Mon Guerlain: Guerlain’s newest fragrance featuring Angelina Jolie

Mon Guerlain fragrance review

Last month, I was so honoured to be invited to Guerlain‘s inaugural Canadian launch of their new fragrance, Mon Guerlain, in Vancouver. Mon Guerlain combines the classic Guerlain fragrance notes with a sexy twist. Its most prominent note is the Tahitian Vanilla, which are also present in other scents such as Habit Rouge and Jicky. The Carla Lavender and Sambac Jasmine add smooth floral notes, while Santalum Album Sandalwood adds depth and smokeyness.

Mon Guerlain fragrance review

The bottle itself is a classic Guerlain design, featuring a four-clover cap, first introduced in 1908. The original quadrilobe cap was formed from one single piece of glass. In modern times, the Mon Guerlain version of the quadrilobe creates a feeling of sensuality and feminity.

Mon Guerlain fragrance review

In terms of the scent as it wears on me, it starts off with a powdery freshness from the lavender and jasmine. I also get a bit of citrus, even though there are no citrus notes. The top notes actually last quite a while on me, and doesn’t dry down to it’s final form for another hour or so. Once dried down, it is very mature and luxurious-smelling. The vanilla and sandalwood dominate the show, leaving a lasting imprint on the wearer. Despite it being classified as an oriental fragrance, it wears quite gourmand on me, reminding me of a popular gourmand scent set in the stars. It’s not something I can wear every day, but for those special occasions, it will draw attention to the wearer.

Mon Guerlain is available now at all Guerlain counters, in 50mL and 100mL sizes.

Mon Guerlain fragrance review
Mon Guerlain fragrance review

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Review + swatches – Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

In 2017, Guerlain is celebrating the 30 years of Guerlain Meteorites. This iconic product was first launched in 1987, and was one of the first few products on the market that promoted a radiant complexion, instead of a matte finish. Meteorites was also the first product created in the form of pearls, which also sparked this trend that continues to this day.

Despite all of the inspired products on the market, none match the iconic status and effects of the cult classic Meteorites. I know a lot of my beauty lover friends have attempted to recreate that ethereal grow with other pearl products, but it’s just not the same.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

I am a huge, HUGE Guerlain Meteorites fan. I own the Meteorites in pretty much all of its variations, and the new Meteorites Happy Glow Pearls (C$89) is one of the most beautiful with its pastel shades and the different size balls. It’s housed within a gorgeous hard plastic iridescent pink round case, with an adorable pink fluffy pouf. There’s also a convenient, high quality mirror in the underside of the lid.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review\7

The Happy Glow Pearls contains a combination of iridescent light pink, mauve, pink, and champagne pearls. Despite it being a 30th anniversary variation, it seems to fall a bit short of my expectations. I personally prefer more of a warmer glow, but this one looks a bit pale and powdery on my skin. I can wear this as a setting powder, instead of as a finishing powder, because it does feel more mattifying than my other Meteorites. My brush picks up more powder as well, making application as a setting powder a breeze. I wish they had included all matte shades though, because the big iridescent champagne balls deposit a lot of almost glitter-sized shimmer. It’s quite noticeable on the face and doesn’t look natural. The smaller iridescent pink balls aren’t as obviously shimmery.

That being said, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, and if you’re a true Guerlain Meteorites fan, or if you are looking for an alternative to your setting powder, then you’ll likely want to collect this for your stash.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

There are a few other limited edition Meteorites inspired products released this spring, also with gorgeous iridescent pink packaging. This lipstick is one of the two limited edition KissKiss lipsticks (C$45), in the shade 564 Pearly Pink. It’s a very delicate cool-toned petal pink with some shimmers. The formula is unlike other KissKiss lipsticks I’ve used in the past – this one is sheerer, almost like a lip tint instead of a lipstick.

