Guerlain’s new Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes in Les Fumes ($59) is a pretty palette of brown-based neutrals. Unlike last years permanent release of Guerlain’s Ecrin 6 Couleurs ($84), Les Fumes is a slightly smaller and more convenient size, a reduced price and a less complicated palette. Fortunately, the quality of Guerlain’s 4 Couleurs is excellent–the lower price and smaller size does not mean reduced quality.
Les Fumes has:
– Top/center: A soft pink-beige shell base color (matte)
– Left: A shimmery medium brown with tiny microsparkles
– Bottom/center: A deep shimmery brown with a touch of violet
– Right: A shimmery pewter gray
Here is a swatch comparison with Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Rue de Passay, which has a similar tonal quality although the shades are not the same:
Liz with Les Fumes (eyes closed):
Geurlain Les Fumes is incredibly easy to use. With very little effort, one can achieve a very polished, sophisticated neutral eye. Liz started with a base coat of the top center pink-beige all over the lid. She then blended the left shade into the outer corner, and the deep shade (bottom center) into the crease. She put a generous coating of the shimmery gray (on the right) starting from the inner corner halfway across the lid.
Gorgeous! The texture is excellent–it’s not quite as soft as some of Dior’s 5-color palettes but the pigment comes off easily with only a slight pressure. The powder is very finely milled and blends beautifully.