A few weeks ago I walked into an air-conditioned Williams-Sonoma store that had Christmas decorations up and a fancy holiday window display (complete with garland-covered pine tree flocked with fake snow).
In early September.
I’m just sayin’.
Funny thing is, when it comes to fashion and makeup, I actually like super early seasonal releases; they appeal to my inner princess — you know, the one who makes grabby hands at pretty products and says, “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” with big anime eyes.
One of the earliest holiday collections to stake a claim this fall has been Guerlain’s six-piece Belle de Nuit (beautiful night), with colors inspired by the evening sky. It’s available online now through AHAlife.com, a membership site that showcases a wide range of products from food to fashion and beauty (you have to register for an account to place a purchase), and if you’d rather wait, the collection dances onto counters this November.
From left to right: Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush ($67), Rouge Automatique Lipstick in Nuit d’Amour ($35) and Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette ($59)
Guerlain is always expensive, but if you’re willing to part with your pennies, there are some lovely pieces to be found in Belle de Nuit like…
The $59 Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette
Fifty-nine dollars!? Goodnight! But this stellar quad just might be worth it. The penultimate performance, pretty packaging, potent pigmentation and complete and utter lack of fallout add up to a lot. On top of everything else, the powders are easy to blend. Spendy, yes, but if you find yourself reaching for grays and blues often, this palette doesn’t disappoint. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
The $35 Rouge Automatique Lipstick in Nuit d’Amour
How cool is that getup she’s wearing? The package is a single piece, so no worrying about losing a cap. Sliding the switch on the side reveals a dark, seductive burgundy bullet that’s more wearable than it looks (see below). Smoove and highly moisturizing, Nuit d’Amour is another gorgeous, albeit pricey, piece from Guerlain. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
The $67 Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush
Breath in, breath out this light pink iridescent powder that Guerlain scented with violets, YUM! I think it works well as either a highlighter or blush by imparting sheer color and a gentle sheen to skin. Like a really, REALLY expensive MAC Beauty Powder with fancy packaging. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette
Rouge Automatique Lipstick in Nuit d’Amour
Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush
Swatches of the Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette
Swatches of Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush on the left and Rouge Automatique Lipstick in Nuit d’Amour
Initially I thought the three pieces might be a bit much when worn together (too dramatic?), but I still gave it a try.
And I think they’re also capable of creating a more conservative, toned-down look for work…
With reservations for the high prices of these pieces, I still like this release and look forward to wearing it to a fancy schmancy holiday party. Granted, those are about 10 weeks away, but still. It never hurts to be prepared!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy hump day!