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GUCCI Beauty – First impressions on Tuscan Storm and Coral Flower

by Sonia G.

Gucci have just launched their beauty line with so many make-up items that your wallet may well cry out loud if you love the Brand!

I started with just two items, the eye palette Tuscan Storm and the Coral Flower blush.

I wanted to post my comments on Instagram but apparently I am being too long and detailed 😛 so I’ll extend them a bit more and post them here, although this is not a review, these first impressions will give you a better idea about these two items :



On the swatches above, on the left the eye palette and on the right the blush (3 swatches, 1st with a brush, 2nd with my fingertip, 3rd with the brush from the compact).

Tuscan Storm


It’s a neutral eye shadow palette with very basic easy shades:

  • a golden : shimmery and luminous but not over the top, not too golden hence easily wearable. It’s now my fav golden shade, actually very similar to an LE Mac shade I used to wear all the time but that I finished. This one is very subtle and no sparkles flying around. Love it on the mobile lid or as a highlight, in the inner corner it’s one of the most elegant shades I have ever came across. Well when you reach 40+ you better keep the highlighting fresh and subtle and you need a little bit “more” than just a nice shade, this delivers the “more”.
  • a grey : very subtle sheer grey, luminous satin finish, I think I can see some very tiny microscopic hue of purple depending on the light but not sure… either way, it’s pure elegance, no sparkles, no shimmer but it does bring a lot of light, I could call this finish a shimmer with transparency, it has a base color and it doesn’t scream shimmer.
    Reminds me of the TF She Wolf (the middle shade), the Gucci is more subtle and sheer. This grey is totally my shade of grey!! dresses the eyes without being too opaque, you won’t see the makeup but you will a glamorous grey veil. I used it either on the mobile lid on the bottom lash line, both delivered.
  • a camel : this is THE texture of the century, revolution, it’s like a leather finish, matte, can be opaque but very slowly and to a certain point buildable, reminds kind of transparent although it covers the skin. Reminds me of the amazing taupe shade on the TF Unabashed, but even better in terms of texture, now I want all my matte shadows to have that texture and finish but I know this won’t happen and I find this texture very unique! Feels a bit like Inglot mattes with even better quality, more refined.
    Imagine soft leather, with a warmth and smoothness that will blow your mind up.
  • a dark brown/plum: satin finish, I was scared with this shade because the swatch feels a bit weird (uneven in the edges) but when applied and then blended it diffuses evenly and is buildable, you can smoke out the pigment without fallout (didn’t see any) and with a very smokey and sultry gradual effect, once more this shade screams elegance.

The finish is way more subtle on the eyes than in the swatches, very elegant but maybe not bold enough for some of you… this palette would suit better a person who

  1. is looking for an easy wearable elegant look
  2. is extremely picky about textures
  3. wants to use all shades in one palette and get a complete look out of it

It’s probably the most effortless palette I own, you cannot fail the application with this. Sleepy, drunk or if you have never used make-up in your life, there is no way to fail on this.

It’s great for mature lids so whatever your age you should be able to rock it but it might seem too muted for some. It’s difficult to target all audiences with just one palette! On the other hand it will always be a “safe” palette. I tried to dramatically smoke out the darkest shade around the eyes and it looked awesome so if you want dark and still keep it elegant you can also get there. Depending on the light, you can see some micro sparkles on some shades but they are really discrete, I am actually glad it has some, it makes the shades less flat and very luminous.

The combination of the shades could not be more perfect, well, for me at least. A highlight shade, a luminous lid sultry shade (grey), a crease shade with the best texture ever and the definition shade. Holy… they got it so damn right.

Coral Flower blush  


The blush is a pink coral with amazing staying power, feels powdery if applied with a goat brush (you may see volatile powder go everywhere depending on how strongly you swipe it!) but when on the cheeks it’s not powdery at all, it holds super nicely and the finish is again, matte but silky, no sparkles. Great blush with excellent pigmentation, just be careful when swiping your brush the first time!


General observations

– amazing staying power -fantastic gripping!!- of the swatches, for the eye palette and the blush.
– packaging is gorgeous and heavy but you’ll have fingertip marks everywhere!
– prices in Switzerland are insanely high, please Gucci, be reasonable !! a price difference of approx 40usd per eye quad compared to the USA is a bit off putting.
– feels “quality” inspired by Tom Ford or Burberry …  (but this is just a personal observation) So far I can put these items at the same level of TF quality or higher. Textures of the eye palette and the blush remind me of TF or Burberry.

