So many prestige beauty brands introduce a special limited collection for the holidays, but one I always sigh for is by Guerlain, with its luxe and beautiful packaging, and more shades than there are flights of the imagination or ornamental objects of desire. For Holiday 2009, Guerlain introduces Imperial Holiday; it has all the opulence and bedazzling brilliance you could wish for in a seasonal makeup collection, yet the colors are elegant and totally wearable so you shine subtly...rather than in competition with the Christmas Tree:
Sublime Radiant Powder Face & Body ($85) Ultra-light in texture, this sparkling sheer veil of “diamond” reflections subtly illuminates shoulders, arms, back, décolleté and hair, while wafting Guerlain’s signature violet scent. Designed like a jewel, it's a sensuous way of wearing powder-like perfume.
Météorites Perles Impériales ($53) Reinvented in three new shades that are intended to create a fresh, sublime complexion. Mauve and white illuminators, with pink for freshness and gold for light, brighten and smooth the skin. The famous Météorites compact features an opulent pouch in shiny black fabric, decorated with light-infused silver and rhinestones.
Météorites Voyage Impérial ($170) A stunning must-have accessory, its white gold metal compact case is covered with genuine black Swarovski crystals, delicately dotting the lid like a constellation of stars.
Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($58) Thanks to a blend of smoky and pearlescent shades, this palette is a combination of intensity and softness that leaves a metallic effect over the eyelids. With two taupe tones, lingerie pink and a slightly gold-tinged white, eyes will look luminous, but not over-the-top. Limited edition shade: #407 Bal de nuit.
Le 2 Mascara ($35) Two-brush mascara gets the Midas touch! The larger brush is featured in ultra-black to intensify the beauty of your eyes, while the smaller brush is used for top coat applications, offering touches of glittery gold on eyelash tips. The result: eyes have the sparkle of a starry night. Limited edition shade: #12 Reine de Nuit.
Rouge G Lipstick ($45) Every color in this line is wearable and the sleek case, designed by the jeweler Lorenz Bäumer, Rouge G is too too perfect with its chic one-click closure and hidden mirror; elegant and unusual, its abstract and pure form adds a subtle and refined holiday note. Two limited editions shades of Rouge G diffuse subtly sparkling golden reflections over elegant nude and gentle rosewood. It has the radiance of gold, with just enough to bring out a glowing smile over an evening of celebrations. Limited edition shades: #11 Grace and #12 Gems.
KissKiss Gloss ($29) Extreme shine and radiant colors mark this holiday season with lip gloss shades that are as reminscent of embroidered gems on a precious fabric. Use the gloss on bare lips or as a top coat to boost the effects of Rouge G. KissKiss Gloss gets an extravagant boost by multiplying glitter effects with three limited shades: #807 Perle de Lune, #808 Ambre Précieuse and #809 Rubis Rose.
TIP: To turn your pout into a party, try #807 over any lipstick .
Availability Guerlain’s Holiday Colour collection at NeimanMarcus.com and at Bergdorf Goodman NYC (ask for Jason!!!!)
- Michelyn Camen
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