BATD ON Feb 18, 2014 AT 11:06 am

by Chrissy Iley

Lancome French Ballerine Collection

Lancome French Ballerine Collection

Anyone who hasn’t tried Lancôme’s Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling Eye (£21.00) colours should do so immediately. They are the eye colour find of the century. I’m obsessed with them.

They are dense, intense, and packed with a super high concentration of pigment within a waterproof mousse. It mousse glides on like a cream that becomes part of your skin. The colour is beautifully textured and stays on for hours. More indelible than cream and more luxuriant than powder, it’s total genius.

I’ve been loving the winter Emeralds, Sapphires and Slates, but a new colour from the French Ballerine collection called Topaz Dorée (£21.00) has really taken my fancy! It is a pinky, peachy gold. You put it on alone with maybe a brown eyeliner and it looks like enhanced skin that shimmers. Its peachiness makes a blue, green or brown eye pop.

You can apply as much or as little as you like, flit between a combination of subtlety and pizazz. I also like to apply it as a base for a textured smoky eye.

Lancome French Ballerine Collection Blush Highlighter in Rose

Lancome French Ballerine Collection Blush Highlighter in Rose

Lancôme have a magnificent palette called Doll Eyes Hypnôse Palette (£37.00). It embraces this season’s love of pink with colours ranging from sugared almond to smoky mauve. The palette takes you from nude to a smokey eye in a couple of sweeps.

I like to apply the Topaz mousse first and then the darker peachy shade followed by smoky mauve. I don’t like eye colour to look flat, so this makes it three dimensional, but of course they work perfectly well alone. The compact itself is delicious, and mirrored with a cute pink bow. The Highlighter Blush (£35.00) comes in the same adorable compact with a beautiful rose design on the silky powder itself.

The colour Rose Ballerine sounds romantic, fairytale-esque, and it does have a certain magic to it. It is a subtle soft pink with a hint of peach. It blushes with a delicate flush but is curiously highlighting and illuminating. It is called the French Ballerine Collection for spring 2014 and fortunately you don’t have to be a dancer to love it.

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