Lancome Paris en Rose holiday 2016 swatched and special occasion makeup and manicure

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You know how holiday collections are so closely linked to holiday season in our mind? Yeah, I know 🙂 Well, I’ve been meaning to ask you for a while… why is that? Let’s get distracted from this notion for just a bit here, Ok. What is holiday season, in essence? What are holidays? Uh-huh, it’s one big special occasion 🙂 Well, do we only have special occasions in our life during holiday season? Of course, not. We have special occasions at all times and in all seasons. And why don’t we apply holiday collections, that have a posh and lush and sophisticated and glamorous look wrapped in them, at those times, when we need to look extra good? At parties, birthdays (not necessarily ours), weddings (once again, not necessarily ours), in clubs, restaurants, yacht clubs and what not? Of course, we can. Moreover, I’ll tell you what, I do and successfully so. So, what I’m just saying here is let’s look at the big picture and bring holiday collections into our life more and wear them in fall and spring and even – OMG – summer, whenever we need – or want – to have that red carpet look.


Speaking about that red carpet look… here’s one collection that’s holiday and that is gorgeous and can be definitely applied all year round and whenever we want. It’s Lancome makeup collection they released for the latest holiday season. And it’s called Paris en Rose. Paris in Pink, that is. You know what it means or can mean? Paris through pink glasses. Paris is great as is, can you imagine how great it’s going to be, if we look at it through pink glasses? Wow. Anyway, this collection is classy, exquisite and special occasion like. You know why? It has something most special occasion looks can hugely benefit from. Understatement. I mean, think about it, when we are going out, when there’s a celebration, we tend to dress up rather than down, especially compared to our everyday looks. It depends, of course, but generally speaking, we are dressed up. So, logically, it makes sense to pair it up with something elegant and more subdued. You know what I’m saying? Also, the shades in this collection are just so becoming for most of us, they’ll bring out the very best of our natural beauty.


Ok, I hope you are ready to see it 🙂 And, please, think about it not only as a specific makeup collection. Think about it this way. It’s a bunch of shades put together very cleverly to make you look gorgeous, when you are going out. So, if you look closely at them, you can put together your own bunch of shades and your own special occasion makeup tuned to make you look ever so good and make you feel good at the times that are meant to be happy. If you do it right, you’ll be able to have fun and party and smile without think of your makeup, because you’ll know and be absolutely sure that it’s always there for you and helps you look even more beautiful than you usually do. Landing the right makeup on those very special days in our life is important, because it gives us extra assurance, lightness and radiance and makes it easier for us to smile and relax and bathe in joy. I don’t know what you want to feel like on those days and nights, when it’s about you or your friends or your family and their dreams come true. Like a princess? Like a goddess? Like a top model? You’ll have it all.


What does a perfect look start with? I’ve said it over and over again. It starts with perfect complexion, perfect skin, perfect face makeup. If makeup is your colour that you brush on, then skin is your canvas. And it has to be right, before you even get to any colour. Healthy glow and radiance is probably the two key words in terms of base and tone in special occasion makeup. The colour scheme of Paris en Rose by Lancome is warm, so the skin product that’s part of this collection is warm in tone too. And the gleam it has in it is golden. Before you say it’s too much though… This product is really really lightweight in texture. It’s not super shiny or sparkly in any way. It’s exquisite, really. Lush. And just beautiful. Also, it’s easy. And given that base and tone is the most complex step in makeup, it’s a good thing, because you want it easy on that very special day.


This cushion highlighter design is spectacular. Chic and everything. Without being too much, I might say.


As for the texture, even if it doesn’t really look that, it’s actually moist, feels like it’s all liquid almost. Like your traditional base products.


This texture is nice and easy to apply. And it has a little bit of an extra lush feel to it. I’ve already told you about it here Cushion hype with Lancome Miracle Cushion and Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion


Let’s talk the shade now. It’s golden, but in a very delicate and elegant way. Not all the way crazy shiny gold, instead it’s light golden with a shy pink undertone somewhere back there, distant, just a touch. And as far as I’m concerned, pink undertone is almost always a good thing in face makeup products. Anyway, this shade is not too shiny, it’s shiny only in a pearly kind of way. There’s some sparkle there too, but it’s very subdued, very fine and small, rose golden or pink golden, wrapped in the shade carefully, very nice.


