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Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette

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Lancôme Sweet Butterfly paletteIf you, like me, are a sucker for anything pretty, you will also fall in love with this beauty. The Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette is a travel-retail exclusive and boy is it cute! Cool-toned in general, it comes with three eyeshadows: one in the Color Focus formula, 501 (a sparkly steel shade), and two in the Ombre Absolue formula, A40 Electric Dream (a satiny purple) and F20 Delice de Creme (a shimmery creamy champagne shade).

More importantly, the palette also comes with a gorgeous blush called La Rose Butterfly, described in the packaging as an instant radiance mineral compact powder – it’s a pink base with slight peachy undertones and a silver sparkle overspray, while the bow is a darker shade of pink, the rose is a lilac colour and the small butterflies are purple. The overspray comes off quite easily, so after a couple of uses the whole thing will reverse to the base colour.

The palette also comes with three applicators (two sponge-type ones for the eyeshadows and a brush for the powder) in two compartments, and the ultra-compact case is decorated with golden butterflies. As usual with Lancôme products, the palette comes in a velvet pouch featuring the brand’s signature rose.

The first swatch piture features the eyeshadows, and the second, the powder. I swatched the blush colours separately for reference – the first represents the base shade with overspray, the second is one of the butterflies, the third is the bow and the last, the rose. Click on the images for larger versions.

Lancôme Sweet Butterfly retails at Heathrow airport for £31.20 (about $50) – it may be cheaper at other locations.

Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette
Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette  Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette
Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette  Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette

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November 7th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Clinique Day to Night Colour palette

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Clinique Day to Night Colour paletteWhile Clinique is perhaps better known for its skincare than makeup, I for one am a fan of the brand’s colour cosmetics (beyond cult favourites such as the Black Honey range, that is!). They were also one of the first lines to launch a range of duty-free exclusives, and this is one of the latest additions.

The Clinique Day to Night Colour palette is a compact selection of products for travel in the brand’s signature silver casing. It comes with one larger pan of Blushing Powder Blush in Cupid (08), three Color Surge eyeshadow shades – Buttermilk (18) in the Stay Matte formula, a Super Shimmer beige shade from the Sunburst Duo (01) and a Soft Shimmer brown shade from the Like Mink duo (02) – and three lip products – two Butter Shine Lipsticks (in Strawberry Ice/56 and Berry Blush/15) and the Long Last Lipstick in Party red (97). It also includes one applicator for each type of product.

All shades are quite pigmented, and the eyeshadows’ texture is soft and buttery. The blush should suit most skintones as it’s a very neutral pink, while the lip colours offer good variety (from MLBB to va-va-voom). The eyeshadows aren’t that varied, and you’d be hard-pressed to do a very dramatic evening look. If you don’t mind powder and cream products in the same palette, this one is certainly a good option for carrying in your bag on a day-to-day basis.

This palette retails for €38.50 (roughly $50)  in German airport shops, but price will vary depending on location. As usual, click on the pictures for larger versions.

Clinique Day to Night Colour palette  Clinique Day to Night Colour palette
Clinique Day to Night Colour palette  Clinique Day to Night Colour palette

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October 26th, 2011 at 3:20 pm