Guerlain Holiday 2014: Old World Glamour in Gleaming Gold and Ruby

This limited-edition A Night at the Opera collection takes its cue from Imperial Russia
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This limited-edition A Night at the Opera collection takes its cue from Imperial Russia
Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

At this time of year it's tough to resist that traditional yuletide palette of shimmering gold and ruby red. So maybe don't try to resist the Guerlain holiday 2014 collection. All glorious old-world glamour, it's inspired by a lavish night at the opera in Imperial Russia. Think gilded horse-drawn carriages, fluffy white snow flakes too pretty to feel cold, and Anna Karenina -- but with a much happier ending. 

guerlain holiday 2014:  a night at the opera

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette ($95 at thebay.com and $90 at nordstrom.comOrdinarily I'm not a bow person. Keep it sleek and elegant, and slip it over a beautifully weighty golden compact, and I'm smitten.

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette in a range of gold, copper and bronze shades

I like this classic palette of champagne, gold, copper and bronze. It's so flattering for brown eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes, and especially blue. A smoky eye with these shades is also one of the easiest to wear: gold and bronze won't give you a black, "punched-in-the-eye" look, says Guerlain makeup pro Maxime Poulin (aka "Makeup Man of a Thousand Tips").

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush palette powder blushes

Guerlain holiday 2014: Petrouchka Eye & Blush palette powder blushes

Here's the biggest reason to love this Petrouchka compact: blush and highlighter live in the lower compartment. Even though I wear my lip colour on my cheeks, I can't help but adore double-decker palettes.

Guerlain holiday 2014: Coque d'Or Perfumed Spray Powder

Guerlain holiday 2014: Coque d'Or Perfumed Spray Powder

Guerlain Holiday 2014: Coque d'Or Perfumed Spray Powder ($114 at sephora.ca and $95 at nordstrom.com) If you plan on baring shoulders or arms or decolette this holiday season -- or maybe ever -- you want this Coque d'Or magic. This airy powder lightly scents skin with bergamot, lavender and iris as it settles bewitchingly into place. It'll wink in blonde hair and show as golden shimmer dust in brunette. (Don't hold it too close when you spray!) The bottle itself is a gold-lacquered re-creation of the original butterfly-shaped Coque d'Or flacon from 1937; the name, Coque d'Or, means golden shell. Read up on the history at Perfume Shrine.

Guelain holiday 2014: Meteorites Perles D'Etoiles

Guelain holiday 2014: Meteorites Perles D'Etoiles

Guerlain Holiday 2014: Meteorites Perles D'Etoiles ($67 at thebay.com and $60 at nordstom.com) I may or may not have said, "Squeeeee!" when I spotted that ruby accent on the lid. An entirely red bow wouldn't be quite as pretty.

Guelain holiday 2014: Meteorites Perles D'Etoiles

Guelain holiday 2014: Meteorites Perles D'Etoiles

I may or may not have uttered another squeeee! when I opened the Perles d'Etoiles to reveal a ruby red powder puff complete with squared satin bow. And those light-reflecting Meteorite pearls will make skin glow with delicate champagne, rose-gold and pink.

Guerlain holiday 2014: Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in Rouge Parade

Guerlain holiday 2014: Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in Rouge Parade

Guerlain Holiday 2014: Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in Rouge Parade ($56 at thebay.com and $54 at nordstrom.comMy short-form name for this limited-edition lipstick is "Mine." As my sis would say, gimme that. Stay tuned for a lipstick diary shot.

Guerlain holiday 2014: Ecrin 2 Couleurs #10 Cygne Noir

Guerlain holiday 2014: Ecrin 2 Couleurs #10 Cygne Noir

Guerlain Holiday 2014: Ecrin 2 Couleurs #10 Cygne Noir ($51 at thebay.com and $44 at nordstrom.com) Okay, this duo is pretty hard to ignore if you love a dramatic sultry eye... and your eyes are hazel or green. Or brown. Or blue. (I say this a lot: purple makes every eye colour look gorgeous.)

Guerlain holiday 2014: Ecrin 2 Couleurs #11 Cygne Blanc, Gloss d'Enfer #920 Rouge Parade and #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

Guerlain holiday 2014: Ecrin 2 Couleurs #11 Cygne Blanc, Gloss d'Enfer #920 Rouge Parade and #901 L'Oiseau de Feu

Guerlain Holiday 2014: Ecrin 2 Couleurs #11 Cygne Blanc ($51 at thebay.com and $44 at nordstrom.com); Gloss d’Enfer #920 Rouge Parade ($33 at thebay.com and $30 at Guerlain retailers in the US); and Gloss d’Enfer #901 L’Oiseau de Feu, ($33 at thebay.com and $30 in the US.)

guerlain holiday 2014 nails: over to manigeek karen

Guerlain Holiday 2014: L'Oiseau de Feu Gold Leaf Effect Top Coat and Coque d'Or

Guerlain Holiday 2014: L'Oiseau de Feu Gold Leaf Effect Top Coat and Coque d'Or

Guerlain Holiday 2014: L'Oiseau de Feu Gold Leaf Effect Top Coat ($27 at thebay.com and $25 at nordstrom.com) and Coque d'Or ($27 at thebay.com and $25 at nordstrom.com...and over to The ManiGeek Karen:

Guerlain Holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur Coque d'Or

Guerlain Holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur Coque d'Or

Coque D'Or is lovely. It takes 3 coats to get to what you see there, but they're thin, easy coats that dry fairly quickly. Beautifully non-streaky and bright, it's holiday in a bottle.

Guerlain Holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur Coque d'Or

Guerlain Holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur Coque d'Or

L'Oiseau de Feu should be called L'Oiseau de pain in the ass. Not fun. Extraordinarily difficult to get enough stuff out and onto the brush to make it look like decent scatter. The flakes are too big, they curl up off of the nail and need to be weighted down with an additional coat of some other top coat. The fishing for gold bits was not an enjoyable experience. Nope. There are better options (*cough Dior Golden Shock* or *cough cough OPI Gwen Stefani Don't Speak*).

Guerlain holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur L'Oiseau de feu over Guerlain Sulfurous

Guerlain holiday 2013: La Lacque Couleur Sulfurous

Sulfurous was a limited-edition 2013 shade that I chose to use under L'oiseau de Feu 'cause I thought it'd look good.

Guerlain holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur L'Oiseau de feu over Guerlain Sulfurous

Guerlain holiday 2014: La Laque Couleur L'Oiseau de feu over Guerlain Sulfurous

That's 2 coats of the gold top coat over two coats of Sulfurous and then there's an additional coat of my thickest top coat (Formula X) on top of all that to weigh the gold flakies down. It's still drying and it's like 17 days later. M hm.

Do you already have Coque d'Or and L'Oiseau de Feu nail polishes? What do you think? What about the rest of the collection?