You can order at Gucci.com, I have already order more items but mainly quads. The brushes though are not tempting to me, mostly pony and goat and pony for the eyes will not be an option for my delicate eyes.

The pics have been taken with no good lights as all my photographic stuff is away during thehouse  renovations but I still tried to take a few pics for you.. 🙂






Allure press post :

Gucci’s First Cosmetics Line Is Here! And It’s Stunning

What do you get when Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini joins forces with makeup-artist royalty Pat McGrath? One of the most ridiculously glamorous cosmetic collections you’ve ever seen. And we have the exclusive first glimpse. Here are 17 of the line’s standouts—there are 183 more where these came from—and click here to see how we made the collection come to life.

So.. who’s Frida Giannini ??
I thought this line had a kind of TF impression on me… well :

In 2004, Giannini was appointed to head women’s accessories when Tom Ford departed the company. (In Gucci)

Maybe nothing to do with that but quite interesting…


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Paris B 17 September, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Thanks for the quick thoughts Sonia! Wasn’t very excited about the line but now I’ve seen the swatches I like what I see! Now to see if I can find a way to get my hands on them since I’m not sure if Gucci will ship here.

Patricia 17 September, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Sonia, I am sooooo hooked on your site!!!!! I am now a brush junky and can’t get enough!!! Your presentation on the Gucci quad was just awesome. I am always looking for the perfect brown shades with taupes and plums and when you said the leather type finish…. that is just perfect!!! Thank you so much!!!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Thank you Patricia! what a compliment! 😀
I hope that this quad will be loved by many!
Let me know if you get it and if you like it please 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Will be getting 4 more soon so I’ll keep you posted 😀
More online shops will get them so hopefully it will be better access …

M i d n i t e D e s i r e 17 September, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Wahaha … I don’t think I can’t hold off on picking up these beauty any longer, maybe I’m going to have to pull the trigger (again) tonight
The Swiss high prices ! Me too, really wish their products on the swiss site are a little bit more reasonable priced … I totally did not expect this ,the quad is almost $110

BTW, I just ordered a few things from liberty london last night with the code you gave me, THOUGHT I put the gucci funds to other use ROFL

Carlyn 17 September, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Midnite, email me if I can help you in getting Gucci items.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 4:14 pm

I can’t wait to see if the prices in the boutique in Geneva will be the same!!!
it’s an abuse!!!
Hey can’t wait for my Surratt order to arrive!!! I hope we will love it ^_^

Ann C. 17 September, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Sooooo goood swatches Sonia!
Thank you! Officially on the wishlist.
Again, so many lemmings so little budget :)))

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I know!!! this past month has been terrible, I have been such a naughty girl x_x muahahaha (I shouldn’t be laughing actually …. I should be working night and day to compensate 😀

Magda 17 September, 2014 - 4:55 pm

I have been eyeing these for a couple of weeks now and hearing only good things so far so maybe I my need to take a plunge, somehow … since they do not ship to where I live!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Several stores will carry it so it will be more easily swatchable! I can’t wait to swatch everything! 😀
will share 4 more soon!!!

Jessica 17 September, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Sust a dreamy little color that grey eyeshadow…. and don’t make me start with the blush. Puff!
As always a very nice review darling! ❤

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Hey Jessica! I hope you are doing great 🙂
thank you, so sweet !! yes that grey shadow… ^_^

Andrea 17 September, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Muchas gracias por el articulo, Sonia.
Que otros quads encargaste? Yo aun no logro decidirme. Cosmic Deco, mas el duo Fume me gustan tanto… Pero como gucci.com basicamente no acepta devoluciones una vez abierto el sobre de celofan, quiero estar segura de que me va a gustar. Autumn Fire tambien me gusta mucho… Aaaaaahhhhh…decisiones, decisiones.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:44 pm

I got :
Serpentine Envy
Pink Flamingo
Crytal Copper
Autumn Fire

tan pronto como lleguen te enseño los swatches 😀 ojala sean tan buenos como el primero!! me sigue encantando 🙂

Andrea 17 September, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Lol @ ‘sleepy, drunk…’ That made my day!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:41 pm

you should see me at 6:30 … everything has to be foolproof or my bf will say “What happened to you!!!!?????”

Meredith 17 September, 2014 - 7:06 pm

Doesn’t look like they ship to the US. Poo!!!! Guess I’ll have to wait but everything will be sold out within hours so good luck to me.

