On Our Radar | Guerlain Liu, Holiday 2012

Guerlain Liu collection for Holiday 2012

Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette (LE) ($79)

This collector’s palette draws inspiration from the art of calligraphy and Asian beauty rituals. With two dramatic shades for the lips combined with three iridescent eyeshadows, the ingeniously designed palette provides all make-up essentials in one place.

The extra-flat black Chinese lacquer style case features a large panoramic mirror and two brushes that deliver high-precision application just like calligraphy instruments.

Guerlain Liu Shimmer Powder Face, Body, & Hair (LE) ($88)

The star of this collection reveals a light-as-air loose powder that enhances the face, body and hair with an iridescent golden veil. A mere press of the bulb releases the powder, leaving Liu’s mesmerizing aromas in its wake: a composition of aldehydes, sensual roses, vanilla, iris and woody notes.

Many will recognize Liu’s original bottle with its elegant black glass case and golden letters reminiscent of a Chinese tea caddy. A black woven bulb has been added transforming this legendary fragrance into a desirable and feminine makeup accessory.

Guerlain Meteorites Wulong (LE) ($170)

The name of this travel pressed powder means “Black Dragon” and it combines six shades to ensure a pure, flawless and luminous complexion regardless of skin tone. Matte shades are paired with two white and gold illuminating shades that add subtle radiance.

The delicate black metal powder compact is sculpted with a gold mother-of-pearl rosette and tucked inside a black suedette pouch bordered with red stitching.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Dragon (LE) ($58)

Meteorites Perles du Dragon is named for this Year of the Dragon, and pays tribute to this mythical animal, a symbol of the emperor of China, whose primary source of power lay in a pearl, synonymous with happiness, wisdom and abundance.

Like nighttime jewels, it cloaks the face in incredible radiance: pale pink and beige even out the complexion, white and gold illuminate, while plum and rosewood brighten areas of shadow and erase fatigue as the night goes on.

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($59)

  • Les Ombres Turandot  Two matte and two iridescent textures are combined to perfection. Refined down to the slightest detail, the elegant golden case travels in a black suedette pouch with red topstitching.

Guerlain Nail Polish ($23)

  • Altoum – Gleaming gold
  • Lou-Ling – Stunning plum

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35)

  • Altoum  Gold adorned with tone-on-tone sparkle worn on bare lips to illuminate with a sophisticated nude veil or as a top coat.
  • Lou-Ling  Enchanting plum set off with a golden sparkle.
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  • mostlysunnybunny

    If I can only pick one thing from this collection, it'll have to be that Liu palette. If I can pick more then… can I basically have everything? LOL
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  • Alison

    Could this collection be any more tempting? The gorgeous black lacquer with gold inlay, classic color palette AND an Oriental (well, romanticized opera-version but SO MUCH THE BETTER) theme. Swoon!

    • I'm not generally a fan of Orientalism (because, um, can you say cultural appropriation??) but I think Guerlain did a really good job of this collection — it's gorgeous in a way that really focuses on the opera, not a culture or historical legacy.

      And, well, you just can't complain about the black + gold packaging ;)

      • Alison

        You know, I never even thought about it with this one? Its probably because, as you say, the focus is on the Opera and on a fictional story. It just seemed like such a Puccini/Chinoiserie event that it never even raised those issues for me, which, come to think of it, it easily could have done. I've never been a fan of Orientalism either, but in my defense, beautiful packaging makes me giddy and stupid. T___T That, and red lipsticks. And…. and taupes…. /headdesk

        • Hahaha, I know how you feel! :P Pretty packaging is like catnip for beauty bloggers — give us something shiny and all logical thought leaves the building for a solid quarter of an hour.

          I'm always wary when it comes to makeup + appropriation, because it's often so poorly done, but I personally don't have any issues with this collection.

          Aside from the fact that it is obscenely, obscenely pretty & I can't possibly afford all of it. :p

  • My favourite collection of all times so far. I am still undecided about the meteorites and shimmer powder, everything looks just stunning though!
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    • I'm not much of a shimmer fan, either, but I have to say — this one has me on the fence! The packaging's stunning, isn't it? :)

  • The collection is beautiful, of course. But I'm more smitten by that layout *_*
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  • I love golds! The liu palette looks stunning and I think it would be a timeless classic beauty palette!

    • It's so classic, isn't it? :) I love the golds, neutrals, and reds included in it — the perfect palette for a glamorous red-lipped look, no matter what time of year.

  • blueraccoon

    I actually picked up the Lou-Ling lipstick Friday and I think it's my new favorite for fall. It can go on sheer or bright and it's such a lovely, lovely color. I think next I want Altoum to layer with it, and I'm looking longingly at the Meteorites Wulong but am not sure I can justify that amount of money. Le sigh.

    • They're insanely pricey, aren't they?I mean, I'm sure the palette is gorgeous in person, but ouch!

      Altoum looks gorgeous as well, but from what I've seen of reviews, it looks pretty dupe-able. Do you have any other sheer gold shimmers in your stash? :)

      • blueraccoon

        I don't, which is why I'm thinking about it. But Burberry appears to be coming out with a sheer gold lipgloss this winter and they're my favorite line, so I may check theirs out first.

        • Hope you like the Burberry one once you try it, hon! There's nothing like picking up a staple shade in one of your favourite formulas :)