Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Guerlain Exotic Paradise Collection is my favorite spring launch so far.  (I admit, NARS’ Heart of Desire Collection looks very promising!)  I’ve seen a fair amount of the spring collections released, and I really fell in love with Guerlain’s presentation, mix of colors, and especially the Exotic Paradise quad ($58.00). Guerlain has some of the best packaging of the higher end brands, because each product is housed in a metal compact/casing. It just feels more luxe than plastic, you know?

The Exotic Paradise Quad comes with four shades of shadow perfect for spring–pastels, but they’re not typical pastels. Trust me when I say the pastel green is *beyond* stunning! The pastel green shade is a vibrant springy green with gold sheen. The peachy shade is a smooth, silky peachy shade. The pastel pink is a rich, cool medium pink that goes on like butter. And the brown shade? Deliciously luxe and smooth with a warm, deep brown base and gold sheen. The brown is actually one of the most stunning shades of brown eyeshadow I’ve seen!

What really stood out to me about this uad is there was a good mix of pastel looks that could be made, but I could also go darker just by adding the brown shade with any of the other colors. The quality of the shadows from the texture to the pigmentation is oh-so-amazing. Each shadow, without exception, went on prettier than appeared, smoothly, and felt like silk. No dreaded chalkiness, no disappointment in color here. In these photos, you’ll notice there’s an overlay of a greenish-gold in the shape of flowers/leaves. This design does disappear after you use your shadows a few times, but it doesn’t matter. The shadows look incredible–even better–without this overlay.

I’d also like to take a quick minute to talk about Guerlain’s Ombre Eclat Duo Liner ($52.00) in L’heure de Nuit (which, if my terrible French works, means the hour of night or something to that effect). Pricey, but ridiculously luxe in packaging (gold-colored metal casing) and texture, so it’s definitely something I recommend to those who tend to buy high end brands like Guerlain. It’s a very practical product in which you’re given a very light shade and a coordinated dark shade, so you can use the product as a highlighter, liner, or just shadow. It’s interesting that it was out on display as part of the spring collection, just because it’s so much darker than the rest of the line.  It’s not on my must-have list to recommend to you all, but I thought I’d give you my take on it! :)

Where To Buy

You can find Guerlain’s spring launch (plus many other brands’ spring collections) over at Nordstrom.com. Don’t forget they’re doing their large GWP right now! :)

Stay tuned for more reviews & photos Guerlain’s spring launch! :) But for now, take a look at more photos of the quad, duo liner, and swatches…. but of course! Continue reading →

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Guerlain | EXOTIC PARADISE | Spring 2009

A hymn to the glory of nature

As the winter days come to close, Guerlain rejoices in the frivolity of the season that heralds happiness and abundance. With the spring come new hopes and a carefree spirit, boosted by luxuriant and jubilant nature. To celebrate the triumph of spring, Olivier Échaudemaison has created a rich collection drawn from an eccentric, eclectic garden of Eden, a colorful kaleidoscope of nature’s prettiest, most sensual colors and organic delights.With his exotic palette, he concocts color that stirs optimism, awakens purity and arouses a desire for paradise that hibernates within every woman.

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades

  • 404 Paradis Exotique

KissKiss Gloss

  • 804 Orange Interdite
  • 805 Cerise Tentation
  • 806 Pomme du Desir

Ombre Éclat – Single Shadow (3.6g)

  • 140 L’Instant Precieux (Pearly)
  • 141 L’Instant Charnel (Velvety)
  • 142 L’Instant Fauve (Sparkly)
  • 143 L’Instant Cuir (Sparkly)
  • 160 L’Instant Coquin (Velvety)
  • 161 L’Instant Fleuri (Pearly)
  • 180 L’Instant Fume (Pearly)
  • 181 L’Instant Emeraude (Sparkly)
  • 182 L’Instant Nuit (Sparkly)
  • 190 L’Instant Indigo (Sparkly)

Ombre Éclat Eye Primer

Using a neutral skin color, a radiant beige, this unifying base was specifically created to prime the skin for makeup and guarantee perfect hold. It is also formulated as a treatment enriched with smoothing and moisturizing agents, in order to protect the delicate skin on the eyelids from the damaging effects of time and environment. It smoothes and revives the eyes at once, creating the ideal base for impeccable eye makeup.

KissKiss Couleurs Precieuses

  • 557 Flushy Beige
  • 558 Forever Beige
  • 559 Corail Passion
  • 579 Rose Miami

KissKiss Maxi Shine

  • 624 Candy Shine
  • 646 Honey Shine
  • 647 Grenadine Shine
  • 671 Baby Shine

Ombre Éclat range Duo & Liner

  • 383 L’Heure de Nuit

Available: Currently available online at Nordstrom.com and Neiman Marcus, should be in stores now or soon.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Guerlain Paradis Exotique Spring 2009 Collection

I hope to have more information and photos for you all soon! :) But for now, enjoy these preview photos of the latest from Guerlain!

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Monday, October 6th, 2008

Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Launchicon is available now through Nordstrom! Are you getting anything? The eyeshadow quartet looks cute, but I’ll have to see if I can test it in-stores first!

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Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Guerlain’s Midnight Butterfly for Holiday 2008

  • Guerlain ‘Mysterious Butterfly’ Eyeshadow Palette ($57.00)
  • Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder ($82.00)
  • Guerlain ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ Mascara in Butterfly Sparkle ($35.00)
  • Guerlain ‘Kiss Kiss’ Gloss in Shimmering Pink 802 and Shimmering Violet 803 ($28.00)
  • Guerlain ‘Meteorites Voyage’ Pressed Powder in Radiant Butterfly ($160.00)
  • Guerlain ‘KissKiss’ Lipstick in Sparkling White 514 and Strawberry Red 515 ($29.00)

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Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Guerlain Autumn/Fall 2008 | Jeu de Dames

Jeu De Dames Colour Play Lip Palette (limited edition) $68

Ombre Éclat — 4 Shades Eyeshadow (limited edition) $57

  • 401 Jeu de Nuit
  • 402 Jeu de Nacres

KissKiss Extreme High Fidelity Colour — Velvet Finish $29

  • 120 Rouge Infini
  • 141 A Jamais Brun
  • 121 Orange Encore
  • 160 Plus Que jamais Rose
  • 140 Beige Sans Fin
  • 161 Rose Éternel

KissKiss Lipstick $29

  • 532 Orange Mamb
  • 556 Brun Jazzy
  • 555 Beige Groove
  • 578 Rose Salsa

KissKiss Laque High Colour — Lacquer Finish $29

  • 722 Rouge Pin-Up
  • 744 Beige Star

Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blush $48

  • 01 Tendre Aurore
  • 02 Soleil Couchant
  • 03 Lueur D’Automne
  • 04 Rosee Du Printemps
  • 05 Rose Plein Vent
  • 06 Nuit D’ete

Available: August 2008 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

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