The Fall 2011 Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadows collection has nine eyeshadow palettes available, and each palette offers four textures. According to the Guerlain web site, those finishes are:
- Iridescent: Tiny pearly particles that impart a luminous, iridescent finish
- Matte: An extra-matte, ultra-soft finish for ultimate comfort
- Velvet satin: Perfect glide for a velvety result that feels soft and delicate
- Alcantar eyes: A metallic finish with unbelievable softness
Here's a picture of the eyeshadow Les Fumés palette taken in natural light on, unfortunately, a mostly-cloudy day.
Everyone sees colors a bit differently, so here's what I see:
- At left is a lightly-iridescent taupe with mauve undertones.
- Top is a semi-matte flesh-pink nude that has strong beige undertones.
- At right is a metallic pinkish-tinged pewter laced with silver shimmer.
- On bottom is a satiny, muted, cool taupe.
For someone who was born with a rather uncompromising color palette, most eyeshadow palettes are wasted on me because there's always at least one color—usually more than one—that I never wear. Chanel and Dior have been particularly disappointing in this regard, as overall, they are too warm or shimmery for my tastes. Not so with Guerlain's Les Fumés. Each color is stunning and can be combined in a variety of ways, from the most subtle conservative-office look to a dramatic eye.
This palette is a beautiful combination of neutral/nude with cool-leaning browns, and the textures are amazing. Les Fumés is ideally suited for fair to medium skin tones. That said, the colors are far more pigmented than they appear in the pan, so a little goes a very long way. The first time I used Les Fumés I overdid it. So it's best to start with the tiniest amount of powder on a brush and layer, as needed.
Here is Les Fumés compared to Chanel Prelude. Sorry for no Chanel swatches. I found the palettes close enough in color that I decided to give the Chanel compact as as a gift, unadulterated. I believe either Beauty Look Book or Café Makeup has done a Guerlain/Chanel comparison.
|Guerlain Les Fumés compared to Chanel Prelude|
Here's are the four colors from Les Fumés swatched on my NW15 skin, applied from left clockwise:
|Sun—apologies for the pox; apparently my skin is reflecting the pattern of the screen|
Currently, I am wearing Les Fumés as follows:
- Pink-nude (top color) all over the lids as a wash, blending out into the brow bone because I have lots of lid real estate and like to bring the color up somewhat high.
- The satiny taupe (bottom color) in outer crease, blended up.
- A tiny bit of the metallic pewter (right color) in the center of the movable lid and around the tear duct and blended out, flattening with fingertip after. I hear this method is "so 80s" but I still like the way it looks on me.
- The color from the left in the outer v.
All photos mine