Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo
Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) vs. Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to create a “natural-looking, healthy glow” by using a “harmony of two shades.” There are four versions available, and I have the two designed for “Brunettes” (which tends to just mean warmer tones). It’s the type of product that is best applied swirled together, as the curved sliver of color on the edge is really quite thin, so only an eyeshadow brush could fit into it. Both shades had good, buildable color coverage with a soft, smoothing texture that looked good on the skin. The powder feels soft, silky, but thin and lightweight. They wore for eight hours each. The powders are heavily scented with a floral scent (primarily bergamot and gardenia) that I can smell from across the room when the compact is open and on my face (all day), so if you’re sensitive to scent, keep that in mind!

I was disappointed at just how similar the two were swatched and applied, because I don’t think anyone deeper than medium-tan or so will find these all that useful. Natural is only a shade or so darker with stronger yellow tones to it than Clair for Brunettes. On my skin tone, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two applied–they’re just too similar when you only have four shades! These also run very yellow/orange, less brown-based. I find that I prefer the shade range of the original Terracotta bronzers for more versatility (same price, quantity, better quality overall, and eight shades to choose from!).

Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with a semi-matte finish. It’s more like a natural matte finish, where the skin looks natural and isn’t flattened by the powder, but it’s not shimmery. The pigmentation was mostly opaque and seemed buildable and easily blended for a softer level of coverage. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Again, it doesn’t add a real shine or sheen to the face, but it doesn’t flatten away the skin’s natural radiance. It had good, buildable coverage, though it seemed less silky compared to Clair, that blended well and sat nicely on the skin. The color lasted for eight hours. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

One of my favorite color to wear for spring is a softer version of plum, so I thought I would share some of my favorite more muted plum lipsticks today.

  1. Guerlain Garance — a very warm plum with a soft sheen
  2. MAC Marque — a gold-shimmered plum
  3. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a neutral-warm medium plum
  4. Tom Ford Indian Rose — a neutral pinky-plum
  5. Bite Beauty Rosewood — a lightly warm-toned plum

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo for Summer 2015
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo for Summer 2015

A single powder, cleverly composed of two complementary shades: the bare minimum to reveal the unique radiance of every woman. Its warm shade? A softened sun-kissed powder, lighter than the legendary Terracotta bronzing powder. Its pigments are less intense and work in osmosis with the skin to make it glow without ever overloading it. Its coloured shade? A reviving pink for Blondes or apricot for Brunettes that blends with the sun-kissed powder to deliver a burst of radiance. The Terracotta Joli Teint powder comes in 4 soft and delicate harmonies to revive all skin tones.

Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo ($53.00)

  • 00 Clair/Light-Blondes
  • 01 Clair/Light-Brunettes
  • 02 Naturel/Natural Blondes
  • 03 Naturel/Natural-Brunettes

Availability: Pre-order now at Neiman Marcus; March 2015 at other retailers/counters

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad
Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring that features four shades ranging from olive green, peach, light yellow, and brown. A few of Guerlain’s quads I like, but a lot of them are less impressive. There’s definitely something different about the formula in the more recent iterations that is drier and more powdery, which has, in turn, made them sheerer, harder to apply, and shorter-wearing.

Les Precieux #1 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture–it felt a little dry to me–that blended easily, so it tended to look sheerer when actually applied (without a base to help it). It wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #2 is a light, frosty pink-peach with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a drier texture, though it didn’t feel stiff, but it just didn’t adhere well to the skin. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #3 is a buttery light yellow gold with a frosted finish with white sparkle. The texture was somewhat dry with a powderiness to it. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it didn’t stick to bare skin well. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly with a really rich, buttery texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

I love a good holiday-themed top five, so it seemed only right to share with you five of my favorite high-end red lipsticks this Valentine’s Day!

  1. Bite Beauty Fraise — a brightened, but not too bold, red with a matte finish
  2. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red — a bold, bright red with a satin finish
  3. Guerlain Greta — a rich ruby red
  4. Guerlain Garcone — a deepened red with a luminous finish
  5. Buxom Scoundrel — a bright, blue-based red

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

I love dusty and muted rosy lipsticks, which can range from light and rosy pink to rosy brown to rosy coral. Here are some of my current favorites for spring! :)

  1. Bite Beauty Musk — a muted, rosy pink-beige
  2. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light-medium rosy pink
  3. Guerlain Garance — a medium, rosy coral
  4. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a medium-dark muted rosy pink
  5. Maybelline Untainted Spice — a deepened rosy brown

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