Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Guerlain – KissKiss Gloss – Product Photos & Swatches

Guerlain KissKiss Gloss ($29.00 each) is one of my favorite lipgloss formulas. It’s not too thin, not too thick, and it has a great non-sticky texture. The lipgloss itself is hydrating on lips, and it lasts 4-5 hours on me with no problems. One cool thing about the gloss is that Guerlain designed it to be water-resistant, as well. Each gloss contains 0.20 oz. of product.

For comparison, a MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 oz. for $14.00, while a MAC Dazzleglass contains 0.06 oz. for $18.00. These are extremely similar to Dazzleglass (actually, since KissKiss Gloss has been around longer, it’s really more like Dazzleglass is similar to it) in texture, feel, and shimmer. I find that KissKiss Glosses can run sheer or more opaque, depending on the shade itself. My Nordstrom carried ten different shades in-store, but I think there are around twenty or so permanently available shades.  I did a review of three of the shades awhile back, but you can see that here.

KissKiss Laque is a creamy, opaque high-shine gloss. It’s available in less than ten shades and retails for $28.00 each, with each gloss contianing 0.20 oz. of product. My local counter only carried two of these, and both shades are new for summer/fall. If you’re not a shimmery/glittery lip kind of person, these are more of a full color, high-gloss lip without the shimmer.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Saturday, August 1st, 2009


Guerlain Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blushes

Guerlain – Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blush – Product Photos & Swatches

Guerlain ‘Blush 4 Éclats’ Sculpting Blush ($48.00 each) are described as a beveled brush designed to be used left to right so your brush picks up the lighter shades and deposits those on the top of your cheekbones, while the darker shades cover your lower cheeks. Sounds fancy, yeah? I don’t own of these (yet!), but I will say that they feel incredibly smooth, soft, and they’re buildable. You can easily layer the color to intensify a look. Each color is not easily used individually, so it’s definitely more of a left-to-right or swirl all together kind of application. Luckily, they all are stunning when swirled together, too.

Who has tried these? Anyone love them?  Hate them?

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Guerlain Slavic Beauty/Russian Beauty Collection for Fall 2009

As Guerlain’s muse, Natalia Vodianova inspired Creative Director, Olivier Échaudemaison to conceive a warm, bohemian-inspired colour collection for the Fall. Olivier calls Natalia “an icon of colour that brings energy and cheer when the nights are long and the skies grey, and when the days are short and the sun away.” In effort to capture the radiance, warmth and richness that Natalia emanates, Guerlain offers a fall look defined by a fresh, smooth complexion, bright cheeks, eyes shimmering in a crimson glow and sparkling, rosy lips.

From Moscow with Love, Guerlain’s Russian Beauty Colour Collection includes the following permanent and limited edition products:

Eyes and Lips Palette “Volga Princess” ($69.00)

In sumptuous black-and-gold packaging, reminiscent of the emblematic ornaments of Slavic art, Guerlain has placed the perfect soft pink and delicate taupe shades for the eyes to accent two lip colours of rosewood and sparkling pink. This all-in-one palette is the perfect accessory for a quick, easy and elegant touch-up.

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow 406 “Tsarina” ($56.00)

Faded orange, brick red, old rose and aubergine combine to create an intense, rich and enchanting palette inspired by the dresses worn by Russian princesses. Accented with a champagne motif, the shades are contained in an exquisitely designed black-and-gold compact and create eyes that are velvet-smooth with a crimson glow, highlighting their pure clarity.

Radiant Blush “Russian Doll” ($42.00)

Guerlain created Russian Doll, a liquid blush with a unique shade of luminous, sheer pink to generate natural radiance and give the cheeks a healthy glow. It captures the healthy, radiant look of a woman who has a returned from a brisk walk on a crisp afternoon. The kaolin-based formula gives the blush a creamy texture that is easy to apply and dries within seconds for a comfortable, lasting feel.

Rouge G de Guerlain in two Seasonal Shades ($42.00)

The symbol of the ultimate luxury in lipstick, Rouge G de Guerlain welcomes two new limited edition shades, in perfect harmony with this season’s trends.

  • Graziella A pearly brick red
  • Giovanna A pearly raspberry pink

Retractable Eye Pencil ($29.00)

This new pencil comes with a built-in sharpener so you can achieve impeccable results every time you use it. It’s a take anywhere tool with a soft, precise tip to facilitate perfect application, so you can easily define an intense almond-shaped eye. For the evening, apply with a darker eye shadow on the outer lid for a more dramatic effect.

