Like I said, Lancome and Dior are some of my first makeup brands so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart, no matter what. My love affair with Lancome began with their mascaras. My first “black” mascara ever was from Lancome, purchased for me by my mom. I talked more in-depth about my first experience with Lancome mascaras (here). Shortly after, that same love spread to their lipglosses (most of the Juicy Tubes) and a few random bits (Aqua Fusion Moisturizer, Peach-y Blush, literally everything in the Lancome “Calypso” Collection including an Eye Shadow Quad, Blue Nail Polish, and several Lip Products). I’ll still pick up a tube of Lancome Oscillation Mascara (reviewed here) every now and again, and use it as a topper (or even on it’s own because it’s just that good) or pick up random makeup-y bits on a whim. Even though I previewed the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation (here) I didn’t end up purchasing it. My last Lancome purchase (prior to this haul) was Lancome Grandiose Mascara (previewed here) but I never got around to reviewing it (soz!)
More recently, at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds) I stopped by the Beidoun Booth to check out the sets available at Lancome. Just like Clinique (who are constantly churning out Value Sets and Gift Sets and all kinds of sets really) Lancome are also known to come out with a few desirable sets of their own. I was only interested in the new Energie de Vie Skincare Collection (green ombre packaging), the antioxidant liquid moisturizer specifically but other than that, I wasn’t really planning on getting anything. With that being said, the sales assistants were all so lovely and accommodating (as always, just like all Beidoun employees, as opposed to the horrible aggressively pushy Alshaya employees) that I obligingly picked up a Douceur Cleansing Trio which consisted of the cult classic Bi-Facil (Dual Phase) Eye Makeup Remover, a Cream Cleanser (my preferred way of removing makeup) and a Toner (to play around with), all full-sized. The sales assistants were all so very helpful that I couldn’t help pick up yet another set called Effortless Chic Eyes that consisted of a full-sized Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-porter Mascara (black), mini-size Lancome Crayon Khol (black), and full-size Lancome Lip Lover (Rose Attrape-Coeur). The Cleansing Trio normally retails for KD 22/750 but I got it for KD 14/790 and the Effortless Chic Eyes Set retails for KD 13/000 but I got it for only KD 8/000! Not only was their a significant discount on both Sets, but I also received a generous supply of samples including some from the Energie de Vie range! I walked away feeling great about my extremely pleasant experience at the Lancome counter! The sales assistants were lovely and actually helpful! They were also quite generous with the samples! Best of all, there were several great deals on already marked down Value Sets! Can you fault me for loving Lancome?
Bi-Facil Demaquilant Yeux 125 ml (double-action eye makeup remover) + Galateis Douceur 125 ml (cream cleanser) + Tonique Douceur 125 ml (hydrating facial toner)
Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
This award-winning bi-phase makeup remover gently whisks away all types of eye makeup, even waterproof. Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean. The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase contains special emollients to refresh and condition skin without a greasy residue.
Lifts off all types of eye makeup, even waterproof mascara, while conditioning the skin. Leaves eyes feeling cool and refreshed, with no oily residue. No wonder there’s a cult following.
Gentle Cleanser for Face and Eyes
Leave skin feeling fresh and supple with Lancôme’s gentle cleanser, Galatéis Douceur, for normal to combination skin.
Our light and milky formula creates a clean base in the morning, and in the evening it removes foundation, blusher, eye makeup and any other impurities from the day.
Enriched with papaya and pineapple extract, it leaves skin feeling fresh and clean.
Soothing and cooling, this alcohol-free, pH balanced freshener gently tones and refines skin without drying or depleting natural oils. Formulated with skin-softening distilled flower-water, this ultra-refreshing formula gives skin a cool, hydrated feeling.
Leaves skin perfectly clean, soft and supple. Skin feels smooth, completely comfortable and refreshed.
Effortless Chic Eyes – full-sized Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-porter Mascara (black), mini-size Lancome Crayon Khol (black), and full-size Lancome Lip Lover (Rose Attrape).
A new ultra creamy formula for long-lasting intense volume.
Discover seductive volume, striking length and intense black colour which lasts all night long.
The high precision elastomer brush gently glides on just the right amount of mascara and softly lengthens lashes. The shorter bristles coat the lashes from the roots, while the longest ones stretch the formula to the tips.
LE CRAYON KHÔL
Create a sensual, intense eye look with ease. This smudgy, creamy-smooth eye pencil delivers a dose of decadent color that glides on effortlessly and blends beautifully. In an instant, eyes are perfectly lined, defined and contoured for a smoldering effect that’s absolutely irresistible.
Dewy Intense Lip Color
A dewy intense lip color that creates shine and color without sacrificing moisture. Captivating color intensity combines with the hydration of a balm in this new three-in-one elixir formula. The balmy base provides up to eight hours of moisture while a smoothing layer reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates a dewy shine. Finally, the saturated pigments provide the ultimate in color pop.
ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE YEUX LIGHT PEARL EYE SERUM
Eye Illuminator Youth Activating Concentrate
What it is:
An eye-illuminating serum with a flexible, cooling massaging applicator for smoother, more luminous, younger-looking eyes.
What it does:
See a more luminous eye contour with this fresh eye serum. Designed with a unique rotating and cooling teardrop massage applicator, this eye illuminator reaches even the most inaccessible areas around the eye contour. With continued used, the eye contour will look smoother and puffiness is reduced.
Advanced Skin Corrector;
Wrinkles – Pores – Texture
Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector is a fresh, fast-absorbing serum that instantly smooths skin’s surface after one application. After three days, pores are less visible and skin texture is improved and after 4 weeks wrinkles appear visibly reduced. Whether you are going makeup-free or prepping for makeup application, this smoothing serum leaves your skin perfectly smooth and ready to face the day.
ÉNERGIE DE VIE LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER
Antioxidant Liquid Moisturizer
Wake up your skin with a burst of anti-fatigue hydration. Loaded with antioxidant goodness for an instant glow, this liquid moisturizer fuels your skin for a refined texture and renewed bounce. Its unique formula is as hydrating as a cream, as concentrated as a serum, and as light as a cosmetic water.
Formulated with cranberry, lemon balm, and ginseng to provide antioxidant protection against free radicals. Inspired by Korean skin care routines, this water-infused fresh moisturizer works to address the 1st signs of aging, for glowing, refreshed, and healthy-looking skin.
Tired of looking tired? Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie is a simple, efficacious routine that works to reawaken tired, dull skin, giving you an instant glow. Today’s signs of fatigue could turn into tomorrow’s visible signs of aging. Lack of sleep, high stress, pollution, daily life excesses—all these environmental factors alter the appearance of the skin.
As I’ve mentioned before, using a cream cleanser is my preferred method of makeup removal. However, it has been a good long while since I last used Lancome Bi-Facil (and hated it) so who knows? I might even appreciate Bi-Facil this time around. At the very least, it’ll come in handy with waterproof mascaras (which I generally tend to avoid because they are a nightmare to remove). That’s why the Douceur Cleansing Trio is such a good set! It came with a full-sized Bi-Facil, full-sized cream cleanser, and full-sized toner. Plus, instead of spending KD 22/750 I got it for KD 14/790. As for the Effortless Chic Eyes, I’m pretty sure it was a Holiday Set (based on the packaging) so the fact that it was available for purchase in Kuwait… in November (before the Holiday Season)… is mindblowing! Normally, we get things in Kuwait a month (or four) later than the rest of the world. Kudos to Beidoun for staying on top of their game!
Anyhow, a decent mascara is always handy and I generally seem to get along great with most of Lancome‘s mascaras. The deluxe sample sized Kohl will definitely be put to good use, especially since it’s in a practical black. I detest the gold cap but people all around the world seem to equate luxe with gold so whatevs, I guess I understand and besides, it’s not exactly a deal-breaker. The performance is way more important than the aesthetic appeal or lack thereof, so you do you, Lancome. As for the final item in the set, I can’t even remember the last lip product that I’d purchased from Lancome (possibly a Juicy Tube, way back when) so I’m actually looking forward to playing around with Lip Lover. Thankfully, the shade Rose Attrape-Coeur seems promising. The Effortless Chic Eyes Set was originally KD 13/000 but was marked down to KD 8/000!
Instead of paying a total of KD 35/750 I got both Sets for only KD 22/790 which in my book constitutes as a pretty good deal. The icing on the cake was how lovely all the sales assistants were to me! Not once did they hover over me. As a matter of fact, after politely offering their help (and me politely declining) they went right back to the private conversations they were having with each other (which took place far enough to not disturb me but near enough where they could come to my aide should I ask for it) and even when I did ask about certain things (if they had any Energie de Vie Sets available for purchase yet?) the sales assistants were all well-informed and impressively knowledgeable about the products they were selling. I even struck up a conversation with one of them, a delightful Egyptian woman with a jovial air of good humor about her and not once did she try to “push product” on me. In fact, she even deterred me against purchasing a certain product even though it was quite expensive (because it was “too potent” i.e. not for my age group) and led me to a more suitable alternative which happened to cost much less. I didn’t end up purchasing either one but regardless she was even kind enough to stash quite a few of the Energie de Vie samples in my shopping bag (because I’d had my heart set on trying out that collection specifically) as well as a few skincare samples from other collections (Genifique and Visionnaire). What a darling!
Overall, I had a delightful experience at the Lancome counter (courtesy of Beidoun employees)! I’m super stoked about the haulage because like I said, it’s been a minute since I last played around with some Lancome products, but mostly, I’m excited about getting to try out some samples (before splurging on the real thing) from the Energie de Vie range!