For Holiday 2012Guerlain really knocked it out of the park in terms of eye palettes. I walked home from Nordstrom (figuratively) with both. *sigh*. The one I'm featuring for today is the limited edition Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette.
Normally I'm not a fan of palettes that contain lip products, let alone a palette that mixes both lip and eye products. But... LOOK AT IT. How could I not buy this? These are my favorite holiday shades, and I'm SUCH a sucker for packaging. It's so sleek looking and radiates elegance!
What the Nordstrom website has to say about the Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette:
A collector's palette draws inspiration from the art of calligraphy and Asian beauty rituals. With two dramatic shades for the lips combined with three iridescent eyeshadows, the ingeniously designed palette provides all makeup essentials in one place.
Features and benefits:
- A matte black powder liner that can be used wet or dry to create an unforgettable gaze.
- The extra-flat black Chinese lacquer-style case features a large panoramic mirror.
- Two brushes deliver high-precision application just like calligraphy instruments. The first has a double foam tip for the eyes, one rounded for eyeshadow and the other pointed for liner. The second is a lip brush with silky bristles.
The eye shades are a trio of shimmering ivory, a shimmering brass, and a shimmering grey taupe. The taupe is the most interesting because when it applied to the eye it gave off almost a pyrite look and coordinated better than you would think with the brass shade.
All of the shadows were nicely pigmented and easy to blend and worth with.
As for the black shade, it's noted that it is a liner and it works well for that. I also used it in the very outer V area for the eye look. The swatches above are done dry, without primer.
Out of the two lip shades in this palette the one that drew me in the most was the red. Isn't it just phenomenal? Such a holiday lip. The usual red with a hint of orange. The pink is vibrant and fun, and is a shade I'm usually drawn to for New Years Eve. Both the pink and the red shade stain the lip for a lasting bite of color throughout the evening.
This insert is included with the palette for suggestions on application:
For this EOTD I didn't get super crazy on the liner... I didn't go all Calligraphy style on you ;) but I wanted to showcase all of the colors being used on the eye. The mascara is MAC Plushlash.
For more information on this collection, please see the Official Press Release.