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Friday, 25 January 2013

Guerlain Coup de Foudre Quad Swatches and Comparisons

Guerlain's limited edition Coup de Foudre quad is one of my first spring collection purchases this year. And based on Sonia's latest sweet makeup temptation, it definitely won't be my last.

But in the meantime, in line with my "one in, one out" policy, it's time to say goodbye to Shiseido Jungle and Addiction Thriller. Both of which I do like (I like everything I own) but Coup de Foudre turned out to be just too aptly named to resist.
Guerlain Coup de Foudre, Shiseido Jungle, Addiction Thriller


Love at first swatch, anyone?
I had read some complaints in early reviews (from American bloggers like Messy Wands) that the grey shade was hard and lacked pigment, but mine was buttery and dense; the olive-bronze was the pan which gave me a little trouble at first, but after a few uses, it softened up beautifully. Overall I thought all four shades had excellent pigmentation (these are one-swipe swatches made with a sponge applicator) and superior textures (more buttery and blendable) to the permanent Guerlain quads.
Guerlain Coup de Foudre swatch
natural light
Under bright lights / certain angles, the textural nuances come through: the coral is a refined satin, the mint a shimmer with very subtle duochrome metallic flash (alternately gold and silver, depending on angle) and the gunmetal and olive-bronze both imbed microshimmer in satin and metallic bases, respectively.
Guerlain Coup de Foudre swatch
flash

Comparison swatches
The coral with Illamasqua Rude cream blush, Fyrinnae Picture It: Sicily and Catrice Dalai Drama


The mint with Addiction Silent Scream, Fyrinnae Ethereal Eire, and a mixture of Rouge Bunny Rouge Resplendent Quetzal and Periwinkle Cardinal 


The grey with Shu Uemura ME 471 (2nd gen, discontinued) and Addiction Thriller


The olive-bronze with RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Sue Devitt Golden Triangle Eye Intensifier Pencil and the olive from Shiseido Jungle

The olive-bronze and coral had unusually balanced undertones which turned out to be difficult to duplicate; even for a green and grey eyeshadow addict like me, the mint and gunmetal proved to be surprisingly tricky too. In combination, the most similar palette I own is Suqqu 07 Komorebi, and I've swatched the three main shades from that (skipping the bottom left primer/base pan), as well as Shiseido Jungle trio, to show how Coup de Foudre differs.
Guerlain Coup de Foudre swatch comparison with Suqqu Komorebi and Shiseido Jungle

Overall, in mood and with its fusion of bold contrasts with soft freshness, Coup de Foudre has become my go-to palette for this transitional season, when I need colours with enough heft to withstand the January blahs but crave the lightness 'n' brightness of spring. Expect lots of face spam over the coming weeks. :)

23 comments:

  1. This is so nice and now I'm tempted, no! Bad me. I can't afford it atm haha :-) so I will live through you!

    -heechy

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  2. How funny, I also noticed a difference (not only eyeshadows) between the US and european formulations. When I first saw the PR pictures online I never thought I would like CdF but it impressed me way more in person. Can't wait to see one of your fabulous looks with this palette <3 / Claire

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  3. Great swatches as always! Coup de Foudre wasn't for me, so that's money saved for Suqqu :-) Hope your Thriller and Jungle go to good homes!

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  4. I heart this one BIG time! I've used the coral on my eyes and cheeks. It's just such a fun shade to play with! Can't wait to see it on you!

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  5. Your pst kinda sealed the deal for me Kate. I wanted to get it but haven't gone to see it in person. I was in the fence about this but I guess I have to get it now. I can't wait to see your eye look using this.

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  6. I'm tempted, especially because of that olive shade, but I just got Abyssinian Catbird and I'm still all head over heels for that.
    The mint color reminds me of a shade I have in a green P&J trio (from about a year ago?) shaped like a cat.
    I'm considering introducing myself to Suqqu this spring, so I think I'm going to hold my breath and hope that I see reviews soon. If I'm going to take the plunge with Suqqu, I want to carefully choose something to love.

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  7. You always have such beautiful swatches! I admire your dedication to the "one-in, one-out" policy, but Jungle & Thriller are both so lovely that I can't imagine parting with them.

    And this is odd, but even though I adore Guerlain, I just haven't been interested in CdF at all. I can't wait to see how you use it, though!

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    1. Ironically I'm not a huge fan of Guerlain eyeshadows, but this one was instant "TAKE ME HOME" :D

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  8. I was ignoring this palette, but now I am tempted! I'm not going to get it though; it's the kind of thing that I ooh & aah over, but I don't think I would use regularly myself. Still, lovely, lovely swatches & comparisons!

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  9. Looking forward to seeing how you use it! :)

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  10. OMG. This is SO gorgeous! :O I am lemming it now. Especially due to the orange-ish color. But I think I can find dupes in my MAC Pigment collection (Electric Coral for the orange)

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  11. I always really love your comparison swatches, it seems that Coup de Foudre is differenet enough from what I have already. I especially love how Guerlain added the bright coral to make this palette different from others :).

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  12. Looking forward to see what look you put together, Kate! I don't own a single Guerlain quad (or...any of the line, actually!), mainly because I always heard the texture and pigmentation wasn't ideal, but this one looks and sounds fabulous.

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    1. In general I'd agree with you! But the recent limited edition quads seem to be a step up -- Turandot and Liu were awesome last season, but the colours weren't for me.

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  13. Thank you for your detailed comparison. It's very helpful and I am really in love with the green. It looks so beautiful!

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  14. God I love your swatches SO much. Thanks for showing this! I wasn't sure about the new quad, this really helps!

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  15. Guerlain green palette looks amazing in your swatches- the coral colour intrigues me the most!
    I have never owned Guerlain shadows- are they very good like Addiction/burbery?

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  16. I can't wait to see this on you. I'm not tempted myself (no to coral and olive on me - RBR Abyssinian Catbird was *dreadful*) but I love the combination of colours here, and you can wear anything.

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  17. I wasn't even thinking about Coup de Foudre, but you now make me want it, I'm sure it wouldn't work on my colouring and yet you have now planted the seed of "need" ;) x

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  18. Lovely comparisons!!! I got this one this week and I'm totally in love (weird, since I don't tend to like olives on me... I feel they make me look overall green.

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  19. Such a unique and pretty palette--so fresh and bright and perfect for spring! I really like that Guerlain has been playing with that added pop of coral in some of their palettes--it's really fun and a color I'd like to try! Hope you do a look with this soon, Kate--I bet it'll look gorgeous on you!

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  20. Gah, the creamy mossy colour has this gorgeous multidimension and the combination of hues are stunning.
    I would buy it for the name only, hehe, coup de foudre meaning something like a "flash of brightness" or, you linked it as "love at first sight", which you can compare to the first one too

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