I've been testing Guerlain's spring makeup collection, Météorites Blossom, since Christmas, and I think I'm prepared to declare it the overall winner. (If spring makeup collections were a contest, that is, which they aren't.)
But seriously, these products are both to-die-for pretty AND practical—which you would never guess, if you haven't tried Guerlain's stuff, since they're one of those slightly intimidating luxe brands. I'm totally using the eyeshadow palette, even though I'm not a palette person, and swooning over the colourful blushes and the lipstick. I'm even getting into the company's famous Météorites illuminating loose powder, now reformulated and in three new permanent shades; it's also the inspiration behind the entire collection.
C'mon and get all up in this goodness:
So I've been receiving Guerlain collections for a very long time now—ever since I started as a beauty editor in the mid-'00s—and the Météorites were one thing I could never wrap my head around. Too powdery, too shimmery, too strongly scented.
Happily, things have changed with the reformulation. This has become the perfect powder to use when you need a little bit of mattifying and a little bit of luminosity; it does both, without looking at all heavy on the skin or upsetting your makeup underneath. I'm actually shocked that I like this stuff now. Even the scent seems less cloying.
You don't get as many of the pearly balls as before, unfortunately, but it should still last you a really long time. I tried 02 Clair, which is the harmony for fair skin; they've also got 03 Medium and 04 dore. It's so subtle, it doesn't even show up on the skin, so I didn't take a swatch. You can probably apply it with any fluffy powder brush, but this one is particularly cute...
Did your heart just skip a beat? It comes in its own black velvet case and the bristles are soft enough not to irritate sensitive skin. Apparently it's the best thing for applying the Météorites, but you could also use it for any blush or bronzer. And pink bristles... they make my life.
Continuing on with the cuteness, this is a limited-edition cream-to-powder blush, which comes in a pot in a rounded shape. Anyone else reminded of the Shu Uemura Dome Blusher from a few seasons back? This is very, very similar. There are two shades; Pink is described as a flushing warm pink.
Cherry is described as a bright raspberry pink, and yes, it really is this bold.
Here they are on skin:
You can see a bit of the powdery texture; I recommend blending with your fingers or a brush to help get a more seamless look, so it doesn't sit on top of the skin. The whole dome thing is quite handy, as you can swipe it directly across your cheeks, or run the colour onto a brush or your fingers.
This is a non-drying, long-wearing lipstick in the coolest Art Deco gold case—you just slide the button up to reveal the lipstick with one elegant gesture. There are two new shades, 144 Insolence, shown here (they call it a vibrant fuchsia) and 170 Attrape-Coeur, which I didn't receive (spicy and cheerful pink).
Here's what 144 Insolence looks like on skin:
Not really fuchsia, huh? I didn't think so either. But that's not to say I didn't love it—I actually adore this colour, which is more of a sheer, bright pinky-red on me.
Here it is on my lips:
It feels great and it does live up to the long-lasting claim, wearing down to a soft stain over the course of a few hours/meals.
This is meant to be an all-in-one eyebrow kit for any colour of brow hair; the top shade is a pinky beige highlighter, while the bottom three are brow powders that you can mix and match, and apply wet or dry. You also get a mini dual-ended brush with an angled brush on one end and a brow brush on the other.
This is what they look like swatched, from dark to light:
I guess I just don't get the idea of an eyebrow palette. I don't really want to play around with how dark or light my brows are—I just want a shade that makes them look naturally full and defined. I would only use one colour here (the lightest brow colour) and wouldn't even go for the highlight shade (as I find light on the brow bones kind of '90s). So it wouldn't be worth it to have all these colours. I also don't find brow powders that easy to use or that natural-looking, at least compared to my Holy Grail brow product, Benefit Gimme Brow (reviewed here). I'm giving this kit a miss.
This curling and volumizing mascara has been around for a while, but it's now available in a new basic shade, 03 Moka, a dark brown. You'll see it on my lashes in a minute. I'm a die-hard black mascara person, but found the brown gave me enough definition for a soft, daytime look. It's not so light that your lashes get lost and disappear. I also think this formula is a solid choice for getting nice volume and definition.
Like I said, I'm not an eyeshadow palette person—I just don't have the eyelid space for a lot of colours, nor do I have the time or inclination for elaborate shading. But this one surprised me. The harmony is called 503 Les Tendres, and it's all soft, pretty and easy.
Here are the shades swatched:
They really are this sheer—not scary or dark at all, like so many palettes out there. The difference between the iridescent ivory (left) and the metallic aquatic green (top) doesn't show up in the photo well, but I'd use the former all over the lids and the latter as a highlight at the inner corners—which, as you may know, is a huge red carpet trend right now. The satiny nude (right) is good for the crease, and I like the matte violet plum (bottom) for lining close to the lashes. It goes on even darker if you wet an angled brush.
Here's how I winged out the purple with a wet brush, and used the other shades to create soft dimension:
Another bonus is it really doesn't crease up. I put some concealer on my lids, but that's it, and the shadow doesn't migrate like so many out there.
There's so much you can do with this palette, and the colours are subtle and easy to use. Love, love, love it.
The other eyeshadow option from Guerlain for spring is this duo, which can be worn together or individually. The matte shade is a soft, goes-with-anything taupe and the "veil" colour is a purple with flecks of glitter:
Neither one is as strong on the skin as it looks in the palette. Especially the purple—there's not a lot of pigment in the base, and the glitter is spaced pretty far apart, so it's more of a layering colour instead of a standalone statement purple. I think these are nice, but you get so much more versatility with the four-colour palette. I feel like the purple just doesn't have enough impact.
The new shade of Maxi Shine (a plumping, high-shine gloss) is 900 Star Dust, a pearly white with iridescent glimmer. On the skin it's clear with little flecks that pick up the light:
On the lips, I feel like it looks better in this photo than it did in real life:
The particles in it give your lips almost a blue sheen, and it's really iridescent, which I don't think I'm ready to embrace. If I'm gonna do clear gloss, I prefer it just that—clear.
This shade of nail polish, 862 Star Dust, matches the lip gloss and has the same iridescent effect. On the nails, it reads more silvery/white than clear.
I had to apply three coats to get this level of coverage. In general, Guerlain's formulas are strong and long-lasting; I think this shimmering shade is a great neutral with a twist.
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