Sunday, 6 October 2013

Jason Wu for Lancome Violet Streak Color Design Palette

It seems like fashion designers are all jumping on the makeup bandwagon with Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Michael Kors all venturing into the crowded arena this year. Jason Wu collaborated with Lancome for his first makeup collection, released exclusively at Nordstrom in the US in September. The Color Design palettes included a rich Yves Klein blue shade that is one of Wu's favourite accent hues.

Being a fan of the US version of the Color Design quints, I couldn't resist ordering #403 Violet Streak. The compact is a dull grey that looks distinctly less glamorous than Lancome's usual lacquered black. Wu said in an interview that he felt that the grey would stand out on the beauty floor as no one else was using it for their packaging. Well, it's not exactly eye-catching, is it? has an interview with Wu on the collection here.

The clear plastic sheet is helpfully marked with the recommended placement for each shade. There are two sponge applicators, which I do use as they do a good job of laying down the shades. For the beige all-over-base shade, I usually use a fluffy brush for a more subtle, diffuse finish.

Like most of the Color Design palettes, Violet Streak is a shimmerfest. All the shades have good color payoff with a soft velvety texture. When applied, these have a refined glimmer, without any chunky glitter bits or brash frostiness.

The suggested day and night looks that can be created with Violet Streak.

Below is a comparison shot with some of my other Color Design palettes in Vert Tendresse (extreme left), Teal Fury (top centre) and Mint Jolie (right). Violet Streak did not contain any dupes from the other three.

For this look, I applied the grey shade along the upper lashline, the violet blue in the middle of the upper lid and outer half of the lower lid, the light blue at the inner corners and crease, the beige shade over the browbone area and the gold along the inner half of the lower lashline. I finished by lining the upper lid with Dollywink's liquid liner and applying Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister F mascara.

The eyeshadows last pretty well throughout more than eight hours of wear when layered over a primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance. However, the violet blue shade loses some of its lustre and seems to darken over time.

I'm also wearing Armani Lasting Silk Foundation #4, of which I received a sample sachet recently. I used to own this in #5 but #4 is definitely a much better match for my skintone. It worked out much better for me in Switzerland's weather than Singapore. There was shine on my T-zone after about 2-3 hours but other than that, it held up nicely throughout more than 6 hours of wear.


Jacqueline said...

The blue tones are gorgeous on you. I love the addition of the gold shade. Hw is the pigmentation like?

Haru said...

hi Jacqueline,
Thanks! The shades in this palette all have good color payoff, and show up on the first stroke without need for much layering.