I am about to go to a holiday within holiday so I figured out that I should show you the products from Guerlain Bloom of Rose Fall 2015 Collection before I do that. I have been playing with them in spite of the heat and worn them on several occasions. Holiday within holiday? I will be meeting one of my best friends who I know since high school on Friday and we will stay in a holiday from this Friday to Monday. I don't know if I will blog during this time. I might just choose to lay low and take a few days off or prepare one post for the weekend. I will see what I can do until then.
I hope you are having a wonderful week and that I can make it more colorful with this gorgeous collection. Guerlain revamps their blushes and releases six brand new shades called Rose Aux Joues. They also introduce Tinted Lip Balms which are called "Kiss Kiss Rose Lip". There is also a new Écrin 4 Couleurs in town. Let's check these out in detail...
|Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres, Rose Aux Joues, Kiss Kiss Rose Lip Morning Rose & Pink Me Up|
I am enjoying Mediterranean flowers so much for shootings at the moment. Aren't these Bougainvillea gorgeous? I would like start by one of the items I was most excited about, Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres. I am usually a fan of Guerlaid Quads and own many of them. After the introduction of the new pattern on the powder with the already amazing formula left unchanged last Spring, I loved all three quads which were released (swatched all three here) but I was not impressed by two quads which were released last Fall (#504 Les Précieux is reviewed here) so I didn't know what to expect from Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres. I am glad to report that Les Cendres resembles Les Sables of which I loved the formula and the concept. These consist of three matte shades and one shimmery, you can create the eye look using all matte shades but if you are lacking lustre, you can pop a bit of it on top.
|Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres|
Here are the shades you can get with Les Cendres (the ashes in French):
Left: A cool to neutral medium brown/taupe with matte finish. I love the quality of Guerlain eye shadows with matte finishes and these are no exception. It is buttery smooth, very finely milled, have great pay-off and applies beautifully without fall out. I like this particular shade mostly on my crease. I can imagine using it as a contour elsewhere too.
Top: My favorite shade in this palette, a natural mid-toned pinky nude with matte finish. You can just pop this one all over the eye and you are finished. Beautiful everyday shade which would look good on many complexions.
Bottom: Very deep cool brown with matte finish. This is the shade to go if you are in need of more drama on your crease and outer corner but it would also work as a liner. Although I love drama, I didn't need this one in the eye look I will show you below because the other two shades are intense too. Nevertheless I am happy it is there.
Right: This is the only shade in this palette I am not so crazy about. It is a shimmery light champagne/gold. The powder crumbled a bit during swatches and later on during the application. It also doesn't provide enough contrast against my skin tone so blends way too much and doesn't provide me with a highlight. I wished it would be a bit lighter like the shades in Les Sables or Les Aciers. It does later well with the other shades though without becoming patchy but the result is not very visible.
|Close-up: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres|
|Swatch: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres|
After the swatches I was blown away but when I applied, I didn't know if Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres is a love or like for me. Below I applied the shimmery shade on the inner corner, pink nude on the outer corner and taupe/brown on the crease which I deepened just slightly with the deepest brown. This way it worked fine but later on I tried to apply the pink all over the eye and deepen it with the deepest brown, which looked a bit muddy. Three of the matte shades have the tendency to blend into each other a bit too much and look inseparable. The result is still beautiful for an easy natural eye make-up for the day though. I am using Urban Decay Mushroom as a liner for this look.
If you are looking for a natural looking cool-to-natural leaning eye makeup with mostly matte finishes, you may love Les Cendres. Since Les Sables was way too warm for me, I know I will put this one into good use.
|In-action: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres|
It must have been time for Guerlain to renew their blush line. The old blush duos was the worst product of their otherwise amazing permanent line up. I believe I have one of them which shocked me in a bad way and never got around another one since then.
I am glad to tell you new Rose Aux Joues are amazing. Two of the shades I have, #01 Morning Rose and #06 Pink Me Up are both smooth to touch and have great color pay-off for a blush. They are not as pigmented as Tom Ford blushes but it makes them more fool proof this way. These are easy to build up with a regular cheek brush.
|Guerlain Rose Aux Joues #01 Morning Rose & #06 Pink Me Up|
#01 Morning Rose is a beautiful blush especially for fair complexions. It does show up on me nicely but I would say those who are deeper than medium should go for other shades. I love me a light cool pink blush so wanted to have this one in my collection.
#06 Pink Me Up is a medium toned natural pink which is very pigmented so I have to make sure to take some off at the back of my hand before the application. Once on my cheeks, it looks very natural and beautiful.
Both of the shades have matte to slight satin finish.
|Guerlain Rose Aux Joues #01 Morning Rose & #06 Pink Me Up|
Another new product in the line are Guerlain Kiss Kiss Rose Lip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lipbalm. There are six shades introduced with similar packaging to Kiss Kiss Lipsticks (swatched here) but with gorgeous pearly white color. R373 Pink Me Up have enough color to show up and R371 Morning Rose is a special Lip Balm which is said to react to the pH of your lips and look different on everyone. On me it emphasizes my natural lip color. I am loving it.
Both of the lip balms hydrate my lips without becoming too slippery nor thick and feel nice. They stay around 2 hours on me, which is good for its classification.
|Swatch: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Rose Lip R373 Morning Rose & R371 Pink Me Up|
Here are a few looks I did using the products. For the first look I am wearing Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres on eyes, Rose Aux Joues #01 Morning Rose on cheeks and Kiss Kiss Rose Lip R371 Morning Rose on lips. It is a great no make-up makeup, cheeks who's up better in real life and get washed out on the photos.
|FOTD: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres, Rose Aux Joues, Kiss Kiss Rose Lip Morning Rose|
The second look has more color on cheeks and lips but still very natural. I am wearing Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres on eyes, Rose Aux Joues #06 Pink Me Up on cheeks and Kiss Kiss Rose Lip R373 Pink Me Up on lips.
|FOTD: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres, Rose Aux Joues, Kiss Kiss Rose Pink Me Up|
Check out more swatches of this collection at MostlySunny, Silverkis, mel-et-fel and Kirschbluetenschnee (latter two are in german).
Final thoughts: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres is a nice quad if you are in search for a cool neutral eye shadow palette. Three matte shades have very nice textures but they end up blending too much and turning muddy easily. The shimmery shade doesn't have enough impact on my skin tone, so this palette is rather a weak like than a strong love. To me, the highlights of this collection is the new cheeks products Rose Aux Joues and Tinted Lipbalms called Kiss Kiss Rose Lip. I am in love with both of these. Blushes have good color pay-off, are not powdery, apply and blend beautifully. Kiss Kiss Rose Lip feels good on the lips, hydrates without feeling too slippery nor thick and provides a nice tint.
Disclaimer: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs #19 Les Cendres, Rose Aux Joues Pink Me Up and
Kiss Kiss Rose Lip Morning Rose was sent for my consideration, others are purchased by me.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.