Welcome back to Hey Pretty! I hope you had a great Easter holiday… I spent a couple of days with my family, eating chocolate and (since the weather here in Switzerland was pretty crappy), catching up on product photography and blog reviews. And I’m not gonna lie, today’s release was at the top of my list, since I heard great things about Lancôme’s newly-launched «Matte Shakers». So let me get my swatching pants on, so we can jump straight into unboxing this beautiful, BEAUTIFUL press kit!
Wait… are these PHOTOBOOTH PROPS?
I TOLD YOU IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PRESS KIT!
The new Matte Shakers are kind of a natural progression from Lancôme’s bestselling Juicy Shaker, which were launched last spring and created quite a buzz for the normally somewhat staid French brand. The dual-phase lip oil in the cute miniature cocktail shaker was a lot of fun… and now, they’re out in a matte finish, too!
Und mit «matt» meine ich hier persönlich übrigens «semi-matt-und-doch-lebendig».
And by «matte», they actually mean: «Semi-matte and extremely punch-packing», in my personal experience. The seven shades that have just been launched are as follows:
Lancôme Matte Shaker (in 7 shades), each approx. US$22.00 or CHF 30.00:
The Matte Shakers have officially been formulated as «comfort matte high-pigment liquid lipsticks». The water-in-oil emulsion was developed with the help of patented Ultra Thin Film technology, and promises to deliver «practically weighless» texture (which is said to be twice as thin as regular liquid lipsticks). The pigmentation is indeed impressive, as we’ll soon find out!
My press kit also contained seven new, matching lip liners, which would probably guarantee even better coverage and longevity:
Lancôme Le Lip Liner (in 7 shades), approx. US$26.00 each (CHF 32.00)
To be honest, I didn’t swatch the Matte Shakers with the liners, because I wanted to see for myself whether they’d bleed into my (43-year-old) lips, but I did swatch the liners on my hand, and they’re really creamy and stay PUT.
I grabbed four of the seven shades to swatch, and am ready to put on my best «beauty blogger at work» face. Are you ready?
We’re starting with Beige Vintage, a pretty, if somewhat unexiting dusty rose…
…and this is where you might be going: «Hey, are these MATTE?» I took these pictures about five minutes after application, some of them less… so the finish is actually still somewhat glossy. They do dry up after about 15 minutes, but never go really matte (and dry!), which is a good thing, in my book.
The next shade is Magic Orange: I’m a total sucker for corals, and this one ticks all my boxes!
It’s all in the name with this shade here: Yummy Pink, anyone?
…and we’re finishing off with a pretty classic, straightforward red: Kiss Me Chérie may seem slightly pink here, but that’s because all of the previous three shades were pretty much still on my lips, even after working on them with waterproof, oil-based remover!
Well, they did kind of have me at «shaker», but these super-intense colors are NOT joking around! I quite liked the texture and feel on my lips, even after a few hours, because they never drifted into that shellacked, slightly sticky elastic feel that some liquid lipsticks can develop.
Having said that, Lancôme actually promises that the Matte Shakers should feel «like you’re not wearing any lipstick at all» after a few minutes… but the sheer feel does come at cost of a feeling of moisturisation, even though the formula does contain oils and added Vitamin E.
What I do love is how much fun applying them is! The patented pointy sponge applicator delivers great coverage, and I’m surprised that they work just as well with these highly-pigmented versions, as well as with the original Juicy Shakers.
I applied all of the above colors without lip liners, and my best application tip would be to start applying the color from the middle of the lips, and THEN work your way outward to the contours, so you don’t risk building up a visible line of product!
As I said, they don’t deliver a very high level of comfort, but the payoff is pigmentation that is so intense that the Matte Shakers double as a lip stain:
I swatched four shades (finishing with the darkest one), and my lips were stained dark pink for EIGHT HOURS, and that’s including two meals! If you work with that fact, and consider that they’re super-easy to apply, I would give them four out of five thumbs ups… but thankfully, I’ve only got two to deal with.
Okay, that’s enough product photography for today. And in answer to your last question of the day: OF COURSE EASTER CANDY IS AN ACCEPTABLE TUESDAY LUNCH!