You know what? Eff it! Let’s play hooky this afternoon. Whatdya say?
COME ON! Let’s do it. 🙂 The sun’s out; we could drive into the city, go to the Japanese Tea Gardens, walk around, check out the cherry blossoms, have a cup of tea and watch the pink petals glide in the wind… Doesn’t that sound nice?
I would love that, actually, and by the way, I’ll be wearing the Guerlain Spring Glow 2016 collection, because this collection is all about that laid-back spring lifestyle.
No, not like you’re hiking up a mountain or, like, parasailing or doing X games. More like just enjoying a sunny day outside at the park, or kicking it in the city with your girlfriends.
In this collection, “luminosity” is the word du jour. It’s just a happy, uplifting collection with touches of pink, gold and khaki. I’m feelin’ it…except for the prices.
I mean, yeah, it’s Guerlain, so it’s about a million miles from “bargain” or “drugstore,” but $179 for a powder compact? That’s Rick-sanity, yo! (Side note: The Walking Dead returns February 14. Happy Valentine’s, yay!).
Guerlain Météorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls Of Powder ($179)
Yes, you read that right — this compact is really $179. At first I thought that was a typo because, honestly, why?
Like, OK…I get it. It looks and feels luxe. The packaging exudes elegance, and it has a gravitas and heft to it. It’s also refillable, and I like the combination of color-correcting, brightening colors — the pink, purple, green, beige and white — which are all billed as “universally flattering.”
I do see it — a bit of brightening, sort of that subtle Guerlain glow. The effect is defintely not super obvious, but that’s great here. I think it’s very pretty.
But $179 pretty?? I dunno… That’s a bit much. I think you can get a similar, and also lovely, effect with the $45 Hourglass Ambient Powders.
So, basically…this one’s a splurge.
Guerlain Météorites Primer($74)
Now, as for the Météorites Primer ($74), it reminds me of BECCA’s Backlight. They have a very similar texture — both on the thinner side — and feel more like moisturizers than like thick silicone primers (like the one by Smashbox).
They also blur my pores in much the same way. Like, I can tell there’s something going on there, but my face doesn’t look spackled beyond belief. Both also add a subtle luminosity, but I think Guerlain’s product does a better job of keeping my oily areas from turning into oil slicks.
I like this one a lot, but if you need real-deal pore-blurring power, you’ll probably have to layer another primer on top; this alone may not be enough for you.
If, however, you just kinda want a little extra blur and glow, it’s a lovely, albeit spendy, option.
Oh! — and it also helps my foundation apply more smoothly.
Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo Smile Blush ($62)
I also like the Smile Duo Blush (of course I do). The darker side is actually the blush, and the lighter side is a highlighter, but you can always mix the two, which is what I do… Hey, I just made a rhyme! 🙂
I really like this particular pink. It’s bright, flushed and looks healthy, you know? — so not like those dolls with the bright pink circles on their cheeks, even though I recognize that it looks like it might apply that way…but it doesn’t. It’s much more natural-looking than I expected, despite the fact that it contains a lot of pigment. I use a single layer, which I end up buffing down, and that’ll last me all day.
Ecrin 1 Coueleur Enjoy Long-Lasting Eyeshadow ($34)
And then there’s this eyeshadow single… You might really enjoy this one…
Haha! Get it? See where it says “Enjoy” on the pan? 🙂
You might like this one if you’re into yellow golds. Like the blush, it’s MUCH more pigmented than I expected, and it lasts a long time, too. I wore it the other day, and after eight hours (I used an eyeliner as a base), it had barely budged.
Le Crayon Yeux in Blackjack and Khaki Driver ($31 each)
The collection also features five water-resistant kohl liners that are soft and smudgy like most kohl liners, which are probably my favorite eye pencil formula because of how generally comfy and non-drying they are on my lash and water lines (unlike gels), but these are redonkulously pigmented and slippery (like a gel).
They’re interesting… I get about 10 minutes to work with them before they fully set.
They kind of remind me of silkier Chanel twist-up Stylo Yeux liners (my ride or dies!). They’ll last at least eight hours on my lash lines, but I find myself having to reapply them after about six hours on my water lines.
KissKiss Lipsticks ($37 each)
By the way, there are also a couple of $37 KissKiss Lipsticks in this launch, but I haven’t seen them up close and personal yet. There’s a light pink called Darling Baby (371) and a light fuchsia called All ME Pink (372). In these pics, I’m wearing an oldie KissKiss shade called Pinky Groove 364.
So, in terms of ultra-extravagant makeup collections, what do you think? See anything here you really, really like?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,