T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION | Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow

Rekindled love. That’s how I can best describe my current emotion towards T. LeClerc, a brand I used to patronize when I was in my mid to late 20s. I am more than certain that I was introduced to it during a Parisian trip, back when I was still working at a multinational pharmaceutical company. While my colleagues were busy checking out streetside souvenirs, you bet I won’t leave France without makeups in tow, haha! Many moons forward, I am glad to have been reintroduced to this brand while browsing Beautyhabit (online luxe apothecary) last month.

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

T. LeClerc’s claim to fame is its banana powder (great for setting makeup!), plus its unadulterated approach in cosmetics. The packaging of its standard line has never changed as far as I can remember (matte silver sans the frou frou) so I was pleasantly surprised to see a more upbeat design of its winter limited edition collection (black and circus-ish). I initially purchased three items and it won’t stop from there!

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

The price point of T. LeClerc falls on the high-end/prestige side; think Burberry, NARS, Dior, Hourglass to name a few. Let’s start with my number one favorite from the collection, the Ombre Divine Cream Eyeshadow in Brun Caravage ($28, 4g/0.14 oz).

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

Brun Caravage is a shimmery brown-taupe must have! It beats Givenchy, Dior and Chanel in terms of creaminess, ease of application and longevity. It’s a close second after Tom Ford and that’s saying a lot considering my devotion to TF’s cream eyeshadows. While you can use eyeshadow brush to apply, I prefer swiping it directly over the lid using my ring finger. Girl, it blends and sets like a dream, you can finish your eye makeup in two minutes or less! There are two more shades available from the line and as of this writing, my order shipped!

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

Another must-have is T. LeClerc’s twist-up type Divine Chubby Lip Balm ($27, 1.8g). There are four shades in total, I have Pourpre Velours, it’s a berry red with sublime hydration. I thought it will just give me sheer wash of color considering it’s a lip balm but lo, color payoff is akin to a lipstick: pigmented and luminous! The formula is similar to butterLondon’s bloody brilliant lip crayon, in particular Ruby Murray (review here).

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

Finally, let’s cover T. LeClerc Divine Compact Powder ($55, 9.5g). As the name suggests, it’s a pressed powder featuring three shades which you can use individually or as a whole for a more cohesive look.

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

The concept and design of the compact remind me of Guerlain (background photo). It comes in only one variant so while it is said to be universally appealing, it will not work for darker skin tone. There are three shades in the pan: beige, beige rose and cannelle. The lightest is good for setting concealer and foundation, the darker ones for contouring. Swirled together, it does warm up the face. The finish is more on velvety matte so if you have oily to combination skin, this maybe right up your alley.

I like my purchases overall, I just wish the distribution level or point of sales of this brand will improve in the US. Right now, this limited edition collection is only sold via Beautyhabit. Barney’s carries the brand but to a limited extent. Or shall we just fly to Paris to hoard? valid excuse eh?

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

T. LeClerc WINTER COLLECTION, Divine Compact Powder, Divine Chubby Lip Balm, Divine Cream Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch

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21 Comments

  1. January 21, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    What a great introduction to LeClerc! I will have to remember this brand when I want to splurge. I'm a big fan of cream eyeshadow and of pigmented lip crayons, and I was impressed with both from your pix. I must register with BeautyHabit, a retailer I was unaware of

    • January 21, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks Allison. Beautyhabit has a lot of indie high end brands. Shipping is fast too

  2. January 21, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I wasn't familiar with this brand, but now I think I need to try it. That lip 'balm' is crazy pigmented and beautiful, and I love a metallic brown cream eyeshadow. I've never been to Paris, so I think we should go!

  3. January 21, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Great T. Leclerc post! I need to get Brun Caravage– not just because it's gorgeous, but given my profession, and my love of Caravaggio– Caravaggio Brown is a color that I must have!

  4. January 21, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the introduction to this line! Gorgeous look and swatches!

  5. January 21, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Now that's a blast from the past! My Mom wore LeClerc makeup a lot when I was growing up, and I ruined quite a few of her powder compacts 🙂

    • January 22, 2016 / 2:57 am

      Great to know! This brand is underrated in my opinion

  6. January 22, 2016 / 1:38 am

    I love the packaging and the cream shadow is pretty.

  7. January 22, 2016 / 1:38 am

    I love the packaging and the cream shadow is pretty.

  8. January 22, 2016 / 2:14 am

    I'm swooning over that lip color! It's so gorgeous!!!

  9. January 22, 2016 / 2:28 am

    I have never tried this brand but love the looks of it.

  10. January 22, 2016 / 2:44 am

    I remember one local boutique that carried the line but it was out of my price range at the time. I love the cream eyeshadow and would consider that in a minute. I don't like paying for shipping through Beautyhabit though so I'll watch for one of their special.s

    • January 22, 2016 / 2:56 am

      I believe Beautyhabit offers free shipping for a certain amount of purchase. I had to pay $12 because they only ship to contiguous states

  11. January 22, 2016 / 3:31 am

    I've never tried this brand, but everything looks so chick. The shadow shade is amazing!

  12. January 22, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    A quick hop to Paris for makeup shopping? I'm in. That creme shadow and the multi powder look wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to this line.

  13. January 23, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    This is a new brand to me, thanks for the introduction. I'm already interested in a few things.

  14. January 24, 2016 / 4:48 am

    I love this brand!

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