Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


Guerlain Holiday 2011 Collection: Belle de Nuit

During the 1920’s and 1930’s, pioneers in aviation accomplished unimaginable feats and these brave pilots became instant, worldwide heroes. It was during this revolutionary period, in 1933, that Jacques Guerlain composed the legendary perfume Vol de Nuit, meaning “Night Flight,” as a tribute to the most famous women aviators of his time. Named for the second book written by his close friend Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Guerlain’s creation was a bold oriental fragrance that served as ode to all fearless women. Comprised of woody, vanilla and powdery iris notes, Vol de Nuit was for the woman who laughs in the face of fear, for whom nothing is impossible. For Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 make-up collection Belle de Nuit, Creative Director Oliver Échaudemaison takes his inspiration from this legendary fragrance. Evoking the changing shades of the night sky, he created daring tones that are both dark and dramatic with mesmerizing iridescent accents. With lacquered and blue-green details, the products are incased within boxes that reveal the blue and black zebra motif found on the original Vol de Nuit box design. Belle de Nuit is a sophisticated and enchanting limited edition collection that is as fleeting as nightfall.

Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder for Face & Body ($87.00) (Limited Edition)

Make-up and fragrance merge in this ultimate holiday accessory! The light and luminous powder wraps the skin with a veil of iridescent shimmer while being deliciously fragranced by the notes that comprise Vol de Nuit: a green and woody composition, softened by vanilla and iris. The universal pale pink shade is accentuated with blue-green and silvery hues to leave the face, body and hair sparkling. The bottle reinterprets that of the original Vol de Nuit, which was revolutionary at the time by being the first to combine glass and metal. The green-blue lacquered glass is adorned with graphics reminiscent of a propeller, conjuring up the image of a plane travelling across the starry depths.

Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush ($67.00) (Limited Edition)

More than a mere powder compact, Parure de Nuit is a lightly, violet scented skin-enhancer that is a perfect partner for night birds. As light as a feather on the skin, the pale pink, white, deep pink and blue green colors are topped with an iridescent and translucent sheen forming a universal harmony which gives the face an instant glow. Its black lacquer case conceals an extremely soft goat-hair brush.

Meteorites Perles de Nuit ($56.00) (Limited Edition)

The cult favorite is back and reinvented this holiday season. Although the formula remains untouched, Météorites Perles de Nuit leaves the face glowing and radiant with a new tailor-made harmony. Five perfectly smooth pearls correct, illuminate and even out the skin. It is composed of pink pearls to capture light, white to illuminate the complexion, gold to reflect light, orange to boost radiance and silver to add shimmer without whitening the skin.

Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain has developed a new color harmony made especially for night owls. The two textures create smoky, seductive and spellbinding eyes that will last from twilight to the deepest night hours. An iridescent texture of green, blue and grey pearlescent particles release luminous color with an extremely metallic finish and combine with an extra-matte black shadow that offers an incredibly comfortable finish for a precise, intense liner effect.

Rouge Automatique ($35.00)

  • Flirt d’un Jour Soft and luminous pink
  • Nuit d’Amour Black red that reveals an intense plum color

availability: October 2011 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss
Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss

Quick Review: Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss ($30.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a translucent formula with no sparkle but “packed with pigments.” It’s non-sticky with a “delicious sheerness.” I gather it should also be moisturizing, given its name. For summer, three shades were released: Tango (09) (flamboyant red), Salsa (07) (neon fuchsia), and Mambo (08) (sunny coral).

The gloss has a lovely jelly-like feel on lips that’s moisturizing; very cushioned and slick without being sticky. It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance, and it is one of the stronger scents in higher end makeup, so if you’re particularly sensitive to scents, you might want to sniff first before purchasing. All three shades from the summer launch are shimmer-free with a healthy dose of glossy shine. The color is certainly not sheer, and all three had that translucent quality you’d expect from a gel-like gloss but they do yield quite a bit of color on the lips.

Tango (09) was a semi-opaque pinky red. Salsa (07) was a semi-opaque medium-dark pink. (neon fuchsia), and Mambo (08) was a semi-opaque muted orange. Tango and Salsa looked somewhat similar when worn–there is a difference, but it is not as large when worn than it is when swatched on the skin.

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Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss Quick Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you like shimmer-free lipgloss with a non-sticky but gel-like texture, you'll like these. The colors look intensely vibrant in the tubes, but when worn, they are much tamer (and they're designed to be that way).

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly (71) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink.” There is more fancy marketing-speak than color description in the press release. It’s pink–oh, yeah–it’s a vibrant, nearly glowing, pink-red.  It has more of a cream finish with opaque color coverage and a glossy shine. It is redder than Guerlain Champs-Elysees but darker than OCC Queen. It’s a touch darker compared to Estee Lauder Wild Violet, which also has shimmer.

