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From the brand that has literally written the book on bronzers (Guerlain actually created the first compact powdered bronzer), comes Terracotta Sun Trio — a beautiful triad that can multitask as well as enhance. And with warmer, sunnier weather just around the corner, there’s no better time to switch up your usual scent for something fresher … something like Bergamote Calabria, the brand’s latest addition to the Aqua Allegoria fragrance range. For the record, both of these lovelies are doing an amazing job of helping me to ignore the grey, gloomy & dismal rainy day outside of my window right now … le sigh
For Spring 2017, the Guerlain Météorites Happy Rosy Glow Collection is all about illumination & femininity, with a heaping dose of, well … happiness. Bearing iridescent packaging and dainty pink touches abounding, the brand is giving us yet more compelling reasons why we need these cult-fave little spheres of powder perfection in our lives — plus how gorgeous will any of these pieces look on your vanity table?
For Spring 2017, Guerlain is adding to the range of La Petite Robe Noire makeup with 3 new lip shades, a gel blush, a mascara, and one new limited edition nail polish hue. All feature the iconic ‘upside down heart’ on the packaging and I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t come across a more love-themed collection than this. Oh, did I mention that they’re not only all stellar performers, but smell so good?
Inspired by their cult-fave range of La Petite Robe Noire fragrances, Guerlain created La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour, lightly scented lipsticks that have buildable colour — and are simply too adorable to keep stored in your makeup bag. I was kindly sent four shades to try and honestly, I do believe I may now have a slight addiction to each and every one.
Somehow, I had a feeling that would happen …
Housed in black tubes with clear outer caps that bear the iconic “upside-down heart” of the La Petite Robe Noire range of fragrances, these lip shades have a lightweight and glossy texture with colour that is buildable — but only to a certain degree and also which is also dependant on the hue selected. This feat is accomplished by the inclusion of a cocktail of fine oils and “POP” pigments coated in a specific shine-boosting resin that not only keeps lips looking luminous, but also feeling thoroughly moisturized throughout the wearing.
001 My First Lipstick (CAN $37.00) | A barely there baby pink hue with very delicate shimmer for added depth. Also the the most goofproof shade to apply short of a balm, but so much prettier.
002 Pink Tie (CAN $37.00) | A fresh cool-toned pink that not only provides a vibrant, albeit still very wearable pop of colour, and which also leaves a light rose stain behind (just add a swipe of balm over that and you’ve got a whole new shade to play with).
003 Red Heels (CAN $37.00) | Seriously, this is probably the easiest red shade I have in my beauty arsenal and can even apply without needing either a lip liner or a mirror. Bonus points scored for the juicy look it gives lips.
007 Black Perfecto (CAN $37.00) | The almost-scary blackened plum hue seen in the tube is actually more of a sheer grape with exceptionally fine shimmer thrown in for added appeal. Initially there is some settling into lip lines (exhibit A, below. Sigh) but almost like magic, Perfecto seems to develop as it goes and winds up looking absolutely smooth, leaving behind a really sexy stain once the gloss has dimmed (sort of like you’ve been indulging in a grape popsicle type of stain).
Apart from the texture and feel, there’s also something fun & whimsical about the La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colours – making them appeal to a broad range of ages across the board. The price point leans on the steeper end of the scale, but that’s pretty much expected when you’re dealing with a luxury brand. Quality-wise, each shade feels absolutely wonderful and does not dry out the lips whatsoever and I absolutely love the added perk of the stain they leave behind. The final bonus: the packaging — doesn’t get more gorgeous than this.
PR samples/All opinion are my own
In early July, I was incredibly thrilled to attend the media launch of Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum Intense, the latest chapter from this fragrance range, an event that was made even sweeter by getting the opportunity to meet & chat with the scent’s creator, Thierry Wasser (side note: this man is not only über-charming, but so incredibly hilarious — we literally spent the better part of an hour laughing together). Launching officially today at select counters nationwide, La Petite Robe Noire Intense (LPRNI) has been graced with a warm candy-coated vibe that still manages to exude a lush sultriness; picture that sexy little black dress you pull out when you want to make a statement, and you’ll get the idea.
With Thierry Wasser, the creator of the fragrance
La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum Intense (CAN $117.00/50 ml) | Available in 3 sizes, the bottle with its iconic “upside-down heart” stopper now comes in a delicious blue colour and bears a flirty black dress — most likely inspired by the white version made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955), where she stands over a subway grate and the wind rushing underneath blows it up teasingly around her.
Apparently created with the North American market in mind, LPRNI is a sweeter rendition of past iterations but still displays subtle touches of the brand’s ‘Guerlinade’ playing teasingly in the background, a composition of notes that permeate all Guerlain fragrances in one form or another and are the backbone of this scent continuity.
- Rose, Vanilla, Candy Floss
- Bergamot, Blueberry
- Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk
The initial burst prominently features the Candy Floss accord, a sweetness that’s tempered by the addition of Bulgarian Rose to keep it from ever becoming cloying. With the wearing, I find the Bergamot note tamps down the caramel-like sweetness even more, giving LPRNI a nice bite while still maintaining that candy-like edge. The genius of the base notes serve to not only round everything out so beautifully, but imparts a sensual whisper behind — the kind that makes people lean into you, usually without even realizing that they’re doing so.
Fragrance is something so incredibly personal that it’s actually quite hard to objectively review since what works for one person (me) may not always fit another (you). That being said, I happen to fall into the category of those who can be literally knocked out of the count with the wrong scent, which is why I’m so happy to say that La Petite Robe Noire Intense not only meshes with my body’s chemistry so completely, but is in fact the bottle I reach for most often for evening wear. There’s something at once familiar, comforting, yummy, and killer-sexy in the composition that I happen to love, and you don’t necessarily have to favour warm vanilla-gourmand fragrances like this to find something about it to adore. In other words, next time you’re at a Guerlain counter I highly recommend you take a whiff … and perhaps have your very own Marilyn moment while you’re at it (it could happen).
Press sample/As always, all opinions are my own