Thursday, 13 February 2014

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 503 Les Tendres

This pretty four-pan palette is part of Guerlain's spring collection.  You can tell it's for spring because of that pale, minty green in it - spring basically means pastels - but rather unusually for a spring palette, it also has an aubergine purple, purple taupe, and sparkling pink.

It's an interesting colour combination, and that pale green stops it from being a plain old purple-taupe palette (okay, I personally love a purple-taupe palette, but hey, it's good to change it up a little sometimes).  As always for Guerlain, the packaging is lovely - it's a heavy metal compact, which feels weighty in the hand, and the aubergine shade is embossed with a Guerlain logo.

Swatched you can see there's a good mix of textures and finishes here.  The pale pink on the left and the pale green are seriously sparkly, almost metallic.  The taupey colour and the aubergine are more matte - I think I'd describe them as satin, as there's definitely a slight sheen to them.  All four shadows are smooth and blendable with good colour payoff - much more consistent than the Ecrin 2 Couleurs I tried a while ago.

On the eye, the green is bright and fresh without being too GREEN, and it blends really well with the taupe shade in the crease and a light application of the aubergine on the lashline.  I love that sparkling pink for some inner corner highlighting, and if you like a noticeable browbone highlight it's good for that too.  Should you want to hang on to the smoky eyes of winter, the taupe, pink and aubergine make for a lovely purple toned smoky eye without the green.

All in all, a lovely palette, and one which I think will last well from the last bits of winter through spring and into summer.  Which it really should do, at a whopping £49.

Disclosure: PR sample

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