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Guerlain Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a limited edition set of shades for the holiday season. Guerlain’s weakness seems to be eyeshadows, unfortunately, and the holiday duo left much to be desired. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” with “multiple metallic reflections.” The consistency of the top shade was dry, slightly gritty, and extremely difficult to blend, while the bottom shade was looser and easier to work with but had fall out (and is, between the two, quite dupable).

Shalimar (Top) is a medium-dark, grape-hued plum base with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had a firmer press, which made getting color payoff difficult, and I could not build up the color with multiple layers, as it just didn’t stick to itself well. When I tried to blend out the color, it looked patchy, uneven, and draggy around the edges. It started to crease after six hours of wear. There was really not much to like about this shade, besides the color it was attempting to be! Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay ACDC (P, $19.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shalimar (Bottom) is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It is the more traditional holiday gold you’d see during the season, so while it performed better than the top shade, it is easily duped with other products rather than acquiring one dud and one decent shade for the price of $46. The texture of this shade was softer, smoother, and more blendable on the skin, but it had some fall out issues over time. It had was mostly opaque in coverage, and it lasted for seven hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Patina (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Shalimar
Shalimar
Shalimar
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
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Guerlain Rouge Saphir Rouge G & Rose Indien KissKiss Lipsticks

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color
Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($56.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-red with cooler undertones and a natural finish. Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is less glossy, warmer, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop JujuRouge (LE, $5.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is less glossy, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Christmas Kiss (LE, $32.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Authentic Red (LE, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Legendary (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (P, $35.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sancho (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bloodstone (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Iconic Red (400) (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Icon (P, $32.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Trophy Wife (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Garconne (P, $55.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a specially packaged Rouge G with a blue “jewel” as the clasp, while the rest of the packaging is the same signature Rouge G component. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and pigmented, which it is. The Rouge G formula has been a long-time favorite for me, and I wasn’t disappointed with the performance of this year’s holiday shade at all. I would like to see Guerlain introduce more shades of the Rouge G throughout the year and in more options than red, though! Rouge Saphir was creamy, lightweight, smoothing, and intensely pigmented. It did seem a bit denser and creamier than some Rouge Gs and had less of a pearly sheen. The color lasted for over six hours and was very moisturizing while worn, and it did not feather or bleed past the edges of my lips.

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) KissKiss Lip Color ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia magenta with cool undertones and a natural sheen. Estee Lauder Thrill Seeker (420) (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Whip (P, $5.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). MAC Daddy's Little Girl (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (DC, $35.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Frenemy (P, $17.00) is brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The KissKiss formula is supposed to be hydrating, have a satin finish, and be long-wearing. It was comfortable to wear, but I found the consistency of the shade to be a little unforgiving on the lips, as it would catch on any unevenness on my lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was a bit less coverage than the line tends to deliver, and some of the color settled into lip lines–the brightness of the color made it less apparent, though. It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rouge Saphir (821)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Rose Indien (563)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, reddish brown with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a limited edition bronzing powder for the holidays, which is supposed to give the face an “enhanced and illuminated” effect, and it is scented with the brand’s Shalimar scent (which is noticeable in the pan and to a lesser degree, on the skin). The consistency was soft, just a smidgen dusty, but very blendable and forgiving on the skin, as it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. There was fine shimmer in the powder that translated to more of a satiny sheen as it was blended and buffed on my skin, so the finish looked natural and luminous but not shimmery or metallic. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Terra India
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles
Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles ($65.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, gold-sparkled finishing powder. Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Liu (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls (LE, $74.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This year’s holiday Meteorites Perles are supposed to have three shades: “pink to refresh, gold to illuminate, and a touch of blue to softly correct the complexion.” It is dominated by a lot of smaller gold pearls with a few larger pink and minty green pearls, and when I swatched and used it, it was mostly a translucent, yellowish powder with gold micro-sparkle. This year’s Meteorites’ shimmer/sparkle is more noticeable on the skin as a result, but the overall effect is one of the subtlest I’ve seen out of all the Meteorites I’ve tried. I think those who enjoy using this product and aren’t as concerned about a noticeable effect will be happy with their purchase, but as a fan of the product, I still found the difference to be incredibly subtle. What I noticed, for the most part, was that it gave my skin a warmer, slightly brighter look overall with fine sparkle all over the skin. It had no impact on the wear of my base products, and the sparkles were still visible eight hours later (when I tested for wear on bare skin).

