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  • Pretty Compacts -- to Use or Not to Use?

  • Posted by Kristen on July 25, 2008 at 03:59PM
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  • Lancome's fall collection hits stores this month and I was lucky enough to score the gorgeous Poudre Elephant Teint (see photo above). It's a shimmery powder bronzer that has an elephant emblazoned on it. I love these gorgeous compacts, but I always feel bad about using them -- it always mucks up the pretty design in the powder. Well, I bit the bullet and decided to give it a swirl and dust it on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. It gave my fair skin a toasty golden glow, but do watch out for the red blanket area -- it is highly pigmented and will give you more of a sunburn effect -- ouch!

  • How do you feel about buying pretty compacts like this? Do you buy them and use them or not? Do you agree that it's pointless to buy something this pretty if you're not ever going to put it on your face? Or do you just go for it?

  • Member Comments

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    • This is another remarkable example of ingenious marketing. Some cosmetic company put an attractive design on the packaging or creates an intricate design on the powder, and they expect you to shell out a good portion of your paycheck just to hold it. They purposely make it attractive enough for you to buy it ONLY to look at it--never using it. While you\'re too frightened about permanently ruining the pretty design you fell in love with, the company is laughing all the way to the bank. That\'s the truth to extremely unique compacts. If you want to look at the pretty powder, get a picture from the web instead, not the compact itself.

      by Lovette Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 08:57PM Report as inappropriate

    • Agree -- this is gorgeous, but I\'d never buy it. I\'d hate to mess up the design, and it would remain untouched years later.

      by Erin5217 Friday, July 25, 2008 at 03:48PM Report as inappropriate

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