Monday, March 11, 2013

A Forgotten Favorite: Guerlain Écrin 6 Couleurs Palette in Rue de Passy

Being a beauty junkie has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side I essentially justify purchasing cosmetics and fragrance (within reason, of course) because, you know, it's my hobby. Unfortunately that also means that if I amass things too quickly I often forget or very quickly overlook treasures and gems in my collection. Though impulse buying and ordering mass quantities of things has blissfully fallen by the wayside, I'm still uncovering incredible products that I haven't devoted enough attention to!

One such product is Guerlain's Écrin 6 Couleurs Palette in Rue de Passy. The lovely and generous Kylie of Beauty and the Blonde 91 sent me this palette roughly a year ago because it wasn't being used in her collection. I eagerly dug into it when it first arrived and used it quite a bit, but new products were released and the gem fell to the same fate in my collection. Until this past weekend.

To begin with, the packaging is absolutely divine and très Guerlain. Housed in a heavy duty case stylistically similar to the Écrin 4 Couleurs palettes, the six pan renditions display a pattern on the top that pays homage to the pattern on many of the brand's perfume bottles. These palettes also offer a generously sized fold out mirror that serves the double purpose of protecting the shadows from the holes that form a part of the relief pattern carved into the palettes lid.

The palette is evidently inspired by Rue de Passy, situated in a beautiful and chic part of the XVI arrondissement. Guerlain's palette perfectly evokes the colors so emblematic of the neighborhood that is home to Passy in Paris. Though I haven't spent much time there myself (I'm more of a rive gauche girl), I can assert that this neighborhood is absolutely beautiful and a lovely area for shopping. Moreover, this palette strikes the same balance of understated refinement and chic glitz that give Rue de Passy its distinct personality.

Comprised of matte browns, rich leather shades, a shimmering taupe and a beautiful near metallic soft pink at the palette's heart, Rue de Passy is perfect for every day use though it's difficult to bring myself to use such a work of art on a daily basis. I appreciate that with the exception of mascara, this palette offers coordinated colors that are all that one needs to create a varied selection of looks which, as far as I'm concerned, is the mark of a good palette.

(From left to right): Bottom left rich brown, top left buttery leather, right shimmering taupe, far right deep brown "liner" shade, bottom right shimmering coco and center metallic shimmering soft pink.

Of course I couldn't speak about the inspiration for Guerlain's palette without including a photograph of the place itself, the chic Rue de Passy. Though this picture certainly doesn't show the street as it is today, it captures the essence and personality of the place.

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Much like rediscovering favorite streets and back alleys when I return to Paris after a year has elapsed, I've rediscovered my love for Guerlain's Écrin 6 Couleurs Palette in Rue de Passy. A lovely mix of matte neutral browns and more complex shimmering shades, this palette has everything I need and stands to become a perennial favorite now that I've rediscovered it!

Do you have any products that you've allowed to fall by the wayside, only to "shop your stash" and rediscover them again?