For Spring 2012, Guerlain tells the story of the season by pairing bursts of pink side by side with the intensity of black. Sophisticated and elegant, this color collection defines femininity, while also revealing our inner seductress. Even though winter has just begun, spring has sprung at Neiman Marcus. I was there. I saw this burst of spring, and while it's relatively warm outside, the weather is predicted to be seasonably cold next week.
Packaged within the legendary rosette of the Météorites Perles, there's a stunning pink flower. Named after one of the exclusive fragrances from the House of Guerlain, Météorites Cruel Gardenia Illuminating Iridescent Powder ($67) will light up our skin with a subtly iridescent veil. Guerlain suggests we create a radiant complexion by applying Cruel Gardenia all over the face or in a specific area, such as the cheekbones, to add structure and definition to the face.
I struggled to get photos of Cruel Gardenia for you. By the time I got home from the mall, the clouds had overtaken the sun. These are not the best photos I'll ever take, but they will have to do. The beautiful floral design above looks a bit lifeless. Trust me, it's not! I took the pictures of the product in its container, with its twist-off top, with an overcast sky.
The packaging is deeper than the normal compact for a blush, highlighter, or eye shadow palette, and I'm hoping it's filled with this gorgeous highlighting cream-powder. I love it!
I think I caught the last rays of the sun today for my swatch photos. I applied Cruel Gardenia with a sponge-tipped applicator.
The color is entirely different from Laura Mercier's Face Illuminator. Given the similarity of the floral designs of the two, there was a lot of speculation about the colors. This one is pink - pure, silvery pink. I could not be more excited about the color and the texture. Cruel Gardenia appears to be a cream-powder hybrid. It applies like a cream, but appears to be a powder. The magic of makeup!
What do you think? I think Météorites Cruel Gardenia is a must-have for Spring 2012. That means it's going to sell out quickly, so don't waste any time before you visit it at your local Guerlain counter. I bought mine at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria.
Photo at top courtesy of Guerlain; other photos by Best Things in Beauty