It reminds me of the KissKiss Roselip in Pink Me Up from a few seasons ago, but without the hydrating formula. The shimmers are also slightly on the gritty side, and not as smooth as I would like it to be. Wear time is just okay; the glossy finish wears off pretty quickly and you’re left with a slight pinky tint, which also wears off if you eat or drink a latte or something. For $45, it’s just okay. Unless you’re wanting to collect this for the iridescent pink packaging, I’d definitely say you’re better off buying a KissKiss lipstick from their regular line, or the KissKiss Roselip in Pink Me Up which is very nice as a hydrating balm / lip tint combo.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

The one product from the collection that was a disappointment was the new Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush (C$51). This brush feels a bit bigger than the existing Meteorites brush, but made with the same ombre pink hairs. It feels substantial and luxurious in my hand, but the fibres are just not soft enough. The harsh fibres are great at picking up more powder, but it feels so scratchy on the skin. For a price of C$51, you can definitely find better alternatives for powder brushes.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

The Guerlain Spring 2017 collection is available February 1, 2017 at all Guerlain boutiques and counters, including Beauty Court, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and others.

The swatches

KissKiss lipstick in 564 Pearly Pink, one swipe, and then layered

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

Products courtesy of PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, Multi-Perfecting Concealer, and the Foundation Brush

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

To say that I love Guerlain foundations would be a huge understatement. Every single Guerlain foundation I’ve ever tried in my life has been a complete hit with my skin, making me look gorgeous, luminous, and even skin toned. I started my Guerlain foundation journey almost 7 years ago with the Parure Extreme foundation, which was my go-to foundation for YEARS. I discovered the Meteorites Baby Glow in the spring of 2015, and then last winter I discovered Parure Gold, all of which have continued to be staples on my makeup vanity. The one Guerlain foundation I’ve never got around to trying was the Lingerie de Peau. Thankfully, this product is being reformulated and relaunched for this fall, and I was very fortunate to be sent a bottle from Guerlain to try.

The new Lingerie de Peau (C$69 for 30mL) features a new and improved formula. Like its name, it was inspired by the feeling of naked skin, and Guerlain sought out to create the most natural, weightless foundation there was. The new formula contains Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, which is a technology that contains smoothing and shaping stretch fibers to allow the foundation to move with the skin. It also contains natural linen and silk fibers, for soft, weightless, radiant coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

I would describe Lingerie de Peau as a foundation good for people with normal or combination skin types. In terms of texture, I’ve never tried the previous formulation, but the new Lingerie de Peau is very lightweight and fluid. It is the thinnest of the Guerlain foundations that I’ve used, making it very appropriate for the natural-faced look. Don’t let the light texture fool you though, because the coverage is buildable to medium. It covers my redness, but not my freckles, leaving a natural finish. If I powder, wear time is fantastic at over 10 hours of smooth, luminous, hydrated skin.

Application is a breeze, I’ve used this with both the accompanying brush (reviewed below) and fingers, and both work equally well. I get more of a natural finish when applied with my hands, and then a fuller coverage finish when applied with the brush. It feels super lightweight on the skin, and just leaves my skin comfortable.

The new Lingerie de Peau also features a much expanded shade range. I’ve been very fortunate in the past to always consistently wear 02 in any of Guerlain’s foundation formulations, including this one (shade 02N), but I do know that since their shade offerings were so limited, most women are not as fortunate and don’t get matched perfectly to a Guerlain shade. For the new Lingerie de Peau, there are a whopping 14 shades in neutral, cool, and warm tones. That being shade, the shade range still doesn’t expand much past medium-dark, so those with very dark skin will still be out of luck. This is a move in the right direction, though, and hopefully we will see even more shades released in the future.

Two downsides of this foundation are that it clings to dry spots, and you really need to powder otherwise it will get fade quickly and pretty unevenly. I’ve had really weird skin lately, with the previous stresses of moving and then travelling, so my skin has been very unbalanced (dry spots on certain areas and oily bits on others). I find that I wear this foundation much better when my skin is balanced. I can wear the Guerlain Parure Gold foundation without powdering, and it will stay looking lovely and luminous all day, but I need to powder with the Lingerie the Peau. I generally powder with the Meteorites Voyage Compact, so I’m not complaining by all means, but it can still be an extra step of effort.

