An eyeshadow palette
? Really? If you’ve been a reader of my blog ever since, then you’d know that I’m not keen on eye makeup *gasp*. It’s mainly because
I’m lazy and impatient
for me, you really need talent in application or else no matter how expensive the eyeshadow, it might do more harm than good on your overall look. Especially since I have Asian hooded eyelids, it’s so tricky to actually get eyeshadow to even show. I just have this talent of making them disappear into oblivion. With these Guerlain palettes though, my talentless self is afforded a wee bit skill because of their well-formulated shadows.
Check out the jump to see the look I created with this palette.
packaging spells luxe — the sleek gold casing housed in a velvet pouch with red trimming. 1/3 of the price might as well go to this alone. Pulling this out to touch-up or check your teeth after eating makes you look so classy that it’s okay if you have a bit of lodged spinach in there, all eyes would be looking on the palette you’re holding anyway.
The colors are neutral-but-not-quite. My swatches are the worst
, I admit. I seriously don’t know how to swatch eyeshadows. They’re pigmented on my fingertips, but when I transfer on to my arm — EH
? How do other beauty bloggers do this so well (Karlasugar, Temptalia, etc)!
Anywyay, the first shade is a frosty orange-toned gold
that has great color pay-off in one swipe. It has the right iridescence that doesn’t scream shimmer-me-timbers.
The two matte colors in this palette that I was a bit anxious to use because I feared the ‘punched-in-the-eye’ look are: (middle upper) a rusty red
color and (middle lower) a muted plum.
They are less pigmented than the other two, but are well-pigmented in their own terms as matte shadows.
The last one is a frosted medium-dark brown that I’m inclined to say is my favorite of the four just because it’s a color I would almost always go for (neutrals girl in me). It’s the most pigmented of the bunch (even if it doesn’t look like it in my swatch, forgive me).
I don’t know how I managed to make this palette look so… nude
. I seemed to subconsciously scrimp on the rusty and plummy colors and focused on the neutrals. I know it’s not perfect and I have so much room for improvement which is why I’ll update this and post another look that makes use of all 4 colors (I promise I won’t favor the neutrals this time!).
? It lasts a whole day
on me without primer
! My photos above are swatched and worn without primer so it goes to show how great this Guerlain palette wears. Blendability is amazing, texture is good (I can compare it to Lorac Pro’s shadows although that has minor fallout issues). Fallout is almost none! It’s really easy working with this palette. This is my second Guerlain palette and I must say, it’s consistent thus far.
The price is the major deterrent, though —steep steep steep
! I wish I got this during the 30% off sale that Luxasia randomly holds, though so I would feel a wee bit better but no I didn’t
. Also, most of the palettes tend to be cool-toned
so I find it quite hard to pull off. Turandot
is one of the more warm-toned palettes in the family.
PS— My face is peeling
in the photos because I’m using a skincare product now with retinol and I’m on the ugly trying-to-get-used-to-it mode (peeling, redness, etc).
What do you think of this look?