Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend. I spotted the Guerlain Spring 2012 collection at Saks and Nordstrom today and thought I'd share a few product photos. Unfortunately, the colors aren't exactly true-to-life due to poor lighting. I hope they are helpful nevertheless, but please do check these items out in person if you have the opportunity! The sales associate was especially enamored with the new Noir G de Guerlain mascara. The packaging is similar to that of the Rouge G lipsticks and it is refillable, which is a nice feature. The four new limited edition Rouge G lipstick shades are pretty pinks and peachy shades, all with a sheer, glossy formula. They are: 72 Rose Innocent, 73 Rose Ensoleille, 74 Rose Piquant and 75 Rose Barbare. I did not try the Meteorites Perles, but it does look intriguing!
Again, the colors seem to be a bit off here. This palette is more subdued in person from what I can recall!
I would have gladly taken home everything in this collection but, alas, my budget will not allow it so I purchased just one item: the stunning Météorites Cruel Gardenia Illuminating Iridescent Powder. After viewing a recent YouTube video from the lovely Makeup Never Sleeps which featured this item, I was convinced that it is different enough from Laura Mercier's Rose Rendezvous illuminator to justify purchase. As you'll see in the photos and swatches below it is significantly lighter and more cool-toned.
Ah, behold the splendor that is.... Cruel Gardenia!
By the way, did you know that Guerlain also has a perfume by the same name, launched in 2008?
Below is Cruel Gardenia compared to a handful of other highlighters. Dior's Rose Diamond is a long-time favorite of mine, and I just acquired MAC's re-released Mineral Skin Finishes in Blonde and Redhead (love both of these so far). I donated a Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous palette to the BeautyBloggers.org auction over the holidays and was fortunate enough to obtain a back-up to keep for myself before it became sold out.
When I first saw the promo photos for Guerlain's spring collection I was surprised at the similarity of the design of Cruel Gardenia to that of Laura Mercier's palette. As you can see below, the flowers, while not identical, are incredibly alike! Of course, I love flowers and these are both so beautiful. Cruel Gardenia contains quite a bit of product (9 g.) and I foresee it lasting a very long time. The powder has a smooth texture with no fallout. It is a light, neutral to cool-toned iridescent pink, whereas Rose Rendezvous is a warm rose-gold.
Cruel Gardenia is similar to the pink shade that results when you mix together all of the colors in Dior's Rose Diamond highlighter, however, it has more of a shimmery finish and is a bit warmer in tone. If you already own Rose Diamond I would say this may not be worth purchasing unless, like me, you are unable to resist the lovely design and packaging.
I took these photos in my backyard earlier today. Although this is actually a little weed-flower, I thought it was very photogenic! The weather was perfect today, in the 60's and sunny--not too hot and not too cool! If only it could be like this year-round...sigh.
As I was taking shots of Cruel Gardenia a flock of wild parrots flew overhead. Too bad my camera was not quick enough to capture the entire group! I'm not sure of the breed, but these cute little green-feathered guys are frequent visitors and always a welcome sight.
|One last look -- they sure are gorgeous!|