Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain A Night at the Opera Collection for Holiday 2014
Guerlain A Night at the Opera Collection for Holiday 2014

Update on 10/21/14:  I know a lot of people were looking for the Rouge Parade Rouge G and Meteorites, which sold out at most retailers–Nordstrom just put the collection up this morning, so everything is in stock. :)

A night at the Opera is a night of celebration. Guerlain’s 2014 holiday collection rejoices in the radiance and beauty of this magical experience while paying homage to its classic Coque d’Or perfume. First launched in 1937, Jacques Guerlain created Coque d’Or as a tribute to the opera as well as to his friend Diaghilev, the founder of the Russian Ballet.

Coque d’Or’s sensual breathtaking bottle was comprised of dark blue Baccarat crystal and finished with a thin golden layer. It drew its shape from the bow, worn by men on gala evenings and in the ballerinas’ hair. According to the legend, this ribbon offers the secret of grace and eternal seduction to those who possess it.

Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

A magical light-as-air loose powder surorunds the skin and hair in a silky halo of a golden shimmer, softly illuminating hair, face, shoulders, and the top of the decolette. A mere press of the bulb releases the powder, leaving the captivating Coque d’Or aroma in its wake, a chypre composition based on bergamot, rose, jasmine, and patchouli.

Petrouchka Palette for Eyes & Cheek ($90.00) (Limited Edition)

Illuminate the eyes and add warmth to the complexion with this Petrouchka Palette. Perfect for touch-ups, it features eye and blush applicators and five shades of sheer iridescent eye shadows—from champagne to coppery brown—for brightening up the eyes. The four matte and iridescent blushes may be worn alone or layered together: the fresh pink and coral shades revive the cheeks, while the rosewood and brown shades perfectly sculpt the cheeks.

Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

The subtle pearly finish of the 6 Meteorites shades, ranging from matte beige to iridescent pink, veil the complexion in a luminous radiance. The holiday edition reimagines this cult-classic product in an all gold design, featuring the famous Coque d’Or red bow and a matching red powder puff.

Rouge G de Guerlain ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

For holiday, Rouge G reinvents itself in a festive red lacquer for this limited edition collection.

  • 820 Rouge Parade Luminous red (Limited Edition)

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 901 L’Oiseau de Feu Sheer top coat with golden pearl
  • 920 Rouge Paradie Deep black cherry

Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 10 Cygne Noir Shimmering silver black with a deeply pigmented plum
  • 11 Cygne Blanc Silvery ballerina pink with frosted white

Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 400 Coque d’Or Metallic shimmering gold
  • 901 L’Oiseau de Feu Decorative gold leaf effect

Availability: October 2014 at Guerlain boutiques, Saks, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Sephora (I saw the palette and Rouge G available now), Nordstrom

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available deeper pinks and reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gracy is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones–almost more of a coral-pink–with a soft, lightly luminous finish. It had nice color coverage that was pretty much opaque applied. The consistency was lightweight, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grenade is described as a “pearly raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with white pearl and a glossy sheen. It’s somewhere between coral, rose, and red, but the muted quality to the color makes it harder to pin to a single family. It had full color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. It was nicely hydrating, while the formula was creamy and glided on easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gala is described as a “true red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle cool, pink undertones–about as close to neutral as you can get–with a glossy finish. The color lasted for six hours and left behind a stain. The formula was creamy, easily applied, and yielded full color coverage. I didn’t have any issues with feathering/bleeding. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Garconne is described as a “classic red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark red with strong, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had fully opaque color payoff in one stroke, and the consistency was soft and creamy, so it never tugged at the lips during application. The color wore well for over six hours and was hydrating the entire time. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Greta is described as a “dark cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had very rich, opaque color payoff that went on evenly and lasted for hours and hours (six and a half well, but there was a lot left even after eight hours). It was hydrating and comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. I’ve been working on this for sometime now when time allows, so I’m SO excited to post finally! :) I went through Guerlain’s list on their own website, and I also checked a few retailers’ websites for available shades, and here’s part one!

