Monday, August 26th, 2013

Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer
Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer

Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer ($71.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to “camouflage blemishes and discoloration” with “pearlescent extracts to capture and reflect light and blur the appearance of fine lines.” Guerlain says that it can be used under makeup or on its own (after moisturizer). It’s an illuminating or radiance-enhancing primer that gives skin a more luminous finish without being shiny (or even dewy).  It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half to two hours, which just means everything looks better for longer.  The consistency is lightweight and so easy to spread and blend out on the skin, so it really does look good and feel good when worn over moisturizer without any foundation on top, and it can also be mixed in with tinted moisturizer easily.

After reviewing Les Ors, which was a limited edition primer for summer, many readers asked how it compared to the one of the permanent primers (there are two!), so here I am with a review! The biggest–and most obvious–difference is in the tint or color. This one is pink-based, so it’s more neutral and doesn’t really tint the skin, only adds very, very fine pearl all-over the skin. Les Ors is distinctly peachy, so on very fair skin, it could add a slight tint as well as radiance. The glow is slightly warmer, even on my medium complexion, as compared to the Meteorites primer. Both are lightweight with gel consistencies that absorb quickly and dry down without any shininess. The finish is decidedly luminous–not sparkly, glittery, or even shimmery–so it enhances the natural look of the skin rather than emphasizing pores or imperfections. They’re both the same price and size, and there was no visible difference on my skin tone, but on very fair or really cool/warm complexions, there might be a more perceptible difference.

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The finish is decidedly luminous--not sparkly, glittery, or even shimmery--so it enhances the natural look of the skin rather than emphasizing pores or imperfections. It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half to two hours, which just means everything looks better for longer.

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10/10

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be moisturizing, light-diffusing, and have medium coverage with a “sheer satin” finish. It’s available in a mere eight shades (which continues to be Guerlain’s biggest weakness with their foundations–a lack of shade range). It is recommended for normal, dry, and combination skin types (note, oily was not listed).

I’m usually between 02 Beige Clair and 03 Beige Naturel in Guerlain’s foundations, and it was no different with Parure de Lumiere. I used one pump of each shade for light-medium coverage all-over. To get more medium coverage, I used one and a half pumps of each shade. 02 Beige Clair is mostly neutral with beige undertones, whereas 03 Beige Naturel has moderately strong yellow undertones. When 02 Beige Clair is blended out on my skin, it actually looks almost pink-toned. I really wish the shade range was larger, but I don’t expect so (their newest foundation just popped up on Nordstrom with only six shades!).

Parure de Lumiere is a lightweight, long-wearing, skin-smoothing foundation that makes skin appear natural, radiant, and luminous without looking oily or greasy. The coverage is buildable from sheer to medium, though it lends itself naturally to a light-medium to medium application. For sheer coverage, I spritz my brush with a little water, and then I work the foundation across the skin; this enables me to get the sheerest coverage all-over and then build up coverage in the areas I need it most. I’ve been using this foundation on and off since November 2012, so I’ve had ample opportunity to use it under various skin conditions, seasons (though “seasons” in California are obviously less meaningful), and with many tools. I like applying it with fingertips quite a bit, and sponges work well, too. I really liked using Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush with this, as well as Hourglass #2 Foundation Brush. There hasn’t been a brush I’ve used with this that hasn’t done an admirable job of applying it, really; it’s not a tricky product to apply at all.

The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and it spreads well across the skin and looks very natural when it dries down. It’s not so dewy that it looks oily or wet, but it is definitely a more luminous finish, which is why I can see it not being recommended for oilier skin types. It is also somewhat hydrating, but it certainly wouldn’t replace your full-time moisturizer; it is one of the more forgiving foundations on dry patches and flakiness–especially after a half hour or so, as it absorbs into the skin. It lasts eight and a half hours well on my skin, but if I set with powder, I get closer to ten hours of wear.  The only downside (which isn’t that bad) is that it takes a little longer to dry down on its own if you don’t apply powder.

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 2.37%, Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 5.49%

Aqua (water), isododecane, glycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methyl trimethicone, pentylene glycol, polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate, disteardimonium hectorite, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, maris aqua (sea water), phenoxyethanol, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), polyglyceryl-2 isostearate, silica, dimethicone, calcium sodium borosilicate, PEG-10 dimethicone, stearic acid, sodium myristoyl glutamate, parfum (fragrance), alumina, silica silylate, propylene carbonate, aluminum hydroxide, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, citronellol, BYHT, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl benzoate, geraniol, tropaeolum majus extract, tocopherol, limonene, citral, ethylhexylglycerin, [may contain: ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77492, ci 77491, ci 77499(iron oxides)]

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil
Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s more like a silver-shimmered, brownish taupe color with a frosted, metallic finish. It was creamy and had semi-opaque color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color but not fully opaque. It’s the type of color that looks great on the lower lash line to brighten and open up eyes with something more defining than beige. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight, it looked slightly thinner but did not gather into the corners or smudge. Urban Decay Stray Dog is much darker, as is Urban Decay Mushroom. MAC Catch My Eye is more silver. See comparison swatches.

