May 142010

Guerlain L’lnstant d’une Émotion ($35) is a large pan on multi-dimensional deep grey powder eyeshadow.  Of the four released by Guerlain recently, this is the most smooth, pigmented and multi-dimensional.  Therefore, it is my favorite.

Although I don’t usually like darker eyeshadows, every collection needs to have a few and this is a beautiful one to have.  Like the others, it is packaged in a beautiful square gold that is nicely engineered and easy to hold.  As you might expect, it is subject to fingerprints but the little dips and waves seem nicely placed to allow a nice grip on the container so that it will not be dropped.

L’lnstant d’une Émotion is a charcoal color with mulit-color shimmer.  The pigmentation is beautiful–it applies easily.  The shimmer is so small that it does not have any sparkle or gritty feel.  Rather, the shimmer is part of the shadow.  Here is a picture of its pan gorgeousness:

Here is a swatch of the single.  As you can see, this is charcoal rather than a black.  This was taken in sunlight, so there is a little gold cast to it:

Here is a comparison with some other grays in my collection taken with an indoor flash.  The color is more neutral here and looks more like the color does in every day light.  The comparisons are between the shimmery Chanel Silvery, the matte Chanel Ebony and the very deep grey (almost black) Shu ME Black 990 that has tiny microsparkles:

Bottom line:  Worth checking out if you like neutrals with a little drama.

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  6 Responses to “Guerlain L’lnstant d’une Émotion Single Eyeshadow – Review and Swatches”

  1. I LOVE such colours! Thank you so much for your excellent product photo and swatches. 🙂

  2. Hey Amy! Love these pictures and these series of posts too, the Guerlain compact is so cool looking, like a drop mercury/quicksilver frozen… or like a stone from an alien planet perhaps??!!! Okie….. I’m getting carried away, but this swatch is gorgeous, reminds me of Edward Bess shadows.. where the shimmer is not a separate entity 🙂

  3. This shade is beautiful. I just wanted to say thank you for your great blog, it’s one of the best out there, I love it!

    Do you think this eyeshadow is similar in anyway to MAC Smoke and Diamonds or Benefit Skinny Jeans?

    • This seems closer to black than either—and doesn’t have the brownish hint of Skinny Jeans. Hope this helps! 🙂

  4. It really does, thank you.

    I was trying to talk myself out of ‘needing’ it, but it seems like I’ll be going to have a good old browse!

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