Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

The Glossover

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product

Cuivre Ora

A-

It comes in one of the worst types of packaging I've ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for it. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn't purchase it--with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there's not much to waste.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

Results
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Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

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15 thoughts on “Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Vanessa

    I have both of the colors and love them. I agree the packaging could be better but the colors are unique enough for me that I justified their purchase. I use a brush to pick up the color on the sponge applicator.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nicole Nicole

    Wow, what is up with that packaging? I totally agree it’s not my fav either. Damn, you’d think that they could come up with something better. The actual product looks beautiful though.

  3. may i ask why there is no rating for packing? such a shame cuz its a great color!

  4. I have to say, it’s gorgeous but the applicator is a disaster. I don’t know who thought that this was a good idea. I’m still practicing opening it. lol

  5. How unfortunate!! What a waste of product…when you get so little for such a high price anyways!

    That sponge-tip applicator looks quite interesting as well. Strange!

  6. That’s the same annoying packaging as Hot Makeup Loose Eyeshadow! I put it in a proper little container. I really don’t get how someone got the idea to put LOOSE eyeshadow in a container with a SPRING. That’s absolutely ridiculous xD Shame because the colour is lovely…

  7. Beautiful is the word. And quite tempting. Goes in my Lust List.

  8. This looks so pretty! I like these sorts of colors during Summer, too.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lynette Lyn

    Ugh and I love that color too! Bit too pricy for the small amount, and a foam applicator seems so cheap And wasteful for 35 dollars!

  10. bj

    Looks very similar to Bare Escentuals’ metallic line, only those are a lot less spendy – can use a brush off the tip or tap the shadow onto the inside of an eyeshadow cap or the like, vs. direct application. (Kristen Gehm on YT had a fantastic video on the BE’s recently, by the way.)

  11. lovesunshine

    Dear Christine!

    Would you please post also a swatch your lips. It would be very helpful. Thank you!

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shelley Shelley

    I have one of these in a similiar shade from an older line – unfortunately, it still has this applicator. Not all loose shadows with a spring applicator are this messy or wasteful though – I’d recommend the Mineral Eye Shimmers from The Organic Pharmacy!

  13. this reminds me of the Loose Glitter Pigment by Rouge Bunny Rouge. Also spendy, but amazing product! however, the RBR pigment is in a really easy to use container. it doesn’t waste product at all and is very user friendly. not to mention the pigment itself is gorgeous!