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Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder
Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Illuminating Matte Powder ($179.00 for 0.28 oz.) is supposed to mattify the skin while “instantly blur[ring] the appearance of small imperfections.” Guerlain says to apply it “over foundation to set it.” The powder has the brand’s signature violet scent, though I found it very subtle (which was a surprise, given Guerlain has tended to heavily scent their powders recently).

It’s incredibly soft and thin with a smooth texture with lightweight coverage that does mattify the skin without making it appear dry or powdery. I thought it would look chalkier against my complexion, but it didn’t, though it makes my skin appear lighter than it is, which I don’t think works out for me at all. I would disagree with Guerlain’s premise that it is a universal shade. The powder softens the appearance of pores, and the mattifying effect lasted for nine hours on me (my skin type is normal presently). I think that the pressed Les Voilettes ends up working very, very similarly to this, and I actually prefer the softer texture of Les Voilettes over the thinness of the powder in the holiday compact. The majority of the price tag is going towards the compact, which is hefty to hold. The product itself is good, but I don’t think it will work for every skin tone, and the packaging has to pull you in, otherwise there are plenty of alternatives (including ones by Guerlain). There is a small, pin-sized hole on the back, but I wasn’t able to successfully push the pan of product out, so refilling it may require some more creativity.

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Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Le Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis
Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis ($26.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet purple with fine, multi-colored shimmer (mostly pink and lighter purple). Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Poke (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoya Suri (P, $9.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain’s nail lacquer formula is supposed to have “long-lasting color and shine” and is designed to be applied with two coats. I’m a big fan of the formula, but I had an issue with the formula on this particular shade bubbling slightly (three bubbles in total) that was just barely noticeable–initially I didn’t notice, but when I tested it for wear, I did. With a base coat, I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The consistency is slightly thin but doesn’t pool along the sides of the nail easily. It had good coverage after two coats, and the color applied smoothly and evenly. On me, the color lasted for nine days without chipping, just minor tip wear.

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Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor

Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor
Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor

Guerlain Merveilleux Rose (867) Rouge G Lipcolor ($55.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Streak (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Mystical (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Grande Dame (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cortado (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Shiseido Coral Shore (RD309) (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Lettre (216) (P, $37.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Incensed (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Inventor (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Rose Nocturne (06) (P, $34.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Rouge G formula is supposed to be hydrating with a luminous finish. Long-time readers will know it has been a longtime favorite of mine, and it still is my absolute favorite lipstick formula (it’s a favorite that has stood the test of time!). The part that I find is more unique to Rouge Gs is the finish; there’s a fine pearl that gives it a glossier, shinier sheen that isn’t too slippery. This holiday’s limited edition release is mostly opaque with a creamy, lightweight consistency that glided on easily and applied smoothly. The formula was comfortable to wear, nicely hydrating, and lasted for almost five hours on me.

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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Regal (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE, )(95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Let Me Explain (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #4 is a light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was dry, which resulted in sheerer coverage and some fall out during application. It wore for seven and a half hours with some fall out. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #5 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage (it’s a bit better than it appears in the swatch, as it is quite close to my skin tone, I think it looks almost misleadingly sheer in the photo) with a slightly firmer texture. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Ballet (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Flamingo (57V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Always (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #6 is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, thin consistency that was hard to get out of the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Enchanted (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Angel Pride I (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #7 is a subtly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage that was more difficult to blend out, as the texture was quite firm in the pan and thin on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #8 is a medium pink with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out so it was hard to build-up the color during application. The color faded after seven hours of wear. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #9 is a pop of medium, orange-coral with gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture was noticeably dry to the point where the powder didn’t feel like it was binding together, so it sheered out and looked a little textured on the skin (the shimmers/sparkles separate from the base). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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5 Faves: Glossy Lipsticks for Fall 2015

My favorite kind of finish on lipstick is something that’s luminous with slight pearl–a glossier finish one but one that doesn’t wear away in a nanosecond. Here are some of my favorites for fall!

  1. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light pink
  2. Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose — a subdued pink
  3. Too Faced Melted Villain — a glossy purple
  4. Too Faced Pink Chocolate — a glossy pink-plum
  5. Guerlain Garconne — a glossy red

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5 Faves: Pearl Lipsticks for Fall 2015

If you prefer your lip color with a little shimmer, this top five might be right up your alley! 🙂 Today’s picks feature my favorites for fall with a pearly twist.

  1. Estee Lauder Heavenly — a gold-shimmered coral
  2. Chanel Antoinette — a gold-shimmered copper-brown
  3. Guerlain Gracia — a pearly plum
  4. Guerlain Air Kiss — a sparkly muted plum
  5. Too Faced Metallic Jelly — a pearly berry-purple