I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

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Mmmm words deepfried and dipped into ketchup are delicious! Anything deepfried is – I dare you to disagree!

Many of you may be familiar with my wee obsession with Guerlain’s Meteorites Perles. I have been collecting (and using) the last few limited edition ones that came out at Christmas. This year, I was looking forward to picking up the Champs Elysees Christmas balls when I saw the packaging and fell over myself running in the opposite direction. No matter my prejudices, ugly packaging turns me off, even if the contents appeal to me (Yes I find the Crazy Perles tin ugly – sue me). Fortunately also, I thought the Crazy Meteorites Perles looked rather like the Dragon pearls from last year so I’m safe! Anyway, I declared that Guerlain’s Christmas offering was persona non grata for me.

But when I went shopping for a friend, I *ahem* did cave for a couple of other items that I’d initially overlooked. Oops!

guerlain crazy paris collection I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

On the bright side, no other Christmas collection appealed to me, so wallet is now safe. On the even brighter side, I picked up a couple of items that I’d been eyeing for the longest time ever but was previously reluctant to shell out for.

The collection is only just available in stores here in Malaysia. I can show you pictures but no swatches nor full reviews because I need time to test it out and it’s not going to happen in the next week or so. Yet, I didn’t want you to miss out in case you were really eyeing something. So, here are pictures, quick thoughts and where to get them icon smile I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

Here are the items I chose from the Crazy Paris collection. On a side note, the name cracks me up. As a friend put it, I’m a little zany but not yet crazy. I hope. Although after this, I do feel a wee bit crazy LOL!

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I love Rouge G lipsticks. The ones in a case so heavy you can use it as a weapon, yet delicate enough that a mirror pops up for quick and easy touch ups.guerlain crazy paris provocative I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

The limited edition offering comes in a black case, a departure from the silver cases, and a neon pink touch where the logo is. The shade I picked is 863 Provocative (RM161), a bright pink. I wasn’t able to swatch it just yet so look around online for swatches. It’s a beautiful face brightening colour and the Rouge G formula is unbeatable.

The second item I picked up is the Crazy Paris Pressed Meteorites powder (RM224). This one is the pressed version of the famed Meteorites perles and the colour scheme reminds me of Mythic in the Meteorites Voyage, which I’ve wanted to own for the longest time. The problem is that the Voyage Meteorites is double the price of this powder!

guerlain crazy paris meteorites I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

It is different from Mythic though. This has more pink in it although I believe it applies translucent. The purpose of this is as a finishing powder. These magic powders give you a diffused, luminous look similar to what you can get from the pearls, but in a compact, travel friendly form. I believe the pan can be popped out and refilled with the Mythic refills too so that’s a bonus!

I’m really pleased with this because it’s one of those things that I’ve wanted for the longest time, and to be able to get it for just about half the price (even if it is still very expensive) makes me happy.

The final item I picked up surprised me because it isn’t something I’d usually look at.

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I picked up the Crazy Paris Terracotta Healthy Glow powder (RM224) which is essentially a bronzer. Now you see, I don’t usually buy or use bronzers. No matter how I try, I always look like I have dirt smudged on my face. But I was picking it up for a friend and I was curious. I dug around and Temptalia had me intrigued.

You see, despite looking rather dark and brown in the pan, apparently, this Terracotta powder applies more like a peachy blush. BLUSH! Hello blush! icon biggrin I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

I wanted to swatch this at the counter, but the testers weren’t there yet so I eventually decided to take a chance on this. I’m wearing it today and the reviews are accurate. This Crazy Paris Terracotta bronzer is pretty much a peachy blush on skin and looks very lovely on! The brown bits aren’t very dark and I expect if you want to use it as a bronzer, just be sure to avoid the pink bits and you’ll have your bronzer. Otherwise, swirl your brush all over and use it as a blush as I do.

Both the pressed Meteorites and the Terracotta powder come in the same compact packaging.

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The 68 Champs Elysees address on the case commemorates the Guerlain flagship boutique in Paris. It looks like plastic, but is very solid in construction and has a good heft to it. Not the light plastic you usually get with these sort of compacts and definitely symbolic of the luxury I’ve come to expect from the brand.

I’m happy with what I got. They’re items that I’ve been wanting to own and something that I took a chance on that worked out well icon smile I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection Here’s a poorly lit shot of the Crazy Paris Neon Look eye palette (RM258) that I took using my mobile at the counter, just to show you what it looks like.

