REVIEW: GUERLAIN LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE DELICIOUSLY SHINY LIP COLOUR

Time to say au revoir to those matte lipsticks, it is 2017 people!

Thank heaven I am in the beauty business, as rapid changes intrigued me. I got bored easily, especially when it comes to makeup, so when new trends or products or brands come along, I am super excited beyond words.

Enter GUERLAIN LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE DELICIOUSLY SHINY LIP COLOUR. Thanks Guerlain Indonesia for sending me this lipstick to review.

First of all, the packaging. It is the resemblance of La Petite Robe Noire’s original perfume bottle. The transparent case allows us to catch a glimpse of the shade. As the name already stated, it does deliver shiny color. It comes with fruity and floral scent from La Petite Robe Noir Fragrance. At first, I am quite skeptical about this lipstick because of those two factors: shiny and fragrant, just because I am so used to matte and lightly scented lipsticks (which is so 2016 by the way).

Mine is #13 Leather Blazer. It is a plum shade with pearl pigments. If you see it did match my gel nails.

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The fun part of this lipstick, it is very buildable. To create natural effect, just apply one coat.

Two layers for casual chic effect.

And….three for sophisticated glamorous effect. So it’s either sheer, bright or bold kind of look, only by using one lipstick.

Final Verdict: it is very creamy for a glossy lipstick. It creates those stain/glossy look without the feeling of stickiness. As for the staying power, well…it is a gloss so what do you expect? But at least it didn’t flake or crack. Let me remind you once again, that this lipstick is fragranced. And it lingers quite a while, so yeah if you’re not into fragranced lipstick, you won’t like this one. For IDR 440K a pop, it’s not cheap either, but at least it looks great on the vanity and when you apply it in public.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: GUERLAIN LINGERIE DE PEAU FOUNDATION

I can’t go out without my foundation. Yes, I am that insecure. If I have flawless skin, I’d go bare. Unfortunately I don’t. So yes, I am a foundation kind of girl.

Thanks Guerlain Indonesia for sending me their latest foundation to be review. GUERLAIN LINGERIE DE PEAU NATURAL PERFECTION SKIN-FUSION TEXTURE SPF20. If I’m not mistaken, they do have Lingerie De Peau before. So I believe this is the latest version with added technology and SPF.

In their origin, they carry 18 shades, but here in Indonesia, they have half of the shades which priced at Rp 895.000 each. With three undertones, Cool, Neutral and Warm, you’ll find your matching shades easily. My shade is 02W which is Light Warm.

Here’s how it look like, not blended and blended with fingers.

It is Guerlain, so it is pricey. But it’s worth every drop as I believe I have found my perfect shade and texture. You see, I’ve tried other brand’s silky foundation before (HG of many if you know what I mean), but the dewy result just turned me off. It went super oily by midday and foundation melt-off is just bad, real bad.

Different case with Guerlain Lingerie De Peau. Their latest invention, named Bio-Fusion micro mesh, weaves natural silk and linen fibres and knits them with stretch fibres with smoothing properties to form a feather light veil that sort of hugs the face and promises total lasting comfort. The result: airy texture that glides effortlessly. Especially if you
blend well with their foundation brush, the result will be very smooth and even. Your skin but much better, I might say.

Like putting on lingerie, it is a pleasure to apply this foundation. It’s not thick in consistency, nor watery. And the fact that it comes with a pump really help.

Very subtle fragrance, it doesn’t accentuate lines and gives that natural (not dewy but not matte either) look. I wore this with setting powder, but you can skip if you have dry skin.

Here’s how it looks like when freshly applied.

And…..5 hours later….after lots of coffee drinking on Friday night 🙂

Final verdict: I love how it blend easily, I applied with damp beauty blender and set with loose powder. I didn’t use concealer just for you guys to see that this foundation has light to medium coverage, so if you have things to hide, use concealer after foundation. It felt so light on the skin, like wearing literally nothing. I love the foundation, but remember to blot every two hours if you have super oily skin like mine.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

DON’T BE A FOOL WHEN IT COMES TO MAKEUP

On this April Fools’ Day, I’m going to share my Holy Grail when it comes to fool-proof makeup.

In my own term, fool-proof means practical yet it stands against Jakarta’s weather (which become more hot and humid these days). 

In alphabetical order:
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo : as natural as real brows, I hate fake looking brows which created by some pencil. 

– Bobbi Brown Concealer : it concealed well without cracking and works magically for that zit coverage. 

– Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow : palette of fun, just mix and blend to create any looks I desired.

– Guerlain Meteorites Pearls : for that radiant finish which somehow made my makeup seem more natural.

