Perfume for Strong Women - Lancôme Idôle Review

Idôle has been a highly anticipated perfume; it has been seven years since Lancôme released a completely new scent. The theme of Idôle is self-empowerment, being strong and outspoken, finding your own idol from within. Today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the new scent, enjoy!

*Product kindly gifted for review, thoughts my own!

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About Lancôme Idôle Eau de Perfume

Released in 2019, Idôle is a modern floral scent that combines musky and citrus notes with Lancôme’s signature rose. Created by three women: Shyamala Maisondieu, Adriana Medina and Nadege le Garlantezec. Available in 3 bottle sizes, all refillable at selected Lancôme counters. The face of Idôle is Zendaya, an American actress and singer. Prices: €53 / 25ml, €85 / 50ml

Idôle Perfume Bottle

The bottle is pretty and minimal, very thin but substantially weighted. According to the press release Idôle is world’s thinnest perfume bottle. The design reminds me of cellphone more than a traditional perfume bottle. There’s even an indentation for your fingers, making the bottle easier to hold. It’s pretty and modern, but barely stands on its own and annoyingly I’ve knocked it down several times.

As far as I know the engraving was custom made and not currently available at counters, but may come to selected department stores during the Holiday Season.

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Wearing Idôle

Top Notes: Bergamot (Citrus), Juicy Pear, Pink Peppercorn

Middle Notes: Rose and Jasmine

Bottom Notes: White Musk, Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedarwood

I don’t recall testing Lancôme’s previous perfumes, I always imagined that “mainstream” scents would be too sweet and generic to have personality. I tried to keep an open mind when first trying this scent and I was pleasantly surprised. Usually I’m not a fan of rose scents, but Idôle is far away from powdery, artificial and overpowering rose smell (I’m looking at you, By Terry…). The core of Idôle actually combines four types of rose with jasmine, making it modern and clean. After initial top notes of fresh of citrus, Idôle reveals its elegancy, followed by grounding and comforting chypre accord.

I don’t find the scent particularly complex, but very pleasant and easy-to-wear. I don’t notice the vanilla, but the pleasant hints of musk and cedarwood last long on my skin. I had worn Idôle +5 hours and my boyfriend still complemented how nice I smell! This perfume has the potential of being a crowd pleaser, easy to gift and suitable for many occasions.

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Final Thoughts

Lancôme Idôle is pleasant modern fragrance. It lacks some of the complexity of luxury perfumes, perhaps because Idôle is strongly a feminine scent and designed to be worn alone (not layered). I appreciate Lancôme’s empowering message and how the bottles are designed to be refilled; that saves both one’s $$$ and the environment. I recommend keeping Idôle in mind if you enjoy feminine scents or looking for present for someone special.

Have you tried scents by Lancôme?

Best Eye Makeup Remover? (eco, luxury and mid-range)

I used to skip eye makeup removers and micellar waters altogether - except for Bioderma when its hype was big on YouTube. I was sceptic if rubbing your eyes with a cotton pad would damage the skin and be very wasteful. After discovering the good removing technique and good products my opinions have switched. I might not use a separate makeup remover every single day, but I’ve tried a few from different categories. Enjoy today’s post!

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Do You Need to Use A Separate Makeup Remover?

If you’re good at double cleansing and don’t wear a lot of waterproof makeup, I’d say no. But having a good eye makeup remover or micellar water in your stash can be life changing for touchups or taking off very stubborn makeup. I’ve done some looks on my friends and a couple of clients, and I’ve always liked to start with a quick micellar cleanse and a moisturizer. Having bio-degradable cotton buds and some makeup remover are excellent for fixing a cat eye or smeared mascara.

My favorite way to use a makeup remover is pour some on a cotton pad and press it against my eye, very gently. After 30 seconds or so I gently swipe downwards and avoid pulling any lashes. This should take off the bulk of your makeup and get you ready for 1st proper cleanse (such as oil, balm, etc.). Same with strong matte lipstick or lip tints: press, wait and remove. Don’t tug or be too harsh!

