Review: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Les Bois de Rose

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Having decided I have enough neutral eyeshadows at the meantime with my two Urban Decay Naked palettes, I am now on the hunt for the perfect rose and mauve shades to put some punch into my life. I’ve always been hesitant to wear color for the fear of looking like a clown with my below average skills in application. However, this Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs palette in Les Bois de Rose blew me away the second I laid my eyes on them that all my hesitations seemed like yesterday’s dream. This life-changing palette is made up of plum, pink and taupe colors — exactly my taste. Nothing too bright that screams ‘color!‘ but definitely a deviation from my usual preference. Just when I thought my Naked palette (still haven’t decided whether 1 or 2) is my one true eyeshadow love, I am introduced to this gorgeous, mysterious beauty that has captivated me in a matter of minutes upon meeting and getting on top of — my eyelids. Initially, I wanted colors that could sit beautifully on their own, instead of a palette that I would have to blend everything together to achieve a perfect, clean look. With Les Bois de Rose, I hit the jackpot. The four shades — plum brown, soft pearly white, medium rose frost, taupe-ish mauve shimmer — can be applied on their own beautifully as well as be blended together exquisitely. The texture is very buttery and smooth, making blending a breeze. The pigmentation is superb, as you can see from the swatches below. The pearl highlight is frosty, while the rose pink and plum brown are shimmery but not at all metallic. The taupe mauve shade is less shimmery and almost comes out matte but not quite.
I don’t own any Guerlain palettes from before so I can’t compare if this one is the same, better or worse than their usual but I can definitely see myself checking out more of their releases having tried this one. For the look I did with this palette, I went ahead and used all the shades so I could practice my blending skills (or lack thereof!). I applied the pearly white shade on my entire lid as base and medium rose on the outer half. I then blended them together with the taupe mauve shade. Next, I took the dark burgundy brown and applied it onto my outer v reaching up and halfway across my crease/eye socket. Then, I took the taupe mauve shade again to blend the dark burgundy shade with the rest of the outer half as well as onto the crease. Lastly, I used the dark burgundy again to line the outer half of my lower lashline and dabbed the  pearly white shade on my inner ducts for highlight. I then lined my upper lashline with Diorliner in Plum and curled my lashes with Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes. 

Other products used — Lancome BB Complete and Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder and MAC Studio Finish concealer for the base. MAC Lingering and Cathy Doll eyebrow tint for my brows. NARS Orgasm on my cheeks. MAC Velvet Teddy on my lips.

FINAL THOUGHTS Pros 1. Beautiful, wearable shades great for day to night wear 2. Soft, buttery texture of the eyeshadows — not chalky nor powdery at all 3. Colors can be used alone or together and they are beautiful either way 4. Easily blendable, even those with minimal blending skills (like me) will feel like a pro blending these shadows 5. I looove the packaging of Guerlain. Looks extra luxe, even more luxe than Chanel or Dior, in my opinion. 6. Minimal, if not — no fallout at all. Take a look at the swatches on my hand and see how clean they are despite having no primer underneath (I used primer on my eyes though). 7. Longevity of wear is yet to be confirmed. I only had it on for 5 hours maximum when I wear it. The colors don’t budge at all, even the one on my lower lashline which usually smudges after an hour or so. (Used Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath) Cons 1. Despite the ultra luxe gold packaging, for someone semi-OC like me — it is a fingerprint magnet and I hate that. I have to continually wipe them off. 2. Expensive at Php 3000+ ($73) for only 4 shadows but you definitely get what you pay for with all the pros mentioned above.

Repurchase? Resounding YES (if I ever do finish this HAH). I’ve had this for two weeks with me and I’ve been using it whenever I can just because I love the way it opens up my eyes and the pop of color makes me look alive. BUT if I find a cheaper alternative — I’ll reconsider. Any plum/rose palettes you suggest worth looking into?

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  1. January 14, 2013 / 10:04 am

    I think mac velvet teddy is your perfect mlbb lipstick. It makes me look washed out and dead, but on you, it looks like your actual lipcolor.

  2. January 14, 2013 / 10:25 am

    I absolutely adore the packaging on Guerlain products, it’s beautiful! The colours look stunning on you, and I agree with Rae – Velvet Teddy suits you so much xx

  3. January 14, 2013 / 10:31 am

    beautiful look xx

  4. January 14, 2013 / 10:51 am

    That are lovely colors but I fall on Warm tone. So definitely, the colors won’t suit me. 🙁 But it really looks good on you and I love your circle lens.


  5. January 14, 2013 / 11:06 am

    oh my the colors are super duper lovely!! and you look gorgeous as always ^_~

  6. January 14, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    I’ve been lusting after Les Fumes but am adding this one to the list after seeing it on you! Gorgeous!!!

  7. January 15, 2013 / 11:51 am

    Beautiful palette for a beautiful girl! The colors look sooo nice! 😀

    Mich of Mich Eats and Shops Blog

  8. January 15, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Love the compact and colors, so wearable and how they look like a breath of freshness on the eyes!

  9. January 15, 2013 / 2:35 pm

    Grabeh ang steep ng price… but I love the colors 🙂

  10. January 16, 2013 / 1:04 am

    GUERLAIN FOREVER! <3 Looks good on you, Shari 🙂

  11. January 19, 2013 / 1:36 am

    pretty eye makeup! They go so well with your lenses – you look great Shari 🙂

  12. January 19, 2013 / 7:28 am

    I love the combination of pink and brown eyeshadow!

  13. January 20, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    LOVE your blog, with such pretty things! Following you right now! 🙂

    Bisous, Marie <3

  14. January 20, 2013 / 11:42 pm

    This looks like a gorgeous product, i love all the shades – subtle and pretty! x

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