Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadows Fall 2011 – A Preview

August 6, 2011

This fall Guerlain has released a stunning collection for fall. The standouts for me are the Écrin 4 Couleurs: nine eyeshadow quads in a diverse range of shades from neutral to colorful to dramatic ($59 each). Each palette is encased in a heavy-weight luxurious compact. I love that each palette comes with a unique mixture of finishes (matte, satin, iridescent). I’m one that prefers a finely milled shimmer in shadows to add depth to the eyes, but find the matte colors in each are equally beautiful as they do not fall flat like some mattes tend to do so.

The colors designed by Guerlain are all exquisite. It was hard to pick just one and I was eager to order even before seeing or trying these in person. You can see all nine colors 01 Les Violets, 02 Les Bleus, 03 Les Verts, 04 Les Bois de Rose, 05 Les Gris, 06 Les Fumés, 07 Les Cuirs, 08 Les Perlés, 09 Les Noirs previewed with details on Café Makeup and swatched on Yuki’s Lazy Channel. Thanks to their lovely previews I narrowed down my initial picks to 04, 05 and 06. I have been further tempted to purchase one more, but am going to wait for the next beauty event.

I have yet to play with these as they just arrived yesterday from Bergdorfs, however, my initial thoughts are that these appear to be highly pigmented, versatile, classic, polished and well designed. Even the neutral palettes seem fresh and unique compared to what we’ve seen in past years – something I think can be difficult to do given all the innovative products various brands have released in recent years. I definitely think the packaging and design is an improvement from the past quads. I only have 3 quads from Guerlain (here and here) and as you can see from the comparison below, I don’t find myself using them frequently.

Each palette comes in a black slip case (which I usually toss) and a tiny booklet of instructions/how-to’s. I haven’t tried these ideas yet but thought I’d include it for your reference. The diagrams, while detailed and inspirational, rarely work for me as my eyeshape rarely is the same as what is on the pictures.

Last fall Guerlain released a stunning collection of luxurious eyeshadow palettes with 6 shades per compact at jaw dropping price of $85 each. Amazing reviews, detailed features and lovely how-to’s complete with swatches tempted me from Karla Sugar, Temptalia, The Non-Blonde, Café Makeup and Yuki’s Lazy Channel (to name a few). I must admit I was very tempted. Yet when I saw these in person, as lovely as each palette was, I could not bring myself to spend a full $80+ on a single item. Irrational, I know. Buying multiple eyeshadows individually can easily exceed a total price of $80, still $85 on a single item was too much for me to swallow given the neutrality of each palette (they seemed very basic when I swatched them in person). The fall offerings this year seem better suited for me in terms of price and color selection. There is more to choose from, a more diverse range of textures in each palette and the price is lower making it easier for me to justify.

Detailed reviews and swatches to come soon on each palette. Have you seen the new quads for fall in person yet? Initial thoughts? Did you love last fall’s collections? Is there something I missed that I need to go check out again?

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  • Those are so stunning. I've been wanting to venture into Guerlain for some time but as you can imagine, it's not the most inexpensive brand out there. I may buy one or two of these to cover on my blog though.

  • these are so beautiful… i want les verts and les fumes soooo badly

  • I've got my eyes on the Garconne Rouge G and #8 Les Perles & #9 Les Noirs.

    Please let us know what the texture and colour pay-off are like – I have heard they are not quite as expected.

    I do love Guerlain's packaging but they scratch! I was tempted by last year's palettes because of the compact case itself…

  • I just purchased Les Bois de Rose this morning from Nordstrom. It was tough to decide which one to get, but I really liked the way the dark plummy-brown shade swatched and thought the texture & pigmentation was a bit better than some of the others. Les Gris and Les Fumes are beautiful as well!

  • I love Guerlain – think I will be getting either the grey palette or the Quad…from Duty Free!

  • I've rarely been so excited by an eyeshadow collection – I could easily buy all (although I won't because I can't afford!). Les fume is a definite.

    I bought two of the other palettes – I have to say I love them! I have place vendome and rue di rivoli (LE). The texture is quite finely milled and buildable- I'm happy with the quality!

  • I really want #01 and #02. They all do look beautiful though.

  • I need #04 and #06…and I need to win the lottery as well.

  • Oh my, they look stunning! Can't wait to see your swatches and to read your reviews! 🙂

    And I hope I'll see them in person too! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Les Fumes and les Perles seem to be speaking to me. I am looking forward to your swatches. May just have to stop by my local NM for a gander.

  • I was disappointed in the the two Ecrin 6 palettes I had and did not hang on to them. I have high hopes these will make up for that. The pictures I've seen so far seem to indicate they will. I'm still a little nervous to try them out. Well that and the fact I'm broke!

  • The packaging looks so pretty! I can see why they ask for $85 lol

  • All three are absolutely lovely. I had better start saving!!!