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Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette
Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

Full of Product and Quality

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette ($79.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of three eyeshadows, one eyeshadow/eyeliner (can be used wet or dry), two lipsticks, and two dual-ended brushes. The palette contains 0.19 oz. worth of eyeshadow and 0.16 oz. worth of lipstick. It’s almost the equivalent of four full-sized eyeshadows (average is 0.05 oz.) and about one and a half lipsticks (average is 0.10 oz.).

The first shade is a pale gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and it was very soft and smooth to apply. Cinderella Charming is very comparable. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is not as yellow. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is a bit browner. MAC Femme-fi is similar. MAC Nylon is yellower.

Below, the second shade is a light-medium copper orange with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that went on smoothly. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter, less orange. MAC Lantern Light has more red tones. MAC Chessa is more orange.

The third shade is a subdued taupe–a very gray-tinted brown–with a dark champagne shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to apply to the lid. NARS Vent Glace is lighter. theBalm Selfish is darker, grayer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is lighter.

The fourth shade is a dark black with a hint of brown. This shade can actually be used wet or dry. It has a matte finish, and it actually delivered quite a bit of color payoff–it was finely-milled and soft, but it was dry in a sense. It didn’t have a really soft, buttery feel, so there was no powderiness yet nice pigmentation. Estee Lauder Violet Underground has a similar colored black. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is darker, richer.

The first lipstick is a blue-based, medium red with a fair amount of brightness and a satiny finish–a little sheen and pearl but not frosted. It was rich in color, and it wore for seven hours, plus left a stain behind. Dior Marilyn is a smidgen darker. NARS Dragon Girl is more matte. NYX Chic Red is a touch darker.

The second lipstick is an orange-red–very tomato red–with a satiny sheen. It is also fully opaque on lips and wore for six and a half hours. There was a light stain left behind. Chanel Coromandel is more orange. Guerlani Genna is a little more orange-hued. Chanel Excessive is a smidgen brighter.

Overall, it’s a very fine palette; well-made with a sleek, glossy black packaging and includes high-quality eyeshadows and lipsticks that wear well.  I think the shades are more dupeable than not, but they’re all really good.  I didn’t have issues with any of them!  When I wore the eyeshadows together, they lasted for eight hours without a primer and had no signs of creasing or fading.  The lipsticks both wore for over six hours (not a total surprise–they are reds!) and weren’t drying.

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait

There’s Avarice in Your Heart

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a warm rose with a hint of beige-brown in it. It’s neutral, but there’s a healthy dose of pink in the color. Again my complexion, it almost reads as a subdued coral. Cle de Peau Comtesse de Cayla is lighter and shimmery. MAC So Vain is lighter and pinker. Guerlain Jicky is similar but much sheerer. MAC Spice is browner. Guerlani Galante is darker, redder.

Rouge G L’Extrait is such an interesting formula, because it has a lot of the components of long-wearing, liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t have the same dry-down.  It clings, but it doesn’t develop a full on second-skin as do other products in the category.  As a result, it doesn’t flake away but wears away evenly over time.  The flaking is one of the problems with long-wearing, liquid lipstick, which can make reapplication difficult, as it needs to be fully removed before reapplying.  However, there is a trade-off:  this formula isn’t transfer-free or even transfer-resistant.  It certainly wouldn’t pass a kiss-test!  Avarice wore for a lengthy eight hours, and it’s hydrating both during and after it fades away.  It’s opaque in a single pass, and you’ll want to use less product than you’d expect, because you don’t need much for full coverage.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait Avarice
Avarice
Avarice
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

Guerlain Wulong Meteorites Pressed Powder

Guerlain Wulong Meteorites Pressed Powder
Guerlain Wulong Meteorites Pressed Powder

If You’d Like a Little Luxury in Your Makeup Bag…

Guerlain Wulong Meteorites Pressed Powder ($170.00 for 0.26 oz.) is really meant to be the creme de la creme of luxury compacts and powders. This holiday’s refillable compact is a black lacquered metal case that has a lot of heft–the whole compact clocks in at just under 5 oz. The top of the compact is raised with Guerlain’s signature rosette, and the interior of the rosette is made up of gold mother-of-pearl.

Wulong is a sheer veil of warm, golden ivory glow. It’s glow in a compact, really, but in a subtle, barely-there way. According to Guerlain, the powder “combines six shades to ensure a pure, flawless and luminous complexion regardless of skin tone.” It is subtler compared to Perles du Dragon. I used it dusted all over my face as a finishing powder, though I also used it to set my makeup when I tested it (so you would only see the effect of this product). Without the powder, my foundation only lasts around eight hours, and while it’s good, it’s not pristine after eight hours. With the powder, my foundation lasted well into the tenth hour, and I didn’t get any afternoon or evening shininess on my t-zone.