My conclusion here is a little golden gleam mixed with light pink or rosy undertone might be a good idea for special occasion makeup. Moreover, it’s a great alternative to bronzers that are really hard to pull. The shades along the lines of this cushion highlighter by Lancome here will work perfectly for you. Just be sure to customize, go a little lighter, a little darker, a little more pink or a little more golden depending on your skin tone, your hair colour, eye colour and your outfit and the rest of your makeup shades, of course, and you’ll get that perfect base for your makeup, the canvas that you can easily paint on.


Next we are going to talk about eye makeup. There’s so much here. Eye palette. Eye pencils and eye shadow. I think, it makes sense. Happy shine in our eyes is one of the most becoming elements of any special occasion look. And anything in makeup that can emphasize it is a good thing. So, the amount of eye makeup products here is understandable. First and foremost, there’s this eyeshadow palette. Why is it here? Because on the day, when you have so much to do and so many preparations to handle, you might want to have it all in one place. Picture this – you open one box, and it’s all there for you. And you don’t have to open all those extra tubes and jars and boxes, but can just make up, close the box and go. By the way, before you go, do stick this compact palette – or any compact palette you like – in your purse. Or give it to someone you trust to hold it for you. If you have to do any makeup fixes, it will be right there.


This palette by Lancome is called La Palette Des Reves. The palette of dreams is a rather bold name for a palette, I must say, but I think, Lancome pulled it 🙂 If we read into it further, we’ll see that it promises Nude & Smoky Eyes. All in one palette? Wow. I certainly hope so 🙂


The textile golden shiny design of the boxing is awesome but… the bright pink ribbon? It just doesn’t belong here. I get that it’s a counterpoint, and I know that pink is the colour of holiday season 2016, and the colour that many people like, still… It doesn’t work for me here. If it were red or a different shade of pink, maybe. As it is, it kind of undermines the general impression for me. Maybe, you’ll have a different reaction though.


The brush is bigger, even if it’s flat. This brush can only get you what’s promised in palette description – nude and smoky eye makeup. And that’s a lot, but mind you… no precision makeup. You’ll need your own brushes for that kind of makeup, if you want it. I have to say, it makes sense though. The shades in this palette are made for nude and smoky eye look, not so much for arrows or colour blocking or whatever else in this area.


The texture of the eyeshadow in this palette is very soft and nice and pleasant without being too soft, where it hinders application. Lush. Love it. Special occasion like, that’s for sure. The kind of texture you want to deal with and want to have on your lids, when you are going out or having an event or whatever else you are doing, when you need to have that oh so gorgeous look.


So, there are six shades. And these six are:


A matt off white base shade


A warm golden beige with a copperish feel about it. Warm beige with golden pearl and pink golden sparkle, just a handful of it.


A warm light brown with a greige cloud hovering somewhere there. Satin in finish. Not shiny, not pearly, really, there’s more like a delicate sheen to it.


A pearly shiny and sparkly, sort of, white. An awesome shade to have as a highlighter, helps look well rested and fresh, even if you aren’t well rested and don’t feel this way at all.


A pearly pink with a copperish glow to it. Very nice. The kind of pink that’s not too artsy or too glamorous or too baby doll or too much. Understated, really, in the best possible way.


A matt brown. Eyeliner like or smoky eye like. It’s not a chocolate brown, not a warm brown, instead it’s all cool like. There’s something greige about it. It’s not even an undertone, this greige, it’s just a sensation it produces.


These are the shades.


That’s La Palette Des Reves by Lancome. The palette of dreams. It kind of is, really. And nude and smoky eyes options are all here. And here is what this palette tells me and makes me think of. Both nude and smoky eye look make sense for a special occasion look and makeup. It depends on what you like and what outfit and accessories you are wearing. This combination of brownish and pinkish shades and fresh whitish gleam and warm golden glow the palette has in it is a great special occasion makeup option. You can mix and match here, to your liking, but most importantly, to me, these shades will emphasize your natural beauty and enhance all the right things and features. If the eyes are the windows of the soul, these shades and textures are perfect frames.