Next, let’s see some eye/general makeup removers I’m using:

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ACO Micellar Cleansing Water*

€11.3 / 200ml at Yliopistonapteekki (FI)

This Swedish micellar water is a gentle and simple formulation, I personally like to use it all over the face. Especially on those days when I’ve worn a lot of makeup, I’m feeling grimy and want to do a hot cloth cleanse without staining the muslin too much - I reach for ACO. This bottle has a fine spray nozzle, which I’ve only used on cotton pads but technically, you could spritz it all over the face. Maybe not.

This micellar water doesn’t remove the most stubborn Japanese or 38°C mascaras, but otherwise it’s pretty effective. I like how it doesn’t leave any residue behind if I want to remove my makeup first and wash my face properly a little later. The bottle is big and you only use a small amount, so this one lasts for a while! As I said before, the ingredients list is short and sweet with water, emulsifier, some humectants and a couple of preservatives.

INCI:

Aqua, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, sorbitol, betaine, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, sodium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid

Evolve Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser*

€19.9 / 100ml at HouseofOrganic (FI)*

Evolve is my current favorite mid-range eco brand. Known for their hyaluronic acid serum, I’ve found some products I’ve quite enjoyed from this brand and have high hopes as I test more. While the ingredients list of this micellic cleanser include rose water, hydrating glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, aloe leaf juice powder etc. I don’t really care for the pump packaging and find it very difficult to remove eye makeup or lipstick with this product. Maybe if I wanted to remove my foundation and face makeup but keep the eye makeup and brows on I would reach for this. If you hate splashing your face with water in the mornings this could be an alternative cleanser, but personally I’m a fan of actually washing my face morning and night. I will try using the Evolve Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser, but I most likely won’t purchase a new one..

INCI:

Aqua (water), Rosa Damascena (Rose) flower Water*, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Mannitol, Lecithin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Citrate. *ingredients from organic farming

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Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover

€16.9 / 200ml (sale price?) at Eleven (FI)*

Lancôme is famous for its cult classic bi-facil or bi-phase eye makeup remover: when the bottle sits on the shelf you can see watery and oily parts separating, you shake it and blue, a bit oily liquid comes out of the top. If you want an excellent makeup remover and enjoy a bit of luxe, this makeup remover does the job. Dry matte lipstick, pommade brows, gel eyeliner, waterproof mascara - it takes them all off. There is a little residue left behind, so I often go after with my ACO Micellar Cleansing Water if I’m redoing my makeup and only removing mascara, for example.

When it comes to the ingredients.. I can’t say they’re too good. The emollients and solvent do give the Lancôme Bi-Facil its slippery, silky feel, but the amount of perfume, citronellol and geraniol (which give the rose-y scent) can be irritating. Some of the preservatives can also be potential allergens. I wouldn’t recommend this to sensitive skin types, acne or leave this on my skin for a long period of time. It’s too bad, as the makeup remover works well, but for this price I think it’s not worth it.

INCI:

AQUA / WATER / EAU • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE • ISOHEXADECANE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • POLOXAMER 184 • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE • BENZYL ALCOHOL • POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE • QUATERNIUM-15 • BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE • CITRONELLOL • GERANIOL

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Overall thoughts

These are all good, but for me, the overall “winner” is.. ACO! I will be purchasing a new one once I run out of it. Gentle, effective, non-drying and good packaging. The price is also very good in my opinion. Sadly the Evolve one is too ineffective and Lancôme has some questionable ingredients, for me anyway. I will use them up, but then I’m done with them. I much prefer reaching for ACO and my cleansing oils/balms to remove makeup.

Do you have a favorite makeup remover? Especially for touchups? I’ve seen that BYBI recently released one, I can’t wait to check it out!

*ACO and Evolve cleansers were gifted for consideration.
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