Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres, Spring 2014

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The Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres eyeshadow palette from the Guerlain Spring 2014 collection, is not only a beautifully curated selection of shades, but also happens to be my first such product from this venerable brand. From the stunning compact to the outstanding quality of the powders, there is a definite air of “Printemps” seen in the colours.


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres (CAN $67.00) – The four shades of the Les Tendres palette have been carefully selected to not only work harmoniously together, but are also comprised of varying textures:

  • Iridescent – tiny pearly particles that release luminous colour with an iridiscent finish
  • Matte – an extra-matt, ultra-soft finish for ultimate comfort
  • Velvet Satin – perfect glide for a velvety result that feels soft and delicate
  • Alcantar’Eyes – a metallic finish with unbelievable softness

The compact bears a luxuriously heavy casing, embossed with the Guerlain logo and comes with its own protective velveteen sleeve. I get the slightest hint of the brand’s signature violet scent upon opening the compact, although there’s no discernible fragrance once applied.

One thing I noticed from the outset, is that there really is no powdery kickback when I swirl my brush in any of the four shades – neither did I experience any fallout with the application itself. The colour payoff is mixed, with the 2 lightest shades offering surprisingly a touch more depth than the darker hues, although I suspect that may be as a result of their more shimmery nature. A colour breakdown (going clockwise from the left):

  • ivory/champagne (Alcantar’Eyes finish) – incredibly smooth and leaves a luminous glow, highlighter
  • seafoam/mint (Iridescent finish) – can be applied as a sheer wash of colour, or layered over the other hues to make them pop
  • taupe/nude (Velvet Satin finish) – perfect crease shade & a universally flattering colour
  • raisin/plum (Matte finish) – applies lighter than it appears in the pan & the perfect counterpoint to the other hues – buildable for more intensity

None of these shades are incredibly deep/dark, despite what you see in the pan, but that’s a good thing as it then opens the door for several layering possibilities. With the prevailing Spring theme of “lightness”, I found the Les Tendres palette to perfectly exemplify this concept as the incredibly fine-milled quality of each and every shade can give an almost watercolour-like effect upon the eyes. In particular, the iridescence of the seafoam/mint hue creates an unusually complex dimension when layered over the taupe. The more I use this palette, the more I discover about it and what I’ve come to appreciate the most, is just how wearable each shade is – an important factor when you consider the somewhat hefty price tag.


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres


Guerlain Les Tendres swatch

Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres, swatches in sunlight


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Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres, swatches in natural light

 

If high-impact eyeshadow colours are more your speed, then this palette may not be for you. What Les Tendres offers instead, is a grouping of four beautiful and slightly quixotic group of colours, which nonetheless all manage to work so well together, and in a quality that is unparalleled. I find myself reaching for this palette more often than any of the others (and that’s saying quite a bit, as there are a LOT to choose from. Perhaps even too many …), which just emphasizes how versatile it really is. If I initially wished the colours were more pigmented, I’ve definitely changed my mind about that now. If you’re at a Guerlain counter, I highly recommend you give this beauty a look – but have it swatched on your eyes to get the full effect (hand swatches do NOT do this justice).

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*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

10 Responses to Guerlain – Écrin 4 Couleurs #503 Les Tendres, Spring 2014

  1. Beyond Blush says:

    Very pretty! I love the seafoam shade 🙂

  2. I LOVE the tones of this, but those light, icy shades are not my friend 🙁 One day maybe I’ll figure out how to use em… Wear it is good health though, my dear!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Toya! As to the mint shade, one way that it can be easily used – even by you – is as an inner-eye highlight. Pretty foolproof that way!

  3. Larie says:

    Such beautiful photos, Eugenia! I love that mint shade – I need a mint shade!

  4. sobsessed says:

    At first I wasn’t sure about the colours but once I saw your swatches, I really fell for this, especially the champagne and seafoam shades! Those two are my favourites for sure 🙂

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