Everyone’s got a favorite (and I definitely didn’t see this one coming), but I’m more excited about Summer Splash than any other Guerlain collection I’ve swatched so far.
Lots of brands are doing blue for summer (see Dior’s take on it) — just begging you to channel Brooke Shields or Darryl Hannah.
I’ll be the first to admit I never use blue eyeshadow, but you could almost (almost, but it’s $58) buy the eyeshadow quad just for the third shade, a golden grey, a silvered wheat. It is so unusual and gorgeous I couldn’t take my eyes off it and I couldn’t readily think of another shadow that color (if this is ringing any bells for you, let me know!). Guerlain rounds out the quad with a white highlight (with a slight gold sheen), a pale pink, and a reflective lagoon blue.
Summer Splash includes a limited edition Terracotta Loose Kohl in Lagon Bleu ($34), which I’m sure is the same shade as 2005 release Aqua Bleu, previously swatched by Rina. This kohl is also almost identical to the blue eyeshadow shade in the quad.
There are also two eyeshadow singles ($34), Sable Blanc and Sable Blond. Both of these seemed softer and smoother than the rest of the permanent eyeshadow singles (released at the same time as Exotic Paradise). Sable Blanc is a white gold, and surprisingly pigmented — actually more pigmented than the similar quad shade. Sable Blond is a soft yellow brown — very pretty, but not quite as exciting as the quad shade (which I wish they’d made into a single). If you like either of these, don’t wait! These shades are limited edition.
The lipsticks are all $30. The three Gloss Stick shades are limited edition; the Kiss Kiss lipsticks and Kiss Kiss Maxi Shines are repromotes from the permanent line. All of these are scented, though I think the Gloss Sticks may be less strongly fragranced than the other formulas.
Guerlain Summer Splash: Perle des Mers, Lagon Bleu, Blue Lagoon, Sable Blanc, Sable Blond, Sable Blonde, Beige Nude, Peche Fougueuse, Peach Shine, Red Shine, Rose des Sables, Grenade des Iles, Corail des Mers