As promised, here are product reviews for two items purchased at Guerlain’s boutique in Las Vegas, Nevada.
First, the Terracotta Kohl in Oriental Metal ($34) (Khol Poudre Libre) is a shimmery, multi-dimensional silver-taupe. This loose powder is packaged in a glass vial. The ornate cap opens to reveal a long, semi-rigid stick to which the loose powder adheres. To apply the loose powder, you simply draw the long stick along the lashline with your eye closed (called the Eastern Method). I learned how to use this by watching this video. Of course, you can run the stick above the lashline instead if you prefer (the Western Method). But try the Eastern Method as least once, you’ll be surprised how well it works. Guerlain’s directions are here (click to enlarge):
I own this product in a few other colors, including black. Surprisingly, this eyeliner applies much faster than any other eyeliner I own (pencils, gels and cake) and lasts all day. When I saw Oriental Metal online, it looks sort of grey and dull. However, in real life this kohl gives a glowy sheen that looks beautiful next to the eye–it enhances the natural color rather than overwhelming.
Second, I bought a Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in a neutral shade, Garance (#6) ($45). Although this is an outrageous price to pay for a lipstick, the price is not out of line for a piece of costume jewelry that delivers a really unparalleled lipstick formula. As you probably know, the lipstick is sold in a beautifully-machined compact with two built-in mirrors, designed by Lorenz Bäumer, a jeweller from Paris’ Place Vendôme. Although I’ve used many high-end lipsticks, I’ve found that this formula is rich, moisturizing and looks like it has (as Guerlain advertises), crushed rubies in the forumula. There is a sparkling glow that I haven’t found in any other product. If you want to know more, Guerlain has a somewhat dramatic website that can walk you through the product (there’s a soundtrack, so if you’re reading this in your office with the door open….um…)
Because these lipsticks are somewhat an investment, I highly recommend trying them out before you purchase. One’s own natural coloring can mean that a lipstick which looks one way on one person, can look quite different on another.
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