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.
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!!”
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 .
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.