Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Holiday 2011: Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush ($67.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a limited edition is primarily a luminating product, but it can also deposit a faint hint of color on cheeks. It has a peacock-themed design with a good amount of details that actually survive past the first use (or three). The powder has four distinct colors: pale white, bluish-teal, pinked coral-red, and pale peach-beige. It’s subtle, soft, and sheer. I was quite surprised at how well the design stood up to heavy swatching and lots and lots of passes with a brush–all done in hopes of destroying it–and I dug up a bit of the first feather to see if the colors ran all the way through (it appears to be so, and the brand’s description seems to confirm that as well).

In the press release, Guerlain recommends sweeping a brush across all the shades for a luminating effect on the face, and for more color, take your brush across the three feathers (the pink-red shapes) diagonally. I did both, and you do get different effects. I saw mostly highlighting with the first one, and with the second technique, I gleaned more color out of the product and saw it on my cheeks as well. It’s not an intensely pigmented palette; you’re not getting in-your-face blush here, and you’re not supposed to. The blusher will show on light to medium complexions, but deeper complexions may find it doesn’t work much as a blusher and purely as an illuminator/highlighter.

As an illuminator, it highlights without emphasizing pores or flaws on the skin. It adds sheen and glowiness without glitter. It’s very pretty, and yes, I’m sure you have something similar to it. Parure de Nuit is well-done, and it’s what I’ve come to expect from Guerlain. I’m actually more impressed by the subtle reddish-pink color that adds warmth and color without being overwhelming. Because of its soft color, it’s impossible to overdo. Products like these are best when worn; it’s hard to judge the efficacy and look of it from a swatch alone or even a description.  The powder wears well, too, which is one of the more important aspects of a cheek product (at least to me, as I am loathe to reapply anything!)–a solid eight hours when I tested it.

The powder is housed in a glossy black palette with a large mirror inside and underneath the powder lies a teal-colored brush (I always forget to look for the brush until I go to actually do a wear test with the product!). The whole compact is encased in a velvet pouch with jewel-toned teal on the inside and black velvet on the outside.

The Glossover


Parure de Nuit

Guerlain knows how to do a highlighter; they're incredibly good at playing with texture to create finely milled powders with just the right amount of shimmer/sheen to yield a natural glow that doesn't emphasize imperfections in skin but camouflages them.











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Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush (as an illuminator)

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush (as a blush)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

October 2011 at Guerlain retailers and counters, $67.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

For the illuminating effect, most finely milled beige or peach-tinted highlighters will do a very similar job. If you have more redness in your cheeks, you might find the inclusion of the tealish shade helps to minimize it a bit (but in reality, I think there's not enough of it to do a meaningful job). I think Guerlain Beige Tint Meteorites would be comparable. The softer coral-ish color is reminiscent of theBalm Frat Boy (but used very lightly).

What makeup are you wearing?

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette on eyes, Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara, Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush on cheeks, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation on face, and Guerlain Nuit d'Amour Rouge Automatique on lips.

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57 thoughts on “Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Pame

    Looks beautifull ill check it the next time i go to the guerlain counter, i have been waiting for the meteorites in the second shade for months and they still dont re stock lol

  2. Love it only because your smile is so beautiful!

  3. I love the way the second picture looks! I’m not quite ready to pay Guerlain prices yet, but maybe someday!

  4. Sofina

    Wow, what is that lipstick? Looks lovely.

  5. Christina

    ooh, it’s VERY pretty as a blush!

  6. Melissa

    The mental image of you desperately trying to destroy the design makes me smile :)

    Thanks for the review!

  7. Guerlain is going to bankrupt me with their holiday collection. I have my heart set on this and the meteorites. Thanks for the ingred list too Christine!

  8. baby in a corner

    Hey are you going to review any of the fall eyeshadow palettes before you review the christmas stuff? I would love to hear your thoughts!

  9. So pretty but not something I can justify buying :X

  10. Katherine

    This entire collection is stunning. I want this but I am NC 37, do you think it would work for me too?

  11. Joanna

    You look beautiful – very sophisticated!

  12. Mariella

    Christine – the 2 full face photos…have you applied it more as a blush in the 2nd photo or is it just the angle of your face? In the first photo, it looks more like you’re wearing it as a highlight/illuminator but in the 2nd, there seems to be more colour on your cheeks. Did you do this to show the 2 different ways it could be used or is it just a trick of the light?

  13. Christine

    Love this new picture of you Christine :)

  14. Violet

    This is actually really gorgeous. Too bad Guelain is so expensive, as it happens to be one of the few brands to be found in my town. I might check this one out in store though, wonder when we’ll get it here.

    I love how you smile with all your face, showing teeth. You look absolutely lovely, and so real.

