Friday, October 4th, 2013

Guerlain Sulfurous Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Sulfurous Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Sulfurous Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, artificial black with particles of violet.” It’s a dark, plummy black-brown with burgundy and violet shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is a cream finish. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is also a cream. Chanel Western Light (LE, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery. Cult Nails Enigmatic (LE, $12.00) is lighter, purpler. China Glaze Jungle Queen (LE, $8.00) is lighter, purpler. See comparison swatches.

There were slight visible brush strokes to the resulting finish, though they were not noticeable from afar–only up-close and under a lot of light. It had fairly good shine without a top coat, and two coats yielded fully opaque color.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread evenly and easily without pooling along the edges.  Guerlain’s lacquer has a larger, wider brush, which works really well for spreading one coat across the entire nail in one stroke (which does help to minimize unevenness and streaking).  I wasn’t able to come up with a really great dupe for this, so I definitely loved adding something more unique to my stash, and the only negative was that there were a few visible brush strokes.

P.S. — This isn’t yet online (that I could find) but should pop up online soon.

The Glossover

LE
product

Sulfurous

A

I wasn't able to come up with a really great dupe for this, so I definitely loved adding something more unique to my stash, and the only negative was that there were a few visible brush strokes.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Paris Eye Palette
Guerlain Crazy Paris Eye Palette

Guerlain Crazy Paris Eye Palette ($86.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and two powder liners (each containing about 0.06 oz., which is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow–typically 0.05 oz.). It actually contains a lot more product than the permanent Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes ($86.00 for 0.25 oz.). The powder liner shades can be used wet or dry.  This palette is best suited for someone who tends to like their eyeshadows to have very soft textures and somewhat soft color–only the copper and black shades are very pigmented, the rest are less so.  When I wore them together, the overall look was light and muted. The more pigmented shades lasted well for nearly nine hours, while the less pigmented ones were slightly faded by nine hours.

Crazy Paris #1 is a bright, golden copper with strong orange and yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had a really soft, buttery texture that applied smoothly with excellent color payoff. This was the best eyeshadow in the palette. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P) is very similar. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (LE, $6.99) is less frosted. MAC Brownluxe #3 (P) is yellower. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE) is browner. MAC Campfire (LE) is darker, browner. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is a touch less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Crazy Paris #2 is a golden beige with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, though the texture was soft and finely-milled. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar. MAC Vanilla (P, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less metallic. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Crazy Paris #3 is a subtly cool-toned, silve-white with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t not as opaque as the copper eyeshadow. The texture was very soft. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is less metallic. theBalm Sassy (P) is less metallic. theBalm Metal-ica (P) is less metallic. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Crazy Paris #4 is a medium-dark pink with silver and white sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat sparkly, so it wasn’t as smooth. This shade was prone to fall out both during application and later on during wear. Wet ‘n’ Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #3 (LE) is more matte. CoverGirl Fired-up Pink (305) (P, $4.99) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Noise (LE) is less sparkly, cooler-toned. MAC Tease with Ease (P, $21) is more satiny. MAC Brash & Bold (LE, $21.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is more matte but very, very similar in color. Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Crazy Paris #5 is a medium-dark, neutral-warm gray with a mostly matte finish. Dry, it is fairly sheer and so soft that it does turn a bit powdery. Wet, it comes together better, but it is only semi-opaque. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Ace (LE) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Interior Life (LE) is lighter. MAC Moody (LE) is a touch darker. MAC Howzat (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Crazy Paris #6 is a rich, deep black with a matte finish. It is very soft and finely-milled, so it can get somewhat powdery. Applied wet, it is less powdery and about the same in depth of color. Of course, this shade is easier to dupe than the others. LORAC Black (P), Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00), Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00), Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99), MAC Carbon (P, $15.00), Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #4 (LE), Make Up For Ever #04 (P, $20.00) are all similar. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Crazy Paris

B

This palette is best suited for someone who tends to like their eyeshadows to have very soft textures and somewhat soft color--only the copper and black shades are very pigmented, the rest are less so. When I wore them together, the overall look was light and muted.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Crazy Paris #1

A

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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LE
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Crazy Paris #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Champs Elysees Meteorites Perles
Guerlain Champs Elysees Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Champs Elysees Meteorites Perles ($58.00 for 1.05 oz.) is supposed to “capture light to create a more luminous and even skin tone.” It does this through a combination of “beige, purple white, gold, and two pinks.” It’s a soft, pale pink with a dusting of white sparkle and a satin-matte finish. MAC Rosy Outlook and Chanel Star Dust are pale pink blushes but both are less highlighters than they are blushes. Guerlain Perles du Dragon is more luminous. Guerlain Perles de Nuit is also more luminous. In the tin, it did seem somewhat similar to Perles du Paradis, but I had almost no visible payoff, so it’s hard to say if they really are similar. See comparison swatches.

