45 posts tagged "Guerlain"
We’re suckers for new mascaras. It’s a grass-is-always-greener thing: While we have a bounty of great lash-darkening, -thickening, and -curling options in our possession at any given time, we’re convinced that there’s always something better out there that we just haven’t found yet. And so our quest continues. The latest wand to pique our interest comes from Guerlain, which has just debuted its Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash, a glossy formula that volumizes, conditions, and subtly curls individual hairs with each stroke. The French brand had us at the packaging: A sleek gold case, it holds a short, full-brush head with hollow fibers that hold and then dispense the black or violet pigment evenly. Also, it smells faintly of roses, which is a nice touch, in our opinion, and has earned it the number-one spot in our ever-overflowing makeup bag—for now, that is.
Over the past few years of increased lip-color love, pout perfecters have graduated beyond their original, solid bullet format. There are now glosses of the shimmering and matte varieties; thick, nubby colored pencils; subtly tinted pots of balm; jars of watery tint; and markers soaked with bright pigment. But the latest medium on everyone’s mind is liquid. Thicker and shinier than a traditional tint, with the dense pigmentation of a lipstick and the immovable grip of a pencil, they are designed to be lighter-weight with a lacquered finish that is extra impactful. How best to go about choosing from the spate of new offerings to just hit the market? A quick read through our guide below should do the trick.
The Contenders: Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait, $48, www.neimanmarcus.com; Shiseido Lacquer Rouge, $25, www.shiseido.com; Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $28, www.sephora.com; Bite Honey Lip Lacquer, $24, www.sephora.com
In Corner 1: Guerlain
While we may have plenty of experience with the French brand’s luxurious but complex packaging, we’re still apparently learning: It took us far too long to figure out how to unlock this sleek silver case to make that adorable mirror click open. Once we did manage to reveal the formula inside, we were pleased to discover that it has the signature, feminine scent that runs throughout the entire line. As for the spongy foam-tip applicator, it has just the right amount of slant so that the guggul-resin-infused product glides on, imparting dense color and a ridiculous velvety finish. After trying M27 (a lusty brick red), we found that while the color remains vibrant on the lips, it does have the tendency to transfer—onto glasses, fruit, and boyfriends’ shirts mid-hug (oops).
In Corner 2: Shiseido
We were feeling color indecisive with Shiseido, so we tested three of its new Lacquer Rouges, which debuted at Narciso Rodriguez’s Fall show: Drama (a deep crimson), Disco (a hot bluish pink), and Portrait (a nude rose). It has a similar, smartly shaped foam applicator as Guerlain, and an appealing creamy sheen with a lustrous finish (the product was inspired by Japanese lacquerware). Also, Shiseido gets major points for its easy, portable packaging.
There’s nothing we like more than when two of our favorite brands join forces for a collaboration that has “must own” written all over it. Spring 2011′s Loeffler Randall x Suno shoe collection immediately comes to mind, as does Christopher Kane’s recent denim line for J Brand. The beauty industry has not been without its own pairing of powerhouses, as Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen joined forces with J.Crew on a signature lipstick bullet last summer and word of Marc Jacobs’ forthcoming makeup partnership with Sephora spread like wildfire when it was announced last week. Next month will see the debut of another winning combination, as Pucci image director Laudomia Pucci and Guerlain creative director Olivier Échaudemaison release the French fragrance house’s new Terra Azzura color range. The entire lineup—which includes a bronzer/blush palette; an Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow; a new Le 2 Mascara in Capri, a bright blue (very Stella McCartney Fall 2012); a new shade of Khol Kajal eyeliner in Blu Acqua, an intense indigo; three shades of Terracotta lip gloss; and two new Terracotta nail polishes—was inspired by Winter Capri, one of Pucci’s iconic archival prints that is laced with blue and green swirls. The theme is most visible in the Meteorites Perles d’Azure, though, which boasts Guerlain’s classic iridescent powder pearls in shades of sheer pink, ivory, tangerine, bronze, and turquoise encased by a mini tub emblazoned with the Pucci motif. The lid features the Italian designer’s original, hand-scrawled signature—as well as a series of implicit letters that spell out “must own.”
$58, available May 1 at www.neimanmarcus.com.
The days are getting longer and warmer, which means that we’re officially over the winter hump—and that the bronzer boom is about to begin. April typically marks that time of year when a new crop of insta-tan powders, liquids, creams, and gels hits the market, so that the pasty-and-proud can add a little bit of color back into our lives before we ease our way into sun-kissed summer skin. Guerlain has long been our go-to for products of this nature, although at the mass level, Physicians Formula is certainly trying to give the French prestige brand a run for its money—specifically with its new Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Season-to-Season Bronzer, which happens to bear a striking resemblance to Guerlain’s Terracotta 4-Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder. Let the battle of the bronze begin.
The Original: Guerlain’s bronzing quad has been a long-standing favorite around these parts for its unique design: The tortoiseshell compact sports four different shades of complexion-warming pigment so that you can carve out cheekbones with a hint of simulated sun no matter what time of year it is. Available in two different shades, 01 Blondes and 02 Brunettes, both offer the perfect gradation of caramel-y tones enriched with an almost imperceptible amount of pure gold so that the finish is matte, yet still luminous.
The Challenger: Physicians Formula has taken the color gradation idea and run with it. Its gold and copper compact with inset mirror is also divided into four segments, each embossed with the words Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, which are similarly available in two different shade offerings. The immediate—and most pronounced—difference is the visible and sizable gold flecks in its palette. One swipe sees the imprint of glitter, a cosmetic effect that has never sat quite right with us. The addition of nourishing kapi kaacchu seed extract to ensure a smooth finish that prolongs the life of any real tan is admittedly a nice touch, though.
The Bottom Line: This really comes down to a personal preference for sparkles. We banished the shiny particles from our makeup routine years ago but don’t begrudge anyone who hasn’t. If you’re looking for classic, tawny-colored contouring and have a little extra money to burn—$50, specifically—go Guerlain. But if you don’t mind a little shimmer in your life, Physicians Formula’s version offers the same great palette gradation at about a third of the cost.
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.