Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables for Fall 2014, Review, Swatch & FOTD

Everyone must have been informed by now that Guerlain released three new beautiful quads, in their buttery smooth, nicely pigmented Ecrin 4 Couleurs formula. The formula is said to be left unchanged, which reminds me of that Bruno Mars song, ('Cause you're amazing) "Just the way you are".

I swatched three of the quads almost a month ago.  Right after that I admitted having a serious crash to Les Violines, which might have become my favorite permanent Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs. I was also very excited about Les Sables, which was the quad, which I thought I would love the most after seeing the promo photos.


Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables




Les Sables is the natural quad of the three. It has lovely peach and brown tones for an everyday, office-friendly eye look. Because of its natural tones, it can as well be coupled nicely with most of the gorgeous Kiss Kiss Lipsticks which are now reformulated and repackaged. 



Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables has three matte to satin shades and one shade with frosty/metallic finish. As I have previously mentioned, matte to satin shades of Guerlain is a dream to apply, they are pigmented, buttery soft yet not powdery. I love them. The frosty shade in this palette makes it all very versatile. This can be worn only at the inner corner or can be extended over the lid for more glamour. 



Close-up: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables

I have given shade descriptions before, but I will write that here once more for the sake of completeness:


Below swatches start with left more shade and go clockwise (left, top, right, bottom).

Left: Mid-toned neutral brown with satin to matte finish.

Top: Very light peachy pink which appears almost white. This shade has frosty finish.

Right: Light peachy pink with matte finish, a lovely overall color for a nude look.

Bottom: Deep reddish brown with matte finish. This shade is very warm thus if you are neutral to cool, it might clash with your skin tone depending on the usage, but we will come to that...




Swatch (with studio light): Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables

Below I have applied the light frosty shade on the inner corner, blending it towards the mid of the eye lid. I then added the mid-toned neutral brown from there all the way to the outer corner. I defined the crease with the darkest warm brown and blended with the peachy pink shade. I found the resulting look difficult to pull off with my natural to cool undertones. The warm brown gave a little bit of a muddy feeling. 

That said I have seen Wade Ashore wearing it much better although she is cooler than me. She is quiet pale so uses the darkest shade as a liner, which works great since the peachy pink shade cools down the palette a little and mid brown may work on the crease.



In-action: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables

I tried to make the very warm eye workable for me, below, by coupling it with cool toned berry lips. Below I am wearing Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Sheers #624 (swatched here) on the lips.


FOTD with Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables on eyes and Rouge  d'Armani Sheers #624 on lips


I was not sure if berry lips worked, so below I went for a similar tone lipstick to support the warmness of the palette. I think it clashed less, hence worked much better, especially for an office look. Below I am wearing Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Sheers #114 (swatched here)


FOTD: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables on eyes and Rouge  d'Armani Sheers #114

It certainly gives that nice neutral eye polished look. I just wished the darkest shade would be a tad on the neutral/cooler side.


FOTD: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables on eyes and Rouge  d'Armani Sheers #114

Final thoughts: Guerlain's Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow formula is a dream to work with, it always was so I am happy that these quads are not reformulated. I am in love with #17 Les Violines which suits my complexion better but I have mixed feelings about the warmness of the darkest shade in #15 Les Sables. I can see this palette working on fair ladies though if the neutral brown is deep enough to define the eye look. All in all it is surely worth checking out.

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs #15 Les Sables, #16 Les Aciers and  #17 Les Violines are now available around the globe, they are released with the Fall Collection but they are permanent.


Do you think Les Sables work on me? What about on you, could you pull this off? Which of the above looks do you like most, purple lippie or going rather brownish nude with it?

16 comments

  1. A very pretty neutral palette for sure, but definitely quite warm and not for everyone. Love the new design to these quads :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. I love the design too, so lovely. During application though, I try hard for the design not to fade so it becomes a challenge lol.

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  2. I'm surprised at how much warmer this looks on you than it does on me. Or maybe it's not warmer, just that the yellow/ brown tones seem to come out more, whereas for me, I really saw peach. I do think it works on you, though, and those textures... I'm kinda in love with these new Guerlain mattes.

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    1. And I am surprised how well you wear yours, I was thinking on you they should look warmer. Do you use the darkest shade extensively though or use the mid-toned brown on the crease instead. Because on me that darkest shade is the only one which pulls too warm/brown.

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    2. Actually, I use the darkest shade mostly for definition- not as much for colour. It's definitely warm, but for some reason, that peachy-pink shade really skews how everything appears on me (thankfully in a positive way).

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  3. What a lovely earthy palette! I quite liked how you paired it with both lipsticks! Which is your favourite of the 3 palettes? I think I like Violines on you best, but Sables is very lovely too!

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    1. It would be in this order: Violines I like best, than Les Aciers, then Les Sables.
      I find it a bit too brown somehow, in a warm way lol you know what a warm brown thing can be :-Pp

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  4. The colors are so warm!!! Love it!
    Plus your smile is so lovely! <3

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  5. Such a lovely palette! Really liked the colours :)

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  6. I really like these on you, Sara! They actually go well with either lip color; more colorful with the berry and polished with the brownish nude. I don't think these browns will look as great on my skin, though. I'm glad I picked up the Les Violines instead. :)

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    1. Hi Jaa,
      I am also not that convinced that this one is the best quad for my coloring. Les Aciers and Les Volines look both better on me. I love how Les Violines look on you!

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  7. Hi Sara,
    I think Les Sables looks quite good on you actually. On me, the two browns pull even warmer. But I do agree with you - I do kinda wish that the darkest brown had been not quite so warm. I can picture it with a neutral to cool brown, which I think would be beautiful. I don't particularly care for it with either lip look. Maybe it would look better with pinks or corals??? I still love the eye look regardless.
    <3
    Jenny

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  8. Les Sables is definitely for you
    Lipstick wise I would look into pinkish nudes or hints of apricot
    You might want to check out Fairy Moss by Chantecaille,smth similar

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  9. Sara, you really shouldn't be showing me this. I'm having enough trouble already resisting :p

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  10. I think this looks really pretty on you, Sara. I would suggest trying it with a bolder lippie. I think you would look gorgeous with these eyeshadows & a red lippie. Although it's a very pretty palette I can't say this will be my first foray into Guerlain's eyeshadows. Do you happen to remember what you are wearing on your cheeks? Thank you!

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