This Fall, Guerlain launched a whole new line of eyeshadow duos, the Ecrin 2 Couleurs.
Guerlain’s new duo eye shadows are the perfect accessory for creating statement looks. Inside the slender gold case are two stunning colors: one a pure color and one a luminous veil. The pure color shadows are matte and intense, gliding on to create instant effect. The other serves as a veil, a sparkly or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.
There are 8 new pairings, and are permanent additions to the Guerlain family.
I’ve never been an eyeshadow mono kind of girl, because I like the variety that palettes offer me. However, from time to time, I do pick up some extraordinary monos, usually containing some sort of multi-hued sparkles, or (especially) Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill… ETK is in a whole different category of its own and I plan to review very soon. But after awhile of collecting palettes, there are some basics that keep recurring, and so, Guerlain’s eyeshadow duos offer a nice kind of compromise for me – some variety, and really some interestingly unique shades. There must be some real genius behind the combos, because each pairing has a different story, and so many possibilities. I can see myself using the shades individually or combined. Granted, there are a couple of rather “safe” colors – basic black, classic brown – for those whose world needs to be anchored down as such. But when paired with the companion sparkly veil, the result is pure magic.
Most of the duos comprise of one satin pure color, and another sparkly veil. The only exception is Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs #04 Two Gossip, which is actually 2 satin, pure color shadows. This particular combo jumped out at me the moment I laid eyes on the promo pictures, and I was instantly smitten when I finally laid hands on it.
Two Gossip comprises of a medium-dark plumy purple that swatches out with hints of brown; and a medium warm metallic gold that has a slight orange tint. Both are well pigmented and could be used singly or together. Between the 2, the purple is slightly on the drier side, but not unworkable. The gold on the other hand, was a lovely soft creamy texture that is Guerlain at its best.
I tried a couple of looks using both shades. First, I applied the gold on the inner half of my lid, and then I shaded the outer half using the purple. This is a different take on the purple smokey eye that I am so in love with this fall!!
Next, I tried wearing both shades blended together, with a touch more of the gold in the middle and above as a highlighter.
I can imagine using the purple as a liner (maybe on the lower lid) to jazz up the usual black liner routine for work; and dusting the gold over a dark base for a more glam look. The possibilities are endless!
ps: Thousand apologies for the dead eye look… really tired after a whole day of staring at the computer! And, I realize my brows are in serious need of a trim!!