Oct 142010

Guerlain’s Holiday 2010 Les Ors collection includes the Midnight Star Collect’Or ($73).

Midnight Star Collection D’Or is a clear tube that resembles a magic wand filled with monocapsules of skincare primer serum.  Each individual capsule is intended to provide a fresh, single-use boost to the skin.  To begin using it, you uncap the top of this scepter, which is embossed with the gold bee logo that is the emblematic symbol of this collection.  The tube is made of a crystal-clear plastic–it is not as heavy as glass (or as subject to breakage, thank heavens), but it is quite substantial and elegant.

If you turn the large, flat cap around a few times, it breaks the seal and comes free quite easily.

My tube included ten monodoses of a primer serum that delivers an anti-oxidant complex, extracts of natural substances that raise the level of oxygen in the skin.  It also has an active ingredient, pronoctine, to shield the skin from toxins that include pollution, cigarette smoke or the like.

This serum is suspended in a pearlized based that leaves the skin feeling very smooth, but still extremely natural.  It is important to remember that serums are treatments, not moisturizers.  Although this serum benefits the skin, if you have dry skin you may need to apply the moisturizer in addition to the serum.  Guerlain’s literature recommends applying moisturizer first.

Here is a monodose and close-up of the serum.  You simply twist off the top–which is stamped with a little Midnight Star–to access the liquid inside.

Here’s my experience:

  • This is an extremely high quality serum.  It feels wonderful when applied.
  • The serum reminded me a bit of the Orchidee Imperiale Serum ($400)–there is a very light texture, is cosmetically elegant.
  • This dries down to a beautiful texture.  There is a slight, pleasant scent that fades after 15 minutes or so.  As Guerlain is a perfume specialist, you can trust that the scent is quite beautiful and not at all strong.
  • Each monodose is enough for one application to the face and neck.  If you focus just on the face, you may get nearly two uses out of a single monodose.
  • My skin felt incredibly smooth and pore less, with a bit of a tightening effect.  I could see a tiny bit of pearliness after I applied foundation.
  • The serum is very lightweight.
  • The slight pearl texture was subtle–the pearliness is suspended in a transparent base.  This does not add color to the skin, just a light, soft glaze that softens imperfections.
  • My skin felt like porcelain, although the effect was quite breathable.

There are several uses to this product in my view.  First, if you are having a stressful holiday, this is a nice way treat yourself for holiday events.  Guerlain suggests using this to refresh after a long day, to prepare your skin for holiday parties–and I agree with this.  Nothing feels more luxurious than nourished, prepared skin.  It’s really a treat to use.

Another possibility is as a gift for someone who seems to have everything, but appreciates a little luxury.  The packaging is quite beautiful and unquestionably impressive.  I would feel comfortable giving this as a gift to the most discerning recipient.

Further, this is a wonderful way to try out Guerlain’s skin care range.  You may be reluctant to invest in Guerlain’s highest quality skin care line without trying out the product first–even if a store’s return policy is liberal–it’s sometimes difficult to make the leap.  If you believe that your skin would benefit from some serious skin care, this is one way to get a sense of the quality of Guerlain’s products without making a significant initial investment.

Overall, this is a very luxurious product.  I can think of several women on my gift list that would love it.  After using this for several days, I do love the effect on my skin, and I am curious to try more of Guerlain’s impressive skincare range.

This product was provided to Café Makeup without charge for consideration.

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  2 Responses to “Guerlain Midnight Star Collect’Or”

  1. It sounds lovely, but the price is far too high (for my pocketbook) per use … this would cost $7.30 per application … so the $400 Orchid Serum would actually be less expensive, assuming you got at least 55 uses out of it ($400/$7.30 = 54.8), and if it’s a full sized skincare product, you’d hope it would last at least 2 months with daily usage!

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