I’ve never been a follower of Lancome and I didn’t even know about this new formula release until I went to Shoppers Drug Mart last month to look at the Guerlain fall collection. The saleslady introduced me to this completely new line of eyeshadows and I promptly fell in love. The colour was rich, intense and very long-wearing. I did not buy it though, because it is priced at a whopping $47 CAD + tax. There was no way I am spending $55 on ONE shade of eyeshadow. I went home and did some research and found out that its only selling for something like $25 in the US, so I did what any sensible Canadian would do in this situation: I scoured e-Bay.
These two photos show Cherry Cherie in two different lights. The first photo is where you can see the colour of its sparkles, a pretty cherry red, and the second photo is what it really looks like in real life, an intense plummy cranberry.
Here is the swatch. The eyeshadow is kind of a weird texture, it is very hard and dry, even though it is supposed to be like a semi-pressed pigmented. The granules are kind of big and there will be fallout, so its probably good to be patting this on rather than brush it on like a usual powdered shadow. The one thing that really caught my attention was how hard it was to remove this. I have not tried this on my eyelid yet, but just from me trying to remove it from my arm, I can tell it should be very long wearing. I had it on for about 5 minutes for photos, and I tried to take it off in the usual manner I take eyeshadow swatches off my arm: water and tissue paper. Well it wouldn’t come off. I was running late so I wasn’t able to get to the cleansing oil, but I had to literally scratch this off my arm. I wasn’t sure if that is a good thing or not…
Anyways, the colour is very intense and pigmented. I swiped it a couple of time to get to this intensity, but I’m sure with a brush you won’t require so much effort. Also, I don’t know if you can wear this wet as well, or dry only, but if you can wear it wet, I can see it being very beautiful.
Overall, if you can find this, I would recommend getting it, if you can justify spending so much money on it, just because it is so pretty. I will likely be wearing this with my holiday makeup as I see it wearing very beautifully with golds.
P.S. Lancome Canada has the plummy shade released under the name “Metropolitan Plum.” I’m not sure if its just a different name, or if they’re completely different products. From online swatches though, they seem pretty similar so I’m going to assume they’re the same thing.