This Autumn, Lancome have collaborated with Sonia Rykiel for the Love at First Sight Sonia Rykiel X Lancome Fall Makeup Collection from two French brands rich in Parisian history coming together with the same vision of femininity “free, optimistic and joyous”. In collaboration with Julie de Libran the creative director of Sonia Rykiel, Lisa Eldridge has come up with two harmonies inspired by the Saint-Germain-de-Prés style: trendy, chick, bold but extremely easy to wear.
The Sonia Rykiel X Lancome Fall Makeup Collection is a small capsule collection which features their eyeshadow palette which has been rejuvenated in honour of Sonia Rykiel; La Palette de Sonia £42, as well as some Lipstick Pencils, Blushes, Nail Polish and a Limited Edition Cushion Case with the whole collection being exclusive to Harrods and the UK Lancome website. From the collection, I have the Sonia Rykiel X Lancome Parisian Lips Le Crayon Blurred Effect Lip Duet £21 and the Sonia Rykiel X Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil £28.
Sonia Rykiel X Lancome Parisian Lips Le Crayon Blurred Effect Lip Duet – M01 French Sourire
Inspired by the trendy “blurred lips” effect, Lancôme and Sonia Rykiel have created the dream lip product: PARISIAN LIPS LE CRAYON. How does it work? This double-sided lip pencil combines two tips for two different finishes. On one side is a translucent balm for gentle colour and subtle shine. On the other is a super-pigmented matte with a wonderfully creamy formula.
The Parisian Lips Le Crayon is available in four shades, and I have the shade French Sourire which features a khaki, red, pink, blue and white striped pattern both on the outer box and on the pencil itself but two of the four shades have a white pattern similar to that of the blush featured below. This is a slightly chubby pencil with two ends which are protected by black plastic caps, with one end of the pencil being an intense matte lipstick whilst the opposing end houses a complimentary translucent balm to help create the appearance of “blurred lips”.
I’ve never seen a lip product quite like this before and prior to trying it for myself, I did wonder whether or not it was more a gimmick but I really rather like the effect. The matte lipstick shade is an intense red shade which is quite neutral in tone and when first applied to the lips, has a subtle sheen which wears away to a truly matte finish. I’m not sure I can really describe the blurred lip effect very well but the Lancome USA website has some great images here showing the effect on different skintones but it’s such a pretty effect, and an easy one to create too. The Translucent Balm can also be used over the top of the matte lipstick side to add some comfort if your lips are feeling particularly dry, or you don’t want to use the pencils to create the blurred lip effect – you can just use the pencils as a conventional lipstick pencil. When wearing the matte side alone, the longevity is seriously good at around the six to seven hour mark even with eating or drinking and it feels nice and comfortable upon the lips. I would love for Lancome to come out with a line of standard lipstick pencils or lipliners with this formula as it’s fantastic.
Sonia Rykiel X Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil – 021 Sorbet Rose
To coincide with this exclusive make-up collection, Lancôme has revitalised two shades of its brand-new Cushion Blush Subtil. The Multi-Polymers Complex provides a film that protects colour and keeps nails perfectly polished. White Mica Lamellas reflect natural light for a high-shine finish. The grooved stem allows the polish to flow directly to the centre, while the elongated, round base distributes uniform colour in a single stroke.
I already own one of the Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil blushes which I reviewed here, in the shade 031 Splash Orange which is a vibrant orange and I really love the cushion formula as it feels so light and forgiving on the skin so I was looking forward to trying Sorbet Rose. The packaging of the Sonia Rykiel x Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil is so cute with a white base, with little illustrations scattered all over the lid. The packaging is exactly the same as the original minus the decorated lid, with the cushion being protected by a lid inside which houses the little application sponge and keeps the cushion completely airtight. Sorbet Rose is the prettiest almost watermelon pink shade which looks so natural on the cheeks that it doesn’t look like blusher, it looks like a natural blush of the cheeks and is incredibly easy to apply although I prefer to use a stippling brush rather than the sponge as I find the sponge can be a little overzealous with how much product it applies. I also like that you can use your fingertips to apply the blush too due to the slightly watery consistency, which blends effortlessly into the skin and the Cushion formula is easily one of the easiest blush formulas to apply.
I would love to know your thoughts on the beautiful Sonia Rykiel X Lancome collaboration?