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Lancome Declaring Indigo – Indigo Paris Le Vernis

Lancôme’s fall collection, Declaring Indigo, includes three shades of their Le Vernis nail polish including a bold, electric blue. I got my first peek at the new colors backstage at the Chris Benz F/W 09 show during New York Fashion Week. Deborah Lippmann was working “undercover” tending to the models’ nails alongside Lancôme makeup artist Daniel Martin and Redken lead stylist John Ruidant.

Get your first look at Indigo Paris and some insider scoop on Lancôme’s Pout-à-Porter lipstick series after the jump!

The look at the show was that of a late 70s/early 80s uptown girl heading downtown to the clubs. The gorgeous hair creation is the brainchild of John Ruidant who is not only a genius but very 90s-Seattle-coffee-house chill every time I see him. Madness ensues all around and he’s just working the hair, doing his thing all the while intricately describing his masterpiece. I can’t even begin to go into what it took to create this style but it involved a 1 inch curling iron, Redken Fabricate and a whole mess of backcombing and pins. Definitely a do not try this at home type situation.

Daniel Martin referenced Danceteria circa 1982 in describing the makeup. The models’ skin was given a blown out, overexposed matte finish using a foundation two shades lighter than their skintone. The lip was a flat beige giving the perfect set-up for a dramatic eye. Three colors, a cream eyeliner and black eyeshadow (both from Declaring Indigo) and Piha Black lipgloss went into creating the look. Daniel used his fingers to apply the gloss on the lid to give texture. Because the hair was so intricate, Chris wanted the makeup to be like fingerpaints, very DIY.

While talking to Daniel, he revealed for the first time (yay scoop!) that he is working with Chris to create the next shade in Lancôme’s Pout-à-Porter series. Daniel and Chris were introduced through a mutual friend from their hometown of Seattle and formed a fast friendship and working relationship over the past four years that will now spawn a lipstick.

The expected launch is Spring 2010 so look for this new shade to pop up on the Spring runways come September. In asking for deets on the color Daniel stated, “[Chris's] whole theory is color and saturation so it will be a nice, fun lipstick.” Based on his use of primary colors I’m expecting something bold.

Of course the ultimate treat of the day was when Lancôme VP of PR Kerry Diamond pulled me aside to introduce me to the one and only Deborah Lippmann! Talk about an unexpected thrill.

Deb said this was Chris’s first time making a nail statement. That it was about finishing the look with the nails and she was so excited to see designers shying away from sheer pink and embracing color. She applied the three shades from the Declaring Indigo collection, a bright electric blue shimmer, a classic red creme and a metallic gold using her Ridge Filler base coat and Addicted To Speed top coat.

She also mentioned nail shapes getting a little longer for Fall. That they’re Mad Men influenced, a little more almond shaped. That we no longer need to be strong women with a squared off nail, we need to be more feminine with a slight almond shape. A shape that elongates and flatters the hands.

So let’s talk about this electric blue, shall we? Indigo Paris is a richly pigmented, shimmering jewel. The polish just flows on the nail and becomes perfectly opaque in two coats. The tonal shimmer gives it depth and brilliance like it’s lit from within.
The color really comes alive in the sun, even more so in person.
Declaring Indigo launches in August and the Le Vernis lacquers retail for $18. You can buy them online at or at Lancôme counters nationwide.

product image credit:British Beauty Blogger

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  1. Phyrra says:

    OMG Gorgeous!

  2. melli says:

    Beautiful!! I have been impressed with the quality of Lancome polishes, so this is a must buy! Thanks for posting on this, Michelle!

  3. diskogal says:

    This is so beautiful!!

  4. Sarah @ Salescoop says:

    I love the color! The previous blue polishes were fun but a little on the childish side. But this one is the perfect mix of boldness and glamour. I noticed that Lancome is coming up with great blue colors, for example their brush set of cobalt blue. Love it!

  5. Orli says:

    Oooh that's really pretty!

    I only have one Lancome polish that was a gift. Because of the awful application, I've never worn it.

  6. Luxe Tips says:

    Now that is a heck of a scoop! Wow! Plus the color is gorgeous on you!

  7. gio says:

    This is gorgeous!

  8. Polish Earthgirl says:

    I adore this color! It looks as if it is lit from within!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    not sure if you gave this blog permission to use your photos?

  10. Stephanie Zheng says:

    wow, this color is so pretty!

  11. Misti says:

    I'd love to know what you think the closest dupe for this is?

    I thought perhaps Misa Blueberry Glaze, Zoya Indigo, CND Hanky Panky, or Orly Star of Bombay?