Guerlain’s holiday collection is always my most-looked-forward-to collection of the year. I usually purchase something from the collection every year because the collection is always so intricately designed and both the packaging and design are just stunning. Consistent with previous years, Guerlain’s A Night at the Opera Collection for holiday 2014 is an eye candy! Today I have two of the star products to share with you – the Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette and the Rouge G in 820 Rouge Parade, both limited edition items.
Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette
The Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette (C$95) is a double layer palette containing 5 eyeshadow shades in the top layer and 4 blush shades in the bottom layer. The packaging is consistent with Guerlain’s Blush G and powder foundation packaging but instead of a brush or sponge on the bottom layer, it contains the blushes. Contained in a matte gold case and wrapped in a red bow elastic, it also comes with a double-ended sponge application and a mini blush brush with red bristles.
(A comparison of the mini brush included in the set with the brush that came with the Guerlain Blush G from a few years ago)
The 5 eyeshadow shades on the top layer are all shimmer/iridescent colours – a white, sheer gold, light golden bronze, copper, and chocolate. The palette is very warm and works well on warmer skintones. The texture of each shade was super smooth and adhered very well to the skin. The top two shades were sheer but the bottom three shades were beautifully pigmented.
The bottom 4 blush shades (from top left in clockwise) are a cool sheer pink with silver shimmer, a matte warm rose, a sheer bronzer with silver shimmer, and a matte coral. The texture of the blushes are quite powdery and there was substantial powder flyaway, but it applies super smoothly and adheres well to the skin. Apart from the cool pink, the rest of the blushes are pigmented and warm-toned. The only downside is that the size of each blush “square” is quite small and the colour was hard to get onto the brush even while using the mini brush that comes with the set.
At C$95 (US$90) the Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette is definitely expensive, but seeing as it is Guerlain, it is more of a collector’s item than anything else. I also feel that this would make an incredible travel palette because you get the eye and cheek component in one small package – I will be bringing mine to Mexico with me in a few weeks! If you are a fan of Guerlain, this will be something you’ll need to add to your collection!
Guerlain Rouge G in 820 Rouge Parade
I’ve been a collector of Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks for years now and this year I was excited to add to my collection Rose Grenat and Rouge Parade (C$56), both of which are encased in limited edition lacquer packaging instead of the usual all-silver packaging. Rouge Parade is a beautiful neutral red shade with the usual creamy, rich colour payoff you see with other Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks. Rouge Parade is opaque in one swipe, filling in every space and crevice on your lips with this rich red colour.
Priced at C$56, again it is a luxury item but for a Guerlain lover like me, it is worth every dollar. If you are looking for just any red lipstick, there will be other options out there, but if you love Guerlain and are a fan of the beautifully rich colour payoff and texture, as well as the limited edition lacquer packaging, this lipstick is perfect for you!
A look with Guerlain A Night at the Opera collection
I did a face look with the Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette and the Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade. Products used:
- Foundation – Guerlain Parure Extreme
- Powder – Guerlain Crazy Meteorites (holiday 2013)
- Eyes – Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette – every shade except the sheer gold (2nd from the top)
- Cheeks – Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette – matte rose shade (top right corner)
- Lips – Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade
Where to buy
You can purchase Guerlain A Night at the Opera collection at all Guerlain counters across Canada, including The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, and Holt Renfrew. Products are available in limited numbers so if you don’t see the products on display yet, you can pre-order or ask for them to be put aside for you when they come out at the counters.