Showing posts with label Guerlain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guerlain. Show all posts

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Guerlain Stardust #900 Maxi Shine Lip Gloss | Spring 2014

Guerlain Stardust #900 Maxi Shine Lip Gloss ($30 for 7.5 ml/.25 fl oz) is a sheer sparkling white that flashes shimmers of blue and white silver. It's an exact match for the Stardust Nail Lacquer reviewed here.

Stardust Maxi Shine Lip Gloss comes with a sponge tip applicator. I love the simple and sleek packaging. The applicator applies the gloss perfectly. Stardust is a sheer clear base with subtle sparkles. The sparkles are large enough that you can see them on the lips but the overall effect is very subtle and sheer. If you're a fan of sheer sparkle glosses you will really like this. If you're one who craves more impact and color you may want to skip. There is no detectable scent with the Guerlain glosses when applied, at least not that I can tell. There is a soft floral powder scent if you smell them closely, the scent fades quickly though. Lasting power is medium. Texture is smooth and slightly moisturizing. It's one of the least tacky/sticky feeling glosses I've tried.

More photos and swatches:


Guerlain Stardust has a similar feel to other white-silvery sparkly glosses. Stardust is more of a true silver sparkle while others flash more violet, pink or glitter with the sparkles. Comparisons below to some discontinued Chanel Glossimers and one MAC Dazzleglass. Left to right: Guerlain Stardust, Chanel Aragonite, Chanel Galactic, Chanel Surprise, MAC Sugarrimmed.

The effect is really similar in natural light:

Different view to highlight the sparkles:

Overall a lovely soft shine gloss. You have to see the gloss in person to really see how lovely the shimmer is. I have tried and love both Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Glosses and MAC Dazzleglasses both of which are extremely glittery. If you like the concept of those glosses but want something more subtle, I recommend checking out Stardust by Guerlain.

Guerlain Stardust retails for $30. It's currently available at Guerlain counters along with the rest of the spring collection, also online now at Nordstrom and Dillards.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Guerlain Stardust #862 Nail Lacquer | Spring 2014

Guerlain's release for spring is called the Météorites Blossom Collection. It's full of pinks and pastels along with some reformulated météorites pearls. I spotted the collection at a few counters in Beverly Hills last weekend. The two items that caught my eye were the Stardust Nail Lacquer and Lipgloss. After a few swipes of the nail polish on my finger, I decided to purchase the Stardust #862 Nail Lacquer ($25 for 10 ml/.33 fl oz).

Stardust #862 is an iridescent sheer pearl that flashes blue. It covers the nail with three coats with a transparent finish, but the base seems to be milky enough to be more than just a top-coat like YSL's Premiere Neige (from 2012ish, now discontinued). I tried this as a regular nail polish and also over other colors as a finishing top coat. It applied well over light to medium shades of blue, pink and beige adding a subtle sheen and shimmer. On darker shades the base was too contrasted and ended up looking a bit messy with a coat of the Stardust. I'm still not sure how to wear this one. It works for me as a sheer nail polish. I wish it had more coverage and pigment.

Here it is swatched with three coats:

Comparison swatches below to Dior's Spring Pampille, YSL Premiere Neige, Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous (review here), and NARS Disco Inferno (review here).

Guerlain Stardust is a lovely sparkling pearly shade. I love that you can layer it for coverage and that the sparkle is visible. I still wish it were a bit more pigmented although perhaps it was designed to be more of a top coat rather than regular nail polish. It's a pretty fresh light color for spring, but as pretty as it is, I'm still left craving something with more color.

Stardust #862 should be at all Guerlain counters now. I found mine at Nordstrom. Did you check out Guerlain spring yet? What did you think?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Pearls Meteorites | Holiday 2013

Guerlain Crazy Paris Meteorites Pearls for holiday ($58 for 30g/1.05oz, limited-edition) is a hybrid Illuminating/Finishing Powder. It is very sheer but glowy on my medium olive tone skin. There are multi-colored pearls of powder in this year's holiday meteorites. There is a white pearl, matte peach, bright pink and some gold. I haven't had much experience with Guerlain Meteorites in the past. Most shades I've tested were barely visible on my skin and while I know they are designed to be finishing powders, I found them too sheer for my taste to purchase in the past. My preference in the past for the perfect glowy finishing powder was for the Chanel Poudre Douce powders (now discontinued). The Guerlain Crazy Paris Powder is more sheer and glowy with visible shimmers compared to Chanel Les Beiges (which is best used more like an all over sheer soft setting powder). The Guerlain is also significantly sheerer and more sparkly than Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (which I feel are more user-friendly for all over the face).

