Review: Lancome Golden Frenzy palette

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Did you know that this Lancome Golden Frenzy eye palette was used by Kim Kardashian for her wedding day? The fact that the Kim K chose and approved this for her signature smokey eye must mean something. I was actually apprehensive about this palette at first because I found the glitters too overwhelming as if it were shouting major fallout alert! However, I love the colors and although they seem dupe-able, I felt that blending 2 or all of these colors would be perfect for my NC30/35 skin.  Check out the jump for my full review.

*Eye makeup applied by my sister, Raiza.

The housing of this palette drew me to it in an instant! I love the fabulous glittering gold feel. It actually matches the beauty box it came with which you can see in this post. 
The palette consists of 5 eyeshadows with labels on them as follows — (top) all-over base, (second row L-R) lid, crease, highlighter, (bottom) liner/contour. I took out the transparent film that labelled them as such before taking the photos. Quite interesting for Lancome to suggest the rightmost caramel color as highlighter. For this look, we skipped on this suggestion and used the white (labelled as all-over base) shadow for highlighting instead.
All-over Base (top) — White eyeshadow with chunky silver glitters. Quite a heavy amount of fallout but when primed with a good primer, stays minimal. Though this was suggested as an all-over base, we used it for my inner corners and brow bone highlights.
Lid (leftmost) — Metallic gold with golden shimmers. Quite pigmented with and can be blended easily on the lids. We used it all over the lids. 
Crease — Matte medium brown with no glitter / shimmer. Used it for crease and outer V. 
Highlight — Metallic darker gold taupe with chunky gold glitter / shimmer. Used on outer V blended with the crease color.
Liner — Matte black. Surprisingly very intense that makes it great to use as eyeliner.Very pigmented and lasted the whole day. Skipped on using liquid liner or kohl eyeliner.

Below are un-primed one-layer swatches of the shadows. I forgot to swatch the black one, forgive me. It’s this pregnancy brain drain I’m experiencing that’s the cause of this (After swatching, I thought to myself how incomplete it looked but didn’t bother to analyze and discover I missed one shadow swatch). 
 I would say the shadows are quite pigmented considering this is only the first swatch. As you can see, the amount of glitter fallout from the white shadow is also quite heavy. The other shadows aren’t as shimmery/glittery but thanks to the white one’s glitters, they’ve been generously given some glitters as well. I would suggest to put below your eyes when applying so the glitters don’t fall on your cheeks / all over the face. We had to clean my face with makeup remover from all the glitter fallout of the white shadow.

The texture, however, is impressive. I didn’t think they would be as smooth as they are by looking at them in pan. I haven’t gone out all night with them but they sat on my lids (with only the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk as primer) without creasing or fading even a bit for a good 7-8 hours. I would imagine longer wear and minmal fallout with the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

FACE OF THE DAY
I asked my sister to apply the eye makeup as I was too tired to do it myself (the backaches my pregnant self is experiencing can’t last me through a few minutes of eye makeup application). My eyes are primed with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, instead of the usual Urban Decay Primer Potion. It worked pretty well and made the shadows pop and more pigmented than they already are. 

My favorite part is the highlight shadow which may look a bit overdone but I quite like the effect they have on my eyes. Also, I’m impressed with the black shadow as eyeliner for it turned out quite pigmented as compared to my Naked Palette 2‘s Blackout. It stayed put the whole day, no smudging nor transferring occurred which I found very amazing. 

SUMMARY
PROS
1. Nicely pigmented colors
2. Looks great on girls with skintone like mine (NC35), but also perfect for darker skintones
3. Blends easily and very well despite using just an average blending brush
4. Long-lasting even without primer (I tried to remove the un-primed swatches with water and it took some effort!)
5. Sleek packaging with golden glamour written all over
6. Love the matte black eyeshadow for eyeliner. Also great for smokey eyes as the texture is very silky compared to most black eyeshadows I have

CONS
1. White shadow fallout is quite heavy when not primed well
2. For those who are OCD, the case picks up fingerprints
3. Dupe-able colors, not too unique
4. Highlight shade is not really great as a highlight and also has some fallout
5. Expensive for 5 shadows with only 

FINAL THOUGHTS
Would I repurchase? If I can use this all up, then that’s when I’ll think about it but for now it’s a NO. It’s a really beautiful palette but it’s not quite unique that I’d lose sleep if I run out of it. I like the black and white shadows the most (except of course for the glitter fallout of the white one but when kept at bay, I love it). If Lancome came out with a duo of the black and white shadows (with the white having better glitter performance), I’ll definitely buy it! But for the rest of the colors, the Naked palettes have probably good dupes of them. 
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39 Comments

  1. January 7, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    The packaging is really nice!! You look pretty by the way! The colors (except white) look similar to some of the colors in the naked2 palette… am i right?

  2. January 7, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    Omg The colors are amazing ! I need to purchase this palette

    Liyana ♥
    LiyanasAdvice.blogspot.com

  3. January 7, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    Your eyes look gorgeous and you have such nice skin 🙂 So envious~ This palette is the palette of my dreams! I love the packaging and it blends well. The colours compliments each other very well and i love the warm neutral colours~ I really want this in my collection soon. Thank you for introducing me to this product~ I absolutely love it regardless of the cons 😀
    Great post ~ xxx

  4. January 7, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    Wow, if Kim K used this then it’s a must have for my makeup collection! Love the makeup look, the colours compliment you so well!

