Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick for Fall 2014
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick for Fall 2014

Guerlain KissKiss is not just another lipstick—it’s a story of seduction. KissKiss, with its iconic symbol of love and eternal femininity, is an essential for every woman. It is an ode to color, the stunning result between great design and unparalleled cosmetic artistry. For 2014, Guerlain has revamped the KissKiss collection to include 25 dazzling new dazzling, effortless shades encased in irresistibly sexy black lacquer.

An ultra-smooth texture, KissKiss’ unique formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid spheres, which gives KissKiss an incredible lip-shaping and plumping effect. Commiphora Myrrha oil and mango butter ensure that lips are smooth and incredibly hydrated. KissKiss’ fine, even and rich creamy texture provides a satiny, vibrant finish with impeccable hold.

KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00) (New, Permanent)

  • 360 Very Pink
  • 320 Red Insolence
  • 300 Golden Girl
  • 340 Miss Kiss
  • 361 Excessive Rose
  • 321 Red Passion
  • 303 Beige Booster
  • 341 Peach Kiss
  • 362 Cherry Pink
  • 322 Red on Fire
  • 304 Air Kiss
  • 343 Sugar Kiss
  • 363 Fabulous Rose
  • 323 Spicy Girl
  • 305 Forever Brown
  • 344 Sexy Coral
  • 364 Pinky Groove
  • 324 Red Love
  • 366 Fall in Rose
  • 325 Rouge Kiss
  • 368 Baby Rose
  • 326 Love Kiss
  • 369 Rosy Boop
  • 327 Red Strass
  • 328 Red Hot

Availability: August at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and the Guerlain boutiques and starting September at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Dillards, Sephora and Nordstrom.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Reader Ammara requested a top five for berry-hued lip colors for summer, so here are my top picks! :) I’d love to hear yours — please share your recommendations in the comments.

  1. Guerlain Gladys — a brightened, fuchsia-berry
  2. Burberry Bright Poppy — a rich, reddish-berry with a matte finish
  3. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry
  4. Too Faced So Berry Sexy — a slightly brightened pink-berry with a soft shine
  5. Urban Decay Rapture — a warmer, muted plum

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil
Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil ($57.00 for 0.7 oz.) is supposed to be a mattifying, translucent loose powder and comes in three shades. I tried Medium, and it was darker than the previously-released variation on this product that I have (but I don’t think I ever got around to reviewing) in Medium, which was frustrating as a long-time customer (consistency is important, especially in foundation shades!). It seems darker than their medium liquid shades (like #03s), just as a heads up, but it is a good match for Joli Teint’s Natural. I wish they had more shades available as well (there is one lighter and one darker).

The powder is very silky and finely-milled, and it sits nicely on the skin without looking powdery, caked on, or unnatural. It goes on effortlessly over cream and liquid foundations, and it helps to set everything in place. It seems like my base makeup lasts about an hour longer if I use this palette, compared to not using one. The powder instantly mattifies the skin and toning down any natural luminosity that comes through, so it’s ideal for someone who wants a very matte finish, but it does darken the color of my foundation (because the Medium shade is too dark for me), so it will add color. It helps the skin look softer and smoother–pores really get de-emphasized with it on–but I think the pressed version does an even better job. The packaging is overly large–they could scale it back to make it more travel-friendly and easier to store in your drawers! I’ve also had trouble keeping it open/closed so that it doesn’t explode powder half the time I open it (I feel like it never actually closes), which isn’t an issue with the previously-released version (same packaging!). It makes getting the right amount to apply quite difficult and renders using the included powder puff unusable (which is how Guerlain says to apply it), as it leads to over-application.

The Glossover

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation ($53.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as lightweight, imparting a “radiant glow,” and is supposed to “work as a base prior to [applying] Terracotta Bronzing Powder.” The whole idea is that it’s supposed to help the skin look warmer, radiant, and smoother. It’s available in five shades, and the one I tried was Natural, which appears to be the second in the range.

The coverage is light to light-medium, which seems to be in line with Guerlain’s description of “appearing make-up-free.” The consistency is somewhere between a thicker liquid and a thinner cream, so it is able to spread and blend out on the skin without feeling heavy, but it isn’t quite as spreadable as their other liquid foundations (in glass bottles). I feel like I end up using more product with this formula to get an even layer all over the skin. Applied, it gives my skin a more even, smoother-looking appearance while also darkening and warming up my natural complexion. The finish was very natural-looking; not totally matte but not really luminous or dewy. You’ll want to ensure you blend down your neck, as this is adding warmth and slightly darkening the skin tone, so making sure everything is seamless is key. It has a very lightweight, wearable feel on the skin, and it lasts about eight hours on me before starting to visibly break down.

It is very, very heavily scented with Guerlain’s “Tiare Flower” fragrance, which is just so over-the-top that it’s something I can smell all day long, even eight hours later, and feels really heavy, like a cloud of florals all around me. You have to really love scented base products, and you have to really love the scent of the foundation in general to love this formula. I liked it, but I prefer Lingerie de Peau or Parure Lumiere infinitely more for its more spreadable consistency and coverage.

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8.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Looking for some brights for your nails? Here are some of my favorite more orange-hued shades for summer! I can’t wait to hear what your favorites are!

  1. Illamasqua Marquise — a textured, gold-shimmered orange
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery orange
  3. Zoya Arizona — a yellow-orange cream
  4. Guerlain Nahema — medium-dark, orange-red
  5. Essie Sunday Funday — a muted, orange-coral