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Guerlain Summer 2010 Collection — Luminous And Lovely


While this summer’s color cosmetics landscape was inundated with chirpy corals, punk-y fuchsias, sexy purples and creamy metallic turquoises, Guerlain opted for a more reserved, classic scheme, adopting a demure, less-is-more stance. The Guerlain Summer 2010 collection, then, emphasizes soft, slightly pearlescent shades that make every woman’s skin appear more luminous and dewy.

One of the collection’s highlights, then, is the Météorites Perles face color, a tin full of Trix cereal-sized spheres in six different colors: from corrective hues such as pale green, which conceals redness, to creamy yellow and beige hues that even out skin tones, light pink and coral that add a flushed effect, and shimmering white that create a radiant glow. As you sweep a powder brush over these tiny spheres, you’ll be mixing together neutralizing, reflective, and harmonious colors to make your complexion appear spotless.

Another highlight is the Ombre Eclat 4 Shades in Ombres Perlées 409, an eyeshadow palette consisting of four understated neutral hues. As with most Guerlain palettes, the compact itself is worth seeing, featuring embossed,  sun ray-like strips bursting diagonally along each eyeshadow shade. Most notably, the creamy white color embossed on the eye shadows on the left-hand side work together to create the picture of a white rosette, known as the symbol of the Météorites.

The four subtle neutral shades in the palette boast  a tender, baby powder-like texture, so that they feel truly soft and velvety on lids. The pigments, meanwhile, consist of: a chalky, near-white eggshell hue with pink undertones; a fleshy pink with earthy undertones; a milky, sandy taupe; and a shimmering, grayish taupe.

More photos and swatches after the jump!

Pictured below, you’ll find swatches of the four hues in the Ombres Perlées 409 palette. As you can see from the photos, the shades are very subdued and classic, meant to complement your natural beauty. They’re pretty universal shades and, though they were conceptualized for summer, they can transition into fall or spring with ease.  Most importantly, they’re testament to the belief that you can make the strongest statement without yelling the loudest.

Here’s what the shades look like on skin:



Here’s another shot of the eyeshadow hues:



Here’s me wearing three of the eyeshadow shades on my lids. For this look, I applied the darker pink hue to my lids, added the shimmering, darker taupe along the outer corners and opened up the whole eye by blending the lighter taupe shade along the crease.



Check out the eyes once again:



Last,  here’s me wearing the Guerlain Ombre Eclat Ombres Perlées 409 eye shadows on my lids:



See how soft and ethereal the look is?

Guerlain Météorites Perlées, $56, and Guerlain Ombre Eclat 4 Shades in Ombres Perlées 409, $59. Visit Guerlain.com

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