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Guerlain 190th Anniversary Collection, Review

guerlain 190 anniversary makeup collection review

Bon anniversaire, Guerlain!


To celebrate its grand 190th (!) anniversary, Guerlain have released a limited-edition collection, which I am so excited to review for you guys today. So without further ado, please keep on scrolling!

guerlain electric look all eyes on you palette review

"Electric Look All Eyes On You" Palette

Electric Look All Eyes On You Palette (80 USD; Made in Italy) literally screams holidays and sophistication. Here you get eight eyeshadows (a mix of matte, matte-meets-shimmer and metallic finishes) and two highlighters.

Packaging: sleek black compact palette, that comes with a large mirror and three different applicators (one for highlighter, two for eyeshadows). Personally, I do not really care about little tools that normally come with high-end palettes, since I am using professional makeup brushes anyway. But if you are on the go, they might come in handy. Palette is quite lighweight and will be great for traveling. Shadows have a bit of kick up, so you might see some powder residue on the mirror.

Please click on images to zoom in. All swatches are unedited and raw.

Texture & Formula: formulas here differ. Metallics are my absolute favourite - they are buttery smooth, uber pigmented and glide on like a dream. Mattes are less pigmented (yet buildable) and feel drier. I would say there is only one true matte here (top row, off-white nude), while the rest still have finely milled shimmer in them.

As for the highlighters, while both feel incredibly smooth to the touch, they do vary in finishes (metallic/glittery). The glittery one quickly turns into"all over shimmer" type of a product, that looks quite wet/sparkly and reminds me a lot of Rihanna's newest Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamon Veil highlighter in "How Many Carats?". It is a bit chunky, however, blends like a dream.

Colours: I feel like this colour selection is very holiday-appropriate. You have your rich warm shades mixed with neutrals; plus you get an icy white (it actually has a stunning peachy/pink sheen to it, similar to Becca's Pearl highlighter) and a pop of Christmassy green. My favourite shade here is the cranberry-red; it is so foiled and delicious, I think it would look spectacular on beauties of all colours and ages.

guerlain holiday 2018 collection review

Application & Wear: while all of the metallics apply and blend like a dream (you can even use them wet), I find that satin/matte shades with shimmer are a bit hard to blend. The only semi-naughty shade here is the dark purple; it requires quite a bit of blending and finessing. Minor fallout aside, I have zero complaints. Shadows do not oxidize, stay true to colour and wear well for 10+ hours on me with a primer (I do notice a bit of fading towards the 7-8th hour).

Verdict: although I do wish you would get an extra blush/bronzer here instead of the empty space used for disposable applicators, overall I am happy with the quality of Electric Look All Eyes On You Palette. I find this colour selection to be quite modern and trendy; both highlighters are universally flattering and you can mix them in with either the white or the gold shadow in the palette (to lighten/deepen the tone). The only shade here, that I do not reach out for often, is the green. Other than that, I give this palette my solid A.

Face Products

guerlain ladies in all climates powder review

The most unique item in this entire collection is the brand's Ladies In All Climates (Made in France) universal mattifying/blurring powder. This is a rare collectible inspired by Guerlain original powder, that was first introduced back in the 19th century. Modern version has that nice high-end makeup weight to it and looks exactly like its vintage predecessor. This powder has a lovely [light] floral scent to it and would be a wonderful gift for someone, who is into collecting one-of-a-kind makeup gems.

Another interesting product here is Terracotta Electric Light Copper Bronzing Powder (Made in France), which comes in a chic golden compact, that reminds me of a retro [metallic] jewelry box. Unlike the first powder, this one has got shimmer in it and heavier perfume scent (think oil-based gardenia perfumes). Again, another product that I would rather keep as a memorable souvenir.

guerlain terracota electric light review

But there is one contemporary face product that I like quite a bit. I am talking about Precious Light Illuminator And Concealer (52 USD; Made in France). I think this little guy is better than Touche Eclat (yes, I said that).

While it doesn't offer a ton of coverage (light-buildable), it truly is like three cups of coffee in a tube. As long as you realize this is not a traditional concealer, but merely an additional illuminating pen that visually "lifts" deep/sunken nooks and crannies - you will really like it. As a human-panda, I do enjoy using it at the very inner/outer corners of my eyes (i.e. areas that regular concealer fails to camouflage). My under-eye is quite dry, but this creamy formula will never accentuate that. I also find that as long as you use a small amount of product and blend it in properly, it will not move/crease.