Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Fun to Use, Fun to Wear, But So, So Sparkly!

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body ($88.00 for 0.61 oz.) is a loose iridescent powder that is dispersed by squeezing a black bulb. It’s really the elegant packaging that attracts the most attention, I’d say. It’s very fun to squeeze and spray the powder. I’d describe the particle size as sparkle; larger than shimmer, smaller than micro-glitter–looks very fine on, but it’s too much for just a subtle glow or highlight to the face. For a fun holiday look, one could surely use it on the face, but it’s not an everyday-kind of sparkle. I like it best in hair, decolletage, and legs. It’s a lot like Chanel Reverie but with a sheerer base and more sparkle. MAC Silver Dusk is more silvered, but it is also similar.

Trying to photograph this product was like trying to track down a mythical creature and proving it exists. I tried and tried but could not capture it actually used. But I swear to you that it twinkles and dances and sparkles in person. I have it sprayed on my right forearm as I’m writing this review, and it’s all quite lovely. The scent of Liu is very, very subtle. I’ve never smelled the original fragrance, and on me, the powder smells like warm vanilla, light florals, and something a little woody. If you wanted this as a scent, I’d look to the actual fragrance, because this is just barely scented.

It’s not a product I would go-to and wear if I knew I was going to be photographed lots and lots, particularly with flash photography, because sometimes the particles get all lit up and look like little bits of dirt.  For the average holiday party and occasion, it would be a luxurious accessory.  I’d opt for one of Guerlain’s Meteorites or luminizing powders over this for a more practical product at this price point, but Liu will add a fine veil of sparkling gold anywhere you spray it.  Sparkle lovers who long for luxe packaging may see this as a match made in heaven. It’s one of those products you either love completely and wait for every holiday season, or one of those, “So what?” products you know you’ll never use.

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Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $88.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

It's a lot like Chanel Reverie but with a sheerer base and more sparkle. MAC Silver Dusk is more silvered, but it is also similar.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Guerlain Turnadot Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Guerlain Parure Gold (02 and 03), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites, Tom Ford Lovelust. On lips: Guerlain Gems Rouge G Lipstick.

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37 thoughts on “Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Yellowlantern

    You look so beautiful in these photos! Really everything about your look is stunning!

    Was this a wedding makeup test? It sure reminds me of your wedding makeup!

  2. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    OK, so in the swatch I can see that it does look very pretty. But the ingredient list shows nothing that warrants an $88 price tag. Even the nail polish with the real 18k gold flakes in it only costs $15.

  3. Emme

    Love the product, dislike the price! It looks so good on you, Christine!

  4. Avatar of Mirian Vermeulen mirian

    this is my favorite look. i also have turandot and it’s just the dreamiest!

  5. sparkles are only welcome on my eyelids and nails, but this looks like a fun package to play with, lol

  6. Marjan

    Not completely relevant to this review, but your hair looks so lovely!

  7. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    It’s a neat gimmick and I could see buying this if I loved the scent, but since I don’t do well with perfumes and I don’t have many parties to go to this holiday season I think I’ll pass. I’m still disappointed I missed out on the Perles du Dragon, though!

  8. Avatar of Jax Jax

    for anyone who is interested The Body Shop is doing a similar product called ‘The Sparkler’ in Copper and Pale Gold in teh UK, possibly elsewhere I couldn’t check.

    £14 for 10g in a glass bottle with bulb dispenser, they sugest use on face body and hair.

    http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/search/search.aspx?Search=the%20sparkler&orderdesc=true&catcode=*

  9. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Oh, you have your hair down for once! Very becoming. :)

    This is actually an interesting product, though one I’d never get use out of it. I can see some party hardies getting their fun from it, though. :D

  10. Monica!

    mmmm …..it really bugs me how much money beauty companies spend on press samples and freebies and publicity. In the end that expense is reflected on the cost paid by the consumer.
    anyways this is very pretty, I think I like it better than the chanel one, because of the sheerer base

  11. Oh I think I would love to have that.
    You looked gorgeous there my dear.

  12. Veronica

    Shimmer spray from Tarina Tarantino is on sale on Sephora and it is almost the same as this. Perfume like bottle with fine shimmer sparkles for you body, face, and hair – a lot cheaper.

  13. Tina

    I love the color on your lip, what color is it Christine?
    Thanks.

    • On eyes: Guerlain Turnadot Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Guerlain Parure Gold (02 and 03), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites, Tom Ford Lovelust. On lips: Guerlain Gems Rouge G Lipstick.

  14. Mimi

    You look beautiful in this powder! It gives you a gorgeous soft glow! I have it and love it, so pretty, and love the very soft scent.

  15. Avatar of Cat Cat G

    Aw more photos of your wedding makeup! You look so beautiful!! Did you wear this product on your wedding too??

  16. Avatar of Daisy Daisy

    Ok, I was straight up just fixated on your hair rather than the shimmer powder. Such gorgeous hair! That color!

    • Ahahaaha me too. I was like “I’m sure there’s something I was supposed to be looking at, but I’m too distracted by the need to play with Christine’s hair!”

  17. Avatar of Hana Hana

    The rep at Nordstrom tried this on me but it was wayy too sparkly for my taste. I love a lot of Guerlain products but this will be one I pass on.

  18. You look absolutely stunning in these pictures, Christine–your hair looks lovely down! :D

  19. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    Gorgeous on you for a special event, but waaaayyy too many sparkles for anything practical. You look lovely today, Christine.

  20. Mimi

    Holy crap! You look SO gorgeous in these pictures! The look definitely brings out the exotic look from your heritage. GORGEOUS

    Btw, is that the Cle de Peau lipgloss??

  21. Avatar of Chantale Macaddict

    Gorgeous look! Everything in this pic is gorgeous! Your hair down! WOW!!! The make up colors, your skin, the sparkles, the clothes.
    You def should wear your hair down more often :-)

  22. Shimmer looks great on cheek and collar bones. btw you looking lovely.

  23. Nicole

    I absolutely LOVE this look on you. Your wedding look had me running around the internet to hunt down Gems and I eventually found it. I adore it! I also purchased the Turandot palette and I’m so happy I did. And all thanks to you :)

  24. Tuti

    you look gorgeous in this pic. love it :) but i like your top more and the brown colour suits u very well. wonder is it a top or a dress?

  25. It really reminds me of the bottles my grand-mother had on her vanity… Nice product in beautiful packaging.

    Your hair looks gorgeous!

  26. Stunning photographs! I THINK I can see the sparkle, not sure though!

  27. Avatar of Alison Alison

    Aww, you look so pretty in that photo! It looks like you’re really enjoying it. Your hair’s lovely!

  28. Avatar of Nicole Nicole

    You look amazing. I have been trying to track down the turandot palette but cannot locate it anywhere. Your original review said it is not LE. I tried contacting Guerlain but have not received a response. Do you know where I can buy it? Or is it too late?

  29. I personally love it. I find it looks absolutely stunning in the hair, especially with golden highlights :D