From the Moment I Laid Eyes on Guerlain’s Écrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre, It Was, in Fact, Love at First Sight

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Guerlain’s Écrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre

Here I’m wearing Guerlain’s new Écrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre ($59, new for spring 2013) on my eyes and cheeks

Love at first sight.

This, according to Google Translate, which tells me that Coup de Foudre, also known as the name of Guerlain’s new spring quad, means “love at first sight” in English.


And yes, it was (love at first sight). First time I opened this gorgeous gold compact, I made goo-goo eyes at it and twirled a lock of hair around a finger like I was trying to get it to buy me a drink at the bar.

Haha! 🙂

Guerlain Coup de Foudre

Hey, baby, what’s your sign? I’m a Gemini, in case you were wondering…

Coup de Foudre shocked me in a couple different ways. First, the $59 price is alarming. Second, I think it’s supernatural… I keep expecting to see it on an episode of Lost Girl or Grimm!. Its gray, jade green, khaki and coral powder shadows are so enchanting that I bet even sirens and succubi would struggle to resist them.


Because this is a damned fine quad, babe! An expensive one, for sure, but I think Guerlain struck near perfection.

I mean, where do I start?

How ’bout here: when you’re 37, sometimes you have to do the math in your head to remember your age (mark my words, it’ll happen). On top of that, shimmery finishes become really challenging.

Most shimmery finishes, that is. Coup de Foudre has magic shimmer — shimmer that glows on my lids without accenting my fine lines.

When I wear these shadows and look in the mirror, I feel like asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s that 27-year-old looking back at me!? Hot damn and hallelujah!!” 🙂

Guerlain Coup de Foudre Écrin 4 Couleurs Swatch

Guerlain’s Écrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre

Guerlain’s Écrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre

Guerlain’s Écrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre

And that coral? I expected scary, but it’s not. Be warned, though, because it’ll turn you into a coral eye shadow believer (you’ve been warned!). Swept into the crease, it works like a potion of vitality, brightening my eyes and making them look more alert. Oh, yeah — and it even doubles as a blush.

Best of all, all four shades WERK! I barely have to windshield wiper with my 217 to blend any of these into each other, and when it comes to wear time, they scoff at 14 hours with very little creasing or fading. As for fallout, “Hell, naaaw!”

Oh, and if you happen to have an orange or coral top, introduce it to Coup de Foudre. I have a feeling they’ll look amazing together. In fact, I’m using this as an excuse to go shopping (“But these would look fab with Coup de Foudre!”). Haha.


Ya done good, Guerlain. Love this quad with a capital .

PRICE: $59
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+ (virtual perfection despite the price)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. A Sweetheart for a sweetheart. 🙂


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  1. Teri says:

    Same here Karen, it was love on first sight. I love my greens and that bright coral makes it even more interesting! Looking good and really fresh faced! ^^

  2. Chelsea says:

    Gorgeous! I particularly love that khaki color,

  3. Penelope says:

    Guerlain should appoint you as their new spokesperson because you wear their new collection well!
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  4. Rose says:

    I am so with you about the shimmer. I have a “few” years (eek!) and I have to be real careful about shimmers and frosts. I love the palette, though I admit I’m a bit afraid of the coral. It might look too jarring against my skin.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rose,

      Ya know, I was afraid it would be a little too much on me too, but I was really, really surprised to find it so wearable. You should try it at least once. 🙂

  5. Sunny says:

    Yaaay I knew this would look HOT on you! I probably still buy a whole bunch of coral eyeshadows, but now I think they can totally work! It’s not bad as a blush either 🙂

  6. Paddychat says:

    Ravissante !


    Will it sound creepy to wish to bump into you in Sephora when I go there from here in the Philippines so I can consult with you on what to buy/hoard from there?

  8. Jennifer says:

    What Gloss are you wearing? It’s divine!

  9. Kim says:

    Remember how I had to have the Givenchy Candide Garden quad? I’m feeling the same way about this Guerlain beauty. I think the coral looks amazing. The only part I’m not in love with (for me) is the green, so I’m hoping I can resist. Because I almost never wear shadow and this quad is spendy. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      Yeah! Whenever I bust that one palette out I think of you. When was the last time you wore it?

      • Kim says:

        No wonder, the way I went on and on about it! 🙂 I did actually wear the orange and peach last week. I was trying to perk up my tired eyes, but it wasn’t super helpful. Which was not the palette’s fault at all. Nothing was going to cut it but anything warm just made it worse. Bad planning by me! And, of course, it’s the coral that I love most about *this* palette. I may never learn. 🙂

  10. hanna says:

    The coral looks amazing. Really the whole thing looks fantastic.
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  11. Emily says:

    Wow! All of those colours in that set look amazing, I love the colour combo together, totally something I would paint a room in my house with or something like that!

    Great shades, and lovely swatches!
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  12. I love the pigmentation and the colours really do make your eyes pop! I’ll definitely be on the look out for this one!
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  13. Jasmine says:

    You look GORGEOUS!
    Guerlain did a wonderful job on this palette.
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  14. Monica P says:

    Ok, if this palette can make me look 37 ~ then I’ll BUY it 😉

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  15. Amie F says:

    That looks so pretty on you. Do you think it would work well for fair complexions with cool undertones? I just wonder about the coral mostly. I love greens. BTW your review of the Dior Cherie 854 palette inspired me to order – can’t wait until it gets here!

  16. Lovely! I was hesitant at first but seeing these colors on you? They’re totally wearable and so pretty! When’s your birthday? I’m a Gem, too. 🙂

  17. Amanda Val says:

    This sounds really off-topic but your hair looks fabulous. It’s big and voluminous but it’s.. fluffy and the curls are so pretty! Agh! Can you do a hair tutorial or is your natural hair like that 😀 x

  18. Adriana RP says:

    I am a coral color girl =D So… I loved this quad. Colors are perfect!

  19. Rochelle says:

    Love the colors! They do look very approachable with just the right amount of shimmer. A girl can never have too much eyeshadow! Also, a bit off topic- your pictures on your blog are divine! Absolutely beautiful lighting, which can be fiercely difficult to achieve. Any quick tips? –

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  20. Laurie says:

    How would these palette work for green eyes?

  21. Sari says:

    Could this palette work for green eyes?

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