Available in February 2012, the collection is an extremely tight edit. Everything ties in beautifully together and will work well as separate pieces or mixed and matched in one look. The packaging is gorgeous and continues the garden party theme with rings of roses bedecking the exterior of the compacts and vintage-inspired lipstick bullets that would not look out of place on a 1950s dressing table. However, while the packaging is a veritable treat in itself, the real wow-factor comes, happily, from the products within.
Lancôme has really upped its game recently with embossed, artistic powders and Spring is no different with an amazing flowery face powder called La Roseraie Blush Palette (€45.00). The flower is a bright watermelon pink with some subtle sheen while the background is a pale champagne gold. There is rather a lot of glittery overspray here, as was the case with the recent Golden Hat powder but, you can easily knock this off or just grin and bear it for the first few wears!
There are two eyeshadow palettes (€45.00) to decide between; the green mix pictured below in Vert Tendresse and also a pink/burgundy compilation named Rose Romance that will compliment porcelain skintones to perfection. As with all Lancôme shadows, these are buttery soft and intensely pigmented and are well worth the money seeing as you get numerous combinations from just one palette.
Lips are catered for with three lipsticks (€30.00) and three lipglosses (€20.00). Pictured below is the lipgloss in Green Petal (also available in Tangerine Petal and Rose Petal), a scary-looking mint green with bright green sparkles that is subtly gorgeous when applied and not at all Shrek-like, and the lipstick in Rose Candy (also available in Cotton Candy and Sweet Marmalade) which is a bright watermelon, not unlike that in the face powder, which swatches extremely sheer and glossy.
There are a few nail polishes in the collection too which I don’t yet have much information on. Dee and I each got one in our goody bags, hers a minty green cream called Rose Almond and mine a bright peach, also in a cream finish, called Rose Tangerine. A milky pink in Rose Macaroon rounds out the nail trio.
I think the inspiration for this collection is quite clear to see and it has been executed to perfection. The colour palette and the rose motifs carried throughout conjure up really vivid images of a sort of Pride-and-Prejudice-meets-The-Secret-Garden scenario for me where the girls all have English rose complexions, are sporting tight curls secured with hair ribbons and are larking about in loose white summer dresses. I love when a collection has the ability to successfully portray a narrative and that is exactly what Lancôme have achieved here with Roseraie des Delices.