THIS JUST IN. Swatches of Guerlain Fall 2012: Femme D'Amour & Femme Fatale Collection (full preview here).
There are six new Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo ($50) shades released for fall. Excerpted from the press release:
One dominant shade adds a pop of color to the cheekbones, while its smaller counterpart can be mixed or used as a striking juxtaposition or contour shade.
Peach Boy is an almost-orange peach and a peach shimmer, Chic Pink is a shimmer "NARS Orgasm" shade and a matte beige pink, Over Rose is a warm rose and a light pink, Pink Punk is an apricot pink and plum brown shimmer, Golden High is a golden orange shimmer and matte light peach, while Red Hot is a red brown shimmer and less shimmery red.
Of the six, Pink Punk and Red Hot have the best pigmentation, while Chic Pink and Over Rose were disappointing. I had to layer Chic Pink four times to obtain the above swatch, and even after four layers, Over Rose refused to show. The texture of the blush varies from shade to shade – the first three are more dry to the touch whilst the latter felt more buttery. These impressions are based on finger swatching.
One new L'Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 14 Les Fauves ($59) will join the permanent shade range. *As a reader pointed out, Les Roses is from the Spring collection.
And finally, the Rouge G L'Extraits ($48), each named after the seven original sins. Another excerpt from the press release:
Liquid, creamy, consistent, ultra-pigmented and velvety, this exceptional lip color is the perfect combination of a lipstick and a gloss and will ensure an incredibly sophisticated look. The liquid texture glides gently over the lip and within a few moments, the silky color becomes matte. This non-sticky, non-drying and non-feathering texture leaves your lips looking flawless for hours.
L-R: M06 Avarice, M25 Colere, M27 Luxure, M41 Envie, M65 Paresse, M69 Orguel, M71 Gourmandise
I tried on Avarice and proceeded to do a little dance in the store. It's less thick compared to Chanel Rouge Allure Laques and slides on like smooth butter. It takes a few seconds to dry down to the matte result you see above, and as I write this I've been wearing it for four hours with no visible wear. It seems like it continues to stain through time, so beware when wearing scarves and such. The best part is these babies are not drying at all, and if you're a regular reader you'll know that's all I ask for from matte formulas.
I would love to thank my friends at Neiman Marcus who allowed me to photograph this, so if you're thinking of placing a pre-order (since the testers just arrived at the store, I'm assuming they'll be available in a week or two), please contact Shawn Kelly/Traci Dastou of Neiman Marcus Boston at 617.536.3660 x2111.