Oct 222011

Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 offerings include a star product, Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush ($67/0.35 oz.).  The product comes housed in a formal, lacquered housing that is well-designed and sturdy.

One half (or more) of the bulk of the compact is due to the brush housing, in a lower compartment:

I must admit that this product is not within my particular demographic. The peacock pattern, I’m guessing, may be released to evoke the New York City Waldorf’s Peacock Alley to celebrate the re-opening of Guerlain’s Day Spa at that location. However, peacock feathers seem to evoke my mother’s generation rather than my own.

This violet-scented product has a glittery clear glaze that sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight, but sweeps away easily after the first few brush strokes.  If you look in the mirror reflection in the photograph below, you can see how dramatic the overspray diamond effect is:

Is clear glaze the new overspray?  It appears to be; although I suppose its slightly preferable because one can see the product colors underneath a glaze (whereas metallic overspray covers it entirely).  However, I’m a texture fanatic.  I don’t like anything that gets inbetween me and the powder, thank you very much.  I’m now patiently awaiting the demise of a clear glaze trend.  After brushing away the glaze layer, Liz and I started to use the Guerlain Parure de Nuit highlighter.

Here is the result–above is a picture of Liz wearing Guerlain Parure de Nuit in full sun (thank you, Liz, we know posing in full sun is not so fun).  There is some bronzer on her lower cheek under her hairline.  The largest percentage of the Guerlain Parure de Nuit powder is a nearly-invisible peach tone that is near a fair skin tone.  The circlets of more intense apricot give the powder some very subtle color when applied.  The effect is a more shimmery, pinker version of Nars Sex Appeal blush (reviewed here).  The effect when wearing foundation is very faint pink-peach color, a near-nude that glimmers in full sunlight.

My sense is that you are either going to be very attracted to the packaging and presentation of Guerlain Parure de Nuit, or you are not.  Or perhaps there is a friend or family member that would adore this compact based on their individual taste–for a bit, I flirted with the idea of shipping mine off to my mother rather than reviewing it here (my mother prefers accessories to makeup, so I declined to do so).  For me, this Guerlain does the highlighting/subtle blush job beautifully but no more so than others available at a lower price point with a less elaborate presentation.  My sense is that you could do just as well with a Dior Star Shimmer Powder at $44, or several other options reviewed on this site, and tuck the remainder away toward the Spring ’12 collections.

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  11 Responses to “Guerlain Parure de Nuit Highlighting Powder Review”

  1. Hi Amy,

    I love the highlighter and how it looks on Liz.
    But what I am really wondering about is the li

  2. Thanks so much for this! It’s a genuinely brilliant review that can make me appreciate the quality of a product and its aesthetic intentions while also making me realise it wouldn’t suit my needs at all.

  3. I quite love this highlighter! I love that it has a flush of pink with it. Mmmmhrm! Looks really pretty on Liz! Thanks for posting. 🙂

  4. Liz has such lovely skin, I’m jealous! lol Pretty highlight too although I think it would be lost on my skin.

  5. The compact used for this highlighter is the same one that was used for the gorgeous Blush G Spring 2011 Série Noire compact. It is a bit bulky, but since I don’t carry products like this around with me, it’s not an issue. The reason I gave it a miss was because I have my sights set on Chantecaille’s South Sea Pearl instead. As for Parure de Nuit, Peacock motif aside, the shimmer and delicate color look beautiful on Liz. It functions as more of a highlighter than the Nars that was mentioned and its shimmer is more refined than the MAC. Why not just give the compact to Liz? It’s perfect on her 🙂

  6. More than beautiful!!

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  8. […] The set comes is beautifully red-ribboned box that’s very Nars-inspired. This will sell out quickly, and may have already at some locations.  I know that I’m not supposed to compare the two products (they are so different, seriously), but the NARS Hanamichi is more “my style” compared to the Guerlain peacock-themed Parure de Nuit highlighter (reviewed here). […]

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