Friday, December 26th, 2014

My Christmas Look (2014)
The fabled Chanel Dragon…

I’ve grown so accustomed to having different eyeshadows on each eye that whenever I apply the same eyeshadows on each eye, I’m a bit taken aback by how it looks to match! I can’t say I wasn’t testing anything on Christmas (namely, the eyeshadows), but I did bring out some of my all-time favorites. :)

Look Breakdown

EYES: ColourPop Tea Party applied to inner third of lid, both applied with a narrow brush as well as patted slightly with fingertips. ColourPop Solstice applied to the middle of lid using a medium-sized, eyeshadow brush. ColourPop Sequin applied to the outer third of the lid using the same brush as before. ColourPop To-a-T applied into the outer crease using a synthetic rounded crease brush and buffed above crease towards the brow bone. ColourPop Fleek/Effect (dark brown side) applied into outer crease and diffused slightly above crease. Burberry Trench was dusted underneath the brow bone as a highlighter with a fluffy blending brush. ColourPop Fleek/Effect (teal side) applied with an angled eyeliner brush to the lower lash line with ColourPop Sequin smudged underneath. I used Sephora Blonde Ambition on the water line to brighten.

FACE: Guerlain Parure Gold (02 and 03 mixed equally) mixed with Kevyn Aucoin Celestial applied all-over the face with a flat-topped round, synthetic brush and buffed into the skin. I patted Urban Decay Naked Loose into the skin to help set and finish the base with a tapered powder brush. Tom Ford Love Lust was applied to cheeks to add warmth and color with a feathery blush brush. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight was dusted on top of cheek bones and down the bridge of the nose to highlight. Guerlain Wulong was lightly dusted all-over face to finish the look.

LIPS: Chanel Dragon applied to lips.

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014

 

Guerlain Les Tendres Collection for Spring 2015
Guerlain Les Tendres Collection for Spring 2015

Availability: Now available for pre-order at Nordstrom; January 2015 for Guerlain counters and other retailers

Meteorites Compact ($62.00) (Status TBA)

As a perfect example of its beauty expertise, Guerlain has transformed its legendary Météorites Pearls into a compact. The pearls are finely pressed to form a beautiful mosaic of light-enhancing and corrective shades that create a subtle and natural effect by giving your skin tone just the right amount of light and correction. Your skin will look soft, smooth, delicate and beautifully natural. This Météorites compact is lightly scented with a violet fragrance.

  • Clair (02)
  • Medium (03)
  • Dore (04)

Meteorites Perles de Blush ($53.00) (Limited Edition)

Météorites Perles de Blush by Guerlain infuses your cheeks with soft, evanescent pink, recreating the glow of a complexion bathed in springtime freshness. Perles de Blush is a hybrid blush that combines color, freshness and radiance with a harmony of three pearls. Fuchsia revives the natural color of your cheeks, iridescent champagne illuminates the curve of your cheekbones and rose petal pink gently refreshes your complexion.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Les Nuees (18)
  • Les Precieux (504)

Meteorites Baby Glow ($54.00) (New, Permanent)

For the first time ever, Guerlain melts the magic of Météorites into a liquid, creating Baby Glow, a light-revealing sheer makeup with a sunscreen antifatigue effect and broad spectrum SPF 25. Its unique alchemy combines technology with a touch of magic, enabling the liquid light formula to glide onto your skin as a luminous, perfecting veil that reveals the youth and natural glow of your complexion. Your skin will look refreshed, smooth and replenished, as beautiful and fresh as a baby’s skin. Météorites Baby Glow is lightly fragranced with delicate violet.

  • Clair (02)
  • Medium (03)
  • Dore (04)

KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Color ($37.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Peach Satin (540)
  • Rosy Silk (560)

Nail Lacquer ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Baby Rose (368)

Availability: Now available for pre-order at Nordstrom; January 2015 for Guerlain counters and other retailers

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a light warm pink paired with a warm, metallic white. Neither shade was great; they weren’t total misses, but they should be more pigmented and smoother in consistency. They apply and look better on the lid in practice than merely swatched, which is always nice, but they’re still a little disappointing.

Cygne Blanc #1 is described as a “silvery ballerina pink.” It s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and white shimmer. It had so-so color payoff with a soft, silky, but slightly powdery, consistency. On me, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading. LORAC Blush (LE) is similar. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Allure (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sensibility (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Blanc #2 is described as a “frosted white.” It s a brightened white with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, but it didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I expected. It will blend and even out, but the texture made it seem like it was going to be perfection. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC White (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) pairs a shimmery black with a deepened burgundy purple. It’s a very dark, smoky color combination. I liked it better combined with other products for greater contrast, but the two can definitely be worn together. It could be better performing, particularly at this price, I’d rather not see a so-so shade like the shimmery black.

Cygne Noir #1 is described as a “shimmering silver black.” It’s a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation but could have used more intensity to be true-to-pan. The consistency was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. I had minor fall out over time, and the majority of the color was intact after eight hours of wear. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is much darker. Le Metier de Beaute Starry Night (P, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Polished Jet (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Noir #2 is described as a “deeply pigmented plum.” It’s a warm-toned, burgundy with reddish-brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It was nicely pigmented with a very soft, almost powdery, consistency that was easier to use on the lid than the swatch made it seem like. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is less shimmery. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is less warm-toned. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Cygne Noir (10)

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf suspended in it. It’s a top coat that you have to dab and pat on, fish a little bit, and manipulate to get enough flakes on the nail without them overlapping. I showed one coat applied with minimal fussing on my pinky nail, so you can see how poor that went. Dior Golden Shock (001) (LE, $28.00) is very similar–at most, slightly smaller pieces. Cult Nails Feedback (P, $12.00) is more than just gold. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (DC, $12.00) has holographic shimmer in it, too. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold with a metallic shimmer running through it. It was semi-opaque with visible nail coming through. The consistency was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges. It did dry down to a very nice, glossy finish.
Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Milos (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler. MAC Magnificent Feast (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $23.00) is lighter. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is yellower. Dior Diorling (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. China Glaze Swanky Silk (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Coque d'Or (400)

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8/10

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available warmer orange/reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range–there are a surprising amount of them! 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–hope you’ve enjoyed this update! :)

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

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

Geneva is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm udnertones and a glossy, luminous sheen. It had rich color coverage that gave lips a fuller, plumper look. It wore well for five hours and kept my lips feeling hydrated both during and after wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Genna is described as a “poppy red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a luminous finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me, and it was incredibly comfortable and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilda is described as a “warm red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly with rich, smooth color. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me and left behind a light stain. The formula was lightweight, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gipsy is described as a “deep tangerine.” It’s a muted, medium orange with lighter, tangerine shimmer and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly overall. It seemed a little more emollient than the average shade in the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was very hydrating during that time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gisela is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a deepened, muted rusty red with warm, orange undertones and orange pearl. It had a less glossy finish compared to much of the Rouge G range, but it still had a light shine. The color wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a subtle stain. It was nicely hydrating throughout the wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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