Hand on my heart, toes in the sand and face to the summer sun, Guerlain’s Summer 2015 Collection threw me for a loop.
Mind you…it was a colorful, lovely loop, but still — a loop, nevertheless.
I’m more accustomed to seeing them summon golden goddesses for summertime, with baked bronzes, toasty tans and luscious corals, all of which, you know, I absolutely LOVE, but they took a different path to the sun this time down a boulevard of bronzed skin (of course), with accents of blue, hot pink and yellowy gold.
It’s more color than I’m used to seeing from them this time of year, but I’m cool with that. I love wearing color, especially when it’s handled elegantly like this.
The collection includes two bronzers, two lipsticks, two waterproof cream eye shadows (a first for the brand!) and a nail polish. All of them are limited edition and coming to Guerlain counters and online this May.
This being Guerlain, and with us talking about summer, it only seems right to start with a Terracotta bronzer. This year, the two My Terracotta Bronzing Powders in the release ($55 each) are wearing special outfits! The pans come with a — I’m not sure how to describe it — scuba suit?
A very fancy scuba suit…
Basically, the cover slips on and off the compacts like a rubbery, silicone sleeve. The sleeve for 02 Natural Blondes is turquoise, while the sleeve for 03 Natural Brunettes is coral.
The first thing I did when I opened 02 Natural Blondes was sniff the pan. LOL! You have to do it, man. Like Guerlain’s other bronzers, these have their trademark tiare flower scent (which I love!).
Tiny flecks of shimmer wink at me when I see the pan sitting in the sun, but the shimmer doesn’t really register on my skin. I’m fine with that, though, since my pores and I usually prefer matte bronzers to shimmers.
Even though the bronzer shown here in this post is 02 Natural Blondes, you don’t have to be fair-haired to wear it. This deep, warm and toasty orange-bronze should suit a wide range of skin tones, depending on how it’s worked. It’s easy to blend and very pigmented, so the bronzed effect is noticeable immediately. You don’t have to use much at all, and if you do, things will go orangey.
As for eyes, the new Summer Waterproof Cream Eye Shadows ($32 each, available in two shades — a shimmery beige called White Sand and a shimmery turquoise called Blue Ocean) are a first for the brand. Cream shadows with a fluffy mousse-like texture, you apply them directly to bare lids with the included doe-foot applicator. Wear them alone or as bases for powder shadows.
Guerlain Summer 2015 Collection: Pictures
Guerlain refers to the new shadows as waterproof, but I think they’re closer to water-resistant. They’ll stay put if you’re lounging on the sand at the beach, but I wouldn’t go charging big waves.
I haven’t seen White Sand in person yet, but Blue Ocean? — so freaking beautiful. The coverage is just shy of medium, so I see my skin color peeking through when I wear it on my lids. It’s a delicate, elegant, completely non-scary way to wear turquoise. I also like how Guerlain handles the shimmer. It’s more of a sheen, so it does reflect a little light…but it doesn’t illuminate the whole neighborhood, if you know what I mean.
It also blends fine. I just gently swipe the edges with a ponytail brush.
I think it looks really pretty on the lids with a warm brown in the crease, by the way.
Instead of including a lip gloss this year, Guerlain added two moisturizing, lightweight Rouge Automatique Hydrating Lasting Lip Colors ($37 each). Both have a subtle rosy favor and scent.
I think the gold shade is pretty, but it’s also very sheer, and let’s face it — here, the pink shade is THE ONE.
Yes, it’s to die for. WARNING: You may pass out when you see it in person, so bring smelling salts.
Wearing blue-based pink 662 Fluo Stiletto feels like slipping into a pair hot high heels and being shocked at how comfortable they are. Some bright hot pink lipsticks can be tough to wear, but 662 is effortless. It glides and hugs. The formula’s so smooth and pigmented that — hot damn! — I swear, it makes my lips look plumper and almost qualifies as perfection.
Seriously, where are flakes? What happened to my fine lines? Oh, and as a bonus, as it fades, it transforms into a deep pink stain.
Guerlain Summer 2015 Collection: Swatches (for ref, I’m an NC 42 in MAC)
Le Vernis Nail Lacquer in 700 Blue Ocean ($26) wraps things up with a neat, little bow. This joyous mint waves “hello” from across the room with Chanel-esque secret shimmer.
I want to go on vacation just to have a special reason to wear it on my tips and toes. Two or three layers should do you.
All told, this is a different summer release for Guerlain, and I’m loving it. Definitely put the hot pink lipstick, the turquoise cream shadow and the mint polish at the top of your list of pieces to see up close and personal when the collection arrives this May.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,