The Lancome Ultra Lavande Collection for Spring 2011: Now THAT’s a Lot of Purple

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It’s time to bust out your lighter and sway back and forth, because Lancome’s new spring makeup collection is a regular Prince!


As in Purple Rain. πŸ™‚

Just how much purple are we talking about here? Well, if you crammed a thousand Prince impersonators, all of them wearing sparkling purple suits with matching ruffled shirts, into one HUGE room, that would be less purple than Ultra Lavande, Lancome’s spring release of new and repromoted items for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Lancome invoked the ’70s for the product names, and some of them are great (Disco Silver and Le 54?). I don’t know though… Doesn’t the promo pic remind you more of the ’80s than the decade before? Check out the model’s Brook Shields brows and the blocks of color on her eyes. I mean, she could pass for one of those jungle girls from Hungry Like the Wolf (or an extra on Dynasty).

When I saw these pics, my first thought was, “This is a purple version of LM’s Silk Road.” Heck, there’s even a dash of gold on the eyes.

Butterflies Fever Ultra Lavande Blush, $40

Color Design Eyeshadow Quad in Ultra Lavande, $42

Ombre Magnetique Long Wearing Shadow in Disco Silver on the top, Ultra Lavande on the lower left and Disco Gold on the lower right

Le Crayon Khol in Ultra Lavande, $24.50

Lipsticks from the left: L’Absolu Rouge in Lily Rose ($29), L’Absolu Rouge in Daisy Rose ($29) and French Touch Absolu in Berry Rose ($35)


From the left Color Fever Gloss in Ultra Lavande, Rose Ballerine and Beige Ballerine (each $26); Le Vernis Nail Polish in Violet Groove and Le 54 ($19 each)

The collection’s available now at Lancome counters and

What do ya think? Too much purple or not enough?

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  1. that is a lot of purple i guess thats good for brown eyed girls like me lol
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  2. I do love purple, but the only thing grabbing me is the nail polishes. I’ll have to check them out.
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  3. ki says:

    Too much :-/ although I’d really like to try that blush!

  4. LOVE! I am strongly in favor of purple in general these days, and I want that eyeshadow quad!!
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  5. Tracy says:

    Yup a lot of purple. But I kind of like it-especially that blush!
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  6. Katie says:

    way too much purple lol

  7. Kana says:

    That blush is gorge! I am enjoying all these light pastel kinda colors for spring.
    That nail polish the model is wearing is really nice. :]

  8. Amber says:

    I’m psyched that purple is so big for spring since it’s my never-fail color. Yesterday I did a purple and peach eye that I think I’ll be revisiting frequently next season!
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  9. Denise says:

    There is no such thing as too much purple.
    But maybe I am biased; I LOOOVE purple and lavender colors.
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  10. Allison says:

    Perfect, you can never have too much purple!

  11. Ooh, that’s a whole lotta purple! I do like the pretty butterfly powder though!

  12. steph b says:

    No such thing as too much purple! I’m digging that Ulta Lavande and Berry Rose.

  13. mkdallas says:

    That’s a hella lot of purple; interesting that both Lancome and Lauder were so heavy on this shade for spring. The Lily Rose lipstick is gorgeous…I might have to take a closer look.

  14. omg, that blush… i can’t handle it!

    i’m actually LOVING that there’s a lot of purple popping up for spring 2011 since purple’s my favourite colour :). so i pretty much want everything in this collection :p
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  15. Vanessa says:

    Ummm…can I please have EVERYTHING in this collection? I love it all! The potted shadows really stole my heart πŸ™‚

  16. Phyrra says:

    I don’t think you can ever have too much purple πŸ™‚
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  17. LOVE this range! Purples really embrace the freshness and feeling of revival that is Spring. The Butterfly patterned powder really is beautiful.

    Purples look great on green and hazel eyes as they serve to accentuate the green pigments.

    Lancome have got it spot on this season!

  18. Nina says:

    gotta love disco silver and disco gold! πŸ˜€

  19. Lucie says:

    Wow, soooooo pretty! Love everything, but with Lancome’s archaic animal testing practices I won’t be buying. Can’t believe people still buy from brands that use animal testing, it kind of appalls me to be honest.

    • Kerry says:

      Lucie, what “archaic” testing practices are you talking about and where are you getting your information from? All major brands have the same policy today. They only test when required by law. Lancome hasn’t tested on finished goods in years, the same as every major brand.

  20. gio says:

    You can never have too much purple imo but then I love this color! πŸ™‚ The eyeshadows and blush look gorgeous!
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  21. Rae says:

    Too much purple? Is there even such a thing?

