Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Pearls ($60.00 for 0.88 oz.) is described as a “harmony of green … white … and champagne pearls.” Clair (02) contains “green pearls for extra redness correction,” along with “white pearls to reflect the light” and “champagne pearls to adapt to the skin and gently illuminate it.” It also contains three colors that are the base of all the Meteorites (mauve, pink, and yellow). In general, this combination of colors and the way the powder swatches and applies to the skin, it seemed rather brightening. It softened the look of skin (primarily by smoothing out pores), brightened, and added a very, very subtle radiance.

The effect is lovely, and I’ve been a long-time fan of the Meteorites range; as they always improve the look of the skin and making skin appear healthier, more radiant, smoother, and lovelier.  It works best as a finishing powder–it’s not a traditional highlighter, and it’s not a setting powder.  If you use a setting powder or more matte foundation, finishing powders help to add back some of the luminosity that gets lost by a more matte finish without leaving the skin looking too dewy.  If you go on in wanting something to highlight cheek bones and high planes of the face, you’ll be disappointed. This gets dusted all-over the face.  I would say skip the Meteorites brush; I will do a review of the revamped brush released for spring later on, but in short, it’s unnecessary for applying Meteorites, and I thought it was a little rough/scratchy.

Guerlain has re-released their famous Meteorites Pearls with their Meteorites Blossom Collection. The formula and packaging have both undergone a revamp. The tin has the same size, shape, and feel as the last iteration released in 2010–the embellishments and patterns are different. The formula is supposed to have “softer” pearls that “allow for an even easier application and a more visible effect with every brush stroke.” There are three shades, this one, along with Medium (03) and Dore (04). I only have Clair (02), but I wasn’t able to find any noticeable or visible differences (for better or worse).

This seems to replace Teint Rose. Worth noting is that they were previously priced at $58 and contained 1.05 oz. and now are $60 a pop and only 0.88 oz., which is a squeeze on both ends. I didn’t notice any difference between Clair (02) and Teint Rose; the texture, feel, appearance–all the same. In general, Meteorites, once applied, tend to look more similar than not. On very fair skin, any differences may be more amplified but still quite subtle, and on deeper skin tones, any of the more brightening shades may have a tendency to look chalky or ashy.

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9/10

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Guerlain Cherry (02) Meteorites Bubble Blush
Guerlain Cherry (02) Meteorites Bubble Blush

Guerlain Cherry (02) Meteorites Bubble Blush ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cheerful fuchsia.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based fuchsia magenta with a satin finish. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is similar but powder. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is lighter, bluer-based, powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is slightly more magenta. See comparison swatches.

It’s a new–but limited edition–formula in Guerlain’s Meteorites Blossom Collection. It’s described as having a “satiny finish with a delicate violet scent.” It’s supposed to “instantly melt into [the] skin.” It’s housed in a small “bubble” with a rounded top but flat bottom. The first thing I noticed about it was actually the packaging, as it felt a somewhat cheap–it’s definitely not as luxe or as fancy as Guerlain’s palettes and lipsticks. It almost looks like a lip balm. I was able to use a small stippling brush (MAC 188) to grab color to apply to the cheeks, even though the whole blush is on the small side.

The pigmentation is more on the intense side, though it is blendable and buildable, so a little tap of product can go a long way, depending on how you like to wear your blush. It applied best over bare skin, though lightly patted and blended over not-quite-dry liquid foundation (I used Guerlain’s Parure de Lumiere) worked fairly well. The blush feels and looks more like a powder once applied, as there is no dewiness, and it sets and stays in place shortly after application. When I wore this, it lasted well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 was good year for lipsticks, particularly if you loved yours bold, bright, and/or matte. There were new formulas to fall in love with, and plenty of new and limited shades released from my favorite formulas. This was a tough list to compile! Because I really do believe variety is the spice of life, I tried to pick across a variety of formulas!

What lipsticks did you fall in love with this past year?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

love a good finishing powder.  I love an ethereal, lit-from-within glow.  There is a very high likelihood of me trying any new formulas or shades that hit the market–I’m just a total fiend for them. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in this department!

What highlighters and finishing powders have you been reaching for in 2013?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Guerlain Meteorites Blossom Collection for Spring 2014
Guerlain Meteorites Blossom Collection for Spring 2014

Guerlain’s Spring 2014 Météorites Blossom collection celebrates the reinvention of the legendary Météorites Pearls, whose light-diffusing properties minimize flaws and add brightness to the skin. More than 25 years after its invention, Météorites Pearls emerges with new constellations of colors to revive light and boost radiance. For the first time ever, Météorites Pearls incorporates Guerlain’s new, revolutionary ―Stardust Technology, a spherical pigment contained within each pearl. This formulation diffracts light upon contact to offer the ultimate in luminous skin. Météorites Blossom celebrates this revolutionary technology, as well as the romantic colors of the new constellations, through images of light and infinite radiance.

