Today marks the launch of the Guerlain Spring Makeup 2013 – Cils D’Enfer – and it’s a decidedly girly offering!
Much akin to their limited edition collection this time last year, Guerlain’s spring look is built around the launch of a brand new mascara: Guerlain Maxi Lash. I’ve been testing out Maxi Lash for a couple of months (the results of which will be posted tomorrow) but for this post, I wanted to focus upon the main bulk of the ultra-feminine spring collection.
Inspired by ultra feminine beauty rituals, luxury and a touch of springtime radiance, the collection features a new incarnation of the iconic Meteorites Perles, together with new dazzling harmonies of existing products. I’ve been busy swatching, so don’t just take my word for it – see the entire collection below…
Aside from the Maxi Lash mascara (a review of which will come in a separate post!), the limited edition Guerlain Meteorites Perles Du Paradis is the star of the collection. To suit the ultra feminine feel of the spring collection, the original Meteorites pot has been reworked in a sweet shade of candy floss pink.
The pot is taller and the circumference a little larger than previous incarnations of the Perles, and this is to make room for a glamorous, vintage-esque powder pink puffer. It’s a novel way to apply the Meteorites, and such a lovely touch to an already ultra covetable make-up icon.
This version of Meteorites is supersized! The larger balls of powder last longer, and can be applied all over the body thanks to the largeness of the puffer. The colours are warmer and more overtly rosy than the original range of Meteorites, focusing more upon pinks and purples, together with a smattering of flattering silver iridescence.
The effect of the powder is subtle, rosy and has just a hint of shimmer. The shimmer can be layered on with the puffer to a dazzling degree, or it can be dusted on subtly with a fluffy powder brush to create more of a subtle spring glow. It’s just the thing to perk up a dull winter complexion.
If you’re a fan of purples, then the limited edition Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 501 Attrape-Coeur should make you very excited indeed. Featuring four varying shades and textures inspired by the unique, radiant light of spring, you can mix and match each shadow to create very many different looks.
The palette includes a satin mauve shade, a shimmering white, a dramatic shimmering grape and a light lilac violet satin shadow. Each can be applied dry, or dampened for more intensity. You can even layer them up to create new shades of purple.
The pigmentation and wear of Guerlain eyeshadows is some of the best out there. They’re so finely milled that they’re almost creamy, with little to no fallout (apart from the small amount you can see from the deepest shade). The above swatches were created with quite a very dense eyeshadow brush, but it gives you an idea of the sort of opacity that’s possible.
Of the two eyeshadow palettes, the Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 502 Coup De Foudre was the one I was most excited about. I’m not very adventurous colour-wise but I would love to branch out, so the mix of blackened metallics mixed with the brighter pops of colour is really appealing.
Like the previous palette, these shades are inspired by the unique light of spring. There is a focus on soft textures in stronger colours, which makes the transition from the dark, opaque hues of winter a little easier. The bronzed khaki, coral, metallic spring green and the denim-pewter hue shouldn’t sit so well together, but they really do. There’s a little something for everyone in this palette…
…And they translate just as beautifully onto the skin! The khaki-bronze and denim-pewter hues are ones I would wear everyday, while the middle two shades would make perfect eyeliners (in a nod to the SS13 catwalks). The shades produce far more of a shift when they’re on the skin, even the seemingly satiny coral shade, which glimmers with subtle golden sparkle.
These two fresh spring glosses are re-promoted shades – in fact, #870 Cherry Pink made an appearance last spring (retro post alert!). The bold hues are a lovely foil for the rest of the collection, with high shine, magnifying esters and a non-sticky texture.
#849 Frizzy Mango is a bright coral-peach with lots of golden glitter, while #870 Cherry Pink is a hot fuchsia-tinged pink with iridescent glitter.
There are two new shades in both the Rouge Automatique and the lighter, brighter Shine Automatique collections. In the richer Rouge range there is 600 Ballade, an orange nude with a touch of shimmer that is inspired by the first tentative rays of spring sun. 601 Romance is a tender rosy nude that is luminous and natural-looking.
Representing the Shine range is 761 Flirt, a spicy fuchsia with crystalline shine, and 762 Rendez-vous, a rosy mauve that is smooth and sensual.