Nov 222010

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.

Applied dry:

Applied wet:

Final verdict:  Beautiful for dramatic occasions, and it can be toned down for everyday.  I love it.

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  6 Responses to “Guerlain Velours D’Or Eye Shadow”

  1. This is such a lovely quad, but unfortunately for me and fortunately for my wallet, the two purple shades are too murky for my coloring 🙁 I guess I’ll just have to set the money aside for the Spring 2011 Écran 6 Couleurs Rue de Volie! Judging by the promo pictures, the center pop of color appears to be a very warm, vibrant plum. It’s configured and packaged in the same way as the previous É6C palettes and we all know how beautiful those are. Guerlain really seems to have stepped up their game with their spring collection. So many new collars for face, lips, cheeks, and eyes are being introduced. The promo pictures at Rouge Deluxe are for the Asian collection, but I imagine we’ll be getting many of the same products. I better start saving now!

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  3. If it hadn’t been for the gold shade, I’d have snapped this up. It’s think it’s too warm for me and I’m pretty wary with golds generally (including Etrusque). I love the swatches applied wet. The colours are amazing. Many thanks for sharing your amazing pictures as always x

  4. This is the best review of this quad that I’ve seen so far. I had written off this quad as something I wasn’t interested in, but your photos might have changed my mind. The smoky purple is gorgeous, and the gold has so much depth–I find it much more interesting than NARS Etrusque. Thanks for the great review.

  5. That quad is bee-autiful!! Gorgeous. I’m all sorts of tempted to order that right now! xxx

  6. I have this and it’s gorgeous. I confess I haven’t used it yet, just look at it every now and then. 🙂 Oh and can’t wait for that pink palette from the Spring Collection!

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