Guerlain Les Fumés 06 Écrin 4 Couleurs

August 7, 2011

Guerlain Les Fumés 06 is a neutral palette suited for light-to-medium toned skin women like to contour the eyes with variations of flesh-toned natural colors. This one appears to be the least shimmery out of the three I bought. It has more of a satiny-finish on all shades with the exception of the silver on the far right. The colors clockwise from left are a satiny grey with plum (very soft shimmer), dusty rose pink matte, silvery cool toned grey with a tinge of mauve, dark dusty bark-like brown.

At first glance, I was initially worried these might look muddy on the skin. The nude-mauves and nude-browns while gorgeous had me concerned that these might look ashy on the eyes. Upon application this morning, I was pleased to find out the colors are not muddy at all – but you do need to use a moist base to help pick up the colors. The darkest brown shade at the bottom is slightly ashy though, I recommend trying to apply directly over a gel eyeliner or with a slightly damp brush (emphasis on slightly so you don’t ruin the powder). This is a fairly neutral palette on my skintone. I’m not sure how this will translate on tan/darker skintones. It might be too nude to show up.

Although neutrals often seem very unoriginal, I couldn’t find anything quite similar. After swatching this on my arm, I thought the dusty-pink and silver looked remarkably similar to NARS Grand Palais (Fall 2011). I highly recommend you see Amy’s review at Café Makeup (she has a few links to some looks of this on the eyes). I do not own this duo as I passed on the fall collection from NARS entirely. I did swatch it at counter and based on my recollection, the rose was too warm for my taste. Guerlain’s Les Fumés works better on me. The dusty pink is slightly darker than my skin so for me, I wouldn’t apply it with a heavy hand.

Today, I applied this quad as follows:
Step 1: Apply Laura Mercier’s Gold Metallic Creme shadow as a base
Step 2: Apply the dusty pink on lids, heavier near lash line, lighter closer to brow
Step 3: Apply the silver frost on top of pink and blend like crazy
Step 4: Apply the taupe-mauve (left shade) on outer corners inwards to mid-point of eye
Step 5: Take the pink shade one more time and apply from inner eye (close to nose) and blend outwards
Step 6: Take the darkest brown shade with a slightly damp brush and trace along lashline for definition

I’ll need more practice, but so far, I love it. They layer together wonderfully. Here are comparisons to the closest shadows I could find – no dupes, but I hope these help you! I suspect there are closer dupes that I’ve missed, this palette looks extremely familiar, perhaps it’s close to one of the 6 Couleurs from last year?

Bottom Line: I’ve ignored Guerlain for some time for a number of reasons such as high price points, bulky packaging, lack of interest in the color options, inconsistent eyeshadow pigmentation, heavily fragranced products. The products have always been of high quality but I’ve normally been more drawn to brands like Dior and Chanel. However reviews on other blogs have helped tremendously. In addition, since falling in love with their Lingerie de Peau foundation, innovative blushes and bronzer and now with the release of these quads, Guerlain has caught my eye. These quads are truly amazing – there is a wide selection of colors and finishes. The mattes are divine and shimmery colors finely milled and well designed that everyone is bound to find one to suit their preferences.
I don’t need any more eyeshadows, but I can’t wait for these to arrive at counters near me so I can play with the other colors.

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  • Love those colors!

  • The colours are gorgeous! x

  • this is definitely for me – i'm very very pale with blue eyes/blonde hair so this will be perfect for a betty draper make up look!

    It also reminds me of l'heure fumee, a guerlain duo with eyeliner that was out a few years ago that I hit pan on! (anyone else remember these?)

  • Anonymous

    hi sabrina!! greetings from cincinnati! our guerlain event will be august 20th. are you going to review the rouge g lipsticks that came with this collection. would you make any recommendations on blush? i don't think that guerlain has anything new and, i was wondering if you tried their blushes or suggest something else. i wonder if chanel's new one would go with most of these pallettes? i was also concerned about how long these eyeshadows last past 7 hours. wish you were here to help me decide! thankyou very much for all your fabulous reviews!! xo

  • *sigh* You're going to make me cave aren't you?

  • Walls

    This particular quad by Guerlain has been piquing my interest since seeing preview pictures last month. I don't need any more eyeshadows (bought Prelude just a few weeks ago), but I don't own any of Guerlain's shadows…

    Do these last a full eight hours?

    By the way, I love Lingerie de Peau, too!

  • I like this one almost as much as les gris. How subtle, and gorgeous! I had the same thought as you concerning NARS Grand Palais. They're unlikely to be dupes, but the concept is similar.

  • Lovely neutral swatches!! I really like that nude-mauve! So pretty~

  • This palette looks soooo gorgeous ! The dusty rose and the silver taupe make me think of NARS Grand Palais !

  • i love that mauve color, but wish instead of the two taupe/brown shades there was some kind of ivory/bone color to round out the palette. it's still something unique i think to find a cool mauve color that you can deepen the crease of your eye on no makeup, makeup days ;). do you know if nordstrom is carrying it yet? thanks!

  • Really loving the wearable colors in this palette! Thanks for the swatches. 🙂

  • If I have Chanel Enigma, do I need this palette? 😀

    It looks soooo pretty but I'm affraid I already have similar shades and I know that over here in Croatia the retail price will be much higher (probably $80 or so). :/

    If I do end up getting it, this would be my first Guerlain palette 🙂

  • Although gorgeous, it's almost too neutral for me.

  • Their so gorgeous!! <3

  • I've been drooling over this even since I saw the new palettes a few weeks ago in the Department store. The price is high for my student budget (high end brans area really expensive in Finland) but I think since the colour seem to be good quality and those that I would be using a lot I just could jusitfy buying this one..

  • Hi readers, thanks for stopping by. Be sure to see Karla's swatches! http://karlasugar.net/2011/08/guerlain-fall-2011/

    Baby in a corner – I haven't paid much attention to Guerlain in the past so I'm not sure how this quad compares to the older duo. I hope it's a good dupe for you though so you have a replacement 🙂

    Anonymous in Cincinnati – I will not be reviewing the Rouge G lipsticks in the collection. I saw them at the counter yesterday and liked #66 but I find the Rouge G packaging bulky. Karlasugar has swatches now though.

    I have not tried their blushes except for the seasonal ones. Perhaps check out Cafe Makeup's blog? I think she's reviewed quite a few Guerlain items before.

    Perilously Pale – it's not me, it's Guerlain that's gonna make you cave 😛

    Walls – I found that during the work week (ie this monday) the Les Gris quad lasted 6 am to 5 pm for a full work day. On the weekend, fumes did not last a full 8 hours – but I had an active day plus a 2 hour nap. When I woke up, no makeup was left on my face. I think your mileage may vary.

    (BTW Lingerie de Peau is amazing!)

    Dovey I think this one will be a lot more wearable than Grand Palais by NARS.

    LissaSioux – GO to Nordstrom now! Mine received their shipment yesterday (in southern california).

    Vesna – I prefer Chanel Enigma is better than Guerlain just because the colors are more dramatic. However the Guerlain is gorgeous.

  • the website is now carrying them @ Nordstrom. but the Les Fumes photo is SO off, it's scary! i'm afraid to order– and we're talking an actual photo here!
    please check it out (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/guerlain-ecrin-4-couleurs-eyeshadow-palette/3214887?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=284) and tell me why you think the 06 palette is SO off!

  • Claudia

    This seems to be in the market for some years now, I just stumbled over it while in a duty free.

    The colours are brilliant on darker (as in olive.toned italian skin). Very subtile and classic.
    I am beyond… that I found this.

    Regards, Claudia