In general, I like this foundation but not as much I love the Parure Gold. Of course the price difference is pretty big (the Parure Gold is $95), but I think for an extra $30 I want something that I truly love. If you are new to Guerlain foundations though, this one is definitely a fantastic starter foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

In addition to the new Lingerie de Peau, Guerlain is also launching its inaugural (that I can remember) full coverage concealer. The Multi-Perfecting Concealer (C$42 for 12mL) comes in three shades, and two undertones each, for six shade options. I have the shade 01 Light Warm which is too light for the rest of my face, but works well to conceal the undereye area. I have the worst luck with undereye concealers because pretty much all of them crease on me, and this one unfortunately is the same way. I always powder under my eye though, so I don’t know what causes the creasing. If you have tips, please let me know. Otherwise, this concealer does a fantastic job at brightening my undereye area and covering my dark circles. The texture is very cream and slightly like a puddy, so you only need a tiny bit which will go a long way.

Lastly, to complement the release of these new base products, Guerlain has launched a synthetic-fibre Foundation Brush (C$53). This is a fluffy foundation brush, designed to buff the product into your skin. Compared to Guerlain’s past brush releases, this one is very soft, dense, and easy to use. It’s not at all rough on the skin, and can work well to buff in your foundation of choice. One thing to note is that this brush is made in China, which I was surprised to see because I thought all of Guerlain’s products were made in France. Although, don’t let that make you think the quality of the brush is subpar, it is a good quality brush, well made, and relatively weighty. That being said though, I don’t really believe it is worth $53. There are a plethora of other brush choices on the market that would perform very similarly without the Guerlain brand and associated price tag.

Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review
Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review

The swatches

Left to right: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in 02N (see how it’s quite fluid), Guerlain Parure Gold in 02, Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in 02 (more pink/peach leaning)

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

On the very right: Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer in 01 Light Warm

Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau ingredients:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation ingredients

The products in this post were provided by PR for review considerations; all opinions are my own.

Swatches + sneak peek! Guerlain Holiday 2016 Guerlain Exceptionnel collection

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review
I was really lucky to be invited to the Guerlain lunch last week where I previewed the Holiday 2016 Exceptionnel Guerlain collection with Guerlain’s International Beauty Artist, Maxime Poulin. The Guerlain holiday collections are usually my favourite of all the holiday collections each year, and every year they outdo themselves by creating something more and more beautiful.

This year, the holiday collection was created in collaboration with Natalia Vodianova, who is also the muse and spokesmodel for Guerlain. The inspiration was the Shalimar fragrance. The collection will be out in November, but I have some preliminary sneak peek swatches for you. My apologies in advance for the less than stellar quality of the photos, I took these swatch photos at the event so they were taken with my phone.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Soufflé d’Or de Shalimar (C$105) is the star product of the collection, a beautiful iridescent body powder spray housed in a gorgeous atomizer. It smells AMAZING, by the way, and the shimmer isn’t glittery at all, rather a very fine, luxurious shimmer that makes your whole body glow. P.S. The weird patch on the back of my hand is actually Guerlain’s new Multi Perfection Concealer, which I will review separately in another post.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Terracotta Terra India (C$64) is my favourite product in the whole collection, which is weird because I don’t normally wear bronzer. It is a seriously beautiful bronzey gold highlight with lots of shimmer, to create a winter-friendly bronzed look that isn’t too much like a fake tan. I don’t generally wear bronzer but I think I might need to get this. The texture is so smooth, creamy, and it also smells amazingly like the Shalimar perfume.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Météorites Perles de Legende (C$79) is the annual limited edition Meteorites release for Guerlain. This variation includes shades of gold, violet, and blue to brighten, create glow, and even out the skin tone. I didn’t find it glittery at all, rather it was more of a healthy glow (which is Guerlain’s signature).

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Shalimar Duo Eyeshadows in Gold and Sapphire (C$51) contains a shimmery, duo-chrome violet shade and a glittery gold. I wasn’t super impressed with the colour payoff for this one. I would safely say skip, especially if you have your eye on something else.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain L’Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold (C$42) is a gorgeous metallic gold liquid liner. The gold colour is a total standout, and it looks like liquid metal on the skin. It was funny at the event because Maxime was saying he wasn’t too convinced that a woman can use this product often enough, but he kept playing with it and at the end of the lunch, he fell in love. I would have to agree that it’s not something I would use often, especially due to that high price point. The packaging is gorgeous though.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Rouge G lipstick in 821 Rouge Saphir (C$61) is a beautiful pinky red. It’s not a true red, and when you wear it sheerly, it looks more pink. Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks are some of my favourite lipstick formulas, and this one is the same – the texture is just so incredibly smooth, creamy, and pigmented. You can’t go wrong with a Rouge G!