The Crazy Pearls Meteorites this year are visible on my skin to give that glow from within. I tested at the counter where the artist dusted this all over the face. For me this would be more of a special-occasion product to use all over the face. It's a tad too glowy for me to use all over for everyday. My preference is to use it to highlight the cheeks (over bronzer or blush) and temples to add that soft glow. If you layer this more you will see a bit more pink on the skin. It's still extremely subtle. If you want something more visible I would suggest you opt for one of the Hourglass Ambient Light powders (the best shade will depend entirely on your skintone, the holiday palette is a nice way to try three shades).

More photos and swatches:

It gives a glow from within kind of glow. The sparkles are visible on the skin but not glittery. Even though the pink shows up well on my skin it's too sheer to use as a blush. It makes a lovely finishing product. I highly recommend you read the review and reader comments at Best Things in Beauty - there are many Guerlain fans that have chimed in on their thoughts and comparisons.

Is it a must-have? I'm not sure I can say yes or no. Those who are familiar with Guerlain Meterorites Pearls will most likely say yes. The Guerlain Meteorites have a unique finish compared to any other highlighter - one that is sheer but meant to be applied all over the face. I would say test before you buy. I am very happy with these - I find the finish is more visible compared to past Meteorites I've tested.

The Guerlain Crazy Paris Meteorite Pearls are limited edition. The collection is now at all Guerlain counters. You can find it online at Nordstrom and other online locations.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder | Holiday 2013

I purchased the Guerlain Crazy Paris Terracotta Bronzer ($69 for 10g/0.35 oz, limited-edition) while traveling in San Francisco a few weeks ago. The mix of pink, peach and bronze was just so pretty it was nearly impossible to pass even though I have enough bronzers to last at least 10 lifetimes. When swirled together the powders create a soft peachy bronze glow. The pink portions are very subtle when mixed with the other colors but it makes this bronzer apply more like a soft nude blush rather than a traditional bronzer. There's a good mix of matte and shimmer in this that it makes the skin glow. It reminds me of the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzer from 2012 in the sense that it makes a nice non-traditional bronzer. The mix of pink and peach prevents it from looking muddy on the skin.

The Guerlain Crazy Terracotta comes in a little black and pink pouch. The compact is quite heavy and domed at the top.

The bronzer under artificial light:



You can achieve a similar effect with regular peachy blushes however the mix of colors in Guerlain Crazy Terracotta gives a glow with some depth. This is hard to achieve with other regular blushes. The pink adds a unique touch of pink/peach when mixed with the shades of bronze. It has shimmer but it's not quite as shimmery as the Guerlain Blondes or Sun Blondes. I've also swatched next to Chanel Sable Rose (from 2012) below.

Swatched with a heavy hand:

Overall a lovely glowy bronzer. It shows up well on my light-medium skin in a natural glowy way. I love it on the cheeks as a blush. If you have a lot of bronzers you can probably skip this - for me any face product with a hint of pretty pink mixed in is hard for me to pass. The glowy nature of this bronzer is enough for me to call it a must-have. You can find it at Guerlain counters now, also online at Nordstrom, Saks and Sephora.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Guerlain Sulfurous #861 Nail Lacquer | Holiday 2013

Guerlain has released a new nail lacquer with their Crazy Paris Holiday 2013 Collection called Sulfurous #861 ($23, limited-edition). It's a blackened-purple smoky shimmery shade with excellent coverage and smooth application. The color looks prettier in the bottle than on my nails but I still think it's a lovely shade. I couldn't find any dupes for it. I've had great experiences with the other shades in the Guerlain line up in terms of pigment, lasting power and overall wear. I found Sulfurous to have a shorter life-span in terms of lasting power. I had tipwear on the end of the third day of wear, but then I did not use it with the Guerlain base/top coats. Sometimes using the same brands for base, color and top coat results in the best combination - I do plan on trying them soon.

Here it is with two coats:

I pulled a Dior Aztec Chocolate (discontinued), Dior Lemon Balm (discontinued), Dior Silver Purple (discontinued) and Chanel Vertigo to compare. Guerlain Sulfrous proved to be very different.

