My grandmother wore Shalimar and adorned her vanity with Guerlain Meteorites. So, Guerlain fragrances will always embody glamour for me, particularly the lost elegance of generations past. The recent renaissance of the line retained this beauty, while adding modern elements like ingenious packaging and softer versions of their fragrances. Their refreshed cosmetic line has standouts like Guerlain ‘Terracotta – Terra Inca’ Khôl Kajal and Guerlain Gigolo (70) Rouge G Lipstick.
But when I spotted the Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder, I knew it was every bit of that old-school, Guerlain beauty. The Vol de Nuit fragrance was inspired by woman in aviation in the 1920’s and 1930’s and is comprised of woody, vanilla and powdery iris notes. The powder holds only a hint of the fragrance, but you still can detect clean green and powder scents. I think this is a good thing, as it will not likely interfere with your usual fragrance, but just add another element. Suggested use is for the face and body, but I really like it in my hair. Also works great on my decolletage. On my skin tone, it is completely sheer with blue/silver, iridescent shimmer.
The bottle is a treat in itself. The lacquered glass is reminiscent of the original bottle for Vol de Nuit – a true innovation as the first combining glass and metal. The design evokes the image of a propeller as another nod to the aviators who inspired the fragrance. I am sure to drag this around on all of my holiday travel, but I will enjoy it equally as much with it front and center on my vanity.