Guerlain – 'L'Essentiel' + 'Météorites x Bernardaud'

French beauty house Guerlain is launching ultra-covetable makeup with stellar new packaging for 2019. Futuristic and glamorous, it’s a world where sharp design and must-have products collide

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

To have and to hold. Half of the allure of a fabulous, well-performing beauty product is not in the juice, the powder or the cream but in the craveability of the packaging. That smooth, contoured gold that fits perfectly in the hand, that Parisian script font, that too-pretty-to-use embossed lipstick – it all adds up to prime position on your dressing table. 

Guerlain knows this. Delivering glamour on every front, the Spring 2019 collection by the French beauty brand is divine. Take for instance the new ’L’Essentiel’ foundation. Yes, it’s made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients that promise an all-day natural glow, but what seals the deal is the curvy, cute, asymmetric bottle by designer Mathieu Lehanneur which features a golden globe precariously balanced on top. All of this is lovely and that’s before we even start applying. 

ABOVE: Multi-coloured ‘Météorites x Bernardaud’ face powder pearls by Guerlain come in a futuristic new limited edition white porcelain sphere
RIGHT: Guerlain’s ‘L’Essentiel’ foundation flaunts a curvy, gold-topped bottle

For anyone with a thing for brushes the swish ’L’Essentiel’ retractable foundation brush, also by French talent Lehanneur, is super-ergonomic and a pleasure to use. Designed especially for the new foundation, the bristles are treated with natural bamboo charcoal to remain clean and fresh after use. We want the foundation. We really want the brush. 

ABOVE: Guerlain’s ergonomic ‘L’Essentiel’ retractable foundation brush is a pleasure to use

Guerlain’s legendary ’Météorites’ powder pearls have also been given a galactic new look for 2019. Creative director Olivier Échaudemaison has collaborated with Limoges porcelain house Bernardaud to encase these cult violet-scented, face-powder pearls in a white porcelain sphere. Embossed with star-crossed constellations, it’s a perfect example of how to do luxurious beauty packaging. To infinity and beyond… 
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L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation’, £44 for 30ml, is available from selected retailers including Selfridges or online at guerlain.com. Limited edition ‘Météorites x Bernardaud Powder Pearls’, £150, available exclusively from Harrods

Guerlain

The house of Guerlain has two new beautiful fragrant collections to tickle your senses. Take a deep breath...

BY AMY BRADFORD

Designed in 1908, Guerlain’s famous ‘Quadrilobé’ bottle – so named because of the shape of its stopper – has housed classic scents such as 'Jicky' and 'Shalimar'. Now it has been reinvented for a new experiment in scent inspired by synaesthesia, a spontaneous association of the senses experienced by artists including Vassily Kandinsky, Duke Ellington and Vladimir Nabokov, that can create associations between odours and colours. The new 'Colour Collection' is comprised of five fragrances from the ‘Exclusives’ collection housed in limited-edition bottles in jewel-like graduated colours. Crafted by the Brosse Glassworks, known for its creation of iconic fragrance bottles, each one is finished with a matching silk thread, painstakingly hand-tied and combed using the ‘barbichage’ technique by Guerlain’s skilled dames de table

Also new from the French fragrance house is the beautiful ‘Les Délices de Bain’ trio of shower gel, body lotion and deodorant. Heralding a more modern, minimal look for the brand, these translucent bottles contain a fresh fragrance that combines citrus notes with almond. It’s designed to harmonise with other Guerlain fragrances so you can wear layers of delicious scent.
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‘Colour Collection', £485 each for 125ml, exclusive to Harrods in the UK and at Guerlain boutiques worldwide. 'Les Délices de Bain', shower gel £35, perfumed body lotion, £40, for 200ml, deodorant, £34.

JonOne x Guerlain

American street artist JonOne has reimagined Parisian perfumer Guerlain's classic bee bottle to create an extremely collectable work of art

BY AMY BRADFORD

Guerlain’s bee-embossed perfume bottle, created in 1853 to celebrate the marriage of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, is an icon in the fragrance world. Now, it has been reinvented by American street artist JonOne in vibrant, opaque spray-painted colours for a covetable limited-edition collection.

Choose from three classic Guerlain scents: Shalimar (edition of 34, blue tones), Rose Barbare (edition of 32, orange tones) and La Petite Robe Noire (edition of 32, pink tones); each bottle is hand-signed, graffiti-style, by the artist. See them at Guerlain’s flagship store on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, where JonOne will also be transforming the interior with an explosion of colour (exhibition until 28 February 2016). It may well be a case of look but don't touch though as each bottle is priced at an eye-watering €9000. One for the bank vault we think...
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'La Petite Robe Noire', 'Shalimar', 'Rose Barbare', €9,000 each for 1000ml

La Maison Guerlain, 68 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France