I wanted the Guerlain Brun Mordore eyeshadow palette the moment I saw the first swatches of it on another beauty blog. It just looked so pretty and I knew it had to be mine! I am loving Guerlain products because not only is the quality amazing but it also comes in such pretty packaging. I mean take a look at how I received my palette. It had its own little velvet pouch so that the palette doesn't get scratched. :
How pretty is the gold case? So chic yet decadent at the same time!
When you open the case there is a plastic divider type thing which holds the applicators which are surprisingly useable. These applicators are nothing like the cheap flimsy ones that you get with those cheap makeup kits and I could actually use these to do a look in a pinch. I like the fact that there is one traditional looking applicator but that one has a pointed tip so that you can do a more precise application.
The colours are really pretty and there are two cool toned colours and two warm toned colours. Out of all of the colours, the lightest colour has the least milled finish and is similar to a MAC lustre finish both in terms of colour payoff and feel.
Here are some swatches of the colours row by row. I swatched the shadows both on a primer and on their own. The swatches on the top are with a primer and those below are without the primer.
You can see that the colour payoff isn't that great for the two lightest colours unless you use a primer. I'm used to wearing a primer regardless of what eyeshadow brand I'm using but I was still a bit disappointed that I paid so much for an eyeshadow palette that only looks great with a primer. I'm sure that if you've got a lighter skin tone then the color payoff would be better but with my skin tone a primer is necessary.
That being said, the colours when used with a primer are awesome and go on really smoothly. The only colour I have a problem with is the lightest colour (as I said above) as it's grittier than the others. I've tried doing looks using only these eyeshadows and they come out fine but I prefer using a different eyeshadows on the lid and using one of the three darker shadows from the palette in the crease. I use the lightest colour as an inner corner highlight only as I think it's far too glittery for a brow bone highlight and not smooth enough for an all over lid colour.
I'm learning to love this palette the more I use it and I think the colours are very pretty. I would recommend swatching these shadows yourself prior to purchasing just to make sure that they look good on your skin tone but the mix of both cool and warm toned colours makes me think that this palette is workable on most skin tones. The only skin tones I would say to steer clear of this palette are those with very dark skin tones as I think that the colours may not show up.