Lancome Declaring Indigo Fall 2009: Enough to Make My Brown Eyes Blue

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Have you ever noticed how often the word “blue” turns up in song titles? Sitting down to play with Lancome’s Declaring Indigo collection, I thought of New Order’s Blue Monday and When the Stars Go Blue, by Ryan Adams.


Lancome’s new collection is blue beauty booty for eyes and nails. So far I’ve tested three pieces from the release.

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Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm and Virtuose Mascara in Royal Blue

Yesterday I fell hard for Les Vernis nail polish in Indigo Paris ($18).

It had me at bonjour!

And today, Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm ($24) and Virtuose Mascara in Royal Blue ($25) ran away with my heart.

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Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm ($24) is captivating in her shimmery, intensely pigmented indigo blue. A gel liner that doesn’t budge for nuthin’, she stays on my lids all day long without smudging, and I think she totes makes brown eyes *pop*.

The thick, semi-wet formula — easy to apply and control — should also be great for gel liner neophytes and lazy girls (like moi). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

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Virtuose Mascara in Royal Blue ($25) nearly blinded me with bling when I first laid eyes on her. A dark blue mascara with golden glitter, this baby curls, lengthens and defines lashes like nobody’s bidness.

It looks a little scary in the tube, but no worries — she’s completely wearable. The shade applies as a subtle dark blue with teeny pieces of golden glitter — enough for just a hint of sparkle — so you don’t have to worry about looking like one of the Solid Gold Dancers circa 1981. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+


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Swatches from left to right: Virtuose Mascara in Royal Blue, Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm

I think Lancome stands out with this release. Shades of gray are making big splashes over at Chanel and Dior this fall, but Lancome veers into almost summery territory with Declaring Indigo’s palette of deep blues, bronzes, golds and browns. It’s different, and from what I’ve seen so far, I like. πŸ™‚

Let me know what you think.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Shontay says:

    Wow. Both of those are gorgeous. Blue is my absolute favorite color. I was never into lancome before, but I might have to check this out at least.

  2. I LIKE. borat style.

    i usually i don’t buy lancome too much (exception: rouge sensation in jezebel)… but i LOVE navy blue and what it does for my pale skin and brown eyes!

    going to go have a major testing sesh!

    hope you and tabs are good. cha cha sends OM NOM NOM NOM from the food bowl (he’s having some fancy feast right now)!
    .-= ines & cha cha’s last blog post… Dance Photo Roundup – Winter 2008/Spring & Summer 2009 =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ines & Cha Cha,

      Fancy Feast is the way to a cat’s heart. Tabs is sleeping here at my feet. I wonder what he’s dreaming about…

      I don’t know when it happened, but Lancome’s gone all edgy on us. I like the stuff they’ve been releasing!

  3. tali says:

    Love it esp.the eyeliner..marvelous on your skin tone!
    .-= tali’s last blog post… Outfit Of The Day & Project 5 Pan! =-.

  4. sdpfeiffy says:

    so… I was uninterested in (too broke to consider) this collection until I saw the artliner–I was thinking it was the felt tip pen style, which I love but it never lasts on my eyes. Now gel liners… *sigh* (starts counting pennies…)

  5. Maggie says:

    You just made my heart break–that liner is gorgeous!

    Whyyyy must I be broke now!? πŸ™
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… Review: Korres Pomegranate Makeup Wipes + Haul and More =-.

  6. Marisol says:

    That liner is eveything I’ve wanted from the likes of the BB gel liner & MAC fluidlines. I better call lancome again & pre-order it.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Kindle me this… =-.

  7. Summer B. says:

    Ahh, alas…the exquisiteness of INDIGO! Absolutely beautiful with your skin! The state of my wallet has me thinking I should perhaps just invest in an indigo crayon or some such to satisfy my craving…definitely not as good, but, you gotta do what you gotta do! lol πŸ™‚
    .-= Summer B. ‘s last blog post… Red Earth Cosmetics, a Fond Farewell from Canada! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Summer B.,

      A good dark indigo pen might do the trick, too. I like the Uni Ball Vision Elite. It writes smoothly and has the deepest, darkest blue color.

  8. Sarah says:

    OMG! I’m am so excited about this line! The liner on you is gorgeous and I have brown eyes myself. You just made Lancome a new sale because I am on my way to purchase it!


  9. Amazing what a lil pot of blue gel can do for a gal! I have had a rough day at work (still not over, just taking a break), and seeing this review totally made my day! I am all over that blue liner!

  10. Glosslizard says:

    I might have to splurge on the mascara!

  11. Ah the 80s. Blue Monday.

    I have added that Blue liner and the Blue nail polish to my wish list.
    .-= Michelle (Lipstick Rules)’s last blog post… Bargain Beauty Review: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Lipcolor =-.

  12. Catherine says:

    Wow Karen – that liner looks absolutely fabulous on you!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Soft, summery FOTD & Jane Iredale lipstick in Lily =-.

  13. Stephie says:

    I am definitely digging the blues. In fact, I wore my LM Med palette today. I really like Lancome Virtuose. I think the brush I SOO awesome. It seriously applies mascara like no one’s business( I actually wash it and use it w/ my other mascaras ).

    How cute of Lancome to include that little ‘toki doki esque’ toy!

  14. Jen says:

    Karen- I love how the eyeliner looks! And, I love your shirt, the sleeves are really cute. Who makes it?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen,

      I wish I could tell ya. I bought it four years ago at a random shop in SF… unfortch I cut off the tags (they itched). LOL, I guess I need to go shopping. A clothes horse I am not!

