Guerlain Spring 2011 Picks: Série Noire Blush G, Rouge G & Ombré Éclat

January 10, 2011

I’m venturing into newer territory with Guerlain this spring. I haven’t tried much from the line except a few seasonal items here and there over the past years. I’ve loved everything I have (quads, singles, rouge g) but for some reason still find their high prices and glitzy packaging a bit intimidating at times. However take the Twitter buzz and excitement from @naturalNchicmak and @CafeMakeup and combine it with the beautiful swatches from Yuki’s Lazy Channel and the cause-effect outcome is that I had to check it out.

Série Noire Blush G, Rose Desir Rouge G, Ombré Éclat in L’instant D’une Ondee 186 & L’instant D’une Soupir 187

The most highly-anticipated item of this collection is the new Blush G, Série Noire ($67), which is labeled on the compact as the “Secret to a Healthy Glow.” It is indeed glowy with four layers of embossed shimmers. NaturalNChicMakeup has lovely swatches on her blog as well and really captures the shimmers in great detail (see her review here). She also has a great feature on the packaging.

So does it really give a healthy glow? Yes, but it’s almost too glowy. When all shades are swirled together it creates a vibrant golden-pink blush but at the same time it applies cool on my cheeks (even if it swatches warm on my arm). To me, this is like a cool-pink version of NARS Orgasm blush. It also applies similar in the sense that it’s very easy to go one swipe too heavy and end up looking sunburned. The pigment is a difficult thing to describe – the texture is finely milled and very soft which allows you to build up layers to suit your preference. I had a difficult time playing with it today, it either looked too sheer or too fake. I have a similar experience with Chanel Fresque which is a lovely light peach, but one stroke too many leaves me looking like a clown.

I personally prefer something a tad bit warmer on the skin like Bobbi Brown’s Antigua Illuminating Shimmer Powder, but the Guerlain Série Noire is unique and beautiful. I will simply need more practice and experiment with different blush brushes to see which one will give the best application.

All the lipsticks from the Guerlain Spring Collection are beautiful. Due to the high price tag, I decided to limit myself to just one, Rose Desir #71 ($47). It’s very sparkly on the back of the hand, but on the lips it sheers out and you get a healthy pink tint. Those concerned that these might be too sheer to show up need not worry. They definitely show up! They just have a glossy shine with has a soft texture. I couldn’t detect a scent and it feels nice on the lips. The packaging this spring is still the metal mirrored tube but this season’s color is black. I like it much better than the silver ones which tarnish easily.

The last items I wanted to feature include two of the new eyeshadow singles, Ombré Éclat in L’instant D’une Ondee 186 & L’instant D’une Soupir 187 ($36 each).

I’ve found the Guerlain single shadows to be hit and miss. Some are simply too sheer, but the ones that do have a good soft texture show up better. #186 is a cool dove-grey with very subtle shimmer. #187 is a high frost bronzey taupe.

Overall thoughts: This collection has the most beautiful packaging this season. My interest in Guerlain is growing as I start to explore their primers and foundations. Still the high price tag prevents me from putting this brand at the top of my list of things to check out. I personally have avoided the Guerlain counter (like the Cle de Peau counter) simply because I find the price points intimidating, but easy to justify with an eager sales associate there to help push you along. Still, the quality is excellent and formula/textures beautiful. The packaging is a true work of art down to the little details of the embossed powders and clever mirrored lipstick.

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  • Ooohh! The blush! The eyeshadows! (especially L'Instant D'une Soupir) This collection looks like it will be fabulous, I can't wait!! Thanks for sharing this!

    Andrée xx

  • This lipstick looks lovely on you!
    I'm waiting for the blush and 2 lipsticks (fushia and orange) in the mail, I can't wait. Regarding the eyeshadows, I've had too many disappointments with their pigmentation so I'm not trying to make these work for me anymore and simply pass on them.

  • That blush is absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  • I have never tried this brand, but that blush looks *amazing*!!!

  • Wow, this collection is pricey! I only own 1 item from Guerlain and I'm hesitant to explore more due to the price. Gorgeous things though for sure.

  • Gorgeous photos! I saw the collection on Saturday and I really love the single eyeshadows, especially the bronzey-taupe one. Will probably go back for at least that one. The lipstick looks great on you! 🙂

  • Anne

    Thanks for reviewing this collection! One question, though- are you happy with the eyeshadows? They do look beautiful, but I couldn't tell whether you were pleased with them.

  • Eileen

    I bought the Blush G Série Noire and the new Écran 6 Couleurs Rue de Rivoli and both are very special, indeed. On my complexion, which is very light with a peach undertone, there is nothing cool about the blush. It is a gorgeous, warm, pink coral. When I first saw pictures of it, I thought it might be similar to Nars Orgasm. So, when I went to Nordstroms, I swatched both. On my skin, they are completely different in effect. Whereas Orgasm has a more pronounced peach tone and is sparkly, Blush G Série Noire translates as pink coral and is all about the glow. In short, they are not dups–at least not on my skin.

    I love Guerlain blushes and find that they are finely milled, have easy to build pigments, wear well and stay color true on my skin. I use a Chanel #7 brush and have not had any application issues. The only question is, is someone willing to pay $67 for this collector beauty? For me, the answer was an easy yes.

    Although Guerlain's singles reputation of being hit or miss is well deserved, I have not found that to be the case with the extraordinary Écran 6 Couleurs palettes that were first introduced this past fall. Rue de Rivoli produces an overall color effect that is like a bouquet of white, soft rose, and delicate violet impatiens brought together by a subtle opalescent glow. It's a quieter, more refined take on springtime flowers. And, that bright pop of fushcia in the center of the palette is not to be feared. It makes a lovely bridge between crease and brow bone colors or layered over other colors. Bottom line: you're not going to look like the Easter bunny 🙂

    Sabrina, I hope I didn't steal your thunder by commenting on the new palette 🙁 I didn't see it in your up-and-coming review picture and it's delicate beauty is just too lovely to miss.

  • Sophia1105

    I appreciate the Guerlain attention to detail, but often find a gap between price and anticipated quality of product. That powder is lovely though. I am in love with the BB Antigua, quite possibly one of the beat purchases I've ever made, so I think that will keep my pocket book heavier for now.

  • Wow, those swatches are so nice! That blush looks amazing!

  • wow,beautiful!need!

  • The blush is, quite simply, a work of art. It will definately be coming home with me once it's released over here in the UK!

    The new bronzy brown eyeshadow looks lovely too.

    Thank you!

  • The first (and only) time I purchased the Rouge G lipstick resulted in heartbreak. It was too harsh on my lips. Yes, the price point scares me too. I guess it goes to show me I am only willing to pay $32 for lipstick.

  • I am in love with L'instant D'une Soupir, and I must have it! The blush is really pretty too. Thank you for sharing!

  • Thanks for the brilliant review! I wish we could have this collection already here in Europe too! From the moment I saw the first mention of it, I immediately decided on the products I absolutely need to try and hopefully own, and this blush is one of them. The other one would be the eye shadow palette. I am an old fun of Guerlain and know their products quite well. To me, their lipsticks are the old-time favorites. Actually, the Rouge G line, is my paragon of lipstick formula, pigmentation and application. This is where I would like to pose a slightly off-topic question to you. How do you find the Rouge G lipstick as opposed to the ones by Edward Bess? I am mostly interested in the moisturising aspect. Unfortunately EB is still an exotic brand to us.
    Thank you again for your wonderful job in the blogging sphere!

  • Wow, beautyfull product! If these product where in my budget, I would buy them =D