This actually makes me sad. The promotional pictures for this collection were STUNNING:
Now, I will say that the packaging translates in real life. It’s gorgeous. But the product leaves so much to be desired, that it’s downright depressing. And the price point doesn’t help matters at ALL. The blush is $65, the lippies are $47 each, and the eyeshadow palette (which isn’t even worth a picture) is a whopping $84!!!!!
I spent quite a bit of time at the Guerlain counter, trying my best to be fair. I swatched, I tested, I walked away, and I came back. In the end, there are really only two items that would even remotely warrant my praise: The G-Series Blush and the Fuchsia Delice Lipstick. And they don’t get accolades for the reasons that they should… which is most unfortunate.
This is what the G-Series Blush looks like in the beginning. Just stunning. I’m especially a fan of that satin lined pouch… like WOW. Guerlain just flipped Chanel and Dior off behind their velvet versions. This one is MUCH more luxurious.
Then you open the compact, and OH.MY.GAWD:
You see all those lovely color variations? Just amazing, right? Now… do you know what all those colors translate on me as? PINK.
Yep, shimmer pink. Reminds me of NARS Orgasm (which is downright cheap in price comparison) Doesn’t matter if I separate the colors or blend them together. They look best blended together. Separate, they just look like different variations of PINK.
I wanted the Orange verson of the G-Series Lipstick… but there’s so much pink in the orange that it’s more coral than anything… on ANY skintone. I was there with a very pale woman who tried it on… and it even went coral on her. So, rather than fight the pink… I went with it…
This is the Fuchsia Delice lipstick. Does it look fuchsia to you? No? Not to me either. I have no idea why they even gave it that name. But the funny thing is.. this is the MOST flattering lippie on me, in the entire collection:
The others were just horrid. And this.. like everything else is PINK. Omg. I don’t know what Guerlain is going through with the color collections. They’ve certainly got my attention with their foundations… but these colors… nah uh. They remind me of Chanel, pre-awareness… when the company was just doing variations of pink everything and putting ’em in pretty little cases with no consideration for skin tones and shading and undertones.
They’ve got the packaging nailed. I mean, it’s gorgeous. But there’s simply no reason to purchase a product for packaging alone. At Guerlain prices, the product needs to perform. Period.