Thursday, April 26, 2012

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Collection Terra Azzurra Terracotta Gloss for Summer 2012

The Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Collection embodies the union of two prestigious houses in perfect synergy. This exceptional makeup collaboration draws its inspiration from summertime in the Italian Riviera, with its light-hearted and energetic dolce vita attitude that welcomes the warm, sea weather. Created by Guerlain Creative Director, Olivier Échaudemaison, and Pucci’s Image Director, Laudomia Pucci, the collection embraces summer with delightfully sunny shades and vibrant bursts of color.

The collection includes three shades of Terracotta Gloss ($30.50) to light up the lips with sensual shine in radiant, limited-edition shades named after iconic Pucci silk scarves. They are listed below in the order shown above, left to right.
  • #12, Porto Azzurro, an "unruly" indigo blue, as transparent on the lips as it is vibrant in the tube
  • #11, Porto Ercole, a sensual brown to highlight a spice-toned complexion
  • #10, Porto Fino, an incredibly shiny coral pink to set off a sun-kissed glow to perfection
The boxes for these glosses are lined with the blue and green Pucci print that characterizes the rest of the collection. Pretty snazzy! On the outside, they convey the European elegance that Guerlain brings to mind.

Here is a photo I took outdoors when the glosses arrived here from Bergdorf Goodman. As you can see, I reversed the order shown at the top of this feature. Why? I put them in numerical order, I habit I've developed when taking product shots.

Without further ado, let's get to the swatches - the fun part of the feature. My photos were taken in full sun. Porto Fino, and delectable coral, is shown at the top of my arm. Porto Ercole is shown in the middle. Who says it's for spice girls? I think it's gorgeous for anyone who loves brown lip colors as much as I do.

The funky Porto Azzurro, a blue with a touch of purple, is shown at the bottom. Many women shy away from blue lip glosses, finding them "just plain odd." I love them because they will correct a lipstick that's too warm, too orange, or too dark. I'll often apply a lipstick that works for me with one fashion choice, but not another. If it makes me look color blind, I use a gloss that corrects the color, warming it or cooling it, depending on the situation. Porto Azzurro will cool a lip color that's too warm and give it a dimension that's flattering. Give it a try if you've been avoiding blue.

I purchased mine from Bergdorf Goodman. The entire collection will be arriving (and selling out quickly, I'm sure) at all Guerlain counters soon. It's scheduled to be available in May.

Photo at top courtesy of Guerlain; other photos by Best Things in Beauty


Eileen said...

Porto Azzurro does look intersting. The concept of using an off-beat color to mute another has been around since the sixties. When I was pre-ordering my Guerlain items, the SA and I got to reminiscing about the green lipstick that was so de rigueur during the early sixties. It was used to mute the strong, bright colors that were still hanging on from the late fifties. Green or white lipsticks applied over colors served as the transition into the muted/nude lip that eventually became a hallmark of the Swinging Sixties (Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Peggy Moffit, et al.).

But back to today and Guerlain's Porto Azzurro. I must admit I didn't pre-order it since I'm not currently wearing colors that I'd want to mute, but I'm looking forward to taking a look at it when it arrives on counter. The pale blues and greens that we saw as "overcoats" this past year were quite lovely, so a deeper blue intrigues me.

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Eileen,

I always have one or two blues in my gloss rotation. Somehow, I manage to need them - usually from grabbing the wrong color! :)

yesplease1816 said...

Interesting. I don't know why I never thought to use a blue lip gloss in that way. Thanks CG!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the swatches! I haven't been able to get to a Guerlain counter recently, to swatch these and you seem to be just about the only person who has (and I like that you photograph outdoors).

I do use blue lipglosses and now I try to collect them when I find one that catches my eye, but I wasn't too sure about this one because it's not the traditional icy blue gloss, but more of an indigo colour.

I use them for colour-correcting too, to mute colours that are too orange. Paul & Joe is coming out with a green this summer, so I might look at that too (they included a blue last summer, still available on if anyone's interested - discounted!) for a different kind of colour mixing.

If anyone's hesitant to try blue lipgloss, just check out these posts - she makes such a great case, who wouldn't want to try them?
It seems that there was a blue lip gloss from the 2007 Guerlain and Emilio Pucci collaberation too.

I wish I had been able to get the Chanel Glossimer in 387 Wish from the Tokyo Happening collection a few years ago.

Overall, I just think that they are pretty interesting.