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Tuesday 11 December 2012

Guerlain SS13 Ecrin 4 Couleurs: 501 Attrape Coeur 502 Coup de Foudre

My love for Guerlain makeup is pretty well-documented by now.  Well, hopefully it is, anyway.  I caught the briefest glimpse possible of their Spring/Summer collection recently and was delighted, featuring as it does decidedly un-pastel purples and greens.  I have an unbearable loathing for pastel-shades, finding any colours that have too white a base tend to sit "on" my skin rather than blend with it.  Anyway, for the rest of this week, I'll be showing you the collection, and today I'm starting with the two eyeshadow palettes, which are rather beautiful.

Packaged in the signature gold palettes of the Ecrin 4 Couleurs line, the two palettes this spring feature bright, unexpected violets, purples and mauves in Attrape Coeur, and beautiful greyed-out greens and khakis with a pop of coral in Coup de Foudre:

See, beautiful, and very unexpected for a spring collection.  Let's take a closer look at both: 

501 Attrape Coeur is a symphony of cool-toned purples with a frosty white added for definition.  I'll be honest, I found this difficult to swatch:

As the shadows are rather hard, but I'm going to try this again with a harder brush and over a primer.  I'll let you know how I get on. 

502 Coup de Foudre is also a beauty, however, with that gorgeous and extremely unexpected hit of warm coral, alongside those silvery-greens.  It swatches more easily than the purple Attrape Coeur, too:

I can't wait to try out a face of the day with these - I'll be sure to take pictures when I do.  In particular the gunmetal shade on the left there is calling my name rather loudly.  Guerlain have been doing some really interesting palettes lately - their autumn collection was a symphony of rather beautiful oranges and browns too, I think there's a dupe of the coral shades in the Les Fauves palette from that collection, I'll report back.

Guerlain shadows are normally long-lasting, and blend really easily, even if they're not the most buttery-soft shadows out there.  They're actually designed to be applied in any order, with not too much emphasis placed on shade placement.  I'll show you some looks soon.

The Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs palettes cost £37 each, which is, admittedly, quite a hefty price,  but for Coup de Foudre in particular, I think it's worth it for a rather unique set of colours. 

The Fine Print: PR Samples.

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  1. I can't wait to get these. Shame the purple quad is a bit hard, they can be a bit hit and miss I find. I'm most excited about the Meteorites myself, being a collector, I need them in my life.

    1. The purple quad actually applies HEAPS better than it swatches, I had lilac eyes all day yesterday, the shades lasted really well, and stayed vibrant all day. I was very surprised after the disappointment of the swatches to be honest.

    2. That's good to know! :) Thanks.

  2. Guerlain is my favourite cosmetics brand. From their Rouge G's to Meteorites and my new found love of their foundations. Can't wait to see the lipsticks

  3. Lipsticks on the blog tomorrow, Sharnek, and the Meteorites on Thursday. Enjoy!

  4. They are gorgeous. Thanks for the swatches. I have the Liu palette and the quality is lovely.

  5. Nice review! I agree that the purple palette applies better than it swatches. I think it's gorgeous on the (brown) eyes. I'm a Guerlain addict - love their products! Are you on YouTube? (would love to see your reviews). I posted my Guerlain collection on my blog and YT channel. Cheers! :)


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