Last month Lancome launched three eye shadow palettes as part of their Hypnotic Eyes Collection. It's been a while since I last bought a Lancome palette, and all of a sudden I found myself coveting all three. But reason won and I settled for one, Chocolate Amande 110, probably because of the taupe shade.
The texture of Lancome Color Design eye shadows has been refined and improved over the years. All the colors in this palette have a smooth, almost creamy texture. The liner is matte and very dark (the swatch was applied dry, one coat), and the four eye shadows are best describes as shimmer suspended in a very dense almost matte pigment. They look and feel quite luxurious.
I love the three middle shades, but the one at the top that's supposed to be an all over base misses the mark for me. A matte would have worked better for this purpose. The champagne color is more of a highlighter as far as I'm concerned (Lancome designated the color on the far right as the highlighter in the Chocolate Amande palette, but I find it better as a lid color).
Bottom Line: one of the best releases of the season.
Lancome Chocolate Amande Color Design Eye Shadow Palette ($50) is available at the counters and online.