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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Sep 272011

Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 collection includes a new Meteorites Perles de Nuit ($56 / 1.05 oz.).  As with the other recent Meteorites releases, these are packaged in a beautifully designed metal container in shades of deep midnight blue.  It’s safe to say that these are limited edition.

Here’s the bottom label:

 Inside, the powder pearls are shades of pink, gold, orange and silver pearls to illuminate without whitening.

All the pearls:

I’ve worn these for two days, and absolutely love them.  They seem to mattify and give a pearl glow at the same time.  Unlike last year’s holiday meteorites Perles D’Or (reviewed here) which have a warm rosy gold glow, Perles de Nuit is a more neutral pearl effect which works well on both warm and cool skin tones.  These meteorites are gorgeous.  By the way, these are currently for sale on AHALife.com.

Guerlain sent this product to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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Sep 072011

This year’s holiday collection from Geurlain is based on cool tones and is edited to play to Guerlain’s strengths–the new 4-color eyeshadows, finely milled powders and fragrance.

The star of the collection (in my book) is the Vol de Nuit (“Night Flight”) Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($87), named after Guerlain’s perfume of the same name (reviewed here by The NonBlonde).  Guerlain’s shimmer powders are usually lovely, are packed in a gorgeous atomized spray bottle and this one has an art deco propeller theme. According to the press release, this one’s scent reinterprets the original fragrance, and has a green and woody composition softened by vanilla and iris.  And Guerlain does vanilla and iris very, very well.

Holiday 2011 Meteorites Perles de Nuit ($56) are next on my wish list.  This years uses pink, gold, orange and silver pearls to illuminate without whitening.

Les Ombes de Nuit 4-color eyeshadow palette ($59) is a limited edition palette predominated by cool tones:

The Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush ($67) has a light violet scent, and has pale pink, white, deep pink and blue tones.  It comes in a black lacquer case which I assume is similar to the Series Noir G released earlier this year (reviewed here) with a brush in the bottom layer.

Temptalia’s wearing this (just on her right cheek) in this post from a preview gratis shipment sent from Guerlain. Based on this shot, the palette appears to give a gentle highlighting effect without depositing more that a dab of color.

Thankfully, Guerlain is giving us another Rouge Automatique, their highly successful lipstick line launched this year. There are two limited edition shades, #169 Flirt D’un Jour and 170 Nuit d’Amour ($35):

This year’s collection does not seem to include a pressed meteorites.  Which of these catches your eye?


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