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Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder
Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder

I Want to Go to Paradise, But I Took a Wrong Turn

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder ($70.00 for 1.86 oz.) consists of six different colored pearls, ranging from pale pink, peachy-pink, icy pink, medium pink, dark pink, and silver.   The mix of pearls is supposed to brighten, reflect, add radiance, and generally “light up” and “instantly awaken” the face.  The pearls are violet-scented as well and larger than the regular-sized Meteorites. It comes with a pink pouf designed to be used for application.

Meteorites are regularly sized at 1.05 oz., so this is quite a bit more; to compare, they are regularly $55.24/oz. and this jumbo-sized version is $37.63/oz. Of course, at this price point, it may be more of a question of whether you will finish a tin at all! I’ve drank from the Guerlain-aid (or would that be Guerlinade?); I get Meteorites. I wear them, love them, and regularly incorporate them into my routine. I find myself being disappointed with this spring’s version–because I can’t see it at all. It’s not giving me the subtle radiance that looks natural, luminous, and effortless on the skin.

I used it all over the left side (your left, that is) of my face, and then concentrated it on the cheek bone as a highlighter. Even swatched on my arm, I could barely see anything; no sparkle, no shimmer, no barely-there sheen, until I layered it. You can see this past holiday’s Perles du Dragon–there is so much more going on there; you can see the little reflections from the ultra-fine shimmer as well as the larger sparkles.  Only when I more heavily layered it was I able to get the effect.  It is not the signature effortless radiance that has become associated with Guerlain’s Meteorites range (whether in pearl-form or pressed).

The pearls themselves are no doubt super soft. Where I was able to visibly see (and thus, measure) the Meteorites placed was on my cheek bone (like a highlighter), the subtle sheen lasted all day long–a full eight hours with no signs of fading. I had the best luck when I used a dense blush brush and patted in on in sections–when I used the pouf, I expected it to pack quite a wallop, but it didn’t seem to transfer much at all onto the skin.

I was also disappointed to discover that the container is made up of mostly cardboard–heavy duty, definitely–but not metal, which is what Guerlain switched to in the past year or so.  There are bits of metal (maybe plastic?) that line the edge of the tin and it’s wrapped in shiny something-rather on the exterior, but at this price point, I anticipated something more in line with Guerlain’s luxury compacts (which are typically metal).

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Perles du Paradis

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Guerlain Spring 2013 Collection: Cils D’Enfer

Guerlain Spring 2013 Collection: Cils D’Enfer

Meteorites Perles du Paradis ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

To illuminate skin with an angelic halo, Guerlain’s legendary pearls are getting a boost and coming out in an XXL limited edition size. This devilishly beautifying compact features six skin-toned and pastel shades. The traditional correcting colors – blue and green – have been replaced by pink, to brighten dull areas, and silver, to reflect ambient light and ensure one-of-a-kind radiance. Dark zones disappear, grayness is erased and fatigue vanishes. The face lights up and shimmers subtly, revitalized and instantly awakened, as if by magic. This sheer, refreshing effect embellishes absolutely every type of complexion. The soft, caressing, pale pink powder puff is topped with an elegant black bow in tribute to women’s inherently feminine flair.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

Two exciting, colorful new harmonies dress up eyelids like never before. The four silky powders in each case can be freely mixed and matched, without worrying about applying them in any particular order. In a subtle play of light and shadow, of contrast and graduated intensity, each hue has just the right texture and nuance – velvety and delicate, slightly iridescent, or downright metallic – so they can be blended or layered to perfection, creating incomparable radiance under the unique springtime light.

  • 501 Attrape-Coeur Dazzling palette in which mauve, violet, and white illuminate the prima donna purple
  • 502 Coup de Foudre Exquisite shades of green, silvery patina and bronze-khaki team up with vibrant coral

Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 761 Flirt Purple
  • 762 Rendez-vous Purple

Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 600 Ballade Nude
  • 601 Romance Nude

KissKiss Gloss ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 870 Cherry Pink Fuchsia
  • 849 Frizzy Mango Orange

Cils D’Enfer Maxi Lash ($30.00)

Nothing compares to the power of full lashes to make a woman feel instantly made-up and beautiful. Finding that perfect formula to quickly create flawless lashes can be a challenge but not any longer. Guerlain introduces Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash, the mascara that makes every woman’s dreams come true. It’s simple to use, easy and flattering to wear, a guarantee for gorgeous eyes every time. Applied in the blink of an eye, it makes eyes instantly captivating so that once she’s tried – she can’t live without it. Available in 01 Noir and 02 Violet.

