Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body Review, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Fun to Use, Fun to Wear, But So, So Sparkly!

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body ($88.00 for 0.61 oz.) is a loose iridescent powder that is dispersed by squeezing a black bulb. It’s really the elegant packaging that attracts the most attention, I’d say. It’s very fun to squeeze and spray the powder. I’d describe the particle size as sparkle; larger than shimmer, smaller than micro-glitter–looks very fine on, but it’s too much for just a subtle glow or highlight to the face. For a fun holiday look, one could surely use it on the face, but it’s not an everyday-kind of sparkle. I like it best in hair, decolletage, and legs. It’s a lot like Chanel Reverie but with a sheerer base and more sparkle. MAC Silver Dusk is more silvered, but it is also similar.

Trying to photograph this product was like trying to track down a mythical creature and proving it exists. I tried and tried but could not capture it actually used. But I swear to you that it twinkles and dances and sparkles in person. I have it sprayed on my right forearm as I’m writing this review, and it’s all quite lovely. The scent of Liu is very, very subtle. I’ve never smelled the original fragrance, and on me, the powder smells like warm vanilla, light florals, and something a little woody. If you wanted this as a scent, I’d look to the actual fragrance, because this is just barely scented.

It’s not a product I would go-to and wear if I knew I was going to be photographed lots and lots, particularly with flash photography, because sometimes the particles get all lit up and look like little bits of dirt.  For the average holiday party and occasion, it would be a luxurious accessory.  I’d opt for one of Guerlain’s Meteorites or luminizing powders over this for a more practical product at this price point, but Liu will add a fine veil of sparkling gold anywhere you spray it.  Sparkle lovers who long for luxe packaging may see this as a match made in heaven. It’s one of those products you either love completely and wait for every holiday season, or one of those, “So what?” products you know you’ll never use.

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body
Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face & Body

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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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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You look so beautiful in these photos! Really everything about your look is stunning!

Was this a wedding makeup test? It sure reminds me of your wedding makeup!

OK, so in the swatch I can see that it does look very pretty. But the ingredient list shows nothing that warrants an $88 price tag. Even the nail polish with the real 18k gold flakes in it only costs $15.

It’s a neat gimmick and I could see buying this if I loved the scent, but since I don’t do well with perfumes and I don’t have many parties to go to this holiday season I think I’ll pass. I’m still disappointed I missed out on the Perles du Dragon, though!

Oh, you have your hair down for once! Very becoming. 🙂

This is actually an interesting product, though one I’d never get use out of it. I can see some party hardies getting their fun from it, though. 😀

mmmm …..it really bugs me how much money beauty companies spend on press samples and freebies and publicity. In the end that expense is reflected on the cost paid by the consumer.
anyways this is very pretty, I think I like it better than the chanel one, because of the sheerer base

Shimmer spray from Tarina Tarantino is on sale on Sephora and it is almost the same as this. Perfume like bottle with fine shimmer sparkles for you body, face, and hair – a lot cheaper.

On eyes: Guerlain Turnadot Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Guerlain Parure Gold (02 and 03), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites, Tom Ford Lovelust. On lips: Guerlain Gems Rouge G Lipstick.

Holy crap! You look SO gorgeous in these pictures! The look definitely brings out the exotic look from your heritage. GORGEOUS

Btw, is that the Cle de Peau lipgloss??

Gorgeous look! Everything in this pic is gorgeous! Your hair down! WOW!!! The make up colors, your skin, the sparkles, the clothes.
You def should wear your hair down more often 🙂

I absolutely LOVE this look on you. Your wedding look had me running around the internet to hunt down Gems and I eventually found it. I adore it! I also purchased the Turandot palette and I’m so happy I did. And all thanks to you 🙂

You look amazing. I have been trying to track down the turandot palette but cannot locate it anywhere. Your original review said it is not LE. I tried contacting Guerlain but have not received a response. Do you know where I can buy it? Or is it too late?

It wasn’t listed as LE – my only guess might be that it did better than anticipated so stock is low? and they have to do another run of it.

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