About the Lancôme Absolutely Rose Spring Collection

Admit it, if you’re here, reading these lines, it’s purely because of the rose shaped highlighter from Lancôme. You want to know more about this product that has got the internet in a turmoil ?

Well I’m here for you !

Thing is, I’m weak. And I caved. Not only did it get this famous highlighter, I also bought quite a few other things from the collection.

I don’t really like to admit it, but I love those pastel shades of pink, I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I immediately fell in love with the visual for the collection, and when I saw the shades, I thought they had been made just for me. The Absolutely Rose collection is fresh, glowy and pastel pink, like a good spring morning.

So I decided to try all the products that I was curious about in order to give you my opinion on this collection and help you decide whether you should cave too or not.

La Rose à Poudrer

I’ll start with the highlight of this collection and the culprit for my bankruptcy. It’s because of this rose shaped highlighter that I stepped dangerously close to the Lancôme counter, and it’s because of it that I looked more closely at everything else in the collection.

But actually I knew I was going to get it, even before I had seen it in real life, as soon as I had watched this video from Tati.

So I bought it, I used it, and here are my thoughts.

Let’s start with the packaging. The rose is enclosed in a pastel pink box with metallic rose-gold details. The rose is actually a fake flower very much like the ones you can find in home decor shops. So the rose itself isn’t the product, the product is dispersed onto the rose petals and comes off when you rub a brush or a finger on them.

This means that the object in itself will remain beautiful, even if you use the product. This isn’t the case when the product itself is shaped like a rose, or has a rose engraving (I’m thinking of the Milani rose blushes for instance, that look less and less like roses as you use them.)

This also means that if you’re partially getting this product to look nice on your vanity (but who isn’t ?!), it’ll last longer as a decorative object, even if you’ve used it all up.

This is a really good thing, because that’s were things go bad. In terms of product, this really big box actually contains only 1.6g of product (1.6g !!!) which is completely ridiculous. I’m not here to judge anyone, I purchased it myself, but you should know that if you use this product regularly you will finish quickly. Just think that the Mary Lou highlighter from The Balm contains 8.5g and the cushion highlighter from the same Lancôme collection contains 7g. So … yeah.

This makes me angry, but realistically, I know that there are so many highlighters in my collection that I’m never going to use up any of them. So I got this one despite it being so ridiculous, despite knowing that I was getting ripped off, but having decided that as I was never going to finish it anyway, it didn’t really matter.

So we have establish two things already, it’s gorgeous and it’s way too expensive for the amount of product you get. But is it any good ?

I personally loooove it !

I have oily skin, and that’s why I usually tend to stay away from highlighters. I get shiny enough on my own, I’m not going to add to it. But highlighters are so pretty that I can’t resist them. I’ve therefore tried my fair share of them and even started liking them (mostly for night time makeup though). But what I particularly like about this one is how subtle it looks.

Indeed, it gives a very natural finish on the skin. It blends in really well, illuminates without looking overdone, and most importantly, it doesn’t exaggerate the texture of my skin which is often the case when I use highlighters. It’s the first time I found a highlighter I’m happy to use on a daily basis (even if I don’t use it everyday, I could), as I find that it makes my skin look better without looking too over the top.

That being said, as you’ll be able to tell from the swatches at the end of this post, it has a very silvery/pearly hue to it, which means that it probably won’t look as good on darker skin tones, as it will look very icy, and cold. But it’s not the case at all on my very pale skin.

It won’t work either for people looking for an intense highlight, like the Mary-Lou one. It’s not intense, it’s subtle and natural. But if you tend to be afraid of highlighters, it might just be the one for you.

So all in all, it’s gorgeous, it’s completely overpriced, it looks amazing on my skin and I love it.

Could you find a cheaper alternative ? Certainly (I’ll tell you if I do, and you can also leave your suggestions in the comments below). I do firmly believe that what makes this product stand out is the way it’s packaged rather than the highlighter in itself. But if you like beautiful objects or like to collect makeup, you should know that it’s a good subtle highlighter on top of being a beautiful object.

Cushion Blush Subtil in the shade 02 Rose Limonade

I’ve already mentioned that a couple of times, but I’m not convinced by cushion foundations at all. They’re often too glowy for my skin type, and I really don’t see the point of the cushion (everybody says they’re good for on the go, but I’m never going to reapply my foundation on top of everything else, so they’re not really for me). That being said, I was intrigued by a cushion blush.

I chose this shade, as it’s lighter than the other one, and on me it really looks like a princess or fairy’s blush, it magically brightens up my complexion. The shade of pink is really soft and pastel, and it doesn’t accentuate any redness in my skin.

I really like this blush because you can easily apply it with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. What I prefer is to use my beautyblender. It applies uniformly on the skin and lasts surprisingly well. It’s not a cream to powder formula, it’s a true liquid blush, and it looks really glowy on the skin which is gorgeous. Sometimes I like to set it with a powder blush to increase its longevity (I usually use MAC Spellbinder on top.)

I wouldn’t say that it completely changed my life, but I’m really happy with the shade that looks really nice on my skin and I’m surprised to see that I enjoy a glowy blush on my cheeks.