The effect of Wulong is lightly mattifying but mostly softening and diffusing; it makes my pores (almost) disappear and softens lines.  It’s kind of like real-life Photoshop for your skin.  What it does is similar to what regular Meteorites do, but the compact version is more travel friendly.  I applied it with a large tapered brush like MAC’s 184.  The texture is softer than silk, smoother than butter; it’s finely-milled to the point where it melts against the skin.  It never looks powdery or cakey, and on my medium skin tone, it’s not at all ashy.

I’m not certain that the actual shade of Wulong will be later available in a refill, but Mythic Voyage is at present  and the refill is $55, to give you an idea of the cost of the product compared to the cost of the product and compact. I haven’t tried Mythic to my memory, so I don’t know how comparable it is. I would expect a similar effect overall, because the formula is so transparent and finely-milled.  The back of Wulong says “Refillable with Mythic 01.” You might also consider Guerlain’s Illuminating & Mattifying Pressed Powders, which are also part of the Meteorites family, though those are more matte than Wulong.

There’s no planet where I would feel comfortable saying this is a must-have–not at $170–but it’s a lovely product that performs well by making my skin look 15-20% better than it is and extending the wear of my base.  I’d be more apt to purchase a refill and skip the compact to save $115.  The compact is gorgeous.  It’s exactly what luxury beauty packaging should be.  I’m just not that much of a packaging junkie, but I routinely use pressed Meteorites to finish my foundation.  Wulong is one piece I’ll treasure and enjoy for years.  It’s very much a collector’s item, and I can see why some Guerlain collectors make sure they’re first in line for these compacts.

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Powder Wulong
Wulong
Wulong
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Lipstick Meant for Layering

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “gold with tone-on-tone sparkle” and is supposed to be used to illuminate lips with a veil of sparkle or used as a layering base/top coat with another lip product. The base is mostly clear, perhaps just enough to give it a warm tone, but it is predominantly composed of lots and lots of gold sparkle and shimmer ranging from medium to micro in size. MAC Ruffian Gold is similar, slightly less yellow-y. Dior Or Etoile paler and more uniform in the size of the shimmer (which is fairly fine). I was also reminded of Bobbi Brown Canary, which is a gloss.

I love that Guerlain made sure to describe this exactly as it is:  a sheer veil of shimmer that’s designed more as a layering shade than a standalone shade in the Shine Automatique line–a range that is typically semi-opaque to opaque in color.  It has a healthy dose of sparkle, and I like using it as a base shade rather than a top coat, only because it tends to be easier to apply that way. I’ll apply Altoum first, and then I’ll apply a more opaque lipstick on top.  If you use a lip brush, then I like using Altoum second, since you can pat it on.

As sheer shades often wear off quickly, I wasn’t all that surprised to find that this shade didn’t last as long as other Shine Automatique shades: four hours overall, but there were a few pieces of shimmer that lingered for longer.  It was slightly hydrating but not as moisturizing as other shades.  I could also feel the texture of the sparkle from the get-go.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Altoum
Altoum
Altoum
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Holiday Pink That Sparkles

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “enchanting plum set off with a golden sparkle.” It’s a pop of raspberry pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen finish. There is noticeable fuchsia and gold sparkle within the color. Tarina Tarantino Floriculture is similar, slightly pinker. Revlon Raspberry Pie is less red, pinker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Girly is redder. MAC Quite the Thing is cooler-toned and more fuchsia. MAC Scandelicious is similar but doesn’t have the sparkle.

It looked rather sheer when swatched, but applied to lips, the color opacity is nearly opaque–it was a little surprising, actually!  Shine Automatique is a long-wearing and hydrating with “bold” coverage.  Lou-Ling wore for six hours and left behind a light stain, and while there’s noticeable sparkle, it didn’t travel during the time I wore it but there was an ever-so-noticeable grit after three hours of wear.  It was comfortable to wear and apply–creamy and slick enough to glide on without pulling or tugging but no feathering or bleeding–and my lips felt hydrated during and post-wear.  It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Lou-Ling
Lou-Ling
Lou-Ling
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait

A Stunning Berry That Wears All Day

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “plum.” What a pedestrian description! This shade is so much more complex. It’s a rich, deepened scarlet red with ruby red micro-shimmer. There’s just a hint of berry in the overall color, especially from afar. While it is not a dupe, it’s a cooler-toned, more berry-hued version of Chanel Dragon. MAC Good to Be Bad is browner and has no shimmer. MAC What a Joy! is more berry-hued. Guerlain Gigolo is deeper, darker, but it is rather close.

The way Rouge G L’Extrait feels on the lips is hard to describe; it’s not quite a full-on second-skin feel, which I always think of as a lip color that clings, almost like cling wrap. This has more movement in a way; you can press your lips together and you don’t feel them sticking together. Orgueil wore for eight hours and was still wearable for another hour or so. It can be reapplied, because it doesn’t flake off or wear away unevenly like some other long-wearing formulas can. This formula has more transfer than those, so there are trade-offs. I can wear it for eight hours, and my lips aren’t dry at all. The color is very pigmented, and a little goes a long way.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait Orgueil
Orgueil
Orgueil
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

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