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Palettes-A-Plenty: Let's Use These One By One - Starting With Guerlain Les Aquas


Jul13

Hello!

I NEED to do this .. I NEED to use all my eyeshadow palettes which I've been buying buying buying because they look so pretty and feel so good ... I've used them occasionally but they need to be used and showcased more often!


That's not the entire lot - there's more from where THAT came from ....

So I thought I'd do Palettes-A-Plenty - where I shall use and focus on the virtues of one palette (multi-shade, quint, quad or duo) in each entry. I'm starting off this series with one of the palettes I reach for pretty often - Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Les Aquas which premiered for Guerlain Spring 2012.





A sleek gold compact encases 4 complementary eyeshadows in slate grey (satin finish), deep cobalt  (shimmer), golden aqua (shimmer) and silver (high-shine frost). 



I love how the aqua shade has such a golden tone about it - it makes this an amazing shade to blend with gold. The shimmer is also not too dominant so I like using it in the outer crease and blend the gold highlight shade into it. 

My favourite is of course the blue - it is rich and deep but there's a brightness about it too - it has blue pearl in it that gives it some oomph when worn. 

 

All the 4 eyeshadows in this palette can be worn either dry or wet - I prefer using them w a damp brush because it just makes the colours pop a little more. Using them with a damp brush does not leave a wet spot on the eyeshadow.

 

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I just wanted to point out the weight of the newer packaging - although the older quads have smaller compacts and smaller looking eyeshadow pans (like Bronze Doré on the left), both the new and old palettes weigh in at a hefty 7.2gms - each individual eyeshadow in the quad is a generous 1.8gm. 


Notice how Bronze Doré is brand new?

See how badly I need to do this Palettes-A-Plenty?

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Among all the new palettes I have, I reach for this a little more often - I've gotten a couple of people asking me what eyeshadow I'm using when I wear this out. More often than not, I use the deep blue and aqua combination, although I've used the silver and slate grey occasionally.

In this look, I've done exactly that - I focused more on the blue and aqua shades, keeping the look Les Aquas :)


See the blue pearl in the deep blue shade? It reflects light beautifully. And I love how the aqua blends into the gold.

I've used this palette with both deeper and lighter lipsticks and I think both work well. 


Base: Olay White Radiance Sunblock; Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer; Burberry Sheer Foundation in #10; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage in SC-7, Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange

Eyes: MUFE Aqua Cream #20 (sheered out as base); Guerlain Les Aquas (deep blue on lids, golden aqua on outer crease and beyond); Inglot AMC Shine 26 (gold highlight); Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Eyeliner; Clio Gelpresso in Navy Chic (waterline)

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Cheeks: MAC Fleur Power; Guerlain Cruel Gardenia

Lips: MUFE Rouge Artist Intense in 29

 

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In the second look, everything is more or less the same, except the lips and cheeks


Base: Olay White Radiance Sunblock; Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer; Burberry Sheer Foundation in #10; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage in SC-7, Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange

Eyes: MUFE Aqua Cream #20 (sheered out as base); Guerlain Les Aquas (deep blue on lids, golden aqua on outer crease and beyond); Inglot AMC Shine 26 (gold highlight); Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Eyeliner; Clio Gelpresso in Navy Chic (waterline)

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Cheeks: Illamasqua Hussy; Bobbi Brown Cranberry (as a cheek contour) Guerlain Cruel Gardenia

Lips: Guerlain Shine Automatique in 263 A La Parisienne

 

 

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I really love Les Aquas - for someone like me, who loves blues, Les Aquas is a great combination of shades although one part of me wishes the slate grey was more of a shimmer or frost finish as opposed to a satin finish. Nonetheless, all the 4 shades in this palette are immensely workable - smooth, pigmented and the blues are gorgeous. 

 

I've been swatching and you know what? Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Les Gris is very very pretty also ... #justsaying.

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab friday!

 

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Disclaimer: Guerlain eyeshadow palette featured was provided for consideration. All other products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.


posted by Jan S
7/13/12

gorgeous! I'm really looking forward to more reviews in this series, because I am a hopeless palette fanatic and just drooling over your wonderful pile of them :)


posted by
7/13/12

Stunning look and palette! I'm a palette fanatic and looking forward to more reviews :) what a drool-worthy pile you have there!


posted by
7/18/12

Jan and Jansunday: Thank you! I shall be posting another review soon! :)


posted by
7/24/12

oh I agree with you! I need to use my palette! Many of them are just left unused after I bought them :(


posted by
7/24/12

Memoiselle: I didn't want to take out the rest of the palettes - there are still the Urban Decay ones and a couple of others. And a WHOLE PILE of sleek eyeshadow palettes too!



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