So bright! So expensive! Just a few exclamations over the Guerlain Rue de Rivoli Ecrin 6 colour eyeshadow palette. You’d be right to, except because its Guerlain, the price point is pretty much expected (its luxury after all) and in keeping with its name, Rue de Rivoli is one of the more upmarket streets in Paris where one of the Guerlain stores is located.
The Rue de Rivoli eyeshadow palette is limited edition for Spring 2011 and follows in the style of the Ecrin 6 colour eyeshadow palette released last year.
What you get in a largish, heavy metal case is 6 eyeshadows – 2 matte, 4 shimmer and the texture is lovely. Smooth, finely milled and very chic. The matte shades blend very well and the shimmer shades are not crazy shimmery. Its all very elegant… until you come to that pop of bright fuchsia pink in the center. It boggled my mind how it could be used but to my surprise, or perhaps relief, it swatches a bit sheerer than it actually looks. I’ve got the swatches below together with a couple of pictures of how I wore this palette.
The shadows all swatch a little on the sheer side. Very buildable though and the colours do not scream at you with great intensity. But these are eyeshadow textures that suit my style so I’m happy. If you prefer something that screams “STRONG COLOUR” you might find these boring.
Each swatch was made with just 1 swipe of colour. Its pigmented but sheer, if there’s such a thing. As I have mentioned, the pink swatches a little sheer, which suits me fine. I think I’d have trouble wearing anything that bright on my lids! More trouble than I already had anyway 🙂
What I found is that the Rue de Rivoli palette actually has an underlying purplish tone. Its evident when you swipe it on your skin, but less so in the pan. In the pan, it looks neutral but on the skin, its got hints of purplish tones that can be very pretty.
Rue de Rivoli Look #1
Here’s the first look I did with the Rue de Rivoli palette. What I did was to blend in the bright fuchsia pink with the darkest shade in the pan and it turned out a Violet shade that quite surprised me.
- Darkest Colour #4 to line and taken up to the crease
- Fuchsia #6 blended in with the first shade
- Matte #3 on inner lid
- Shimmer white #1 to blend away harsh edges
Rue de Rivoli Look #2
The second time, I decided to be bolder and really use the fuchsia by itself without blending it with the darker shade. I kept it to the outer corner of the eye only for this one and only a light touch.
- Darkest colour #4 to line
- Fuchsia #6 in outer corner
- Matte #3 on inner lid
I thought this look was a goner, but it turned out looking quite fresh and spring-y. I’m slowly getting over my fear of wearing pink shadow! 😀 Wearing the Blush G in both pictures.
I did use this palette without the fuchsia at all and its very pretty in a chic neutral sort of way. The fuchsia just adds a pop of unexpected colour that is very refreshing and is a great way of changing a more neutral day look to a more fun night one. You could even try the pink as a blush, with a light hand, that makes this an all in one sort of palette.
Now for the billion dollar… or rather RM266 question. Do you need this?
My answer is no, if you do not plan on using every single colour in the palette. The neutral shades are beautiful but so is the fuchsia and it deserves some love. But if you are adventurous and want an eyeshadow palette that is at one, fun yet chic depending on your mood, get this palette. I think you’d love it!
Pros: Shadow texture is smooth, fine and very highly blendable, Pigmentation is fair and can be layered for intensity, Palette is beautifully constructed and luxurious to look at and hold
Cons: Expensive, Limited Edition, the Fuchsia shade can be hard to use
I had to show you the picture of the palette because I really like how it looks.
The case is metal and the whole palette is quite heavy. The cover has an intricate cut out that is quite a work of art, and the inner cover which swings open to the side holds a large mirror. An eyeshadow brush is included.
My suggestion is to check it out in person if you can, before you decide to purchase it. The texture might just blow you away 🙂
Is this a palette you might use? How daring are you to use bright fuchsia on your eyes? I was afraid once, but I think now I’m quite daring so I’d sport it, and to my surprise, it works! 😀
Guerlain Rue de Rivoli Ecrin 6 eyeshadow palette retails at RM266 at Guerlain counters and is limited edition for Spring 2011. Guerlain counters can be found at Parkson KLCC, Parkson Pavilion, Sogo, Isetan The Gardens and Tangs Pavilion.