Guerlain Blue Ocean & White Sand Summer Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeshadow formula that “goes on smooth and effortlessly, and dries instantly.” I found it impossible to apply the aqua shade evenly, so it always looked slightly sheer and patchy, and aqua isn’t the type of color that is forgiving if it isn’t even. The formula does dry down fairly quickly, and it doesn’t blend out well once it dries, so you have to work quickly (one eye at a time is what I would recommend). The applicator will over-apply and create more streaks than using your fingertip or a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242). The lighter shade was more functional, as when it was sheerer, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and it seemed to apply with less water in its base, so it didn’t streak as much when initially applied either. The wear time was decent but not impressive enough to make up for the difficult/below average application. The formula was also not at all waterproof; a splash (as in, a few droplets) of water caused the eyeshadow to liquefy and dissolve–no rubbing or anything.

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a cool-toned aqua base with warmer, green-ish gold shimmer that gives it an overall warmer tone when applied. It was semi-sheer, and it was slightly buildable, but it is very easy to lift the product that you applied (and let dry down) with a second layer, so I don’t recommend attempting to build unless you have time to fix and/or start over. The texture was slightly watery and thin, which may have contributed to how streakily it applied. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Anastasia Aqua (LE, $12.00) is a powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #5 (LE) is darker, more shimmery, powder. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. Kat Von D Archangel (LE) is lighter, powder. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler-toned, powder. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Aqua (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery, powder. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as an “beige.” It’s a gold-shimmered, warm beige with a frosted sheen. It was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque but went on evenly as the base seemed less watery. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is a powder. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is slightly lighter. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is a powder. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is lighter, powder. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is a powder. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is a powder. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is a powder. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is a powder. Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is powder. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter, powder. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
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Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow
Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow

Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow
Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow

Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Well, that’s an easy pass given the performance. I can totally see this selling well though because the they scream summer. I totally wanted the entire collection when you fist posted the room pics! But thankfully, we have you to save room in our wallets for other great performing products! 🙂

It is so disappointing how Guerlain’s quality seems to have declined over the years. They used to be one of my favorite high end brands. At least Blue Ocean has plenty of dupes!

I was actually really taken aback by how easily they ran/dissolved with some water. Most waterproof products stay in place, and it’s only if you really rub at them WHILE wet where they may break down a bit.

Bummer. And they looked so pretty in the tube…
But I’ve gotta say the look you created with them is rather gorgeous, even if it was painstaking to apply!
Since I don’t have your skills or patience though, I will definitely take a pass. Thank you for saving me from the returns process yet again!

ICK – both the colour (reminds me of a 1960’s T-bird, and, nostalgic or nor, that was an ugly shade) and especially in texture – that is inexcusable!

Such pretty colours and they look gorgeous on the swatch! Such a shame about how difficult they are to apply, especially considering the price!

I don’t even care about their bad performance–whats really bothering me is how out of place and bad the words “Summer Shadow” look on the packaging! Why so big! Why that font! Why!!!!! It looks like they pro to-types someone put in the back and used a label-maker to write “summer shadows” to remember what they were.

In spite of the fact that the look you created is gorgeous, I haven’t had great luck with cream shadows in a tube. I haven’t found any that blend well. And I find them drying on my already dry eyelids. But that aqua shade is so pretty

The only ones I can recall liking are the GA Eye Tints (most shades), but I remember disliking the Lush ones (which is the first liquid eyeshadow in more recent times I can recall).

Oh dear!
Blue Ocean looked OK swatched, and that is the tricky thing, some products swatch OK or even good, but when used on the lids they don’t live up to your expectations.
The colour was pretty though, so it sure is a pity.

It was such a pain to use – even when I was double checking for waterproof claims, it looked uneven just blended on the back of my hand.

Wow – they should be perfect for the price, but they are not. I can see what you mean Christine. I also think the Blue Ocean colour is a little overpowering too.

wow, super fail! not even the color themselves are particularly lust worthy. i bet we all have betters in our stash already!

Well, boo. That’s really disappointing. You did manage a lovely eye look with them, though – the aqua shade is very pretty on. But not worth the fight.

Blue Ocean looks so pretty in the tube…so sad that it didn’t perform better. Maybe if a similiar cream product was released by a more affordable brand, I’d consider it but not at this price point.

great reviews christine. as usual. a quick question how does blue ocean compares to armani eye tint in jade. i have armani one but i love this one as well. should i buy ? or u think these are close dupes.

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