It’s not too difficult to fall in love with the Guerlain Holiday Collection 2008 entitled Midnight Butterfly.
Over the years I never fail to fall deeply in love with the holiday collection from Guerlain and this year is absolutely no different from years prior as Guerlain releases a perfectly stunning collection filled with elegant, beautiful, and highly collectible pieces.
While last year concentrated on gold this year Guerlain took on silver and purple, two colors, in my opinion, that clash wonderfully well together. Although I don’t associate purple with the Holidays I must say that Guerlain took purple and owned it. Pairing softer lilac, with a darker purple and touches of silver and gold create a pure perfection for a Holiday face!
Although I’d have liked to indulge in the entire collection of beautiful items I concentrated on nabbing some of the more important pieces in the collection such as the eye palette, mascara, meteorites, and radiant powder.
None of the lip items appealed to me thankfully however my eye was caught and captured by the $160 USD Guerlain Meteorites Pressed Powder in Radiant Butterfly. Truly it was a stunning powder but honestly at $160 USD it was way, way above what I’d have liked to spend on a compact!
I was both saddened and disappointed that Guerlain has raised its prices this year. One item in particular, the Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder, costing $82 USD compared to $78 USD last year. The powder wasn’t the only price raise, other items were effected by a higher cost this year as well.
Aside from the minor disappointment of raised prices the collection has absolutely nothing to not love in it! All the items are luxe, posh and a pure, spoiled indulgence for the Holiday!
Of course, my very favorite item in the collection is the Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder. This is a atomizer of fine, sparkling silver powder. Stunning both inside and out this powder is perfect for face or body! This is housed in a slick, feminine, vanity worthy perfume style bottle with a lilac butterfly attached. The butterfly is detachable and has a pin on the back so you can use it a as a cute accessory to a suit or a shirt. Last year I purchased a back up of Forever Gold but this year I was a bit more reserved and only indulged in one of the powders. I’m still debating with myself if I should go back for a second since the collection is so very limited!
The Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette in Mysterious Butterfly is my second favorite item in the collection. Consisting of four shadows at $57 USD this item was not effected by the price raise thankfully and still remains the same price as last year. The palette has two shades of contrasting purple shadow, one liner shadow, and a highlighting shade. The two main shades are a sheer lilac and a dark aubergine. A bright gold is included to highlight with and a purple brownish shade is used for lining the eyes. The four shades make up the design of a fine silver butterfly. Sadly, the butterfly almost instantly disappears upon smoothing your applicator on it however the touches of silver mixed with the shadow creates a rather nice sparkling effect. The shadows are housed in a slick, lilac compact so the outside is just as stunning as the shadows. The shadows are all smooth and silky however don’t expect a dramatic eye look using these, Guerlain keeps it simple and elegant with a touch of sheer color that has a tiny touch of sparkle.
The star of the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly collection would have to be the Meteorites. In comparison to last year the pearls are three times bigger in size which makes for easier application. Although last year’s version had touches of shimmer, this year the pearls have a matte, silky powder finish. The color is a universally flattering champagne shade that brightens and lightens to complextion while setting makeup and creating a nice glow to the face. I love the larger size this year as it makes the application super easy and mess free, the container is twice the size as normal Meteorites. In keeping with the lilac theme the Meteorites are housed in a lilac container with the emblem of a butterfly on top. The size wasn’t the only item that became inflated this year, the cost of the Meteorites raised from $51 USD to $65 USD which was a considerable raise in price compared to previous years.
My final purchase was the Guerlain ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ Mascara in Butterfly Sparkle. For the most part this purchase was spurred from the gorgeous packaging however ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ is a fine mascara as I already own the gold version and I’m very happy with it. The mascara is a dual sided affair which allows for application of upper and lower lashes. The upper part of the mascara is black while the lower end is purple with a tiny bit of silver. Lining the lower part of your lashes with the purple and the upper with the black reflects beautifully off an eye look created using the Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette in Mysterious Butterfly!
Right now, faced with an economical crisis, Guerlain Midnight Butterfly is not exactly the first collection you may have your eye due to it’s high cost however the Muse is approving it for purchase as it’s a stunning Holiday Collection! It has some highly collectible pieces in the collection for the makeup connoisseur or the makeup junkie. Face with so many options for the Holiday Season it’s difficult to choose which items are stash and which are trash! In the Muse’s opinion Guerlain’s Holiday Collection 2008 is a stash item! Truly an outstanding job on this one Guerlain! The Muse loves it!
I did a quickie look this morning using everything in the collection! I fear it didn’t come out as well as I wanted to as I was rushed for time today but it’s not too bad.
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See the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Collection display at Neimans!
Promo Images of the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Collection
Guerlain Holiday Collection 2007 Review
Guerlain Forever Gold Review with FOTD
Guerlain Parure Aqua Foundation Review
A little moblogging fun with the Muse!
Guerlain Midnight Butterfly is out and live on counters!! I’m in Neimans right now grabbing some of this stunning collection!
I’ll be back Monday to bring you the deets on Guerlain Midnight Butterfly with a full review, photos, and a Face of the day!
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This collection speaks for itself without the Muse’s commentary!
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Guerlain Parure Aqua Liquid Foundation is a spoiled indulgence at $55 USD but well worth the hefty price tag for a delightfully wonderful foundation.
I had a difficult time deciding between purchasing Guerlain Parure Aqua or Guerlain Parure Extreme. In the end I decided to spoil myself with both as each performs a different function and both are beautiful pieces to add to my daily makeup routine.
