A little while back I was invited to an event in Brussels where Lancôme presented their new releases. One of the novelties that immediately caught my eye were the new Lancôme Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipsticks. When it comes to lip products, brands tend to stick to the black look in order to look refined. With their elegant white pearlescent packaging and silver details, Lancôme’s Shine Lovers really stand out from the rest of my stash or what you see in the stores. Reason enough for me to put them to the test.
Lancome Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick was released last month for Spring 2015 as a 17-piece permanent collection next to the Lancome Lipstick range. It’s a lipstick infused with hyaluronic acid (which is said to moisture the lips for 8 hours), rose de muscat oil and a protecting gel to calm, smooth and condition lips. The idea of the formula is to offer sheer coverage with a balmy texture that keeps lips smooth and softened while offering a high shine finish.
When I first tried them they reminded me a lot of the lipsticks I had seen during my trip to Japan, so I can’t help but think this product too, was inspired by Asian cosmetics.
I got to try 2 shades, which always gives a better idea of how they perform. I’ll have to admit, at first I was planning on giving them away after I had reviewed them. It didn’t really seem like colours I would grab a lot and there’s really no point in holding on to stuff you don’t use when you can make someone else happy.
The vibrant fuchsia pink colour of 357 Fuchsia In Paris is in the same colour category of the Givenchy Le Rouge à Porter lipstick I reviewed here, this one was also way out of my comfort zone. And then there’s 212 Twisted Beige, which looks really brown in the tube, which is more suitable for warmer skin tones. Meaning: not me.
BUT! Surprisingly, Twisted Beige turned out to have a nice pink hue to it. Meaning: I can wear it and I’m totally loving it! It’s the perfect neutral nudy pink for everyday wear. Just how I like my lipsticks. The texture is very creamy and the pigmentation quite sheer, so it takes a few coats to get an even colour. But I get there and it’s lovely!
Fuchsia in Paris however, is a lot darker and is much more difficult to even out. I tried my best, but you can still see a few sheer areas and some contours. Therefore I would advise using a lip liner first when using the darker colours.
The lipsticks stay on pretty well for a texture as creamy as this one. But we all know this kind of lipstick is one you need to keep with you so you can re-apply during the day. For the nude shade you’ll be fine without a mirror because it’s almost like a lip balm, but I’d be more cautious with Fuchsia in Paris.
Conclusion: Lancôme’s Shine Lover is a sheer lipstick that is comfortable to wear due to it’s hydrating qualities and has a nice shine to it. If you’re into natural colours that are easy to apply, this is worth a try. I was pleasantly surprised by Twisted Beige and recommend you give that one a try. But if you’re more into more bold, pigmented & opaque lipsticks, this is not the range for you.
Lancôme Shine Lover lipsticks (2.9 g) – € 25
Now available at the Lancôme counters.