Jun 032011
 

Some quick pictures of Guerlain’s Terracotta Mosaic Face and Body Bronzer ($69/ about .5 ounce).  This is a mix of several different brown and tan colors, topped with a gold overspray on portions of the surface.  Typical of many body bronzers, this is 4 1/2″ across, housed in a slim compact with the transparent lid.

As you can see, the surface shows the mix of different colored browns, each a different mosaic “tile” that creates the Guerlain “G” logo.

There is a soft, perfumed scent to the compact.  It is more lightweight than the heavier, mirrored .68 ounce (more product) body bronzer released by Guerlain a few years ago with the Orient collection (on the right):

I’m heading out of town again for several days (see, I told you that Liz and I are busy!).  In the meantime, take a look at swatches of this palette at Natural n Chic’s makeup blog at this link.

 

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May 102011
 

Guerlain Summer 2011 Terracotta line includes the Ombre Fusion Water-Resistant creme eyeshadow in 02 Havana ($35) a browned-khaki cream with bronze shimmer.  How did this green-eyed girl wind up with another khaki eyeshadow?  Fortunately, this is one of the prettiest.  I only wish I’d known that before purchasing the others!

As with Maya and Bahia, Havana is a gorgeously-textured cream.  If you look closely at the swatch, above, you’ll see a fair amount of bronze shimmer and undertone which sets this one apart.   If you like this color, you’ll love this shadow.

Here are some comparisons:

The brownish tones of Havana really show with the light swatch, far left. Havana is creamier than the liquid Chanel Ombre D’eau in Torrent in the middle, but similar in color tone.  The powder single Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Khaki is a softer, powder finish.  Also pictured at the far right is Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerwash in Golden Leaf (limited edition and no longer available).

Generally, I think that this trio from Guerlain (Bahia, Maya and Havana) are the best summer trio since the Tajine metals (although the smoky pigment set that included Holy Smoke were pretty nice too).   These types of special, star products are well worth a look.  Unlike some makeup companies that have flash limited editions that sell out in days, I expect that Guerlain’s Ombre Fusion will be on counter at least for several more weeks.  These are easy, no fuss summer shades.  Most days, a swipe or two of Maya and I’m out the door.  They will look awesome with summer tans or a bronzed look, together with a nice clear summer lip (a coral, shimmer peach of pink).  Highly recommended.

 

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May 102011
 

Guerlain’s limited edition Terracotta collection for Summer 2011 includes Ombre Fusion in Bahia ($35), a creamy light multi-dimensional light peachy pink shadow.

Unless this color is applied sheerly, it does not work well as an overall lid color unless you are going for a retro-60’s beach look.  Rather, it’s best to use with a deeper color, such as Guerlain’s Ombre Fusion in Maya (or Havana) layered on the outer 1/2 of the eye or a deeper powder shadow.  It’s a pretty highlighting color on the browbone, again with a sheer touch.  Here’s a comparison with the light and dark swatch:

You can see how lightly the creme skates over the texture of the skin.  This next picture really drives this point home.  Here is a comparison between this Guerlain Ombre Fusion with my pink Chanel Ombre D’eau in River #87.  You can see how different the texture of these products are.  Bahia sits nicely on the skin, filling ridges, where the Chanel looks dry.  I must admit that this comparison is a bit unfair.  This is because this particular Chanel River does not have a good texture and seems flat compared to the other Chanel Ombre D’eau line (many of which are much nicer than River).  But you can certainly see that Guerlain Bahia has a much nicer texture and richer tone.

 

 

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May 022011
 

If Chanel Sylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Rose Platine ($29/ limited edition for Summer 2011/ #47) were a literary character, it would be Nick Carraway –the narrative voice of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

This is because despite the word “rose” in the name, Rose Platine would say (as Nick did), “I am not even faintly like a rose.”  Although I was expecting a berry or interesting pink, Rose Platine defied those expectations–thankfully so, because those colors are tricky to wear next to the eye.

Instead, Rose Plattine is a warm platinum color, actually quite close to titanium.  The effect is a soft, blonde gold that is just gorgeous.  It is subtle, eye-brightening, and shimmery.  And no one does shimmer like Chanel.  It’s never “too much;” rather, it sets the standard for “just enough” glimmer to awaken some light around the eye.  The shimmer looks expensive, not glittery or obvious.

I have nothing like Rose Platine.  Indeed, I suspect that there is nothing like Rose Platine.  Here, you see it next to Chanel Khaki Dore pencil liner (reviewed here), the nude matte flesh-colored Make Up For Ever Dual-Ended Concealer Pencil (reviewed here), and MAC Pearlglide in Wolf, another neutral-with-a-kick metallic liner that was limited edition and not currently available.

Although this pencil looks quite lovely under the eye, I also love it on top of a black liner on the upper lid.  It gives a little bit of life to the lashlines that is very pretty.  I would go so far as to say it’s backup-worthy.  Highly recommended.

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Apr 282011
 

Chanel Summer 2011 includes a new eyeshadow duo, Khaki-Discret (#17 Ombres Contraste Duo/ Ombres a Paupieres Duo/ Eyeshadow Duo). Although both are based on a green theme, this duo is entirely different from the Lilium eyeshadow eyeshadow quad (reviewed here), released in this same collection.

The texture of Khaki-Discret is extraordinary.  It’s soft, highly pigmented and extremely blendable. Unlike Lilium’s blue-based green, Khaki-Discret’s deep green is a mossy olive green that is very rich and looks absolutely beautiful on the lid.  Unlike Lilium, the deeper shadow in Khaki-Discret are easily made opaque, very slightly shimmery and have no sparkle effect.

The lighter shade is a pleasant inner-corner highlight shade that is a light, shimmery almost celery green.  It’s a pretty combination.  Swatches:

As you can see, the deeper shade evokes the deep, soft olive green.  I wanted to pass along that Khaki-Discret required a primer to get all day color.  Worn alone, the green faded after about four hours on the lid with no primer.  I found that NARS Eyeshadow Primer was too sticky, interfering with Khaki-Discret’s excellent blendability.  Urban Decay’s Primer Potion was a good compromise.  I’d like to try it with a Chanel eyeshadow primer or Laura Mercier Eye Basic;  based on my experience those would likely work best.

Here is the comparison with other Chanel greens:

Overall, this is an excellent quality eyeshadow.  Highly recommended.

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