now, regular readers of this blog will note that i've already indulged in both of these collections. i picked up two rouge automatiques the week they were released and i treated myself to the stunning terra inca sublime radiance powder from the summer collection. but the fact that i'd already seen some of the goods didn't make the prospect of having one of their makeup artists use me as a canvas any less exciting.
guerlain is one of those brands that just consistently seems to get things right. i came to their cosmetics by way of their perfumes [as i assume many do], since i'm a long-time devotee of their mitsouko perfume [incomparable in every way] and dom swears by their vetiver for men. i'm pretty certain that fans of guerlain fragrance are lured into their cosmetics through one of two avenues :: 1. their "terracotta" line of bronzers which are apparently the be-all, end-all of bronzing for those who are into that sort of thing; or 2. their remarkable powdered eye kohl with its perfectly precise wand applicator and remarkable formula that seems able to resist even the dampest and most smudge-prone of water lines [mine].
SEE WHAT HAPPENED...
once you've gone down one of those roads, it's easy to be drawn in by guerlain's combination of quality and beauty. one of the reasons that i love getting something from guerlain is because they take such care to design their products [critics, particularly of their "rouge g" lipsticks, say over-engineer] so that they consistently feel like luxuries, like you really are getting something quite special. don't discount that feeling.
interestingly, though, the makeup artist didn't once reach for any bronzer. she did use the terra inca powder, which gets no objection from me, but she could obviously see that i am one pasty girl and that it was better to stick with lighter colours.
i liked the light consistency of the lingerie de peau foundation that she used- it gave nice, even coverage, but it felt like nothing on my skin. the problem i have with guerlain foundations [and i've tried a few] is that they simply don't come light enough for my skin tone. this one was a fairly good match, but i find that, if you look at the difference in skin colour between my face and my neck/ shoulders, even in full sun, you can still see that there's a bit of a difference. [apparently, there are lighter shades available at their boutiques in the orient, but that doesn't help me a whole lot, since even if i could convince someone to get them for me, i'd have no way of telling which shades would work.] it's too bad, because, as i said, the formula is lovely.
|terre indigo shadow palette|
|swatches, single layer, with flash|
many thanks to veronik at the holt renfrew guerlain counter for hooking me up and thanks to dom for the "after" shots of my makeover.