Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available warmer orange/reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range–there are a surprising amount of them! The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since–hope you’ve enjoyed this update! :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Geneva is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm udnertones and a glossy, luminous sheen. It had rich color coverage that gave lips a fuller, plumper look. It wore well for five hours and kept my lips feeling hydrated both during and after wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Genna is described as a “poppy red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a luminous finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me, and it was incredibly comfortable and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilda is described as a “warm red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly with rich, smooth color. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me and left behind a light stain. The formula was lightweight, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gipsy is described as a “deep tangerine.” It’s a muted, medium orange with lighter, tangerine shimmer and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly overall. It seemed a little more emollient than the average shade in the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was very hydrating during that time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gisela is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a deepened, muted rusty red with warm, orange undertones and orange pearl. It had a less glossy finish compared to much of the Rouge G range, but it still had a light shine. The color wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a subtle stain. It was nicely hydrating throughout the wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Galiane Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Galiane Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available beiges/browns from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range–a lot of their lighter beiges seem to be discontinued now. The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Galiane is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light, pink-tinted beige with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. It stayed on well for five hours and was moisturizing over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Garance is described as a “muted rose.” It’s a light-medium, pink-beige with warm undertones and a luminous finish. There’s a very, very fine pearl shimmer to the color. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and didn’t look streaky. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was comfortable to wear as it was very hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gracia is described as a “muted plum.” It’s a soft, warm-toned plum with subtle gold, pearly shimmer and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for four and a half hours. The formula was creamy, hydrating, and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gaetane is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a light, tangerine pearl. It had a luminous finish with opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six and a half hours, and the formula was comfortable and hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available deeper pinks and reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gracy is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones–almost more of a coral-pink–with a soft, lightly luminous finish. It had nice color coverage that was pretty much opaque applied. The consistency was lightweight, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grenade is described as a “pearly raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with white pearl and a glossy sheen. It’s somewhere between coral, rose, and red, but the muted quality to the color makes it harder to pin to a single family. It had full color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. It was nicely hydrating, while the formula was creamy and glided on easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gala is described as a “true red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle cool, pink undertones–about as close to neutral as you can get–with a glossy finish. The color lasted for six hours and left behind a stain. The formula was creamy, easily applied, and yielded full color coverage. I didn’t have any issues with feathering/bleeding. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Garconne is described as a “classic red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark red with strong, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had fully opaque color payoff in one stroke, and the consistency was soft and creamy, so it never tugged at the lips during application. The color wore well for over six hours and was hydrating the entire time. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Greta is described as a “dark cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had very rich, opaque color payoff that went on evenly and lasted for hours and hours (six and a half well, but there was a lot left even after eight hours). It was hydrating and comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. I’ve been working on this for sometime now when time allows, so I’m SO excited to post finally! :) I went through Guerlain’s list on their own website, and I also checked a few retailers’ websites for available shades, and here’s part one!

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gabrielle is described as a “pearly pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a light golden champagne shimmer with a glossy, luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the lighter color paired with the creamier consistency makes this one slightly streaky applied. It wears well for four hours on me while being hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gemma is described as a “rosy mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a warmer, golden pearl. The finish is lightly glossy with a fair amount of shy. The consistency is lightweight, hydrating, and glides on easily but doesn’t settle into lip lines or look streaky on. It had mostly opaque color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Georgia is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had full color coverage, while the formula was comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Geraldine is brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girly is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly while wearing for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gigi is fuchsia-red with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had rich color payoff that covered well and lasted for six and a half hours, while it left a stain behind. It was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gladys is medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, pink undertones and lighter pink pearly shimmer. It had rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully with even, smooth color. It’s the kind of formula that makes lips look fuller and healthier than they really are. The color lasted six and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette ($59.50 for 0.298 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows and an eyeliner. The eyeshadows all had good color payoff or better with soft, blendable textures that were easy to use. When the weakest performers come in at B+, you’re in good shape. I’m a big fan of the Artist Shadow formula, and in general, only the mattes have any issues (some are lovely, some could use improvement). They can be so soft that they turn powdery, which makes them harder to apply on bare skin or the color payoff is just weaker, but many of them are good, just not perfect. That was the case with the two mattes here–good but not great–and the rest were quite nice. Most of the shades wore between eight and nine hours.

