October 14, 2007

Guerlain Holiday 2007 Collection

I have to say that it’s been a long while in between collections that have wow’ed me.

As much as I adore cosmetics I can’t honestly say any collections from the past few Holiday seasons have really knocked me back. Last year Givenchy’s Christmas collection was gorgeous but nothing that I got insanely excited over. MAC’s collection last year was lovely as well (and this year) but again nothing to make me bounce off the walls! Of course I always look forward to the Holiday season to see what will be released and this year there is no exception.

Two collections have not failed to wow me this year and I’m pleased with both and can highly recommend them to you.

If you’re on a tight budget this year or just not looking to spend a whole lot on cosmetics my personal picks of the season would have to be from Guerlain and Givenchy’s line up. They have truly out done themselves. You can see the Givenchy Holiday Collection by clicking here.


On to the good stuff 😉

Givenchy brings us Diamonds but Guerlain went for a completely opposite effect. Guerlain brought us the gold.

My collection arrived in the mail today and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. The collection is beautiful and this is truly something you’re going to want to add to your cosmetic stash if you’re serious (and have a passion) about owning some seriously posh makeup items.

The star of the show is Forever Gold of course. A radiant shimmering gold powder for your face and body housed in a gorgeous vintage style perfume bottle. The powder is amazingly soft, silky and just pure perfection. I was slightly discouraged after hearing there was only .35oz in the bottle but it didn’t prevent me from wanting this. Of course seeing pictures that look larger than life probably have you skeptical about its size or at least I was worried about it. I purchased this quite blindfolded without seeing it in person but really its a spray bottle full of gold shimmering powder how much more do I need to know before saying I WANT THAT! I expected to be disappointed and even set myself up for disappointment. I had convinced myself that it would arrive and be the size of a nail polish bottle or smaller! I was shockingly delighted to see that it’s much larger. It’s about 1.7oz in size (50ML) which is fantastic because you can sit it on your vanity and convince yourself that 1.7oz’s of the most gorgeous shimmering powder awaits you (when in reality you’re only getting about .35oz or less of powder).

Would I recommend this?

Of course. No question about it. If you have the money to spend on it I’d highly recommend nabbing it. I haven’t even sprayed the bottle yet and I know how gorgeous it is. I can only review this from the stand point of ripping off the protective label on the sprayer. The label had a quite a large bit of powder on it. I’m, of course, on protective mode so the general idea of spraying this and wasting any is a big no no right now. However, I took the label and rubbed it on my arm and the shimmer is outstanding on this. I’m not entirely sure I can get away with actually spraying it on my face but it’s going to make my eyes pop and my cleavage will thankfully be shimmering gold in color this Holiday Season!

I’m worried that the sprayer will clog up but aside from that the entire package is just beautiful and if you want to spoil yourself this holiday season do consider grabbing this!

The second item I got is the Ombre Eclat Duo and Liner. The compact is a heavy gold with pretty white snowflakes on the cover. It comes encased in a velvet bag and of course is a magnet for fingerprints. The two shadows you’ll receive are a light shimmering white gold color and a deeper gold color. Both appear very pigmented but I can’t say for sure yet. The liner seems slightly out of place as it’s a bronze brownish color but I believe it could work well with the two eyeshadows. If you’re a serious collector you’re going to want to add this to your stash for sure. It’s very pretty. The compact is just gorgeous and of course the makeup that lays within is equally outstanding!

What would a Guerlain collection be without Meteorites? For the Holiday Collection and keeping with the gold theme, Guerlain gives us Gold Temptation Meteorites. The box is gold with an identical snowflake image as the Ombre Exclat Duo and Liner compact. For some odd reasons the meteorites appear just a bit smaller in this box than the normal size ones but that’s ok it makes for easier application in my opinion. They are highly shimmering beads of a beige gold color. Again, perfection.

Lastly I ended up with the Gold Lash Top Coat Mascara which is a golden coat to apply over your mascara. Again, fitting with the theme, the casing matches perfectly with all of the pieces in the collection and is gold in color with the snowflake emblem. The applicator is brushless so you’ll be slipping this across your lashes after mascara application to add a shimmering shade of gold to your lashes! Very, Very nice!

Some items I didn’t get were the lipsticks and gold gloss all of which were lovely but not something I absolutely had to HAVE. One item I also couldn’t even begin to think about affording was the pressed meteorites powder. At $155 the price tag screamed at me to say absolutely NOT! However, my lovely friend and reader, Betsy, pointed out that it is refillable so it’s not entirely a bad deal but still sometimes the Muse has to know her limits and a $155 palette is a limit she can’t reach even if she wants it badly!