However this is not a product that you can get away with using on top of powder. If you’re used to setting your base with powder before applying your blush, be careful, because you won’t be able to use this one afterwards. It really doesn’t work ! The result is atrocious. It doesn’t blend at all, it moves everything around, it looks really uneven and it makes the pores stand out. So beware.

There’s also a darker shade in the collection, which is good because I’m not sure that this very pale one will look particularly good on darker skin tones.

Cushion Highlighter

I got the cushion highlighter for the same reason I got the blush: I was intrigued.

As for the blush, you can apply it with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. I personally prefer using my fingers. As with the rose highlighter, it tends to fall into the “more subtle highlighter” category. However this one has a golden tone to it and contains very small specks of glitter that make it ever so slightly less natural, though still very wearable.

The finish is a little different to what I’m used to in terms of highlighter and I’m not sure whether I love it or not. As you’ll be able to tell from the swatches down below, the colour of the highlighter is very close to the colour of my skin. This means that it melts into my skin and becomes almost invisible (a bit as if I was to apply a lighter coverage foundation on top of my foundation) but it still has a luminescence to it, a glowy finish. And the little speck of glitters are clearly visible -though really fine and beautiful– and they look like stardust (sadly they don’t really show on camera.)

Describing it like that, I’ve suddenly decided that I love it. Having a little bit of star dust on my cheeks is too poetic not to love. I don’t have any people with darker skin to try it on, so it’s just a hypothesis, but my guess is that the shade in itself would make this product a highlighter on top of its glowinness and the stardust on people with less pale skin than me. But on the fairest of them all, it’ll mostly be the tiny specks of glitter that will do all the highlighting job.

Personally I’m really happy that it’s part of my collection because I had never tried anything like it before. And I don’t think that I own anything else that’ll have that stardust effect on my cheeks.

Parisian Lips Le Stylo in the shade 04 Rendez-vous à Paris

Once more, I got this product because I was curious to play with it and discover something new. This lipstick is dual ended and is different from everything I’ve used so far. After talking with Karine from Nailderella, I learned that this type of product came from Korea (quite obviously, most new things come from there nowadays.)

So what this is, is a dual ended lippie, with a cushion type of applicator on one side that disperses something between a powder and a gel. The shade on this side is matte and more intense.

And on the other side is something between a gloss and a sheer coloured balm. The finish is a little glossy, the colour isn’t opaque. it’s something that’s simple, quick and comfortable.

In theory, the duality of the products allows you to add dimension to the lips. You can play with the shades and the finishes. You could try and do the korean lip look, where you focus most of the colour in the centre of the lip and fade gradually as you go outward. Or you could create a plumper lip look by focusing the colour on the outer edges of the lip and highlighting the center using the lighter and slightly glossy end of the stylo.

When it comes to actually using it, if your lips tend to be a bit dry, with a little flaky skin, steer clear of this product. The matte side tends to highlight any imperfection and on its own the other side is a bit boring.

All in all I must say that I’m quite happy with my purchase. The blush and highlighter cushions aren’t necessarily going to be staples in every makeup collection, but they apply very nicely and looks gorgeous on my skin. I’ll therefore keep on using them. They’re also quite different to everything else I own, which is becoming increasingly difficult.

The rose, as I was saying, is a beautiful object, and I like how it looks on my skin. But once more, ask yourself what you want, and what you expect from it before taking the plunge. It’s quite the investment so it’s that much easier to be disappointed. But I’m thrilled I got it.

As for the stylo, I loved the idea, but I’m a bit gutted that this is yet another product that doesn’t work for me. My lips are always a bit too dry. Though I must say that I’ve mostly seen negative reviews online, so you might want to keep that in mind.

The rest of the collection looks nice too, and if you like any of the shade, I know that the Ombre Hypnose Stylo, are great products. I own a dark blue one, that I used in this tutorial, and they last incredibly well.

I’m not particularly interested in the palette, but if you like the Juicy Shakers, then you should know that there are three new shades in this collection. Amongst other things.

I hope that this was useful to you.

Are you going to get something from the collection ? Or did you already ?

x
Macha

  • Oh my GOD where do I even begin?? That highlighter is just insane, what a stunner! I’d never buy it though. I’d literally have it sit there on my vanity and never use it. The cushion blush is a lovely shade though, so pretty, even if you need to figure out how and what to use it with. It’s a pity about the stylo.

    • I wouldn’t use it either generally, but as it still looks good as you use it, I’m actually sooo happy to put it on my face =D

  • Such a lovely post, Macha! I adore the whole collection but I just like everything in pale pink. I recently purchased three products from the collection as well and I’m veeeery very happy with the results. I got a Juicy Shaker, the same cushion blush you have and the Ombre Hypnôse Stylo in Rose lumière, I did a quick review on them today. I watched Tati’s video as well and I thought the highlighter looked gorgeous but I would hardly ever use it and it’s a shame it contains only 1.6g of product!

    Cheryl | SwissBeautyTalk

    • Thank you hun !
      I know that’s how I feel about the collection too =D I’m really tempted to get one of the shadow sticks, i think I’ll go and swatch them again 😛
      xx