45 posts tagged "Guerlain"
The giddy rush that your regular Beauty Counter correspondent and nail art pioneer, Celia Ellenberg, gets every time a new polish lands on her desk is precisely how I feel about lipstick. I may have makeup cases overflowing with tubes of every shade and brand, but still, each time I twist open a new bullet I can’t help but feel a tinge of excited anticipation. Red, in its myriad incarnations, is my constant go-to hue, but once spring arrives I like to broaden my palette. With that in mind, I have, after tireless testing, managed to narrow down my favorite spring lipstick releases. Here, the top ten.
Julie Hewett Jacqueline Bijou Lipstick
A pale pinky lilac inspired by a vintage photo of Jackie O.
Shu Uemura Égérie Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Nude Beige
A classic cool nude that feels very sixties Shrimpton; for maximum effect, pair with a heavy, smoky eye.
Lancôme Color Design Matte Lipstick in Posh Pink
With none of the moisture-zapping chalkiness of its matte lipstick counterparts, the best new shade of the Mix & Matte collection is a clean, bright fuchsia.
$22, exclusively at Macy’s and www.lancome-usa.com.
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Colour in Berry Queen
A punchy, berry shade that is more pink than red; at a mere $7, it’s the perfect cheap thrill.
$7, at drugstores.
Josie Maran Argan-Infused Lipstick in Bambolina
A true cotton candy pink that’s totally natural, so your tendency to lick off your lip color won’t be such a bad thing.
YSL Rouge Volupté in Rose Paris
Don’t be fooled by the name; this is no rose. More like a flashy orange-pink hybrid.
NARS Lipstick in Cruising
A dusty rose-tinged beige inspired by Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade.
Guerlain Rouge G Le Brillant in Brit
A sparkling light pink that has the signature, ridiculously delicious Guerlain lipstick scent.
Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Coral
Research has shown that lipstick is an instant mood-lifter, and this intense orangey coral is like happiness in tube form.
Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Grape
Purple lipstick has graced many a runway; this deep grape is sheer, so it doesn’t feel too goth-y, making it a great darker hue for spring.
When Guerlain launched its Météorites collection way back in 1987, it revolutionized the practice of applying powder. Run-of-the-mill pressed powders in a range of nude colors were replaced by colorful cardboard boxes filled with luminescent balls in skin-correcting shades, allegedly inspired by Marie Antoinette’s own makeup arsenal. For spring, the brand has reformulated the popular product and relaunched it in a newly designed, marbleized compact. You still get the subtle violet scent from the original and the cornucopia of colors, each with a specific function—pink to supply a healthy glow, green to counterbalance redness, mauve to catch the light, white to brighten, and rose-Champagne to highlight—but the convenient (not to mention gorgeous) handheld version of the pearlescent palette is a bit less messy. It also benefits from the addition of nylon powder, which allows for a matte finish that still manages to boost radiance. Wear on clean skin or over makeup for translucent coverage that imparts targeted goodness to all the right places.
As far as we’re concerned, the window of opportunity to douse yourself in all things sparkly—sans tween references—ends Thursday night, when Champagne glasses clank together and elaborate party outfits are assembled to properly ring in the new year. If you plan on partaking in one of the holiday season’s more widely practiced beauty traditions, Guerlain has a “gentle, sheer veil of diamond reflections” that might be up your alley. The Sublime Radiant Powder is the cornerstone of its limited edition Impérial holiday collection and is intended to evoke a feeling of old-time aristocracy by reintroducing the concept of applying powder like perfume. To wit, violet-scented shimmering flecks are encased by a decadent atomizer that, when squeezed, releases a fine glimmering mist onto arms, cheeks, collarbones—even hair. The application process is so enjoyable, we recommend it even if you’re forgoing the raging party circuit to watch the ball drop in the comfort of your own home. Nothing says Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest like a luminescent décolletage.
Fragrance can be a mystifying beast. With all the celebrity endorsements, eye-catching bottles, elaborate marketing campaigns, and expansive ingredients lists, it’s often hard to sort out the winners from the stinkers. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez set out to do just that with their new book, Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (Penguin; 2009). A leading scholar in the field of olfactory science (and the subject of Chandler Burr’s tome The Emperor of Scent), Turin brings his renowned expertise to the table, where it mingles with Sanchez’s witty prose for a delightful read—and an excellent resource for all future trips to the fragrance counter. Aside from providing an introduction to perfume criticism and an education in what separates feminine and masculine scents, the authors cover a brief history of perfume and also provide a thorough “frequently asked questions” section. Ever wondered about the differences between an EDT, an EDP, and a Parfum? They’ve got the answer. But the brilliance of the book is in the nearly 1,800 reviews. Turin calls Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely a “charming floral” that “makes you want to buy furry toys” and describes Paris Hilton’s namesake scent as “competent but depressing,” while Sanchez depicts Guerlain’s Champs-Elysées as “a sharp and shallow floral to go with Lucite-heeled shoes and a ditzy high-pitched laugh.” Like we said, it’s a delightful read.
After trading in her Calvins for Guerlain’s Shalimar last fall, Natalia Vodianova has become something of a muse for the French beauty brand. The company’s creative director, Olivier Échaudemaison, based his entire Fall color collection on what he calls Vodianova’s “fragile beauty,” offering up tools for getting her smooth complexion, bright cheeks, sparkling eyes, and rosy lips. Our favorite piece from the line is a limited-edition liquid blush called Russian Doll. We were expecting something in the vein of Benefit’s Benetint when we gave it a test run this week, but Guerlain’s interpretation of liquid is apparently quite different than ours. More of a shimmering cream, it goes on like sheer pink velvet and provides the perfect I-just-came-in-from-the-St. Petersburg-cold flush when applied to the apples of your cheeks. Vodianova’s crazy sick body is, sadly, a little harder to duplicate.