Rather linear, lifeless, some tea notes, 'dryish', clean but at the same time - as others have noted as well - something off/rotten/rancid (like a dash of baby vomit..sorry but thats what this 'off note' reminds me of).., and a bit of amber in the base. Meh, at best. Actually somehow the smell of this concoction annoys me.
As stated by the previous reviewer, this is a rather sweet Barbie pink, and may look wrong with yellow skin tones. It looks fine with my skin tone, but yes i agree again, it can look like one likes too hard to look young in that type of colour at my age.. However, if applied very scantily its fine, i like to dab a tiny amount of gloss on top of it, that way it looks fairly "natural" and subdued. I like the product, also when worn matte, however the packaging is stupidly, stupidly, stupidly heavy and chunky and why the utterly stupid insipid names that are given to these colours??!! The colours are named after the 7 deadly sins.. Bunch of complete idiots at marketing section of Guerlain imo.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir
shaktigal 11/26/2012 2:42:00 PM
Hmm.. what this brings to mind is a situation of standing in a queue at Dubai Airport, in front of me a group of working class arab men, by this I mean physically working class arab men, dressed in their typical robes, very likely un-showered, most certainly un-deodoranted, some of them wearing rose perfume, possibly oud.. thats about it. I dont hate the scent-impression at all, actually its quite interesting, just cant see myself wearing it and to feel comfortable with it. It reminds me a bit of the L'Artisan Al Oudh scent, but this in a more feminine rendition.
Nice fresh pinkish colour that looks rather natural, like - your lips but better -. It has a very slight, fine glimmer/glitter in it, which is not too obvious. However, although I loved the colour, I really dislike the nasty 'scent' of this lipliner. Smells rancid and very unfresh. I have numerous lipliners from other brands, as Kanebo, YSL, Sisley, and none of them has that disgusting smell, so why cant Guerlain get it right too? And by the way, all their liplines have that 'smell'.. yuck
This highly overpriced, rather thin-ish, petrolatum based, mentholated, not very moisturising texture, leaves lips more dry than before after a while. Excpert from the La Mer website:"Warm balm with fingertip and apply with a light, patting motion on lips, above and below the lip line.." Lol, everyone who werent satisfied with the La Mer 'The' Lip Balm, did probably not follow these all important instructions, neither did I.
Contains perfume..I find the brand typical La Prairie scent distgusting and Why does a concealer for the under-eye area need to be perfumed at all? Cant recommend.
Rather thick and pasty. I tried the lightest colour, as medium was already too dark. If applied around my eye area, sets soon into fine lines and "highlights" the tips of the small bumps of the sebaceous glands (normally visible only at very close range) on my under-eye area.. Not exactly the look i was aiming for. Imo, for the under-eye area, this concealer would have to be ''diluted" with a very good moisturiser underneath, otherwise I would fear it could be drying out the fine, thin skin, actually suffocating it, which I guess would be promoting ageing of the area.
Bought it in Pinky Berry, but disliked the fact that it contains perfume! Why on earth does a blusher need to be perfumed?? It irritated my skin. Brought it back to the store for a refund. Colour would have been nice though, shame really.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - La Mer - Illuminating Powder
shaktigal 10/14/2012 4:24:00 PM
This product adds a satiny gentle sparkle, rather than actually giving colour. Its pretty and i use it mainly for highlighting the cheekbones and for the area under the arch of the eyebrows. It could be used sparingly all over the face and cleavage to create a shimmery veil that will soften the overall appearance in a subtle way. However, there are some cons: A) there is 'that smell' of this product, which unfortunately is rather chemical, its not overpowering at all, but I am not happy if i detect such a smell, let alone in a product that I apply to my body..B) I dont like all that "limited edition thing" very much. It seems such an obvious play to create a hype around a product, which of course is how the Estee Lauder company has always marketed the "miracle" La Mer products, right from the beginning, C) this is not actually a unique product, there are plenty other alike illuminating powders out there doing more or less the same. Conclusion: dont be too sad if you missed out on buying one if they already have sold out. When I bougth mine, I gave away an Estee Lauder illuminating powder I had bought some time ago ( also limited edition) and I regret it now, as that one gave more of a glow, whereas La Mer's is more of a gloss..
I tried this perfume from a tester bottle at the Guerlain counter, the original will only be available on the 1st of May 2012, as a special edition scent, for one day only.. Or so they say. I sprayed some on my hair, a little bit on my wrists and one puff down my cleavage. It smelled all right in the beginning, but after approximately one hour, yuck, yuck, yuck, it morphed into somthing that strongly reminded me of a toilet bowl compact, not nice at all! and there was worse to come, beware, really nasty was, that this perfume also caused me breathing difficulties, I could really feel my airways harden and constrict! Not exactly something I would spend 600$ on! Definitely cant recommend.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parfums Delrae- Amoureuse
shaktigal 1/23/2012 12:42:00 PM
Bwoah, this is real LOUD and brash, reminds me of something that could be a mixture between bugspray and furnishing polish. Dreadful.
Carroty, rooty, buttery..I find it to be fairly masculine but maybe on a man it would be too sweet..? Probably androgynous - I do prefer perfumes to be more typical womanly or manly. Not too keen on this scent, I dont hate it but surely dont love it either.
Smells a lot like the real thing, Oud. In my incense collection I have Oud-wood chips, which contain Oud in its naturally occuring form, and the scent when burning these is quite alike the opening notes of Pure Oud by Kilian. I love the smell of Oud and hence I love this Kilian, but..I would not want to wear it as a perfume, since the overall impression the perfume leaves, is definitely masculine and more so as the scent progresses troughout the day.
Smells quite unique in the beginning, somehow Sunny! and warm. Indeed, a very nice opening, but all too soon its just another amber-scent. Not my thing.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Honoré des Prés Love Coco
shaktigal 5/5/2011 4:09:00 AM
First I get some Not extremely delightful coconut smell, then it just gets weird and weirder, morphing into yet another cleaning-agent-scent, - so far nearly all perfumes that I tested from this line have this "leitmotif". Coconut Love reminds me strongly of a cleaning product that my mum used to give the smooth surfaces of our kitchen cabinets a new sheen. Later on, when the scent develops, wafts that are reminiscent of the smell of cod liver oil - Yes, really! emanate from my wrists, where I had the perfume sprayed on. This is really Bad stuff. Very sorry to say so.