When the lovely Xiao at Messy Wands posted a giveaway featuring the extremely coveted Lancôme Ombre Absolue in Erika F. I entered but honestly didn’t get my hopes up. I fell in love with Erika F. when I first saw it on Messy Wands in a post aptly titled, “Makeup You Want But Cannot Have” and immediately began looking for dupes. Luckily, the stars aligned and I won this gorgeous shadow!
Erika F. is one of those amazing shadows that looks completely different from every angle. In the photo above it looks like a gorgeous champagne shimmer, but as you’ll see below, that’s simply one angle. It’s a gorgeous combination of green, gray, and champagne with the most amazing shimmer. The way it sparkles reminds me of the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows, and if you’re looking for a dupe for this shade, Café Makeup has a swatch that compares Erika F. to Epatant. They’re pretty darn close, so I suggest checking out Epatant to satisfy your Erika F. lemmings.
Not only is Erika F. incredible in the pan, it wears like a dream. It blends beautifully and even though there’s quite a lot of sparkle in this one I didn’t experience any fallout with or without a primer. In the photos above I applied a base of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and then swept Erika F. across the lid and applied it darker in the crease. I love shadows that allow you to deepen the color like this. Makes mornings much easier!
As if winning this jaw-droppingly beautiful and rare eyeshadow wasn’t enough, Xiao also sent me a cute little Guerlain Kiss Kiss Essence de Gloss. This shade is 462 Violine. It’s a gorgeous semi-opaque raspberry color with very subtle microglitter and OH MY GOSH I am obsesssssssed with the formula. This is the first Guerlain gloss I’ve tried and I don’t think I can ever put another sticky MAC lipgloss near my lips again. It glides on and seems to smooth out and moisturize my lips, which has been a lifesaver as they’ve been dry and chapped lately. It wears pretty darn well too and I had a little color left after a cup of coffee. It’s really versatile too and can be built up for more opaque color or sheered out. It pulls a little redder in photos, but there’s a definite touch of berry in real life.
Did I mention it looks totally gorgeous when worn with Erika F? I could not be more in love with my winnings! I wish I had been able to take a full FOTD photo, but I’ve developed a blemish overnight and my vanity won’t allow photographic evidence. You’ll have to take my word for it that when I wear Erika F. and Violine together I feel like a Disney Princess. They’re both such natural and beautiful shades that I felt as if I could go prance through the woods and sing with woodland creatures. Hopefully once my face is once again up to my standards I will post a FOTD of these together.