Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Les Ombres Turandot Eye Shadow Palette (Permanent): Review and Swatches


I have turned in to a bit of a Guerlain fiend of late. It all started with my adoration of La Petite Robe Noire perfume in the early fall and grew to full out obsession with Rouge G De Guerlain L’Extrait (liquid lipstick) and the glorious Liu collection for Holiday 2012. I was a little late on the uptake foe Les Ombres Turandot until I saw it on Blushing Noir. From the press release, the colours looked very autumnal and in a similar spirit to Chanel’s Holiday palette Harmonie du Soir, but when I saw how pretty it was up close I pushed Chanel to the back recesses of my beauty brain.


Actually finding this palette in early December proved to be a little tricky (albeit not as laborious as the Cruel Gardenia debacle) and found one lone palette left downtown at Holt Renfrew. Sephora did not have the exclusive on this part of the collection so department stores were the only locales that had it on display and in-stock. The buzz behind the makeup counter is that this palette will be joining Guerlain’s permanent line up later this year since it was the only product not specified as being limited edition in the Liu Holiday Collection.


This quad has two matte and two iridescent shadows. Guerlain’s matte shadows are really unparalleled; they are refined to the smoothest texture with medium buildable pigmentation and flawless application. Although matte, the colours are not deadened and flat, but have a richness to the finish. The iridescent shades were consistently pigmented and lasted for hours without any creasing or fallout.


The warm undertones flatter brown eyes and would look exceptional with blue eyes. The options with this palette are endless: a provocative smokey eye, a sheer wash of colour, subtle definition or bold sculpting. I typically use the gold as an inner corner and browbone highlight as it can be little too sallow all over the lid for my complexion. As a highlight it does wonders to open up the eye and catch the light.



Grade: A


  1. says

    These are beautiful colors. The way you described the matte shades makes me think I’d really like them. I have some products (eyeshadows, blushes) that are sort of in between satin and matte and find I reach for them all the time

    • says

      I find the texture of these is more flattering than your traditional chalky matte shade. Two other brands that do mattes well are Anastasia and Laura Mercier.

    • says

      I double checked and this will definitely become part of the permanent collection so we should be seeing it on counters soon. This palette outshines my Dior Grand Bal palette for sure.

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