Éclats. These are not new or limited edition, but are currently available as part of Guerlain's permanent collection. As a sidenote: after typing the word Éclats so many times (my knowledge of French is sadly lacking) I started to wonder what it meant. According to FreeDictionary.com it is defined as:"...brilliant or conspicuous success or effect; grandeur, magnificence, splendor, splendour, brilliance, grandness - the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand."
I would agree that these blushes are splendid! But brilliant, not so much--that is to say they are not overly shiny or metallic, but do give a nice natural-looking healthy glow. They are pricey ($50!), and because of this I wouldn't say these are a must have for anyone, but I am pleased with them and would recommend them to any Guerlain enthusiast. What's nice about these is that they are almost like having a highlight and contour combined. You can swipe your brush along the upper two lighter shades to apply higher on the cheekbones and then use the darkest shade on the bottom to contour, or swirl them all together and customize the intensity to your liking. They have a soft, blendable texure and lots of pigment, along with the trademark Guerlain old-school, powdered violet scent. It is definitely noticeable, which could be a drawback for some, but being a fan of violet fragrances I sort of enjoy being temporarily enveloped by a little cloud of violets when I apply this blush.
It's packaged in a shiny golden compact with the usual velvet pouch and a mini angled brush is included, which is fairly soft and dense.
Below is 02 Soleil Couchant: a spectrum of warm and cheery peachy shades.
Far left is all shades blended together, followed by the individual shades from darkest to lightest.
Moving on to 05 Rose Plein Vent: a mosaic of rosey pinks.
Kind of reminds me of MAC's Stereo Rose.
Below they are pictured alongside Blush G to give you an idea of how they compare in brightness.
Here are a couple of swatches of the two side by side. Surprisingly, there is not a huge difference in the overall look. Rose Plein Vent would probably be more universally flattering, but Soleil Couchant might be preferred by peach-lovers. I like them both equally. I went a little heavier on the application than I normally would so that the color would show up in the photos, but these give a nice, natural-looking flush and a little product goes a long way.
For swatches and review of the Fall 2010 shade, Caress de L'Aube, visit The Non-Blonde. Stop by Temptalia for sharp photos of the entire lineup and swatches in different lighting.