Saturday, July 9th, 2011


Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder — #02 and #03

Quick Review:  Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a long-time favorite bronzing powder of mine, but for summer, Guerlain tweaked and expanded the range to bring out eight shades. Three shades (00, 02, 04) are designed for lighter, pink complexions, while four shades (01, 03, 05, 07) were designed for more golden tones. For darker skin, #08 was created to add a touch of copper.

Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder is lightweight, finely milled, and has a soft glowy sheen–no heavy shimmer here. It can be applied lightly with ease, but for a richer, deeper bronzed look, the color can be built. #02 is is a medium, reddish-tan with a soft sheen. #03 is a warm, medium golden tan with a soft, golden sheen. #02 actually seems a hair darker on me, and side-by-side, it’s clear that #03 leans yellow, while #02 has a reddened undertone.

I love these bronzers for their soft, natural look. They darken the skin in a way that suits your natural skin tone, so you don’t look orange or overdone. The texture of these is so refined and smooth, which allows it to apply and blend out easily, as well as contributes to giving it a natural finish once applied.  These wear a solid eight hours on me.

Quick note: for those sensitive to scent, the powder is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet notes, though it also reminds me of baby powder.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches (02, 03)

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When you begin your hunt for a really great bronzer, Terracotta is a good place to start. For most of us, one bronzing powder will do, and this is always one of my top favorites each summer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, July 4th, 2011

Guerlain Bal de Mai (160) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Bal de Mai (160) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bal de Mai (160) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bal de Mai (160) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, coral-red (that leans more pink than red) with subtle gold micro-shimmer and a slight shine to the finish. It has a little more than semi-opaque color coverage, as you can see just a hint of my lip freckle peeking through.  When I wore this alone, I had just under five hours of good, even wear, before it began to fade–better than average.

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, but 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 find that the slider on this particular tube was stiffer than others, which reduced the functionality/utility.

I found Chanel Flamboyante to be a little brighter and redder but still similar. It seems more like a slightly darker and more opaque MAC Viva Glam Cyndi.

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It's a wearable coral that leans a little pink as well as red but doesn't come off as orange or ultra bright. It should work well as a spring/summer color!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Guerlain Shalimar (166) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Shalimar (166) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Shalimar (166) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Shalimar (166) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright pop of strawberry pink with subtle pink and gold micro-shimmer. It’s slightly cool-toned with a subtle blue-base, but on me, it reads almost warm, which works out better for my skin tone. Shalimar is mostly opaque on lips with a rather slick finish that looks almost wet.  This is easily one of the best–in terms of quality–Rouge Automatiques I’ve tried so far.  It glides on like balm-meets-butter, but it doesn’t bleed or slide away.  It wears so well (five to six hours) and hangs on through drinks and lunch.

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, but 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.

At first glance, it seems like this should be a relatively easy shade to dupe, but there is something about the luminosity and clarity of the color that makes it more difficult. I also think that the subtle blue-base, as opposed to a very blue-base, adds to that difficulty. Shades like MAC Gulabi (or Girl About Town) are brighter pinks with a bluer base. I thought MAC Full Fuchsia seemed more similar, because of the fuchsia sheen, but ultimately it is brighter and redder. MAC Pink Burst comes even closer in color–just more of a frosted finish. I am reminded of NARS Carthage, but when you compare them side-by-side, you can see that it’s clearly brighter, bluer, and doesn’t have the gold shimmer.

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The way everything comes together in this lipstick makes it one of the best lipsticks I've tried--and it's not just the color--but the moisturizing quality of the lipstick paired with excellent wear, coverage, and smooth, effortless application.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 27th, 2011


Guerlain Fall 2011 Collection

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadows ($59.00)

Guerlain’s Ecrin 4 Couleurs is an adaptable ready-to-wear eye creation that allows you to blend a multitude of colors. Each harmony of Ecrin 4 Couleurs is composed of an interplay of four different and specially selected textures: Iridescent: tiny pearly particles that play with the light and release luminous color with an iridescent finish, Matte: an extra-matte, ultra-soft finish for ultimate comfort; Velvet Satin: perfect glide for a velvety result that feels soft and delicate; Alcatar’eyes: metallic finish with unbelievable softness. Available in nine shades.

