Lancome Absolu Voyage Complete Make-Up Palette - Heathrow T5, - £42.20
Make up palettes from high end lines have much improved - I remember when they used to be filled with wacky shades and questionable quality products, and while they were neat and cute to look at, I didn't see myself seriously using one.
Guerlain's Terracotta Make Up Palette which I reviewed here really switched me onto how versatile and practical they can be, as well as beautiful to use. Once you have your base sorted whether that's tinted moisturiser, BB cream, foundation or just bare skin if you're lucky enough this Lancome palette gives you a fully polished look in a few minutes. I just can't get over the dinkyness for everything it contains!
- 6 neutral eyeshadows, the strip on the left side are stunning, but there's also a dark purple to take a look into the evening
- Three lipsticks
- Face powder - this is very dinky to get your whole face covered with the little pad, but it does the job of sorting out oily patches on your T zone. Of course it's in quite a light shade, so wouldn't be great for deeper skin tones.
- Mini Lancome Hypnose mascara (a Holy Grail beauty)
- Black Kohl eyeliner
- Lip pencil
The only things you'd miss are a dusting of bronzer and dab of highlighter.
The brushes and applicators supplied with many compacts are still questionable, but the little brush in this Lancome palette made a valiant effort at applying just the right amount of blush for an understated glow, and wasn't scratchy. The eyeshadow brush was surprisingly good, as was the lip brush. The Hypnose Mascara mini is just as amazing as a full size as the brush head is the regular size.
The packaging is very cute and saves space by having a little pull-out drawer. It comes in a velvet pouch which make it feel that bit more special and also prevents the items tipping out in your bag if the latch become undone. The mirror in the lid is a great size. All in all it's the perfect little compact to keep stashed in your desk at work for touch ups or last minute nights out. I've even brought it on a couple of weekends away as it's such a great space and weight saver.
The bad news is that it seems to only be available at airport duty free shops - so keep a look out next time you're going away.