Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep and intense fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark raspberry red cream with cool, blue undertones. MAC Get Noticed is darker, redder, less pink. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is brighter. Dior Graphic Berry is purpler. Chanel Suspicious is a smidgen brighter but similar. Butter Londo Blowing Raspberries is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in one coat, though I used two for swatches, because two coats gives it a really rich, lush look on the nail–almost like a jelly finish because of how glossy the finish is without a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.  Guerlain’s lacquer formula is very impressive, with a lot of it due to its extremely glossy finish after it dries down.  It has a wider, tapered brush that works well to spread the color in one stroke, rather than multiple ones, but depending on how narrow or wide your natural nails are, it may be too wide (it is almost too wide for my pinky nail).  I typically get a full week of wear out of Guerlain’s lacquers with very minor tip wear.

Madame Batifole makes its debut online and in-stores this August.

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Madame Batifole (860)

A+

It was opaque in one coat, though I used two for swatches, because two coats gives it a really rich, lush look on the nail--almost like a jelly finish because of how glossy the finish is without a top coat. The consistency wasn't too thick or too thin, and it spread beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



Guerlain introduces its exclusive Fall 2013 Voilette de Madame collection, composed to make every woman irresistible, expressing her seduction and personality with style and femininity. Madame’s ultimate accessory, the veil, is the inspiration for this season’s collection. Like Madame herself, the veil gives only small glimpses into a woman’s mysterious world. And as Madame unveils herself, her secrets come to light.

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00)

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine glosses guarantee lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish. Lightweight and instantly eye-catching, Maxi Shine offers tailor-made effects for a devastatingly angelic smile.

  • Madame Batifole (860) Electric sparkling fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Flirte (861) Gourmand sparkling red (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Fascine (863) Sparkling deep purple (Limited Edition)

Rouge G ($49.50)

Rouge G de Guerlain captures the quintessence of luxury. With a simple click, the case reveals a mirror and a lipstick nestled within. An exceptional, fabulously chic accessory, Rouge G surpasses mere beauty. The ruby formula gives lips a vibrant luminosity with highly concentrated pigmentation for intense color. Perfectly paired with Guerlain’s matching Gloss d’Enfer counterpart, Rouge G’s new Fall shades are enclosed in a limited-edition case adorned in a screen-printed dotted Swiss veil.

  • Madame Batifole (860) Vibrant fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Flirte (861) Fruity red (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Reve (862) Voluptuous pink (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($23.00)

Guerlain’s nail lacquers are indispensable allies for accomplished femininity. These ultra-vibrant shades incorporate adhesive resins to offer a perfectly even sheen that lasts for days.

  • Madame Batifole (860) Deep and intense fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Madame Rougit ($67.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain’s newest blush encompasses 4 luminous colors: raspberry, pale pink, beige and coral, which work together to illuminate and highlight, leaving a velvety finish. Madame Rougit comes enclosed in a lacquered black box with a magnetic closure, and slips into an elegant suedette pouch with coral topstitching.

Ecrin 2 Couleurs ($44.00) (New and Permanent)

Guerlain’s new duo eye shadows are the perfect accessory for creating statement looks. Inside the slender gold case are 2 stunning colors—one a pure color and one a luminous veil. The pure color shadows are matte and intense, gliding on to create instant effect. The other serves as a veil, a sparkly or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.

  • Two Rock (01) Dazzling green and black
  • Two Stylish (02) Deep blue and metallic grey
  • Two Extravagant (03) Chocolate brown and zesty green
  • Two Gossip (04) Plum and baroque gold
  • Two Candy (05) Soft white and sparkling pink
  • Two Parisian (06) Intense black and powder pink
  • Two Lovely (07) Soft grey and aquamarine
  • Two Spicy (08) Ebony brown and spicy coral

Eye Pencil ($30.00) (New and Permanent)

Guerlain’s new retractable eye pencils transform eyes in an instant. The pencil’s clever combination of smooth waxes, luminous polymers and intense pigmentation allow it to create the perfect eye contour. Long-lasting, non-transferable and water-resistant, Guerlain’s eye pencil is amendable to every occasion.

