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Haul: Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Riviera Terracotta Vernis



In addition to the Terra Azzurra Bronzing Powder and Blush and the Meteorites Perles d'Azur (both featured HERE), the other item in this amazing collection that I was immediately drawn to was the Terracotta Vernis in Riviera. The stock for this was rather delayed in all the Guerlain counters and the moment I was notified of its arrival, I zoomed down to pick it up! I just HAD to have this electric indigo lacquer!


Maybe I missed it, but I don't quite recall Guerlain doing nail lacquers before. The bottle has a very simple design - a uniformly-cylindrical bottle with a wooden cap, emblazoned with the Guerlain insignia. The wooden cap, though big, didn't get in my way or result in clumsy painting.

Formula-wise, my bottle of Riviera was smooth and flowed easily across the nail and 2 coats gave me complete even coverage. For a metallic finish, I didn't quite notice obvious, streaky brush-strokes.  My experience is rather markedly different from Temptalia's where she noted a thicker texture and a little more pronounced brushstrokes

So the texture worked out well. And the colour ... beyond gorgeous!

Riviera is a gorgeous electric indigo with a metallic finish - the metallic shimmer is so so so fine but the lacquer is heavily laced with it that gives it such an edge. 

In the original swatch shot I posted in an earlier entry HERE, you can see how Riviera luxuriates in heavy ribbons of shimmer. Paradisio, a hot red-coral is the other lacquer in the Terra Azzurra Collection.

In some lighting, Riviera looks rather blue but it mostly looks like a very violet-toned indigo. It's electrifying alright - it drove my camera MAD MAD MAD. The mysterious violet that makes it so attractive in real life REFUSED to be picked up by the camera - like it didn't want to be seen and just shied away into oblivion. It's there - you have to see it in real life to swoon like I did. Promise.

After perhaps 45 shots, I gave up trying to catch that violet-indigo tone. You really have to see it in person to get that!

The Guerlain Terra Azzura Collection by Emilio Pucci is currently available at all Guerlain counters. 


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated to Guerlain. Featured product purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.

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Oh, here it is... so gorgeous!

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The polish could be more fluid and easier to apply for you because our weather is hotter?

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Absolutely stunning! I can't wait to get my hands on those.

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Farrahdiba: I'm not really sure about how and to what extent climate can affect the texture of nail polish. I was thinking that if that were the case, then smooth and easy flowing polishes used by Temptalia and the like would be extremely fluid and runny here? Just a thought. That said, I checked out several other reviews and swatch shots of Riviera of other folks living outside of Asia and their shots look similar to mine actually. Temptalia's was the first review/swatch I read/saw on the polish and hence, that was my reference point.

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Ladysaviour: It's actually much more complex and prettier in real life! swatch it if you have the chance!

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Catarina: Are you getting it? Did you get anything else from this collection?

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Hi Sugar! I went to check it out and I am so much in love with the perles. The blue ones make a huge difference! I am just wating for the happy days of 20% of discount in my usual stores (they will send me an sms and off i go, haha).

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Catarina: oooh wow! 20% is awesome! I bought it during a 10% sale at my store - 20% is a little hard to come by for Guerlain :)

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