And on we go. What eye product can make your eyes and look most expressive? Eyeliner. Eye pencil. Yep. Sure. We all know the difference it makes. So, it’s only natural to have it in a holiday collection and in any special occasion makeup batch. Lancome has it in the most special form here that, in my opinion, is best suited for a celebrative look and best matched to the rest of the products here. Khol.


Why do I think having a khol is nice, when it’s about a special occasion? It’s less uncompromising than just eye pencil or eyeliner. Kohl texture is usually kind of milder and can be used as both – a precision eyeliner and a softer thing that emphasizes your eyes without turning you into a cat woman or a drama queen. Not that any of the two are bad things, it’s just that we might want a different look sometimes, right?


Also, what we have here is not just khol, it’s Le Duo Khol, which means two shades in one. For starters, it’s a very compact way to have two eye pencil shades 🙂 , should you want to take this pencil with you and fit it into that tiny clutch. Also, it being a duo makes it so much more versatile. Instead of one shade, we have two shades to play with, we can mix them, layer them and do anything our heart desires, basically.


Our first shade is called 01 Paris la Nuit. That is, there actually are two shades here. One is a dark dark brown, black brown almost and classically matt satin in texture and finish, almost matt, in fact. The other one is a very light golden beige, fairy like, very nice, kind of pearly and kind of glowy, without too much shine and without any sparkle whatsoever.


More Duo Khol. This one is 02 Brun Glace. Brun Glace sounds very good. Comforting, easy, chic and everything. Soft and fluffy. Elegant. By the way, please, don’t think that only those of us, whose eyes are brown can wear brown eyeliner shades. Certain shades of brown work really well with green eyes and blue eyes too.


I’ve got to tell you, that the texture of the lighter shades in all four khol versions here is very soft, pearly and loose. While some of those caps sit pretty tight on the pencils. Good luck getting those caps off without damaging the pencil itself. My personal score is three to one. I opened three with difficulty but without incidents, eventually. And I did squish one, because I couldn’t control the cap, even though I tried.


The brownish side of the pencils is not as soft in texture, even if soft, so it goes easier with it. Be very careful with the lighter side though. It’s much softer, and hence, more vulnerable. To tell you the truth, the cap business did bother me. I wish there were an easier way to open those pencils without ruining them and then having to mould them back into shape. I don’t want to go through all the trouble every time I use them.


So, here we have a copperish brown or golden brown. This golden touch in this shade softens it up and makes it lighter and more radiant and more becoming for more people. If you are always afraid of brown being too dark, don’t worry, this shade won’t be. The lighter side here is warm golden beige. Very pearly in terms of texture. So, if you do want some pearl and shine, you’ve got it here.


Next. The third shade of Duo Khol. 03 Chene Brun. Oak Brown. I’m not sure what oak brown looks like, so I’m intrigued. Maybe, it’s a new and exciting brown shade that I’ll come to love and wear often? Who knows. That’s the best part about makeup. You never know what discoveries you are going to make with each new collection or product.


You know why I like softer eye pencil textures and lighter glowy shades like the ones here in this collection? They can add extra beauty into any makeup and any look. This touch you are looking for, when you are making up for a special occasion, a party, an event of some sort, it’s right there in this pencil for you. A couple of strokes can change the whole game.


These pearly shades, that easily get involved in light play, look equally good in dim light in restaurants and clubs and in bright light and shine in ballrooms and hotel lobbies. They totally make sense, at least, as one of your makeup tricks and points, when you are going to a wedding or a night club, believe it or not. So, don’t forget about them and take advantage of their magic that’s right there for you.


Oak, you say? I don’t know. Maybe, I don’t know oak that well 🙂 I admit, that might be the case. To my eye, this shade definitely looks chestnut, that is, it looks red brown in a way. And then it has a little bit of a sparkle in it. Golden sparkle, but just a handful, not more than that. It’s there to bring out the beauty of this red brown shade, not as much to sparkle sparkle. The lighter shade here is also very appealing. It’s a light pinkish beige. And you know how I appreciate pink undertone in beige shades. Almost always pink undertone makes them better. This pinkish beige is pearly too, just awesome.


