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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