Guerlain’s Cruel Intentions
We first learned to truly appreciate the concept of pastel skin finishing at London fashion week last season. Backstage at Erdem, St. Tropez’ resident skin-finishing expert, Nichola Joss, was spray-tanning models with an ice blue-tinged glow so that their legs and arms boasted an ever-so-slight iridescent tint. It looked totally ethereal with the designer’s gorgeous paillette-encrusted pastel floral prints, and most impressively, it was achieved without the use of glitter flecks.
That idea of a shine that glimmers rather than sparkles is as ideal as it is hard to achieve, although that hasn’t stopped Guerlain from giving it the old college try. Its new Météorites Cruel Gardenia Illuminating Iridescent Powder packs the power of its classically loose météorite pearls into a flower-embossed rosette that features hints of lavender, dusty rose, silver, and gold. Applied all over the face with a large brush as a veil of luminosity or in concentrated doses, like along the tops of cheekbones or on the cupid’s bow of lips, it offers up the ideal amount of cool colored light to perfectly highlight facial contours. That its illustrated black lacquer case is a boon to any well-equipped vanity certainly doesn’t hurt either.