Jun 242010
 

Guerlain’s Terracotta Light Summer Bronzing Powder in Blondes Hâlées ($50) is a reformulation of its formerly-released Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder.  Although the products look similar at first glance, the formula, color and tone of the products are quite different.

As both versions are still being sold, and it is worth a pause so that we can tell the difference.

The packaging of both is nearly identical.  There are two differences to look for:  First, the older versions are called “Blondes” and “Brunettes.”  The new versions are called “Blondes Hâlées” and “Brunettes Hâlées.”   Second, the limited edition version for Summer 201 uses the phrase “Summer Bronzing Powder” on the packaging and compact.  The older version does not.  Also, the new Hâlées have a slight pebbled look to the ornate embedded logo on the compact.  The older version is simpler, without the dotted texture that surrounds the swirling, embedded “G’s.”

This review focuses on Blondes Hâlées, which I recently purchased and compared to my former Blondes.

The primary differences are:

  • The texture of Blondes Hâlées is much softer and easier to pick up on the brush.  The older Blondes seems quite hard by comparison.
  • Blondes Hâlées is a deeper, darker color.
  • Blondes Hâlées is a more intense, more dramatic bronzer.
  • Blondes Hâlées has redder undertones, which is more akin to a tiny pink-red that looks more like sun-exposed “tan with a touch of red”.
  • The older Blondes has a sheerer golden tone.

Hare side-by-side swatches:

I prefer the new formulation.  Blondes Hâlées has a beautiful natural tone with a pretty golden shimmer.  I had to beat the pigment out of the former Blondes to get sheer coverage. Blondes Hâlées gives a more natural look and is much easier to work with.

Here is a comparison — on the left, no bronzer.  On the right, Blondes Hâlées:

Although Guerlain Blondes Hâlées is a deeper color tone, I find the effect quite natural.  Her skin takes on a pink tone, without any trace of orange.

Below, Liz added a pop of pink blush (Bobbi Brown French Pink) on top of Blondes Hâlées:

So, between the Edward Bess Daydream that I reviewed last and the Guerlain, which do you prefer?

 

 

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May 122010
 

Guerlain has recently released four single eyeshadows, including L’Instant D’une Caresse (Guerlain Ombre Eclat 1 Color 183) ($35).  These singles are expensive but enormous.  For comparison, Guerlain’s eyeshadows are .12 oz (3.6 grams) for $35.  MAC’s are .04 and .05, depending on the style, and run $14.50.  Chanel’s are .07 ounces for $28.50.  So although Guerlain’s are among the highest among department store brands, they are the largest so buying one is a commitment.  The question is whether you love any of them enough to commit.

Until now, I’ve only loved one –Sable Blond 101–which was released with Guerlain’s Summer 2009 collection.  I absolutely love this color (swatch below), it’s a wonderful neutral shade that gives a pretty soft shimmer to the lid.  Based on Karlasugar’s swatches, I thought it was time to venture a little further into Guerlain’s line.  I’ll be running through four of these in the next few days.

L’Instant D’une Caresse is a shimmery off-white shade that evokes a beige.  This will not turn opaque on your brow bone (which is probably a good thing).  It’s pigmented, but not intended to go completely white unless you really work at it.  There are some shimmery bits once this is applied.

Here is a swatch of Guerlain’s L’Instant D’une Caresse, along with Sable Blonde and a pearl Shu highlighter, P 800:

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May 102010
 

Spring is turning slowly into summer where I live–sometimes our weather will seem warm, while others (like today) there is a grey rain with the attendant cloud cover.  Summer brings some of my favorite months, and so I’m impatient for it to arrive.  To get me in the mood, here is an easy summer look that I wore over the weekend:

  • Avene Emulsion 50+ Sunscreen
  • Guerlain Terracotta Tinted Moisturizer in Blondes (this is truly moisturizing–I wish Guerlain made this in an everyday version) reviewed here.
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in In Love – reviewed here
  • Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Bondi – reviewed here
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink, topped with Guerlain’s Terracotta Eye Kohl in Mirage (reviewed here)
  • Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils mascara
  • RMS Beauty eyeshadow in Lunar (reviewed here).  This was a sample that I got gratis from the Spirit Beauty Lounge, but I recently discovered that similar samples can be purchased quite cheaply at this link.

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May 102010
 

Rescue Beauty Lounge–the edgy niche nail polish brand–has released Diddy Mow, the third of its surfer-themed polishes for Summer 2010.  As the site describes–the name is a “surf term for a harsh wipeout, is a putty green, the color of sand through sea water, the moment before you eat it!”

This green is not moss, it’s not forest, it’s not Shrek-green.  In fact, it has so much grey in it that it is the color of seaweed through cloudy water, a color that evokes the summer of the cooler northern climates.  The pearl is barely noticeable unless the light hits it just right.  It’s a nice toned-down color that is going to look amazing with all of the corals that we’ve seen this season:

Here is a quick re-cap with the other two Rescue Beauty Lounge colors for this season, in case you are thinking of a single order:

360 is reviewed here:

Bangin’ is reviewed here:

The formula on all of these is divine–one to two coats maximum, easy to work with.

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May 082010
 

NARS Summer 2010 includes a very small release of three Multiple Tints ($38), which are exclusively available online at NARS website.  These are sheer, almost gel-like tubes of color in a twist-up tube that can be used for a blush or lip color.  Unlike the Multiples, they have no bronzer effect and their highlighting effect is minimal.  They are meant to add a sheer wash of color.

This limited release has three choices– Beverly Hills is red-based, Turks & Caicos is orange-peach based.  I purchased Cadaqués, which is pink based, but looks fuchsia in the tube.

The traditional “NARS” lettering on the packaging had a cute–and very practical– touch with Cadaqués because it is printed with pink letters.  If you have other Multiples in your makeup collection, this helps distinguish this one from the others.

The color in the tube is very vibrant:

Once applied, this applies as a sheer wash of pink with a touch of shimmer.  This is several (10) swipes, and you can see that the color builds nicely on my arm.  However, applied to the cheeks, it only took 1-2 swipes to give me a healthy pink glow.  The product has a slight sheen when the light hits it.  The texture has a gel feel, not the opaque cream of the other Multiples. Click to enlarge:

This last one shows that these apply as a sheer wash of color–there are no shimmer or glitter bits in this product.  The sheen you see (especially the picture, above) is from the gel-texture in sunlight.  Again, click to enlarge:

These were taken with a combination of warm sunlight and flash.

I’m going to have check in later on the lasting power…

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