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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Launches

This Fall:  Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire


I am La Petite Robe Noire. If you have seen me you will NEVER FORGET ME.

Paris is my kingdom… I stroll through it at will. My light step leaves no eyes still. My heels echo loud, my winks conquer crowds and my smiles are vows. Hearts are broken behind me. It’s plain to see!  I have more than one trick. Breathe in my scent quick. Trailing close, it akes hold in a bold game of hide-and-seek. It’s a chic boy magnet: a lasting mark, a signature visible in the dark.

I was born in a rose…TWO YEARS ago, in a scent laboratory with care and passion to bestow: the exclusive Guerlain boutiques. Let’s admit it. I was such a hit that I now reinvent a new seductive version of myself, unfurled in perfumeries all over the world. It’s my predisposition. From the cradle to my international debut, it’s a family tradition. The Champs-Elysées boutique was Jacques Guerlain’s development and creation studio retreat. In this real scent laboratory, he secretly tested what customers preferred before offering these fragrances to more admirers.

My destiny took A TURN… I have a secret to share. Thierry, Guerlain’s exclusive perfumer fell madly in love with me, I swear. It was love at first sight. He perfected me, fulfilled me and brought me to light. Barely bloomed, I was adorned in the Guerlinade, a path on which my older sisters trod. This famous and instantly recognisable recipe is woven from the essential House ingredients. Let me see… A radiant breeze of Tonka bean, vanilla, iris and patchouli, if you please. Just follow your nose and discover me. I am fresher, more luminous and amorous, more couture and more glamorous. The essence of Parisian elegance. The new face of grace!

A DRYDOWN like a lovely gown… Like the cut of a dress, my fragrance is shaped with all of Guerlains’ finesse. Its simple signature enhances and romances several exceptional materials: black cherry, patchouli and rose in a bold overdose. During his travels, Thierry Wasser unravelled these treasures. Yes, my Pygmalion is a great explorer of scents and an immense “nose alchemist.” My charms reach new heights to reveal me in a new light. More sensual, intrepid, incredibly pure… with a plunging neckline for amazing allure. Smell me on your skin so sweet, as appetising and silky as a rose macaron treat. Mmmmm. You’ll want to devour me with kisses to eternity.

From temptation to THE passion, an irresistible attraction. Between fantasy and magic, black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond, delicious berries and fresh, sparkling bergamot.

The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. A precious combination of fresh, explosive bulgarian rose essence and the presence of soft, deliciously candied turkish rose absolute.

Finally, the shadowy temptations of liquorice and smoky black tea reveal more of me. The evocation of the dark, powerful and noble root leads to slightly dry seduction touched with anise to boot. Elegant lapsang leaves are smoked to make themselves seen with an almost leathery sheen.

For the ultimate temptation, the entire creation is wrapped in Guerlinade. Imbued with maturity, it adds to my charisma and mystery. Fresh, enigmatic and exhilarating… Mischievous and captivating… I am the warm spark beneath the sweetness. And there’s so much more in store for you. So don’t be alarmed when you fall under my charm…

MY HOUSE is a bottle My glass house is inviting. It catches the eye in one sly glance, beckons to the hand and seems familiar to the view – it’s déjà vu! It rings a bell because it’s a faithful replica of the bottle of my illustrious siblings, L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko (almost 100 years old but still raring to go!). You will recognise the sensual, feminine taper of the shoulders and the stopper with its upside-down heart shape. So many clear invitations to come near. The outline of my favourite little black dress looks very fine against the crystal-clear surface with a gradation of black ink to powdery pink. Another man, another fan: drawn by Serge Manseau, it is gracefully plunging and flared, with delicate balloon sleeves to leave my arms bare. Where’s the dance floor? I’m ready for more!”

Darcy, Cassandre, Nikasinovitch: Illustrators have AL WAYS accompanied the history of Guerlain. La Petite Robe Noire returns to this chic and offbeat artistic stance by giving free rein to Kuntzel+Deygas. Olivier Kuntzel, a precursor of digital graphic art in France, graduated from the Olivier de Serres Applied Arts School with a diploma in visual communication. Florence Deygas, a key figure in “elegant drawing”, graduated from the Gobelins Visual Arts School with a diploma in animated film. Since 1990, they have united their talents as designers and illustrators under the name Kuntzel+Deygas to co-create “narrative” graphic design with an inimitable style.

Their “creatures” have claimed a place in all modes of creation: objects, cinema, advertising campaigns and exhibitions all over the world. Their illustrated duos – The Beauty (by Deygas) and Her Beast (by Kuntzel), the two black dogs Caperino & Peperone or Winney & Loosey, the orange bull and the black donkey – helped create a buzz for the greatest couture, watch, leather goods and jewellery houses, even finding their way to magazine covers. On the big screen, they designed legendary opening credits: Catch Me if You Can by Steven Spielberg, The Pink Panther by Shawn Levy and Le Petit Nicolas by Laurent Tirard.

