Guerlain’s New Cuivre Casts Metallurgical Magic on Lids: Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow

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Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow

Guerlain’s new $35 Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow is coming to counters next month

How do you feel about shiny baubles? Personally, I’m a fan (especially costume stuff).

Guerlain feels pretty good about ’em, too, and their new coppery Cuivre (which means “copper” in French) Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow works like a shiny bauble in some visually arresting ways.


Shiny like a copper keepsake — and intense! — it jazzes up whatever else you’ve got going on, in my case, a simple black eye liner, bronzer and a gloss in peachy gold.

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow

That’s Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow, Guerlain’s Khol Me Kajal liner and Guerlain Cils D’Enfer Mascara on my eyes

Part of the new 10-piece Terra Ora summer makeup collection, Cuivre quivers on counters next month. πŸ™‚

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow is one of two loose shadows in the new Terra Ora collection (the other, Bronze Ora, is a shimmery bronzed brown)

Guerlain’s got serious game when it comes to bronzers and bronzing makeup, so it makes sense that they’d release something like Cuivre.

I really love how it looks with a tan and just the overall liquid metal effect. I think it’s also more intense when I press or glide it directly on my lids with the sponge-tip applicator instead of a separate brush.

Blink, and you see a flash of shimmer, which looks super cool, like sunlight on a polished piece of gold, and you don’t need multiple layers, either. Nope, it’s that pigmented and intense.

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow swatch

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow on my NC 42 skin

When I want to tone it down, I just take a fluffy domed brush like the MAC 217, swipe it against the sponge tip, and buff that on my lids.

Bit of a softer, subtler effect, but with the same shiny finish.

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Loose Powder Eye Shadow

Also wearing Guerlain’s Terra Ora ($72) Bronzer and Terra Nerolia ($69) on my cheeks, two limited edition bronzers from the Terra Ora collection, and Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Boo-Ya

Since Cuivre is as shiny and pigmented as it is, I’ll probably keep the rest of my makeup on the quieter side, but if you aren’t afraid to take risks and feel more comfortable when you’re turning heads, you could try something like a bright teal or a green along your lower lash lines, and maybe a bright coral on your lips. πŸ™‚

The Gueralin Terra Ora Summer 2013 collection includes…

  • Terra Ora: a pearly white gold and matte beige to highlight and sculpt the face and decollete ($72, limited edition)
  • Meteorities Perles Les Ors Primer: a sheer illuminating gel primer that adds radiance with three different shades of gold ($71, limited edition)
  • Khol Me Kajal: a black liner that doubles as an eyeshadow ($37, re-promoted from the permanent line)
  • Loose Powder Eye Shadows in Cuivre Ora and Bronze Ora: two loose, iridescent shadows with a metallic finish, available in copper Cuivre Ora and bronze Bronze Ora ($35 each, limited edition)
  • Terra Nerolia: an oversized face and body bronzer in shimmery peach, bronze and gold shades ($69, limited edition)
  • Shine Automatique in Corail Ora and Bianca Ora: a warm coral lipstick and a semi-transparent white gold lipstick, each with a luminous finish ($35 each, limited edition)
  • Lingerie de Peau BB Cream, SPF 30: a color-correcting, hydrating primer with a lightweight formula ($51, repromoted from the permanent line)
  • Terra Ora Kabuki Brush: a dense brush designed for the Guerlain bronzing powders ($55, limited edition)

That would almost like runway makeup! Put your hair up in a ponytail or bun, and keep the rest of your accessories and clothes simple.


The price might sound high for just 0.02 ounces, but I don’t think you’ll have to use a lot. Plus, I haven’t had any issues with creasing or fallout, and it lasts all day long.

Best for: Bronzed babes who love shiny, metallic eyes.


PRICE: $35 for a 0.02-ounce tube with a sponge-tip applicator (seems like a lot for such a tiny amount, but you hardly need any at all)
AVAILABILITY: Coming May to Guerlain counters and online

Since we’re on the subject…

Question for you: have you ever gone through a phase where you only wanted to wear one kind of metal, like when I was in my 20s, I was all about silver baubles, but now I’m starting to also look at gold.

Lately, especially rose gold. I guess I never realized how much I’d like the way the pink in it looks on brown skin.

I still love silver, though, and sometimes I’ll even mix it with something gold. Together, I think they’re modern and chic!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kristina says:

    Oh man…
    Guerlain is SUCH a makeup happy place (for me)!!
    It looks incredible on you, Karen!