Surprisingly, when applied more heavily, it gave my cheeks a soft flush of pink (even on my medium complexion). Otherwise, it brightens and softens the skin in a very subtle, barely-there way as most Meteorites do. I feel like this is a product you either love or hate–you’ve had the Kool-Aid or you moved right along. If you’re looking for a traditional highlighter, you’re better off looking elsewhere as Meteorites, generally (including this one) are subtle. If you wear really, really matte foundation or set heavily with a matte powder, this is a product that breathes life back into the finish of the skin by giving it a natural luminosity that’s not shimmery or sparkly.

Champs Elysees is less luminous compared to recent limited edition iterations, but it still does add luminosity to the skin though just not enough to really live up to its description. It seemed to brighten more than other shades, and made me look more awake. It seems to wear well for eight and a half hours, and it doesn’t impair the wear of my foundation or blush in any way.  Though Meteorites Perles are gorgeous in their tins, the effect (in my experience) doesn’t change too much from shade to shade, and I would imagine that the impact might be more noticeable on fairer complexions.

The Glossover

LE
product

Champs Elysees

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder
Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “peach-hued harmony infused with invigorating bursts of pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium peach-orange with a satin-matte finish. When I swatched it, the pink seemed to mute the overall warmer undertones of the color but didn’t read rosy or pink-tinged. NARS Soulshine #2 is warmer, more orange, more shimmery. NARS Gina is darker, browner. MAC Cream Soda is lighter/ MAC Wartmh of Coral is more orange. Chanel Tweed Rose is pinker. Chanel Espiegle is similar. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is like silk–finely-milled, smooth, and wonderfully soft–against the skin, so it blends and softens beautifully with hardly any effort at all. The color itself is on the lighter side, so it is better suited for light to medium complexions, as it may not show up well on deeper complexions. It barely shows up on my medium complexion, and it tends to add a soft warmth but not obvious color (which may work for some, but others may want an actual bronzing powder), as a reference. It wore well for eight hours without fading and showed some signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

The Glossover

LE
product

Crazy

A

The texture is like silk--finely-milled, smooth, and wonderfully soft--against the skin, so it blends and softens beautifully with hardly any effort at all. The color itself is on the lighter side, so it is better suited for light to medium complexions, as it may not show up well on deeper complexions.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color
Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep and vibrant pink.” It’s a rich, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool, blue undertones and a soft, satiny finish. There wasn’t really any shimmer or pearl, but it wasn’t completely matte. MAC All Fired Up is matte. Urban Decay Catfight is very similar. Chanel Suspense is more muted. Revlon Sorbet is pinker, sheerer. Guerlain Girly is slightly pinker. NARS Jardin des Plantes is shimmery. MAC Impassioned is pinker. Guerlain Gigi is a touch pinker/brighter. Guerlain Gourmandise is a touch lighter and less fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was rich and fully opaque in nearly a single stroke. It has a soft, lightly creamy consistency that allows the color to glide on evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating the entire time I wore it. Everything about the formula and color is gorgeous–there’s no flaw to be found–but it is a dupable color, and not just dupable in general, but two past Rouge Gs (Gigi and Girly) are very, very similar. Both of those were limited edition, so if you’ve been looking for either of those, then you’re in luck.

The Glossover

LE
product

Provocative (863)

A+

Everything about the formula and color is gorgeous--there's no flaw to be found--but it is a dupable color, and not just dupable in general, but two past Rouge Gs (Gigi and Girly) are very, very similar. Both of those were limited edition, so if you've been looking for either of those, then you're in luck.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “subtle sparkling plum.” It’s a fuchsia-plum with violet sparkle. When swatched on the skin, it had more of a fuchsia coloring, but when applied to the lips, it looked more reddish-fuchsia–a bright plum–with violet sparkles and shimmer. It had a softly luminous sheen. Revlon Sorbet is a bit lighter, sheerer. Guerlain Girly is brighter, darker. Milani Raspberry Rush is more fuchsia, frosted. MAC Lickable is more fuchsia. Guerlain Gigi is similar but redder. Guerlain Shalimar is pinker. See comparison swatches.

It is one of two new and limited edition shades for the holidays (I don’t have the other, which is Reflex, yet, but hopefully will buy it when it becomes available online). I haven’t spied the entire collection online for purchase yet, though Sephora had a few pieces up (so maybe the rest will follow shortly!). I imagine one of the first things readers noticed was the packaging, which is glossy black with tangerine accents. It doesn’t work as well on the Rouge Automatique, because it is already such a lightweight feel, so the orange does look quite plastic. I’m reminded of Halloween, which for me, is kind of fun, but I can understand why some readers feel like it doesn’t work with Guerlain’s image.

Illusion had mostly opaque color coverage; there was a definite tint and coloring, but you could see an outline of my lip freckle slightly. The color looked lightweight (and felt that way, too) because of that subtle translucency. Sometimes really opaque colors are also thicker or creamier, so they can look a bit heavier. Though, if you have more pigmented lips, your natural lip color will impact the way this looks on you more as a result. It wore well for five and a half hours and left behind a soft stain. It was lightly hydrating while worn, and it applied evenly and easily, though I did feel some of the sparkle when I was applying it from the tube–not gritty or scratchy, just could feel the texture. I didn’t notice this when applied, though, or as the color wore away. It is violet-scented.

The Glossover

LE
product

Illusion (660)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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