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The colours don’t appeal to me so I’m not in any way tempted. The packaging is similar to the Liu Eye and Lip calligraphy palette from last year which I love and still use often.

So these are just my quick thoughts after picking up the items yesterday. Here’s where you can check them out and buy them if you want (and my recommended SAs)

  • Parkson KLCC – I got mine here. Look for Ishak, the male SA who is lovely and helpful and friendly. I think Parkson KLCC is doing some promotion (there’s a pop up booth outside) so you’ll get lots of GWPs including a set of brushes. Also ask for samples of anything you want to try.
  • Isetan KLCC – The SA to look for will be Irene, also friendly and helpful. She told me Isetan will get stock in after 9th November so you can check with her then. I would in normal circumstances get my items from Isetan because of the points I can collect, but this time I had to get it early.

There are other items in the collection and various perfume gift sets that I didn’t have a chance to check out but if you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them icon smile I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection I’ll have full reviews up in a couple of weeks (hopefully) so let me know which you want to see first!

So, are you planning to get anything from the Guerlain Crazy Paris collection? Or what did you end up getting?

I wasn’t expecting to get anything but it was all too good for me to pass up. Love them all and if you’re asking for a rec, I highly recommend the Terracotta Healthy Glow powder especially for anyone who is afraid of bronzer like I am. On light skintones, it’s a lovely blush. On deeper skintones, it will act more like a contour or highlight but it’s sublime either way icon biggrin I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection If you do end up getting anything, I’d love to know what you got! icon biggrin I went a little crazy for the Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013 collection

Paris B

Guerlain Crazy Paris Collection prices are as set out above. Available at Guerlain counters – Isetan and Parkson KLCC, Sogo, Isetan The Gardens and Parkson Pavilion. Limited editon for Christmas 2013

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Ling November 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Oooh pretty collection! I’m loving the lipstick shade! Hot!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

It’s really great and I could so see it on you Ling :)


LeGeeque November 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

HOMAILORD. Aren’t you glad you picked up these items? :D Can’t wait for these to land in Australia! :D


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

Yes I am! Can’t wait till you get them too :D


Jess @ Miss J. Shopaholic November 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Ooooh you didn’t get the perles?!

Loving the look of this collection, can’t wait to get my hands on it!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

Nope, couldn’t handle the design of the tin – too Crazy for me haha! :D Can’t wait to see what you get Jess!


Sze Ling November 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I’m not too hot about the packaging either. So, I’m safe this year. At least for Guerlain. Haha!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

LOL so, which is your poison this year? :D I’m quite safe – Dior isn’t grabbing my attention and neither is Chanel so Guerlain it shall be! ;)


Sze Ling November 11, 2013 at 8:37 am

No special Holiday makeup purchases for me this year. Ho ho ho! (Sudden rush of pride.) I was going to get the Chanel holiday eyeshadow palette, until I saw it in person and thought there is nothing too special to fork out $80 for.

But I’m putting all my Holiday beauty budget in the Chanel serum trio. Sigh. So it’s not like it’s money saved, more like spending it else where. ;)


Paris B November 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

I was going to get the Chanel palette too! Played with it, thought about it but then decided not to. I’m getting good at self control *ahem* :D Besides, skincare is a good thing to splurge on. I much rather spend on skincare these days too haha!


xin November 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

!!!! Now u are making me wanting the bronzer too!!!!!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

LOL! It’s very nice, I promise you – go get it!


Jennifer November 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Lovely stuffs you’ve there! I love to read your Guerlain posts because you always write with so much excitement and love!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

Haha thank you Jennifer – Mostly it’s because I am terribly excited most of the time LOL! It’s just makeup eh? :P


Tracy@Beauty Reflections November 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I want that pressed Meteorites Powder! I keep thinking I don’t need it, but I know I’ll regret it if I don’t get it! Nice picks!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

To be honest, I think this is the best time to get it because it’s so much cheaper than the regular pressed Meteorites and I’m told the case fits the refills in future! Last year, Wulong was double the price! Here at least. Can’t wait to see if you pick anything up :)


Lily November 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Great picks! I’m convincing myself not to get any and it’s easier for me since the brand is not very accessible. Love everything but I’ve been spending too much!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

I limited myself to just these for Christmas so I’m safe haha! :D


MrsRance November 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Nice choices Paris ;)

I bought the Crazy Paris Pressed Meteorites powder and I bought another one for back up :D


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

Woohoo! Back up! :D I was thinking about it (Madness!) but in the end didn’t whew! ;)


Victoria November 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Such lovely picks and really expensive as well. LOL. I have met Irene as well on another blogger’s recommendation and she is such a lovely person. If I had to choose between the Guerlain Meteorites in Teint Beidge (02) and the Crazy Paris Pressed Meteorites powder, which would you recommend? This would be my first purchase of the fame balls/powder and it would be nice to make the right choice.