  • Black Jack (01) Black
  • Jackie Brown (02) Brown
  • Deep Purple (03) Purple
  • Katy Navy (04) Navy
  • Amber Silver (05) Silver

Availability: August 2013 at select locations of Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Bergdorf Goodman

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Monday, July 15th, 2013

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer ($71.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “sheer, luxurious makeup base” that utilizes gold pearls to brighten, illuminate, and help set makeup (but it can also be worn alone, if so desired). It’s ever-so-slightly peach-tinted with white, pink, and gold micro-shimmer (or pearl, if you like).

Products like this are hard to review, and they are always difficult for me to convey their true effect, because it gets lost in photos–in the sense that with softened, diffused lighting, I’m already getting the benefit of having nice lighting to begin with. I find in the horrors of everyday lighting that varies from room to room, place to place, the improvement is much more marked. There’s absolutely a difference, as the skin has a softer, smoother appearance that’s slightly brighter–fresher in a way–and any foundation I’ve tried it over lasts an extra hour and a half to two hours (I’ve tried this with Guerlain’s own Parure Gold, Parure de Lumiere, and Lingerie de Peau; as well as Make Up For Ever HD and Giorgio Armani Maestro). As a bonus, this seems to slightly minimize bits of redness that I get around my nose and on my cheeks.

Unlike a lot of primers on the market, though this has silicone-based ingredients in it, it doesn’t have that velvety, silicone-like feel, but it still does a great job of holding makeup in place. It’s also nice on its own, because it doesn’t have a matte, flat finish. It’s not a liquid highlighter by any means, and it works all-over the face because the pearl is barely-there. The texture is thin, water-like (but a bit thicker than pure water), and easy to spread and blend out on the skin. It dries down in thirty seconds or so. I’ve worn it alone a few times, and I’ve mixed it with my moisturizer and applied it that way. The only thing I’d say is that if you’re already using a slew of excellent smoothing products (like foundation, setting and/or finishing powders), at some point you’re just not going to get skin that looks any more than it already does. For instance, using pressed Meteorites gives me a similar radiance, but the primer extends wear of my base makeup more so than the powder does alone.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Will you be wearing your red, white, and/or blue on July 4th? I’m most likely going to sport a red lip, at the very least! Here are five of my picks for a little red-themed inspiration, and it was quite hard to narrow it down, because there are so many awesome red lipsticks and polishes in particular. So think of this as just a moment in time – surely if I picked a week from now, it would be different :)

  1. Fyrinnae Hitched — a bold, warm red with a beautiful satiny sheen
  2. Zoya Blaze — a deeper, cool-toned red with sparkle
  3. Maybelline Very Cherry — rich, cherry red with a matte finish for under $10
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — pure matte red for those who dare to go big
  5. Guerlain Garconne — classic, sumptuous deepened red

And for fun, I pulled ‘em all up to compare here.

What’s your favorite red-hued product?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer
Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is an intense coral-red with a cream finish. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker, cooler. Dior Merveille is more shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is more shimmery, warmer. China Glaze Hey Sailor is cooler. Essie Too Too Hot is similar. Essie Silken Cord is cooler. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in one coat, but you’ll need two for full color coverage. It dries down a bit faster than the average polish, and it dries to a high gloss finish–no need for a top coat. The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread well across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges and was very easy to control during application. I only see very minor tip wear after wearing Guerlain’s polish for a week.

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A La Parisienne

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Lacquer
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Lacquer

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, beige with brown and mauve tones and a metallic, champagne shimmer. OCC Kava Kava is lighter, yellower. Chanel Peche Nacree was warmer, more peach. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani was less pigmented, lighter. Zoya Shay was less metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

It was quite pigmented, and nearly one coat was almost opaque but produced an interesting semi-opaque result (I applied only one coat on my pinky nail for reference) that some may like. The color itself was more unique than not, which is something that made me really want to like it, but there were so many visible brush strokes that I found the finish to be more distracting as a result. The brush strokes were also the type that go wonky easily, so they’re not uniform or in a straight line (and Guerlain’s brush is fairly wide, so that should have helped). The consistency was just slightly thick but not really problematic. I’ve been getting a week of wear with Guerlain’s formula with very minor tip wear.

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La Petite Robe Noire

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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