    Hannah / Justmycouture.blogspot.co.uk

    Much love x

  5. January 7, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    Wow. This palette looks so lovely! I see what you mean about the glitter at first (I’m definitely a matte girl) but this would be amazing for a night out. Sadly out of my price range right now, but it’s lovely in every other way 😀

    http://www.lifeasadaydreamer.blogspot.com

    -Emily.

  6. January 7, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    I’m guessing half of what you pay for is the packaging and the name. A lot of the shadows also look exactly like the ones I have on my Hello! Bombshell Palette from Victoria’s Secret o_o But I can’t really say they’re the same texture-wise. Your eyes look absolutely wonderful with this on though! I can see why this would suit Kim because she has such a wide arc and space between her eyes and her brows to make use off and maximize the highlighting. It’s one of the things that make her smokey eyes iconic – that wide space between the crease and brow. It just makes everything look better, but you still managed to pull it off even without that exaggerated arc– amazing!

    I’ve noticed that I don’t get as much use of highlighters because of my low arc D: Ohwell. It’s also one of the reasons I tend to avoid glittery eyeshadows as well. They just don’t show up as well because my eyes don’t have dimension to them. All in all, this was a great review! You can tell this eyeshadow works just for show, but isn’t really something you’d have as a staple 🙂

    Ada
    http://ada-nikki.blogspot.com

  7. January 7, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    i think it’s gorgeous and i love shimmery colors like that! but your right, they are not unique. 😮

  8. January 7, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    This looks so lovely! Eeek. Added to my wish list!

    Lovely blog, followed! xx

  9. January 7, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    These shadows are absolutely gorgeous, and so are you!! I can’t thank you enough for stopping by my blog, otherwise I might never have found your’s, and it’s such great reading material! Also, I love how you describe yourself as simply a beauty lover and consumer, I think that fits me perfectly as well 🙂

    http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/

  10. January 7, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    This eyeshadow palette looks great on you! Very pretty! I always want to follow the footsteps on celebrities.. I purchase items that I see them with too. =)

    Have fun!

  11. January 7, 2013 / 6:49 pm

    The package is amazing! And I loooove the look that you created!!

    ♥♥♥

  12. January 7, 2013 / 6:49 pm

    What a gorgeous pallete, it looks incredible in the pan and on your lids, I love it! xx

  13. January 7, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    The packaging is simply gorgeous and it looks amazing on you x

  14. January 7, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    The glittery packaging is just stunning. So funny that you got your sister to apply the makeup instead. Hope you’re feeling better now! 🙂

  15. January 7, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    you look absolutely gorgeous!
    the packaging is very pretty and i did not know that Kim K used this for her wedding 🙂 very interesting!!

  16. January 8, 2013 / 2:41 am

    oh wow, the palette looks stunning from inside-out! Playing makeup with sister is fun!

  17. January 8, 2013 / 3:02 am

    What a gorgeous palette but as you say, you can find many dupes out there, though this palette is ultra glamorous… I dont think id ever buy it but id more than happy to get it as a gift 🙂

    x
    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

  18. January 8, 2013 / 5:01 am

    I also love the glittery gold packaging! The swatches are lovely but I do agree that they aren’t unique enough. You look lovely wearing it though! 😀

  19. January 8, 2013 / 5:15 am

    You make me want the palette ~_~ The packaging, and colours are pretty nice even tho i have a billion neutal palette already.. hahahahaa it looks pretty nice 🙁 lots of glitter like u said!

  20. January 8, 2013 / 7:23 am

    Really love the colors of this palette. 🙂

  21. January 8, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    It looks wonderful on you~ 🙂

  22. January 8, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    Packaging is adorable and I always think lancomes shadows are simply gorgeous but I agree that it’s not that unique. There are similar shades from cheaper brands out there 🙂

  23. January 8, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    I like lancome so much 😉
    You look greate ;D

  24. January 9, 2013 / 7:53 am

    You look gorgeous c: Love the
    natural colors! The packaging
    especially the lid is really
    nice!

    xx

  25. January 9, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the review doll! From the sounds of it, the shadows seem a lot like the Dior shadows from my Dior palette. I also have the same problem with that palette and fingerprints. The fallout with more glittery white colors seems to always be a really annoying problem which is a shame cos they appear to be so pigmented in the pan. I like the look that you created but as you said for me personally the highlighter is a bit too strong. Logically from your review I really shouldn’t run out and but this palette but the case is just sooooo pretty!

    http://www.lovefromberlin.net/
    xx Rae

  26. January 9, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Stunning & beautiful! thanks for the review and ideas- I need to learn more about make-up.

  27. February 12, 2013 / 6:08 am

    Gorgeous packaging, your look is perfect for a night out!

  28. yonghuiyovi
    June 30, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Hi, do you find it hard or strange to draw cat eyes? I have similar eyes like yours, but with a bit stronger double lids, and it is really pain to draw the ‘tail’. My upper lids are kind of blocking the way. Do you have another version of cat eyes?

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