So for Christmas this year my mum sent me a little care package when she shipped up my two Morphe Palettes. It included a Lancome Christmas set as well as an Estee Lauder Set. My mum is the reason I enjoy makeup, I use to play with hers growing up and I'm sure she had a few laughs with what I'd throw together on my face. So for Christmas she tends to pick me up Christmas collections. So this is the palette I got from Lancome Le Parisian Set pictured above.
When I opened the palette, the first thing I noticed was that the palette didn't have a mirror. I'm not overly fussed when it comes to having a mirror in a palette BUT with the size of the packaging I did tend to pick it up expecting one. The palette sizes are not overly large, but you can fit a good size flat brush into them which is good. I wasn't sure about the pigmentation, but the first time I used it I went for the coppery shade in the middle of the second row and WOWZA was it ever pigmented! I was totally surprised. So I was excited to swatch the rest of them. I've showed each swatch with and without flash so you can see the reflects in the colours.
The pigmentation actually blew me away with all the colours except the gold shade in the top row. It was much more grainy in texture which didn't allow for much pigmentation, while the rest were much more smooth, even with the more glittery reflects in them. Four of the colours are matte while the rest are shimmery but the shades that they chose to be matte were perfect choice: light yellow-cream, medium brown, dark brown and a black. A couple of these colours look like they would have some shimmer in them when you see them in the pan but it doesn't translate to the swatches.
Do you ever pick up these Christmas gift sets? Or get them for a makeup lover on your list? I realize that it is sold out but I wanted to share it with you because the colours are so pretty. They would be great shades for Summer/Fall because of the bronzed warm shades. If you would like to see more of the products from this set in a first impression type post or used in a tutorial - just let me know in the comments below!