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8 Makeup Favorites Worth Splurging On

Makeup Favorites

This is the third in my recent series of “favorites” posts. If you missed them, please check out the first – 10 Makeup Favorites under $10 Each, and the second – 10 Mid-Priced Makeup Favorites.

For this installment, I have 8 of my favorite splurges (I really don’t have 10, and I didn’t want to pad it with two additional products I don’t love!).  They range in price, but I would consider each expensive for what it is; but, because of the quality, worth it for me.

In order from least to most expensive:

1. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (review). You’ll notice that in every single FOTD I post, this is what I use for my brows.  It’s the perfect color for me (I use the lighter side on my inner brows, and the darker side on my outer brows), and it lasts all day. $22.

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo

2.  Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (review). This eyeshadow keeps popping up in all of my favorites posts, because I use it so often! It’s a great blending and highlighting shade for me – subtle, but does its job so well. $29.

Burberry Trench Eyeshadow

3.  Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush in Orpheline or Florita (review).  I absolutely love the texture of Rouge Bunny Rouge blushes; they’re soft, silky, and very pigmented.  The two colors I bought are quite similar, so right now I’m using Orpheline, and I haven’t decided whether to sell Florita or keep it. $31 at Beautyhabit

RBR Orpheline, Florita

4.  YSL Glossy Stain 12 Corail Fauve (review).  I am slowing learning to wear lip gloss – I’m mostly a lipstick girl – and this one is my favorite, because it lasts a long time and doesn’t transfer much.  It helps that the color is gorgeous! $32

YSL Corail Fauve

5.  Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow #24 Smokey Copper (review). I spent a long time thinking that the ETK shadows were too expensive for me, but I’m glad I eventually gave in; Smokey Copper is utterly gorgeous, and has a fantastic formula.  $32

Armani ETK 24

6.  Guerlain Rouge Automatic 167 Guet-Apens (review). I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite lipstick formula (there are so many great ones!), but Guerlain’s Rouge Automatics would definitely be on the list. Guet-Apens, a gorgeous berry, is one of my favorite shades. I also love that despite being moisturizing, it will last through a meal. $35.

Guerlain RA 167 Guet-Apens

7. Guerlain Meteorites Compact Powder (review). As you can tell from the picture at the top of this post, I use this frequently! I’m almost done with my first compact, and have already purchased a second; I wouldn’t want to run out and not have this available for even a day! This powder helps my foundation last longer all year long – both in winter when my skin is dryer, and in summer when it’s more normal. $56

Guerlain Meteorites Compact

8. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation (review). My foundation favorites change frequently, but at the moment this is my favorite formula. It has just the right amount of coverage (light to medium), and looks just like skin. $58

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

Honorable Mention:

Guerlain Parure de Nuit, LE and no longer available. I’m pretty sure this is the most expensive makeup item I’ve ever purchased, but I’m so glad I did. It’s a really lovely subtle highlight, and I love the design. $67

Guerlain Parure de Nuit

As you can see, Guerlain is one of my very favorite brands – they’re one of the higher end brands whose products I find worth the price tag. What are your favorite splurges and higher end brands?


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Guerlain Chamade 164 Rouge Automatique Review, Swatches, Photos

Guerlain Chamade 164

Guerlain Chamade 164

Today, I have Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique in Chamade (164) for you. Since I’ve reviewed several of Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique lipsticks, I’ll make this review short & sweet!

Love: The formula! Very comfortable to wear & long lasting. The slider-thing is fun too.

Fine with: The packaging. Not a huge fan of gold, but I don’t hate it.

Dislike: The price. $35 is steep!

Chamade 164 swatch

Chamade 164

I really like how this looks on my lips – it’s sort of juicy and reminds me of a jelly-finish nail polish. Love it!

Perhaps my shortest review ever?


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Guerlain 101 Violette De Madame Rouge Automatique Review, Swatches, Photos

Guerlain 101 Violette de Madame

Guerlain 101 Violette de Madame

Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique lipsticks have one of my favorite lipstick formulas.  Matte lipsticks are actually my favorite overall, but in the non-matte category, Rouge Automatiques are tops.  They are smooth, moisturizing-but-not-greasy, and last very well.  The only thing I dislike about them is the price – $35.
As I’ve noted before, the packaging – while very functional – isn’t really to my taste; I don’t like the gold, and would prefer black.  I do like the slider.
One of my new shades is Violette de Madam (101), which is a soft my-lips-but-better color on me. Depending on the pigmentation of your lips and your skintone, it might be anything from a nude to a soft, rosy natural on you.

Guerlain 101 Violette de Madame swatch

Guerlain 101 Violette de Madame

I really love this shade; it’s very flattering and pretty on me. Here’s the lip swatch:
And finally, a comparison of the closest lip colors in my stash. From left to right, I have swatched Poppy King Confidence, Guerlain Violette de Madame,  NARS Gipsy, and NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte lip pencil.  As you can see, none are particularly close.

my lips but better lipstick swatches - comparisons

Confidence, Violette de Madame, Gipsy, Dolce Vita

Are you a fan of the Rouge Automatiques?
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Guerlain Guet-Apens 167 Rouge Automatique Review, Swatches, Photos

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be doing some reviews that are a bit lighter on text for the next little while.  Here’s a mini-review and some swatches and photos of one of my newest acquisions, the utterly gorgeous Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipstick in Guet-Apens (167).

The packaging is fun, and very functional, but not really my style.  The lipstick itself is perfection – fantastic color, wonderful texture, and great staying power,

Guerlain Guet-Apens

It’s unique in my stash; I have some similar colors, but nothing identical, and the similar colors I have are very different textures.   Below, I’ve swatched NARS Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Guerlain Guet-Apens Rouge Automatique, MAC Casual Color pot in Keep It Casual, and L’Oreal Caresse Lipstick in Cherry Tulle.

Comparison: NARS Damned, Guerlain Guet-Apens, MAC Keep it Casual, L’oreal Cherry Tulle

And finally, a lip swatch – it’s actually more glossy when applied, but this is blotted slightly, because that is how I prefer to wear my lipstick:

Guerlain Guet-Apens, blotted slightly

Are you a fan of the Rouge Automatique line? If so, what’s your favorite color from the line?


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Guerlain Teint Beige Meteorites Compact Powder Review, Photos

guerlain teint beige meteorites compact powder

Guerlain is my favorite luxury brand, and one of my favorite products is the meteorites pearls (the loose balls).  However, I’ve modified my meteorites pearls by removing the shimmering ones to create a matte powder.  Recently, I discovered that Guerlain makes a matte meteorites powder (three, in fact), which comes in a pressed form.

Guerlain Météorites Compact Powder is an “illuminating and mattifying pressed powder” that has a natural finish – unlike the meteorites pearls, it has no shimmer or even sheen.  However, it’s not a harsh matte; it’s a very natural, beautiful finish.   As I tend not to get oily, I can’t speak to whether it actually controls oil.  It did seem to make my makeup last longer overall, and it was not drying – which is the most common problem I have with powders.

The pressed meteorite compact has the signature Guerlain scent – I enjoy the scent in the Guerlain powders, as it feels luxurious to use, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re sensitive to scents.

The Meteorites Compact Powder comes in three shades; from light to dark, the are Teint Rose, Teint Beige, and Teint Dore.  I have Teint Beige – which is really so sheer that it should work for most skintones.

The  powder comes packaged in a plastic compact embossed with the same design that the meteorites pearls packaging has. The compact is surprisingly light – I would have expected a more substantial compact from Guerlain and at this price point. However, it’s sort of nice that this is so portable.  It is a very sturdy compact.

The powder comes with a very insubstantial puff, which I don’t use to apply it – I prefer to use a brush.   I also don’t like to store applicators directly on top of powders, so I’ve thrown out the puff entirely.

Overall, I really like the Meteorites Compact Powder.  I enjoy the experience of using it – which is one of my favorite things about Guerlain products – and I love the natural finish.  It seems to help my makeup last longer.

Because it’s basically a translucent powder, I don’t have a swatch for you; swatches didn’t seem very helpful!  The finish is really lovely when applied, but it’s one of those things that doesn’t quite translate to photos.

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Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Review, Swatches, Photos

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Although I have a foundation I’m really happy with overall – MUFE HD – lately I’ve been testing out Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau foundation, and after wearing it for about a week, I’m ready to share my thoughts.

The first thing that is striking about Lingerie de Peau is the scent. Like most Guerlain products, it’s heavily scented.   I don’t mind the scent, but I would probably prefer an unscented or more lightly scented product. If you’re sensitive to scents, this is a product you should probably skip.

The texture of the foundation is light, and although it’s more difficult to blend that MUFE HD, it’s still fairly easy to blend.  I’ve applied it with a brush (the Sigma F80, my favorite), and with my fingers, and it applies equally well both ways.  I’ve read that it has light to medium coverage, but it seems to be more medium on me.  It has and a very natural finish. Since I have normal to dry skin and the finish is very natural, I don’t need to powder this foundation, which is something that I really like.  It feels weightless on my skin.

no foundation; Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau lasts all day on me.  It has SPF 20, but doesn’t reflect white in flash photos (the above photo was taken in natural light, but I also took some flash photos just to test).   I’ve heard that it has a very limited shade range, but as you can see, I’ve found an excellent color match; I’m wearing #02.

There are three Sephora stores relatively near me, but only one of them carries Lingerie de Peau in-store (although all three carry Guerlain), so you may want to call ahead if you’re looking for it at a Sephora.  It is available on &

Given that I’m happy with my MUFE HD foundation, and that the Guerlain is pricey – $58 for 1oz – I haven’t bought it yet, but I’m definitely considering it.  I really like it, I just haven’t decided yet whether it’s worth the cost!

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