Météorites Pearls ($60.00) (New, Permanent)

Each shade of Météorites Pearls begins with the same legendary combination of 3 colors which adapt to every skin tone and collectively work to beautify skin: mauve catches the light, pink refreshes and yellow counters dullness and corrects redness. These delicate and perfectly round pearls continue to be shaped by hand, with craftsmanship mastered by only 4 people in the world. Softer than ever, the new pearls allow for an even easier application and a more visible effect with every brushstroke. These precious pearls are contained in a beautiful metal tin, now marked with a new emblem of a reinterpreted rosette created with a light gradation of pink.

  • 02 Clair A harmony of green pearls for extra redness correction, white pearls to reflect the light and champagne pearls to adapt to the skin and gently illuminate it
  • 03 Medium A nude harmony containing beige and champagne pearls to naturally reflect light and even the complexion, combined with peach pearls to add a unique glow to the skin
  • 04 Doré The most smoldering harmony, this shade incorporates chocolate pearls with satin shimmers and vivifying fuchsia pearls that revive radiance and unifying beige pearls for deliciously beautiful skin

Météorites Brush ($42.00)

The stunning natural pink bristles of the Météorites brush are longer and softer, perfectly complimenting the new pearls. This luxurious brush sweeps lightly over Météorites Pearls taking only the exact quantity of powder required. The pure white handle is a promise of luminosity.

Météorites Blush ($42.00) (New, Limited Edition)

Guerlain’s new cream blushes melt instantly into the skin, leaving a satiny finish with a delicate violet scent. Available in 2 shades, a cheerful fuchsia and delicate pink, Météorites blush comes encapsulated in a perfectly round white and silver case, paying homage to the Météorites bubble.

  • Pink (01) Delicate pink (Limited Edition)
  • Cherry (02) Cheerful fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Gloss d’Enfer ($30.00)

Like the reinvented Météorites, the limited-edition spring lip gloss and nail lacquer shade capture the brilliance of stardust. Like a magically iridescent ray of pure light, the season’s new nail enamel and gloss shine with a surreal glow. Lips and nails dazzle with one application! As top coats they work to enhance color, adding a diamond shine.

  • Star Dust (862) Iridescent ray of pure light (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($25.00)

  • Star Dust (900) Iridescent ray of pure light (Limited Edition)

Ecrin 2 Duo Eyeshadow ($44.00)

Guerlain’s new duo eye shadow is the perfect accessory for creating statement looks. Inside the slender gold case are 2 stunning colors—one a pure color and one a luminous veil. For Spring 2014, Guerlain introduces its newest shade: a dazzling violet underscored by an elegant taupe.

  • Two V.I.P. (09) Dazzling violet / elegant taupe (Limited Edition)

Rouge Automatique ($35.00)

Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique provides hydration and long-lasting color with one simple movement. With a push of the lever, luminous color with a second-skin texture is revealed from within a chic Art Deco cylinder.

  • Attrape Coeur (171) Spicy, cheerful pink (Limited Edition)
  • Insolence (144) Vibrant fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Eyebrow Kit ($52.00) (New, Permanent)

The indispensable finishing touch for radiant eyes, Guerlain’s new Eyebrow Kit structures and styles all eyebrows for a tailored yet natural look. Light, medium and dark powder shades can be mixed and blended to create a matching shade for every brow line, while the pearly-pink beige highlighter is swept under the brows to emphasis the eyes’ natural beauty. The kit also contains a double-sided applicator, making it a complete eyebrow kit for any look or occasion.

  • Universel (001) Light, medium, dark

Maxi Lash Mascara ($30.00)

Guerlain’s Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara guarantees gorgeous eyes every time. Simple to use, easy and flattering, a combination of 3 polymers volumizes, lengthens and strengthens for captivating eyes. Never clumpy, Maxi Lash can be layered to create just the right volume for each moment. Scented with an ultra-feminine violet fragrance and housed in a beautiful gold case, Maxi Lash is a must-have for enviable lashes.

  • Moka (03) Brown (New, Permanent)

Ecrin 4 Eyeshadows ($63.00)

Each harmony of Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow is composed of four different and specially selected textures to allow you to mix and match for endless combinations. The newest harmony, Les Tendres, draws inspiration from the season: iridescent ivory, satiny nude and matte violet-plum shades express an ode to nature and renewal, while a metallic aquatic green adds vibrancy.

  • Les Tendres (503) Iridescent ivory, satiny nude, matte violet plum, aquatic green (Limited Edition)

Availability: January 2014 at select locations Nordstrom (most of the collection is available now through them), Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks

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