Unlike me at karaoke, Guerlain’s new Night at the Opera holiday collection hits all the right notes, tra-la-la-la-laaaaaaaa!
Please pardon my need to insert a vibrato on that last laaaaaaaa! It’s leftover trauma from living with a slightly overbearing opera singer in college. She regularly criticized my breathing technique when I sang around the house (Really, dude? It was just a little Alanis Morissette while I did my chem lab homework.) and held notes out for a beat too long when she covered pop songs.
I still can’t listen to I Still Believe by Brenda K. Starr without thinking of her take on the chorus…
At any rate, one does not have to enjoy opera, or to have lived with an overbearing opera singer, to derive great joy from the classic holiday reds and golds in this 10-piece limited edition collection for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails.
But an appreciation for opera may translate into a greater appreciation for the release’s finer details, like the bows on the packaging, which are supposed to represent the bows worn by men at big galas, or the bows worn by the ballerinas in their hair.
Me likes. I’m a sucker for strong themes and collections that tell a story. 🙂
I also like that when I’ve worn pieces from this collection over the past couple weeks, I’ve gotten pretty good feedback — both from El Hub, also known as “the man who never notices anything,” and from you guys, too.
I was wearing pieces from A Night at the Opera on my eyes, lips and cheeks in the Mia Bun Ease post last week and received a number of positive inquiries about the makeup I was wearing.
The fresh, glowing peachy golden cheeks, shimmery beige and copper eyes, and glossy golden lips — those are pure Guerlain, man. What I affectionately refer to as (in air quotes) “that magical Guerlain holiday glow.” It’s makeup that catches your eye but doesn’t SCREAM IN YOUR FACE.
In that way I think Guerlain totally got this collection right. Yes, it’s a holiday release, and it’s made to feel glamorous and indulgent, but the pieces are also versatile enough to wear during the workweek leading up to the big gala.
Typical for Guerlain, the products are hella expensive. Thankfully, they also exude quality. The eyeshadows, powders and blushes blend effortlessly, and everything — from the lipsticks to the glosses to the nail polishes and that to-die-for jar of golden pinkish peach highlighter (SWOON!) — looks high-end.
If you’re going to take a closer look at the collection on counter, don’t miss the Petrouchka Palette for Eyes and Cheeks, the Meteorites Pereles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls, Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss in L’Oiseau de Feau, or the nail polishes, especially if you like subtly radiant golds, beiges and coppers.
Le sigh! I could happily wear these pieces every day for a year. With these colors and finishes, warmer skin tones will make out like bandits.
As for lips, ruby red Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick in Rouge Parade and deep black cherry red Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipglosses demand attention. Both being neutral reds, they’re equally at home on warm and cool skin tones.
While we’re on the topic of lips, you’ll probably want to already have a red lip pencil. Strangely enough, the collection doesn’t come with one, and since both Rouge Parade Lipstick and the Maxi Shine Lipgloss are super creamy, if you obsessively rub your lips throughout the day (like I do), you could end up with product outside your natural lip line.
For extra fun at fancy dinners and other holiday parties, there’s golden Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder, which is scented. Squeeze the bulb for a finely spun halo of golden powder scented with bergamot, rose, jasmine and patchouli. You can wear it on your face, hair and body.
In the collection, eyes also get the Guerlain special treatment, thanks to the Ecrin 2 Coleurs Eyeshadow duos in 10 Cygne Noir (a deep plum and a glittery, silvery black) and 11 Cygne Blanc (a silvery ballerina pink with a frosted white), which I’m glad to see here because they’re good options for lords and ladies with cooler skin tones, while I think the radiant golds, beiges and coppers in the release favor warmer color temps.
Both duos have a dainty shimmer that looks like it just stepped off a Paris runway.
The entire limited edition Guerlain Night at the Opera collection includes…
- Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder, $95
- Petrouchka Palette for Eyes and Cheeks, $90
- Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls, $60
- Rouge G de Guerlain in 820 Rouge Parade, $54
- Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss in 901 L’Oiseau de Feau and 920 Rouge Parade, $30 each
- Ecrin 2 Coleurs Eyeshadow in 10 Cygne Noir and 11 Cygne Blanc, $44 each
- Le Vernis Nail Lacquer in 400 Coque d’Or and 901 L’Oiseau de Feu, $25 each
The collection is available online now and at Guerlain boutiques and Guerlain counters inside Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Dillards, Sephora and Nordstrom stores.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,