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.

Guerlain Coup de Foudre

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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Feb 242013
 

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There have been a number of vibrant eyeshadow palettes released recently (color is back, baby!). In the mix of textures and offerings, I didn’t want to let the Spring 2013 collection season go by without a look at Guerlain Attrape Coeur Eyeshadow Quad ($59). This was the colorful palette this season that I found to be easy to use, gentle in color tone, and made of wearable vibrant shades.

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Guerlain’s Attrape Coeur has a shimmery white highlighter color, a soft lavendar, a vibrant violet duochrome and a deep complex dark purple-violet that is striking as a liner.

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Guerlain Attrape Coeur’s color can be applied light and sheer so that it doesn’t overwhelm. These shades are vibrant. Although they can be built up, we found that applying them with a soft hand gave us a look that’s pretty but not too heavy. 

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Here’s Liz wearing Guerlain Attrape Coeur with Tom Ford Cherry Lush lipstick and Burberry Coral Pink Blush.

Guerlain Attrape Coeur

The quality of Guerlain’s 4-color eyeshadow palettes is becoming well known. It’s no surprise that Guerlain Attrape Coeur is selling out. I noticed that it is still up for sale on Neimans and Saks websites, but seems to be gone from  Nordstrom.com at this point.

Bottom line: Speak now (or forever hold your peace). This one’s limited edition. There are lines with more opaque shades out for Spring ’13 (MAC’s Spoiled Rich quad looks amazing on Mostly Sunny, but I don’t think it would on me and Temptalia certainly didn’t love it). For my aesthetic, I jumped on Guerlain Attrape Coeur and love it. I can use some of the vibrant shades with shell and brown neutrals, or on its own for a more vibrant look.

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Feb 122013
 

Guerlain Spring Meteorites1

Lacking time to do a thorough swatch comparison, I thought it worth doing a short post to provide my thoughts about the Spring 2013 Guerlain Perles de Paradis Meteorites Powder ($70) (available at NordstromSephora and elsewhere). As you likely know, this container is larger than the standard sized Meteorites powder. In other words, Sephora’s site shows that the standard Meteorties contain just over 1.05 oz. of powder. The Spring Guerlain Perles de Paradis are rated at 2.08 ozs, so nearly double in weight for another $12 in price.

Because of the weight increase, the price difference from $58 to $70 for the Spring 2013 version isn’t troubling to me.

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 The container is slightly larger than the standard Guerlain Meteorites containers. Of course, the new Spring Guerlain Perles de Paradis comes with a kitten-soft puff with a bow, sure to draw sighs at its prettiness.  Inexplicably, the Spring container is cardboard, while most others are a nice moisture-resistant metal.

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I love the soft barely-there pastel veil that these give my skin. Although I had heard that this season’s Meteorites were glittery, I had to try them myself. It is true that these have silver-metal colored balls in the mix, which might have caused me some concern.

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After applying these over the course of several days, I asked the ever-patient members of my family to do a glitter-inspection under some hanging light fixtures. Overall, the verdict was quite positive. We detected a fleck or two, but never more than that. The light-diffusing effect of these Meteorites gave me a beautiful finish, even over a heavy-duty sunscreen-based foundation that I’ve been testing. 

Overall, I love these. Yes, they are lovely for Spring but they are also beautiful any time of the year.

Available at NordstromSephora and elsewhere.

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