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Madres paralelas (2021)

Soon after giving birth to her daughter, the photographer Janis gets back to work: her first assignment is a still-life photoshoot. All the lipsticks in the shot above are by Lancôme. Here the prop masters have mixed tubes and caps from different lipsticks; they have made things more complex also by choosing caps from old packagings.

First from the left, L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in French Bisou, a limited-edition shade housed in a vegan leather case.

The second lipstick from the left is L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream but the cap belongs to another lipstick – the classic L’Absolu Rouge with an old packaging (the cap doesn’t have the bottom gold band).

The third product from the left is L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine long-lasting conditioning lipstick in Mademoiselle Stands Out.

The fourth lipstick is a hybrid: the tube belongs to L’Absolu Rouge, while the cap is from an old version of L’Absolu Rouge Intimatte. Even in this case, the cap doesn’t have the bottom gold band that more recent versions of this lipstick have.

Madres paralelas (2021)

There are two glass shelves in Janis’ bathroom, and both of them are packed with beauty products. It’s interesting to see how most of these products somehow have a personal value for Penélope Cruz, who stars as Janis, one of the protagonists.

On the first shelf on the left, for example, there’s a bottle Chanel No. 5. This shouldn’t surprise, since the collaboration between Pedro Almodóvar and the French brand has been well documented since the late 1980s. Moreover, Penélope Cruz has been a Chanel ambassador since 2018.

Another brand which feels personal to Cruz is Charlotte Tilbury, created by the famous British make-up artist who has often worked with Penélope and has named one of her famous lipsticks after her.

On the same shelf there are two Lancôme products – Rénergie Multi-Lift Ultra anti-wrinkle cream in the purple jar and Génifique youth-activating cream in the grey jar. Again, this is personal: Penélope Cruz has been a testimonial for the brand since 2010.

On the second shelf we can see a bottle of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless liquid foundation.

There are also two products by the Spanish brand Natura BisséC+C Vitamin scrub and C+C Vitamin SPF 30 dry oil.

Next, there’s a travel-size bottle of Lancôme Tonique Confort hydrating toner.

The compact is Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish powder.

The small pot with copper lid is another Charlotte Tilbury product, the sparkle cream eyeshadow Charlotte’s Jewel Pot.

Last but not least, two bottles of Lancôme Advanced Génefique youth-activating concentrate.