Guerlain’s Holiday collection really called out to me this year. Here’s the official writeup released by Gerlain which gives an idea of the feel/look they were going for. I think they captured it perfectly.
This year’s beautiful holiday collection celebrates Guerlain’s 1929 classic fragrance: Liu. Inspired by the heroine of Puccini’s great opera, Turandot, Jacques Guerlain composed this captivating fragrance that embodies the power of devotion. In the story, Liu is a young slave who chooses to commit suicide rather than reveal the name of her master with whom she is in love. Guerlain Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison, captures Liu’s passion with a limited edition make-up collection, paying tribute to the Asian heroine’s enchanting femininity and sense of detail. Golden hues, deep red lips, and tapered eyes capture the opulence of the Orient, allowing every woman to become a heroine this holiday season.
After reading about it on Temptalia and seeing the individual reviews of the products in the collection, I knew I had to get one of the items. The calligraphy eye and lip palette was definitely the star of the collection and it even received a rating of A+ on Temptalia, but when Christine (of Temptalia) said that she decided to wear the four-shadow palette “Turandot” on her wedding day, I knew I had to have it. I also have a problem with cream and eye products sharing space in one palette, so while the packaging and the swatches for the calligraphy palette were amazing, I knew it wouldn’t find a place on my dressing table. I still highly recommend it, though, so do check it out before the season is over. :)
I picked up my Turandot palette at the airport Duty Free shops right before leaving Bangkok earlier this month. It came out to 1800.00 Baht (roughly 2340.00 pesos) while in department stores this was going for 2400.00 Baht. I saved quite a bit and considering that I wasn’t even sure they would have Guerlain at the airport, I was very happy with myself for being so patient when I am usually incredibly impulsive. Yay. :)
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Isn’t she a beaut? ♥ Guerlain packaging is always very opulent in my opinion. It’s definitely not minimalist but it’s not so opulent that it comes off garish. The only other Guerlain makeup item I own is a tin of meteorites (very pretty) but my aunt uses Guerlain powders so I’ve felt how sturdy their palettes are before. I don’t have a picture of the Turandot palette closed because it’s reflective and a total fingerprint magnet but you can sort of see it peeping out of the velvet pouch in the first photo. The calligraphy palette comes in special holiday packaging but this one does not because even though this combination of colours is a new release, Turandot will be joining the permanent range of Guerlain’s four-colour palettes. That is awesome news because it is a fantastic palette (I feel like I’m using a lot of superlatives in this post, haha)!The four colours go together beautifully. Whoever put this together is a maestro of color. I would never have thought of putting the plums and reddish browns together with an orange-y gold and a shimmery grey-brown. I suppose that’s what palettes are for, though–they do a lof of the thinking for you. An eyeshadow quad also seems to be the most practical way of putting colors of the same family together. The palette doesn’t end up being too large (or the the colours too smooshed together) but you get enough colours to make several combinations with. There’s tons of ways you could use Turandot! Every time I use this palette at least one person makes a comment about my eyes, whether I created a very simple look or went for something more dramatic. It’s amazing.
I won’t be posting swatches because I want to direct you to the Temptalia review which I cannot hope to surpass. I will, however, make a promise to photograph the looks I create with this palette over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas. Also check out Christine’s wedding makeup which, as I said, featured Turandot.