- See Part I of my review here.
Enough with the suspense, I’m actually going to talk about the eyeshadows inside the Guerlain 2, Place Vendôme palette ($85) today (although now would probably be a good time to mention there is still at least one installment after today’s review).
Each of the Écrin 6 Couleurs palettes comes with 5 shadows and a coordinating liner shade on the side, which can be used both wet and dry. The four pans surrounding the pop of color in the middle are described as ‘contouring shades.’
I’ve swatched all the colors below, first dry, and then over primer. Before I get into the review, I have to add a major disclaimer about the formula, which is worth mentioning for those of you who might swatch this at the counter and be disappointed. The texture is very different from what I feel is currently ‘popular.’ I know a lot of people who like their eyeshadows to be smooth as butter, and these lack that type of soft texture, which tends to swatch beautifully on the hand. However, they apply like a (well-behaved) dream on the eye, which I’ll show you in my next post. Oh, would you look at that…MOAR SUSPENSE.
They also have a beautiful luminosity, which I know doesn’t seem quite as exciting as full-on shimmer, but lends a great deal of dimension to eye looks. I tried to capture the aforementioned luminosity in the picture below. I’d call this one a 35% successful effort:
Ok, here we go! Dry swatches:
- 1 is a pale off-white with subtle sheen. It makes a nice browbone or inner corner highlight, although I’ve also used it all over the lid with the tone-on-tone application technique (next time, pinky promise).
- 2 is a medium beige with a gorgeous, luminous finish. I’ve found it to be the perfect blending shade, as it melts into my skin and doesn’t add additional color to eye looks.
- 3, which my camera blatantly refused to capture, is a shimmery antique gold with a taupe base. You really need to see this one in person, although you could also take a look at Temptalia’s swatch here. It can pull warm or cool depending on which other colors I pair it with, although I’ve found it to be much cooler than similar antique gold shadows.
- 4 is a dark slate grey, with the barest hint of blue. I haven’t had a chance to play with this one yet, but I’m willing to bet it works well with the others.
- 5 is a satin, dark royal blue, which applies like a navy blue when dry. It appears more vibrant over primer, and I’m sure could be built up over a white or black base if more intensity is desired.
- 6, the liner shade, is a charcoal navy blue. It has sparse blue shimmers when applied over primer.
Swatches over primer (UDPP). Notice that the blue looks significantly more vibrant when worn this way:
Overall, this is a wonderfully coordinated palette from Guerlain. There’s a nice variation in shade choices, and yet they all balance each other perfectly. The colors lean cool, but I’d desribe them as neutral rather than cool-toned. Because of this, I imagine they would work on any number of skintones.
Until my next post! Which, in case you were wondering, features 5 different looks I’ve created using 2, Place Vendôme. Get excited.
Have you tried Guerlain eyeshadows before? What’s your favorite cool-neutral toned palette?