Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Guerlain Beige Mousseline Lipstick
Guerlain Beige Mousseline Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Beige Mousseline Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick

Guerlain Beige Mousseline Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick ($31.00) is a new-for-spring shade of nude beige with golden peach sparkle. The press sheet for Kiss Kiss Strass reads like a fantasy–Guerlain has some of the best writers for their collections, I swear.  I feel like I’m ready a fantasy novel!  But basically, Kiss Kiss Strass is an ultra shimmreing, glittering lipstick with a soft texture and moisturizing feel.  Guerlain says that the sparkling is owed to “the inset of purse crystal beads to intensify and multiply the interplays of mother-of-pearl and colours” (see, the stuff of fantasy!).

Now, with all that fancy talk, does Guerlain deliver?  I’m a big fan of Guerlain lip products–they really do a fantastic job with their lip line.  (I am also a Guerlain blush/highlighter fiend!)  Kiss Kiss Strass does have this really shimmery, glittering-water type of effect on lips and doesn’t feel chunky despite all that shimmer.  The pigmentation is decent (you can’t see my birthmark on my lip much), but it really just depends on the shade–some shades run more pigmented than others; I wouldn’t say universally this is a pigmented or sheer line.  It is smooth, soft, and doesn’t suck the moisture from your lips.  It is very comfortable to wear, and it’s priced just around their regular Kiss Kiss line (where each retails for $30, but I’m unsure whether there may be a future price increase to match with Kiss Kiss Strass at $31).

This is a good, subtle beige with sparkling pop.  I can see myself wearing this lipstick alone, because it has that glossy sheen and lots of shimmering reflection, so it doesn’t need a gloss necessarily.  Of course, I am a sucker for lip combinations, too, so can’t say that would stop me from going for it anyway!

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Sunday, January 24th, 2010

 

Guerlain Corail Passion Lipstick
Guerlain Corail Passion Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Corail Passion Lipstick

Guerlain Corail Passion (#559) KissKiss Lipstick ($30.00) is a soft orange-based coral with a slight frost sheen. It applies easily, goes on semi-opaque, and has a glossy sheen in its finish. It’s not quite shimmery yet it definitely has a frost edge to it (but I don’t think it’s too frosty, like frosts sometimes are). It’s not my perfect coral (Guerlain’s Gems is the closest so far!), but I like the way it’s distinctly coral but not too bright–many truer corals also tend to be bolder, brighter.

I’m not often a fan of orange-based shades on me, whether they’re red or coral or what-have-you, but this is soft enough of an orange hue that it doesn’t bother me as it usually does! The texture is soft and smooth, very easy to work with, and I get about four to five hours of wear from KissKiss lipsticks. They are heavily scented, so if you prefer soft scents, scent-free, or more vanilla-esque scents, you may want to take a sniff before you buy a Guerlain lipstick.

Is this the perfect glossy shade for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Guerlain Gemma Lipstick
Guerlain Gemma Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gemma Lipstick

Guerlain Gemma Rouge G Lipstick (#64) ($45.00) is a sweet pop of posey pink. It has a delicate gold sheen and shimmer, but it’s one of my favorite pinks for the spring. It has enough brightness to pop when worn alone, but it can still be a nice way to complement a subtle spring eye, too. Creamy, opaque, and easy to apply, Rouge Gs are high on quality (and high on price, I know). They have Guerlain’s traditional scent to them, though it does seem a bit subdued in comparison to their KissKiss line of lipsticks and glosses. The wear time is four to six hours for me on these.

Is this the perfect pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Guerlain Giulette Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick
Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick

Just a Taste of Summer with Giulette

Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick (#63) ($45.00) is pretty much my biggest reason for wishing summer was a little closer right now!  I originally expected to include this as part of the Spring Season, but obviously, it doesn’t fit that theme.  It’s such a beautiful shade of bright pink with just a hint of coral with a golden sheen.  It gives lips full-coverage, opaque color and a glossy sheen.  Rouge Gs are always moisturizing and tend to look and feel really good on lips.  (It is definitely one of the best formulas I’ve tried, though very pricey!)  This is just one of those shades that I fell in love with as soon as I applied it to my lips.  I was like, “OHH, PRETTY!”  I can’t think of any great dupes at the moment — everything is too pink and doesn’t have the same hint of coral or golden sheen as this does — but I’d love to hear from others if they know of dupes!

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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00) is a soft, cool-toned pink with a light frost and shimmer finish. It applies opaquely in just one or two layers, and it clings to lips without being drying. If you ignore the price for a moment, the lipstick is one of the best on the market — creamy, opaque color that applies evenly, easily, and really shimmers in a way that’s soft but noticeable. The price, obviously, can make it a little too pricey, but it’s always a nice shade to think about and, at least, give you some inspiration about what you’re looking for in a holy grail pink lip.

Is this soft pink the one for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Friday, December 18th, 2009

Guerlain Jeu d'Ombrelles Eyeshadow Quad

The many shades of purple… Guerlain Jeu d’Ombrelles Eyeshadow Quad

Guerlain Jeu d’Ombrelles Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00) is the other new product featured in Guerlain’s Cherry Blossom Collection. You can expect to see the eyeshadow quad hitting counters in the next two weeks or so.

Guerlain describes the four shades as: pink and white tones with violet and mauve. For some reason, I was surprised with how the colors actually swatched — this just didn’t strike me as a definitively cool-toned, purple-inspired kind of quad, but that is very much what it is. In order to swatch with meaning, I pretty much wiped off the overlay prior to actually doing swatches. The results are an icy white-pink with soft shimmery sheen, a deepened eggplant plum with a matte finish, a fresh, medium pink with subtle shimmer/sheen, and a matte cool-toned medium purple.

The shades don’t immediately say “unique, buy me!” but I don’t think I have exact dupes in my collection. If I had to list MAC dupes for these shades, I’d suggest Crystal Avalanche, Shadowy Lady, Sweet Lust, and Fig. 1/Satellite Dreams — none of which would be that close. It’s just one of those situations where the shades don’t look particularly original and yet somehow they’re not exactly repeated shades either.

All four eyeshadows swatched smoothly, felt like silk, and were decently pigmented. Both the matte shades felt soft to the touch and didn’t feel or look chalky. The other two shades are noticeably shimmery, but they didn’t feel frosty on me. (They may appear frostier on darker skin tones, though.)

Like the Cherry Blush Blush, it’s housed in an elegant black lacquered compact. The total eyeshadow weight is 0.20 oz. (0.05 oz. per shade), which means you are getting a good amount of product per shade. The compact also includes two double-sided sponge applicators, but I only found them useful for swatching and wouldn’t use them for actual eyeshadow application myself (I’m a brush snob, what can I say?).

Bottom Line: I like this eyeshadow quad, but I’m not quite in love with it yet. It’s very soft, pretty, and certainly reminiscent of spring. The more I use it, though, the more I appreciate it for its subtly and how easy it is to use (all four shades coordinate really well with each other, since they all lean a little purple).

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: If you like purple eyeshadow, this just might be a match for you.

Availability: January 2010

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