And the last shade of kohl. What can I say about these eye pencils? So far so good. All these shades are right on the money kind of things for a celebration and looking and feeling great. This one is called 04 Hotel Particulier. Well, I think I can already guess what at least one of the shades in this duo is going to be like. If you buy Lancome makeup often enough, you can probably guess it too. No? Bear with me.


Do you know what hotel particulier actually is? Not a hotel, no. Not really. Not quite. Hotel particulier is a mansion. Or else, a townhouse. A separate standing house in the city. Hotel Particulier Monmartre is one of those. And it actually happens to be a hotel. The smallest hotel in Paris. Five suites, a restaurant and a cocktail bar. Google it, it’s pretty. When you see it, you’ll immediately know what hotel particulier means 🙂


Anyway, in Lancome world hotel particulier shades are usually purple. If you are asking yourselves, where purple comes from here amid all the brown colours, let me tell you something. Purple fits in really well here. When makeup brands just started clashing brown and purple in their collections, I was like – what’s going on? But these two colors that don’t immediately sound like they are going to have chemistry, proved to have it big time. Brown and purple combo is lush and languid. Truly sophisticated. Very special occasion like.


Ok, so here we have purple or plum, you could say, I guess. Hot and very celebratory. And just like brown, it’s not too on the nose. Womanly and elegant and all the good things. It’s surprising this purple or plum is not matched with a pinkish lighter shade, it would make sense in combination with plum. Instead it’s matched with the coolest lightest beige possible with some gold lingering there in the background. This version of beige is pearly and pretty and will work really well with that purple. So you can go from cute to hot in your makeup in a second.


Boy, these softer eye pencils are a great idea for a party, a celebration, red carpet or clubbing. And these exquisite brownish, beige and purple shades with golden and reddish and plum gleam and glow to them are just right. Don’t forget that you can play with these shades and top darker ones with pearly lighter ones or vice versa. And don’t be afraid to try the shades from this family, because they are very flattering. Just like brown, a purple eyeliner can bring out the best of your brown eyes, blue eyes and make your green eyes dangerously hot. There’s something about the combination of green eyes and purple makeup, where it clicks big time and gets the whole world to marvel at your eyes and your beauty and your dress and you shoes and… well, you know 🙂


We are not quite done with eyeshadow yet. If you are not keen on palettes and want your very own way of matching shades for you special occasion look… Or if you feel safe having your eyeshadow with you, in case you need to fix your makeup, and your clutch is so small no palette will ever fit in… 🙂 You get my point here, I’m sure. Well, here’s another way to do it. Single eyeshadow. It comes in four shades, so you can pick the ones you like.


It’s a holiday collection, so all four shades of Lancome Petit Tresor are Sparking Color. Even though it says color, it basically means ‘sparkling texture’. I say, it’s a good option for special occasions. Wouldn’t you agree? It easily and quickly gives your look that extra little something. And you really want that extra little something, when you are about to go out. At the same time, there’s not too much sparkle here. It’s more of a pearly texture with a lot of gleam and some sparkle. Very nice.


The packaging is amazing. It’s sparkling, very much so. And golden. And beautiful. Whenever you hold it in your hand, you’ll have you own special occasion right there and then. Also, this box is just so tiny. Square, narrow and chic. Once again, if space in that purse – or else, clutch – of yours is an issue, this packaging will be a great help.


Despite that box being really really miniature, it does accommodate a brush. This brush is a dual ended sponge. One side is an eyeshadow sponge classic. The other side is pointed, it’s for precision application. So, even if the brush is tiny, it’s pretty functional, and if you had to do some cosmetics on your cosmetics, you’ll be able to pull it.