This collaboration with Guerlain brings a new character to life. The sleek figure of a mischievous, endearing and refined Parisian woman moving through a unique showcase on the borders of fragrance and fashion. Hand-sewn and tailor-made to capture all the personality of La Petite Robe Noire.

Availability: August 13th @ Sephora; $64/1 oz., $80/1.6 oz., $115/3.3 oz.

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Guerlain Genna Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Genna Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Genna Rouge G Lipstick

A Vibrant Orange-Tinged Red for Fall

Guerlain Genna Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened tomato red–it has definite orange undertones. The finish is creamy, not shimmery, and has a natural sheen. MAC Heartless is more neutral in undertone. OCC Strutter is a little browner. Cle de Peau Red Abundance is just a little more orange and lighter. MAC Strut Your Stuff is a bit lighter. MAC Ruffian Red is bluer-toned. MAC Rockocco is more orange. Urban Decay Revolution is similar. Guerlain Gala has more blue in its undertone.

Genna is a warmer red, but it doesn’t read too orange–it’s definitely a red lip color over all else. I couldn’t detect any shimmer in the base color (sometimes the shimmer in Rouge Gs can be very subtle), but it does have a subtle sheen once applied, so it doesn’t look flat. The color coverage is nearly opaque; you can see a faint outline of my lip freckle. When I wore this shade, it lasted for seven full hours–impressive. One of the reasons I prefer this formula to many others is that longer-wear but the lasting hydration; my lips felt moisturized while I wore this as well as after I removed it. The lipstick has a creamy consistency that glides on but feels more lightweight than you’d think; it’s not thick, doesn’t bleed or feather, and stays put.

Like the rest of the range, there is a perfume-like scent attached to these but no discernible scent. Each is packaged in a hefty silver metal case that has a flip mirror. I appreciate the sleek design of the case, and it feels very luxe to hold, but from a practical purpose, they’re kind of heavy to keep your bag, and there’s no great way to store them (the top and bottom are curved), and they do hold fingerprints.

Guerlain Genna Rouge G Lipstick


Guerlain Sable Show (851) KissKiss Lipgloss

Guerlain Sable Show KissKiss Lipgloss

Shimmery Basics – Champagne Shimmer with Guerlain

Guerlain’s fall collection is just starting to pop up on retailers now (but so far, I’m seeing back-order dates, so it’s more like a pre-order). I’m excited, because I picked up Gilda and Bonnie Rouge Gs and Grenade (another Kiss Kiss Gloss shade). For now, though, let’s take a look at Guerlain Sable Show (851) Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.), which is a warm champagne-shimmered beige-peach. It has some multi-colored shimmery bits and bobs, but it is predmoinantly pale champagne–almost white in some lighting. Dior Satin Peach is milkier and has gold shimmer. MAC Naked Space is more opaque, milkier. Hourglass Imagine is similar but also has gold shimmer. Dior Twin Set Pink is similar, a little paler. MAC Jana has a similar look on lips, even though it seems colorless. There’s a smidgen more shimmer content that tends to make it a little more than sheer lipgloss, but it’s still more similar than not.

Kiss Kiss Gloss is supposed to be sheer, hydrating, water-resistant, and comes in three types: petal, pearl, and gloss. I’ve never been sure how one can tell which finish is what. I imagine that Sable Snow is pearly, since it yields a very pearlescent finish. It’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s a lot of shimmer and sheen, but there’s a lot of translucency so my natural lip color comes out, too. I’d say this tends to warm and lighten my natural lip color.  

Sable Show wore for three and a half hours, which is around average for a gloss, though a little longer for something as light/sheer as this, and my lips felt well-moisturized during and after wearing the gloss.  The consistency reminds me of a creamy gel; it’s not a thin gloss, and it’s on the thicker side, but it’s not goopy or heavy. It’s not MAC Lipglass, which is one of the thicker glosses on the market. It’s non-sticky and stays that way, and it’s scented with a sweet perfume-y fragrance (I can’t seem to place it at the moment–does that ever happen? you totally blank on a scent, and the next time you smell it, you can instantly describe it?).  The applicator is a short brush-type housed inside a clear plastic tube.

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Guerlain Gisela Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gisela Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gisela Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gisela Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gisela Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned rusty red with subtle ruby and gold micro-shimmer offset by very subtle orange-brown undertones. Guerlain Habit Rouge is less orange-toned, redder. CoverGirl Burn is darker, redder. Clarins Red Prodige is brighter. Chanel Excessive is brighter, more orange. Guerlain Geisha is similar but a bit more orange. Make Up For Ever #44 is less orange and has no shimmer.

