Guerlain’s Holiday 2010 collection includes Ombre Eclat 4 Shades in Velours D’Or (#410 $59). As with Guerlain’s other special edition palettes, the compact’s finish varies from the cool gold finish on Guerlain’s standard compact. This Holiday version is a much warmer golden shade, but with the same beautiful, heavy, luxurious feel:
The theme of this quad is dark with an added bright, warm 24-karat toned gold. The palette comes with two small sponge-tipped brushes, and the pans are patterned with the golden bee theme that runs throughout the collection.
The gold is absolutely beautiful, with a warm iridescent glow. The violet shades seem a bit shimmery in the pan but are designed to apply nearly matte. The black is a rich, pigmented dark matte shade appropriate to use as a liner or to add depth to the crease.
My skin is very pale, so I was nervous about using the palette. After trying the palette, I found that the shadows could be used for either day or night. A wash of the lower left shade looked like a smoky purple version of Chanel’s Taupe Grise, which is lovely with pale skin. I do have to ensure that I cover any dark circles first, as using violet/purple tones on the upper lid can otherwise emphasize dark circles below the eye. Overall, I loved the look as a very formal, dramatic and deep color. For some applications, I layered the intense violet shade from the upper right, which is just gorgeous. I used the black liner shade near the lashline. The deep golden shade is beautiful on its own, used in the inner corner or layered over the other shades.
Final verdict: Beautiful for dramatic occasions, and it can be toned down for everyday. I love it.