Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Long-time readers will know that I’ve been a fan of Guerlain’s products for a very long time, and a lot of my holy grail base products are from them (like my discontinued but beloved Parure Gold!). I’m not as enamored with their eyeshadow or blush formula, but their Rouge Gs remain my favorite lipsticks of all-time. The formula is long-wearing, hydrating, comfortable to wear, and pigmented, and the only thing that makes them hard to love is the wallet-killing price tag of $53 (and I remember when they were $48 or so!). If you’ve tried Guerlain, I’d love to hear your personal favorites! :)

  1. Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder
  2. Guerlain Mythics Voyage Powder
  3. Guerlain Garconne Rouge G
  4. Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  5. Guerlain Gracia Rouge G
  6. Guerlain Gipsy Rouge G
  7. Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer Nail Lacquer
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G
  9. Guerlain Gisela Rouge G
  10. Guerlain Geneva Rouge G

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Terracotta Terre de'Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer
Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer

Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer ($78.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain Terracotta Terre d’Été Tan-Enhancing Bronzer is a limited-edition formula featuring two shades that come together to warm all skin tones with an exceptionally natural-looking radiant glow and adapts seamlessly to a developing tan for the face and décolletage. It’s deliciously scented with a note of tiare flower and is housed in a mirrored compact.

Availability: Now at Nordstromand Saks

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow
Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow

Guerlain Mono Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a recently released range of single eyeshadows. I bought three of them to try, and if you notice the pattern on the monos are the same as some of the recent limited edition quads (which I have had some issues with), and these are just okay. They’re average eyeshadows, which doesn’t make them compelling at $34 a pop given they’re somewhat powdery, prone to sheering out, and have below-average wear (six hours). The major selling point of the formula is that it’s supposed to “stay all day long,” but it’s the type of powder eyeshadow formula that feels like my eyelids are “eating” them as they just don’t last.

Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, warm, almost mauve-y undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft and almost crumbly as a result, so it was somewhat powdery and easily sheered out when applied to the lid. If you wanted better color payoff, a lightly tacky base or cream eyeshadow would help tremendously. On me, it had creased after six hours of wear. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is darker. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is pinker. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is darker, grayer, more sparkly.Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is brighter, more metallic. MAC French Clay (P, $16.00) is warmer. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is more metallic, pinker. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Hey Nude (04) Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium beige with warm, peach undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very soft, moderately powdery texture that kicked up a lot of excess product. It was buildable on the lid, though you have to be careful of how much you blend, as it can sheer out. On me, it lasted for five hours. Colour Pop Cornelious (LE, $5.00) is darker, cream. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is similar. Tarte You’re a Natural (LE) is similar. MAC Georgia Peach (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is darker. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. MAC Kid (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a murky, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation and was the best-performing shade of the three I tried. The texture was smoother and less powdery, so it had better hold and didn’t sheer out when applied to the skin. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. Anastasia Anaconda (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is brighter. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Cool Companions #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis
Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis

Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a light-medium, mint green with subtle warm undertones and a fine pearl shimmer. NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, no shimmer. Formula X Inspiring (LE, $12.50) is darker, brighter. Dior Samba (402) (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer, less shimmery. MAC Ocean Dip (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Long-time readers will know that one of my favorite nail colors is some variation on aqua, mint green, or teal, and as a fan of the Guerlain nail lacquer formula (generally), this was the product that most appealed to me when reading through the summer collection. It was disappointing, unfortunately, as soon as it was applied. It went on unevenly with noticeable streaking and color that looked patchy. I even tried three coats to see if that improved it, but it was still somewhat translucent in places. The texture is a little runny, so it does pull to the sides if you aren’t careful (so use thinner coats). I also experienced bubbling as the polish dried down, which is unusual in my experience. On me, the color lasted for six days with some tip wear–far shorter than most of Guerlain’s polishes for me–and had lost a fair amount of shine after a day. Even the initial dry down had more of a satin shine to it than a truly glossy, gel-like shy that you’ll find in their regular range.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Guerlain #03 Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain #02 and #03 Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powders ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) are being repromoted in two shades–#02 and #03–with special, removable silicone-like shells in turquoise and coral respectively. The shell removes, so you can put it on your next Terracotta bronzing powder, should you finish the first one. They’re easy to remove and reapply, and it’s an interesting option. It costs $2 more compared to the standalone Terracotta bronzing powders ($53), but you are limited to two shades and each comes with a specific shell color, so you cannot pick and choose. There are actually nine shades in the Terracotta bronzing range to choose from.

The Terracotta Bronzing Powder formula is supposed to have a “light texture and natural finish” with a “fine powder” that goes on “seamlessly.” It is also heavily scented–smells more generically perfumed and powdery to me, but Guerlain describes it as a “joyful blend of bergamot and mandarin blended with sunny, femininen notes of gardenia [with] woody, vanilla notes.” Both powders performed similarly for me: they were fairly silky, finely-milled, easily blended on the skin, and they sat well and gave a soft sheen but didn’t emphasize pores. #02 is actually darker and redder in comparison to #03, which is a bit lighter and more yellow-based.

Guerlain #02 Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark red-toned brown with warm undertones and a fine gold shimmer-sheen. It wore well for almost nine hours on me. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less red. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain #02 Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a soft golden shimmer-sheen finish. The pigmentation on this one was slightly less than #02, while the texture seemed a smidgen drier, but I didn’t notice either issue when actually applying to the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is similar. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is more shimmery. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Golden (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeshadow formula that “goes on smooth and effortlessly, and dries instantly.” I found it impossible to apply the aqua shade evenly, so it always looked slightly sheer and patchy, and aqua isn’t the type of color that is forgiving if it isn’t even. The formula does dry down fairly quickly, and it doesn’t blend out well once it dries, so you have to work quickly (one eye at a time is what I would recommend). The applicator will over-apply and create more streaks than using your fingertip or a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242). The lighter shade was more functional, as when it was sheerer, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and it seemed to apply with less water in its base, so it didn’t streak as much when initially applied either. The wear time was decent but not impressive enough to make up for the difficult/below average application. The formula was also not at all waterproof; a splash (as in, a few droplets) of water caused the eyeshadow to liquefy and dissolve–no rubbing or anything.

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a cool-toned aqua base with warmer, green-ish gold shimmer that gives it an overall warmer tone when applied. It was semi-sheer, and it was slightly buildable, but it is very easy to lift the product that you applied (and let dry down) with a second layer, so I don’t recommend attempting to build unless you have time to fix and/or start over. The texture was slightly watery and thin, which may have contributed to how streakily it applied. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Anastasia Aqua (LE, $12.00) is a powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #5 (LE) is darker, more shimmery, powder. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. Kat Von D Archangel (LE) is lighter, powder. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler-toned, powder. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Aqua (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery, powder. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as an “beige.” It’s a gold-shimmered, warm beige with a frosted sheen. It was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque but went on evenly as the base seemed less watery. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is a powder. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is slightly lighter. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is a powder. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is lighter, powder. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is a powder. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is a powder. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is a powder. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is a powder. Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is powder. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter, powder. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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