Today I’m reviewing Guerlain Parure Aqua and later next week I’ll be bringing you a review of the Guerlain Parure Extreme.
Guerlain Parure Aqua combines good for your skin ingredients that are mineral rich and moisturizing. Parure Aqua takes it name from the fact that it combines sea water and natural spring water to create a cocktail of intense hydration for the skin. The hydrating factor of the foundation brought me to purchase it because as the colder weather sets in my skin will be aided and thankful for any extra moisture my foundation and other products can provide.
Parure Aqua is, as promised, a highly moisturizing foundation. It smooths on beautifully well, absorbs quickly, and leaves behind a radiant, flawless finish. Honestly, did you expect anything else from Guerlain?
The formula is nicely pigmented and I’d say coverage is medium. The texture is creamy and highly moisturizing and absorbs easily into the skin. I liked how well this absorbed quickly into my skin without much effort on my part bringing both a dewiness to my skin and a nice even finish. One pump of foundation should cover your entire face so this should last you a good long while.
The bottle is quite glam and reminiscent of Guerlain Forever Gold from the Holiday Collection in 2007. I love how pretty and gold the bottle is and it looks truly lovely on my vanity.
Although the price tag is hefty, I think the product speaks for itself if you’re a lover of posh cosmetics that do exactly what they promise. Radiant feel-good foundation, moisturizing and mineral enriched with SPF 20…the Muse likey!
I’m going to Muse Approve this one for purchase, I like it, alot.
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Guerlain Holiday Collection 2007 Review
I cautiously cracked open one of my bottles of Forever Gold this morning (I know I’m such a daredevil rebel aren’t I?)! You wanna be just like me when you grow up don’t you!?
Who’d have thought I’d actually try to use this stuff! It is the Holy Grail after all and when I purchased two bottles I was thinking that I’d take them out of my beauty vault on special occasions, stroke them lovingly, tell them how pretty they are, make empty promises to them about possibly using them in the near future and then tuck them safely back into my vault.
Surprise Surprise! I used a bottle. My god it felt absolutely decadent spraying my face and bosom with $78 Gold Shimmer! I take it this is how Paris Hilton feels (I picture her bathing in liquid gold for some reason or another as she just looks the type ya know?).
As I sat there trying to very gently depress the pump I suddenly got overwhelmingly daring and instead of just doing one tiny squirt I was doing about 4 or 5! It was madness I tell you! Absolute bloody madness! This is Guerlain Forever Gold for god’s sake what was I thinking!? I was being awful brave this morning!
Well….I dunno what possessed me but damn I sure felt like 2 million bucks afterwards!
This stuff is magical (or crack I haven’t decided which yet). Seriously it is. As well it should be for the insane price tag!
If I wanna be fair to myself I will say I expected crummy results when spraying this on my face. I didn’t think it would spray evenly and I thought I’d have one half of my face dusted in gold and the other half looking strangely vacant. But, Guerlain somehow worked it’s magic and one quick squirt of this distributes an even and beautiful layer of pure gold shimmer right across my entire face! I just went nuts and did a few pumps on my face and my neck and my chest and…well you get the idea (I was tempted to just hose my entire body down with this stuff but I fought the good fight and I decided against using an entire bottle for that purpose! But don’t think I wasn’t tempted to do just that because I surely was!).
In all seriousness this stuff rocks in the way of application! It’s such a snap to use! Squeeze once for an ultra sheer layer of shimmer on your face, shoulders, anywhere you want a bit of gold! And as I said earlier it distributes quite easily as long as you hold it a nice distance away from your face or where ever it is you’re applying!
The shimmer is a very fine milled powder and it’s not clumpy or gritty. It just simply is. Once you apply it’s as if your skin is shining with gold from within. It doesn’t lay on the skin in a way you can see where it begins so to speak. It becomes one with your look!
I refuse to give this a bad review but I do need to mention that it appears that it sort of blew off or just came off in the process of the day! I’m chalking it up to bitter cold windy New York weather and it’s no fault of the product! 12 Hours in and it seems to somewhat diminished from my face but hey what powder, shimmer or shadow do you know that lasts 12 hours straight anyway!?
Have I mentioned how in lust I am with this stuff? I think I’m going to make room for it in my bed and snuggle next to it tonight!
This is seriously well worth the cash I shelled out for it. Well done Guerlain a very happy fan girl here!
If you haven’t picked this up yet I have bad news as I believe it’s virtually sold out everywhere but do try to locate a bottle of your very own from your local Sephora, Saks, or maybe E-bay or MUA.
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What I Used:
MAC Technakohl in Black
Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Pigment in Quick Frost
MAC Pigment in White Gold
MAC Glitter in Reflects Gold
MAC Eyeshadow in Magic Dust
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie
MAC Blush in Fab
MAC Beauty Powder in Natural Flare
Sony CP Gloss in Clear
Tarte 24/7 Lipbalm in Tuesday
12 Hours Later, 15 Blocks in the Wind, A bit of Rain, and A little King of Mods working overtime to tame my horrible head of frizz and this is what you have:
I’m too sexy for my own blog. Not. Jesus my hair looks like it’s been flushed around a few times! Sorry folks can’t have slick locks all the time! I look everyone of my 30 years in these pictures! Phew cold weather sure ages a girl!
And for your enjoyment me working my “Ghetto Fabulous” jacket! I picked this little gem up on 34th Street last weekend. My mate Jen calls my taste in clothes “the fashion weird” but hey I’m loving this jacket! I can’t help myself! I love tack *happy sigh*!
Dontcha love the hood? I’m strange. Just deal with it.