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Guerlain Rose in Bloom KissKiss Lipgloss

Guerlain Rose in Bloom KissKiss Lipgloss
Guerlain Rose in Bloom KissKiss Lipgloss

Guerlain Spring 2012: Rose in Bloom KissKiss Lipgloss

Guerlain Rose in Bloom KissKiss Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pure pink,” and it is one of four new and permanent glosses for spring. It looks like a peachy-pink with lots of pale gold sparkle when swatched (and in the tube), but on lips, it just looks like a sheer white peach gloss with lots of sparkle. I didn’t get any color to translate at all! You can find a number of similar barely-there shades in the Sheer Lipgloss Gallery.

KissKiss Lipgloss is a non-sticky, moisturizing formula that’s supposed to be water-resistant and long-lasting. It has three finishes (though I don’t know how you’d know which was what), the Petal Effect is sheer, Pearl Effect has “pearly essence,” while Gloss Effect gives a “subtle sparkling finish.” As far as I know, this is supposed to be a sheer to semi-sheer range (with KissKiss Laque being more opaque, which I believe is discontinued).

Rose in Bloom seems to lighten my lips a bit, because the resulting effect is more of a milky look with a lot of white and pale gold sparkle and shimmer. It has an ultra glossy shine, and the texture is almost gel-like; it’s thick without being goopy or sticky. It comes with a brush-type applicator that’s flexible without being floppy. KissKiss Lipgloss is scented with a sweet, fruity concoction but no taste. Where KissKiss Lipgloss excels is in its wear; it’s comfortable, moisturizing, non-sticky, and wears for four to five hours while retailing its shine for three to four hours.

I feel like water-resistant claims are kind of funny, because yes, water will trickle past your lip and onto your shirt, rather than streaking through your lipgloss, but water-resistant doesn’t seem to mean much in the world of lipgloss. When I hear “water-resistant” with a lipstick or gloss, my mind immediately thinks about being able to drink with the product on, but it’s by no means transfer-resistant, so you’ll still file remnants of gloss on the edge of your cup if you press your lip to it.

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  • EBATES:  Lancome (14%), The Body Shop (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), drugstore.com (9%), Sephora (8%), SkinStore (8%)
  • GILT: D.L. & Co. (12/5), TRIA (12/6)
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Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Spring 2012: Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. It contains six eyeshadows, with the long, skinny shade on the right designed to be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The palette is hefty with a metal compact and filigree lid. There’s an interior mirror that flips open that’s connected to the lower portion of the palette. Inside, there is also a small, dual-ended brush that is serviceable but not better than the average full-size brush. The shades are described as soft pink, tea rose, pearl mauve, soft violet, luminous pink, and intense plum. I’m not entirely sure which description goes with which, to be honest! I know that the luminous pink shade is the center shade and the intense plum is the eyeshadow/liner shade on the far right of the palette.

The upper left eyeshadow is a pale white pink with a satiny shimmer. It has surprisingly good color payoff for as pale and light as it is, and it doesn’t look chalky against my skin tone. It’s similar to Tarina Tarantino Delightful (more shimmer), MAC Fresh Ice (more shimmer, purpler), and Bare Escentuals Muse (a touch darker, pinker).

The bottom right (or side right) eyeshadow is pale pink-tinted mauve with a pearly sheen. It’s soft and light with nice pigmentation and a smooth, silky soft feel. It didn’t seem like something different, but I couldn’t find a dupe for it; there’s the mauve in it that separates it from shades like Bare Escentuals Giddy, which is similar in lightness and finish but is much pinker.

In the center, there is a vibrant medium, subtly blue-based pink with a white, frosted finish. The color payoff is nice, and it has a really dense, buttery texture. Make Up For Ever #85 is less blue-based. It is fairly similar to Urban Decay Hot Pants. MAC Feather Pink also compares well in regards to hue, but it is bluer and matte.

To the right of the center pink eyeshadow, there is a medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It could be more pigmented; there is some softness there that makes it appear less like it does in the pan when applied to the skin. Make Up For Ever #142 is a darker, deeper version. Bare Escentuals Encore is darker and less red.

The bottom shade is a rosy brown with a satin finish; it almost appears matte. The color payoff is so-so, and on deeper skin tones, I’m not sure it would show up well. Inglot #344 is browner, while Inglot #359 is pinker.

On the right side, there is an eggplant purple with a pearled finish. It’s supposed to be an eyeshadow/eyeliner shade, so I did swatches of it dry and wet. This shade was finicky to work with; the texture was drier and stiffer compared to the other shades in the palette, so the resulting color payoff was sheerer and a bit uneven. When it is used wet, it is a lot easier to use. MAC Hyperviolet is deeper and less purple. Bare Escentuals Nightcap is darker, more matte, and browner. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is deeper and browner. MAC Fig 1 is a little darker and matte. Inglot #445 is a touch lighter and more frosted.

Overall, the palette is decent but not great–the color payoff could be improved. This was really my major issue with this palette, because three shades had pigmentation issues to some degree, with the eggplant shade having the most (as well as texture issues). Even though pink eyeshadow can sometimes be difficult to wear, Guerlain’s incorporated a lot of mauve, rose, and plum to dial back the pink; the only genuinely pink shade in the palette is the center shade. Both the pink mauve and rosy brown work well as neutrals. The wear of these eyeshadows is better over a prime and so-so without; they wear about eight hours before I start noticing some slight fading. I find Guerlain’s eyeshadows a tiny bit powdery overall.

Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette