Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs (Eyeshadow Palette) Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs
Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Rose Barbare (01)

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($69.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a pink and purple themed palette that contains five shades. I’m beyond disappointed in the formula that Guerlain created for their more recently released eyeshadow palettes; it is just so powdery, dusty, dry, and hard to use. I used it over primer, and it was still a total pain to apply and looked uneven, patchy, and faded. I felt like primer just made the mess wear longer, but it did little to make it look better, and I did try several types of primer. The only base that worked decently was a tackier, slightly wet base, which gave the powdery formula more to cling to.

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Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

Rose Barbare #1

Rose Barbare #1 is a very pale pink with a cooler shimmer and a warmer base (it looks cool-toned swatched on me but warmer in the pan) paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was thin and dusty, so it was prone to sheering out and had faded and creased after five hours of wear.

Rose Barbare #2

Rose Barbare #2 is a muted, medium-dark purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a frost finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly dusty texture, but it was denser than the other shades, so it was easier to work with. I still found it had faded significantly by five and a half hours.

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Rose Barbare #3

Rose Barbare #3 is a muted, pinky mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a very dusty, powdery texture that felt dry and was hard to blend out on the skin, as so much disappeared but what stuck around went on unevenly and did not want to diffuse. This shade had creased after five hours of wear.

Rose Barbare #4

Rose Barbare #4 is a dark, plummy purple with subtle, warmer brown undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so dry and thin, which made it a real pain to blend out as it turned patchy. I thought it would be improved over primer, but it applied just as badly. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a total miss. It wore well for five and a half hours before creasing.

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Rose Barbare #5

Rose Barbare #5 is a darker plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage, and a lot of that was due to the incredibly stiff, firmly pressed powder–it was hard to get any product off of the surface of the pan. Unsurprisingly, it blended terribly and applied unevenly (what little that made it). It showed signs of creasing after five hours of wear.

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare #1 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #1 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #2 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #2 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #5 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

Guerlain Rose Barbare #5 Eyeshadow (Palette 5 Couleurs)

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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I’m just wondering how this even passed testing? Does Guerlain even have testing on their eyeshadows?
This really could’ve been a nice combo for anyone who likes purples.

It’s one of the more disappointing formulas I’ve seen that’s supposed to be a permanent product, you know? I’ve come across worse eyeshadows in my time, but it’s unusual to see a brand put out ones that are consistently bad. Even if I switch perspectives and say, “This is supposed to be softer, sheerer,” they still fall incredibly short.

Yikes, D- for this?? It’s even worse than I thought. So sad, as I didn’t like their prior formula (faded, muddy, patchy on my oily lids even with primer), but it sounds even worse now 🙁 Such a huge shame because I love the color combo here, and would’ve caved if only it was good quality. Guess I will check out the dupes list

What a shame that this palette did so poorly!! I can’t believe how patchy and poor the quality is. I know eyeshadows haven’t been their forte but it’s like they released a product for the sake of releasing a product.

I was so looking forward to getting this palette as I love purples on my deep brown eyes and we all know they can be difficult but this is past difficult. The formula is absolutely the worst.

$69 and a D-. Ouch. This is why I hate buying eyeshadow. If a name like Guerlain can’t do it right, but still wants $69, WTH? Something’s obviously broken in cosmetic-land!

I’m surprised by the direction they went in, to be honest! I feel like more brands are going towards denser/more silicone-heavy based formulations for eyes.

…and therein lies the problem! Even when a product (especially an eyeshadow duo, quad, palette) sucks to the point of asphyxiation, Christine manages to make such beautiful looks that I end up wanting the product anyway and then having to tell myself “No, no, it may look nice but Christine REALLY wouldn’t want you to buy it!”

Ugh. The quality here looks like what one probably gets when they buy a Dollar store or 99 Cent Only store palette: HORRIBLE. The difference being that one is just a buck, and the other is $69! ?

To restate the obvious, there is always a good takeaway. ABH aubergine, and I’ve got this duped totally. It’s not as if I don’t pull out multiple palettes anyway. And mufe pearly pink is worth a try as a highlighter. Got dupes for this just this season, w/ kvd m/m and Ciate. Been putting those together, anyway. I just find quints like this not only disappointing, but insulting at the price.

Do you know if this formula will be replacing their Ecrin 4 Couleurs palettes? Because those performed decently for me, and this formula sounds like an utter disappointment.

I’m so glad you’re reviewing these! There is so little information available on these palettes and some of the reviews I have been able to find have been clearly biased and unhelpful. The packaging is beautiful and I was very interested in these, but don’t have the chance to swatch them myself and there’s also a no-returns policy on cosmetics where I live.

I’m hoping you’ll be able to review the Armani Night Light palette, the shades are beautiful (I love golds) but it is so very expensive and only available online in most places.

I would have abandoned my “no buy” in a hot minute to get a palette with colors that look so beautiful. And you did a beautiful job with the look from the palette. But that is one of the worst reviews I have seen from you, so I guess I am safe (for the time being). Thank you for your honest review.

Ugh, that’s a disappointment… I have the new Guerlain palette in Coq d’Or and I really like it though, the lighter shades are a little sheer but the deep ones are really rich, and they all work together very well for me.

I know some luxury brand eyeshadows are sheer on purpose, but there’s no excuse for patchy and unblendable — completely ridiculous at this price point! I do love the color of #2.

So disappointing. The palette really looks good. I don’t like it when two shades are in one pan, if that makes sense. I think it’s always better to have the same distance between all colours. Not that it matters with this, as there’s no way I’d buy it even though I’m in love with the colours. It could have been a great, wonderful one, this.

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