Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Guerlain

Guerlain: Tsarina Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Tsarina Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00) from their fall collection is one of two palettes released (the other is Brun Mordore). Guerlain also released an Eye & Lip Palette called Volga Princess (which I haven’t seen yet).

Tsarina includes four shades: a coppery peach, an amber-copper, a raspberry burgundy, and a cool-toned purple-wine. The first three shades have great color pay off, but the darkest purple shade is on the sheerer side (but I wouldn’t call it sheer–it does give me decent color, just not great like the other three). All four have Guerlain’s amazing texture: soft, silky, and so, so easy to blend. The shimmer is subtle and not too frosty–very wearable. I found the mix of shades very appropriate for the fall season, too.

Some might not like that there’s not a real highlighter shade within the palette; the lightest shade is much bolder than most would choose for a highlighter. It’s not a big deal to me, because I very rarely use palettes by themselves unless I’m trying to show what you can do with *just* the palette.

Value wise? The eyeshadows are, by the ounce, the same price as MAC eyeshadows are. In a Guerlain eyeshadow palette, you get about 6.7 oz. of actual eyeshadow product for your money. Like their mega-giant single shadows, they’re a good value by weight, but they do require a larger up front investment. The packaging is luxe and solid; it doesn’t feel cheap, and there’s some heft to it. I love the design on the velvet pouch and on the case itself, which is special to this collection.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: Guerlain fans will not be disappointed in the quality of this eyeshadow palette–if you enjoy these shades, I recommend it!

Availability: < Nordstrom

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Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Best of Guerlain

Guerlain is a brand that always steals my heart. It has that combination of luxe and quality that I find hard to resist! These are a few of their can’t-be-missed products…

  • Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00) are well-pigmented palettes that feature four eyeshadows that work well together. I love Bronze Dore! So pretty!
  • Guerlain Meteorites Powder ($53.00) is a soft shimmery highlighter that is fun to use and works really well to add a subtle glow to cheeks and face without highlighting imperfections because the shimmer is so fine.
  • Guerlain KissKiss Gloss ($29.00) is one of my favorite gloss formulas! (It’s pretty much tied with YSL’s Golden Gloss.) Soft, shimmer makes every color have the appearance of shimmering water. I love shades like Fraise a Croquer and Rose Florida. They’re a great non-sticky gloss that doesn’t dry out your lips and lets your lips shine.
  • Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($30.00) comes in a large variety of shades, so you’re bound to find at least one (if not far too many) that suit your tastes. They’re creamy, long-wearing lipsticks that feel hydrating and luxe on lips. One of my favorite lipstick formulas — Rouge G and YSL’s Rouge Volupte top it, but only slightly.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner ($34.00) are long-wearing loose kohls that can be worn on the water line without causing aggravation. I only wish they made more colors!
  • Guerlain ‘Blush 4 Eclats’ Sculpting Blush ($48.00) are silky smooth powder blush compacts with four different shades designed to be used together with one sweep from left to right and then applied to cheeks. Whether you use that method or swirl them together, you’ll come up with something gorgeous. I love every single one they have out (I believe it’s six), but my favorites are Soleil Couchant and Rose Plein Vent.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($46.00) is a silky smooth bronzing powder that applies easily and nearly effortlessly. It is just a sheer shade that works well to give you a natural looking sunkissed glow. No orange here!

What are some of your favorite Guerlain products?

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Guerlain – Ombre Eclat Duo & Liner – Product Photos & Swatches

Guerlain Eyeshadow Duo & Liners ($54.00) come in seven different varieties: L’Heure Brune, L’Heure D’Ambre, L’Heure Rose, L’Heure Fumee, L’Heure Bleue, L’Heure Bronze, and L’Heure de Nuit. Each features two eyeshadows and a coordinating liner. While the shadows are absolutely fantastic — smooth, silky, pigmented — the liner is not nearly as amazing. It can be a little stiff to work with, so you need to dig into the product a bit to get to the underside, which is a bit creamier.

When a quad of eyeshadows goes for $58, I’m hard-pressed to recommend picking up any of these (even though the eyeshadows in it are larger than the quad-sized shadows, it’s still not a great buy). My favorites were L’Heure Bronze and L’Heure Brune, both wearable and easy to use.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Guerlain – Eyeshadow Palettes – Product Photos & Swatches

Guerlain Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 each) feel and look like a luxury product. The compact looks like gold, and it has a good amount of weight to it, which adds to that luxe feel. Each palette consists of four eyeshadows; two are stronger colors, while two are more neutral. There are six palettes altogether (not including limited edition releases): Turquoise Cendre, Violette du Soir, Rose Boise, Bronze Dore, Corail Ambre, and Perle d’Argent.

All of the shadows are smooth, silky soft, and well-pigmented. They go on like butter, and they last well even without a base. My absolute favorite was Bronze Dore, but I’m a sucker for greens, so is it really a surprise? I also loved the colors from Corail Ambre, because I felt they were extremely wearable and perfect for summer.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Guerlain – KissKiss Lipstick, Stick Gloss, Extreme Lipstick – Swatches

Guerlain’s KissKiss Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an extremely creamy, opaque formula that goes on like a dream and lasts for hours. The lipsticks are never drying and make lips feel hydrated and soft. KissKiss Extreme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is similar, but touted to be able to prevent your lipstick from smudging or bleeding. Personally, I find the original lipstick formula to be better than the Extreme one; I don’t find the Extreme is really that bleed-free. However, Extreme has a less glossy finish and more of a semi-matte look to it.

KissKiss Stick Gloss ($30.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a sheer, gloss-in-solid-form lipstick. I’m not in love with these, as I find them fairly sheer and feel like I need to use more product for each application (therefore, I imagine I’d go through a tube much faster). These reminded me a bit of MAC’s Slimshines – fun and nice to use, but you just use them up way too fast. Stick Gloss is extremely moisturizing and has a very nice, ultra glossy look when applied to lips.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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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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