The first shade we have here is called Blanc Scintillant 16. Ok, Ok, Lancome, sparkling it is, we got it 🙂 Sparking white? Interesting. There are two ways to do white eyeshadow. I love one way and am not a big fan of the other. Although the word ‘scintillant’ in the name of the shade is a good sign, as far as I’m concerned 🙂


Here it is. And it just looks so-o good. For starters, it doesn’t look too white. It looks off whitish, creamy, with a yellowish undertone in it, maybe. But this off whiteness is not over the top. The shade is still white, even if it’s off a little 🙂 All in all, it looks yummy, pleasant and wonderful. And this textured surface thing is awesome – as usual, Lancome 🙂


Wow. And wow again. Forget about special occasion. You wanna have this shade and use it much more often than just for holidays. It’s a light pearly, shiny and sparkly white. I said it more than once, I’ll say it again here – I enjoy this shade so much, because it’s a magic wand that can make you look fresh in a second. Look romantic. Look perky. Look a lot of things you might want to look from time to time. Fairy like. And very sparkly indeed, which in this case, is great.


Next, please. Brun Glace 26. Brown Glace? It sounds like a languid and posh eye shade. Browns are so underused and so right for special occasions. Womanly, hot, not too obvious. Sophisticated. And hopefully, the glace part of it and sparkling part of it all means that it’s not too dark. It’s better, if it’s not too dark.


Looking good with this pattern etched on it. Not looking pink though. More like beige with a distant pink glow to it somewhere there. Maybe. Interesting. I’m intrigued. I wonder, whether this shade is going to be more pink or more beige. Both can be good special occasion shades, given that they are satin and pearly.


This shade is an ever so light and cool golden beige. It’s like the opposite of the warm golden beige. Very light, just a breath of colour. Very pretty. Very rare. Love it. And it has the same quality about it that shiny pearly white eyeshadow has. It can help you look well rested and glow with health and high spirits. Does it have any pink in it though? Not really or just a touch.


One but last. Rose Satin 36. Satin Pink. Ok. Bring it on. Shiny lighter pinks are no less flattering than shiny whites. They hover over your look in a fairy like pink cloud emphasizing your unique eye colour, complexion, lash colour, brow colour. The key to the right pink for special occasion makeup is shine and lightness.


Looking good with this pattern etched on it. Not looking pink though. More like beige with a distant pink glow to it somewhere there. Maybe. Interesting. I’m intrigued. I wonder, whether this shade is going to be more pink or more beige. Both can be good special occasion shades, given that they are satin and pearly.


This shade is an ever so light and cool golden beige. It’s like the opposite of the warm golden beige. Very light, just a breath of colour. Very pretty. Very rare. Love it. And it has the same quality about it that shiny pearly white eyeshadow has. It can help you look well rested and glow with health and high spirits. Does it have any pink in it though? Not really or just a touch.


And the last one. Hotel Particulier 46. Yep. We’ve already talked about Hotel Particulier in this post 🙂 Told you, it’s a recurring theme for Lancome. And I’ve already mentioned that the shades that Lancome chooses to call that are usually purple. Not a bad choice. Plums go well with browns – once again. So, I hope it will be a good addition to the batch.


In fact, when plums and browns meet in one makeup and one look, they are exquisite, and there’s really something about them. They are not banal. And they have this power in them to work with your natural beauty and support it and show it off to the world. You really want to have the shades that do that 🙂


This shade is the darkest one of the four. A pearly ink purple with a very light golden sheen in it and a handful of fine golden sparkle that sometimes and under certain angles shines like silver. An awesome eyeliner shade or smoky eye shade. If matt ink purple isn’t always that flattering, this version of it is lit up from within making it beautiful, intriguing and becoming. This shade can be hotter than black smoky eyes. Try it, and you’ll see.


Party eye make up? Wedding eye makeup? Easy. With these four. The clear and sparkly white can be a base for any shade to give it a little twist. It can also top almost any eye shadow to add some gleam and glow and sparkle and all. The vintage golden like shade is a solid warm special occasion classic. The pink beige is all perky. And the purple is sultry and smoky and can be used as an eye liner. Also, the four can go together nicely in a variety of combinations. You can find your way to wear them and have some fun in the process. And then look like a diva.


