2012 High-End Beauty Brand of the Year

Guerlain is victorious once again–having won Brand of the Year in 2009 last–because of well-edited, interesting collections and launches of innovative new products.  When I think about brand of the year, I think about the products that are most memorable, the ones that I continued to use outside of testing, products I know I’ll return to.  This year, Guerlain has consistently put out new favorites.  You have Wulong (beautiful, glowy highlighter/finishing powder), Rouge G L’Extrait (Orgueil in particular), Turandot (an autumnal eyeshadow quad), Liu (holiday palette), lovely blush duos, more shades of Rouge G, and Shine Automatique.  Guerlain delivers soft, divine textures paired with rich hues and luminous finishes, and they so often do it in beautiful, elegant packaging, too.

2012 Best High-End Eyeshadow Palette of the Year

Turandot is a warm-toned palette that combines surprisingly well; I thought the shades might not offer enough contrast, but they can and do.  The quality is good across the board with soft, smooth textures and good color payoff.  It is easily a go-to palette for me–I even wore it on my wedding day.

2013 Best High-End Liquid Foundation

This is still my go-to foundation for any special occasion or photograph. When I want to look my absolute best, this is always on hand. Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation is an excellent lightweight, medium-coverage liquid foundation that makes skin look smoother, softer, and very natural. It has a subtle dewiness to it, but trust me, that’s not code for oiliness. It’s so comfortable to wear; you don’t feel it on at all.  If the coverage is too much, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and Parure de Lumiere are both worthy substitutes.

2013 Best High-End Setting Powder

If you’ve been reading through my makeup breakdowns, you’ll no doubt see me using this a lot! It’s a loose, finely-milled powder that is flesh-toned, but the coverage it provides on its own is sheer to light (not something I’d use so much as a foundation unless you have good skin). It sets makeup well and prolongs the look of my foundation by keeping it from looking oily over time. It never looks powdery, and it softens the look of my skin.

2013 Best High-End Finishing Powder

The effect of Wulong is lightly mattifying but mostly softening and diffusing; it makes my pores (almost) disappear and softens lines.  It’s kind of like real-life Photoshop for your skin. The texture is softer than silk, smoother than butter; it’s finely-milled to the point where it melts against the skin.  It never looks powdery or cakey, and on my medium skin tone, it’s not at all ashy.  I’ve been using Voyage as well, and it is having the same heavenly affect on skin.