Guerlain is truly on top of of the beauty game when it comes to package design and makeup formulas. Their new 68 Champs-Elysées 2010 Fall makeup collection features the ultra-luxe Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, their star product of this season. As you might have guessed, the collection name is an homage to the House of Guerlain's tony flagship address.
First of all, the see-through silver metalwork on the magnetic "easel" cover is quite dazzling. Once you flip it open, you encounter a big mirror panel (large enough to view most of the face!) that opens to the right side. Six gorgeous and complementary shades are revealed underneath.
This compact is the epitome of French glamour. There are many color schemes you can pull off - you can easily wear a different look for a week's worth of social activities. And, the colors are so blendable. You can't goof up with the suggested application combinations. I got to try 68 Champs-Elysées - a group of grey, browns, violet and iridescent silver. You can achieve few different smoky eye looks and each effect is equally stunning. I also didn't have to use too much product to get the right amount of pigment. I like to use the lightest shade alone for a subtle daytime look.
All of the eyeshadows contain Moonstone powder - this precious stone powder enables the product to extend its staying power. Each palette offers three different textures (iridescent, matte and satin) within each compact. The Mother of Pearl particles also lend a radiant sparkle within the iridescent eyeshadow formula.
These five palettes bear the address of a Guerlain boutique in Paris. Which Guerlain woman are you?
93 RUE DE PASSY: pink, smoky pink, grey, taupe
10 RUE DES FRANCS-BOURGEOIS: beige, golden bronze, brown
29 RUE DE SÈVRES: taupe, light grey, turquoise
2 PLACE VENDÔME: iridescent ivory, deep grey, intense indigo, navy blue
68 CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES: precious brown, gradations of brown, beige, intense violet
The collection is also introducing the new Kiss Kiss Essence de Gloss. This extreme shine lip gloss contains active anti-aging ingredients (Vitamins A & C) to help your lips look more youthful. With daily wear, it's supposed to smooth and plump up your pout. This product also has reflective mother-of-pearl particles. The neat 'jewel' packaging allows the gloss color to flood the transparent middle chamber as you pull the applicator wand out for the first application. Available in 8 shades, I tried 462 Violine (deep fuschia) and loved it. Coupled with a smoky eye, I like to wear it without lip liner for that messy rock star look.
The Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette and Kiss Kiss Essence de Gloss are now available at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Sephora.com.
More Guerlain news: they'll be releasing their new Lingerie de Peau foundation and Les Voilettes loose powder in September, so be sure to check back next month for my review!
For editorial consideration, a product sample was provided for this review.