We aren’t done with eye makeup products here yet. I love what I’ve seen so far. And now I wanna see what Lancome’s got in lips department. We all know how lips can make your special occasion look. Or break it, for that matter, but we’ll hope it won’t happen to us. Lancome seemed to have gone with classics here. No lip gloss or anything of the kind. Just lipstick. The ultimate lip colour product. The ultimate special occasion lip colour product. Ok, I’m ready to see it 🙂


This isn’t just lipstick. This is the newest formula by Lancome in lipstick world. L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Shaping Lipcolor. Hydrating and shaping all in one, huh? Really? To me, it’s kind of contradictory. Hydrating products usually give my lips a comfy cushiony feel. While shaping products are kind of harder, maybe, not literally, but more on the sensation level, and they try to do something to my lips 🙂 Which to me, is not the most comfortable feeling ever.


This isn’t just lipstick. This is the newest formula by Lancome in lipstick world. L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Shaping Lipcolor. Hydrating and shaping all in one, huh? Really? To me, it’s kind of contradictory. Hydrating products usually give my lips a comfy cushiony feel. While shaping products are kind of harder, maybe, not literally, but more on the sensation level, and they try to do something to my lips 🙂 Which to me, is not the most comfortable feeling ever.


In terms of texture, we have two textures here, really. Cream – lipstick classic, that is. And matt – the new thing that’s super popular in makeup world right now. Hydrating matt texture? I don’t know 🙂 If Lancome pulled it, I would be stunned. Usually, there’s not much comfort in matt lip colour texture. We’ll see though.


I’m scent sensitive, very much so, and in the previous reincarnation of L’Absolu Rouge by Lancome I liked the texture, but was no big fan of the scent. It’s not that it was unpleasant, certainly, not. It was just too strong for me. So, I was keeping my fingers crossed, hoping it’s gone or subdued now, but… sure enough, the strong powdery makeupey scent is still here. So, I can only hope that it won’t bother you 🙂


The design is magnificent though. Once again, it’s a classic. A black lacquered tube with a metal golden top with famous Lancome rose logo. I love it 🙂 Anyway, the first shade I’m going to show you comes in cream texture. It’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect on hearing cream texture, full coverage plus traditional satiny sheen.


The shade is called 132 Caprice. Ok, caprice, whim, lipstick. Makes sense 🙂 It’s a great take on a special occasion classic. Raspberry. Or is it? I’d say, yes, mostly, but it’s not as simple as that. Don’t get what I’m talking about here? Let’s look into it.


Raspberry or no raspberry, but here it is. Well, for starters, raspberry lip shades are splendid for special occasions. They are not as linear as red ones, not as common as red ones, but no less bright and hot. And celebratory. And striking in a good way.


The shade we are talking now – Caprice – is raspberry like. There’s definitely pink there and there’s definitely red there. You might like it, if you like any of the two, or if you like a mix. I like a little shine on raspberry shades, it becomes them, it’s like it’s dewy raspberry. And that’s exactly what this shade is like. Nice.


There’s something about this fun berry shade, that makes it a great option for special occasions. It’s not as serious as red. There’s a fun little twist in it, giving it freshness and energy, that red lip might lack a little by now. So, if you want to shake it up a notch, it’s always a good idea to swap your red lipstick for raspberry.


Ok, so, our next two shades come in matt texture. Remember? Well, here’s a piece of good news for you. Or not. Depends on how you look at it and what you like. Matt texture is not dead on matt here. It has its own satiny sheen to it, only it’s much more delicate and subdued than the sheen in cream finish. Trust me, this touch of sheen makes a difference in matt textures and makes them so much more becoming. Please, see more on how to treat matt lip colour here Matt lip colour: the catches


The shade is called 189 Isabella. And in case you were wondering – on seeing that raspberry shade and knowing we are mostly talking special occasions here 🙂 – when you’ll finally see red lip colour in his post, Ok, Ok, I admit, you are right, there’s no escape from red lip, when we are talking celebrations 🙂 , so here goes.


And even if Isabella is red, it’s definitely different from cream raspberry Caprice. If Caprice is a mix of red and pink, then this shade here is a mix of red and orange. Orange is just an undertone, but it’s definitely there, making red get a little bit off the beaten classic red lip track. And then there’s the finish. Less satiny.


Reds rule the world. Reds rule red carpets. Reds rule special occasion makeup. Red lip is a classic for one simple reason. Because it works. In most cases. And it’s going to look great with those shiny and pearly eyeshadow colours. You know, the light ones. The contrast of light and dark and glowy and matt is exciting.