  15. Karyn

    I love the fact that you dug through to see if the colors were all the way Christine. That is some dedication!

    I might pass on this in favor of the Meteorites set coming out with it but it’s close. Also Nuit d’Amour looks fab! Can’t wait for the review of that.

  16. Marian

    You look absolutely stunning, Christine. What’s on your eyes and lips?

    • Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette on eyes, Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara, Guerlain Perles de Nuit Meteorites on cheeks, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation on face, and Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique on lips.

  17. jerbear.

    so pretty, but oh so pricey :X

  18. Taylor

    I love how fresh and lovely it looks on you, Christine! “Glow” is hard to do.

  19. artemis

    i don’t get the teal color in a blush hmmm tho it would be cool if weird colored blush was in 😀 hehe
    your make-up looks so hot

  20. Sara

    Jeebus, your face looks flawless and glowing! I need to get my butt to a Guerlain counter and check that foundation out. And you’re wearing the lipstick I’m most excited about from their fall release! Sweet! I look forward to more swatches on that too.

    Thanks for the swatches! The blush is beautiful and subtle.

    • The lipstick looks SO SO dark in the tube, but it’s wayyyy lighter (it’s dark, but infinitely lighter than it appears). Lingerie de Peau is nice if you only need light coverage :)

      • Sara

        I do, in fact. 😀 Really it’s just some red splotches that are a pain. And I’m happy to hear the lipstick doesn’t go on quite as dramatic as it looks in the tube……even though I totally wore MAC’s “Prince Noir” yesterday as the main focus of my look. Holy vampy, Batman!

      • etmoi

        Have you checked out the lingerie de peau foundation/concealer compact?? I am intrigued, but it is soo pricey!

  21. It looks lovely as a highlight and a blush on you. =)

    The compact seems versatile for light-medium skin tones and it’s great that it’s not just an overspray.

  22. thepaigest

    YOU look amazing!!! Love the shadow!!!

  23. Boone

    Those are supposed to be feathers? I thought they were olives! :O

  24. Saffy

    It is so weird to see teal in a highlighter/blush, but I love it. The eyeshadow is gorgeous too!

  25. Mary

    Hey christine

    Great job

    How does it compare to Dior skin shimmer? And which one do you recommend?

  26. Thank you for the swatches! Definitely on my list for this holiday~ Can you show some photos of the packaging and brush as well? Thank you!!

  27. Constanze

    Wow – it looks amazing :)!

  28. emily

    Love the blush color its so flattering on you =]

  29. wendy

    hi christine!!! could you please tell me where the compact is made. does it say made in france??? do you know if the collection has any lip glosses?? also, is there a lighter rouge automatique in this collection? lastly, i heard there will be a new rouge g??? thankyou very much!!

  30. Krista

    OMG, hands down the MOST GORGEOUS thing I have ever seen! <3

  31. yes, this is pretty….it appears now these companies are manufacturing stuff in this type of packaging for uniqueness to stand out and to lure you into buying. the guerlain counter when I Magnin in SF was still around had one of the most prettiest counters….that counter itself lured me into buying and buying and buying….now alot of things are web-based…this is no different.

  32. KT

    The design of the palette is sooo beautiful!

  33. Cait

    This is something I might want to treat myself to! I love their automatique lipsticks and this might be worth the splurge too 😀

  34. Banafshe Sharifian

    Oh my gosh this looks GORGEOUS on you!!!

  35. You have glitter on your neck…is that from the shadow or the blush?

  36. Melody

    I would really like to check this out, but I suspect that I’m too pale to use this as a highlighter. I wouldn’t want to get it if I can only use it on cheeks. It’s truly gorgeous though!

  37. Pappetee

    Hi Christine… thanks so much for another awesome review! IMO, this is the prettiest highlighter you’ve ever used. I wish it wasn’t too expensive… am now saving my money for this – my first ever Guerlain blush! :-)

  38. How could you get such color pay-off??? I went to the counter, but it was sooooo sheer!!!! That’s why I didn’t get it.

  39. nawi

    Thanks for this review I bought this beautiful highlighter and blush in one its my first Guerlain maeke up product and I love it. It does show up on me as a blush when I use the red colour combined with the rest its really gorgeaus!

  40. Your smile is very beautiful, Christine!


  41. Katelyn Tuyet Vy

    Hi Christine, first off I just want to comment on how beautiful you look. I really love the illuminating effect of this product, however, I don’t wear makeup that often to spend that much money on a highlighter. Is there a comparable alternative that’s cheaper? I have depressed acne scars and redness on my cheeks, so I’m looking for something that will hide it and not accentuate it. My skin tone is light-med asian skin tone with warm undertone. Thank you