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Guerlain Brun Mordore eyeshadow Palette

I wanted the Guerlain Brun Mordore eyeshadow palette the moment I saw the first swatches of it on another beauty blog. It just looked so pretty and I knew it had to be mine! I am loving Guerlain products because not only is the quality amazing but it also comes in such pretty packaging. I mean take a look at how I received my palette. It had its own little velvet pouch so that the palette doesn’t get scratched. :

How pretty is the gold case? So chic yet decadent at the same time!

When you open the case there is a plastic divider type thing which holds the applicators which are surprisingly useable. These applicators are nothing like the cheap flimsy ones that you get with those cheap makeup kits and I could actually use these to do a look in a pinch. I like the fact that there is one traditional looking applicator but that one has a pointed tip so that you can do a more precise application.

The colours are really pretty and there are two cool toned colours and two warm toned colours. Out of all of the colours, the lightest colour has the least milled finish and is similar to a MAC lustre finish both in terms of colour payoff and feel.

Here are some swatches of the colours row by row. I swatched the shadows both on a primer and on their own. The swatches on the top are with a primer and those below are without the primer.

You can see that the colour payoff isn’t that great for the two lightest colours unless you use a primer. I’m used to wearing a primer regardless of what eyeshadow brand I’m using but I was still a bit disappointed that I paid so much for an eyeshadow palette that only looks great with a primer. I’m sure that if you’ve got a lighter skin tone then the color payoff would be better but with my skin tone a primer is necessary.

That being said, the colours when used with a primer are awesome and go on really smoothly. The only colour I have a problem with is the lightest colour (as I said above) as it’s grittier than the others. I’ve tried doing looks using only these eyeshadows and they come out fine but I prefer using a different eyeshadows on the lid and using one of the three darker shadows from the palette in the crease. I use the lightest colour as an inner corner highlight only as I think it’s far too glittery for a brow bone highlight and not smooth enough for an all over lid colour.

I’m learning to love this palette the more I use it and I think the colours are very pretty. I would recommend swatching these shadows yourself prior to purchasing just to make sure that they look good on your skin tone but the mix of both cool and warm toned colours makes me think that this palette is workable on most skin tones. The only skin tones I would say to steer clear of this palette are those with very dark skin tones as I think that the colours may not show up.

Guerlain Loose Powder Kohl

I first saw this powder kohl on some makeup blog and it intrigued me from that first look. Firstly it just looked so pretty as it came in this really exotic looking tube plus it was just such an unusual way of using eyeliner. FYI this is actually a very old and traditional way of apply kohl in the middle east. Anyway, after a few months of deciding whether or not to buy it, I took the plunge and purchased it. My first thought was that it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be! Here it is below:

The stylus that you use to apply the kohl screws out of the top like so:

I mainly bought this kohl because I thought it would be an easier way to do tightlining and it really is. This is how I apply it to the top lashline. I basically rub the side of the stylus against my top lashline:

Apparently to apply it to the bottom water line in the middle eastern way, you place the side of the stylus in between your top and bottom waterline, close your eye and then drag it along until you reach the end. I will warn you that this is messy and you do get some of the kohl in your eye.

The look I achieved when I did it this way was not the greatest. It wasn’t really that dark:

I decided to apply the kohl to the bottom water line the same way I applied it when applying it to the top lashine. I placed the site of stylus against the waterline and sort of rubbed the kohl on. I personally prefer this way as I don’t think you get as much fallout and you don’t get product in your eye plus the line is darker when applied this way:

My thoughts on this product are that I think it’s an interesting product and it makes tightlining the top lash line a lot easier but I would stick with a traditional kohl pencil to line my water line as the colour in these tends to be more intense:
The liner I use in this last picture is a traditional Kajal from India made by Blue Heaven. This is such a great product for lining your bottom water line as it is an intense black that is creamy so it doesn’t pull on your eyes. Definitely worth checking out if lining your waterline is something you like doing. Be warned though that it smudges really easily as it is pure kajal.