And the last lip shade in this collection. It also comes in matt texture. Don’t forget though that this texture by Lancome in particular has a little bit more sheen to it than matt lip colour usually does. As far as I’m concerned, it’s for the better 🙂 Now see how you feel about it. Hopefully, as positive. Anyway…


The shade is called 393 Rose Rose. So, it’s like pink and more pink J Not too long ago pink lip colour wasn’t really that common in special occasion makeup. It’s no surprise though, that it made it there quite successfully. I mean, pink lip can probably beat red lip in popularity.


Because some of us consider red lip too bright, while the variety of pink shades out there can almost suit any taste. Almost. Anyway, pink is an interesting, softer, more subdued match for all those chocolate eye shades. For all the greiges and purples and golds. Pairing those up with pink lip is a more modern way to go. It’s bolder than red or raspberry, believe it or not 🙂


The shade is not just pink, it’s a warm pink. Ouch. It’s ever so hard to make warm pinks work period, and even more so, when they are matt texturewise. Seriously, there are very few people who can pull it. I mean, matt cool pinks are easier, not easy, but easier and more universal, while warm pinks are super tough. If you really want to wear this shade, you’ll have to work ever so hard for it and build your whole makeup and even look, maybe, around it.


That’s our lip shades. I agree conceptually with what we see in this special occasion collection by Lancome. Red, yes, by all means. Raspberry – why not, a good idea. Pink – certainly. I’d skip the matt finish though in pink and, maybe, red and do a classic cream finish or a shiny and lip glossy finish, for that matter. Also, cool pinks are safer, generally speaking. So, if you don’t wear warm pinks in real life, you probably don’t want to start wearing them on the day, when everything should be perfect, even more so than usual.


The last but not the least. Nail colour. If you are going to have not just a day but a big day in your life, you probably wanna look not only head to toe perfect. You wanna look tips to toes perfect. Well, and picture perfect, of course. Anyway, you know where I’m going with that. Manicures matter, when you are going out. Moreover, manicure shades also matter. Luckily, Lancome has some very good options to choose from here.


Here’s the first shade.


Blanc Scintillant 161


White. Right. Shiny white is probably the first shade that comes to mind, when we are talking tender and romantic special occasions.


This white in particular is pearly and glowy. And a little textured. Foil like. Very interesting. I’ve never seen anything quite like it yet.


It’s an elegant shade that’s been around for a while with a little modern and artsy twist to it. Love it.


And even though it’s foil like in its texture, it’s not rough feeling to the touch. Just a little, maybe. But not too much, which I appreciate.


This shade is snowy, if you think of it as a holiday collection shade. And it’s just pretty and neat and well groomed and even more so shade, if you think of it as a celebratory shade.


Shiny whites – and all their variations – pearly, metallic, sparkly, sheer, glowy – are very simple, elegant and very special. They rock for special occasions.




Paris en Rose 361


It’s not quite a nail shade. It’s a top coat that can bring a festive feel into any nail colour out there. And that’s rare.


This Paris in pink or Paris through pink glasses is not really pink, which is not a bad thing, given the amount of pink nail shades out there.


Instead it’s languid plumish. Although, there’s a pink feel about it, but only a feel. The combination of the two is exciting.


There’s no colour in this shade, really, it’s just sheer glossy. And the glitter particles in it are bigger and hexagon and then smaller and uneven.


Altogether it gives you a nice touch and a fun sprinkling for a lot of shades you might want to wear.


Glitter top coat is a good idea for special occasion manicure. It’s easy to do and can be that zest you are trying to come up with for your look that’s far from everyday and ordinary.


One but last.


Brun Glace 261


See how well this collection is put together? How all the shades and textures and products correspond here? That’s exactly what you want in a special occasion look.


Anyway, this shade is amazing. It’s so warm and enveloping and hot without being over the top or anything.


It’s a comfortable special occasion shade. Now, let me ask you something. Do you often feel comfortable in your special occasion gear?


Heels, that is, tiny purses, fluffy skirts? Yeah, I know 🙂 So, a comfy shade on your nails can help you have a little bit of a relief in the middle of all the commotion.


