42 posts tagged "Guerlain"
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.
When Guerlain launched its Rouge G lipstick series two years ago, we were legitimately psyched. The 25 shades of crushed ruby-infused pigments were well and good, but it was the white gold bullets that had us switching into stockpile mode. One part keepsake, one part spygear, each objet d’art had a secret flip-door mirror that revealed itself once the lipstick was popped out of place. As far as we’re concerned, the design has always been ripe for a reprise, and reprised it has been. Behold, the new Guerlain Noir G mascara. An onyx adaptation of the original gilded tube, it features the same secret flip-door mirror, only now it houses a lengthening and curling mascara wand, which is covered in an ultra-black glossy formula enriched with artemia salina, a plankton extract that helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin. Again, this is all well and good. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say the packaging is the big draw. The best part: It’s refillable, meaning that mascara application will never again be a dull affair.
While we’ve been resisting the inevitable holiday shopping we have to do over the next week (on our agenda: children’s gifts for two little girls under three and some soccer paraphernalia for our boyfriend’s brother-in-law), there is one thing we’ve been looking forward to since December got under way: holiday parties. We’re happy to report that we’ve got our first such soirée this weekend, a casual affair with a dress code that’s been specified as “holiday fancypants.” That said, we’ll be sporting a black circle skirt and a new white angora sweater—with satin bows and pearls!—and adding a little additional sparkle to our skin courtesy of this season’s latest round of shimmer powders. But these aren’t your average gold-flecked compacts. Both Givenchy’s L’Or Céleste Starry Powder and Guerlain’s Vol de Nuit Powder Spray feature loose, light-reflecting pigments encased in retro-inspired bottles with black mesh atomizers that release a mist of subtly scented powder for an iridescent glow on limbs, décolletage, and cheekbones. The two formulas also add a pretty sparkle to hair when spritzed onto strands sparingly—which should work well with the satin bow-tied ponytail we’re planning on breaking out for the occasion. They want holiday fancypants? We’ll give them holiday fancypants.
We had an internal debate this morning over whether or not it was too early to start talking about sparkly makeup, but the Elf on the Shelf toys we saw in a shop window on our way to the office made it abundantly clear that the time to embrace the holiday spirit is now. So, without further ado, we’d like to direct your attention to a new crop of limited-edition illuminating face powders now available for your buffing pleasure. For the third season in a row, Clé de Peau has released a new rendition of its Palette Vintage, a medley of shimmering pigments in white, rose, and yellow gold. The expertly embossed modular design makes it easy to concentrate your application on one gilded shade or use a blush brush to glide over all of the different sections for dimensional highlights. Guerlain has also stepped up its game with the Parure de Nuit Powder, a compilation of pale pink, white, deep pink, and blue green shades that doubles as both an iridescent powder (when applied with a vertical brush swipe) and a blush (when applied with a horizontal brushstroke). But our favorite way to add subtle sparkle to our complexion just might be By Terry’s limited-edition Terrybly Or Rose. Twenty-four karat pink gold microparticles and finely milled pearls are scattered on top of Terry de Gunzburg’s classic ultra-correcting compact foundation, so that once you tire of glimmering cheekbones and the like come January, you’ll be left with just the face-sculpting formula that imparts coverage and matte definition. It’s multitasking at its best.