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Kristina,

    YEAH IT IS. Don’t you love how their makeup is just so beautiful and elegant? I also dig the extra touches, like the scents. What Guerlain products are your must-haves? Right now I’m LOVING on the new nail polishes, and this eye shadow, of course. πŸ™‚

    • Kristina says:

      Completely elegant!
      I adore their packaging/cases and how they present their products. Yay built in mirrors! Lately, I really like the loose powder kohl liner πŸ˜€ I’m excited to see the rest of the summer collection. This eyeshadow is crazy good

      • Karen says:

        I’ve heard GREAT things about that loose Kohl! I must try it one of these days. I tested out the pencil kohl today… the pointy tip’s a little cray, but it’s fun.

        Have you ever used any of their body bronzing products? They have this leg spray bronzer that I use on my thighs (they never see the light of day any more, haha!).

  3. C'enna says:

    Yes!! When I was a teen, i insisted on only wearing silver and i think because my grandmother swore by her gold jewelry so i thought gold was for mature women. I was so dumb. It wasnt till a sales associate at m.a.c told me gold would flatter my skin tone better and since then ive worn way more gold than silver. Although i haven’t gotten into rose gold, gunmetal is another metal i adore

    • Karen says:

      Hi C’enna,

      I think that’s one of the reasons why I never wore gold, too. My mom and all my aunties all wore it! But now I’m one of them too. πŸ™‚

  4. Teri says:

    Omg, I love this so much on you Karen! Gold tones with a strong orange undertone is not easy to wear for every one but on you it looks amazing! I’m getting such a summery vibe from it, orange, gold, metallic, looove!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Teri,

      Thanks so much, girl! I’m going crazy over these warm metallics, whee. πŸ™‚ Summer is definitely my favorite makeup season. How about you?

  5. Heidi says:

    Love, love, love copper on the eyes. Even though I’m no where near bronzed it works really well on my green eyes.

    I used to pretty much only wear silver, too. Now I wear whatever is going to complement my clothes best.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Copper shadows on green eyes = love. Please tell me you already have MAC Amber Lights! If not you need it ASAP.

      • Heidi says:

        Oh yeah, Ms Amber and I go waaay back! That and Crystal were the first two MAC shadows I fell in love with.

        My current copper shadow obsession is Laura Mercier’s Gilded Rosegold.

  6. Agata says:

    Wow, how gorgeous that is. You look beautiful. And that Buxom lipgloss?! You were not kidding, it is stunning. And the rest of that Guerlain collection is beautiful too….Especially the bronzers.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      Yup, this is the one! It’s SO good. SO, so good. Seriously, it’ll be perfect for your new crop of greens and teals.

      What are you up to tonight? I’m counting down ’til Project Runway.

      • Agata says:

        The lipgloss looks beautiful! I ran into Walgreens really quick to get some vanilla ice cream hubby wanted and I bought two Maybelline lipglosses that were on sale from LE and one of the summer edition Loreal Infallible eyeshadows in beautiful peach color. There was a teal one too but I stopped myself πŸ™‚ I watched the new episode of Tabatha Takes Over and went to bed early around 10:30pm.

  7. Ellen says:

    I just bought this eyeshadow in the more bronze-taupe shade, as well as the BB cream, today, and I’m IN LOVE. The eyeshadow is amazingly soft and pigmented, and makes for such a smokey, sultry look. And the BB cream is pigmented and illuminating, and it actually works well with my skin tone (usually I’m between shades). Sigh…love Guerlain πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ellen,

      I’m jonsing for that bronzy taupe color too, ahhh! What are you going to wear with it (liner, other eye shadows, etc.)?

      • Ellen says:

        It is just stunning! I went to the Bergdorf counter in NYC for a little retail therapy, and the makeup artist who applied it (who I always go to for Guerlain, she’s absolutely the best MA I’ve ever encountered) used it all over the lid, then added some of the pinky highlight shade in the Rue de Passy 6-color compact in the inner corners, and the right-most taupey shade from the Bois de Rose 4-color quad in the creases. She blended it all together with her amazingly skilled hand, lined my eyes with a black powder, and did the waterlines with the new Kohl Me Kajal. And mascara, of course! I had to take pictures – it was absolutely amazing! I’ll see if I can recreate any of that on my own πŸ™‚

        Finishing touches – the new BB cream (my skin is not perfect, but that plus meteorites provided amazing, natural coverage), Terracotta 4 Seasons bronzer in 00 as blush/bronzer, and one of the new glosses – a coral-pinkish one, not too pigmented, don’t remember the name – over a neutral pink liner.

