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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain A Night at the Opera Collection for Holiday 2014
Guerlain A Night at the Opera Collection for Holiday 2014

Update on 10/21/14:  I know a lot of people were looking for the Rouge Parade Rouge G and Meteorites, which sold out at most retailers–Nordstrom just put the collection up this morning, so everything is in stock. :)

A night at the Opera is a night of celebration. Guerlain’s 2014 holiday collection rejoices in the radiance and beauty of this magical experience while paying homage to its classic Coque d’Or perfume. First launched in 1937, Jacques Guerlain created Coque d’Or as a tribute to the opera as well as to his friend Diaghilev, the founder of the Russian Ballet.

Coque d’Or’s sensual breathtaking bottle was comprised of dark blue Baccarat crystal and finished with a thin golden layer. It drew its shape from the bow, worn by men on gala evenings and in the ballerinas’ hair. According to the legend, this ribbon offers the secret of grace and eternal seduction to those who possess it.

Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

A magical light-as-air loose powder surorunds the skin and hair in a silky halo of a golden shimmer, softly illuminating hair, face, shoulders, and the top of the decolette. A mere press of the bulb releases the powder, leaving the captivating Coque d’Or aroma in its wake, a chypre composition based on bergamot, rose, jasmine, and patchouli.

Petrouchka Palette for Eyes & Cheek ($90.00) (Limited Edition)

Illuminate the eyes and add warmth to the complexion with this Petrouchka Palette. Perfect for touch-ups, it features eye and blush applicators and five shades of sheer iridescent eye shadows—from champagne to coppery brown—for brightening up the eyes. The four matte and iridescent blushes may be worn alone or layered together: the fresh pink and coral shades revive the cheeks, while the rosewood and brown shades perfectly sculpt the cheeks.

Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

The subtle pearly finish of the 6 Meteorites shades, ranging from matte beige to iridescent pink, veil the complexion in a luminous radiance. The holiday edition reimagines this cult-classic product in an all gold design, featuring the famous Coque d’Or red bow and a matching red powder puff.

Rouge G de Guerlain ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

For holiday, Rouge G reinvents itself in a festive red lacquer for this limited edition collection.

  • 820 Rouge Parade Luminous red (Limited Edition)

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 901 L’Oiseau de Feu Sheer top coat with golden pearl
  • 920 Rouge Paradie Deep black cherry

Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 10 Cygne Noir Shimmering silver black with a deeply pigmented plum
  • 11 Cygne Blanc Silvery ballerina pink with frosted white

Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 400 Coque d’Or Metallic shimmering gold
  • 901 L’Oiseau de Feu Decorative gold leaf effect

Availability: October 2014 at Guerlain boutiques, Saks, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Sephora (I saw the palette and Rouge G available now), Nordstrom

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available deeper pinks and reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gracy is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones–almost more of a coral-pink–with a soft, lightly luminous finish. It had nice color coverage that was pretty much opaque applied. The consistency was lightweight, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grenade is described as a “pearly raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with white pearl and a glossy sheen. It’s somewhere between coral, rose, and red, but the muted quality to the color makes it harder to pin to a single family. It had full color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. It was nicely hydrating, while the formula was creamy and glided on easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gala is described as a “true red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle cool, pink undertones–about as close to neutral as you can get–with a glossy finish. The color lasted for six hours and left behind a stain. The formula was creamy, easily applied, and yielded full color coverage. I didn’t have any issues with feathering/bleeding. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Garconne is described as a “classic red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark red with strong, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had fully opaque color payoff in one stroke, and the consistency was soft and creamy, so it never tugged at the lips during application. The color wore well for over six hours and was hydrating the entire time. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Greta is described as a “dark cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had very rich, opaque color payoff that went on evenly and lasted for hours and hours (six and a half well, but there was a lot left even after eight hours). It was hydrating and comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. I’ve been working on this for sometime now when time allows, so I’m SO excited to post finally! :) I went through Guerlain’s list on their own website, and I also checked a few retailers’ websites for available shades, and here’s part one!

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gabrielle is described as a “pearly pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a light golden champagne shimmer with a glossy, luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the lighter color paired with the creamier consistency makes this one slightly streaky applied. It wears well for four hours on me while being hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gemma is described as a “rosy mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a warmer, golden pearl. The finish is lightly glossy with a fair amount of shy. The consistency is lightweight, hydrating, and glides on easily but doesn’t settle into lip lines or look streaky on. It had mostly opaque color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Georgia is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had full color coverage, while the formula was comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Geraldine is brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girly is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly while wearing for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gigi is fuchsia-red with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had rich color payoff that covered well and lasted for six and a half hours, while it left a stain behind. It was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gladys is medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, pink undertones and lighter pink pearly shimmer. It had rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully with even, smooth color. It’s the kind of formula that makes lips look fuller and healthier than they really are. The color lasted six and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Zoya Wishes Collection for Holiday 2014
Zoya Wishes Collection for Holiday 2014

Nail Lacquer ($9.00)

  • Prim Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application
  • Haven True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance
  • Willa Full-coverage, onyx black cream

Pixie Dust Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Nori Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity
  • Thea Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter
  • Imogen Black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter

Availability: Pre-order now at Zoya

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products released this year were most surprising? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerThe amount of high-end and luxury goods introduced into the market that have seemed to resonate with customers–most notably NARS Audacious Lipsticks really come to mind, but also Louboutin’s polish, Gucci’s pricing structure, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks, and so forth. I just see more brands pushing up their price points these days (and not just the typical increases you see every other year or so across brands), but I’m not seeing a lot of new, mid-end brands enter the market. So in general, I’m surprised that all of these higher-priced products have done well. I was surprised by Urban Decay’s Shadow Box release, not in a good way, by the lack of quality. I was more pleasantly surprised by Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow formula.

Thanks to reader Lotus for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of darker neutrals with warm undertones that range from light beige to burgundy-brown. I think it’s one of those palettes that performs better in practice as you apply and layer and blend them together than it swatches. It could use more pigmentation across the board (only one shade really nailed pigmentation), but for the most part, the eyeshadows were blendable and fairly easy to apply.

Cuir Cannage #1 is a plum-tinted brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry. It layered and built up well, so it ended up looking better in practice, which isn’t always the case. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #2 is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation, which on smoothly and evenly, and the consistency was blendable, though a smidgen powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eight-hour mark. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. This shade was interesting, because it wasn’t really powdery, yet it didn’t adhere well to the skin, but it was very buildable and almost too intense when I was using it. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #4 is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation that had a really soft, blendable texture that made it easy to work with on the lid. It stayed on nicely for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as intense as it looked in the pan. It was fairly blendable, though, which is always a good characteristic for a deeper shade like this. On my lid, it lasted well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom started doing this price-matching thing, and this palette is listed at $54 on their site.

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