This shade is golden beige with a pink gleam in it now and again. It’s pearly. But most importantly, it’s absolutely fabulous.


Red carpet look? Easy, if you wear this shade. It will give you the softness and the lush sensation you are looking for. It definitely will.


And the last one.


Hotel Particulier 461


We all know by now, what Hotel Partilulier shade by Lancome is going to be like, right? Something purple is coming our way.


I’ve already told you how browns are ever so nice for special occasions, and how purples are just such a good match for browns.


So, this shade is a good thing to round up this collection and this look (or one of them). It’s darker. Sultry. Purple. It has it all in it to help you with your vampy look.


Hotel Particulier is not plum, which would be a little boring. It’s purple, ink purplish even, without going into the off black territory.


Instead it’s a dark cool purple, the way night sky can be, but only rarely. Beautiful. On top of that, this shade is full of tiny golden pinkish sparkle.


Wow, Lancome, what a great shade. If you wanna do dark manicures for your special occasion, this here is the way to do it right.


That’s that. The shades.




Now let’s look at those three shades topped with Paris en Rose 361. You didn’t really think I’d leave without showing you that much, did you? 🙂



We’ll start with our frosty white. Blanc Scintillant 161 topped with Paris en Rose 361


This is almost too beautiful. Decadent in a way.


The contrast is stunning. A white basic colour. And then all the pink purple glitter.


The textures also work very well together. Crinkly white and glittery pink purple. Nice.


And then there’s the clash of a cool white shade and a warm pink purple shade, of course.


This manicure option breathes special occasion.


You really really wanna do something like that for one of those times you go out.


Next we have our languid golden beige. Brun Glace 261 topped with Paris en Rose 361


This looks less artsy, because there’s no contrast of cool and warm. Instead it’s all warm. Warm and incredible.


It’s like milk and coffee had some gold added to it and then had pink glitter strewn all over it.


It’s fairy tale, that’s what it is. An enchanted fairy land.


The pink purple glitter somehow looks vintage gold almost on this shade.


The result you get is ballroom opulence concentrated on your nails.


To tell you the truth, if it weren’t for Lancome, I’d never think of pairing these two shades up. But now I’m certainly gonna.


And the last one. Dark purple shining from within. Hotel Particulier 461 topped with Paris en Rose 361


Another combination of shades that might not be too obvious.


And that proved to be a stunner. Look at this.


How special occasion is that, huh?


Dark manicure fans will, finally, be able to go to a very dressed up occasion being their own and true selves.


The pink purple glitter looks warm purple against this cool and dark ink purplish background. Awesome. And hot.


Don’t think that such dark shades will only go with dark outfits, by the way. Contrast is a super powerful thing, if you play it right.


These are our special occasion manicure options. And there’s just so much to love here. Each and every one of them – with or without top coat – is a sure thing, when you need to look your very best. Also, there’s something to suit any taste here and a variety of actual events and occasions. Light, dark, shiny, not shiny, conventional, artsy, sparkly, whatever you pick, there’s no way you’ll miss your goal of looking great. These seven manicures – if you count the top coat variations, that is – are perfect guidelines for what you can do in manicure department to look extra pretty.





Special occasions and holidays and all about joy and pleasure and fun. Here’s the question though. Why should you wait for that big special occasion, whenever it falls in the year, in the calendar or your social life? If you want it, you can just… throw a party. Want to wear an evening gown? You can always go to an opera house or something. You don’t have to wait. You can look and feel special and beautiful whenever you want and wherever you are. No need to go all out. But creating an extra sophisticated and elegant look will make you feel like you are having a ball, you know. So, you can have that ‘holiday season’ and that ‘red carpet event’ at any time and point you want, really. It doesn’t mean that you should always wear super high heels or whatever else. You can simply introduce some special occasion makeup elements in your office makeup or your easy chic glowy look you creative to go for a walk with your friends. Who said you should wait for someone or something to tell you that today or tonight is special? Makeup is one of those things that will help you be the creator of those moments in your life, when you feel extra happy and look extra pretty. You can do it. Go right ahead 🙂




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