        I died. I was in heaven πŸ™‚

  8. Desiree says:

    I adore Guerlain’s bronzers, I actually use the terra cotta bronzer #7. Its the only bronzer that doesn’t make my skin look muddy. You look so beautiful in the last photo! As for metals, I love white gold! It just looks simple and understated but beautiful against my skin tone.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Desiree,

      Ah, it’s so great when you find *the* perfect bronzer, isn’t it? Don’t you love how Guerlain’s bronzers smell? That rosy scent, love!

  9. Amy says:

    I am very, very tempted by this! It is just lovely and looks great on you. In my early 30s, I wore no makeup but lipstick and went through a serious phase of complete commitment to Gabriel’s metallic Aurora lipstick (usually with a brown liner). It’s silver but has a hint of copper, as I read it. Just found it in the bottom of my stash a few days ago and was reminded that it is the BEST metallic lipstick EVER. And all natch, no animal testing! (You can get it at Whole Foods.) The pic doesn’t do it justice, but here it is anyway:

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      I just started playing with that line this spring. They have some cool pieces. Have you worn their eyeshadows? I have a teal from them that’s to die for.

      • Amy says:

        No, I haven’t looked at their eye stuff at all… very new to the eye makeup scene! I will check it out, thx for the tip!

  10. Audrey C. says:

    That is GORGEOUS on you! It looks like it’s glowing from within!
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  11. Oh God…this is stunning! It would look so wicked with a summer tan and soft, peachy/coral-y pink cheeks/lips!! I WANT I WANT! I literally just finished writing a post about loose pigments. I hadn’t played with loose pigments in a LONG time but just fell back in love, so this post comes at the *perfect* time. I definitely need this!
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  12. Carly says:

    His shade is approximately 10,000,000,000% flattering on you! YOWZA!
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  13. Gowthami says:

    sooo amazing πŸ™‚ seeing over and over !! love it

  14. Sarah says:

    Oh so tempting! Such a lovely bronze & it looks beautifull on your eyes. Dono how it’s going to look on my Pak-Iranian-Mid Eastern skin though, keeping in mind the strong orange undertone. :s

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  15. Sunny says:

    Oh wow, I’m SO SO glad to see this works so well! I wasn’t sure if it’d be messy and sheer, though it’s my fault to even think Guerlain would do that πŸ˜‰ This particular shade might be too warm for me, but I’d definitely love to look at the other one! Really petty on you!
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  16. Kim says:

    This is gorgeous on you – plus, you’re a blending wizard. It’s bold but subtle at the same time. Really, really nice!

    I used to only wear gold when I was in my teens and early 20s. Now I’m much more of a platinum/diamond person. By which I mean my engagement/wedding rings and diamond stud earrings. I’m not bejeweled by any means. My watch is silver/gold combo, just in case. πŸ™‚

  17. Danielle says:

    This is insanely gorgeous. I’ve been loving a lot of the products from Guerlain lately.
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  18. TrippyPixie says:

    I love how that looks! It’s so intense.

    I only wear silver jewelry, since I dislike gold jewelry. (Not a fan of rose gold, either.) I’m cool-toned, and I look sickly whenever I wear gold — perhaps that’s why I don’t like it.

  19. So beautiful! What a great way to get that summer sunkissed glow!

  20. Danii says:

    WORK IT KAREN! That copper looks ah-may-zing on your eyes. πŸ˜€ While I can’t afford Guerlain (such a luxury purchase, sigh), I can at least stare at the packaging and admire the artistic touches of their Terra Nerolia bronzer.

  21. vineetha says:

    Lovely lovely lovely!!!!! You are rocking it Karen!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I love this look on you!
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  23. Oh Wow! This is a beautiful shade and probably one of the prettiest shadow I’ve seen recently. I’m really big on gold and copper colors, and this is the perfect match.

  24. Paddychat says:

    What can I say ?
    Wow !!!!!
    Perfect color…you’re beautiful, that’s perfect on you !

  25. Lennie says:

    Hi Karen, obsessed with pink lately, any recommendation on nice bright pink blush for NC 40-42? Thanks

  26. Annie says:

    Seems very similar in packaging and the metallic finish to Bare Minerals similar eyeshadow product!

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