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Guerlain Les Cendres (19) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted set of neutral shades ranging from taupe to warm beige. I haven’t seen this pop up online yet, but it should be available soon as the majority of the fall collection is making its way online already. It features the newer eyeshadow formula, which I haven’t had good luck with for the most part (some shades are decent but some have been real misses!) as it tends to be powdery, prone to sheering out, and shorter-wearing. After testing this quad, it seems like the newer formula works better with a more matte to satin finish than the more frosted ones. They applied a lot better, though they didn’t wear particularly long, but at least I was able to come out with a decent look.

Les Cendres #1 is a medium-dark, taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable, while still adhering well to bare skin. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque pigmentation, if desired. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #2 is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that applied evenly and smoothly without sheering out. This shade started to look faded at the seven-hour mark. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Bloom On (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is cooler. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Pink Mauve (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #3 is a muted, very dark brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, which seemed to be mostly opaque in practice with two to three layers/passes of product. The texture was a smidgen powdery, but it was workable and didn’t sheer out too readily on the skin. It lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #4 is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that ran a little dry so it didn’t go on as smoothly as I’d like. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. It’s pretty, but I would have loved to see a more pearly finish, rather than frosted one, as it doesn’t play well with the mattes in the palette (texture is denser). Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Mixologist (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Dulcinee #1 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Exposure #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Warm Wash #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Les Cendres (19)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
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Guerlain Rose Bloom Fall 2015 Collection

Guerlain Fall 2015 Collection
Guerlain Fall 2015 Collection

Summer may be over, but the excitement is just beginning! This Fall, Guerlain introduces Bloom of Rose, an unexpected, versatile, and ultra-feminine collection. Inspired by the natural beauty of the rose, this collection offers the season’s must-have beauty essentials, including the NEW lip formula Kiss Kiss Roselip, Rose Aux Joues Tender Blush, Nailift La Base, Maxi Shine, Le Stylo Lèvres, Écrin 4 Couleurs, and Écrin 6 Couleurs.

Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($93.00)

A master of powders, a magician of eyeshadows and a genius of colours, Guerlain introduces a wardrobe of six eyeshadows to give free rein to your creativity and desires. Like a jewel, the intense colour is placed at the center of the case. The gradations take the form of different tones of four shadows to use as you wish, to your heart’s desire. The liner is nestled vertically to the right. It traces the eyes with a delicate touch. The six precious eyeshadows, enriched with Moonstone, offer an interplay of three different textures: iridescent, matte and satiny. Make-up becomes intuitive and foolproof, subtly guided by the placement of the colours, which allow for a “tone-on-tone”, “couture” or “smoky” effect. Eyes are embellished and customized: from the most natural to the most sophisticated look! Made in France.

  • Beaugrenelle (15)

Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($65.00)

  • Les Cendres (19)

Rose aux Joues ($52.00)

Discover Rose aux Joues, Guerlain’s new color-revealing blush. Rosy cheeks with a delicate glow, as if you had just spent a day in the fresh air, with a lightweight imperceptible finish. A feat made possible by the new Rose aux Joues which brings a pink flush to your cheeks with a single sweep of the brush. Its Pink Booster pigments capture natural light and enhance your complexion’s natural pink hue in perfect affinity with the skin.

  • Morning Rose (01) Very fresh pink
  • Chic Pink (02) Soft pink with a touch of gold
  • Peach Party (03) Tender coral
  • Crazy Bouquet (04) Sunny bright red
  • Wonder Violette (05) Powdery plum
  • Pink Me Up (06) Punchy pink

KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00)

  • Orange Fizz (345)
  • Lady Pink (370)

Gloss d’Enfer ($30.00)

  • Candy Hop (472)
  • Nahema Smack (442)

KissKiss Roselip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm ($37.00)

Guerlain debuts its first-ever tinted lip balm encased in an irresistible white lacquer case. Jojoba oil, fi ne oils and a rose extract deliver care and comfort, protecting the skin’s barrier. Rose petal oil helps smooth lips while erasing fine lines and wrinkles, to enhance their natural beauty. Hyaluronic acid plumps and shapes lips for an ultra-glamorous look. Lips are left soft, smooth, and subtly tinted.

  • Morning Rose (371) Colorless balm
  • Crazy Bouquet (329) Delicious red
  • Peach Party (346) Vibrant sunny orange
  • Chic Pink (372) Powdery pink beige
  • Pink Me Up (373) Very fresh pink
  • Wonder Violette (374) Chic violet

Nailift La Base ($26.00)

NailLift delivers in-depth action for stronger, harder nails from the very first application. Argan oil, vitamin E, and anti-free radical properties help regenerate brittle nails, and essential fatty acids nourish and protect. Guerlain research chose the molecule DMU to harden the nail’s
upper layers and preps nails for a better polish application.