New but also permanent, Gisela is reminiscent of those gold-shimmered reds you see pop up around the holidays, but there’s a little more orange in the red that it reads more autumnal. I think of the changing colors of leaves and fireplaces when I see this color.  The color coverage is opaque with little product, and the consistency is creamy without being heavy or slick.  I didn’t have any feathering or bleeding, and Gisela wore for six and a half hours.  The formula was hydrating and kept my lips feeling hydrated for a few hours post-wear, too.

Guerlain’s lipsticks have a perfume-y scent but no discernible taste and come packaged in a heavy metal case with a flip mirror. It’s elegant to look at, and initially, very luxe and lovely, but practically speaking, it’s almost too heavy, and they’re a pain to store–plus, it’s hard to read the tiny print on the back of the lipstick to see which shade is what. Oh, and they do hold fingerprints. They can take a beating, though. It’s one of my favorite lipstick formulas ever, but I’ve yet to master storage of them!


Guerlain Gourmandise Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Gourmandise Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Gourmandise Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Gourmandise Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Gourmandise Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as “raspberry for gluttony.” It’s a vibrant pink-coral with strong red undertones. Super bright–oh-so-intense. MAC Force of Love is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer is lighter, less red. MAC Fusion Pink is a bit darker and has pink iridescent shimmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is a bit lighter, less opaque. Make Up For Ever #37 is similar but slightly more coral. Chanel Phoenix is lighter. MAC Impassioned is pinker. MAC Party Parrot is a smidgen pinker. MAC Gesina is redder.

My goodness, this is a neon lip color!  If you are all about the bright lip this summer, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at this new shade once it rolls out on counters this August.  It might be part of a fall launch, but this just screams summer fun.  It’s opaque in one swipe of the product, and you really only need one pull of gloss to get full color coverage.  It has a mostly matte finish but there is a natural sheen to it so it doesn’t look dry or flat.

I had less color transfer with Gourmandise than I did with Luxure, though there was still some.  This shade wore eight hours on me and lasted well through both a meal and coffee.  It wears and wears and wears, and my lips still felt hydrated after I removed it.  Despite the creamier consistency and richness in color, I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding while wearing Gourmandise.

The formula of the Rouge G L’Extrait has more of a matte finish and a creamier consistency compared to Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque formula, while Chanel’s feels a bit slick on, though Guerlain’s seems marginally thicker.  Korres’ Liquid Lipsticks are glossier (more gloss-like than lipstick-like), and NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams are thicker and heavier.  Bare Minerals’ Pretty Amazing Lipcolors have a more water-like consistency.

Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Fauves L'Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Fall 2012: Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is new (and permanent!) for fall and will debut at Guerlain counters and retailers in August (though I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it pop up in the next week or two). This is a very warm-toned palette with distinct orange/red undertones. The one thing I’ve noticed across fall palettes this season is that the colors within them are very similar to each other.

The shade on the left is a medium-dark copper-shimmered red-toned brown with a soft frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, almost buttery texture. Tom Ford Ilicit is redder. NARS Surabaya is a little darker and more red-toned. Make Up For Ever #14 is darker, browner. theBalm Tres Moi is very similar, slightly less warm-toned. MAC Antiqued is almost a dead-ringer except its finish is slightly more metallic.

Next, there is a medium brown with strong orange-red undertones with a mostly matte finish. It was soft to the touch and had great pigmentation. MAC Soft Brown is lighter, more subdued. MAC Brown Script is darker, less orange.

Below that shade is a warm orange with hints of red and coral and a mostly matte finish. This shade had nice color payoff, but it was a little powdery. MAC Neo Orange is brighter but similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is very comparable.

The final shade on the right-hand side of the palette is a warm-toned light-medium copper with a champagne sheen–very metallic in finish. It had a soft, smooth texture with good pigmentation. Bobbi Brown Champagne Truffle is browner. MAC Love Connection is also browner. MAC Rusty is similar but darker. Urban Decay Chopper is more copper. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is similar, slightly more orange-brown. Urban Decay Blaze is less coppery.

When I was on vacation last week, I took this palette along and wore the coral, medium brown, and light-medium copper shades together.  The colors wore without fading or creasing for a full ten hours, both over and without a primer–quite impressive.  Three of the four shades had beautiful textures and superb pigmentation; the only shade that was mildly disappointing was the coral shade, which was a little powdery.  The palette is housed in a gold-tinted metal compact (lovely and sturdy to hold, but it does show fingerprints) and contains a full-sized mirror and sponge-tipped applicator inside.  It has a good amount of product, too; a full-sized eyeshadow is typically around 0.05 oz., and each of these is just over 0.06 oz.

Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette