Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Guerlain

Guerlain: Tsarina Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Tsarina Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00) from their fall collection is one of two palettes released (the other is Brun Mordore). Guerlain also released an Eye & Lip Palette called Volga Princess (which I haven’t seen yet).

Tsarina includes four shades: a coppery peach, an amber-copper, a raspberry burgundy, and a cool-toned purple-wine. The first three shades have great color pay off, but the darkest purple shade is on the sheerer side (but I wouldn’t call it sheer–it does give me decent color, just not great like the other three). All four have Guerlain’s amazing texture: soft, silky, and so, so easy to blend. The shimmer is subtle and not too frosty–very wearable. I found the mix of shades very appropriate for the fall season, too.

Some might not like that there’s not a real highlighter shade within the palette; the lightest shade is much bolder than most would choose for a highlighter. It’s not a big deal to me, because I very rarely use palettes by themselves unless I’m trying to show what you can do with *just* the palette.

Value wise? The eyeshadows are, by the ounce, the same price as MAC eyeshadows are. In a Guerlain eyeshadow palette, you get about 6.7 oz. of actual eyeshadow product for your money. Like their mega-giant single shadows, they’re a good value by weight, but they do require a larger up front investment. The packaging is luxe and solid; it doesn’t feel cheap, and there’s some heft to it. I love the design on the velvet pouch and on the case itself, which is special to this collection.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: Guerlain fans will not be disappointed in the quality of this eyeshadow palette–if you enjoy these shades, I recommend it!

Availability: < Nordstrom

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Guerlain Slavic Beauty/Russian Beauty Collection for Fall 2009

As Guerlain’s muse, Natalia Vodianova inspired Creative Director, Olivier Échaudemaison to conceive a warm, bohemian-inspired colour collection for the Fall. Olivier calls Natalia “an icon of colour that brings energy and cheer when the nights are long and the skies grey, and when the days are short and the sun away.” In effort to capture the radiance, warmth and richness that Natalia emanates, Guerlain offers a fall look defined by a fresh, smooth complexion, bright cheeks, eyes shimmering in a crimson glow and sparkling, rosy lips.

From Moscow with Love, Guerlain’s Russian Beauty Colour Collection includes the following permanent and limited edition products:

Eyes and Lips Palette “Volga Princess” ($69.00)

In sumptuous black-and-gold packaging, reminiscent of the emblematic ornaments of Slavic art, Guerlain has placed the perfect soft pink and delicate taupe shades for the eyes to accent two lip colours of rosewood and sparkling pink. This all-in-one palette is the perfect accessory for a quick, easy and elegant touch-up.

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow 406 “Tsarina” ($56.00)

Faded orange, brick red, old rose and aubergine combine to create an intense, rich and enchanting palette inspired by the dresses worn by Russian princesses. Accented with a champagne motif, the shades are contained in an exquisitely designed black-and-gold compact and create eyes that are velvet-smooth with a crimson glow, highlighting their pure clarity.

Radiant Blush “Russian Doll” ($42.00)

Guerlain created Russian Doll, a liquid blush with a unique shade of luminous, sheer pink to generate natural radiance and give the cheeks a healthy glow. It captures the healthy, radiant look of a woman who has a returned from a brisk walk on a crisp afternoon. The kaolin-based formula gives the blush a creamy texture that is easy to apply and dries within seconds for a comfortable, lasting feel.

Rouge G de Guerlain in two Seasonal Shades ($42.00)

The symbol of the ultimate luxury in lipstick, Rouge G de Guerlain welcomes two new limited edition shades, in perfect harmony with this season’s trends.

  • Graziella A pearly brick red
  • Giovanna A pearly raspberry pink

Retractable Eye Pencil ($29.00)

This new pencil comes with a built-in sharpener so you can achieve impeccable results every time you use it. It’s a take anywhere tool with a soft, precise tip to facilitate perfect application, so you can easily define an intense almond-shaped eye. For the evening, apply with a darker eye shadow on the outer lid for a more dramatic effect.

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bohemian (Limited Edition)

Le 2 de Guerlain ($35.00)

The now famous Le2 Mascara comes in a new limited edition plum shade, to illuminate the eyes and give your makeup the final touch that will make all the difference.

  • Nuit 2 Bohème

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($58.00)

In celebration of the leading harmonies of late summer, beige, chestnut brown, bronze gold, and absolute dark brown in this palette evoke the enchanting ballet of autumnal leaves dancing in the wind. Worn separately or together, this new, permanent, four-color palette is the perfect assortment as it allows you to create a natural effect for the day time, and a more smokey effect for the evening.

  • 441 “Brun Mordoré”

Parure Compact Foundation ($45.00)

The Parure compact foundation collection with crystal pearls, evens out, mattifies and helps mask minor skin imperfections while adding radiance. With this new shade, Rose Intense, the skin appears radiant and the complexion, flawless.

  • 14 “Rose Intense”

Availability: Beginning August 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

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