Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad #040 Autumn Fire for Fall 2014, Swatch, Review & FOTD

The word is out since almost six months by now, finally highly coveted Beauty Line from Gucci is launched. It has been a big launch, including 10 eye shadow quads, 16 eye shadow singles, 7 eye shadow duos, 7 blushes, 3 bronzers, 25 nail polishes, over 70 lipsticks and lip glosses. It looks like there are lots to review in the upcoming days/weeks, even months. The most pleasant surprise must have been to see that the line launched at many countries at once. I was happy to find out that gucci.com online shop delivers to Germany with free shipping and ordered one of the quads just to try out, #40 in Autumn Fire.

Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad #040 Autumn Fire


Packaging:
Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quads come in a matte black carton box, on it is printed in gold. Inside there is a velvet pouch which carries small imprints of Gucci's two Gs. Inside the package there is an explanation card, it has all written content without pictures.  The quad is black and gold, feels heavy although it is made of plastic. The closure is magnetic, which is great: I won't be breaking another nail to open it up in the morning. 


Package contents: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad, Velvet Pouch, Instructions Card

Inside the compact there is 5 g of eye shadow in four pans. I tried to understand why these are called Magnetic Color Shadow Quad, I don't think it is because the closure is magnetic. I hope it doesn't indicate that I will attract many of these in a short amount of time because they cost 58€ each in Germany.


Velvet pouch: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad

I selected a quad which looked more unique and fun and fitting to the fall season. #040 Autumn Fire is composed of warm naturals. Each powder has Gucci G imprint which wear off easily after using it a few times but takes your breath away after you open the compact for the first time. I bet this is the intention.


Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad #040 Autumn Fire
The shades are as follows:

Top left: Light peachy gold with satin to shimmery finish. The shimmer in this one as well as the shade next to it on the top row is pleasantly complex, read: love.

Top right: Light rose gold with satin to shimmery finish. Similar to golden shade, it has lovely complex sheen. It reminds me of MAC's Expensive Pink and Artistic License (latter reviewed here). 

Bottom right: Deep neutral brown with matte finish. The finish of this matte is somewhere along Burberry and Guerlain, very soft and velvety, therefore it blends a bit too much into the other shades, making it difficult to go really dark for a definition. This might be a good or a bad thing depending on your skill level. In other words, it is hard to overdo, which is usually a good thing. 

Bottom left: A deep plum with pink shimmer. The finish is close to the two lighter shades but with less shimmer. It is also a great stand alone shade if you want to go for a deep plum, something like Chanel's single Magic Night.



Swatch: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad #040 Autumn Fire

Color:
I don't own anything close to Autumn Fire for comparison, if you have any ideas please leave a comment below. I tried to swatch Tom Ford Burnished Amber next to it and the shades were not that close other than two of them showing resemblance. I thought YSL Afrique would be close, once compared shade by shade it isn't either. I still find the end result of Afrique close though.

Texture:
In terms of texture, Autumn Fire mostly resembles Burberry's quads, which are pigmented like their last release Nude Blush. After I felt the powder, it reminded me of Burberry with a tad more shimmer. I then found out that the ingredients are all close, Talc and Mica are listed as first two. They also both have 5 g of eye shadow, just note that Gucci is 58€ while Burberry is only 51€. 


I was asked if Gucci Quads are close to Tom Ford's. I don't see a resemblance of the ingredients nor the texture between these two, so it is rather hard for me to compare. I personally prefer Tom Ford since they blend slower and so shades can be distinguished from one another on the lids, which again might not be desirable for some others, so it is a matter of preference.



In-action: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad #040 Autumn Fire

You see that the end result is soft and very well blended. The eye shadows are very finely milled and they blend effortlessly. If you don't want to blend, well, than you need to put effort in there, which is why the formula is not love but like for me after my first try.

For the eyes I applied the peachy gold on the inner corner, rose gold on the lid, plum at the outer lid and brown matte on the crease. I wished brown matte would be more intense to be able to go on full drama with that one.

Below I am wearing:

  • Gucci Quad #040 Autumn Fire
  • Diorskin Star Foundation and Hydra BB Eye Concealer
  • Burberry Lip Mist in Pink Heather
  • Chanel Joues Contraste in Innocence
  • Chanel Le Volume Mascara
  • Chanel Stylo Water Proof Ambre Dore (lower lash line)



FOTD: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad #040 Autumn Fire

Final thoughts: Welcome to beauty world Gucci. Although I tend to like metal cases (like Burberry's) I like the Gucci packaging, it is simple yet chic. The color combinations of the quads are not too ton sur ton, which I really appreciate. The powder is finely milled, it is very buttery to touch. My only concern about Autumn Fire would be that the dark shade is too soft for a real drama and the shades tend to blend a little too effortlessly for my taste. Also the price is a little off putting, 58 € for 5 g, whereas Burberry (with metal packaging) offers the same amount for 51 €. I will be reviewing some other quads shortly. These are permanent, so no rush.

