The other day an e-mail had sad, sad news for me. It's the end of makeup artist Gucci Westman's tenure as Lancôme's International Artistic Director, which has truthfully been a fantastic 5 years for the brand! The collaboration has been fruitful, with Lancome producing better and better products with each season. While her replacement has not been announced yet, I have hopes that it will be someone great. In the meantime, I have decided to concentrate on her last products with Lancome!
Pixelpink Lipstick, Thakoon Spring 2008
Created by Gucci for Thakoon's Spring 2008 Runway show (the designer is above with Gucci), all of the models (including Hye Park, pictured here) wore this lipstick as they walked the runway.
This collection was inspired by the idea of "a young, modern Japanese woman who leaves her life behind and escapes to Hawaii." Gucci explains that “Her makeup is very minimalist, I could see her dabbing this color on her lips to go with the tan and flushed cheeks she has from surfing all day.” If you enlarge this picture of Hye to get a better look at the lipstick you'll see that this appears to be the perfect color, a beautiful sheer raspberry shade that will look good on everyone! I'm willing to bet that similar to the Peter Som Fall 2007 lipstick by Gucci, that this lipstick layers beautifully with great depth and interest with each layer.
Pixel Pink will be available in limited quantities exclusively at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lancôme’s five U.S. boutiques and Lancome-USA.com with a suggested retail price of $24. The waiting lists are open now according to Lancôme, so hurry to add your name now!
L.U.C.I. By Gucci Westman
L.U.C.I. stands for Luminous Colorless Color Intelligence, and it's pretty amazing stuff! I tried to come up with a way of explaining this, but truthfully I couldn't do it any better than the Lancôme Press Release.
Iridescent color, like that found on a butterfly’s wing or a bubble, is the result of an optical phenomenon where hues of an object change color based on light interference and viewing angles. Iridescent color is not composed of pigments and is therefore sometimes called “colorless color.” Lancôme Advanced Research created a patented invention that is able to interpret particles of colorless color and incorporate them into makeup products to create “photonic” makeup.
The formula of this makeup looks white to the eye, but when applied to the skin or on top of another product, it creates a spectacular transformation. Each of the colorless color particles acts as tiny light chambers, capturing and intensely refracting light for an iridescent finish. The pure and intense halo of color that is produced reflects rose, blue, coral or green hues, enhancing lips, eyes and skin. Depending on one’s complexion, the halo of color changes; when a photonic product is placed on fair skin it transforms into an iridescent and pastel shade, while on darker skin, it becomes deep and intense.
Just reading those paragraphs and looking at these pictures makes me want to run to my Lancôme counter right now and wait in line, until January when this line will be available! Gucci used these products for Peter Som's Spring 2008 Runway Show (seen here on model Iekeliene Stange, enlarge the image for a better look), and you can see that she really looks glowing and luminous without looking greasy or shimmery.
This line will have many products:
• L.U.C.I Eyes – Light Color in Motion Eye Shadow Duo
A stunning shell-shaped eye shadow compact holds two shadows, a beautiful bronze and a photonic shade. Use the photonic shadow over the bronze color to create a unique third shade. Or use the photonic shade on its own to create a luminous look. Available in Ray of Apricot Light. Suggested Retail Price: $45.00
• Photonic – Illuminating Powder Brush Face
This glowing, translucent photonic loose powder can be used to sculpt the face or add a sheer veil of radiance. Available in Ray of Apricot Light. Suggested Retail Price: $40.00
• Ombre Glacée – Cooling Gel Illuminator Eyes
This creamy, cooling eye shadow can be used alone or blended over another color to highlight and brighten the eye area. Apply the light texture over your eyelid and up to the brow bone or experiment by bringing it from the eye down to the cheekbone to create a beautiful aura that lights up the face. Available in Chameleon, Morning Pearl and Sunrise. Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
• Color Fever Gloss – Sensual Vibrant Lipshine
Make a statement and use the photonic gloss as a topcoat over lipstick or one of the two new shades of Color Fever Gloss to transform shades into intense, brilliant colors. Available in Sunray (photonic shade), Seashell and Rainbow. Suggested Retail Price: $23.00
• Color Fever Shine – Sensual Sheer Color. Vibrant Shine.
Revamp your lips with two new lipsticks. Use the photonic shade by itself for a reflective lilac effect or place over the deep rasberry shade for a dazzling, luminous result. Available in Luminous (photonic shade) and Desert Pink. Suggested Retail Price: $25.00
• Traceur Design –Illuminating Long-Lasting Eyeliner Soft Brush
An eye liner with photonic lilac reflections to line the eyes and make them sparkle. Available in: Ray of Purple Light. Suggested Retail Price: $20.00
This line will be much easier to find than the Pixelpink Lipstick, it will be available at Lancôme Counter, Boutiques and on Lancome-USA.com starting in January
Images- Lancome and Style.com