Guerlain Spring 2009: Exotic Paradise

The theme of Guerlain Spring is Exotic Paradise, and the color collection was almost enough to convince me that I was on a cruise to some fabulous Caribbean destination. Despite the fact that it was 40 degrees outside. Yes, those are goosebumps on my arm.

The limited edition components to the collection are three Kiss Kiss Glosses (which have brush applicators), and the eyeshadow quad, (eponymously named) Exotic Paradise.

The Kiss Kiss Glosses are $29 each. Orange Interdit is a very sheer orange — nearly clear, with largish (but not very dense) orange and green sparkles. Cerise Tentation is a very sheer pink (though it is the most pigmented of the three), and has pink and purple sparkles. Pomme du Desir is a clear gloss with millions of tiny green sparkles — like Tinkerbell in lipgloss form. Reader mac4me intrepidly contacted Guerlain, and reports that model Natalia Vodianova is wearing Liplift lip primer and Cerise Tentation in this promo pic.

The Exotic Paradise eyeshadow quad is of stellar quality, even if the colors themselves are a little weird. The texture of the shadows is as soft as those in Dior eyeshadow quints, and the fourth shade — the medium brown — has a reflective, shimmery quality that Dior would have called “iridescent.” The other three shades are bright, matte, pastels — and the leaf pattern in the product picture is overspray. How to wear it? I guess I might pair the brown with any of the other three shades. The eyeshadow quad is $58.

There are also four new Kiss Kiss Lipsticks, and four new Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Lipsticks (all $30, all permanent additions to the line). The “Shines” are a bit more sheer and glossy; the regular Kiss Kiss lipsticks are more of a cream-finish and offer more coverage. The only error in this swatch picture is Rose Impudique — that color was already part of the permanent line. Shade 558, Forever Beige, should have been in the display in its place. Do remember that all Guerlain lipsticks have a scent. I can’t identify exactly what it is, but I can’t tolerate it.


Some time last year, Guerlain discontinued its single eyeshadows. Now they are being relaunched — with new colors and in spiffy new packaging, but the formula hasn’t changed. These are $34 each, but they are also quite large. At .12 oz, they’re more than twice the size of a regular MAC eyeshadow single (.05 oz). Guerlain boasts that these are the largest single eyeshadows on the market… I’m not sure why you would want that.

Unfortunately, I found the promotional picture to be much more appealing than reality. The textures of these were not as luxurious as that of the quint. Fauve and Cuir provided the easiest pigment payoff; it was a lot of work building the others up to their photographed level. Nuit, Emeraude, and Indigo were the chalkiest, as evidenced by the last swatch of Indigo (which represents a single swipe). Also, Fleuri has a lustrous, lilac-pink duochrome; Nuit is a very blackened olive.

Guerlain Spring: Exotic Paradise, Orange Interdit, Cerise Tentation, Pomme du Desir, Pomme du Desire, L’instant, Precieux, Charnel, Fauvre, Cuir, Coquin, Fleuri, Fume, Emeraude, Emeraud, Nuit, Indigo, Candy Shine, Honey Shine, Baby Shine, Grenadine Shine, Flushy Beige, Corail Passion, Rose Miami, Rose Impudique

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8 Responses to “Guerlain Spring 2009: Exotic Paradise”

  • styrch says:

    >That’s awesome that you swatched the lippies even though you hate the scent. I don’t think I’d have the patience to do that. :)

  • The Mighty J says:

    >I tried the e/s from Exotic Paradise this week and I was sorry that nothing came out looking great on my skin tone – the brown blended right in, the pink and orange were paleish, only the green was a bit better – oh its quite pretty, too bad just not for me :( The Kiss Kiss glosses were ok, I think I liked the 2008 holiday ones better. Thanks for the swatches as always Karla, I think the colours will look fab on lighter skin tones.

  • Jenn says:

    >Your swatches almost make me want to to take a second look at the palette. I played with the it at nordstroms and the colors just didn’t grab me. I did get the kisskiss glosses in Cerise and pomme-they do have a weird flowery? rosey? scent but I like the colors enough to ignore it.

  • Gail says:

    >Oh Guerlain is one of my fave mu brands, I loved their single eyeshadows and I loved that over the top lamé gold block and transparent base- I’m kind of upset they now have a boring gold compact (I know it is very sleek, and probably more sturdy, but still…)I feel let down by those swatches though. Look gorgeous in promo image.

    I think that Tinkerbell gloss looks really pretty! Thanks!

  • peachgirl says:

    >Karla! I can’t tell you how much I appreaciate this! The quad and the glosses HAVE to be mine! Also I was thinking the 141 single shadow was matte (isn’t it?) in which case it would be perfect for my everyday look.

    PS. I forward your blog address to everyone I know, i feel more people need to know how fab you are!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    >Peachgirl, thank you, thank you! I appreciate your telling people about TNBTTGSY *so* much.

    And now the bad news: the 141 is not matte. (Sorry! I feel responsible, somehow.)

  • Pixie says:

    >Gawd, that quad is gorgeous. My other two Gurlain quads aren’t amazing, but I might take a chance with this one. The brown looks beautiful!

  • Roxy says:

    >I love, I love! Gosh, I think I’m really going to have to get some of these – that palette is amazing! xo

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