    As a self-proclaimed violet addict, this collection looks fab to me πŸ˜‰

  22. Nancy F. says:

    you are totally awesome getting this out today! big fan of lancome, and even called my counter to see if they had the items yet. think we’ll be seeing you do a face of the day with this? i know i’d love it! πŸ™‚

  23. Wow thats very.. “purpley” But I love it! Great for Brown or Green eyes! My favorite is the blush and the eyeliner!
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  24. Evelyn says:

    Must…have…blush… lol *sigh* I already blew the budget on other collections, I’ll really really have to debate getting this blush but I do so love the design!

  25. Maria says:

    Not a big fan of Lancome in general (I have many issues with them), but that electric purple shade they have in different forms – in the palette, as mousse e/s and kohl – looks stunning.

    But I have kind of outgrown my fascination with vivid purples and violets. I still have my go-to fixes (Nars Jolie Poupee, Mac Violet pigment and Milani Shock) but that’s it. No more.

  26. Ling says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of purple…I think I’m a little purpled-out!! However the blush palette looks interesting…I might try that! =)

  27. Ru says:

    Gurrrrlll, you know I LOVE me some purple. I have it on today. It was the color of my room in HS. My bag is purple. I’ve contemplated buying purple shoes… yet it matches with nothing. In any case, that blush is to die for, and the collection as a whole wins my heart. Can’t wait for your review!

  28. Shannon says:

    Wow…I’m a fan of purple, but that’s a LOT of lavender, lol! I’ll have to see it in person to decide if I can handle that much at once. Plus, I still need to get some mileage out of my Estee Lauder Surreal Violet palette from last Fall!

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  29. AshBash says:

    plenty of purple which isnt a problem! it’s pleasing to me. is that enough p words?
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  30. Lindsay says:

    Hmm needs more cowbell.
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  31. Antirae says:

    I have the butterfly fever blush… You can’t use it as a blush because it’s so damn sparkly!

    The overspray is PURE glitter!
    It’s beautiful to look at though! πŸ˜€

  32. Katie says:

    I’m loving EVERYTHING!!! And I dont even like lancome!
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  33. Jun says:

    Need to get my hands on the blush!!! Khol eyeliner and the daisy rose lipstick!!!! πŸ˜‰

  34. Joyce B says:

    Ack! Too much purple. Can anyone actually wear lavender blush? That Daisy Rose lippie looks nice though.

  35. BeckBeck says:

    I love purples on my nails, so I’ll probably check out the polishes. I can’t really pull off purple elsewhere on the face – unless you count Urban Decay Rockstar eyeliner, which reads more plum on me.

  36. graychic says:

    Love the lipstick–I am always searching for the perfect pinky- purple shade!

  37. Kim says:

    Disco Silver, I love you. Um, yeah, that’s a lot of purple. Good call on the Prince reference and it also made me think of the Michael Keaton Batman when Kim B is “dancing” on the roof with Jack Nicholson’s Joker. “… and PURPLE. I looooooove purple”. Still my favorite Bats. πŸ™‚

    On a side note, I asked the Hubs to check out the Hello Kitty promo pic in Sephora yesterday and he busted out laughing and then gave me a horrified look like “WAIT! You’re not thinking of putting a bow like that in your hair, are you?”. I assured him that I was not.

  38. amy says:

    I have a weakness for lavender nailpolishes and I will definitely try these out at the counter.
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  39. Trude says:

    I don’t think I’m ready for that much spring-y colors yet! But I do really love the polish in the photo!
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  40. Maggie says:

    There is totally no such thing as too much purple (well, I mean, there is, but it’s usually perpetrated by little old ladies who carry handbags full of string and loose change and take forever in front of you at the grocery store line). I don’t really own anything by Lancome, but I think I’m gonna after this collection! The blush and the gold and purple cream shadows are especially exciting-looking. I’m digging the lipsticks, too – they look ultra-wearable. Nice change from, say, MAC’s incessant pr0n-star-pink lipsticks (how many versions of Pink Nouveau do we really need?!).

  41. Megan says:

    That blush is beautiful! I want it! The Le Crayon Kohl and the Ombre Magnetique look great also.

  42. LorraineER says:

    I really wish they had a “get the look” type thing someplace because I really want what she’s wearing on her lips. I was thinking it was the Berry Rose lipstick but maybe it’s that plus one of the glosses…I’d like to know for sure so I can pick it up for myself.

  43. Andreea says:

    Purple Rain, purple rain *sing* PRINCE!
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  44. Angie says:

    That blush looks gorgeous, but I’d be afraid to use it cause I wouldn’t want to ruin that beautiful design. I’ve never used Lancome before, is their makeup worth the money?

  45. Valerie says:

    I have blond hair, blue eyes and very fair skin. Purple looks AWFUL on me! (Just ask my sister-in-law after wearing her lilac colored bridesmaid dress!!)

  46. Michele DiCola says:

    Purple ‘s my color!
    I have green eyes.

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