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I've got 3 Lancome Colour Focus eye shadow solo's and one quad... you may think this is a lot but if you've read my other reviews you'll know that that's NOTHING compared to what I actually own! These shadows are OK but unfortunately not as good as my MAC or Urban Decay shadows, and here's why:
These shadows are a bit smaller and not as pigmented as my MAC and Urban Decay. Also, they don't fit into my eye shadow palette, therefore have to be kept in their individual cases and take up quite a lot of space. They don't come in as wide a range as my favourite shadows and the colours are quite tame for me. These might be better suited for people who prefer more subtle shades and don't want too much pigment in one go. I however, love vibrant and bolder shades so unfortunately these don't rate as high in my eye shadow list.
These are excellent quality and recommended for people who like natural, easily blendable colours.
well, i bought this eyeshadow in a pale green colour. It looks great in the packaging, and not too bad on your hand, but try and actually achieve anything resembling a colour-change to your eyelids with this eyeshadow, and you'll be cursing the name of this usually faultless brand. The powder is very colour thin, if you rub a whole load of powder off the eyeshadow cake, you will have very little colour, and when applied to your lids, it will be barely noticeable. This is just the start of the problems. When you rub the eyeshadow in the packaing, with your finger, it feels very rough, and cakes quickly (the powder clumps together, making a plasticy layer which means you cant take anymore powder off), and during storage or transport, bits of the eyeshadow flake off, and make a general mess. During use, once applied (if you can actually see it), it barely lasts, and has very little adhesion to the skin. Overall, this eyeshadow is very dissapointing, it comes in lots of great colours, which is their main attraction, and you would assume, being a reputable make like lancome, that the shadow would be of at-least, an acceptable standard. Unfortunatly, this shadow is probably worse than much cheaper brands like rimmel, and no7, who might not have the exciting colour range, or special effects (like hologram etc), but at least they serve the fundamental purpopse of an eyeshadow, which is to colour the eyelids, something lancome fails to do........ miserably!
I'm a big fan of the Lancome Ombre Subtile duo eyeshadows, so I leapt at the chance of trying the Colour Focus eyeshadows fairly soon after they were launched. I was delighted at the range of colours on offer - I'm not the best person at making snap decisions sometimes, and couldn't choose between several different shades - so I bought three! There are some lovely copper brown/bronze/chocolate shades and charcoal greys, plus green, blue or even peach! I settled on 305 (light mauve), 308 (vibrant purple) and 217 (a deep, dusky pink that teams nicely with deep grey shades). The colours are gorgeous, plus the powder eyeshadow is silky and blends easily, yet the colour effect stays true all day. It didn't irritate my skin at all. The packaging is fairly standard Lancome - black with a splash of gold. It feels a little too flimsy though. Sadly, the tiny curved brush that comes with the eyeshadow is hard to hold and extremely annoying and difficult to use - there has been more than one occasion when I've accidentally dropped it in the hand basin! Unfortunately, the sponge applicator tip also tends to slip off the plastic wand after just a couple of uses - in my experience all Lancome eyeshadow applicators have been the same. They are quite pricey, too - I think I paid £10 each for mine; it's usually cheaper to buy a duo eyeshadow if you can find one with two shades you like! To conclude, these eyeshadows offer a good range of colours and are overall a high-quality product, but it's enormously inconvenient to have to use an applicator from another eyeshadow due to the hard-to-handle shape and design fault (disintegrating sponge tip) of the one that comes with the product.
Aims to feel silky and be easily applied and long lasting