Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes a single pan split in half with a darker and lighter shade with both shades running on the warm side with soft shimmer. Despite sharing a physican pan, the darker shade seemed to have a significantly better, smoother texture, while the lighter shade was drier and harder to work with.

Smile (Left) is a bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and subtle gold shimmer. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to apply, while the color payoff was semi-opaque and buildable. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Drive Me Crazy (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Totes (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Supercontinental (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Under Pressure (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Shiseido Alpen Glow (06) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Lovesick (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smile (Right) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It was much more powdery and drier in the pan, which made it harder to apply to the skin. I felt like I had to really pack it on to get noticeable color, and it required some extra patience to get even application of the color. I noticed fading after six and a half hours of wear. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sugar or Syrup (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Bal (250) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Petal (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Pink Sand #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Hamptons (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush (Mixed)

Guerlain Smile (Left) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Left) Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Smile (Left) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Left) Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Smile (Left) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Left) Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush
Guerlain Smile (Right) Rose Aux Joues Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
On eyes:
  • Buxom Suede Seduction Palette
  • Guerlain Khaki Driver Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Tarte Namaste Tarteist Lip Paint

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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This collection seems so odd! Smile written on the blush? Enjoy written on the random single eyeshadow? At least the Meteorites compact looks like it could be great!

Their eyeshadow/blush performance is why it’s hard for me to make them my “if you could only use one brand, which would it be” answer!

I think I will add the Hourglass dupe (of the right color) to my wish-list. I love the look of a light-pink against tan skin but it has to be done well.

The pressed “Enjoy” in the new shadow and “Smile” in this blush duo are incongruous with the luxury of Guerlain packaging (and its high price). This looks like kids’ stuff playing dress-up. Guerlain seems to have lost its way. It’s quickly losing its appeal to me.

I noticed perfume is near the top 1/3 of the list, which makes my wallet safe from almost all Guerlain products (whew). The darker shade is so pretty, they should’ve just skipped that lighter shade, looks so patchy and sheer. For $ 62, this needs an A+. Hope the other products from this spring collection get better scores

I hate this. I’m usually not quite to vehement in my judgement because I firmly believe to each her own, but this is so out of the realm of Guerlain. I should be happy they are trying something different, but these two products do jack for me and their performance is even more disappointing. Bah!

p.s. Christine, you eyebrows looks amazeballs in these photos

Am I the only one who thinks the embossed “pixelated” words on the powder products of Guerlain spring collection don’t look that good? I don’t know, for me they don’t match the brand’s elegant image at all. I wish they would have used a fancy script font if they really wanted positive words imprinted on those powders.

While the left side is quite a nice blush, it’s not enough to save this blush duo. For the lighter shade, I already have CP Cruel Intentions, which is pretty light on me. Also spotted on the list of possible dupes for that right side a MAC blush I hadn’t seen or noticed before; Love Cloud. Wow, thats a pretty one!

I like the color, but even aside from the performance (a major turn off at this price point), there’s something that feels very juvenile about the world “SMILE” being imprinted on the blush. It’d be fun if you a tween/teen, but only teens in the 1% could afford it!

Disappointing 🙁

It seems like you’re not alone, Carrie! So far, I don’t think anyone has mentioned loving the idea of the words on the product.

Strange that the right blush has the other blush in the collection as a dupe, you’d think that they’d make an effort to make it significantly different. I do love the look of this pair of blushes on the skin, but there are plenty of cheaper dupes so I’ll be passing.

I think they are supposed to be somewhat harmonious so you can mix them or get a lighter/darker version of each, but I hear you!

I have to agree with comments here that the “smile” in this compact is a little odd, but it actually did make me smile when I looked at it! It reminded me of PC video games in the 80’s, which made me nostalgic and then of course made me smile. That said, at first glance I would have never thought it was a Guerlain product though! If both sides of the product performed beautifully then I think it is (would be) a fun concept, but it is just sad that it isn’t an A all around. At that price I’ll skip it – but hey, at least I got a smile (and a chuckle) out if it which makes for a great Monday! 😉

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