Each palette contains five pearl-finish shadows which compliment each other - one main colour, one highlighting colour, two shades which work well as a gradient blended with the main colour, and a very dark colour intended to be used as an eyeliner - although could also be used to smoke-out the look even further.
Alex worked with Bain de Minuit - a gorgeous, intense blue toned palette. Here is the look he created on his model.
Also at the event was Maja, the Lancome make up artist that did me up for my day at the EE BAFTA Style Suites earlier this year. She was wearing one of the more daring palettes - Menthe á l'O.
I was given the Vert Mystére palette to take home to try myself.
The Hypnose palettes come in a sleek mirrored compact with two applicators inside. Normally I chuck applicators straight away - but these ones are extra special - the handles and their housing are magnetic! No more dropping them on the floor of the tube when you're touching up - hurrah! One of the applicators is a fluffy(ish) brush designed for sweeping colour into and above your crease, or to blend shades. The other is a double ended sponge applicator - one to pack on the colour - the other end is super-thin, to be used for lining the eye with shadow.
When you buy the palette, you also get a sticker which you can stick on your mirror as a guide of where to place what colours. The numbering system is like this...
They advise that shade 1 is the signature shade of the palette - designed to be worn over the whole of the lid. Shade 2 is the highlighter to be used under the brow bone. Shade 3 is the eyeliner. Shade 4 is to be used on the hollow of the lid and the outer corners of the eye to contour. Shade 4 is for the inner corner of the eye.
I used Alex's method when trying the palette out for myself. I added Shade 3 (dry) as liner and finished with Lancome Hypnose Star mascara.
The Lancome Hypnose Eyeshadow Palettes cost £37 available from Lancome counters nationwide or Lancome.co.uk - to see the full range of shades, watch my video above.