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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

After months of speculation and waiting, the Gucci Beauty line has finally arrived. The 200-piece collection includes foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, nail polishes, as well as brushes and skincare. The new makeup collection is the Italian brand's first venture into the beauty industry in their 93-year history. The range made its first appearance at Gucci's Spring 2015 show. The line was developed over a period of four years by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and makeup artist Pat McGrath. Products are designed to move easily between professional makeup kits and everyday beauty bags.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

The color palette of the line is said to be reminiscent of Gucci's fabrics and leathers of the 1960s and 1970s. Much of the collection revolves around six key colors, which are referred to as the Iconic Six: gold, black, red, ottanio (teal), bronze, and copper. The products are packaged in glossy, black lacquer cases, adorned with gold accents, and feature the "double G's" called the Guccissima pattern. The compacts come in velveteen bags that are detailed with Gucci's Repeating GG Pattern with Diamond Motif which is even embossed on the boxes. Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly, stars in the ad campaign.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad

The Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad "fuses vibrant hues with lavish textures." The quads contain up to three different finishes and the color combinations are designed to recreate a signature Gucci look. Each palette contains base, highlighter and contour shades that are saturated with color with a buildable, "luxurious" finish. There are eleven total quads in the line and no colors is repeated in any of the palettes.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad

Tuscan Storm ($65 0.17oz/5g) is probably the most neutral palette in the quad lineup. It's an everyday palette that leans warm in tone and pulls warmer on me. It contains a pale pastel yellow iridescent, a warm taupe shimmer that leans orange, a matte butterscotch and a dark brown satin with coppery sparkle. There are three different types of finishes in Tuscan Storm.

The formula is ridiculously soft and creamy - one of the smoothest powders that I've ever felt. The pigmentation was good, with the exception of the deep brown, which wasn't nearly as pigmented as the others and almost performed like a matte. I was quite surprised by how well the matte shade performed. The shadows blended beautifully and I experienced no fallout or creasing when I've worn them.Tuscan Storm lasted about eight and a half hours on me (over primer) before I noticed any fading.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette swatches and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad Swatches

I pulled two palettes to compare to Tuscan Storm. Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon #305 is somewhat similar, however it has a warm burnished gold instead of a pale yellow. The taupe and dark brown in Satin Moon are also a touch cooler and the finishes of the two palettes are a bit different. Tom Ford Nude Dip is surprisingly very close, though it is slightly warmer. Nude Dip is also much more shimmery overall, whereas Tuscan Storm is a variety of finishes.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette swatch comparison and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad Swatch Comparison

The Gucci Sheer Blushing Powder "softly illuminates and awakens the complexion for a radiant finish." The blushes come in eight various shades of pinks, berries and apricots which have different finishes, such as matte, satin and shimmer. The color is "sheer" and "buildable" and all the powders are "jet-milled" (a way to micronize the powder).


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Coral Flower Blush

Coral Flower ($49 0.14oz/4.25g) is one of the brighter, vivid blushes in the range. It's a vivacious, slightly warm, pinky coral satin with the barest hint of golden sparkle. The sparkle isn't glittery or frosty, rather it's almost imperceptible. The blush gives the most beautiful glowing flush of color. Like Tuscan Storm, the formula is exceptionally buttery and plush. The color is extremely pigmented you definitely need to use a light hand, but it blends out beautifully. It's as if it becomes a part of the skin rather than just sitting on top of it. Coral Flower lasted about nine hours on me before I noticed any fading.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush swatches
Gucci Coral Flower Blush Swatches

I pulled a couple of blushes similar to Coral Flower. Armani Eccentrico and Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel are both a fraction lighter and brighter. They are also a touch pinker. Guerlain Blush G Série Noire is the closest though it has a bit more of a shimmering finish.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush swatch comparison
Gucci Coral Flower Blush Swatch Comparison

When it comes to quality, it just doesn't get any better than this. There was so much thought and effort put into the product and packaging design. The formula of Tuscan Storm and Coral Flower are out of this world. The texture is the absolute softest, most finely milled, luxurious products I have ever felt and used. Neither was chalky or powdery in the least. However, I did find the color payoff of Coral Flower to be a little better than Tuscan Storm. It was extraordinarily pigmented and the lasting power was excellent. I detected no fragrance in either of the products.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

As to where you can purchase Gucci products, they are available at three places. Gucci's website carries the line, but leaves a lot to be desired. The layout is awkward and counterintuitive. It it frustrating to get to what you actually want to get to. The other two retailers that sell Gucci products are Saks and Neiman Marcus, whose websites are much better, though Neiman's lists every single product individually. Another thing to note, is that all of these stores have a strict return policy.

Regarding the price, I'm not quite sure where Gucci fits in the whole spectrum. Price-wise they are more expensive than every other brand for the amount of product you get. (I.e.: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono is $37/0.07oz/2g, versus Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow is $29.50/0.07/2g, Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow $29-$29.50/0.07oz/2g and Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow $32/0.14oz/4g) Regardless of the price, I'm in love with what I picked up. The colors are a bit dupable, particularly Coral Flower, but the formula is simply amazing. I will definitely be picking up more soon.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia and Sweet Makeup Temptations.

I purchased Tuscan Storm at Gucci and Coral Flower at Neiman Marcus. Gucci Cosmetics are also available at Saks.

Have you tried anything from Gucci yet? What do you think about the pricing?

9 comments:

  1. Please stop with your gorgeous pictures and words of praise-now I want lots of Gucci!

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  2. Hi Jenny,
    thanks so much for this review and great comparisons. I have Tuscan Storm but couldn't try it out just yet since I am sick at the moment and have watery eyes, I have to rock the bare face. After your review I have high hopes for it to work, just that one brown seems a bit too warm? What do you think?

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  3. The swatches look gorgeous! I am very impressed with what I've seen so far from the new Gucci collection! That blush look amazing.

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  4. Hi Makeup Remastered,
    Thank you so much! I'm definitely loving what I've picked up so far and want quite a few more things too.
    Jenny

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  5. Hi Sara,
    Thanks so much! Sorry to hear that you're sick - I've been really sick too. Tuscan Storm is somewhat warm, but I don't think it overly so. It pulls a little warmer on me. If you think the one shade is too warm, you can always use it sparingly or just not use it at all and replace it with something else.
    Jenny

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  6. Hi Kiss & Make-up,
    I've heard nothing but good things about Gucci's new collection too. Everything just seems incredible. Coral Flower is definitely my favorite of the two. It just looks so beautiful on.
    Jenny

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  7. Hi Belly,
    Thank you! I love Coral Flower, even if it's so close to some of the other blushes I own. It's so pigmented I only need a tiny bit and it blends out beautifully and looks so natural on.
    Jenny

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  8. What a great review! I haven't seen any items in person yet. I think the overall pricing is kinda what I expected for the line but the single shadows seem to be a little out of line. I'm very happy to hear that the formulas are fantastic!

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  9. HI MakeupWithdrawal,
    Thank you! I haven't seen anything in person yet either. I don't think the line will be available in many stores right now. The pricing is more or less what I expected too, but I agree, a few things seem disproportionately priced. Yes, the formulas are incredible!
    Jenny

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