I like big cats and I cannot lie (those other brothers can’t deny)…
I also like huge hoop earrings, XXL scoops of ice cream (really, if you’re gonna indulge, might as well go all out) and the super-sized shimmery pearls in Guerlain’s $70 spring highlighter, MÃ©tÃ©orites Perles du Paradis.
Don’t these look almost good enough to eat? You might want to keep them away from young children and, um, inebriated adults, because not only do they look pretty tasty, they also smell like those yummy rose and violet hard candies they sell at the Asian grocery store, om nom nom…
And I like their name, Perles du Paradis, oui, oui! Pearls of paradise, I think. When I swirl a brush in the jar (I prefer a brush, but the product comes with a pink puff), the pearls tinkle like wind chimes.
I think these pearls look, smell and even sound great, but what, exactly, are they designed to do? Guerlain says the six shimmery skin-toned and pastel pearls that come in the jar brighten dull skin by reflecting light and boosting radiance, and they work with all skin tones.
On my NC 42 skin, I get a satiny watercolor wash of pinkish purple generously sprinkled with flecks of silver glitter.
The brightening effect is subtle, and I have to look closely and concentrate for a few seconds to really see it on my skin, but that seems like the intent. I don’t think Guerlain was going for so much illumination that it stops strangers on the street, ya know?
Unfortunately, though, considering the high price and subtlety, Perles may be best suited for the makeup fanatic who has everything, or the obsessive Guerlain collector.
Still, I do have to say, DAYU-UM, Gina! — if this isn’t one good-lookin’ product. I’m tempted to just leave it open on a shelf to admire all day long.
PRICE: $70 (EEP!)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom stores, and also online.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Um…butter sculpting? Have you heard? I had no idea it was, like, a thing. I only learned about it last weekend watching a movie, aptly named, Butter (starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde and Alicia Silverstone).
I thought it was way, way better than the 35% it gets on Rottentomatoes.
It has a slightly twisted, weird, wacky sense of humor (think To Die For with Nicole Kidman) but these lighthearted, touching moments, too. Perfect for when you want to relax on the couch watching something quirky and cute.
Hope your week got off to a good start.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,