Friday, September 16, 2011

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush Review Pictures Swatches

I know this might no be an unbiased review because I pretty love and am slightly addicted to highlighters.  So, the possibility of getting a fair and balanced review on a highlighter here on the Pink Sith blog might be sort of difficult.  However. I have read a few other reviews for this Guerlain highlighter and it has been praised by less insanely devoted fans of highlighters so I can feel good about recommending the Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush.

Before I get too ahead of myself.  Let's start at the beginning.

Guerlain has released the information on their 2011 Holiday collection.  If you are familiar with Guerlain, the Holiday collections are always special and always drool worthy.  This year is no exception. As you may have seen in my most recent post about Guerlain Holiday, the theme is inspiration from the legendary fragrance, Vol de Nuit (Night Flight). Evoking the changing shades of the night sky. With lacquered and blue-green details, the products are encased within boxes that reveal the blue and black zebra motif found on the original Vol de Nuit box design.

This collection has really paid attention to the details.  From the interior box design of the teal and black zebra print,

to the teal satin lining of the black velvet pouch which protects the Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush. Oh and don't forget the beautiful and soft teal colored brush housed in the bottom of the compact!

The shiny black lacquer-esque finish of the case is in line with the overall theme and as is expected with any Guerlain Parure product, it feels luxurious and well made.  I am truly impressed with the level of detail the extra special touches and overall quality of the Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder packaging.  The fact that I'm even talking about the packaging before I tell you about the product itself means this it truly is something special.

The Guerlain Parure de Nuit is a lightly, violet scented powder. Dubbed "skin-enhancer" by the company.  The powder is pale pink, white, deep pink and blue green and topped with an iridescent and translucent sheen.  The overspray eventually goes away but the iridescent sheen is deep within the pink part of the powder.  Guerlain recommends that to even out and illuminate the complexion, sweep the brush over the four shades and apply all over the face.  To highlight and sculpt the face, sweep over the three feathers diagonally and apply to the cheekbones for a sophisticated blush effect.  I'll tell you right now that unless you are VERY fair skinned the blush will not show up on you.  Lucky for me I am casper white so I benefit, but only slightly.

But here is the thing about the powder.

Using the phrase "Finely Milled" does not even begin to describe how wonderful this powder is.  Using this powder is like using an airbrush.  I'm serious.  When I used a powder brush to apply the Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder to my cheeks it was if my pores had disappeared.  This powder is very sheer and leaves only a hint of shimmer.

I use the word shimmer only because I have a limited vocabulary and can't find another word to describe the soft diffused look one gets as a result of using this powder.  Like most Guerlain highlighters and powders, the company takes a less is more attitude.  If you want to have high impact shine then you will need some other product.  However, if you are looking for a highlighting powder that melts into your skin, that seems to mask slight imperfections and some pores... If you are looking for a highlighter to give you that lit from within glow...then look no further.  The Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush is THAT highlighter.  Think of it as a more refined and SLIGHTLY more intense version of Meteorites.

Do you NEED this?  YES. YES. YES. It's so pretty and such leaves such a nice effect on the finished look of my skin I am seriously considering getting a back up.  Yes.  That's right. The queen of "Oh you don't need a backup" is saying she's gonna get a backup.  That, I believe is a sign of the end of days...or the fact that this powder is decide.  The Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush will retail for $67.00 USD.  Guerlain’s Holiday Colour collection is available beginning October 2011 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.


  1. This is probably my favorite out of all the holiday collections I've seen so far. I am impatiently awaiting its release since I first laid my eyes on it.

    Great post as per usual! :)

  2. This is so pretty. If I bought It I would probably be too afraid to use it; that I would ruin the design on it lol.

  3. I thought I had no interest in this even after seeing all the other reviews until I read yours. Why did you do this to me? *cries*

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on this and the nuit d'amour lipstick!

  5. Sith,
    I was leaning toward the Meterorites in this collection--do you think the pressed powder is better? I ADORE that teal brush!

  6. That is just too gorgeous for words, including and especially that peacock blue brush. I *would* buy it except I know I would never use it. I should just take a picture and frame it instead.


  8. It is mine! all mine! lol Ok phew, glad I got that out of my system. Of course now my wallet is crying.

  9. Wow. That is beautiful. Gotta check that out in person in October. Those pictures you have are terrific--thank you for those and for a great post! x

  10. Lemming lemming lemming!

    *adding it to spreadsheet*

    The peacock design has been taunting me. But the brush and your review pushed me over the edge.

    Oh man. My Sephora wish list grows longer every day! lol

  11. I adore Guerlain powders and especially keep an eye on their holiday collection. I still want the honeycomb/ bee compact but had not seen this one yet! Drool.

  12. Such a gorgeous design. This sounds amazing! I'm really looking forward to seeing Guerlain's holiday collection. Thanks for the review :)

  13. I love this. Bought this today and i already love it. Adorable design:)


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