Guerlain Shadows

When choosing products to review on my blog, I try to keep abreast of what is new, about to launch, launching or just simply a product that is great but overlooked.

This post is about Guerlain shadows. Let me first say, I haven’t been very lucky with Guerlain cosmetics and skincare. I want it to work and I have desperately and patiently tried to force my face to love it, but I usually end up having buyers remorse. I don’t like to generalize a makeup line, especially a well established cosmetic line like Guerlain, but I simply haven’t found anything that has become a “staple’ in my makeup kit.

Few weeks ago, I was at Sephora doing my usual rounds, checking to see what is new. I went over to the Guerlain display and realized I have tried everything in the line but the shadows. Why was that? They seemed pigmented,soft and the color selection ranged from classic to trendy. One palette in particular caught my eye named “2 Vendome”, which is part of the Ecrin 6 colours collection.

The first thing I love is that the collection of shadows comes in a gorgeous and well crafted gold case that has a beautiful and well crafted filigree detail designed by India Mahdavi, an award winning designer. Each palette is named after a famous street in Paris and the colors are cleverly and tastefully selected. Here is how the company describes it:

What it is:
An alluring eye shadow palette that caters to your every whim offering a range of iridescent, matte, and satin shadows.

What it does:
Featuring six sultry shades, this versatile eye shadow palette transforms your look with endless possibilities from nude to couture to smoky. Packaged in a luxurious, silver-tone compact you’ll want to put on display, the universally flattering colors include light beige, ivory, soft charcoal, patina, royal blue, and midnight blue.

What else you need to know:
Each of Guerlain’s Écrin six eye shadow palettes bears the name of a Guerlain boutique in Paris. Includes a double-ended brush and mirror.

I like playing with the different textures to achieve an “interesting” smokey look. I chose 2 Vendome because as I mentioned before, I love neutral browns with a splash of blue and this palette does just that. The dark navy is a matte and strongly pigmented liner and the electric blue is clearly an “accent color’ that should be used with a very light hand. I did a few looks to give you an idea of how it looks with brown eyes and how the colors work together. As you know, just because a palette comes with six colors doesn’t mean you have to use ALL of them. With this palette, I mostly used the taupe, gray and brown taupe along with the navy for lining. Lets take a look:

Pros: Well pigmented, silky and definitely user friendly, even if some of the colors are “daring.” They are so well coordinated that I think there is a palette for everyone and in general they don’t seem trendy but more classic.

Cons: It retails for $84..ouch! Clearly, we are paying for the heavy gold case and the ads in Vogue. I am not sure but that is quite steep and many people will think twice before impulsively buying it. Another petty complaint from my end is even though it has few neutral colors, they tend to go a bit “blue/gray”, especially on my olive skin, and I warmed it up by mixing in my beloved Chanel “mystic shadow” in crease. It looked less ashy and gray on me and more like a subtle smokey neutral look. Also, I found I needed a primer (by Terry is what I use) to keep it from fading.

Verdict: I seem to be reaching out for it more than I expected. If you are looking for beautiful neutral palettes but with a “kick” and “edge” to it then yes these palettes won’t disappoint. I plan on buying one more but I haven’t decide which one yet. I’ll keep everyone updated when I do.

Guerlain can be found at Guerlain stores, Sephora and Bergdorf Goodman.

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