Lancome in Lanvin’s Clothing…

Alber Elbaz Makeup Collection For Lancome

I have upon my desk some early-release makeup samples from the new Lancome Alber Elbaz collection. They are very pretty indeed. You’ll no doubt have seen a few teasers for this on the internet over the last few months – gorgeous little illustrations and quirky video clips – so it’s nice to be able to finally have a proper look at the products. (If you haven’t seen anything and don’t have a clue what I’m on about, then in a nutshell: Alber Elbaz is the creative director at Lanvin, ridiculously cool fashion house, and he’s collaborated with Lancome to produce this new collection.)

alber elbaz false lashes

What you’re getting here is some true Alber Elbaz design wrapped around your Lancome cosmetics – Lancome in Lanvin’s Clothing, if you will! It’s really very collectible, upbeat and, I think, a lot of fun. I particularly like the Hypnose eyeshadow palette because it will last for ages but a special mention has to go to the eyelashes box – it’s huge! There are four packaging designs altogether and you can see them all in the picture above: stars, cartoonish eyes, hearts and dots. I think I like the eyes the best but the heart design is also really striking…

lancome hypnose shadow palette

Inside the Alber Elbaz shells we have some familiar Lancome favourites; four mascara formulas (Hypnose Classic, Drama, Doll Eyes and Star, all £23), three Hypnose palettes (Hypnose Drama, Doll Eyes and Star, £38) and three shadow monos (£18.50). The palettes are relatively new anyway, but the Alber Elbaz versions bring us some new shade combinations: DR5, DO5 and ST5. You can see the existing shades in the line-up on

alber elbaz eyeshadow palette

I’ve pictured the palette in Doll Eyes and the mono in Hypnose Drama shade P105. The mascaras shown in the top picture are Hypnose Star (with the stars on, appropriately) and Hypnose classic (with the eyes). Formulas are the same, dressing is new and different! I use the Hypnose Star very regularly, so that would be my personal pick, but – as mentioned – I like the eye design best, so…. Choices, choices.

Sidenote: I really like the eyeshadow guide that comes with the palette. It comes with all of the Hypnose palettes, actually, but the one pictured below is for the special editions. I think it’s quite handy to be able to “paint-by-numbers” with your eye makeup – maybe I’ll try this out on video and see if it’s easy to follow.

lancome shadow eye palette

The range goes into Selfridges on the 15th – you can find out more here. What do you think? Do you like the designs?

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  1. June 12, 2013 / 12:48 am

    I love the packaging! The eyeshadow palettes look really pretty, are they only going to be sold in Selfridges or everywhere else as well?

  2. Maggie
    June 12, 2013 / 7:20 am

    ‘Lancome in Lanvin Clothing’ – genius title, Ruth! Mxox

    • RuthCrilly
      June 12, 2013 / 9:46 am

      Hoho – I thought so! ; )

  3. Simona
    June 12, 2013 / 8:09 am

    I love the design, but I would have given anything to get my hands on that Olympia le Tan clutch with different shades of lipstick and nail polish….still dreaming about it…

  4. June 12, 2013 / 10:39 am

    Awww, nice!! I love Lancome’s mascaras and eye shadows. I think the how-to guide is something more brands are doing now. I know I appreciate them.


    • RuthCrilly
      June 12, 2013 / 11:30 am

      Yes, they do them with the Clarins palettes, too – very instructive!

      • Alessandra
        June 14, 2013 / 12:25 am

        I love Clarins palettes! A very underestimated brand. Their high definition body lift is amazing, as is their beauty flash balm and face oil. The only thing I hate about their face oil is the packaging. Though they’ve renewed it, they still insist on keeping the bottle glass transparent so I switched to Alpha H All About Eve facial oil. When Clarins will make a nice opaque glass bottle, I’ll gladly switch back. (They also make my favourite nude lipstick, Simply Nude, in the Jolie Rouge range. I’m done now :))

  5. oLuk
    June 12, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    @amodelrecommends When you review the #lancome sunscreen, could you
    please compare that with the #dior UV shield translucent SPF 50 PA+++?
    can you remind me what you always try to purchase or stock up whenever
    you visit France in terms of beauty products? Thank you, Ruth!

  6. gemma alexander
    June 12, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    I love the idea of a ‘how to’ included. Its really reassuring knowing that your using a product to it’s full. I love the whole collection!

    Gem. x

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