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Guerlain Velours d’Or Ombre Éclat for Holiday 2010

October 11, 2010

I am usually able to resist Guerlain because of the hefty price tag but occasionally cave every now and then. One of my favorite Asian blogs Yuki’s Lazy Channel had a lovely preview of the quad & meteorites – I am always amazed at her excellent swatches and photographs. The holiday display was up at Nordstrom and both my mom and I were in total awe at the elegant packaging. She was convinced that I needed the pretty shimmer spray (if you see the packaging at the counter, you’ll see how fun it is to play with it), but I was able to convince her that I would never have an occasion to wear something like that. The Guerlain rep wasn’t there so the sales associates had a bit of difficulty locating where the holiday items were stashed. Luckily they found the quad and I left a happy camper.

Velours d’Or #410 ($59) is a gorgeous palette of gold mixed with contrasting darker colors in purple and charcoal. The gold resembles 24K gold but has a sparkling sheer finish instead of a solid metallic finish. The other shades aren’t completely matte in the compact but apply more like a matte on the skin (although if you look closely or apply over a cream base you may be able to get some shimmer to show). My mom fell in love with the deep purple and wished she could buy it on its own. The packaging has a cute embossed honeycomb bumble bee theme.


Swatched on bare skin by swiping my finger across the shadows and then onto my arm:



I personally don’t have many shades this dark because I don’t use them frequently. I pulled Dior’s Night Butterfly and Armani’s Eyes to Kill #3. As you can see they haven’t gotten much use yet although for this holiday season, previously released palettes seem more season appropriate than what is currently being released.

Rich in pigment and easy to blend. Beautiful to stare at. I’ve still managed to avoid caving on the $84 eyeshadow palettes. I still sneak a little peek everytime I stop by the Guerlain counter. I still can’t pull the trigger but at the same time I don’t know how much longer I can resist! $59 for a quad is still hard to swallow but is still significantly more justifiable than $84.


Have a great week everyone!

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  • blushfully by cendana October 11, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Oh Oh Oh!! Look at that! That's gorgeoussss!! Love the colors! =) Guerlain.. aah love love… the packaging and quality.

  • Miss ♥ Nikka October 11, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Perfect gorgeous fall colors! 🙂

  • Musing on Beauty October 11, 2010 at 7:10 am

    This quad looks gorgeous, and so pigmented!

  • Rads October 11, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Love the purples..I want to get one like that..going searching searching 😀

  • ELLI DUVOLLE October 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for always posting these asap. I feel like you're always ahead of the game. ( :

  • Anitacska October 11, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful! Can't wait to get my hands on the entire collection!

  • pinkribbons October 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The purple reminds of me Eurydice duo by NARS. Gorgeous palette and the gold eyeshadow is a winner.

  • Lily Blue October 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Actually the only shadow that really interests me is the golden one, the 3 other ones are in the wet'n'wild "lust" palette 🙂

    thanks for sharing though 🙂

  • Martha October 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Beautiful colors and I love bees!

  • pretty addicted October 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Oh no I may need this! I have never purchased Guerlain shadows before, but this looks stunning. The swatches look fantastic with your skin tone as well. Thanks for the review!

  • resham October 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    It looks sooo pretty in Pan…That Honey Bee is cute…I won't be buying it..obviously die to the price tag..but Thanks to you for sharing and letting me enjoy the swatches…:)

  • milktea October 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Prefer Night Butterfly cause I flit around like one! 😉

  • Katia October 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Stunning! Thank you for pictures! I am calling all stores around me in hope they already have it – I need both Meteorites and this quad. Guerlain is my fav Holiday Collection!

  • mw October 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    wow te colours are beautiful – love this quad! <3

  • Cosmetics Aficionado October 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    This is so pretty! Guerlain makes such beautiful makeup.

  • Marina (Makeup4all) October 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    This is the best quad from Guerlain for the last several years, I think I am going to get it. Thank you.

  • em October 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    another stunning holiday post! I just want everything you post about, it's evil! This quad looks like a great combination of shades and quite unque really.

  • Mamavalveeta03 October 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    But it's like a little present for oneself!!! It is SO beautiful that it's next to impossible to resist…other than that "slap in the face", the price tag!

  • Makeup Magpie October 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    What a gorgous palette! Love the combination of purple and gold 🙂

  • Cherry October 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Love the gold and purple shade. I saw the post on yuki's blog too and I was also really tempted, but I am still not able to swallow a $84 dollar palette, haha^0^

  • Olga October 12, 2010 at 12:38 am

    What a beautiful palette! Fortunately, I have similar colors in a few other palettes, otherwise I would not be able to resist 🙂

  • Anonymous October 12, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Hi, thanks a lot for the swatches. I'm interested in getting the Guerlain quad eyeshadows too. I noticed the purple color from your swatches are brighter and more violet that from the "Yuki's Lazy Channel". Yuki's is more like a dark plum color which I tried to avoid. How would you describ it? I wonder if it works well on Asian skin tone? Thanks!

  • reene October 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I had already decided that I was going to pick this palette up. SO unbelievably gorgeous. Your pictures just convinced me all over again lol. I'm just afraid that once I get it, I won't be able to use it because I'd probably want to preserve the bee design. 😡

    I like those big Guerlain palettes too! It was too much to resist, so I got 2 of them. My wallet cries.

  • luv2smilexo October 12, 2010 at 5:18 am

    On first sight of this, I thought I needed that gold shadow, but I decided my Stila oasis is a pretty good dupe in my eyes. Hope that helps someone.

  • Nicole October 12, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    That palette is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nadine Natalin October 18, 2010 at 4:05 am

    nice palette 🙂

  • Flyavsted July 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    This is actually one of the few Guerlain quads that I haven't loved to bits. It has remained fairly untouched. It is gorgeous to look at though.

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