As someone who revels in all things Summer, I can’t help but get excited when new collections start rolling in, even if that means it’s the first signs of upcoming cooler weather — although I’m nowhere near ready to let go of the heat anytime soon. Several weeks ago at the launch of Guerlain’s latest La Petite Robe Noire fragrance (posted previously here), much of this new collection adorned the models’ faces and from the early preview, I knew there would be much to love.
Guerlain | Fall 2016 Collection
Guerlain | Fall 2016 Collection
Guerlain | KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour, Fall 2016
Housed in tiny sculptural works of art, the Guerlain KissKiss lipstick formula is an incredible sensorial experience. Ultra creamy and smoothly applying, they are enriched with hyaluronic acid spheres and Commiphora Oil (extracted from myrrh) to provide long-lasting hydration, leaving lips feeling nourished long after all traces of colour have faded. These are also scented with that classic vanilla-violet fragrance that’s given a fresh vibe with berry notes, and while apparent upon initial application seems to dissipate rather quickly after that.
Guerlain | KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour swatches, Fall 2016
500 Fall In Nude, limited edition (CAN $43.00) | A pearly rose nude shade that offers good coverage for a hue this light, although don’t expect it to be fully opaque. Right in my neutral-loving wheelhouse, this is the perfect swipe-and-go type of colour that I prefer reaching for, with the added bonus of its balm-like feel. Staying power is about average at 2.5 hours, without factoring in eating and/or eating.
Guerlain | 500 Fall In Nude KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour, Fall 2016
520 Fall In Red, limited edition (CAN $43.00) | A red-tinted deep rose (not exactly red by my standards, but gorgeous just the same) with a good mix of both cool and warm undertones to make it workable on a broad range of skin tones. As someone who rarely reaches for anything pink, I love how this shade is just this side of deep, tonally speaking – enough so to make it wearable + chic (plus it’s pretty luscious-looking, no?).
Guerlain | 520 Fall In Red KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour, Fall 2016
For Fall 2016, Guerlain has released 6 new stay in line eyeshadow palettes, with each comprised of 5 unique shades to help you create both natural and/or more dramatic looks. Housed in the brand’s signature black lacquered compact case with a snap closure, the surface of the shades is embossed with the iconic Guerlain pattern and name (on the darkest shade at the far right). Included in each palette are a sponge-tipped applicator that has a workably good-sized head and a smaller dual-ended brush, both of which are in fact quite usable and well made, although I still prefer using my own brushes for the job. Palettes not shown:
- 01 Rose Barbare (shades of eggplant)
- 04 L’Heure de Nuit (shades of black)
- 05 Après l’Ondée (shades of blue)
- 06 Bois des Indes (shades of taupe)
02 Tonka Impériale (CAN $69.00) | One of the easiest palettes to work with along with being universally wearable, all shades display a creamy and well-pigmented application with very little powdery fallout, blend effortlessly and can also be used damp, lasting beautifully (over primer) without signs of creasing or fading. Broken down (from left to right):
- oyster with pearly pink reflects
- soft taupe
- milk chocolate brown
- warm brown with mauve reflects
- dark brown
Guerlain | 02 Tonka Impérial Palette 5 Couleurs, Fall 2016
03 Coque d’Or (CAN $69.00) | The more metallic of the two palettes shown, the shades here are all warmer leaning yet can still be made to work on those with cooler undertones in their complexion (it’s all in the layering). Displaying the same creamy feel in application as well as superior blending capacity, the shades broken down are as follows (left to right):
- pale gold
- soft tan
- pine green
Guerlain | 03 Coque d’Or Palette 5 Couleurs, Fall 2016
01 Ultra Black Felt Eyeliner (CAN $48.00) | With their long-standing reputation in the field of kohl eyeliners, Guerlain has now branched out in the realm of the pen-style format with the release of Ultra Black Felt Eyeliner. Bearing a defined pointed tip to help create sharp precision, or worked along its side for a broader sweep of colour, this is definitely one of the blackest liners in the genre that I’ve come across and made even more unique by its glossy finish. Lasting power is excellent, going easily past the 8 hour mark without cracking or fading, with its quick dry time making the job super easy (although you should note to work on one eye at a time for the very same reason). Personally, this format is my preferred liner to work with when looking to create drama or that perfect winged cat-eye (let’s face it: if you can use a pen to write, you can use this to line. Easy-peasy).
Guerlain | 01 Ultra Black Felt Eyeliner, Fall 2016
Ok, so yeah….Winter is coming, blah, blah, blah. What’s sweetening the deal for me is how absolutely lovely this collection is; nothing ground breaking in terms of colour, but then again, Guerlain is a brand that has become synonymous with understated yet fully polished & refined elegance — with a healthy dose of premier quality thrown into the mix, forming a perfect counterbalance to some of the more outrageous collections that will surely head our way. Everything shown here is not only wearable but will transcend the seasons as well, making each basically an investment in your beauty wardrobe. The only problem? I do believe that I now want the rest of the palettes.
Available early September at Guerlain counters
Autumnal beauty so kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own