Are you eyeing anything from the new Gucci line?



26 comments

  1. Ah, Gucci cosmetics are flooding my feed. So beautiful! They probably won't make it to our shores in the next few years so I'll live vicariously through you :-)

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    1. Hi Lily,
      Gucci made it available at their online stores, I believe you can also order through US websites such as Neiman Marcus. Wait before there are more swatches though ;-)

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  2. this purple shade is to die for!
    I'm probably the only one who doesn't like this packaging, it's a little tacky to me

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    1. You might be right. In person it looks better than in the photos though.
      Yes I love the purple in that one, I will use it all over the lid and play with it soon.

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  3. Sehr schick! Und ich bin immer wieder beeindruckt, wie du immer so schnell an die neusten Produkte aus den USA kommst. ;)

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    1. Gucci habe ich in Deutschland bestellt. Gucci Online Shop in Deutschland hat die gesammte Sortiment, es fällt auch keine Lieferkosten.

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  4. OMG, luxury with textures like the lovebaby of Guerlain & Burberry. These warmer colours do look extremely well on you.
    If they ship to Germany they might do Holland as well.

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    1. I just checked after your comment, at the moment it looks like Gucci Holland website doesn't have the beauty items but I suspect that is only a delay of translation time, I believe they first launched English and German websites, others are about to follow.

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  5. Nice harmony of stades, beautiful on you, but I'm not seduced by this brand, a little too flashy I think...
    For once I'm going to save money :-)
    Paddychat

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    1. Good for your wallet ;-) Flashy? I would classify it rather as subtle. I might picked up the most flashy of the quads, not that I am trying to convince you ;-)))

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    2. That' s the packaging which is too flashy, not the colors of this quad... I don't really know why but Gucci is not for me :-)

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  6. So far so Gucci! lol :-) Seriously, what a lovely quad! I hope that Switzerland follows soon.

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    1. Switzerland Gucci store already have these in stock!

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  7. That looks gorgeous. Gucci are doing free shipping in the UK on their site for all the makeup.

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    1. Thanks for letting us know, the same in Germany.

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  8. This looks absolutely gorgeous on you Sara! Your green eyes are really standing out. I had no idea that Gucci started a makeup line! Have you tried Dolce and Gabbana quads? I've been interested in those for awhile now, ever since I saw Pat McGrath apply some onto a model on a YouTube tutorial. Hope you had a good holiday!

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    1. Thanks :-**
      I own quiet a few of Dolce Gabbana quads and I like them all. My favorite must be Femme Fatale, let me know which one are you eyeing?

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  9. O.M Gee...so excited to see reviews of this line-it launches here in October! This is too warm for me but I am sure there is something for me and it looks fab on you!!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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    1. I am sure you will love Tuscan Storm, I will be reviewing that one soon so stay tuned.
      *many kisses*

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  10. I've been super curious about this new launch- loving the shade selection in this palette and the texture sounds pretty darned nice! Looks great on you :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hi Jen,
      I will be reviewing more of those shortly, I am very happy about this particular quad, it is very pretty.

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  11. Oh dear - this was a bad post for my purse! Love the look of this quad but thought the colours were too similar to my TF Burnished Amber and some Mac shades so chose Cosmic Deco. Also wanted the iconic Gucci Ottanio shade but opted for the pencil and nail polish. We shall see ... Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan, actually I swatched this one and Burnished Amber before the post and decided not to post the comparison since they were different. But in a way I see your point, once applied on the lids, they have similar theme. Cosmic Deco is very interesting, I was intrigued with that one too but went for Tuscan Storm instead. Ottanio, I can't wait for the swatches. This pencil and nail polish did you pick up?

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  12. OMG... i'm just dying of jealousy here!!! I'm still waiting for my order to ship!!!! GAH!!! I nearly picked autumn fire too, but i thought it'd be close to Cognac Sable, but now i see it's completely different! Damnit why wouldn't my order just ship already!

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  13. I absolutely love the colors in this palette and it looks lovely on you! I have to admit Gucci cosmetics were not really on my radar at all and then swatches of a few palettes popped up and...well, now my interest is piqued :) I ordered Serpentine Envy sight unseen from Neiman Marcus as it was the only palette in stock at the time. Still waiting on its arrival. But I plan on getting this one for sure, and likely a few others. I'm curious to know more about Purple Topaz and Cosmic Deco. The duo in Azalea looks really lovely as well. Thank you for the review!

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  14. GUCCI! I would love to try these palettes, but maybe when the hype dies down so my thoughts wouldn't be because of the excitement! Love the look you created, Sara - beautiful as always!

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