They are pretty consistent with the permanent versions I have, and I524 performed better in this palette than in my other palette (though that one isn’t full-sized). For those who picked up the Artist Palette, there are two overlapping shades in this set (I524 and D926). For those who nabbed the 30th Anniversary Palette, you’ll find these repeats: M100, ME108, and ME122.

The eyeshadows are 0.024 oz. each, which makes them a little larger than a dime, for a total value of $75.60. The eyeliner is full-sized, so it’s worth $19. The total value of the set is $94.60 for the actual products. It comes in a small, but substantial, “traincase” that unlatches to reveal a large mirror and a removable tray of eyeshadows. Underneath is a compartment that could hold whatever made sense to you–it’s about an inch and a half in height–so it could fit blush, lip colors, eyeliner, primers, and even some bottles of foundation (depends on the size of yours). This would only be travel friendly if you used the space underneath the eyeshadows, otherwise it is bulky and unnecessarily large. I would have rather a slim, travel-friendly palette with just the eyeshadows myself. (In which case, you might consider the Artist Palette, which is $42 for 8 eyeshadows in a very travel-friendly format.) Edited to add: You can actually take a pair of tweezers and grab the edge of each pan to remove. They don’t seem glued in, and the bottom of the foam insert may be slightly magnetic, as they pull back in slightly.

M530 Eggshell is a soft white with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency but was blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

S516 Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was really smooth and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME122 Snow is a bright, cool-toned white with a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little thinner than other metallic finishes in the range.
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ME108 Steel is a dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smooth as butter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M100 Black is a dark black with a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It blended out well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D236 Lagoon Blue is a medium-dark, brightened blue-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly, as the texture felt creamy and blendable. The permanent version of this seemed slightly richer overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D926 Blueberry is a brightened violet purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was nice, but the texture wasn’t perfectly smooth compared to other shades. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I218 Indigo Blue is a brightened, dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not perfect, with a soft, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I524 Pinky Beige is a light peach with a hint of pink and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on easily and evenly due to the soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D826 Fig is a medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The consistency was smooth but there were noticeable sparkles in it. Most of the sparkles stayed on the lid, but there were a couple of stray sparkles at the end of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME828 Garnet Black is a deepened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was amazing with really rich, smooth results that glided on evenly and easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M10 Matte Black is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. The formula is lightly creamy, so it goes on without tugging at the lash line, and it lays down a fair amount of pigment in one stroke. It was fully opaque after two layers. On me, it lasted for eight hours without smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder
Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, almost cool-toned gold with a luminous sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer, darker. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is warmer. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is yellower. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is warmer, more beige. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, slightly warmer. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a whiter base. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I feel like this is a cooler-toned version of Dentelle Precieuse (Saks and Chanel both still have it), and it’s actually a better deal, as it contains 0.28 oz. (compared to 0.21 oz.) and is cheaper–though just as a heads up, Nordstrom has it for $76, but Macy’s (and Bloomingdale’s prior to selling out) has it for $72. (And the eyeshadow palette in the collection is $70 at Nordstrom yet $80 everywhere else.) The texture is similar as it is soft, smooth, and blends effortlessly on the skin. Camelia de Plumes is slightly more shimmery and more pigmented–you don’t need much to get that delicate sheen. It’s not so fussy that you have to use the lightest touch with the lightest brush, but it is a noticeable highlighter, not a subtle one. Straight-on, it looks softly glowing, and if you tilt your face or turn slightly to the side, you’ll see the sheen in all its glory. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, but it is pigmented enough that it will if applied more heavily. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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