The Ombre Magnetiques made their debut in French Coquettes Fall 2010 Collection with 3 shades – Urban Silver, Cherry Cherie and Black Macadam. For the French brand’s Spring 2011 Collection inspired by the disco setting of Chez Régine, a famous nightclub in Paris, another trio was introduced with Disco Silver, Disco Gold and Ultra Lavande.
According to LANCOME Artistic Director Aaron De Mey, these potted eye shadows are “true light catches: your eyes twinkle like the the facets of a disco ball.” An innovative sparkling eyeshadow fused with disco lights to product ultra glamorous and captivating looks.
Unfortunately they were never released in Asia, hence your best bet in laying hands on these would be through the Internet or getting an overseas friend to purchase for you.
LANCOME Ombre Magnetique in Ultra-Lavande
While the product shares a similar packaging to ARMANI Eyes To Kill by storing their eye shadows in pots, their textures and qualities aren’t quite the same. The latter is a cross between powder and cream, and applies smoother with a metallic finish. LANCOME’s is like a slab of powder cake pressed into a glass jar, and is slightly messier than ARMANI’s.
Comes with a stopper to press the product in place after each usage.
In my opinion, the Ombre Magnetique resembles depotted loose pigments being pressed into a cake, and stamped with fancy “flexible-powder technology” marketing that promises high resolution color. The product is also claimed to be extraordinarily long-lasting and crease-resistant.
Even though pigments were lightly spilled each time when the stopper is removed, there were minimal fall-outs during application. I don’t quite agree with the “melting texture” described on the website, there just wasn’t anything special about it. On the other hand, there seemed to be a substantial fall-out when dipped in with a wet brush but thankfully the pigments do not “melt” or smear easily when brushed off my cheeks.
Dry; 1 swatch // Dry; 2 layers // Wet; single application
Ultra-Lavande is a royal purple that glistens with a sheen-ish blue. The color payoff is rather disappointing: requiring several layers to get that desired coverage, incomparable with the intensive opacity of a single swirl achieved with Eyes To Kill.
The staying factor is applaudable with zero creasing until the product starts to part six hours later, primed with TOO FACED Shadow Insurance. When used wet, the pigments have the tendency to migrate to my lower lashes, not that I’m complaining. The violet color works fine on its own for a smoky look, but failed to execute intensity when used over the purple shade from the CLARINS Neo Pastels palette.
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• Ombre Magnetique – used wet on outer corner and crease
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