Guerlain Holiday 2011: Belle de Nuit

Guerlain, holiday 2011, Vol de Nuit, displayGuerlain’s holiday collection is here, and it is glorious — what a beautiful and romantic way to imagine those long winter nights.

This collection was inspired by the 1933 Guerlain fragrance Vol de Nuit (Night Flight) — which, in turn, was inspired by a book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (author of The Little Prince).

Guerlain, holiday 2011, Vol de NuitFurthermore, this year’s limited edition bottle of Vol de Nuit shimmer powder was patterned after the original bottle of perfume — which is not only beautiful 1930s art deco, but is also intended to evoke an airplane’s propeller. I’m just swooning.

Enough about the packaging; let’s get to the swatches. First, there’s a new, limited edition eyeshadow quad, 10 Les Ombres de Nuit ($59). WOW. It is not the color combination I’d expected for holiday, but it is gorgeous just the same.

This palette includes a cool grey-silver shimmer; a dirty, muted aqua blue with subtle gold and green shimmer; an incredibly rich blackened sapphire shimmer; and a near-black (brown-grey, very dark taupe) matte. The matte is slightly chalkier than the other four shades, but it certainly doesn’t want for pigment (and you may not even notice the textural difference in application).
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There are four holiday lipsticks, though Rouge G 26 Gardner is actually supposed to be exclusive to Europe. Somehow (glitch in the matrix), my counter got a tester to swatch — but no product to sell. It’s a warm, very fall, almost orangey rose with very subtle orange and gold shimmer.

Rouge G Le Brillant B21 Bianca is a repromote, a sheer warm red-pink. Both Rouge G and Rouge G Le Brillant lipsticks are $47.

There are also two limited edition holiday Rouge Automatiques ($35, with a “capless,” slide-to-open mechanism). 169 Flirt d’Un Jour is a beiger pink than Bianca, with tiny, subtle blue, green, and purple sparkles. It’s quite sheer. 170 Nuit d’Amour is also sheer, a red-plum violet berry.
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Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday collection without highlighters, and Guerlain gives you several to choose from.

Guerlain, holiday 2011, Parure de NuitFirst is the Parure de Nuit pressed powder and blush ($67). In terms of packaging, this compact will probably remind you of last spring’s stunning Blush G Serie Noire (that compact’s brush had pink bristles, this brush is dark teal). The powder is decorated with stylized peacock feathers, and that pattern is the key to the powder/blush designation.

Guerlain says to swipe your brush vertically over the powder to pick up a pale pink highlighting powder. Swipe it diagonally across the peacock feathers (which are predominantly red) for a blush that’s cool pink with fine silver shimmer. I suppose you could even avoid the feathers altogether if you wanted a non-pink highlight.

Guerlain, holiday 2011, Meteorites Perles de NuitI’ve remarked before that Meteorites Perles (the loose, multicolored balls that are perhaps Guerlain’s signature product) are nearly impossible to swatch. There is a new and limited edition set for holiday (Meteorites Perles de Nuit, $56), and they’re so pretty I had to TRY swatching them. So I rubbed each color one-by-one onto my swatching sponge (for an even distribution of the shades), then transferred to my arm.

Guerlain, holiday 2011, Meteorites Perles de NuitThe pearls are pink, orange, white, pale gold, and a sparkly silver that actually comes off SO subtly. The mix is a heavenly, pale gold, ultra fine shimmer. I don’t think my camera captured the effect, but I absolutely love it.

And finally, for as long as I can remember, Guerlain has released a limited edition shimmer powder atomizer for holiday (here are bottle pics from 2008, 2009, and 2010). The bottles are exquisite, and they dispense an ultra-fine shimmer powder suitable for face, body, or hair.

This year (for the first time), the powder is scented — with Vol de Nuit — and the spray is a rainbow of very fine sparkles. It’s $87.

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12 Responses to “Guerlain Holiday 2011: Belle de Nuit”

  • evo says:

    is this available at nordstrom’s? i can’t go to the states this weekend. trying to get my brother to help me get it. :)

  • Anna says:

    Karla. this is an amazing article. do you possibly know when this collection will be released in the US and UK, i can’t possibly allow another christmas to go buy and not have one of their limited edition glimmer sprays. thank you.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Evo, holiday is already on counter at Neiman Marcus and Saks, so I would imagine it’s also at Nordstrom (if your Nordstrom has a Guerlain counter — mine doesn’t).

    Anna, this collection is supposed to release in Europe on November 1. :)

  • Melissa says:

    The Vol de Nuit bottle is stunning. Just stunning.

  • evo says:

    thanks karla! i’ll have to get my brother to help me check it out when he heads to seattle/portland this weekend.

    if it’s available there now, it probably won’t arrive in canada for another month :(

  • Kim says:


    Do you have a contact number for your store to call and place order? I live in Iowa and searched online and items are not yet available. Also, I’m having a hard time find the Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Gelee and would like to know if there’s an Estee Lauder counter. Thanks for the help and keep up the wonder reviews/swatches!

  • Charlotte says:

    EVERYTHING is gorgeous, I love it! But….why???? The Gardner lipstick isn’t sold here?!?! Please God, let there be a trip to Europe (Paris would be fine!) in my near future! :)

    Thanks for swatching!

  • Anna says:

    Thank you sooo much Karla, i’ll be off with my tent outside the department store on Halloween lol. i am not missing out on this lol.

  • Sophia says:

    This collection looks so pretty! I hope it will come to the UK soon! As always your swatches are great :)

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Kim, with pleasure! My Guerlain counter is at Neiman Marcus Northpark, and their number is 214-363-8311.

    I think you’ll have a tough time finding the Modern Mercury Gelee… you might want to try Estee’s Gone but Not Forgotten program: 800-216-7173 (call between 9am and 4:30pm EST, Monday through Friday).

  • Suzy says:

    Could you please advise what color the sparkles are in the Vol de Nuit Shimmer Atomizer? Also if it is a cool tone or warm. I am looking for blue/pink cool toned sparkles and am hoping…

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Vol de Nuit is a pale, pastel rainbow of sparkles. It does include tea rose and ice blue, so I guess you might call it cool overall, though I think either skintone (warm/cool) could wear it.

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