While I really am enjoying Les Bois de Rose
since rediscovering it in my pile o' stuff, my favorite in the Guerlain 4-color palette format is Les Fumes. This palette shades turn into a beautiful neutral look and has enough textures among matte, satin and shimmer to really bring on the complexity. Though the colors are not overtly showy, it is a showstopper. Plus, it is all taupey goodness. A luxury taupe lover would need to embrace this beauty. Taking pictures on this beautiful sunny morning, I was again struck by how spectacular this palette is.
|O hai again.|
High praise, huh?! Here, let me show you what I mean.
The pink mauve is a very pretty base color for the lids. It is matte and not one lick chalky or patchy. The silvery grey taupe has a slight mauve in it and it is spectacular. Butter has nothing on this shade. The bottom shade is a cool deep brown grey, and has a subtle sheen. The lighter grey on the left side of the palette swatches similar in tone and color to the darker shade, but has a more pronounced (but still subtle!) shimmer in it.
Swatches in various lighting, clockwise from the center top pink mauve color:
|Direct natural light|
None of the colors are deeply pigmented, but does layer easily for desired intensity.
|In indirect natural light. This picture best shows the texture difference between the dark shades. Light grey (the palette left side) has a subtle shimmer in it|
I love how versatile this palette is. All four shades coordinate into a lovely balanced eye. Smoky, smoldering eyes are easy to do with the deeper shades as is a more daytime appropriate eye. I love smearing the silver taupe ALL OVER THE WHOLE THING because I just love it so!