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Lancôme's Holiday Makeup Collection Is More Than Just ÔK

Lancôme's Holiday Makeup Collection Is More Than Just ÔK

For this holiday, Lancôme's makeup collection, dubbed L'Absolu Rouge Soirée, features shades of red, plum, and brown. What I like most about this seasonally appropriate set is that the colors are very rich, long-lasting, and not too over-the-top holiday. In other words, you'll still be wearing these shades well beyond Jan. 1. Over the past two weeks or so, I've been wearing a few shades from the collection practically on a daily basis, and I'm impressed with just how much wear I've gotten out of this cool-toned set.
Find out the highlights of this plum of a party, when you read more.

For the lips: La Laque Fever Lipshine in Untamed Plum ($26) is a medium grape shade with a bit of sparkle and just a hint of shine, perfect for a look that's trendy, but sophisticated. Plus, how can you not love the signature spatula-shaped applicator?

For the eyes: Cream-to-powder shadows can be trouble, and I'm not going to lie — the first time I used the Color Design Cream Eye Shadow in Pink Lace, Haute Smoke, and Garter Belt ($22 each) I was left with a creased mess. The problem? I waited too long to blend them in and I used my fingers to distribute the product. The solution? Once I applied the shadow with a brush and worked quickly, I was good to go. Pink Lace, the perfect icy champagne shade, is my favorite of the trio, as it created a luminous glow without a Solid Gold effect.

For the face: While the glittery coating atop of the Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder ($40) was a bit off-putting at first, after about the second or third usage, the super-thin shimmer layer (along with the rosy-toned heart) was gone, leaving behind perfect-for-Winter warm, subtle bronzer. I only wish that the rosy tone was a permanent part of the compact, as just a touch of color gave the powder a bit of a boost.

For the finishing touch: I love playing around with colored liners, but if the shade isn't rich enough, unfortunately, it can get lost in the shuffle. The Ink Artliner in Plum Tease ($23.50), has just the right amount of depth to make the eyes stand out, particularly when paired with the Pink Lace shadow — and especially if you've got green or brown eyes.

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