Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines, Review, Swatch, Comparison & FOTD

I hope you are all having a great weekend. We are having visitors over the weekend, so I thought I would write a post quickly before they arrive and share my thoughts about one of the three newly released Guerlain Quads, which will join the permanent line. I was very impressed when I played with them yesterday (check the swatches of all the three palettes here). Reading the comments on Instagram and the blog,  I have noticed there was more excitement for #17 Les Violines there, so let me start with this one.


Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines



What makes Guerlain #17 Violines special is its finish. The palette is composed only of satin to matte shades which are very soft and finely milled. Although these are so soft, I haven't experienced fall-out during the application. The intensity of the application can be tuned depending on the fullness of the brush or the layers you apply. With one pass, you can achieve a sheer coverage, with multiple passes or a fluffy brush, you can get full on effect, which is still soft due to the shade selection. I have introduced the shades in my previous post, which you can check here.



Close-up: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines
Swatch (studio lighting): Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines

Below I am wearing pale pink (top) all over the lid as a base, soft mauve (right) in the middle and mid-toned plummy pink (bottom) on the outer corner. I defined the outer corner and crease with the deep plum (left). I lined my eyes with Guerlain Eye Pencil #02 in Jackie Brown, which is my go to eye pencil for soft looks and applied Rouge Bunny Rouge Modelling Mascara in Witchery which I am loving at the moment (review coming up soon) on my lashes. 


In-action: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines

It is getting hard for a palette to be very unique in my stash but Les Violines accomplishes it not only with its finish but also because of the tones. Just when I was thinking that I have all the plummy purply colors out there, I was surprised to find out I don't have anything like it. The closest which I can think of is Burberry Complete Eye Palette #06 in Plum Pink because the finish is close, but it turns out that Plum Pink is warmer and has more brown/beige tones once compared. Also Plum Pink has mostly satin shades while the shades in Les Violines are more matte. Burberry is releasing another plummy pink palette for this fall which I will introduce you during next week, I suspect that one can be closer to Les Violines, so stay tuned.



Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines vs. Burberry Complete Eye Palette #06 Plum Pink
Swatch: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines vs. Burberry Complete Eye Palette #06 Plum Pink

Another palette which crossed my mind when I see Les Violines is Guerlain's Turandot, which must be one of my all time favorite Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs. It was unfortunately a limited edition item but if you happen to have it, below you see that they are not even close. Turandot is warmer and the plums in this palette are redder. I also thought about Chanel Hesitation from 2014 Fall Collection (reviewed here), but Hesitation is also redder. Nice thing about these comparisons is that I end up noticing unexpected things, this time I found out Hesitation minus the gorgeous sparse shimmer is very close to bottom shade of Turandot, which means those of you who own Turandot can give a second thought in investing for Hesitation :-)


Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines vs. Guerlain #500 Turandot and Chanel #106 Hesitation
Plummy shades from Guerlain Les Violettes, Turandot and Chanel Hesitation

I wore Les Violines yesterday and I was impressed by the longevity. I applied my make-up at 9am (over Nars Pro-prime) and at 11pm almost everything was gone other than my eye-makeup, which was looking fresh with no signs of fading. Usually I don't have problem with longevity but I often experience fading after 6-7 hours mark, which means the shades doesn't look as vibrant or fresh as it was applied, which is not the case with just a few brands, like Suqqu, some of Tom Ford and latest palettes of Chanel. I am happy to report that Guerlain is now included in this extreme wear accomplishment list. If you have oily lids and happened to try Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts about the longevity.

Below I am wearing:

Eyes:

  • Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines
  • Nars Pro-prime
  • Guerlain Eye Pencil in #02 Jackie Brown
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Modelling Mascara in Witchery
Brows:
  • MAC Single Eyeshadow in Omega
  • Anastasia Brow Gel
Complexion:
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Creme in Light
  • Guerlain Les Meteorites (huge balls from Spring 2013, which are my favorite)
  • Chanel Joues Contraste #160 Innocence (reviewed here)
Lips
  • Armani Rouge d'Armani Sheers in #114 Incense (from Fall 2014 Fade to Grey Collection, swatched with other shades here)



FOTD with Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #17 Les Violines

Final thoughts: Loving it, #17 Les Violines might become my daily affair for a polished daily look. I can't recommend it enough if you like these tones as much as I do.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Collection is now available in the States, UK and it will be released in a few weeks time in Germany and rest of Europe. Palette will cost around 53 EUR in Germany and $60 in the States, Escentuals (not affiliated) from UK has a Guerlain sale going on, and offers 10% on all Guerlain products, this is where I got mine. The palettes are permanent, but I know it is still hard to wait ;-)


How do you feel about palettes with just matte shades?

