Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Bold Shade for Spring

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-berry with iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Clinique Grandest Grape is redder and doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Rebel is nearly identical in color but doesn’t have the fuchsia shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is redder, less berry. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is a bit darker, redder, less shimmery.

The Shine Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing, hydrating, and contain “pearl particles to give lips discreet yet exceptional shine.” Flirt is mostly opaque on lips, and it has a thin, balm-like consistency that glides easily across lips and never pulls or drags.  The thinner texture, though, means the sparkle is very slightly noticeable after a few hours of wear.  It deposits even color that lasted for six and a half hours on me. I didn’t have any issues with the dark berry color feathering or bleeding along the edges of my lips.  The formula is comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and moisturizing both during and after wear.  It is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it comes in a slide-up tube.

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For those who are less enthused by pastel lip colors for spring, Guerlain's Flirt will be a nice alternative.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder
Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder

I Want to Go to Paradise, But I Took a Wrong Turn

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder ($70.00 for 1.86 oz.) consists of six different colored pearls, ranging from pale pink, peachy-pink, icy pink, medium pink, dark pink, and silver.   The mix of pearls is supposed to brighten, reflect, add radiance, and generally “light up” and “instantly awaken” the face.  The pearls are violet-scented as well and larger than the regular-sized Meteorites. It comes with a pink pouf designed to be used for application.

Meteorites are regularly sized at 1.05 oz., so this is quite a bit more; to compare, they are regularly $55.24/oz. and this jumbo-sized version is $37.63/oz. Of course, at this price point, it may be more of a question of whether you will finish a tin at all! I’ve drank from the Guerlain-aid (or would that be Guerlinade?); I get Meteorites. I wear them, love them, and regularly incorporate them into my routine. I find myself being disappointed with this spring’s version–because I can’t see it at all. It’s not giving me the subtle radiance that looks natural, luminous, and effortless on the skin.

I used it all over the left side (your left, that is) of my face, and then concentrated it on the cheek bone as a highlighter. Even swatched on my arm, I could barely see anything; no sparkle, no shimmer, no barely-there sheen, until I layered it. You can see this past holiday’s Perles du Dragon–there is so much more going on there; you can see the little reflections from the ultra-fine shimmer as well as the larger sparkles.  Only when I more heavily layered it was I able to get the effect.  It is not the signature effortless radiance that has become associated with Guerlain’s Meteorites range (whether in pearl-form or pressed).

The pearls themselves are no doubt super soft. Where I was able to visibly see (and thus, measure) the Meteorites placed was on my cheek bone (like a highlighter), the subtle sheen lasted all day long–a full eight hours with no signs of fading. I had the best luck when I used a dense blush brush and patted in on in sections–when I used the pouf, I expected it to pack quite a wallop, but it didn’t seem to transfer much at all onto the skin.

I was also disappointed to discover that the container is made up of mostly cardboard–heavy duty, definitely–but not metal, which is what Guerlain switched to in the past year or so.  There are bits of metal (maybe plastic?) that line the edge of the tin and it’s wrapped in shiny something-rather on the exterior, but at this price point, I anticipated something more in line with Guerlain’s luxury compacts (which are typically metal).

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Perles du Paradis

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Guerlain is one of the most consistent brands; they put out well-edited collections and launch only a handful of new formulas each year, so much of what they release is of quality. This was a major miss!

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012


Guerlain Spring 2013 Collection: Cils D’Enfer

Meteorites Perles du Paradis ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

To illuminate skin with an angelic halo, Guerlain’s legendary pearls are getting a boost and coming out in an XXL limited edition size. This devilishly beautifying compact features six skin-toned and pastel shades. The traditional correcting colors – blue and green – have been replaced by pink, to brighten dull areas, and silver, to reflect ambient light and ensure one-of-a-kind radiance. Dark zones disappear, grayness is erased and fatigue vanishes. The face lights up and shimmers subtly, revitalized and instantly awakened, as if by magic. This sheer, refreshing effect embellishes absolutely every type of complexion. The soft, caressing, pale pink powder puff is topped with an elegant black bow in tribute to women’s inherently feminine flair.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

Two exciting, colorful new harmonies dress up eyelids like never before. The four silky powders in each case can be freely mixed and matched, without worrying about applying them in any particular order. In a subtle play of light and shadow, of contrast and graduated intensity, each hue has just the right texture and nuance – velvety and delicate, slightly iridescent, or downright metallic – so they can be blended or layered to perfection, creating incomparable radiance under the unique springtime light.

  • 501 Attrape-Coeur Dazzling palette in which mauve, violet, and white illuminate the prima donna purple
  • 502 Coup de Foudre Exquisite shades of green, silvery patina and bronze-khaki team up with vibrant coral

Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 761 Flirt Purple
  • 762 Rendez-vous Purple

Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 600 Ballade Nude
  • 601 Romance Nude

KissKiss Gloss ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 870 Cherry Pink Fuchsia
  • 849 Frizzy Mango Orange

Cils D’Enfer Maxi Lash ($30.00)

Nothing compares to the power of full lashes to make a woman feel instantly made-up and beautiful. Finding that perfect formula to quickly create flawless lashes can be a challenge but not any longer. Guerlain introduces Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash, the mascara that makes every woman’s dreams come true. It’s simple to use, easy and flattering to wear, a guarantee for gorgeous eyes every time. Applied in the blink of an eye, it makes eyes instantly captivating so that once she’s tried – she can’t live without it. Available in 01 Noir and 02 Violet.

Availability: Guerlain’s Spring Color collection is available beginning January 2013 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.

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