apart from the pink, the pigment is really good.
I am really pleased with the overall pigment and long wear time. For
those wishing to create a classic smoky eye this is the perfect
The mascara's in the collection are the same as those in regular line up
but you pay the extra £1 for the limited edition packaging.
something strangely satisfying about having a matching palette and
mascara (sometimes I'll lie them next to each other, because I am that strange).
I bought the Hypnôse Doll Eyes mascara (£23). It lengthens and gives
thickness and is a very intense black. The only drawback is that its
prone to smudge, so not best suited to warmer months.
One thing I should
mention is that it contains a strong fragrance, it doesn't cause me any
problems but I really can't understand its inclusion given that fragrance is cited as one
of the main causes of skin irritation in make-up (and combining this with how sensitive peoples' eyes can be).
Still, fragrance issues aside, I am really loving these and will pay more attention to Lancome from now on.
I bought these from boots.