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bohemian (Limited Edition)

Le 2 de Guerlain ($35.00)

The now famous Le2 Mascara comes in a new limited edition plum shade, to illuminate the eyes and give your makeup the final touch that will make all the difference.

  • Nuit 2 Bohème

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($58.00)

In celebration of the leading harmonies of late summer, beige, chestnut brown, bronze gold, and absolute dark brown in this palette evoke the enchanting ballet of autumnal leaves dancing in the wind. Worn separately or together, this new, permanent, four-color palette is the perfect assortment as it allows you to create a natural effect for the day time, and a more smokey effect for the evening.

  • 441 “Brun Mordoré”

Parure Compact Foundation ($45.00)

The Parure compact foundation collection with crystal pearls, evens out, mattifies and helps mask minor skin imperfections while adding radiance. With this new shade, Rose Intense, the skin appears radiant and the complexion, flawless.

  • 14 “Rose Intense”

Availability: Beginning August 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Guerlain KissKiss Baby for Fall 2009

KissKiss Baby Nourishing Lip Balm – Delicate Nudes SPF 10

The newest member of Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss family offers the highest level of nourishing and pampering effects – just like its name suggests. Kiss Kiss Baby treats your lips with delicate and effective skincare ingredients to soften and smooth for a baby-soft finish. The six ultra-sheer shades create an incredible tone-on-tone harmony to give your lips that “just bitten” effect for a naturally sensual look. Its satin-sleek finish offers long-lasting radiance and daily protection from the sun with a formula that includes SPF 10. In Kiss Kiss Baby, skincare meets colour for a decadent balm that offers the perfect- and protected- pout.

Features

  • Pampers the lips with its rejuvenating formula.
  • SPF protection helps to prevent sun damage on the lips.
  • Smooth, stick formula stays soft and comfortable after long-term usage.
  • Satiny-smooth finish prevents feathering around the lips.

Formulation

  • Wild Mango Butter infuses lips with moisture and suppleness.
  • Luffa Oil nourishes dried-out and chapped lips.
  • Oligopeptides (proteins + trace elements) increases volume and softness in lips.
  • Sun Protection Factor 10

Includes

  • 200 Cristal Nude
  • 220 Red Nude
  • 241 Rosewood Nude
  • 240 Honey Nude
  • 260 Romantic Nude
  • 261 Rosy Nude

Availability: Kiss Kiss Baby is available for $30.00 at select Saks Fifth Avenues, Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus’, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

Guerlain Slavic Beauty Collection for Fall 2009 Preview

Can you tell it is fall preview day or what? ;)

Includes:

  • Volga Princess Palette for Eyes & Lips
  • Ombre Eclat in Tsarina (406)
  • Shadow in Brun Mordore (441) (Permanent)
  • Russian Doll Liquid Blush
  • Le 2 de Guerlain in Nuit 2 Boheme (51)
  • Rose Intense (14) Parure

Rouge G de Guerlain

  • Graziella (44) Muted red pearl
  • Giovanna (67) Bright crimson pearl

KissKiss Baby

  • Cristal Nude (200)
  • Red Nude (220)
  • Honey Nude (240)
  • Rosewood Nude (241)
  • Romantic Nude (260)
  • Rosy Nude (261)

Availability: August 2009

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Friday, May 1st, 2009

Guerlain’s Summer Splash Collection is the latest offering from the ultra luxe brand. It features several products from waterproof mascara to eyeshadows to a quad to loose powder kohl. I wasn’t able to try everything out, but I did get to try several items, and likely the more “hot ticket” items, so hopefully it’ll help you when you’re trying to make your hauling decisions! :)

Perles des Mers Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00) is the item that caught my attention the most when I first learned about the collection. It’s not quite as head-turning in person (it’s just not quite as bright), but it’s still a good interpretation of what it is. I’d say the only color that wasn’t quite as bright as I expected was the teal shade. The lightest shade is a soft white with a pink undertone. The second lightest color is a frosty, white-peach shade. The third lightest color is a dirty bronzy-gold shade, kind of like a light antique gold. The final shade is the teal color, which is a teal-blue with green sheen/overlay. It’s an interesting mix of teal and noticeable green. I think these shades work well together, and I like that there are some lighter shades to mix with the teal. I’m not 100% sold on the quad yet, but I think it’s definitely worth taking a peek at.

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