#FrenchFriday - Guerlain Les Couleurs de La Petite Robe Noire Palette (Review)

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After the success of their La Petite Robe Noire line of lipsticksnail lacquers and most recently lip & cheek tint, Guerlain pays a new homage to their iconic fragrance with a stunning face, eyes and lips palette called Les Couleurs de La Petite Robe Noire ("the colors of LPRN", and I assume you already know that the fragrance name means "the little black dress"). Let's take a closer look at this beauty!

packaging pink satin zipped pouch

The palette comes in a rectangular zipped pouch made of pale pink satin, with La Petite Robe Noire logo printed on the top. It's a beautiful and luxurious packaging, and if you ever finish the makeup products inside, you can actually remove the plastic tray that houses them and re-use the flat pouch itself. Pink satin is a rather fragile material, so you have to handle it with care if you want to avoid stains and marks.

The inside of the palette looks just as beautiful, with embossed powders made to ressemble the iconic Guerlain fragrance bottle and its triangular topper. The kit contains two eyeshadows and a liner shade, a face powder, a blush, a Maxi Shine lipgloss, and two applicators, a small brush and a double-ended sponge tip. The powders have a faint floral scent that seems different from Guerlain's usual violet fragrance, so I suppose they are meant to smell like La Petite Robe Noire fragrance!

I ordered this palette online, and based on the photos I had seen, I was expecting the colors to be very neutral. To my delight, they are in fact a lot more plummy than I anticipated. It makes sense, since the entire palette is inspired by the original La Petite Robe Noire bottle with its dark plummy purple ombre look as you can see below.

The texture of the eyeshadows feels thin and a little dry to the touch, but they work beautifully on the eyes. The pigmentation is quite good, which is not always the case with Guerlain's eyeshadows, and the mattes are incredibly smooth and buildable to full intensity. They all apply and blend effortlessly with zero fallout.

swatch eyeshadow blush powder liner gloss

The shimmery shade is a pink toned champagne with a semi-opaque finish. It is not overly metallic or frosty, but it imparts a nice luminosity. I have used it in the inner corner and all over the lid, and I like that it doesn't emphasize my skin texture.

The second eyeshadow in the palette is a medium plum with pink undertones and a matte finish. This one feels a little powdery in its pan, yet it applies and blends very well and does not cause fallout. I have used it on the outer half of the lid as well as in the crease, and it worked beautifully both ways.

The liner shade, in its triangular pan shaped like the fragrance topper, is a deep plummy purple. It builds to full opacity very easily with a smooth, even finish. I have mostly used it as intended to line my lashes (including the waterline), but I think it also works well on the lid for a dramatic smokey look.

The blush is a bright pink with a slightly peachy undertone that gives a nice touch of brightening color to the cheeks. It is incredibly soft and blendable, and again it can be built for more impact if needed.

The face powder pan looks absolutely beautiful with the La Petite Robe Noire dress sketch embossed on its surface. I initially found Guerlain's decision to include a powder rather questionable: the shade is very light so it limits the skin tones this palette can work for. I thought a highlighter would have been a better choice. But I have to say that this powder is so fantastic that I'm glad they included it!
Yes, it is light, but it is sheer enough that it should suit many skin tones as a mattifying powder - at least from fair to medium. If you are any deeper than medium, it might not work for you so I would recommend trying it, if you can find a display in a store. The amazing thing about this powder is how it blurs my pores into oblivion, without leaving any visible powderiness on my skin. I don't know if this is the same formula as their permanent Les Voilettes pressed powder, but the quality here is great.

Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine 463

The gloss is Guerlain's Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine formula in 463 La Petite Robe Noire, which is a permanent shade in the range. It's a cool-toned mauvey nude, and my least favorite product in the palette. It does feel very light on the lips and adds a nice bit of shimmer, but I would have preferred something either darker for more contrast with the rest of the makeup, or lighter for a more brightening effect. This is a good everyday shade though.


The little brush that comes in the palette is adorable, but it is so scratchy that I can't use it. The sponge tip applicator, on the other hand, is good quality and works fine in a pinch, especially the pointy side for lining.

wearing fotd motd on face eyes lips cheeks
Wearing Les Couleurs de La Petite Robe Noire
on the eyes, cheeks and lips


Les Couleurs de La Petite Robe Noire is a gorgeous little palette that I wholeheartedly recommend to collectors, French beauty enthusiasts, Guerlain fans or La Petite Robe Noire addicts. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, it also contains all you need to create a pretty plummy look inspired by the iconic fragrance. I wouldn't say it's a must-have palette for anyone else: the products it contains are very good, but you could probably find something similar at a fraction of the price if the stunning packaging does not matter to you.

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