Saturday, August 24, 2013

First Impressions: Guerlain


About the Brand: Nordstrom has a really interesting description you can read here which is better than anything I could write up :)

Where to Buy It: Sephora, Dillards, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus

Price Point: Luxury, comparable price points to Tom Ford and Cle de Peau Beaute.

Why did I try the brand: I went into Saks one day to check out some of the Armani Eyes To Kill eyeshadows and wandered by the Guerlain counter. I sort of impulsively decided that I wanted to try something because I was curious to see if the products were really worth the price point but had no idea what to try. The sales associate recommended I pick out a bronzer since the brand is known for them, so I followed her advice.

Packaging: This seriously might be some of the most beautiful packaging I have ever seen. Guerlain features a chocolate brown and gold color for many of their products and the compact I picked out has a lovely design on top. The top half of the compact has a mirror while the bottom half holds the product. There aren't any brushes or poofs, though I think the eye palettes may have slots for some. The closures on the compacts are magnetic, which is just awesome. There is a good amount of weight to the items, so that may be a downside if you want to travel light.

Pros/Cons of First Purchase: Gah, first thing has to be the price. I'm pretty sure this is the most I've paid for a single makeup item thus far, and the realist in me is still flabbergasted that I purchased this. That being said, the product is pretty phenomenal. The powders are very soft and creamy, blending out like a dream. The powders are heavily pigmented so you just need a light hand. There's a good amount of product as well so I know this will last me a long time.

Unique Items/Qualities of the brand: There's a HUGE range of bronzers. In addition to the eight four seasons bronzers, there's also a whole line of terra cotta bronzers. If you are really pale or dark, Guerlain will definitely have an option for you when others dont.

Overall First Impression Grade: I'm going to rate Guerlain at an A-. Obviously the price point is sky high which I don't love, but the quality of the products is amazing and each piece feels like you are holding a little piece of treasure. I think that the line has some limitations, particularly with regards to its foundation and concealer selections, but there's a great range of eye, lip and cheek products.

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