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Perles de Legende
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Guerlain Holiday 2016 Collection

Guerlain Holiday 2016 Collection
Guerlain Holiday 2016 Collection

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Perles de Legende Meteorites | $65.00 | Limited Edition

Météorites Perles de Légende is an exclusive version with 3 shades inspired by Indian pigments: pink to refresh, gold to illuminate, and a touch of blue to softly correct the complexion. Thanks to the Stardust technology, a diamond powder encapsulated in microspheres, which reflects light to create a pure and endless glow on the skin. Specifically for this limited edition, Natalia Vodianova has imagined a new precious case for the Météorites Perles de Légende: a blue and gold design reflecting the colors of Indian jewel cases.

Shalimar Duo Eyeshadow | $46.00 | Limited Edition

Inspired by gold and sapphire Indian jewels, this limited-edition eyeshadow duo from Guerlain offers 2 precious shades, with multiple metallic reflections. Applied together or separately, these ultra-pigmented and metallic gold and sapphire blue-mauve shades will dress your lids like a jewel for your eyes.

Terracotta Terra Indian Bronzing Powder | $55.00 | Limited Edition

Terracotta Terra India, universal delicately iridescent limited-edition powder of the mythical Terracotta bronzing powder for Holiday. In a few brush strokes, the complexion is enhanced and illuminated, combining the sensuality of a natural tan with the radiance of a golden complexion. Specifically for this limited edition, Terracotta Terra India has an exclusive compact pattern inspired by Indian drawings and nestled inside a lacquered blue case.

Sparkling Gold L'Or Felt Eyeliner | $34.00 | Limited Edition

This ultra-precise eyeliner combines a silky formula, saturated with pigments and gold shimmer with a thin bristle brush for a perfect shimmery look. From the most subtle to the most graphic look, the eyes are instantly highlighted, vibrant and impactful, to shine during the end-of-year festivities. Adorn your eyes with gold like a real Indian princess.

Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Lip Colour | $56.00 | Limited Edition

  • Rouge Saphir Intense ruby red

KissKiss Creamy Shaping Lip Colour | $37.00 | Limited Edition

  • Rose Indien Warm fuchsia pink

Souffle d'Or de Shalimar Perfumed Iridescent Powder | $98.00 | Limited Edition

This fine, shimmering gold powder for body and hair is subtly perfumed with the vanilla, bergamot and orange blossom notes found in Shalimar Souffle de Parfum. A graceful press of the bulb releases the airy, loose, iridescent gold powder, along with a rush of delightful scent. The powder is housed in a reinterpretation of the world-famous Shalimar fragrance bottle.

Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator | $52.00 | Limited Edition

Precious Light illuminator for Holiday: your anti-dullness weapon, the best tool for perfect strobing! Matching every skintone, the Precious light pen illuminator from Guerlain, infused with subtle rosy micro-pearls, reflects light and instantly illuminates the complexion. Applied on top of makeup, the face is brightened with subtle pearly pink reflections with a few brush strokes.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Foundation

Guerlain 03N Naturel Lingerie de Peau
Guerlain 03N Naturel Lingerie de Peau

Guerlain 03N Naturel Lingerie de Peau ($63.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the latest and greatest version of the Lingerie de Peau formula–it has been reformulated and now features 14 shades. The packaging was also updated to more of a rounded, square shape, which makes it easier to store, I think, and it is more comparable in diameter to many other liquid foundations on the market. The formula is supposed to be “invisible to the eye and to the touch” while “smoothing” and creating a “second skin.” It is a silicone-based foundation from what I can tell from the ingredient list. It has a very subtle floral fragrance–so subtle to my nose that I didn’t know it had fragrance until I checked for it.

Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau is an exceptional foundation; I have always enjoyed it, and I’ve worn it extensively in its original formulation. I’m pleased to report that the reformulated version is excellent and has a comparable finish, wear, and blendability of the original. Where it differs is in the consistency: the new formula is much thinner and more like a liquid, whereas the original formula was more cream-like. I get more coverage faster with the original formula, but the new formula is more buildable from light to medium coverage. I wore them side-by-side one day, and other than that initial difference in application and cover, I couldn’t tell a difference between the two.

The new formula delivers buildable coverage from light to medium (about two layers), blends and spreads well across the skin and doesn’t sink into lines easily, sets and is touchable but still has a soft, natural finish, and looks like skin. I would actually agree that it made my skin appear smoother as well as more even in tone. The finish is just fantastic, as it doesn’t look overly dewy or totally matte but has enough luminosity to mimic the look of happy skin. The texture was thin, almost runny in a way, but it still yielded noticeable coverage in a single layer, which was easy to build upon as needed, whether all over or in specific areas. It took about a minute to two minutes for it to dry down, and it does look darker dried down than initially pumped from the bottle (true with the previous formula and most liquid formulas). I didn’t experience any oxidization or color changes throughout the day.

It wore well throughout the day, and it felt fuss-free because I often forgot I was wearing foundation at all–and that is the dream! It was easy to wear with or without setting powder, as it wore well and broke down nicely either way. The foundation was mostly transfer-resistant for me, even without setting powder, but if you are oilier, you might find it more likely to transfer. When I wore it on its own, it lasted for a solid ten hours with minimal signs of wear (slightly dewier but still even coverage). When I wore it with a setting powder, it lasted well for twelve hours. It wore long, and more importantly, well, because it was a gradual, even break down and doesn’t look oily, separated, or patchy at the end of the day.

Shade Range + Shade Tested

There are 14 shades available, and it is broken down into three groupings: cool (pink undertones), neutral (balance of pink and yellow undertones), and warm (yellow undertones). This is the most extensive shade range Guerlain has for any of its foundations, which is great news as the previous shade range was hard to fit into. However, the range could definitely use more medium-dark and darker shades (the range is more concentrated for fair to light-medium). I bought 03N Naturel to try, as I normally mix 02 Beige Clair and 03 Beige Naturel in Guerlain’s foundations (including the previous Lingerie de Peau formula), but I think 02N Naturel is going to be the better match as 03N Naturel is about a shade too dark on me. It matches the darker parts of my face but is noticeably different from my neck, so I’ve usually blended down my neck, just past my collarbone, which makes it wearable on me. 03N Naturel was more neutral in undertone compared to 03 Beige Naturel in the older formula, just slightly. I suspect I’ll grab 02N Naturel next time there’s a gift card event/sale.

For other foundation shades that I’ve tried, please see this FAQ, which includes my best matches as well as ones I have tried that are too dark/too light.

About My Skin

I have normal-to-dry skin, which tends to be mostly normal but occasionally has dry patches or spots around my upper cheeks, eyelids, and around the nose. I am not always dry in these areas, though. I consider myself light-medium in color with soft, warmer yellow undertones; I am not a true neutral (sometimes neutrals can look rosy on me), but foundations that are touted as warm-toned can lean too yellow on my complexion if they have fuller coverage. My neck is lighter than my face, while the edges of my face are darker than the center, so I try to match closer to my neck to minimize how far down I have to blend. While testing this foundation, I was mostly normal throughout and only had a bit of dryness around my nostrils.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Foundation SPF20 03N Natural

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