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gabrielle is described as a “pearly pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a light golden champagne shimmer with a glossy, luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the lighter color paired with the creamier consistency makes this one slightly streaky applied. It wears well for four hours on me while being hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gemma is described as a “rosy mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a warmer, golden pearl. The finish is lightly glossy with a fair amount of shy. The consistency is lightweight, hydrating, and glides on easily but doesn’t settle into lip lines or look streaky on. It had mostly opaque color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Georgia is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had full color coverage, while the formula was comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Geraldine is brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girly is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly while wearing for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gigi is fuchsia-red with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had rich color payoff that covered well and lasted for six and a half hours, while it left a stain behind. It was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gladys is medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, pink undertones and lighter pink pearly shimmer. It had rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully with even, smooth color. It’s the kind of formula that makes lips look fuller and healthier than they really are. The color lasted six and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright golden red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange-red with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, redder. Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $49.00) is lighter.Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is redder. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, brighter. Guerlain Genna (LE, $51.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was sorting through my Rouge Gs and moving discontinued/limited edition shades to their own containers, so I could have the permanent shades all in one place (to make it easier to find them). And then, something crazy occurred–I discovered I was missing one! I immediately rectified that and bought Gina over the weekend. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy, while the consistency was lightweight with a light emollient quality that made it slide over the lips like butter but able to stay in place. The color lasted for six hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time, and it left a light reddish stain behind. It’s never a hardship to test a Rouge G, though my wallet feels quite differently!

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Guerlain Coque d'Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder
Guerlain Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($95.00 for 0.61 oz.) is described as a “silky halo of a golden shimmer.” It’s a fine misting of gold shimmer, just as described. Guerlain says it can be used to “illuminat[e] hair, face, shoulders, and the top of the decollete.” It is a scented powder, which the brand says is a “chypre composition based on bergamot, rose, jasmine, and patchouli.” It’s very subtle when I tried wearing it all-over arms–it’s no substitute for perfume–and I only get a hint of a scent when I have my nose to my skin. It’s warm, sweet, and slightly woody with a little earthiness.

Guerlain’s holiday Shimmer Powders are no doubt a luxury item, and it is most likely going to appeal to collectors. It adds a gorgeous sparkle–that’s finer than glitter but more noticeable than shimmer–to the skin that dances in the light as one moves. I can only imagine that one bottle has many, many uses out of it, as one “spritz” has a fair amount of sparkle (enough for both arms). It’s best applied about six to twelve inches away, and you may want to turn the nozzle, because of the wide, bow-like bottle, the way it arrives means that a lot of the sparkle settles on top of the bottle (instead of on you!). I would also recommend applying a body lotion or moisturizer first, and then spritzing the powder on just before it finishes drying.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes five eyeshadows and four blushes. When you open the palette, you’ll see a tray of eyeshadows, and when you lift the tray, you’ll see four blushes–two as larger squares, two as smaller, rectangles. The colors chosen for the palette all work together very well, including the blushes. It is an incredibly warm-toned palette, and all of the eyeshadows have more frosted finishes (I would have loved to see two of them be more satiny with a lower sheen). The eyeshadows are extremely dupable, and two of the blushes are sheerer, slightly powdery/dry. Guerlain’s blush formula is interesting, because it’s not a formula that seems to swatch well, yet it looks far better applied to cheeks. They’re more buildable, and they don’t look dry applied nor are they difficult to blend out. I wish they had only done two blushes (or maybe even just one illuminating powder), because I had to use eyeshadow brushes to get the color out of the pan due to each pan being so small. The compact is a slightly mattified gold, and the red bow is an elastic that slides off (Guerlain had an image on its booklet that showed it being used as a hair tie).

Petrouchka #1 is a light, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #2 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture. This shade was thinner and a smidgen dry. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #3 is a medium, golden copper with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #4 is a medium brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was lovely, while the powder had a soft, buttery texture that went on smoothly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #5 is a dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had full color coverage, and it had the same, smooth, buttery consistency as the third and fourth eyeshadows. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #6 is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a faint white sparkle. Unfortunately, my skin tone doesn’t show this shade well–it just got lost as a blush on me, but it may show up for very fair skin tones. It seemed to have decent color payoff, and the texture was soft, though slightly powdery. In person, i was able to detect a very faint pink coloring, which seemed to last seven hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #7 is a muted, reddish-coral with a matte finish. It was sheer and powdery, though I was able to build it up in three to four layers. It lasted for eight hours applied to the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #8 is a medium-dark, peach with warm, gold shimmer. It had a drier, more powdery consistency, but thankfully it didn’t look dry applied. I think if you had really dry skin, this might not work out as well. The color wore well for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #9 is a brightened, orange with a hint of red and warm undertones. It had more of a satin-matte finish–not flat, but it didn’t have much of a sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery but was still blendable. This shade didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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