27 comments

  1. Omg, I need this in my life! It turned out even better than I was hoping for! The shades are so flattering on you! Big love!

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    1. LOL Teri, yes you do :-) I am sure they will look stunning on you.

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  2. Guerlain is becoming a major weakness for me!! I definitely want to get my hands on one of these palettes now!!!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Miss Louise,
      which one is your favorite so far?
      I am always a fan of Guerlain make-up, especially powder products are so good in quality.

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  3. *sips iced tea to re-hydrate dry mouth* Of all the beauties I've seen recently this is by far my favorite! To know that the shades performs so well is such a relief because I do plan on getting it! They truly look gorgeous on you and I love the finished look with the blush and lipstick! Perfect! :)

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    1. Hi Helene,
      i known these are your colors as well, and you will love the matte finish. I remember you were not that happy with all the shimmers and metallic ones recently. I can't wait to read what you think of it too. And again you made me laugh with Ice Tea lol.

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    2. Well I needed one after that screen licking I did and yes I will write about it because if there's one item I getting for fall it's Les Violines! *smooches* to you Darling! :)

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  4. I agree with Teri, I need this in my life! So beautiful!!

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  5. Oh I definitely need this. (And I agree with you about Turandot, which is just stunning.)

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    1. Hi Kate,
      Turandot is so stunning and yet why don't I wear it. I should do that again. Violines... Yes, best word is stunning!

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  6. This looks so good on you and wow your lashes look so long (can't wait for the mascara review)! The finish of these eye shadows looks so unique and just amazing on the lids. I am so glad this is not limited edition! :)

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    1. Yes it is not limited which is a relief. Mascara review is coming up soon :-) Thanks for your lashy compliment ;-)

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  7. It looks absolutely gorgeous!! N E E D! :D xxx

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  8. Gosh, this is stunning! The shades are so perfect for Fall and the packaging is gorgeous. I can see why you think you'll be wearing it all the time! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hi Jen,
      yes it is so luxurious, from the heavy hefty packaging to the soft silky powder. I will be enjoying it so much this fall.

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  9. You look great in these colours, Sara. Turandot is one of my favourite palettes. Funny how I don't use it much >_< Downsizing might help, but that defeats the purpose of my loving my eye shadows. HAHAHA!

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    1. Hi Lily, I know what you mean, I need to use Turandot more often too! LOL, yes downsizing is good but one shouldn't do it too much ;-)

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  10. Beautiful! I am buying my first Guerlain palette because of your blog, and also tried out Clarins eyeshadows for the first time yesterday, also because of your blog! Absolutely loved the Clarins, and Guerlain is in the mail right now. You are dangerous to my wallet! :)

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    1. LOL, when I first started reading your comment, I was very proud of myself but then came the wallet part :-P
      At least you love what you have picked up so happy about it! Which Guerlain one did you pick up? Let me know if you liked it :-*

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  11. Argh I wrote a comment but it deleted! You should be proud of your blog, it is really incredible! My wallet can suffer gladly. :)

    Guerlain arrived, it's the Ecrin 2 Couleurs Two Vip. Excited to try it! Love Purple eyeshadow!!

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    1. Oh Two VIP, I m excited to read your review about that one. It is a pretty purple, not very conventional though with that glitter shade. Are you loving it?

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  12. As always your makeup looks great. Please could you tell me how the top shade compares to Armani Eyes to kill in Aurore #14? Many thanks. Kate

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    1. Dear Kate,
      Aurore is more shimmery and bright, this quad is matte and subdued, like Fall kind of shades if that makes sense.

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  13. Hi, I've just posted a comment. I'm not sure if my question was clear, I meant to ask how the Armani Eyes it Kill Solo in #14 compares to the top shade in Guerlain Les Violines? Thanks. Kate

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  14. They are indeed stunning and look great on you...a bit pricy but ....wonderful .
    I have greem eyes so I believe Les Violines could be lovely
    I would be grateful if you could take a look on my blog; https://makeupocchiverdi.wordpress.com/
    Kiss from rome, Italy
    Francesca

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