  15. Lina says:

    That liner looks gorgeous on you!!! It definitely makes your eyes pop without being too bright. Wish I could pull off blues like that! The whole look you did is very elegant. Love it.
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Haul Part 1 =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lina,

      Blue is one of those shades I’ve grown to love. A few years ago I would’ve never tried it.

      How do you feel about purple? Now that’s a shade I wish I could work better!

  16. Stef says:

    Oooo, girl! That’s some pretty blues. The liner looks like what I wanted MAC Fly-by-Blu pearlglide to be, but wasn’t.

    Agreed, I love that this is different from the other Fall collections. Look at Lancome go!
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… tarte eyeQuatic Summer Essentials set review =-.

  17. jane says:

    oh no. yesterday it was the gorgeous blue polish and now liner? 😑 ack! i must check this out when it comes out and see if it looks as good on my skin. πŸ˜€

  18. Nicole15 says:

    I have been desperately looking for a good indigo blue liner. Some blues claim to be navy but have too much purple in them or too much “midnight” & they just look black on. This blue is perfect. Just the ideal shade of dark blue. I love it & it looks damn good on us brown-eyed ladies. HA!

    “Solid Gold Dancers” – LMAO πŸ™‚ I wanted to be one so bad. Growing up I could never decide what would have been better, being a Solid Gold Dancer, a Soul Train Dancer or a Fly Girl. Ahhhh, the good ol’ days.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicole15,

      Me too! Who didn’t want to be a Solid Gold dancer?

      I thought the Fly Girls were so cool… the thought of wearing booty shorts freaked me out to no end, LOL!

  19. Hyzenthlay says:

    Gosh dang it, can you STOP featuring expensive things on here that I lust after?! πŸ™‚ Now I want the liner AND the mascara AND the nail polish AND the eye shadow.

    Well, the colors my school ARE blue and gold . . . and it’s spirit day every Friday! Perhaps I need these things for my Friday makeup . . . πŸ™‚ I could alternate blue and gold looks . . . And I am taking on some extra (paying) responsibilities this year . . .

  20. Patti says:

    Hi Karen,

    I am definitely interested in this collection by Lancome. As a self-confessed gel liner neophyte, how do you apply the gel liner to your lids? What brush can you use?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Patti,

      Gel liner is surprisingly easy to use if you have the right brush. I LOVELaura Mercier’s Flat Eyeliner Brush ($25).

      First, I load the brush with some liner, and then I dilute the excess by rubbing it gently across the inside of the gel liner cap. Next, I gently pull the skin at the lower lash line outward (toward my eye). I place the brush head along the lashes and then slowly apply the color to the lash line. I do my best to get the color as close to the lashes as possible (in between ’em, even) and then build thickness of the line slowly.

      If you have any more questions let me know. πŸ™‚

  21. I’m really diggin’ the blue eyeliner!!
    .-= Khalia Bentson’s last blog post… Come to the Sip and Shop Janrah Boutique Event in Seattle, WA =-.

  22. Paris B says:

    mmmm that indigo liner is gorgeousness! I’m really liking the indigo colours in this collection but the eyeshadow palettes (though pretty) are a little blah. Pity.
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Ask & Answer: WhatÒ€ℒs the difference between blush and bronzer? =-.

  23. Steph says:

    That liner looks amazing. I can never get as smooth a line with gel liner. I just smudge into my lashes — which also looks good but sometimes a gal just wants a thicker, more defined line. What brush do you use? How do you apply?


    • Karen says:

      Hi Steph,

      I use Laura Mercier’s Flat Eyeliner Brush ($25). It’s a bad ass brush! I like it much more than MAC’s push brush for the eyes.

      To apply, I gently pull the skin at the lower lash line outward (toward my eye), and then slowly apply the color to the lash line. I build thickness to the line slowly… it’s the only way I can get a really sharp, defined and crisp line.

      If you have any more questions let me know. πŸ™‚

  24. heyhey says:

    My blue heaven! This is so my speed– that little “pop” of color on an otherwise muted face. Now to save up for the lancome real deal while scoping Walgreens for a cheap ITMT alternative. Viva la recessionista!

  25. tracey says:

    how does the indigo charm liner compare to macs fluidline in waveline in terms of color??

  26. Tiffany says:

    Girl, that liner looks amazing on you! Also, I love your top – great color!

  27. Naz says:

    Wow that liner looks so great on you and the color is amazing! I’ll definitely pick it up next week I go shopping!

  28. Lindsay says:

    Hi Karen!

    I love the eyeliner, I’m going to go get it today! And I love the earrings! What’s the story on those?


    • Karen says:

      Hi Lindsay,

      Those are pink plumeria earrings I bought a few years ago when I visited family on Oahu. I bought ’em at the drugstore. πŸ™‚

  29. Marina says:

    OMG that liner is beeee-utiful! I was going to ask the same question Tracey did (about MAC Waveline) will appreciate it if you could compare them πŸ™‚

  30. Anastasia says:

    That blue liner is so pretty on you – I love the nail varnish that you previewed too – my Lancome counter didn’t have it yet when I checked today.

    I’m kinda blue myself… I just found out my lab Oscar has cancer πŸ™ I hope we caught it soon enough – fingers crossed!

  31. cloudburst says:

    I love that gel eyeliner – blue makes eyes appear whiter!

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