I was looking forward to the Fall Voilette de Madame collection from Guerlain as the collection debuts the new (and permanent) Ecrin 2 Couleurs shadows.
They are housed in a slender golden case which opens vertically
and contains a mirror and double ended foam applicator.
The duos consist
of one pure colour with a matte finish and one veil, in either a sparkly
or metallic finish. Unfortunately there were no testers out so although
the SA kindly got them all out of the box for me to peak at, not being
able to test the colours in hindsight proved a mistake.
I bought Two Rock 01 (£30), which is a matte
sage green, and sparkly deep charcoal.
The green is very pigmented, unfortunately it looks dull
and muddied and very unflattering on me. In terms of formula its
reminiscent of the singles in that it adheres very quickly to the skin
so its best to pat on the colour. However I don't find it as wearable as
the singles, because there is not much movement at all in the formula so
that I cannot apply it sheer and its difficult to blend. The
sparkly charcoal, is actually not as sparkly as it looks, it
applies patchy and has a crumbly texture (as you can see in my picture
below after its been used). Due to the crumbliness its hard to use it as a
Both shades work best without a primer but either way I do not find them long lasting, the charcoal is noticeable worse as it has fall
out, creases and transfers easily onto the higher part of the lid (this
is having tried it over 3 different primers), used wet it does adhere
better but fall out and creasing is still a problem.
It seems odd
to me that the veil shadow doesn't work at all well applied over the top
of the green, since I figured that was its purpose.
Swatched below dry, then the charcoal wet,
Below I have used the green applied over the charcoal, try as I might I can't blend these shades well so application looks a mess and you can see in the close up photo the crumbliness of the charcoal.
I've had a lot of Guerlain eyeshadows in the past and feel thoroughly
disappointed by this, whilst the shadows combined do give a vibrant
intense look, the formula is poor quality and too much of an effort to
work with. Now perhaps its just the sparkly veiled duos that have this
performance so there might be a ray of light with the metallic ones, but
suffice to say that this is a complete fail for me.
I bought this from John Lewis