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Guerlain Ombre Eclat One Shade Eyeshadow
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Guerlain Ombre Eclat One Shade Eyeshadow
Date: 07/10/10, updated on 07/10/10 (93 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful colours, easy to apply, leaves a smooth and perfect looking finish
This was the kind greeting I received at a family wedding last month from my 'considerate' (read: spoilt brat) niece, Tia. A would-be beauty therapist, Tia (not her actual name, she is nineteen with delusions of grandeur which results in her given name of Sarah being far too 'common' for her liking)... well, Tia is a rather irritating creature due to the fact that whenever she sees any of the female members of my clan she wants to give them a make-over. And to do this she is so incredibly insulting, so it was rather (uncharitably) amusing to hear her make the basic error of calling Guerlain a 'new and exciting' brand.
I felt rather guilty for not correcting her at the time, but in retrospect it was a good move as the following day she turned up with the contents of a goody bag she had received at a recent fashion show. She scathingly commented about the shades being too 'old biddy' for her tastes and then proceeded to ask me if I'd like them (old biddy that I obviously am!). When I saw the brand names I almost snatched her hand off; Clarins, Dior, Givenchy, Rimmel (this was not one I got terribly excited over) and Guerlain - I admit, I was happy to suffer ageist abuse for such a lovely selection of cosmetics!
The Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow is, quite simply, wonderful. I am not a huge wearer of make-up but do like to apply a little for special occasions, I am by no means an expert and would actually class myself very much as a novice despite my age. So the first thing I noticed was how easy this eyeshadow is to apply; it's a powder eyeshadow but has a delightfully velvet texture which makes the colour glide across my eyelids, it has such a smooth consistency that the eyeshadow almost feels creamy while applying it.
Within the small golden case is a small sponge applicator and it has a mirror built into the lid; the applicator is of obvious high quality compared with the type which usually comes with powder eyeshadows, but a little too small for my liking so I tend to use a traditional eyeshadow brush which I personally find easier to handle. The mirror is perfectly designed to show the eye I am working on without any kind of distortion, it's by necessity a rather small mirror due to the size of the compact itself but I find it adequate for both applying my eyeshadow from scratch and also touching up as the evening progresses.
I am currently using the Cares shade (183) and I find it suits my pale but slightly ruddy complexion perfectly. I actually agree with my niece that the shade would probably be more suited to women of my age than younger girls, although I do believe it would work well as a highlighting eyeshadow whatever your age. Cares is a peachy colour which is simple to build up for a more intense effect and it is very easy to add more or less to give your eyes an attractive, well blended appearance.
I am impressed with the longevity of this eyeshadow, and also by the fact that it doesn't all collapse into the creases around my eyes. I'm not ashamed to say I have rather wrinkly eyelids, so eyeshadow can prove to be a problem as I find that after a while the colour will fade across the smoother portions of my eyes while collected in the grooves and furrows. This doesn't happen when using Guerlain Ombre Eclait and I can honestly say my eyeshadow looks as fresh as a daisy even after hours of wear, it's also surprisingly simple to remove using plain old soap and water or the cleanser of your choice. Despite the fact that it is so beautifully long lasting, you certainly will not need a specialised make-up remover to take it off at the end of the night - and I also noticed that it doesn't leave me with any kind of irritation or dryness after removal, which is always a plus point for me as I have rather sensitive facial skin.
The range of colours available is superb, the majority being what I would class as 'safe' classic shades. They are mainly soft tones which can be used alone or with more dramatic products for an extra show of colour, as you can probably guess I steered clear of adding any brighter/darker shades and was more than happy with the subtle look I managed to achieve with Cares.
Being Guerlain, this product comes at a price. The standard size eyeshadow compact costs £19 in John Lewis, I'm so impressed with it overall however that I intend on buying a further two shades from the range - the colours all appear to compliment one another nicely so if funds allow I certainly recommend you purchase more than one shade (or maybe invest in the palette if you are a more regular eyeshadow wearer than I am) as I'm sure they could be used together for maximum effect.
Summary: An excellent eyeshadow which I am proud to own and wear.