Feb 272013

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Guerlain Spring 2013 Coup de Foudre ($59) eyeshadow palette was released in December (it is still available with free shipping at Nordstrom.com, miraculously). Many avid blog readers have probably already seen the palette in action. Cafe Makeup wanted to weigh in with its swatches and opinion–which is, bottom line, get it—get it now.

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 This palette has greens which act as non-neutral neutrals. These colors are so universal that this palette worked for both of us, with almost no effort, the first time. The combination of the beautiful pearly quality of the eyeshadows, the harmonious colors, and the shades chosen to work on a wide variety of skintones makes Guerlain Coup de Foudre an easy “yes.” In soft light:

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I sort of love how none of these greens is a Pantone Color of the Year, but making anything really mainstream sort of kills things for me. Instead, you get a soft mossy green, a soft mint shimmer, a deep charcoal grey infused with green, and a soft coral. The texture is spectacular–it leaps onto one’s brush and applies effortlessly to the lid.

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The shimmer of this palette loves the light. On Liz’s lids applied very lightly (she used the two deepest colors only, the left green and the green-gray). Of course, it can be applied more heavily if desired.

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Here’s a full face, which give a very neutral-with-a-green-kick impression:

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Liz paired Guerlain Coup de Foudre with Tom Ford Private Blend lipstick in Spanish Pink ($48). As an side, here was our set-up for the shoot:

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For other ideas for how to wear Coup de Foudre, see Messywand’s post creating three different looks including one incorporating the coral. Swatches:

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Overall–yes, you need it. We love Guerlain Coup de Foudre. It’s neutral with a twist, the texture is perfect, and its highle usable for everyday, elegant wear.

Available now at Nordstrom.com with free ship.

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  10 Responses to “Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette Review and Look”

  1. You sold me – thank goodness it’s still available! I ordered immediately, looks gorgeous on Liz!

  2. Love this quad, my fav Guerlain combo I think, the texture is amazing and I really like the sparkles there. It looks gorge on Liz xxx

  3. I agree, this quad is definitely a “get it, get it now” type of thing! I love green, and I love coral. Getting to combine these two effortlessly on my lids is just priceless!

  4. This look really nice and the colours great, This is the first time I have come aross your blog and your are so pretty xxx

  5. Good Lord, Liz is gorgeous! This palette is “meh” for me, but she makes everything look pretty. Love your blog, and it’s fun to see your set up in this point.

  6. This looks so beautiful on Liz! So pretty!! I’ll have to get my paws on this one.

  7. These are such beautiful shadows! How do you think they would look on green eyes? As although I love green shadows, I’m always a bit weary of wearing them with green eyes.

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  9. I am wary of green shadows with my green eyes as well. This palette did not work for me no matter how many times I tried it. I think it really depends on whether you have green eyes with some blue or grey in them vs green eyes with gold in them. I have the latter (and pale skin with yellow undertones) and it just didn’t do a thing for me. Even the mossy green just looked tacky on me, which surprised me. The one shade that worked well on me, and which I usually have problems with, was the mint, but I couldn’t justify keeping the whole palette for one shade. I have seen this look gorgeous on those with blue eyes and brown eyes, and I still think for the right green eyes it would look beautiful too.

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