Guerlain Spring 2011: Sur Mes Levres

Guerlain, spring 2011, Sur Mes Levres, displayTo follow up on yesterday’s What [I] Wore with Marcus Monson, here are the swatches of Guerlain’s spring collection. This collection has actually been on counters for a while, but I’ve been frustrated by rain and cloudy weather.

Sur Mes Levres introduces a new and limited edition six-pan eyeshadow palette. Unlike the five permanent palettes released last fall, this palette doesn’t have a number. It’s just “Rue de Rivoli,” named after Guerlain’s first boutique in Paris, at 42 rue de Rivoli (founded in 1828).

I think I have to swatch the eyeshadows again; I’m just not happy with how the pictures turned out. Rue de Rivoli starts with a matte shade that has the dusty, muted quality of tea rose, but it’s too purple to be called tea rose. I’ll call it tea grape. There’s a matte dusty lavender; a mother-of-pearl, shimmery opal pink-white (see why I have to photograph these again?); a shimmery, sheer white (similar to the white single); and a satin fuchsia. The liner shade is a shimmery black violet when swatched dry. It’s actually lighter when wet: a metallic iced violet. It’s pretty thrilling both ways. The palette is $84.
Guerlain, spring 2011, Sur Mes Levres, swatches, Rue de Rivoli, 143 L'Instant d'Une Etreinte, 186 L'Instant d'Une Ondee, 187 L'Instant d'Un Soupir, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
There are also three new, permanent singles ($35 each). 143 L’Instant d’Une Etreinte is a shimmery bright white. 186 L’Instant d’Une Ondee looked like a shimmery elephant grey, but it photographed so blue/purple! 187 L’Instant d’Un Soupir was a warm, shimmery brown.
Guerlain, spring 2011, Sur Mes Levres, Meteorites Compact Powder, Illuminating and Mattifying, swatches, 01 Teinte Rose, 02 Teinte Beige, 03 Teinte Dore, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
With the spring collection, Guerlain released a new (and permanent) incarnation of Meteorites. We’re familiar with the “balls,” and the very expensive Voyage refillable compacts (pressed balls). The new Meteorites Compact is a skin-toned powder — but Guerlain assures us that the color-correcting hues are still there, in very tiny, multicolored particles.

These new palettes are not technically foundation, but Marcus Monson recently used Teinte Rose in place of foundation on me, and I was pretty happy with the look.

I tried to do light swatches, but you couldn’t see anything between the black lines. Teinte Rose has a bit of a pink tint to it; Teinte Beige is light yellow; Teinte Dore is golden, and slightly deeper.

I asked Marcus who/what foundation shades would wear each compact, and here’s what he said:

For the Teinte Rose #01, think Nicole Kidman. It works with our lightest foundations: 12 Rose Clair, 02 Beige Clair, and maybe 13 Rose Natural. Teinte Beige #02 is for Kate Hudson or Sandra Bullock. Choose this one if you wear foundation in 03 Beige Natural, 04 Beige Moyen, and even 13 Rose Natural. Teinte Dore is for someone like Jennifer Lopez. Choose this shade if you wear 03 Beige Natural, 04 Beige Moyen, 05 Beige Intense, or any of the darker shades.

Guerlain, spring 2011, Sur Mes Levres, swatches, Blush G Serie Noire, Karla Sugar, KarlaSugar
The spring item that really had folks fainting in the aisles was the limited edition Blush G Serie Noire. The presentation is stunning: a huge, shiny black compact, a matching pink-bristled brush, and four stripes of glorious spring color (with a few gold sparkles). It was $67, and I think Guerlain seriously underestimated how much we would all love it. I’m pretty sure it’s completely sold out, but Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus say “Back Ordered,” so maybe there’s a tiny chance you could still get one.

For a long time now, Guerlain has been making very, very sheer, subtle, lightly pigmented blush. (Exhibit A. Exhibit B.) I think a big part of the enthusiasm for Blush G is that there’s something there.
Guerlain, spring 2011, Sur Mes Levres, swatches, Rouge G 45, Rouge G 24, Rouge G 71, Rouge G 70, Orange Euphorique, Rouge Sensuel, Rose Desir, Fushia Delice, Kiss Kiss Gloss 867, Kiss Kiss Gloss 850, Kiss Kiss Gloss 849, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
There are four Serie Noire Rouge G lipsticks, and these surprised me. First, the colors were more sheer than I expected (I layered my swatches so you could see the actual colors). Second, Guerlain abandoned its “every shade name starting with a G” rule. 45 is Orange Euphorique (sheer melon/coral); 24 is Rouge Sensuel (sheer strawberry); 71 is Rose Desir (sheer warm pink); and 70 is Fushia Delice (sheer cool, medium pink). The lipsticks are $47 each; up a dollar from Rouge Gs in regular packaging.

There are three Kiss Kiss Glosses. 867 is the color of raspberry sauce. 850 is a rosy brown with iridescent silver sparkles. 849 is a peach-pink with lots of gold sparkles. These are $30 each.

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8 Responses to “Guerlain Spring 2011: Sur Mes Levres”

  • Mia says:

    Btw, there is a third version of the “balls”, a pressed version that is not the expensive Voyage version.

    Great swatches as usual.

  • katie says:

    I am seriously perplexed by Guerlains Lingerie foundation. I don’t believe that I am as fair as Nicole Kidman but their lightest shade, 02, was seriously dark on me. I wear Chanel in .5 or 1.0/Cle de peau in I10 so I initially bought the color that Liz from cafe makeup was matched to, 03, but it was several shades too dark. I just ordered the new powder in shade 1 but the swatch on your arm looks really light! Were you happy with the powder? Have you tried the lingerie foundation? You look great – I hope I find Marcus Monsoon in my area sometime!

  • Natalie says:

    Hi Katie,
    02 is not the lightest shade. Somehow Lingerie de Peau 01 (#30 is the lightest, I believe) is available in Asian countries, not USA or Australia. I am ordering one from Korea! :(

  • connie says:

    great swatches, karla! am I the only person who finds the blush g to be a bit glittery?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    How used is your blush, Connie? I feel like there’s more glitter in the top layer.

  • connie says:

    I’ve only used it a few times but each time I have my husband has commented on the “sparkles” on my face. lol I hate to waste any of it but i might try brushing off some product

  • Evelyn says:

    I bought the palette which is better than I thought it would be. I expected some tiny high end palette and it’s really large and substantial and the colors are so lovely. I bought the blush as well and I was a bit worried about how it would go on looking so bright. I tried it with a light hand and it really did brighten my complexion. Great items from Guerlain!

  • Rebeca says:

    Hi! I’m Rebeca and I was wondering about the “Meteriorites Compact Pressed Illuminating and Mattifying Powder”. I really like what I’ve read on this product, seems precisely what I’ve been looking for, but I’m unsure about the shade! I could only buy this online. I’d have it brought from the US to Brazil by a friend, so I have to get the shade right. I’m a MAC NC-30 exacly — which is probably the ’03 Beige Naturel’ on Guerlain. My skin shade IS NOT fair, not caucasian. It’s a latin-american skin, beige, but untanned. The undertone is balanced; if more warm than cool, only by a little. So, I’m divided between ‘#2 Beige’ and ‘#3 Dore’. Which would you recommend? Thank you for the guidance and the website.

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