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


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…

L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation’, £44 for 30ml, is available from selected retailers including Selfridges or online at Limited edition ‘Météorites x Bernardaud Powder Pearls’, £150, available exclusively from Harrods

Juliette Has A Gun

The pictures say it all; the insouciance and devil-may-care soignée that the French do so well is encapsulated in two new perfumes by Parisian parfumeur Juliette Has A Gun


As signalled by its quirky name, French perfume label Juliette Has A Gun has an irreverent take on the clichés of the perfume world. Its latest offering, ‘Another Oud’, hints sardonically at the deluge of fragrances based on the precious Middle Eastern wood currently flooding the market (many of which contain no genuine oud at all). The perfume’s name ‘says out loud what people think silently,’ claims the brand, hopefully inspiring ‘a certain curiosity’. By combining oud wood with surprising notes of raspberry and bergamot, it certainly offers a new perspective on the material; the inclusion of cutting-edge synthetic Normlimbanol – declared ‘a genius molecule’ by fragrance expert Chandler Burr for its ability to convey a patchouli-like dryness – also piques our interest. But is it just another oud? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Juliette Has A Gun has also launched ‘Gentlewoman’, a modern eau de cologne. Brand founder Romano Ricci says it offers women ‘a dash of dandy’ and is aimed at ‘the spiritual heirs of Oscar Wilde’. Don’t be fooled by the gender-bending thing, though: this is a million miles from entirely sexless ‘unisex’ fragrances. Instead, expect an androgynous voluptuary along the lines of Serge Gainsbourg or Marlene Dietrich, sporting a blend of ultra-feminine neroli, almond essence and orange blossom contrasted with earthy Ambroxan and musks.

Fans of fonts with a flourish will love the bold packaging, inspired by the idea of the 'innocent Juliet of Shakespeare transposed to the 21st century with a gun.' It's a brand identity symbolising both the liberation of women and perfume as a weapon of seduction (even revenge) – or in graphic terms 'tradition with a zest of provocation.'

‘Another Oud’, €120 for 100ml; ‘Gentlewoman’, from €85 for 50ml

Terry de Gunzburg

Two new fragrances from Parisian parfumeur Terry de Gunzburg are encased in delicate filigree patterns fit for the Orient Express... 


We’re admirers of parfumeur and cosmetics queen Terry de Gunzburg’s original ‘Terryfic Oud’ scent, which launched in 2013 and added a twist of Parisian luxury to this rather over-exposed Middle Eastern ingredient. Now two complementary fragrances have launched: 'Terryfic Oud L’Eau', which may appeal to oud-phobes thanks to its injection of lighter, fresher citrus notes and lavender; and 'Terryfic Oud Extrême', which accelerates in the opposite direction with intense levels of rare oud wood, rose and leather notes. The jewel-like bottles are things of beauty, featuring an embellished design inspired by de Gunzburg’s love of oriental art and smooth, pebble-like gold stoppers.

ABOVE FROM LEFT: ‘Terryfic Oud Extrême’, £320 for 100ml; ‘Terryfic Oud L’Eau’, £135 for 100ml. Available in the UK from