With the exception of the so-so lasting power (which could have been due to the base/top coats I used) I am overall pleased with the color. Guerlain Sulfurous is a unique smoky color that isn't quite like your traditional vamp but still on the dark side. It's limited-edition so I suggest you try to buy sooner than later if you're interested. The collection should be at counters now. I spotted it at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco last week. It's also online now at Nordstrom, Saks and Dillards.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder 00 Nude and 02 Naturel-Blondes

Guerlain has revamped their Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzers ($75 each for 10 g/0.35 oz, made in France) this year and released some new shades for spring-summer. I have not had much experience with Guerlain's terracotta bronzers (except for a few seasonal limited ones) even though I'm obsessed with bronzers in all shades, formulas and finishes. This is the first time I've looked into the Terracotta Bronzer line from Guerlain. For this new release, there are six shades available. Two of the older shades have been re-named (sorry I'm not sure which ones have been repromoted), and four new colors have been added. I picked up the two lightest shades from Neimans, Terracotta 4 Seasons in Nude 00 and Naturel-Blondes 02.

Nude 00 is light quad with three tan shades and one pink shimmer. It's fairly light. I have olive medium skin and currently use Chanel B30, Dolce & Gabbana Warm 100 and NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska. I found Nude 00 to be extremely natural on me applying more like a nude blush rather than a bronzer. The finish is satiny leaning more on the matte side but not flat. Those who detest shimmer in their blush/bronzer will love the finish of the 4 Seasons bronzers.

Naturel-Blondes 02 is the second lightest option. All shades are medium tans (very similar). The bottom right corner has slight shimmer. It's a warm but natural bronzer. On me it's still on the natural side but true to bronzer form. Swatches below will make it seem on the orangey side. On the face it warms up the skin but doesn't look orange at all. On me it's goof proof. The color is layerable but it seems to be one of those shades that is impossible to mess up or overdo.

Each shade in the quads were a bit too sheer to swatch individually on the arm. On the face it's easier to swirl the brush in a circular motion to mix all shades within each palette and then apply to the face. I've found that I can wear these alone without any layering of other blushes or creams.

Here are a few swatches, these were applied with a soft fluffy brush:

The Terracotta 4 Seasons are more matte than the Terracotta Light shades (mosaic looking bronzers) but have a similar finish in terms of pigment/intensity. I have two of the Terracotta Light shades, Blondes and Sun Blondes to compare.

I had some challenges capturing the true effect of each. There is a softness to each shade that my camera cannot capture. The Blondes and Sun Blondes have a noticeable luminous glow on the face, it might not be apparent below.

I dug through some of my current favorites to compare. Colors will vary depending on your skintone and also undertones. I have a lot of olive/yellow. Note the Guerlain was swatched with a slightly heavier hand to show the undertone. On the face they do not apply quite as intense.

I am one who loves all kinds of bronzers, even ones that are more dramatic and stronger. The Guerlain 4 Seasons shades I chose looked darker in the store and in finger/arm swatches compared to what you see when you apply on the face. They are well pigmented but still extremely soft in color. I think they are among the softest bronzers I own (MAC Golden is one of the softest in color, but I think it is because it matches my skintone closely). Lasting power was quite good. These are heavily scented with a powdery scent. I have a super sensitive nose but I found the scent faded after 5-10 minutes.

I had expected Nude 00 and Naturel-Blondes 02 to look darker and more dramatic on the face. Instead I found them to be more on the natural side. I have to admit the other colors instore looked extremely dark, but I almost wish I had tried the darker ones first. At a high price of $75 I highly recommend that you try before buying. I know I will get a lot of use out of the two I purchased. The texture of the 4 Seasons Bronzers is very luxurious and soft. They apply flawlessly. I like that the compacts are sturdy enough that I feel comfortable carrying one in my purse. After testing for a week or so, I like them, but it's not love ... yet. I personally prefer the Blondes/Sun Blondes even though the effect/finish is completely different.

For quick reference, here is a photo of all the ones in store. Some with the same names might look different because of the reflection from my iPhone flash:

Guerlain 4 Seasons Bronzers are available at counters now. I saw the entire lineup at Nordstrom and Neimans. I've heard it has also arrived at the Guerlain Boutique in Las Vegas. Currently it's only showing up at 2 locations online at and I suspect it will show up at more locations online soon.

Have you checked out Guerlain's Summer Collection for the Terracotta release? Have you been a long-time Terracotta Bronzer user? I'd love to hear what your favorites are (or have been) and your skintone.

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