I can't even say that this was against my better judgment because when it comes to Guerlain my judgment conjures up pompoms and starts doing a a cheer routine chanting "Get it! Buy it! Get it! Buy it!". I was aware, though, that at least half of the charm of Guerlain Holiday 2015 Winter Fairytale Collection came from the packaging. I tried to resist but the pompoms (and snowflakes! and stars!) won. I chose three items (skipped the eye&face palette, the bronzer, and the nail polish): Météorites Perle des Neiges, Rouge G lipstick in 867 Merveilleux Rose and Maxi Velvet liquid lipstick in M72 Fleur de Givre.
This makeup look is almost 100% Guerlain. I went with this luminous theme of the holiday collection, emphasizing all that's light and bright (and used the barest minimum amount of eyeliner). I tried to avoid discontinued products and almost succeeded, except with the blush. I wanted the most natural and neutral, and the only Guerlain option I had around was Caresee de L'Aube 07 . In hindsight, I could have used a barely there application of Terracotta Bayadére Face & Eyes Contour Palette (which is a limited edition for fall but still widely available).
My skin was having a questionable day, so I started with Valmont Prime Renewing Pack-Mask as a moisturizer and a first-aid treatment. It made me feel better, if nothing else (seriously, this is an incredible non-rinse mask for those not bothered by strong fragrance. It has an aromatherapy feel, very relaxing with that good-for-you/spa atmosphere. Available at Osswald NYC which supplied the sample).
Primer- Guerlain Météorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer. Still one of the best on the market and continuing that luxurious therapeutic feel.
Foundation- Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in Beige Natural #3
Concealer- the tiniest smidge of Kevun Aucoin SSE in SX10 on a damp Beauty Blender, pushed over a couple of unsightlies, and set with a hint of Laura Mercier powder.
Under eye brightener- Guerlain Precious Light (which all of a sudden has started creasing on me lately. Has the formula changed between my previous pen and the current? More likely it's my shriveling skin. I'm going back to By Terry).
Finishing powder- the glorious Météorites Perle des Neiges applied with Hakuhodo Kokutan Finishing brush , and then a little extra highlighting on the high points of the face with Hakuhodo S114.
Laura Mercier eye base in Wheat
Guerlain Les Perles 08 Écrin 4 Couleurs quad. I used the color on the left all over the lid (brush: Shu Uemura N10), a touch of the pink thing in the tear duct, just because, and the darkest shade along the lash line with a random smudge brush, even going under the lower lashes for the sake of the photos (I avoid it most of the time, as to not add darkness to an area that's already sunken too deep). I like this quad well enough, but must admit that's it's lacking in a medium blending or transition shade, so I supplemented with Viseart Paris Nude palette: I combined the two colors on the bottom right of the palette (the ones I numbered 11 and 12), and used them to create the shape and blend the crease (Paula Dorf Sheer Crease brush). Then I blended some more.
I tightlined very lightly with a black pencil (the discontinued Hourglass Film Noir Kohl, because it was the first thing I grabbed), and let it migrate to the lower waterline just enough for extra definition.
Mascara: Guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara. It's brilliant, by the way.
Boy Brow by Glossier, applied to the tails and combed through.
Guerlain Caresse de L'Aube 07 (Fall 2015, discontinued) applied with Hakuhodo S103
Rouge G lipstick in 867 Merveilleux Rose. I love it. Such a bright and effortless color, and the texture of Rouge G is among my top favorites ever,
Book in the background of the product shots is Guerlain by Colette Fellous
Faux leather jacket from Joyus (I also have it in black)
Bottom Line: One day I'll contour my nose.