Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | First impressions + Look

Last month, I literally squealed when I arrived home and opened a huge box full of Guerlain goodies. I've always admired Guerlain from afar, but due to my shyness around the price point, I had rarely indulged in trying any of their products out. Guerlain was firmly in that "so far outside my world, it can't even tempt me" realm; thus, I was ecstatic to have this opportunity to try out and share with you, the new 2015 spring makeup collection.

The Les Tendres collection consists of a broad range of products, some of which I'll be showing you today. The collection is quite simply stunning and the most beautiful products I've ever had. Although packaged in similar materials as other brands, there's just something about the way Guerlain does it that makes it unique. It's all the little details that make the difference with Guerlain, like the cut edges of a mascara tube, the glossiness of the boxes, or the way the meteorites in a palette are arranged perfectly evenly for optimal color distribution. It's all just very sigh-worthy.

As of yesterday, you can find the Les Tendres collection at all Guerlain counters, such as at Holt Renfrew. The products I have to share with you today are the:
  • Maxi Lash Volume Creating, Curl Sculpting mascara in Marine
  • Meteorites Perles les Blush Angelic Radiance
  • Meteorites Compact Poudre Revelatrice de Lumiere 
  • Meteorites Light-revealing Sheer Makeup Anti-fatigue Effect Baby Glow 

As I've only just started using the products, below are some of my initial impressions:

Maxi Lash

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

Price: $34
Shade: Marine
What's in it:
  • Beeswax
  • Polybutene - a thickener and lubricant. May cause irritation for some.
  • Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 - usually found in lipsticks, it provides a glossy finish and is used commonly in hair dyes
  • Palmitic acid - many uses, but probably acting here as an emulsifier
Thoughts: The packaging of this mascara is beautiful with its softly rounded gold edges. The mascara brush itself is pretty standard and thin, while the mascara formula itself also feels standard, if a tinge heavier than normal.

Marine is a beautiful dark royal blue that has a somewhat glossy sheen to it. Unfortunately, the color doesn't show up on my lashes at all, not even at the very tips! I was really looking forward to getting some beautiful sapphire lashes, but sadly that was not the case. Other than that, this mascara was pretty standard; it gave me decent volume and length, but nothing to write home about.

Final Verdict: Ditch

Meteorites Perles les Blush Angelic Radiance 

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

Price: $58
What's in it:
  • Synthetic fluorphlogopite - provides texture by increasing viscosity
  • Talc - a silicate powder that makes up the body of the product
  • Nylon-12 - a bulking agent that provides a smooth, crease-less surface
  • Distarch phosphate - an aborbent and anti-caking ingredient
Thoughts: This was probably one of my fave products from the line as it's a blush. I've only become obsessed with blushes probably in the last year and have already amassed a sizeable collection (to me). I was curious how this one would work as it's also using the famous meteorite format. The compact itself is quite cute, although made out of cardboard, which is decidedly non-luxe. Inside the circular box is a thick white pouf over top of the meteorites themselves. 

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

Now, let's all just take a moment to admire the sheer beauty of these meteorites. They're so stunning I probably took 10 photos of meteorite close-ups. The pearls are a mix of a deep pink-red, a rose and a baby pink shade. Each meteorite is roughly the same size, but not the same shape, giving it a bit of an artisanal feel. To use, simply pat the pouf down on the meteorites and then softly tap off the excess on your hand before applying to the face.

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

The finished look is a vibrant pink-red that truly evokes that flushed feeling. It has a very soft shimmer to it as well that's similar to the glow that the Hourglass powders provide. I thought for sure that I'd have this color already, but I was totally mistaken. My other pink blushes are either too blue or more brown and this is a perfect pink-red.

My only minor complaint with this blush is the pouf, which I wish had a little handle to make it easier to pick up. You could probably use a brush to apply this with as well, but I like the idea of using the pouf. I've always wanted one and it feels very glamourous and old Hollywood to use!

Final Verdict: Buy

Meteorites Compact Poudre Revelatrice de Lumiere

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

Price: $71
What's in it:
  • Talc
  • Synthetic fluorphlogopite
  • Nylon-12
  • Lauroyl lysine - provides texture
Thoughts: This "light revealing pressed powder" contains a mosaic of different shades, which I'm guessing when swirled together and applied to the face, eliminate redness and provide a smooth, even-toned base. The powder is very finely milled and feels solid, but not hard. Running a finger over it doesn't really pull off a lot of product either, but I noticed that when actually using it with a brush, it gives my face a subtle glow. Unlike my Hourglass Ambient powder in Dim Light, the glow I get here is more white and pale, whereas the Hourglass leans ever so slightly golden. Surprisingly, this powder did a decent job of mattifying without somehow covering up my shine and I didn't notice any oil buildup after a few hours wear, but this could be due to the fact that I had mostly spent the day inside.

I could see myself using this as a finishing powder over top of my regular pressed powder when I want a smooth, glowing finish and don't feel the need to go further with a highlighter.

This product works very nicely for what it is, but if you are like me and already own a bunch of illuminating and finishing products, then you probably don't need this one.

Final Verdict: Buy

Meteorites Light-revealing Sheer Makeup Anti-fatigue Effect Baby Glow

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

Price: $60
What's in it:
  • Cyclopentasiloxane - a silicone that fills in lines, helps ingredients absorb and gives skin a silky feel
  • Glycerin - a moisturizer
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate - an active sunscreen ingredient that helps makeup resist UV damage
  • Isododecane - works alongside silicones to provide a weightless feel and spreadability
Thoughts: In my limited experience with Guerlain's long-ass product names, it seems that the brand likes to tell you the product's benefits right in the name - so handy! I would say this foundation is very similar to a BB cream as it provides hydration, SPF, and light coverage.  

There are two shades available: light and medium, but they are actually so similar on me that I was able to wear both on my face and go out to dinner without any strange looks! The light shade has more of a white-ish/pink tone to it, while Medium is more of a traditional golden beige. 

All you need is one pump to cover your face as the foundation is quite watery, yet it still provides very decent coverage. If you have blemishes or scars to cover up, you're going to still want to go over this with concealer. I'd also recommend still wearing a sunscreen underneath as I doubt the SPF in here is adequate to provide any real protection. 

Once on, the finish feels absolutely weightless and gives a dewy glow to skin. It was very easy to blend in and wore well all day. My skin also felt extremely soft and silky and I couldn't stop stroking myself! 

My only complaint with this product is its packaging. The caps on the tube are so tight that you have to hold it very firmly to slide the cap off. As a result, even after one use, I saw residue smeared on the applicator thanks to the cap. Over time I can imagine how messy that would get.

Final Verdict: Buy

Swatches and Look

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J
L to R: Maxi Lash Volume Creating, Curl Sculpting mascara in Marine, Meteorites Perles les Blush Angelic Radiance

Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J
Baby Glow swatches. L to R: Medium, Light

FOTD featuring Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J
Can you even guess which side of my face is wearing which foundation shade?

FOTD featuring Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

FOTD featuring Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

FOTD featuring Guerlain Spring 2015 Les Tendres makeup collection | Just J

Wearing all Les Tendres products as well as Stila The Natural eyeshadow palette on lids, Revlon Photoready Eye Art in Topaz Twinkle along lashline, and Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive on lips.





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