Monday, February 23, 2009
Purchase - Guerlain Ombre Eclat Mono Eyeshadow. A Taupe Tragedy
Ombre Eclat Mono Eyeshadow in L'Instant Fume #180 is my newest addition to my Taupe eye shadow obsession. The case is in the same fashion of the lipstick cases designed by French jewelry and furniture designer Hervé Van der Straeten. Aside from the decadent case, I must say that I am incredibly disappointed. It’s a lovely color taupe, don’t get me wrong, but the color payoff is awful. I had to heavily swatch the color on my arm for it to even show up then I decided to use my new ArtDeco Eye shadow Primer (Thanks ALICE!!) to even get it to show up on my arm.
How does it wear?
Meh. It wears very well with my eye shadow base, but if you don’t use a base, don’t expect it to last at all. Although how would you know? You could hardly see it.
How is the texture?
The texture is hard but silky. It shows very little wear even after digging into it with the enclosed foam applicator and my brushes. It’s almost or more than double the size of most eye shadow singles I would have never have purchased this eye shadow if the tester I used wasn’t so pigmented and silky. I don’t know if it felt and looked that way with repeated use or what. I have heard that not all of Guerlain’s Mono Eye shadows are this light and un-pigmented. When I tested the Fume I also tested a black shadow with golden sheen called L'Instant Nuit #182 which was lovely seemed pigmented too.
How’s the value?
Guerlain’s Ombre Eclat Mono Eyeshadow weighs in at a hefty 0.12 oz versus Laura Mercier’s 0.09, Chanel’s 0.07oz , MAC’s 0.05 oz or BECCA’s paltry 0.03 oz. Sure. That’s great and all but what does it matter if you can’t get it to show up? At $34 a single it’s not worth it to try and collect more.
My favorite brand has disappointed me. I’m crushed.
FYI. I swatched Chanel Safari ($28.50) and Laura Mercier Topaz ($22.00) so you can see how similar they are to the Guerlain.
ATTENTION. I MISLABELED THE PHOTO. THE ORDER OF THE EYE SHADOWS SHOULD BE
(Left to right: Chanel Safari, Guerlain Fume, Laura Mercier Topaz)
I APOLOGIZE FOR THE CONFUSION