Availability: Pre-order the larger palette and lip balms at Saks (expected ship date no later than 8/21); August 2015

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Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.88 oz.) is described as “delicate pastel colors” available exclusively at Nordstrom. According to the brand, it uses “fresh green” for anti-redness, fuchsia to revive, “sunny yellow” for anti-dullness, “pearlescent white” to reflect light, champagne to illuminate, and “rich coral” to enhance. The overall effect is supposed to give “your skin in a pure radiant halo of light while covering your skin in a delicate violet scent.” The back of the container also calls them Rainbow Pearls (rather than Summer Edition), and worth nothing is that they look little like the promotional image.

Whatever the shades, they mix to a pale veil of white-ish powder with lighter gold pearl. I think this one may not work as well as other combinations have for all skin tones, but keep in mind that the skin swatches are rather heavy just to show the product compared to the product applied to the face, where it is used as intended (dusted all over like a finishing powder). This combination seemed to create a more blurred effect with a little shimmer here and there, but it tended to give the skin a smoother appearance without mattifying it as much as traditional loose powder would. For me, the effect of these Meteorites seemed subtler than the usual, and it is already a rather subtle product, so it’s definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for a more traditional highlighting product, Meteorites are more like brightening or finishing powders that are applied in a more translucent layer, though they can be dabbed on high planes of the face to create a highlighted effect. The latter tends to be more or less impactful depending on the specific shade of Meteorites, and I think this one doesn’t work well for that purpose. The texture seemed slightly chalky to me, but it seemed to last about eight hours (it is harder to really check for wear sometimes with such subtle products but I do my best!).

As you might expect, Meteorites can differ from shade to shade, but there are some that are rather similar. Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Summer Edition (2015)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer

Guerlain Terre d'Ete Terracotta Bronzer
Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer

Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer ($78.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and a golden sheen. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The compact is oversized, so you’ll have plenty of powder to go through (perhaps half a lifetime!) and the majority of the shimmer is an overspray, but there is some gold shimmer that seems to run through the underlying powder as well (I brushed away all of the overspray prior to swatching/testing)–just a much subtler sheen than an overt shimmer as it appears in the pan. The texture was fairly soft and blendable on the skin, and the color payoff was semi-opaque and buildable, but it seemed a little drier than other Terracotta bronzing powders I’ve tried. On me, it wore for almost eight hours before fading slightly. I expect that this is going to be too orange for some, though. The biggest takeaway from this review should be that this is heavily scented with the brand’s tiare flower-based fragrance, which is very, very strong. I can leave the compact open for five minutes, leave the room, and I can smell it wafting just outside the doorway. I’m always excited to remove this, as the scent lingers for hours and hours and essentially feels like I’m eating perfume all day long.

Guerlain Summer 2015 Terracotta Bronzer Terre d'Ete
Terre d'Ete
Terre d'Ete
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Top 10: Best of Guerlain

Long-time readers will know that I’ve been a fan of Guerlain’s products for a very long time, and a lot of my holy grail base products are from them (like my discontinued but beloved Parure Gold!). I’m not as enamored with their eyeshadow or blush formula, but their Rouge Gs remain my favorite lipsticks of all-time. The formula is long-wearing, hydrating, comfortable to wear, and pigmented, and the only thing that makes them hard to love is the wallet-killing price tag of $53 (and I remember when they were $48 or so!). If you’ve tried Guerlain, I’d love to hear your personal favorites! 🙂

  1. Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder
  2. Guerlain Mythics Voyage Powder
  3. Guerlain Garconne Rouge G
  4. Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  5. Guerlain Gracia Rouge G
  6. Guerlain Gipsy Rouge G
  7. Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer Nail Lacquer
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G
  9. Guerlain Gisela Rouge G
  10. Guerlain Geneva Rouge G

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Guerlain Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronze for Summer 2015

Terracotta Terre de'Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer
Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer

Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer ($78.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain Terracotta Terre d’Été Tan-Enhancing Bronzer is a limited-edition formula featuring two shades that come together to warm all skin tones with an exceptionally natural-looking radiant glow and adapts seamlessly to a developing tan for the face and décolletage. It’s deliciously scented with a note of tiare flower and is housed in a mirrored compact.

Availability: Now at Nordstromand Saks

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