i have it for about a month now and today i finally want to share my thoughts on Guerlain's Parure de Nuit powder from their holiday collection 2011 with you.
i ordered at douglas.de and with some coupons, i could grab nice goodies (check Frau Shopping for ongoing codes). it did cost around 55€ and contains 10g of product.
it comes in the same packaging like the Blush G, star product from their spring collection 2011 (reviewed here), but with a teal colour scheme.
there is a nice velvet pouch with teal lining. the glossy black compact has the powder and a big mirror on the upper compartment and a thin brush with teal dyed bristles in the bottom level. the brush looks exciting but i don't find it usable because it's too thin and too scratchy. the case is pretty but a bit too bulky.
the powder itself is beautiful to look at: it has a pinky beige base with 3 delicate peacock feathers embossed, the eyes as three dots of colour with a outer rim of white, the main part as a coral and a dot of teal in the center.
the powder has a clear sparkly overspray that can be easily brushed away before the first use. it's intensely scented of a sweet floral perfume, much stronger than the Météorites (reviewed here and here). this could be quite annoying for sensitive noses.
|in sunlight, without overspray|
|Guerlain Parure de Nuit swatched in sunlight: beige part - red part - mixed - mixed & blended|
the packaging says this to be a Pressed Powder & Blush, and i also use it as that.
it has a silky texture with a very fine silver pearl. although i first hesitated to swirl my brush generously in the pan because of the 3 blue dots, i learned that they don't interfere much with the overall resulting colour as opposed to the coral parts - the result on my face is much too pink. the coral circles are highly pigmented and a few sweeps diagonally over the three coral dots make a pretty pearly pink blush. i find the blush colour just ok, though, a bit too ordinary.
i need to use a smaller brush to carefully concentrate on the beige part if i want to apply the Parure de Nuit to the rest of my face. the beige part is quite firmly pressed and doesn't have a high pay-off. it creates a pearl glow on my face when i use it as a finishing powder, not a subtle luminescence like the Météorites Pearls that also mattifies. it is a gorgeous glow, though, it polishes my skin beautifully without emphasizing on enlarged pored or tiny bumps. if i apply it a bit more intensely, i can also use it as a highlighter.
it doesn't have any mattifying qualities, so if i get shiny after about 4-5 hours, i can't retouch with this at all because the pearl shine particles would pile up and make me look very greasy.
overall i like this powder as a soft highlighter, but i don't prefer it over the Guerlain Météorites as a all over finishing powder. i think it's a beautiful finishing powder for people with normal to dry skin, but still find the handling quite uncomfortable. the blush colour you get from this is quite average.
it's not a must-have for me.
only foundation - with Guerlain Parure de Nuit all over the face)
here you can see the shine better, also the blush colour.
this is how it looks with a full make up.