Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Guerlain Exotic Paradise Collection is my favorite spring launch so far.  (I admit, NARS’ Heart of Desire Collection looks very promising!)  I’ve seen a fair amount of the spring collections released, and I really fell in love with Guerlain’s presentation, mix of colors, and especially the Exotic Paradise quad ($58.00). Guerlain has some of the best packaging of the higher end brands, because each product is housed in a metal compact/casing. It just feels more luxe than plastic, you know?

The Exotic Paradise Quad comes with four shades of shadow perfect for spring–pastels, but they’re not typical pastels. Trust me when I say the pastel green is *beyond* stunning! The pastel green shade is a vibrant springy green with gold sheen. The peachy shade is a smooth, silky peachy shade. The pastel pink is a rich, cool medium pink that goes on like butter. And the brown shade? Deliciously luxe and smooth with a warm, deep brown base and gold sheen. The brown is actually one of the most stunning shades of brown eyeshadow I’ve seen!

What really stood out to me about this uad is there was a good mix of pastel looks that could be made, but I could also go darker just by adding the brown shade with any of the other colors. The quality of the shadows from the texture to the pigmentation is oh-so-amazing. Each shadow, without exception, went on prettier than appeared, smoothly, and felt like silk. No dreaded chalkiness, no disappointment in color here. In these photos, you’ll notice there’s an overlay of a greenish-gold in the shape of flowers/leaves. This design does disappear after you use your shadows a few times, but it doesn’t matter. The shadows look incredible–even better–without this overlay.

I’d also like to take a quick minute to talk about Guerlain’s Ombre Eclat Duo Liner ($52.00) in L’heure de Nuit (which, if my terrible French works, means the hour of night or something to that effect). Pricey, but ridiculously luxe in packaging (gold-colored metal casing) and texture, so it’s definitely something I recommend to those who tend to buy high end brands like Guerlain. It’s a very practical product in which you’re given a very light shade and a coordinated dark shade, so you can use the product as a highlighter, liner, or just shadow. It’s interesting that it was out on display as part of the spring collection, just because it’s so much darker than the rest of the line.  It’s not on my must-have list to recommend to you all, but I thought I’d give you my take on it! :)

Where To Buy

You can find Guerlain’s spring launch (plus many other brands’ spring collections) over at Nordstrom.com. Don’t forget they’re doing their large GWP right now! :)

Stay tuned for more reviews & photos Guerlain’s spring launch! :) But for now, take a look at more photos of the quad, duo liner, and swatches…. but of course!

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36 thoughts on “Guerlain Exotic Paradise Quad & L’heure de Nuit Duo Liner Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Shefali

    Hey Christine!! I bought my first Guerlain item, the Midnight Butterfly quad, last November. I was SO impressed and am really excited you reviewed this quad. It really is gorgeous! Because of your positive review I’m most likely going to get it :)

    • I passed on it, because I thought the colors would be blah under the design, but now I know better. The colors are BETTER than the design, LOL!!

      No, I adore this quad. The colors are so pigmented and pretty! Perhaps not all 4 together, but so pretty.

  2. Shayla

    This looks like a gorgeous quad…but the swatches aren’t showing up. Was that just an oversight, Christine? Or am I crazy…

    Thanks!

  3. Anitacska

    Lovely swatches. :) I bought the e/s palette last weekend, but I haven’t touched it (it’s sooo pretty), so it’s nice to see what it actually looks like when used. :)

  4. Do you think you’ll be doing a look with this quad anytime soon?

  5. Lynn

    Just got my quad in the mail today- stunning! Thanks for your great review!!

  6. kat

    I really wish I could afford it-the quad looks amazing!!

  7. And what do you think of the lip products from this launch, Christine? I’m trying to hold myself back :-)

  8. Virginia

    The compact looks so pretty…unfortunately the colours are just not “me”

  9. Avatar of Yolanda LocaLoli

    breathtaking packaging and colors

  10. Ashley

    The quad looks yummie!

  11. Mariann

    Amazing! Lovely colours, not too light, perfect. I can’t wait to try them on. I wish I didn’t have to save on make-up.
    (but if I like it I’ll get it anyway-I guess it’s called addiction)

  12. amy

    The silver/black duo looks extremely useable!! How pigmented is the liner–say, compared to Blacktrack? My other Guerlain duo/liner has a brown but it’s not as pigmented as my BB or MAC gel liners. How does this one compare? (PS I’m so tempted by the pastel quad!!!!! Their other quads are gorgeously pigmented too!! Thanks for the review!) :)

    • It’s not as pigmented as Blacktrack, but it’s still quite black!

      Don’t tell me that, I don’t need to fall in love with all their other quads, too, LOL!

  13. Lena

    The e/s look magnificent.

  14. Jaime

    I just got this quad and its so amazing. The look on the poster is really cute to try too. It was so expensive it was a big step for me but I love it every bit. I am so glad you did a post on it though, I think I am goin to get the green gloss too after reading about it here haha.

  15. gail

    DAMN that looks gorgeous, help! Now I have to buy it…

  16. GOODNESS, those colours are gorgeous! Ahh, I wish I had an unlimited supply of cash–then I’d be able to see for myself if that seemingly horrid pink looks as good on me as it does on Natalia Vodianova…

  17. Lena

    The green in this is so beautiful. I just wish they would skip the over spray. I want to see the colors and not a temporary pretty gold finish.