I am fairly conservative in my makeup preferences, having built a small, but complete collection of favorite products. However, as the holiday makeup collections begin to appear in stores, I always get tempted by all of the new iridescent eye shadows, lipsticks in hues ranging from rubies to tourmalines and various sparkling powders. The latter is something I rarely can resist, and when I first heard that Guerlain’s holiday 2011 collection called Belle de Nuit was inspired by the dusky beauty of Vol de Nuit, I was intrigued. Guerlain usually releases beautiful sparkling powders around the holidays, so I hoped that a scented body powder would be available this year. Indeed, Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder for Face & Body is part of the new collection, and it is my latest sparkling acquisition.
The powder itself is tinted a silvery shade closer to mother of pearl than polished metal. It is a complex color, with peach and blue creating an ethereal effect. Although Guerlain suggests using the powder for both face and body, I find that it is too cool for my warm complexion. However, it looks beautiful sprayed lightly on the shoulders and chest. The sparkling particles are quite fine, so the impression is opalescent and soft, rather than disco ball glitzy. It looks especially beautiful in the light, and I have been complimented on the flawless look of my skin several times whenever I used the powder.
Now, to say that the scent of the powder is related to Vol de Nuit would be a stretch. If so, then the resemblance is very minor in the sweet oriental notes. Overall, the fragrance is very light and sheer, and at first I was disappointed that the scent turned out to be quite weak. However, I loved the angel dust look that the powder created so much that I did not hesitate to splurge. On the plus side, the fragrance does not compete with whatever perfume I choose to wear.
Guerlain Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder for Face & Body is available in the beginning of October at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman. It costs $87 (17.5g bottle.)