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

Ooh yeah, pricey pricey :P It’s the only makeup I’ve splurged on in a while so I told myself I’d treat myself. Thankfully nothing else is catching my eye so that’s pretty much is! I haven’t tried the Crazy Meteorites powder so I’m afraid I can’t help you there. My only concern would be that sometimes the Meteorites can apply a little pink or white if you use too much and that might not give you the effect you want. I’d suggest you check it out at the counter to see if it might be too light for you in which case, it’s probably better to go for Teint Beige. That said, there’s a new formula out next year for the permanent Perles so I’m not sure if you’d want to wait for that! I’m not too sure about the shades available though.


S. Drama&Makeup November 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Crazy Paris :D I have to say I haven’t paid much attention to this collection because I really dislike the packaging.
I really want to check out the bronzer now, I think I may like it!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

LOL yeah, went a little crazy ;) I wasn’t keen on most of the packaging too but I thought the ones for the pressed powders weren’t bad. The bronzer certainly surprised me because it’s so light! Good for someone like me who is afraid of bronzer :)


plue November 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I must skip! i think i overspend a wee bit too much as of late, but the pressed meteorites are gorgeous! and that lipstick too!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

Well there’ll always be other collections Plue :) I haven’t been buying a lot lately so told myself I’d splurge :D


Anna November 9, 2013 at 3:48 am

100% agreed. Guerlain’s holiday collection is my highlight of the year. From September onwards, I’m counting down the days till it finally hits the shelves and then I was SO let down by the design. It’s probably the ugliest Christmas edition they ever came out with, but since I collect all of the météorites and radiant sublime powders, I naturally got these as soon as they came out. They’re probably the ugliest Guerlain items I own, but I own them nonetheless and my collection has expanded by two new bits. I’m really digging the lipsticks this year, though – they’re not as loaded with colour and ‘crazy’ typography as the meteorites tin.


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

Ah Anna, you understand :D I was planning to pick it up for collector’s sake, but decided against it and put my money towards the Terracotta bronzer instead. Best decision ever! :D The neon accents on the lipsticks this year are different. A little crazy but at least they don’t have the crazy typography as you said!


Tina November 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

I haven’t seen the collection yet, but hopefully i’d get another Meteorites perles (not pressed version).

I like the powder/blush too! It looks like it has satin finish, no sparkles! :) I’ll try it out! Good thing is that you can use individual shades as eyeshadows, for natural look. It’s a multitasker, like their bronzers!

I’ve got Chanel les Beiges in #40, works great on oily skin as an “all over face” bronzer, no oxidation, non comedogenic etc, and has lovely scent! Check ‘em out :)


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

There is a sheen to the powder/blush but no outright shimmer so that’s great. I’d always wanted to try Guerlain bronzers because I’d heard so much about them but I’d always found them too brown. Happy to finally own one that works for me! I’ve heard a lot about the Chanel Les Beiges powders. Haven’t tried it yet because my skin doesn’t seem to like Chanel base products but a friend swears it’s the best setting powder she’s ever used!


Parita November 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I am loving the peachy bronzer/blush LOL….can’t wait to see some swatches!


Paris B November 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

I hope to bring them soon, Parita but am also afraid they’d sell out by the time I do! Couldn’t get the swatches to show up properly in night lighting :(


Applegal November 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Crazy Paris, haha! The lipstick looks ooh la la but the price… Ouch!


Paris B November 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

Haha yeah, quite crazy ;) The lipstick is fab fab fab! :D


Samantha November 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

The lipstick color looks so gorgeous..now i am thinking should i get 1 since i a wearing a red cheongsam for my big day


Paris B November 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

Did you get it Samantha? :) I’m not sure if it’ll clash with red though. It’s quite significantly pink!


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