44 posts tagged "Guerlain"
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.
While Guerlain creative director Olivier Échaudemaison may have intended his new Rouge G de Guerlain lipsticks to register as powder cases-cum-jewels, the first thing we thought of when we saw the shiny bullets was spy gear. (The white gold-covered magnetic case was apparently inspired by a bar of gold, however—not Goldfinger.) Place Vendôme jewelry designer Lorenz Bäumer is responsible for the new objet d’art, which, when opened, reveals a mirror and a power-packed color formula that does actually function as something of a secret weapon. Ground ruby crystals embedded into all 25 shades interact with UV rays to diffract light and increase radiance, while liquid mother-of-pearl creates an opaque, smoothing finish. Additional elements like gugul resin to fill-in fine lines, tiger grass for a plumping effect, and wild mango butter to moisturize only serve to further our suspicions that this little number could definitely assist you with some serious espionage.