Friday, December 28, 2012

3 Looks, 1 Palette: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs 502 Coup de Foudre




I knew I wanted the Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs 502 Coup de Foudre ($59) ever since I saw promo pictures, if only because they threw that curveball of a coral in there. It didn't matter that it wasn't the most practical of colors to include in what is essentially a green palette, it's interesting.


The palette consists of shimmers - a coral, a seafoam green, an olive, and a steel gray. Out of all four, only the gray gave me problems. I had to pack on the pigment to get that swatch. I'm assuming it's because it's meant to be a liner and liner shades usually have that issue. That's disappointing for such an expensive quad, but at least it's workable.

Look 1

This look was an attempt to use all four colors at once. I asked the SA how she would use the quad and she said she would apply the seafoam green on the first half of the lid, apply the olive on the second half, then pat on the coral in the center. Use the gray as a liner shade (do note that I tightlined in all the pictures).




Look 2

I guess that's fine, but using the coral that way feels a bit like we're at a playground and we just want to make all the colors feel included. I also think if you weren't careful, it would make the eyelids look muddy. For my second look, I patted the olive shade on the center of my lids, then placed the seafoam green in the inner and outer corners, blending the edges together. I lightly lined both my top and bottom lash line with the steel gray shade.




On a whim, I used the coral shade on my cheeks. Look how pretty that turned out! If you're planning to do this, a light hand is crucial since eyeshadows are usually more pigmented.

Look 3

This was my favorite look. I was so excited to find that the coral was so easy to wear on the eyes! As for the look breakdown, I placed a swath of the coral on my lids, dotted the light green in the inner corners as highlight, and heavily applied the steel gray shade on my bottom lash line.



All in all, a fantastic eyeshadow quad to play with. I always thought I couldn't pull off green and Coup de Foudre convinced me otherwise.


Products Used:
Rouge Bunny Rouge Time Defying Foundation in Wheat Cream
Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Correcteur in Light/Medium
Le Métier de Beauté Eye Brightening and Setting Powder in Revive
Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush
Shu Uemura Mechanical Brown Pencil in Seal Brown
Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs 502 Coup de Foudre
THREE Flash Performance Pencil Eyeliner in 08 Eye On
Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara
Burberry Lip Mist No.212 Nude Peach
(For Look 1 product breakdown, click here)

Full disclosure: This entry contains a sample product sent by PR or the manufacturer for editorial consideration.

24 comments:

  1. Xiao, thank you for the great review of this palette. I've been playing with it for two weeks and run out of ideas already; but now you showed me even more ways to apply these wonderful colors. Thank you!

    Quick question about your nails: what color are you wearing? Looks so nice on you!

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    1. My pleasure! I'm wearing LMdB Chrome Passion (Holiday 2012, I believe?)

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  2. I can't wait for this to arrive in Canada! Thanks for giving me even more ideas to try out with these colours. All versions look terrific on you!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I can't wait till it arrives everywhere!

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  3. Whoaaa I need this!!! I also thought it's way interesting at the first sight, and I'm glad it works reasonably well! You really rock that coral shade!

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    1. Yessss Sunny! Would look fabulous on you too

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  4. For me, I'd probably be putting the coral all over the lid and then work the other three in the crease and outer corner.

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    1. I thought of that too. Will try in the coming days!

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  5. Hi, Messy. I am getting this quad, too, and here is how I will use it: Green on the upper lids, darker color as a liner and under-eye smudger, the olive in the crease, and the coral as a highlighter under the brow and swept out to the eyebrow wing. Softly, of course. Now get this: I am a fair-skinned blonde with green-blue-gray eyes. I always stuck with cool colors. Then one day I saw a Dolce-Gabbana eye duo called Evocative. Coral-pink and a lovely reddish brown. Nothing like it. I hemmed and hawed, then bought it, and I looked wonderful. It made me look sultry! Since that experience I have never looked back. I find i can wear just about any color (except for the bruise-y reds). You look lovely in your quad.

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    1. Cool. Thanks for the suggestion! Love that you took a chance on something new and it proved fruitful :)

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  6. This palette is beautiful. I'd go with the coral look.

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  7. Oh, crap. Now I want this and I can't afford it, Wandz!!! LOL. I love greens. And that coral really makes it interesting, I agree! Beautiful colors! I love them all. Even the gray. And you look beautiful, of course. I actually really like the coral on eyes, too.

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  8. Wow look #2 is gorgeous! Greens are really becoming on you. I hope it opens up a new world of shadows to try. and please, what is the nail shade you are wearing here? thanks

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  9. I really love the colours in the palette though im sad to hear that there is a less-than-perfect colour in the grey. Guerlain is horrendously expensive in Australia and that might just stop me from buying :/

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  10. Thanks for showing successful use of coral on the eyes. I've accumulated several pink eyeshadows via palettes and one coral eyeshadow (which I use as a blush) and I've never been confident wearing them on my eyes. You've given me pause to give them another go.

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    1. By the way, the coral is very pretty as a blush on you.

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  11. Hmm I think I have to reconsider not getting this quad when the time comes since I do love greens :) I like the 3 shades in there and the coral as a blush is a great way to use it (for someone for whom it doesn't work as well on eyes) Will play around at the counter and see how it goes!

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  12. It's so unexpected haha, totally thought that was a blush they forgot to un-miniaturize at first. But I really like it on your eyes, especially how you wore it. And that olive green mmmm it's my favorite.

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  13. This was the one Guerlain Spring quad I was thinking of getting but I am thrown off by the bright coral shade. Thanks for showing how it can be used Xiao! I do love greens so. By the way I just want to say how much I enjoy reading your posts. Have a great year ahead.

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  14. That palette looks so interesting! I agree, the coral is totally random slash awesome.

    You wear the colors beautifully Wandz!

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  15. omg i was initially going to skip this palette but your post just told me that corals could work with the greens/greys! This is such a new idea to me because those four colors in the quad will never 'click' in my mind - I definitely need to play with this at the counter and make up my mind! Thanks for turning my mind around (again lol)!

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  16. Beautiful palette and beautiful looks! Now I know that must have it.

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  17. This palette works so well on you Xiao! I love the 2nd & 3rd looks - the coral IS quite wearable! I really like the idea of posting a few different ways to wear a palette, good work :)

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  18. Thanks a lot for this post!!! I recently got this and your post helped me a lot to figure out how to use it :)

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