Availability: Guerlain’s Spring Color collection is available beginning January 2013 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Fun to Use, Fun to Wear, But So, So Sparkly!

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body ($88.00 for 0.61 oz.) is a loose iridescent powder that is dispersed by squeezing a black bulb. It’s really the elegant packaging that attracts the most attention, I’d say. It’s very fun to squeeze and spray the powder. I’d describe the particle size as sparkle; larger than shimmer, smaller than micro-glitter–looks very fine on, but it’s too much for just a subtle glow or highlight to the face. For a fun holiday look, one could surely use it on the face, but it’s not an everyday-kind of sparkle. I like it best in hair, decolletage, and legs. It’s a lot like Chanel Reverie but with a sheerer base and more sparkle. MAC Silver Dusk is more silvered, but it is also similar.

Trying to photograph this product was like trying to track down a mythical creature and proving it exists. I tried and tried but could not capture it actually used. But I swear to you that it twinkles and dances and sparkles in person. I have it sprayed on my right forearm as I’m writing this review, and it’s all quite lovely. The scent of Liu is very, very subtle. I’ve never smelled the original fragrance, and on me, the powder smells like warm vanilla, light florals, and something a little woody. If you wanted this as a scent, I’d look to the actual fragrance, because this is just barely scented.

It’s not a product I would go-to and wear if I knew I was going to be photographed lots and lots, particularly with flash photography, because sometimes the particles get all lit up and look like little bits of dirt.  For the average holiday party and occasion, it would be a luxurious accessory.  I’d opt for one of Guerlain’s Meteorites or luminizing powders over this for a more practical product at this price point, but Liu will add a fine veil of sparkling gold anywhere you spray it.  Sparkle lovers who long for luxe packaging may see this as a match made in heaven. It’s one of those products you either love completely and wait for every holiday season, or one of those, “So what?” products you know you’ll never use.

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5 Silver Eyeshadows for the Holidays

5 Silver Eyeshadows for the Holidays

My favorite way to wear silver during the holidays is on the lash line, actually. It can add a lot of brightness to a look! I like the line the lower lash line with a rich black eyeliner, then pat on silver eyeshadow on top. I also love silvers with blues–very wintry!

  1. Giorgoi Armani #12 — bright, metallic silver
  2. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver — dark, metallic silver-gray
  3. Buxom Chihuahua — metallic, medium silver
  4. Guerlain Les Aquas — bright, light silver
  5. Inglot #448 — faded silver with a metallic finish

What’s your favorite holiday silver eyeshadow?

5 Stunning Dark Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

5 Stunning Dark Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

Not so into bright reds? Here are some darker red options! 🙂

What’s your favorite dark red lipstick to wear during the holidays?

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum

A Sweet Slice of Cherry Pie

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) has notes of black cherry, almond, berries, rose, licorice, black tea, tonka bean, vanilla, and patchouli.

When it opens, it’s a barely-sweetened black cherry with a fizzy pop of crispness (reminds me of sparkling water) that gives away to a sweeter mix of cherries and almond. The almond starts to disappear, and then I get licorice peeking through with an occasional whiff of black tea. It is almost syrupy-sweet and is cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Even when the other notes come into play, they are always in the background, as the sweet scent of black cherry permeates from beginning to end. The vanilla note started to come through after a few hours, as did the rose (just barely).

On me, it was mostly a sweetened fruit and floral mix. I found it to be a fairly sweet scent but not syrupy-sweet or cloying, but on some, it might be that way. I think the fizzy quality helps lighten the scent in the beginning, and then the hints of licorice and black tea keep it from becoming too sweet as the perfume wears on.  It lasted eight hours on me, and it wore fairly close to the skin.  I could not compare it myself (as I don’t have it) but many have said this is a lighter version of Lolita Lempicka, so that may be of some help if you are familiar with that scent.

I am actually in love with the artwork surrounding the campaign, more so than with the fragrance itself (I tend to lean towards woody, resinous kind of fragrances, so it’s just not my personal preference).  I could just see some of the imagery framed and hung near a vanity.

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