–  MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation : let me tell you a little secret: once a beauty brand PR from other brand which also carried cosmetics line, bought this without hesitation. Need I say more?

– Maybelline New York Volum’ Express One by One Mascara : the chubby tube and brush at it’s best. No clumps when applied, no smudges while sweating. 

– NARS Satin Lip Pencil : it lines, it fills, it doesn’t crack, it stays on. 

– The Body Shop All In One Blusher : no need to touch up during day time, as its’ extra fine powder blended well and stay there until you wipe it off. 

A TRIP DOWN BEAUTY LANE

Kicked off 2013 with family holiday. Fun in the sun, drugstores and beauty isles. Total bliss!

Went to Legoland Malaysia and short visit to Singapore with my boys. They came back with tans on their skin, and me? Still pale but happy with all the beauty products that I managed to get on such short trip. 

Here they are:

       Maybelline New York Lashionista Mascara

       Bioderma Sensibio H2O

       Essence Lash & Brow Gel

       L’Oreal Color Riche Le Nail Art

       Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream

       Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder

       Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops

       Rachel K CC Cream

       Chanel CC Cream

       Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara

       Guerlain Meteorites Perles

       Shu Uemura Karl Lagerfeld Eyelash Curler

       Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

       Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner

       Essence Quatro Eyeshadow

       Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

       Essence Fix & Matte Translucent Loose Powder

       Essence Gel Eyeliner

Can’t wait to review them one by one. Stay tune.

MALE MAGNET FRAGRANCE

As fashion lovers, we all know one must have fashion item in our closet which will make us look sexy, elegant, ultra chic and efficient for any events in our life. Little Black Dress, who doesn’t have it?

Just like a concept of Little Black Dress that every women should (read: must) have in their closets, Guerlain, a classic beauty brand since 1828, launched La Petite Robe Noire (means LBD in French). And just like LBD, that makes you feel good and powerful every time you wear it (which explained why we all have more than one inside our closets due to addictiveness to LBD), Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire does exactly that. Once you sniff it, it becomes addictive.

I attended the launch at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Jakarta yesterday to find out more about the sassy fragrance. “Guerlain as a brand, was and still a favorite among royalties,” said Raj Prem Bhojwani, Director of PT Aura Essence, who is the third generation of sole distributor that brought Guerlain to Indonesia. “Our first Indonesian President, Soekarno was a fan of Shalimar perfume,” he mentioned about the most famous Guerlain’s fragrance which was created back in 1925.

As an expert in the world of perfumery long before anything else that followed like make up and skin care, Guerlain did La Petite Robe Noire differently. “We collaborated with duo Kuntzel and Deygas, renowned visual artist with works such as “The Pink Panther” to create the character and advertisement. And the beautiful glass bottle is almost an exact replica of the 1912’s design L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko by Guerlain in 1919,” explained Caroline Lesueur, Guerlain Asia Pacific Marketing Manager.

I enjoy the lovely presentation with Nancy Sinatra’s song “These boots are made for walkin” playing on the background (click to watch the ad here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzgUfhnAjjs). And even more when they spritzed the fragrance on a piece of uniquely blotter made from fabric like a cloth tag. Frankly speaking, at first I was expecting a different scent, more grown up fragrance like the other Guerlain’s fragrances. But surprise surprise, it doesn’t. At all. It reminds me of a rose macaron. Sweet and creamy. All the sweet temptation came from floral scents like rose, jasmine and orange blossom, fruity cherry, apple and blackcurrant, and powdery notes from white amber and musk.

Actually this 2012 La Petite Robe Noire are the latest version of two previous La Petite Robe Noire which were exclusive and limited edition thus only available in selected markets, back in 2009 and 2011. But this time, Guerlain made it available to the mass market by their in-house perfumer, Thierry Wasser.

As an Eau De Parfum lover, I do wish La Petite Robe Noire will be available soon in EDP, as for now they only available in Eau De Toilette (EDT), Body Lotion and Shower Gel.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir price list in Indonesia:

 30 ml EDT, Rp 610.000
 50 ml EDT, Rp 830.000
 100 ml EDT, Rp. 1.230.000
 200 ml Body Lotion, Rp 590.000
 200 ml Shower Gel, Rp 475.000

 

REST MY CASE

The beauty of cosmetics packaging. The beauty brands are working very hard to boost their sales and one of the factor to achieve that goal is to have a beautiful packaging which will attract many customers, including me.

How many times have you bought something because of its’ packaging? Maybe, you haven’t even read about the reviews yet, but you just fell in love with it you have to buy it asap? The feelings are very mutual here. It happened to me all the time. It’s even crazier if they are limited edition. I am sold. Here are my beautiful packaging collection.