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

It’s still far from November, but I hope that this will give you a good idea of what’s to come in for holiday with Guerlain. I’m likely going to pick up the Terracotta Terra India, it’s just too beautiful to pass up!

Guerlain Holiday 2016 collection will be available November 1 at Beauty Court, Holt Renfrew, Murale, and anywhere else that sells Guerlain.

What do you have your eye on?

Review + swatches + look – Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick and Nail Polish in 02 Pink Tie

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick and Nail Polish review and swatches

Earlier this year, Guerlain released a capsule makeup collection as an extension of their popular La Petite Robe Noire fragrance. This collection, containing 25 Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour shades (available globally, availability will vary by country), and 10 Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour shades (globally) features whimsical designs and is also scented with their La Petite Robe Noire scent. I received the Lip Colour and Nail Colour in coordinating shade 02 Pink Tie, a cool-toned pink.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Pink Tie review and swatches

Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour (C$37) is a sheer, jelly-like lipstick. It feels very balmy, but also thick. It reminds me a little bit like the KissKiss Roselip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm from last fall but thicker with more drag. I don’t generally wear cool-toned pinks well, and it was the same for this one. The cool-toned pink made my face look a bit ashy, and not brightened like I prefer. I also wasn’t a big fan of the formula, as it wasn’t super hydrating like the KissKiss Roselip, and wasn’t very pigmented either.

The La Petite Robe Noire scent, thankfully, is just minimal, and dissipates after a few minutes. Wear time was also below average, as expected with this type of sheer lipstick, lasting about 2 hours before fading and needing a touchup.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Polish in 02 Pink Tie review and swatches

The Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour (C$27) is just incredible, and has one of the best nail polish formulas and brush heads that I’ve ever tried. The creamy formula is ultra glossy, ultra smooth and very easy to apply; it’s not too thick or too thin, and provides just enough coverage with one coat. You can see in the swatch below that one coat gives you good coverage with a bit of a jelly-like effect, and you get total opacity with two coats. The brush head is also fantastic, contouring perfect around my nail bed and cuticle. I was able to do both hands super quickly, without much cleanup after.

Wear time is fantastic, and nothing short of what I expected from Guerlain. Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Pink Tie wore for 7 days with just minor tip wear, with a base coat but no top coat. It also wears ultra glossy without the top coat, which is a bonus for those who are short for time.

The Nail Colour shade in Pink Tie is warmer than the Lip Colour in Pink Tie, pulling as a bright pink on my nails. The colour also makes my hands appear brighter!

The swatches

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Pink Tie review and swatches
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Polish in 02 Pink Tie review and swatches

The look

Wearing Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Pink Tie

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Pink Tie review and swatches
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick and Nail Polish review and swatches

Guerlain Blanc de Perle relaunch with the Rosy Whitening Essence, Active Reviving Cleansing Foam, and the Essence in Lotion

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

Guerlain’s Blanc de Perle line is being relaunched this Spring with revamps of the essence, cleanser and lotion. The Rosy Whitening Essence is the new and improved version of the Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence, which was my favourite products from the predecessor line. The Active Reviving Cleansing Foam is the updated Foaming Cleanser, and the Essence in Lotion is the improved Lotion. I’m super happy because all three products were the most memorable for me from the previous line, so I was excited to see how the new and improved versions perform in comparison.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence (C$155) claims to increase radiance and promote a healthy, rosy glow. It also claims to target dark spots and sallowness, which will also help to improve overall the skin’s appearance and texture. It contains ingredients such as glycerin to hydrate, citrus unshiu peel extract as an antioxidant, ascorbyl glucoside to brighten, as well as dimethicone and polymethylsilsesquioxane which are silicones. It also contains – in smaller doses – ophiopogon japonicus root extract to hydrate, mallow extract as an antioxidant, and sophora angustifolia root extract which is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. The texture is similar to the predecessor version in that it is lightweight with a lot of slip (due to high silicone content). This version has added glycerin as the second ingredient on the list, and the citrus unshiu peel extract near the top of the ingredients list, which make the newer Rosy Whitening Essence more hydrating than the previous version.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

