You know what? Eff it! Let’s play hooky this afternoon. Whatdya say?
COME ON! Let’s do it. 🙂 The sun’s out; we could drive into the city, go to the Japanese Tea Gardens, walk around, check out the cherry blossoms, have a cup of tea and watch the pink petals glide in the wind… Doesn’t that sound nice?
I would love that, actually, and by the way, I’ll be wearing the Guerlain Spring Glow 2016 collection, because this collection is all about that laid-back spring lifestyle.
No, not like you’re hiking up a mountain or, like, parasailing or doing X games. More like just enjoying a sunny day outside at the park, or kicking it in the city with your girlfriends.
In this collection, “luminosity” is the word du jour. It’s just a happy, uplifting collection with touches of pink, gold and khaki. I’m feelin’ it…except for the prices.
I mean, yeah, it’s Guerlain, so it’s about a million miles from “bargain” or “drugstore,” but $179 for a powder compact? That’s Rick-sanity, yo! (Side note: The Walking Dead returns February 14. Happy Valentine’s, yay!).
Yes, you read that right — this compact is really $179. At first I thought that was a typo because, honestly, why?
Like, OK…I get it. It looks and feels luxe. The packaging exudes elegance, and it has a gravitas and heft to it. It’s also refillable, and I like the combination of color-correcting, brightening colors — the pink, purple, green, beige and white — which are all billed as “universally flattering.”
I do see it — a bit of brightening, sort of that subtle Guerlain glow. The effect is defintely not super obvious, but that’s great here. I think it’s very pretty.
But $179 pretty?? I dunno… That’s a bit much. I think you can get a similar, and also lovely, effect with the $45 Hourglass Ambient Powders.
So, basically…this one’s a splurge.
Now, as for the Météorites Primer ($74), it reminds me of BECCA’s Backlight. They have a very similar texture — both on the thinner side — and feel more like moisturizers than like thick silicone primers (like the one by Smashbox).
They also blur my pores in much the same way. Like, I can tell there’s something going on there, but my face doesn’t look spackled beyond belief. Both also add a subtle luminosity, but I think Guerlain’s product does a better job of keeping my oily areas from turning into oil slicks.
I like this one a lot, but if you need real-deal pore-blurring power, you’ll probably have to layer another primer on top; this alone may not be enough for you.
If, however, you just kinda want a little extra blur and glow, it’s a lovely, albeit spendy, option.
Oh! — and it also helps my foundation apply more smoothly.
I also like the Smile Duo Blush (of course I do). The darker side is actually the blush, and the lighter side is a highlighter, but you can always mix the two, which is what I do… Hey, I just made a rhyme! 🙂
I really like this particular pink. It’s bright, flushed and looks healthy, you know? — so not like those dolls with the bright pink circles on their cheeks, even though I recognize that it looks like it might apply that way…but it doesn’t. It’s much more natural-looking than I expected, despite the fact that it contains a lot of pigment. I use a single layer, which I end up buffing down, and that’ll last me all day.
And then there’s this eyeshadow single… You might really enjoy this one…
Haha! Get it? See where it says “Enjoy” on the pan? 🙂
You might like this one if you’re into yellow golds. Like the blush, it’s MUCH more pigmented than I expected, and it lasts a long time, too. I wore it the other day, and after eight hours (I used an eyeliner as a base), it had barely budged.
Le Crayon Yeux in Blackjack and Khaki Driver ($31 each)
The collection also features five water-resistant kohl liners that are soft and smudgy like most kohl liners, which are probably my favorite eye pencil formula because of how generally comfy and non-drying they are on my lash and water lines (unlike gels), but these are redonkulously pigmented and slippery (like a gel).
They’re interesting… I get about 10 minutes to work with them before they fully set.
They kind of remind me of silkier Chanel twist-up Stylo Yeux liners (my ride or dies!). They’ll last at least eight hours on my lash lines, but I find myself having to reapply them after about six hours on my water lines.
KissKiss Lipsticks ($37 each)
By the way, there are also a couple of $37 KissKiss Lipsticks in this launch, but I haven’t seen them up close and personal yet. There’s a light pink called Darling Baby (371) and a light fuchsia called All About Pink (372). In these pics, I’m wearing an oldie KissKiss shade called Pinky Groove 364.
So, in terms of ultra-extravagant makeup collections, what do you think? See anything here you really, really like?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,