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Guerlain Fleur de Givre Maxi Velvet

Guerlain Fleur de Givre Maxi Velvet
Guerlain Fleur de Givre Maxi Velvet

Guerlain Fleur de Givre Maxi Velvet ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Papaya (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a liquid lipstick that has a matte finish with “long-lasting intense color” that “keeps [lips] moisturized.” It is, in many ways, similar to the liquid lipsticks that we have seen often in the last year, but the formula on this shade doesn’t fully dry down and has more of a “soft matte” finish than a really flat matte finish that most liquid lipsticks have. When I pressed my lips together, they stuck slightly, but the color didn’t lift away in patches. It wore for eight hours and was comfortable to wear–I hardly noticed I was wearing a lip color–and it doesn’t emphasize lip lines like some liquid matte lipsticks can. The formula has a sweet floral scent to it but no discernible taste.

Guerlain Maxi Velvet Fleur de Givre
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder
Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder ($179.00 for 0.28 oz.) is supposed to mattify the skin while “instantly blur[ring] the appearance of small imperfections.” Guerlain says to apply it “over foundation to set it.” The powder has the brand’s signature violet scent, though I found it very subtle (which was a surprise, given Guerlain has tended to heavily scent their powders recently).

It’s incredibly soft and thin with a smooth texture with lightweight coverage that does mattify the skin without making it appear dry or powdery. I thought it would look chalkier against my complexion, but it didn’t, though it makes my skin appear lighter than it is, which I don’t think works out for me at all. I would disagree with Guerlain’s premise that it is a universal shade. The powder softens the appearance of pores, and the mattifying effect lasted for nine hours on me (my skin type is normal presently). I think that the pressed Les Voilettes ends up working very, very similarly to this, and I actually prefer the softer texture of Les Voilettes over the thinness of the powder in the holiday compact. The majority of the price tag is going towards the compact, which is hefty to hold. The product itself is good, but I don’t think it will work for every skin tone, and the packaging has to pull you in, otherwise there are plenty of alternatives (including ones by Guerlain). There is a small, pin-sized hole on the back, but I wasn’t able to successfully push the pan of product out, so refilling it may require some more creativity.

Guerlain Illuminating Matte Powder Meteorites Voyage Enchante
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Le Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis
Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis ($26.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet purple with fine, multi-colored shimmer (mostly pink and lighter purple). Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Poke (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoya Suri (P, $9.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain’s nail lacquer formula is supposed to have “long-lasting color and shine” and is designed to be applied with two coats. I’m a big fan of the formula, but I had an issue with the formula on this particular shade bubbling slightly (three bubbles in total) that was just barely noticeable–initially I didn’t notice, but when I tested it for wear, I did. With a base coat, I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The consistency is slightly thin but doesn’t pool along the sides of the nail easily. It had good coverage after two coats, and the color applied smoothly and evenly. On me, the color lasted for nine days without chipping, just minor tip wear.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Nuit Merveilleuse (903)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor

Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor
Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor

Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor ($55.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. MAC Mystical (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Streak (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Grande Dame (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cortado (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Lettre (216) (P, $37.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Shiseido Coral Shore (RD309) (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Rouge G formula is supposed to be hydrating with a luminous finish. Long-time readers will know it has been a longtime favorite of mine, and it still is my absolute favorite lipstick formula (it’s a favorite that has stood the test of time!). The part that I find is more unique to Rouge Gs is the finish; there’s a fine pearl that gives it a glossier, shinier sheen that isn’t too slippery. This holiday’s limited edition release is mostly opaque with a creamy, lightweight consistency that glided on easily and applied smoothly. The formula was comfortable to wear, nicely hydrating, and lasted for almost five hours on me.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Merveilleux Rose (867)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Regal (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE)(95% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Baby I'm a Star (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #4 is a light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was dry, which resulted in sheerer coverage and some fall out during application. It wore for seven and a half hours with some fall out. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #5 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage (it’s a bit better than it appears in the swatch, as it is quite close to my skin tone, I think it looks almost misleadingly sheer in the photo) with a slightly firmer texture. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Flamingo (57V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Ballet (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #6 is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, thin consistency that was hard to get out of the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #7 is a subtly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage that was more difficult to blend out, as the texture was quite firm in the pan and thin on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #8 is a medium pink with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out so it was hard to build-up the color during application. The color faded after seven hours of wear. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #9 is a pop of medium, orange-coral with gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture was noticeably dry to the point where the powder didn’t feel like it was binding together, so it sheered out and looked a little textured on the skin (the shimmers/sparkles separate from the base). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Eyes & Blush Palette Ors et Merveilles
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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5 Faves: Glossy Lipsticks for Fall 2015

My favorite kind of finish on lipstick is something that’s luminous with slight pearl–a glossier finish one but one that doesn’t wear away in a nanosecond. Here are some of my favorites for fall!

  1. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light pink
  2. Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose — a subdued pink
  3. Too Faced Melted Villain — a glossy purple
  4. Too Faced Pink Chocolate — a glossy pink-plum
  5. Guerlain Garconne — a glossy red

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