The Guerlain Active Reviving Cleansing Foam (C$67) claims to promote melanin elimination and cell renewal, including improve blood circulation, improve radiance, and an overall healthier complexion. The new version of this cleanser replaces the surfectants (i.e., cleansing agents) in the prior version of myristic acid and stearic acid with sodium laureth sulfate, but the beneficial ingredients such as ophiopogon japonicus root extract largely remain unchanged. The new version also adds a small amount of biotin near the bottom of the ingredients list. A big plus of this cleanser, despite that it’s $67 is that my last tube lasted me an entire year. You only need a tiny bit to activate its very powerful cleansing action, and this also works very well with cleansing brushes because of the high density foam created by its surfectants. Most cleansers last me 4-6 months and cost up to $30 a bottle, this one is $67 and lasts a whole year, so in terms of price versus value, it’s really not that bad. Lastly it does a very good job at deep cleansing without stripping, making it my perfect cleanser.

The Essence in Lotion (C$80) claims to treat and reduce dark spots, improve blood micro-circulation and skin texture, as well as tone and purify the skin to promote a brighter and more radiant complexion. This Essence in Lotion is exactly the same as the previous version, and works and feels exactly the same as well. I use this with a cotton pad as the last step of my cleansing routine and first step of my moisturizing routine. It’s very lightweight, helps with removing any leftover dirt from my face, and also prepares my skin for the brightening and moisturizing skincare products I use.

You can purchase the updated Guerlain Blanc de Perle products at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and other Guerlain counters as at February 1, 2016.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Active Reviving Cleansing Foam ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Active Reviving Cleansing Foam ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Essence in Lotion ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Essence in Lotion ingredients

Fragrance feature – Guerlain Aqua Allegoria – Pera Granita

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

Despite being a huge fan of Guerlain for years, I’ve never ventured into their fragrances. In 2016, I finally own my first Guerlain perfume and it’s a scent that’s very unique and unlike anything I have. Pera Granita is the newest limited edition addition to Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria family. Aqua Allegoria is Guerlain’s ode to nature, featuring delicate ingredients to create scents that pay tribute to gardens everywhere. There are four permanent fragrances in the family – Mandarin Basilic, Pamplelune, Herba Fresca, and Limon Verde – plus each spring Guerlain releases a new limited edition.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

The inspiration for Pera Granita (C$75 for 75mL) was the image of savouring a granita under a pear tree. Top notes are grapefruit, lemon, and bergamot, with hearts of pear, osmanthus, and orange blossom. The base notes are moss, white musk, and cedar. Pera Granita is my first pear-based fragrance and I was pleasantly surprised to find this a very lovely fresh floral that’s perfect for spring. Due to the lightness, I feel comfortable giving my clothes one spritz in the morning before I head off to work. Lasting time isn’t the best because it is so light and fresh, but I’m a fan of the it dries down – almost to a powdery note.

The bottle itself is a work of art – the lovely peachy pink glass bottle with the gold honeycomb topper makes a great addition to my vanity top.

Compared to my other fruity floral fragrances though, such as Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay or Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin, I’m not sure I gravitate towards Pera Granita. My fruity-floral Jo Malones have very distinct fruity notes, whereas the pear in Pera Granita is also too faint to be distinctive, so you’re left with a mostly citrus-floral scent. Unfortunately, that’s not unique enough to be listed among my signature scents. If you’re looking for a demure, light floral, then Pera Granita is a great choice. Personally though, I prefer something that’s a bit more unique.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

Guerlain Pera Granita is available as at March 1, 2016 at Guerlain counters across Canada.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

Review: Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation, makeup with skincare benefits!

Guerlain Parure Gold liquid Foundation review

Guerlain’s Parure Gold Foundation is one of the few high end foundations available that is still considered mainstream. Parure Gold Foundation first came on my radar because Temptalia raved about it, and it continues to be one of her go-to foundations even years later. The Parure Gold Foundation (C$95) was revamped towards the end of last year, and at first I was skeptical because a $95 bottle of foundation should be absolutely amazing. After a few weeks, I became a believer. This is one of the my most-picked foundations in my current rotation, particularly on days when my skin feels dull, dehydrated, and in need of a perk up.