This is one of my favorite lipstick formulas, and I’m excited whenever they release new shades (my wallet less so!), so I had to pick this one up as soon as they launched online. The shades they’ve been putting out recently have had really lush finishes to them–they make lips look so smooth. Girly was everything Gigolo is/was, so I’m repeating what I wrote in that review here: Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my favorites, because of the excellent color payoff but even better texture and feel. They are comfortable to wear, long-wearing (I am able to get six hours of great wear with Girly and about 80% of color remains after eight hours plus a meal), and moisturizing. They are violet-scented (but not too heavily–less so than some of their powders) and come in heavy, silver metal cases with a flip out mirror.

I do feel you pay a chunk of change for the packaging, which while decadent, does hold fingerprints, doesn’t store as easily, and the small text of the shade on the back is hard to read. I really hope they sell refills someday.

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Great color payoff, long-wearing, and moisturizing--Rouge Gs hit all the marks of a quality lipstick, even if it does dent the pocketbook. Sometimes a well-edited collection of excellent products in shades you love and reach for often is better than twice as many less satisfying shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gigolo (70) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pigment rich plum with a terrybly couture style.” It’s more of a berry-red on me than a plum with plum and ruby micro-shimmer. NYX Violet Ray and Make Up For Evere #13 are similar in color but has a frostier finish. YSL Forbidden Burgundy is less red. MAC Rebel is has a lot less red and more of a berry look.

The color coverage is nearly opaque with a really glossy finish. I bought this last week (along with Girly, which will be reviewed soon), and it’s a shade I keep wanting to re-wear. It’s rich and dark–perfect for fall–but the red brightens the color (and makes my teeth appear whiter because it is a cooler-toned color).

Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my favorites, because of the excellent color payoff but even better texture and feel. They are comfortable to wear, long-wearing (I get six hours of great wear with Gigolo and then about 80% of color remains after eight hours plus a meal), and moisturizing. My lips sing a little when I glide on a Rouge G after swatching five other lipsticks. They are violet-scented (but not too heavily–less so than some of their powders) and come in heavy, silver metal cases with a flip out mirror.

I do feel you pay a chunk of change for the packaging, which while decadent, does hold fingerprints, doesn’t store as easily, and the small text of the shade on the back is hard to read. I really hope they sell refills someday.

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Gigolo

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Great color payoff, long-wearing, and moisturizing--Rouge Gs hit all the marks of a quality lipstick, even if it does dent the pocketbook. Sometimes a well-edited collection of excellent products in shades you love and reach for often is better than twice as many less satisfying shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Guerlain Garconne Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Garconne Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Garconne Rouge G Lipstick

From Guerlain’s fall collection, we have an “intense, daringly bold, real red” called Garconne (25) ($47.00 for 0.12 oz.). It was chosen for its timelessness as a color. It’s a rich, luxurious shade of red–there is depth to it, so it’s not too bright but it’s not brown-toned red. There is a subtle cool undertone running through this blue-based red, but it isn’t too strong. Blue-based lipsticks make teeth appear whiter, while orange-based lipsticks cause teeth to look yellower.

NARS Muscate is similar but has a matte finish. Guerlain Gwen is browner and a touch darker–less vibrancy. NYX Hero is not quite as dark. Guerlain Gala is brighter, while Guerlain Greta seems less intense. (I wish I had more hours in the day, because I really want to re-do all of my Rouge G lip swatches.) The reality is… it is actually quite close to Chanel Dragon–I would say that is the closest shade to Garconne.  Dragon might be a smidgen darker.

Rouge Gs are one of my favorite lipstick formulas, because they’re long-wearing (anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the shade–something like Garconne tends to wear around eight or longer, because it’s so richly pigmented), moisturizing, and always enhance the way your lips look. The formula is creamy enough to glide on but not so creamy it bleeds and slides around. They are scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance, but I don’t find it overpowering in the Rouge Gs.

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Garconne

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Richly pigmented, moisturizing, and long-wearing--it might not do your taxes, but it is one excellent lipstick formula.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Guerlain Apres l'Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an opaque rosy pink with subtle champagne-gold micro-shimmer. The finish is frostier than many of the other shades of Rouge Automatique, but it’s still not a full-frost finish. I was quite surprised with how opaque this color ended up being, because it’s a rather light shade when you glance at it. While I tend to get longer wear out of this formula, this shade wears about five hours on me.

The formula is creamy without being thick or heavy, and it is actually a moisturizing formula. It’s soft and feels like silk when applied. I find these comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque, but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me. To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did not have any issues with the slider of this particular shade!

It’s a bit pinker than NARS Mayflower but not quite as red as Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink. MAC Craving is a touch more plum.

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Apres L'Ondee

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It's more than a my-lips-but-better shade because it's opaque, but it's the same kind of shade--neutral, everyday, easy-to-wear.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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