I See in Liu a Grand Opera of Rich Reds, Golds, Plums and Taupe: The Guerlain Liu Holiday Collection for 2012

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guerlain liu holiday 2012 collection

The Tiffany EffectGuerlain’s new Liu holiday collection causes what I like to call, the “Tiffany Effect.”

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You know when you’re flipping through the pages of a glossy magazine and come to a Tiffany advert, and suddenly the world gets very, very quiet, except for your heart pounding in your chest, and your pupils nearly triple in size? Beads of perspiration may or may not form on your upper lip (totally guilty of this), and you may or may not unconsciously drool or dribble?

If you’ve experienced the Tiffany Effect before, proceed with caution. Similar symptoms have been reported by subjects peeping the pics below… :)

Be warned! — the nine limited edition pieces in Guerlain’s new Liu collection are luxurious and addictive, and the recommended treatment is expensive.

FUN FACT: The new Guerlain Liu collection has roots dating back almost 100 years. It was named after a perfume first released in 1929. That perfume, in turn, was named after a character named Liu from an opera first performed in 1926 called Turandot.

The composer was an Italian named Giacomo Puccini… Yes, the same Puccini behind La Bohème.

Cool, yeah? That was like a fun fact wrapped in a fun fact! Dude, you’re gonna be so ready for Final Jeopardy now.

Liu looks like the stuff of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, and it’s priced like it, too, with pieces ranging from $23 for a bottle of nail polish to $170 for a pressed powder compact. The delicate Perfumed Shimmer Powder bottle (you can use the powder on your face, hair and body) and weighty Météorites Wulong compact would look right at home sitting on an empty seat beside you on your private jet, surrounded by matching Louis Vuitton luggage containing several pairs of Jimmy Choos (and a big box of See’s Candies…just because).

Tabs would also be there, of course, draped in diamonds and wearing a tiara.

This is a cat lady makeup fantasy, after all. :)

Here’s a closer look at the nine pieces in the collection…

Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette ($79)

Guerlain Liu Eye Lip Calligraphy Palette

Guerlain Liu Eye Lip Calligraphy Palette

Guerlain Liu Eye Lip Calligraphy Palette

Guerlain Liu Eye Lip Calligraphy Palette

Écrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow in 500 Les Ombres Turandot ($59)

Guerlain Liu Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow in 500 Les Ombres Turandot 3

Guerlain Liu Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow in 500 Les Ombres Turandot

Guerlain Liu Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow in 500 Les Ombres Turandot

Météorites Perles du Dragon ($58)

Guerlain Liu Meteorites Perles du Dragon

Guerlain Liu Meteorites Perles du Dragon

Guerlain Liu Meteorites Perles du Dragon

Météorites Wulong ($170)

Guerlain Liu Meteorites Wulong

Guerlain Liu Meteorites Wulong

Guerlain Liu Meteorites Wulong

Shine Automatique Lipsticks ($35 each)

Guerlain Liu Shine Automatique Lipstick

Shine Automatique Lipsticks in Lou-Ling (top) and Altoum (bottom)

Guerlain Liu Shine Automatique Lipstick

Nail Polishes ($23 each)

Guerlain Liu Nail Polish

Nail Polishes in Altoum (left) and Lou-Ling (right)

Liu Perfumed Shimmer Powder Face, Body & Hair ($88)

Guerlain Liu Perfumed Shimmer Powder Face, Body and Hair

Guerlain Liu Perfumed Shimmer Powder Face, Body and Hair

Yeah, I’m really stoked about this one. Love all the fine details, like the weight of the compacts, the patterns on the pans… heck, even the face powder smells amazing! I’m hoping that this collection ends up being like a Burberry trench: super pricey, but you could could wear it every day, which helps make the price easier to bear.

You can find Liu now at Guerlain counters and online at nordstrom.com

Soon…

Project Dining Room
Project Dining Room is a go! Hopefully, by this time on Friday, if everything goes according to plan, the walls in my dining room will be Wythe Blue.

At least that’s the plan.

I’m excited! — and nervous.

I know it’s only paint, and paint can be changed, but I just hope it turns out well the first time so I don’t feel like yelling, “Wythe! Wythe Blue!”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Agata says:

    This collection is to die for. Good luck on finishing the painting, good job

  2. Poppy Buxom says:

    I am madly in love with every single piece from the Chanel holiday collection, and now you tempt me with Guerlain? I studied classical voice for years–I have to get some of these! That red lipstick is TDF. And my wallet is crying.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Poppy,

      That’s cool that you studied classical voice. A few years ago I took singing lessons for fun; I wish I could’ve kept at it, but my teacher moved to So Cal. Anywho, what part do you sing? I’m an alto.

  3. Carina says:

    Ah, I’ve had that Turandot palette for a while and I am in love. You’ll love it. <3

  4. Chelsea says:

    Ahhh, comme les perles de dragon sont belle! Gorgeous, gorgeous.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Meteorites Wulong is on my wish list…I REALLY want that one! I’m just fantasizing about seeing that lovely compact on my counter w/ the rest of my daily use makeup.(I already picked up the Calligraphy pallette!) Btw, Turandot is NOT limited edition so that gives us all the opportunity to pick it up later. ;-)

  6. Marina says:

    I love the plum lipstick and nail polish, have been wearing them a lot :)
    Marina recently posted … Clarins Rouge Eclat Makeup Collection for Spring 2013

  7. Marla says:

    The colors in that palette are beautiful. I am a big fan of Guerlain.

  8. I have a real soft spot for Liu! I still want to swatch it before I make up my mind, but chances are it’s coming home with me :)

  9. Nina says:

    The eyeshadow palette is gorgeous!

    Also, we went to see Turandot at the Houston Grand Opera. It was very moving, considering I did not understand a word sung. :-)

  10. Alison says:

    This entire collection is so gorgeous! The Tiffany effect, LOL. I’ve wanted to try meterorites for a long time, maybe they should go on my Christmas list this year. Whythe Blue is totally beautiful, good choice!

  11. So gorgeous! You did a wonderful job showcasing the beautiful packaging and products. I’m drooling!
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  12. denise says:

    I have the Turandot palette and I really like it, nice for my brown eyes and fall.Although I didn’t find it to be as pigmented as I would have liked. I have meteorites #3 and love them I use it everyday! Can’t wait too see if this new one blends into my NC45 skin tone. I really like the blue paint it’s a relaxing cool color that will look good with brown,white or tan furniture.Good choice!

  13. Katrina says:

    Wow! Beautiful! I can certainly see the heavy influence of Chinese Opera in all these pieces. Way too spendy for me, but I sure do appreciate them artistically!

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