Parure Gold Foundation has a satin-matte finish that works well on its own with or without powder. The texture is a drier cream, but it blends out seamlessly into the skin, creating a veil of coverage. It is relatively pigmented and a little goes a long way, I use about half a pump on my face (applying with fingers) and I can get medium coverage – my redness is neutralized, pores are smoothed over, and imperfections are hidden. The formulation is a wonder to work with, the product just melts into the skin and despite its buildable medium to high coverage, it never looks or feels heavy or cakey. For those with drier skin, this foundation is also wonderfully hydrating, and my skin has never showed a dry spot on any of the days that I’ve worn this.

The first few times I wore this, I was most surprised at how smooth and plump my skin felt AFTER I had removed this. The feeling diminished over time as I wore this more and more, but I felt that this foundation could repair my skin during the day as I wore this. Foundation is the makeup product that has the most contact with your skin over the longest period of time, so you should be wearing a good quality foundation that can help improve your skin, rather than just cover it. This foundation does both!

Guerlain Parure Gold liquid Foundation review

As with all Guerlain base products, I also found that it really gave me this glow-from-within type of radiance that is present in all Guerlain base products. It’s subtle, but noticeable, and something I really love. I previously reviewed the L’OR Radiance Concentrate which works amazingly in conjunction with the foundation. When used in combination with your choice of Meteorites powder, the radiance effect is even more maximized.

Overall, despite it being quite expensive for a foundation, I love this and would definitely recommend this to those having trouble finding a foundation that works. The target user for the Guerlain Parure Gold foundation is one who is looking for a matte finish but with a lit-from-within glow. I also recommend it because of its skin improvement properties, which is important because your foundation covers your face for most of the day.

Ingredients:
Guerlain Parure Gold liquid Foundation review

Celebrating Chinese New Year’s reds and golds with Charlotte Tilbury, La Prairie and Guerlain

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch

It’s no secret that every since the brand has launched in Canada, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury. Today is Chinese New Year, and I’m sharing with you my Chinese New Year look featuring reds and golds from Charlotte Tilbury, accompanied by some of my favourite gold-based products from La Prairie and Guerlain. Valentine’s Day is also nearing, and this look with the soft eyes and lip will also make a great romantic look for a night out with your partner.

P.S. Happy Lunar New Year to everyone who celebrates!

On face:

  • La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold to prep skin (review to come)
  • Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate to prime skin
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation to cover (review to come)

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch

On eyes:

On cheeks:

On lips:

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

The Vintage Vamp palette is the star of my look; it is a beautiful palette containing four coordinating shades to create mesmerizing eyes. The shades are:

  • Prime shade: a shimmery metallic pink that feels ultra creamy and smooth
  • Enhance shade: a shimmery light burgundy that’s very smooth and pigmented
  • Smoke shade: a metallic dark burgundy that’s also beautifully smooth and pigmented
  • Pop shade: a glittery gold that has the hardest texture out of all of these. It has barely any base colour, and mostly is just chunky glitter

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

I love Charlotte Tilbury’s coordinating eye palettes because they are very easy to use with foolproof instructions, as well as excellent quality in terms of texture and pigmentation. I can also see why the Vintage Vamp palette is one of Charlotte’s more popular palettes. The colours are just absolutely beautiful together, with the ability to create a very soft and romantic look or an intense rock-and-roll look, depending on your mood of the day. Since I received this, it has quickly become one of my favourite eye palettes to use.

The light pink Prime shade is absolutely beautiful, applies smoothly (almost creamy) and adheres very well. There was a little bit of powder fallout with the two darker Enhance and Smoke shades, but it cleaned up easy. The only colour I wasn’t super fond of was the Pop shade of this palette because it felt a lot drier and was chunky compared to the other shades, but even then it adhered very well to the middle of my eyelid. For the Chinese New Year look I put together, this pop of gold glitter worked really well with the rest of the look.

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

How would you recreate your own red and gold look?

