November 07, 2013

Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Singles (Kitten Heel, Latte, Madison Avenue) | Review + Swatches

Kitten Heel - Latte - Madison Avenue

These Color Design eyeshadows by Lancôme retail for $19, and they are not too bad. The shades I have came in the Beauty Collection gift set in Classic. Lancôme claims that these eyeshadows are:
  • Easy to apply
  • Blendable
  • Long-wearing
  • Pigment-packed 
These claims are for the most part true, but I wouldn't say these shadows are worth the $19. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

Packaging: The compact is sleek dome. It's honestly just cool. The closure slides out, and the benefits to this is that you won't lose the lid, and it's less prone to breaking, as opposed to a hinge. Plus, it's not obtrusively bulky. The pan is a little larger than a quarter. There is no applicator. The packaging is great.

Texture/Application: Out of these shades, the texture is the same in all, despite the varying finishes. It's not luxuriously buttery, but not dry and chalky. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = chalky, 10 = butter), these are a 7. Not bad. There's also no fallout due to the combination of it's texture and how tightly packed it is. The texture also contributes to the ease of blending.

natural light - flash

Kitten Heel (shimmer) is a pinky peach with orange-undertone gold iridescence and fine glitter. This is a pretty sheer shade and you really have to pack it on to get the same effect as swatching with a finger, otherwise it just looks like fine, shimmery gold glitter with none of the pretty pink on my skintone.

Latte (matte) is a true beige with no apparent undertone. Although it is labeled as a matte, this has some sheen to it. It is on the sheer side. For me, this is best as a base shade. 

Madison Avenue (shimmer) is a dark copper, or mid-tone brown with warm burnt-orange undertones (pretty much a warm bronze). I would consider this to be more of a pearl finish than a shimmer. It has very fine copper shimmer, but it is not as noticeable as Kitten Heel's. This is my favorite of the bunch since it is richly pigmented and versatile. It blends out nicely in the crease, but can applied more opaquely on the lid. Perfect color for a one-shadow look! It also looks nice as eyeliner.

  • Blendable
  • Madison Avenue is greatly pigmented
  • Nice texture, not powdery/chalky
  • Sleek, compact packaging
  • Kitten Heel and Latte are sheer
  • Expensive

Although these are for the most part nice shadows, they aren't anything special, especially for the price. I wouldn't really recommend them since there are better shadows out there. 

Available at Lancôme's website, Ulta (in-store only), Sephora (only Kitten Heel though), and most department stores, in-store and online (Dillard's, Macy's, Belk, Nordstrom). 

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