Black Jack (01) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a deep black with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. The consistency was creamy, so the pencil glided on easily without skipping or tugging at the lash line. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it even managed the water line for six and a half hours. It started to thin slightly but still looked quite nice after ten hours of wear–and no smudging or migration. It’s a basic black eyeliner, which is essential for each brand to have within their range, but it also means there are plenty of similar shades on the market.

It’s a new (but permanent) formula for fall. It looks like a pencil eyeliner, but it is retractable and comes with a plastic sharpener that pops off on the opposite end of the pencil tip. There is slightly less waste compared to your traditional pencil eyeliner, as you do not have to sharpen the full edge away, but you do get 0.01 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. of a regular pencil eyeliner).

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Voilette de Madame Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes three limited edition shades. This gloss formula is lightweight, shimmery, non-sticky, and wears an average of three to four hours. According to Guerlain, it comes in “varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity.” All three shades were semi-sheer with slight settling into lip lines, and because they are on the sheerer side, they tended to look more alike applied than not. They have a thin, almost gel-like consistency that has some slip but doesn’t slide around. It has a medium shine, and the formula (and all three of these in particular) is nicely hydrating. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste and comes in a flat, clear tube with a slanted doe-foot applicator.

Madame Batifole (860) is described as an “electric sparkling fuchsia.” It’s a slightly cool-toned fuchsia with violet shimmer. In the tube, it has more of a berry coloring, but on lips, it’s pinker and against my skin tone, almost looks warm sometimes. The coverage is mostly even with very, very slight settling into (some) lip lines–completely unnoticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Revlon Sugar Violet is lighter. Revlon Berry Allure is similar. MAC Dress Kimono is cooler-toned. L’Oreal Dazzle Me is more fuchsia. Chanel Pink Pulsion is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Madame Flirte (861) is described as a “gourmand sparkling red.” It’s a muted, pink-red with lightly warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer. Applied, it seemed to look even pinker (which can be heavily influenced by your natural lip color). It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it did have some light settling into lip lines (noticeable in the close-up but less so from afar). It is more similar than not compared to Madame Batifole. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is similar, less shimmery. Burberry Hibiscus is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Madame Fascine (863) is described as a “sparkling deep purple.” In the tube, it looks like a smoldering, purpled burgundy with violet, fuchsia, and copper shimmer; swatched, it’s a brownish-plum with multi-colored shimmer. Applied, it’s similar to how it appears swatched–a brownish-plum, some shimmer, glossy shine. This seemed even glossier than other shades in the range. It lasted four hours when I tried it. MAC Spice is more opaque, creamier. MAC Get Rich Quick is more sparkly. MAC Looks Like Sin is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Aubergine is purpler. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two Spicy Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “spicy coral” and “ebony brown.” The coral shade is the “luminous veil,” whereas the brown shade is the “pure color shadow,” with the former being somewhat sheer and the latter being intensely pigmented. I was incredibly surprised–happily, though–that despite the amount of sparkle in the coral shade that there was very little fall out during wear. I had some when I initially applied the color to the lid, but little and then maybe one or two flecks were visible eight hours later (and no creasing or fading for either shade to report). The brown applied beautifully and was very easy to blend out on the lid. Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I’m not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

Two Spicy #1 is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and copper and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff. It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream. It looked noticeably frosted and sometimes bunched up on itself on the lid, looking like chunks of sparkle on the lid. Applied with a fluffier brush, you would eliminate this issue but would get more of a wash of color. MAC Hot Paprika is similar but less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is pinker–more coral. See comparison swatches.

Two Spicy #2 is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply–soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is more shimmery. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, lighter. MAC Cross-Cultural is similar. MAC Brown Down is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I'm not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

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It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream.

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It is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply--soft, finely-milled, and blendable.

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10/10

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10/10

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fruity red.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-red with a soft, pearly finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. It lightly stains as it wears away. The consistency was lightly creamy and easy to apply. Chanel Dialogue is redder, darker. Revlon Wild Watermelon is very similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral is pinker, brighter. MAC Fusion Pink is iridescent. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is redder. Guerlain Chamade is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Madame Reve (862) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and pearly finish. It had a soft sheen that gave it a luminous look. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and this shade lasted four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. .  I sent an inquiry over to see if we can get clarification on this.  MAC Pleasurefruit is brighter. Urban Decay Turn On is lighter, cool-toned. MAC Speak Louder is darker. MAC Plumful is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Updated @ 10:49AM PST: The third fall color is indeed Madame Reve (862) and not Madame Fascine (863) (which does not exist).

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Madame Flirte (861)

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It's a medium-dark, coral-red with a soft, pearly finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn.

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It had a soft sheen that gave it a luminous look. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and this shade lasted four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing while worn.

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9.5/10

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