Overall, it’s very difficult for the Muse to pick out one or two must haves from this collection because they are all simply stunning. As much as I adore the Givenchy Collection I’m loving (and possibly favoring) the Guerlain Collection.

If you’re on a budget I’d highly recommend removing yourself from any department stores that may contain a Guerlain counter. Because you’ll see all of this in person and most definately have a hard time saying NO!

The Muse strongly recommends selling off a kidney, a child, or a soul on E-bay (you know I’m kidding of course!) to nab yourself this glamorous collection!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Angelique

    Whew! That Guerlain collection is beautiful! Sadly I don’t have the skin tone for it–gold, even cool or neutral gold–always looks odd on me. The only place I can get away with it is on my eyes, so that golden mascara top coat is absolutely going down on my ‘Must Buy This or Destroy the Earth’ list! It reminds me of my old Versace Diamond Sparkle gold mascara. Oh how I miss Versace Beaute. Did you even try anything from them while they were still selling it here in the US? Versace was actually my introduction into makeup (I’m not a very feminine girl at all– I watch nothing but horror films, I curse like a sailor, and tend to think a bit masculinely because growing up ninety percent of my friends were male).

    Here’s my silly little story: In my second year of high school my best friend and I decided that we would brave the dreaded Galleria to go see an exhibit of John Lennon’s artwork. We cut through Neiman’s to get to the inner part of the Galleria and as I walked past a cosmetics counter I immediately saw it. A bright cerulean blue lipgloss that was laden down with tons upon tons of multi-color microfine glitter. It sat in an oblongish tube with a golden top that bore a raised medusa head on the bottom where the top met the tube. Next to it was a bright cool-hued blue-pink lipgloss that was shot full of blue, green, violet and pink microfine glitter.

    ….those were the first two lipglosses I had ever bought. And since my best friend adores orange, I bought her a neon dayglo cadmium orange lipgloss that was also drowning in orange and red glitter.

    I miss Versace so much–! *sob*

    Before I derail myself some more, might I say that I envy the fact that you can buy so much makeup! Since I’m disabled I still live with my parents and despite being twenty-three, my father still believes that he can dictate my life. It’s quite annoying.

    But whenever you decide to use your awesome spray-powder, do take pictures! I’m sure you’ll look stunning in it!

    Much love!

  • A-Mused

    hello again 🙂

    LOL! wow what a consistence I too have a MUST BUY OR DESTROY THE EARTH LIST! LOL!

    aww that must go on the bring it back brand list 🙂

    I actually own no Versace cosmetics! But i’m drooling over diamond mascara lol!

    I love horror movies myself 😉 Doesn’t mean we aren’t girly girls 😉

    Oh my gosh that sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please you’re killing me here! Now I’ll be all over e-bay trying to find long forget versace cosmetics hehehe!

    Aw I’m so sorry sweetie! I guess parents always think they can dictate even when we are 60 🙂 I’m sure he’s just protective of you!

    The good news is even if you are disabled and can’t get out much you have……..the INTERNET…wahooo!!!! Online shopping 😉

    Oh my I surely will post the pics! You’re lovely but I’m far from stunning 😉

    Many many many hugs!
    Thanks for your wonderful comments!

    Hope to talk to you more very soon!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Muse-y,

    I just had one of the worst days (my cat passed away today) 🙁 but I wanted to let you know your blog has been a day brightener for me. I just love to come to your blog when I am feeling down- you update it so much and are so bubbly and fun and have such drool worthy makeup pictures- I just want to thank you personally for the little daily getaway/escape I get to spend at your blog. I don’t always have the time to write a comment lately- but do know I am always reading. 😉

    Miss Betsy is CPing me the Holiday Meteorites- hurrah! These will be my first full-size (non-decant Meteorites)- so I am excited!

    I think I might want to look into that gold mascara too- it looks pretty. You should FOTD that! I want to see it on someone before I buy into that.

    My Givenhcy Holiday items are on thier way this week too (the Prisme Solitare and the Lash Sparkles- I can’t wait)!

    I also loved your Christmas past post- thanks for all the cheer you spread with you fab blog! 😉 I appreciate it so much!


  • the Muse

    hi sweetie!

    I’m so sorry about your cat 🙁 My thoughts are with you! Big hugs!

    I’m so happy that the blog has made you smile a bit today!

    I’m a big lover of animals and have had a few that have passed away and it was quite heartbreaking! I totally understand how you are feeling!

    Aw I know you are there even when you aren’t commenting! Thank you for visiting me everyday and making this a great experience!

    Hooray! Betsy the beauty queen of Saks hehe 😉

    You’re going to love them! They are gorgeous!

    I’ll be doing an FOTD with the new stuff shortly 😉

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of everything!

    Glad you liked the Christmas past post 🙂

    Many hugs Sarah!
    Keep smiling!