Nobody does luxury like Guerlain, but not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined something as glamorous as their new Écrin 6 Couleurs eye shadow palettes that came out this fall. The pictures speak for themselves: just look at that filigree cover, the little bee (symbol of Guerlain that dates back to XIX century) on it, and the large beautiful mirror that opens up to the side of the palette. It was only appropriate to name each of the five palettes after a Guerlain boutique in Paris!
The one I ended up buying is named after Guerlain’s flagship boutique at 68, Avenue des Champs-Elysées. My choice was partly due to the fact that I like purple and don’t have enough grays, and partly because I really like the thought of looking at Champs-Elysées in the morning (who wouldn’t? )
But enough about the packaging, and on to the product. Each palette features five neutral shades in different finishes and a pop of color at the center. The shadows are finely milled, quite pigmented and long staying, at least when used over a primer (I use UDPP under all eye makeup, otherwise it all migrates up onto the crease in the first half an hour). I have had fallout issues with all the eyeshadows I have ever used – from Revlon to Dior, so I am happy to report that Écrin 6 Couleurs have no fallout whatsoever. Having said that, I still do not think the quality justifies the price ($84).
Shimmery white highlight color (sheer compared to others), light matte gray (the little glitters were left on the brush from swatching the shimmery white), blue tinted gray with satin finish, purple with satin finish, dark matte taupe gray, and a charcoal liner. The latter is also a powder eye shadow, but feels somewhat creamy compared to the other shades.
To me, no makeup product can be worth that much – at least, not worth it in the practical sense. But if I was practical about my makeup, my entire beauty stash would fit inside a TSA approved ziplock baggie, which it certainly does not. The main reason why I wear makeup on the first place is that I love the process of putting it on, or, rather, taking the time out of my day to do it. Spending 15 minutes in the morning at a vanity table, buried deep inside a traincase, sets the tone for the entire day. This is why packaging is almost as important to me as the product itself, so I am willing to pay a little extra for the pretty case as long as the quality is superb as well. Feel free to borrow this motivation when you really want to splurge on something but don’t want to feel guilty about it.
AVAILABILITY: sephora, nordstrom
RATING: 9/10 overall (as much as I love the palette, I have to take off a point for the price)