Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Holiday 2011: Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush ($67.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a limited edition is primarily a luminating product, but it can also deposit a faint hint of color on cheeks. It has a peacock-themed design with a good amount of details that actually survive past the first use (or three). The powder has four distinct colors: pale white, bluish-teal, pinked coral-red, and pale peach-beige. It’s subtle, soft, and sheer. I was quite surprised at how well the design stood up to heavy swatching and lots and lots of passes with a brush–all done in hopes of destroying it–and I dug up a bit of the first feather to see if the colors ran all the way through (it appears to be so, and the brand’s description seems to confirm that as well).

In the press release, Guerlain recommends sweeping a brush across all the shades for a luminating effect on the face, and for more color, take your brush across the three feathers (the pink-red shapes) diagonally. I did both, and you do get different effects. I saw mostly highlighting with the first one, and with the second technique, I gleaned more color out of the product and saw it on my cheeks as well. It’s not an intensely pigmented palette; you’re not getting in-your-face blush here, and you’re not supposed to. The blusher will show on light to medium complexions, but deeper complexions may find it doesn’t work much as a blusher and purely as an illuminator/highlighter.

As an illuminator, it highlights without emphasizing pores or flaws on the skin. It adds sheen and glowiness without glitter. It’s very pretty, and yes, I’m sure you have something similar to it. Parure de Nuit is well-done, and it’s what I’ve come to expect from Guerlain. I’m actually more impressed by the subtle reddish-pink color that adds warmth and color without being overwhelming. Because of its soft color, it’s impossible to overdo. Products like these are best when worn; it’s hard to judge the efficacy and look of it from a swatch alone or even a description.  The powder wears well, too, which is one of the more important aspects of a cheek product (at least to me, as I am loathe to reapply anything!)–a solid eight hours when I tested it.

The powder is housed in a glossy black palette with a large mirror inside and underneath the powder lies a teal-colored brush (I always forget to look for the brush until I go to actually do a wear test with the product!). The whole compact is encased in a velvet pouch with jewel-toned teal on the inside and black velvet on the outside.

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush (as an illuminator)

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush (as a blush)


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Pame Avatar

Looks beautifull ill check it the next time i go to the guerlain counter, i have been waiting for the meteorites in the second shade for months and they still dont re stock lol

baby in a corner Avatar

Hey are you going to review any of the fall eyeshadow palettes before you review the christmas stuff? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Mariella Avatar

Christine – the 2 full face photos…have you applied it more as a blush in the 2nd photo or is it just the angle of your face? In the first photo, it looks more like you’re wearing it as a highlight/illuminator but in the 2nd, there seems to be more colour on your cheeks. Did you do this to show the 2 different ways it could be used or is it just a trick of the light?

Violet Avatar

This is actually really gorgeous. Too bad Guelain is so expensive, as it happens to be one of the few brands to be found in my town. I might check this one out in store though, wonder when we’ll get it here.

I love how you smile with all your face, showing teeth. You look absolutely lovely, and so real.

Karyn Avatar

I love the fact that you dug through to see if the colors were all the way Christine. That is some dedication!

I might pass on this in favor of the Meteorites set coming out with it but it’s close. Also Nuit d’Amour looks fab! Can’t wait for the review of that.

Sara Avatar

Jeebus, your face looks flawless and glowing! I need to get my butt to a Guerlain counter and check that foundation out. And you’re wearing the lipstick I’m most excited about from their fall release! Sweet! I look forward to more swatches on that too.

Thanks for the swatches! The blush is beautiful and subtle.

Sara Avatar

I do, in fact. 😀 Really it’s just some red splotches that are a pain. And I’m happy to hear the lipstick doesn’t go on quite as dramatic as it looks in the tube……even though I totally wore MAC’s “Prince Noir” yesterday as the main focus of my look. Holy vampy, Batman!

Iris Avatar

I tried it at the counter. Pretty much the same sheer, light weight feeling but I opt to the liquid formula since they cover dark circles quite well, even better than some concealers.

wendy Avatar

hi christine!!! could you please tell me where the compact is made. does it say made in france??? do you know if the collection has any lip glosses?? also, is there a lighter rouge automatique in this collection? lastly, i heard there will be a new rouge g??? thankyou very much!!

stacey Avatar

yes, this is pretty….it appears now these companies are manufacturing stuff in this type of packaging for uniqueness to stand out and to lure you into buying. the guerlain counter when I Magnin in SF was still around had one of the most prettiest counters….that counter itself lured me into buying and buying and buying….now alot of things are web-based…this is no different.

Melody Avatar

I would really like to check this out, but I suspect that I’m too pale to use this as a highlighter. I wouldn’t want to get it if I can only use it on cheeks. It’s truly gorgeous though!

Pappetee Avatar

Hi Christine… thanks so much for another awesome review! IMO, this is the prettiest highlighter you’ve ever used. I wish it wasn’t too expensive… am now saving my money for this – my first ever Guerlain blush! 🙂

nawi Avatar

Thanks for this review I bought this beautiful highlighter and blush in one its my first Guerlain maeke up product and I love it. It does show up on me as a blush when I use the red colour combined with the rest its really gorgeaus!

Katelyn Tuyet Vy Avatar

Hi Christine, first off I just want to comment on how beautiful you look. I really love the illuminating effect of this product, however, I don’t wear makeup that often to spend that much money on a highlighter. Is there a comparable alternative that’s cheaper? I have depressed acne scars and redness on my cheeks, so I’m looking for something that will hide it and not accentuate it. My skin tone is light-med asian skin tone with warm undertone. Thank you

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