Lancôme C’est Magnifique Holiday 2008 Color Story is a bit predictable. It reminds me alot of other collections that have been launched recently, umm, Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels and a host of others. The colors are jewel tones and many shades are meant to be bold and dramatic for the holidays. It isn’t a horrible collection, it sure isn’t magnifique, but it is a nice collection if you don’t have colors like this. I think that Lancome has seen better days.

EYES: Colour Design LE Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad comes in Glamour Première which is a shimmery ruby set that would look amazing on brunettes and dyed redheads. The other is Hollywood Seductive which has shimmery metal shades and a deep sapphire. There is a Virtuôse Black Carat Mascara that is a black with shimmer. For some reason it gets on my nerves. I love the two new Artliner Liquid Eyeliners. There is Star Studded which is a dirty/antique gold shade and Midnight Glam which is alot like existing Blueberry but this blue is metallic. We have three Colour Design Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo. These are loose shadows in a tiny tube with a sponge tip applicator. They are alot like those that Victoria’s Secret have. The colors are Award Winning Gold which is a pale gold shimmer, Fashion Flair Bronze which is a lighter bronze, and Modelesque Plum which is a plummy mauve. These are pretty worn as a wash of color with lots of mascara and bold lips.

LIPS & NAILS: We five new Juicy Tubes with delicious gourmand fragrances. We have In All Her Splendor which is a cherry red, Luminous in Lace which is a pale bronzey shade, Showered in Diamonds which is a clear with tons of shimmer, Icon of Stage which is a dramatic plum, and Pretty In Pink which is a nude pale sheer pink. We have Le Rouge Absolu Lipstick in Cinema Noir (love this shade) which is a deep merlot, Bordeaux which is a satin reddish wine, Pampered which is a pale pink, and Golden Girl which is a golden bronze. Three Le Lipstiques Lip Liners have been featured: Charme which is a nudish brown peach, Enchantment which is a brickish red, and Mauvelle whihc is a perfect berry. I really like the two new nail shades in In All Her Splendor which is a shimmery seasonal red and Midnight Glam which is a shimmery cobalt.

FACE: Of course the normal ole face products have been relaunched. The real stars are Colour Ideal Illuminator in Shimmering Pink which is lovely on face and eyes. The blushes are Colour Design Cream Blush in Signature Look which is a peachy pale pink and Retro Rouge which is a firey blushing red.

These new MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio from the 2008 Red She Said Holiday Collection well, suck. I was not impressed with these. I saw them online and I was so siked. The metallic colors looked wonderful. The colors looked rich and saturated. I got to try these in person and I was so disappointed. First, things first. The metallic centers of these are so weak. I wanted gilded, foiled eyes. Instead the gold or silver centers were weak, invisible except for unattractive metallic glitter flakes. Not cool. The other two colors were weak too. They had pigment unlike the metallic centers but were really light in comparison to other MAC eye shadows. I did sample these dry so maybe if used wet they are pigmented. Do comment if you have used these damp.

These come in six trios that retail for $17.50. I didn’t purchase any because I found them boring. Danger Zone seemed like it would be the most interesting because it has a metaillic midnight black, silver and metallic lipstick red. Instead it came out boring and washed out. I thought I would like Inter-View because it has a deep shimmery peacock navy, gold and deep rusty wine. Nope, boring. I found all of them boring. Oh, well.

Winter makeup collections are always into “vintage” looks such as red lips, false lashes, etc. and they love “jewel” tones and rich metallics. Estee Lauder has stuck to this traditional holiday makeup model. I had an opportunity to play in it and here’s what I think.

FACE: They’ve relaunched Double Wear Liquid Foundation for this collection. I despise Double Wear Foundation despite its mega popularity. If you like cakey makeup go for it. The Shimmering Jewel Powder is new. I really like it. It is a shimmery champagne colored powder highlighter with a “jewel” texture. It comes in a mirrored compact and goes for $32.

EYES: We have the new Silky Eyeshadow Duo with Fauceted Design in Amethyst which is a shimmery smoky purple/plum duo, Sapphire which is a shimmery silvery baby blue and rich blue duo and Emerald which is a shimmery nude and forest green duo (think of Urban Decay Mildew). The shadows have a nice texture and lots of shimmer. The pigments blend nicely. I like the formula but I’m not too wild about any of the colors. Mainly because I have shades a lot like it in my collection already. They retail for $25. The Smoked Eye Pencil comes in Smoked Amethyst and Smoked Emerald. I like the shades and texture of these. They are smooth. They go for $18.50. They are featuring Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara. I have not sampled this. It retails for $19.50.

LIPS & NAILS: Next we have the Estee Lauder Fauceted Signature Lipstick. Same formula as the original however it has a fauceted jewel design. It looks just like Milani’s lipstick and feels the same too. The colors are rich: Black Cherry which is a deep wine, Ruby which is a blue-ish pinkish red, and Rich Red which is a blue red. I do like the lipsticks since I am a sucker for these hues. Pure Color Nail Lacquer has been launched in the following shades and retail for $18: Blackberry which is a deep deadly wine and Red Tango a pinkish red.

Overall, the collection isn’t too bad. I just didn’t see anything that different or unlike products that I already own. Of course I own everything. The colors are holiday generic but that is OK, being that I like shimmers and bold lips. The model looks a bit like a corpse but I just hope that is my computer monitor’s settings. And what about cheeks? They didn’t “spotlight” anything.