Guerlain Spring 2016 – all about the Meteorites featuring Meteorites Base & Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder

Guerlain Spring 2016 Meteorites Base review

Guerlain has been substantially expanding and revamping much of its Meteorites range over the last year. Last spring, we saw the introduction of the new Meteorites Baby Glow foundation which was released with a revamp of Meteorites Compact. We also saw two limited edition releases from last spring and summer, respectively, the Meteorites Perles de Blush and the Meteorites Rainbow Pearls. Lastly, we saw the release of the first ever skincare product in this range – the Meteorites Oxygen Care – which unfortunately I didn’t love but I know others did. For spring 2016, Guerlain has repackaged their famed Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls, as well as their most prestigious make-up product, the Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder.

Guerlain Spring 2016 Meteorites Base review

The Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls (C$81) is one of their most popular and iconic products, a classic of the Meteorites range. This is one of Guerlain’s two famed primers, the other one being the Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate. The Meteorites Base contains shimmery pearls suspended in a clear gel base. This is a glycerin and silicone-based primer, with the second ingredient being glycerin and the fifth ingredient being silica. It also contains dimethicone about halfway down the list. Despite it containing silicone, it is incredibly lightweight and watery and just melts into the skin. When you pump out the primer, the pearls collapse and are blended with the rest of the gel base to create a lightly shimmery watery gel that spreads easily on the skin and absorbs/dries down quickly.

Guerlain Meteorites Primer compare with Guerlain L'OR primer review

When compared to the L’Or Radiance Concentrate, the Meteorites Base doesn’t contain any skincare ingredients and is also has more of a mattifying effect. I wear this underneath my Meteorites Baby Glow and it helps my foundation look fresh all day with almost no blotting (normally I’d need to blot every few hours). When worn under foundations in general, it helps to create a smoother, more even finish, and products don’t sink into pores as much. It also has more of a visible shimmer when the pearls are blended into the skin, and dries down quickly to allow you to apply your foundation right away.

I would use these two primers for different occasions – the Meteorites Base for the daytime when I need a more long-lasting and mattifying primer to help extend the wear of my foundation, and the L’Or Concentrate for night time when my skin looks more tired and needs a bit more of a glow boost. Between the two primers though, I definitely still prefer the L’Or Concentrate because it is more hydrating, which is more appropriate for this time of year. I will wear the Meteorites Base more as summer rolls around.

Guerlain Meteorites Primer compare with Guerlain L'OR primer review
Guerlain Meteorites Primer compare with Guerlain L'OR primer review
Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder review

The Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder (C$210, C$71 for powder refill) has been on my wishlist for years. I first fell in love with the Voyage compacts back in 2008 when the Midnight Butterfly range was released. However the price was (and continues to be) astronomical for a makeup product. The reason why the product is so expensive is because the compact is extremely luxurious, made with the highest grade materials such as mother-of-pearl, and feels very hefty. The powder itself is different from the other Meteorites powders I’ve seen in the past, and appears to be crushed up Meteorites pearls that were pressed into a compact. I love the original Meteorites Pearls but they are cumbersome to travel with, so this is the closest I’ll be able to get to actually travelling with the Meteorites Pearls (hence the name Meteorites Voyage – i.e., travel!).

The Meteorites Voyage Compact in the shade 01 Mythic contains crushed micro pearls in white, champagne, green, violet, and peach to brighten, cure sallowness, neutralize redness, and warm up the skin.

Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder review

 

In terms of comparing the Voyage Compact Powder to the Meteorites Compact (C$71), the Voyage Compact is definitely a lot more refined, with very little visible shimmer and mostly just glow. Guerlain is amazing at creating makeup products that give you that Arwen-like glow from within, and despite the Meteorites Compact already being very glowy, this one is even subtler. Also it’s a good thing to note that the Meteorites Compacts are also refillable, so if you want that Voyage powder refill without the hefty case, you can always refill your Meteorites Compact with the Voyage powder.

Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder review

Do you need the Voyage Compact Powder? No, it’s crazy to think that most people would be able to afford this, or even want to spend their money on it. BUT if you are like me and love Guerlain, and want to treat yo’ self, then absolutely this variation of the Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder is something you might want to collect.

Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder review

What’s your favourite Meteorites product?

Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder review
Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder review

Guerlain Meteorites Base ingredients

Guerlain Meteorites Primer ingredients

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder ingredients

Guerlain Meteorites Spring 2016 Voyage Compact Powder ingredients