Here’s What My Full Beat Using the Lancôme x Mert & Marcus After Dark Makeup Collection Looked Like
March 23, 2020
Playing with new makeup is one of my favorite pastimes, especially now that I’m socially distancing with the best ’em. So naturally, when I found out that Lancôme released a collaboration with celebrity fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all of the new products. The collection is called After Dark
and comes with a ten-pan jewel-toned eyeshadow palette
, two makeup kits — one for your eyes
and one for lips
— pigmented lipsticks
, matte-to-glitter eyeshadows
and a dual-ended blur and highlighting stick
to achieve a beautiful glow.
I will admit that at first glance, the dark, smoky and bold hues in this makeup collection seemed a little intimidating as I’m someone who loves a more natural beat, but I was excited to experiment with something different, so I decided to create a full-face look using some of the most eye-catching products from the collab. Ahead, read on for my thoughts.
After applying my regular base makeup, I opened the eyeshadow palette and was immediately in awe of the beautiful shades with matte and shimmer finishes. I gravitated toward the gorgeous gold glitter that was so pigmented that one swipe on the back of my hand was enough to make me fall in love. I applied this color all over my eyelids and was seriously impressed with its easy-to-blend formula. I also loved that there was little-to-no fallout. I finished my eyes by creating a wing using the shade Dawn, which is a cool-toned chocolate brown with subtle shimmers. This eyeshadow is a creamier formula than the glitter and has incredible staying power.
Once my eyes were finished, I moved onto the lips. The collection comes with a Flaming Lips Kit
that contains a high-shine lip gloss and a vibrant dual-toned lipstick in either red or violet. I opted to go with one of the three L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks,
instead. I went with the shade Rouge Flamboyant
, which is a bright, orange-red that is *completely* out of my comfort zone. But something about the vivid color was so captivating to me that it made me want to venture outside of my nude lipstick bubble — and I'm so happy I did because I loved it. It’s a matte lipstick that is very comfortable and hydrating, thanks to its formula that’s infused with moisturizing vitamin E and antioxidants. I found that the soft and moisturizing formula offered a buildable coverage, which I appreciated because it helped me to ease my way into such a bright hue.
Finally, I finished things off by adding a touch of highlight to the high points of my cheekbones with the Teint Idole Ultra Blur and Highlight Duo Stick
, which comes in a light pink and shimmery beige. It’s a dual-ended stick that minimizes the appearances of pores and gives you glowing skin. Its creamy, lightweight formula was super easy to apply and blend, and it added a subtle, sheen to my complexion. It’s definitely a softer highlight that gives you more of a lit-from-within glow as opposed to a beaming strobe, but I thought it was really pretty.
In the end, I was super happy with the look I created. Despite the dark hues that may not seem for the faint of heart, I think everyone should try this collection. I was able to stay within my realm of comfort with the pretty golden eyeshadow, while the bold lipstick allowed me to try something new. I think it’s a super versatile range that everyone can enjoy.
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Visual Designer: Hannah Packer, Producer: Jessica Thiel