  • Les Violets (01)
  • Les Bleus (02)
  • Les Verts (03)
  • Les Bois de Rose (04)
  • Les Gris (05)
  • Les Fumes (06)
  • Les Cuirs (07)
  • Les Perles (08)
  • Les Noirs (09)

Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00)

  • Garconne (25) Deliciously intense, daringly bold, a real red, chosen by Natalia for its incomparable, timeless chic
  • Gigolo (70) Pigment rich plum with a terribly couture style
  • Girly (71) Pink that plays up its delicate side but is less innocent than it appears

Eyeliner Pencil ($30.00)

  • Kohl Me Navy (20)
  • Kohl Me Ebony (30)
  • Kohl Me Jungle (40)

Liquid Eyeliner ($35.00)

  • Brun Cendre (05) Chic, intense brown

Shalimar Parfum Initial Eay de Parfum ($67.00 to $119.00)

Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate ($490.00)

Available in September 2011. Without a doubt, Guerlain is the master of the Orchid. From one end of the world to the other, within the three centers of the Guerlain Orchidarium (the Experimental Garden in Switzerland, the Basic Research Laboratory in France, and the Exploratory Nature Reserve in China), top international experts continuously exchange their expertise, research, and the results of their applied experiments, to uncover the secrets of longevity of this legendary flower. Three Orchid species were chosen from among 30,000 studied and together they form the New-Generation Imperial Orchid Molecular Extract (OME). Together these orchids combine to create an internal and external longevity protection system utilized in our new Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate. Results are skin is immediately smoothed and tightened as if lifted, gradually all signs of aging are reduced as the formula acts on wrinkles, firmness, density, radiance, and stretched pores, and the surface texture of the skin becomes finer and more even.

availability: August 2011

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


Win It! $295 Guerlain, Featuring Rouge Automatique!

Two (2) lucky Temptalia readers will win $295 in Guerlain products–including their choice of Rouge Automatique Lipstick engraved just for them! This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

Congratulations to @heyitskristie and @katieklassified!

Prize

  • Rouge Automatique ($35.00) — you get to choose the shade and up to 15 characters for the engraving
  • Terracotta Bronzing Powder (winner to choose shade) ($47.00)
  • Terracotta Light ($50.00)
  • Le 2 Mascara ($36.00)
  • Summer Cream Eyeshadow #2 ($35.00)
  • Summer Cream Eyeshadow #3 ($35.00)
  • Meteorites Perles ($57.00)

To Enter:

  • You must follow both @temptalia and @GuerlainUS on Twitter!
  • Once you’ve done that, retweet this message:  Follow @GuerlainUS + @temptalia & RT to win $260 Guerlain goodies + Engraved Rouge Automatique! Rules http://budurl.com/g295

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Friday, June 10th, 2011


Guerlain Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadow: Bahia, Havana, Maya

Guerlain Terra Inca Collection: Ombre Fusions

Guerlain Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadows ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) are new for summer and come in three varieties. Guerlain claims they are heat and water-resistant that “will last from dawn to dusk.” Each shadow is housed in a square glass tube with a metal cap–the packaging is very reminiscent of lipgloss, even down to the doe-footed applicator.  The packaging is a good mix of functionality and aesthetic appeal, but the glass makes these less portable.

  • Bahia is a soft pinked peach with very fine gold micro-shimmer. This is definitely wear-and-go kind of shade; perfect as a brightening wash of color on the lid.
  • Havana is a chocolatey khaki brown with olive green and gold micro-shimmer. Of the three, this is the most unique, as the color shifts from chocolate bronze to olive to khaki.
  • Maya is a medium-dark bronzy brown with red undertone and gold and copper micro-shimmer.

Depending on how much product you apply, you can get a sheerer layer of color or something richer and more opaque. Guerlain mentions an “illuminated effect” and “shimmering reflections.” I swatched both heavily and very lightly to show how sheer it could be blended out, if desired. It’s really all in the application of the user–a little goes a long way. Bahia was the one shade that I found took real layering to achieve a more opaque look, so I would describe Bahia as semi-sheer to semi-opaque, while the others are semi-opaque to opaque–all depending on how much product you choose to apply. They’ll go on more opaque generally, just because so little is required for a sheer effect that you have to be deliberate about how little you use.

The texture of these is a very thin cream; I would consider them more liquid than cream, because they have the feel and spread of a thicker liquid. It enables these to blend effortlessly onto the lid, whether you use a brush or fingertip, but they act far more like a cream eyeshadow from there on. These dry down at just the right pace; not so quick that you rush to get it in place or so slow that it builds into creases. Once it set, it stayed on for twelve hours with no creasing, fading, or smudging. I took a hot shower while wearing Havana on the lid to no noticeable decrease in wear–it didn’t crease, and it didn’t disappear. I just patted my face dry with a towel, and it looked the same pre- and post-shower.

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Guerlain Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

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Bahia is the easiest to wear, while Havana seemed to be the most unique. It reminded me of a richer Nordstrom. These lived up to all of the lofty claims made--all-day wear and resists both heat and water.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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