Andrea 19 September, 2014 - 4:52 am

It is available at the States. Gucci.com, Neiman Marcus and Saks. And all this is permanent so no need to rush.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Thank you Andrea 🙂 it will be available in the Gucci boutique in Geneva later in October 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:40 pm

As Andreas said before some online shops will be having them in the US and maybe also the boutiques… I would start with the Tuscan palette if you have the chance 🙂

raglo 17 September, 2014 - 7:56 pm

I loooove Frida! One of my icons 🙂 ! You can absolutely tell the difference in “sexy” when the designer behind a collection is a woman – like with Gucci and Versace. When men design for women, they either openly hate the female body and make samples based on the measurements of a malnourished teenage boy (which is disturbing on many, many levels), or if they do claim to love curves, they just never get it right – women still have a lot of conforming to do to suit the clothes. With Frida’s collections I always feel a sense of control, because you know she’d wear every single piece in real life, she knows what it’s like to walk up stairs or drive a car in them and it really shows.

I don’t think there’ll be any Gucci makeup in my near future, but I own two pairs of glasses by them, the oldest one being probably 10 years old (I’m wearing them now!), and I kept all the gorgeous luxurious packaging so I’ll participate in this excitement in a way 😉

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Very good to know about Frida!
I don’t even bother as due to my weight there is nothing I would be able to wear but I love when women and feminine curves are naturally followed and enhanced and I enjoy a lot watching runways, I hope I can find some of hers on Youtube and check her work out!
Hmmm I am really not into having “brand” clothes or items, I have just a few things “by accident” that I try to take care of the best I can but I bought them because I loved the design and never for their brand name. My huge face doesn’t match with luxurious glasses and they don’t pair well at all with me which is sad because I want to look glamorous just like the stars do (and you also), so, when I want “big” glamour glasses, I get some at 10usd and I have fun with them for a few minutes 😀 For sports I do have great ones that protect my eyes properly and efficiently! xoxo ^_^

Raglo 21 September, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Glamorous, MOI??? Bwahaha :D!

Carlyn 17 September, 2014 - 8:14 pm

That darned Melissa got me interested in Gucci and before I know it I had ordered Smokey Amethyst. It’s on back order but now I may have to look more closely at the other quads. Thank you for the post Sonia.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:31 pm

you are welcome Carlyn! I hope the others are just as great!! I would be sad if they aren’t looool
Let us know if you like yours 🙂

Liz 18 September, 2014 - 3:55 am

Thank you. Great review. I got a lippie #310. Very nice like Tilbury, a little less opaque with glossier quality. Just don’t like the fragrance taste. Wanted to see if these are pigmented,which is a must for me, and if they’re not too shimmery. This was helpful. Will be following your blog!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 20 September, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Hi Liz, thank you 🙂
I will check out the lippies later on when I can see and swatch them in person. For me it’s really important to focus on eyeshadow quality at this moment (even if I don’t need a thousand ones …)
I heard the fragrance wasn’t great… what a shame!
Welcome then 😀

M i d n i t e D e s i r e 18 September, 2014 - 8:54 am

Aww,thank you, Carlyn! but it appears gucci in the US won’t accept international cards and I just don’t really want to bother you guys too much so I’m gonna place an order (again) today or on Friday, my list has changed yet again LOLLLL

Btw thanks again to Angela, Sarah, Carlyn who offered to help me out that really touched my heart,ladies! Really!!!!!

Word of the day: again 😀 ROFL

Gladys L. 20 September, 2014 - 2:00 pm

I rush to a counter (HK’s counter opened 19.9.2014) just because of your blog post and 2 youtube videos! You rule this time!

It’s difficult for me to tell my friend my swatching experience after visiting the counter. Likewise in the first launching month of Tom Ford, the counter lighting in HK is so yellow and dark ( worse than TF), and the quad displays are so much higher than my comfortable eye sight, I can’t tell the correct color of the products although some pleasant discoveries are made.

Luckily they are permanent. Yay.

The SA said leaflets would be available earliest in late Oct, sigh…

Still, I think the brand is a good addition to the current pool of cosmetics brands. The color combinations are versatile, contrasting and funny. The texture is creamy but not tacky, I agree that this is sacrificed by a lower color saturation and thinner texture (lower building up power), but after the greasy film material of Make up forever new launches, Gucci certainly appeals to some of us who love colors.

Gladys L. 20 September, 2014 - 2:01 pm

BTW, I wish Gucci would issue lighter and more girly blush options in the future.

Lillian 25 September, 2014 - 5:53 am

Sonia darling – this format is not allowing the viewer to stretch/zoom it, like once before – remember?

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 25 September, 2014 - 6:47 am

yes I do Lillian, I am correcting some bugs and bringing back others… arghh
I have contacted them to help me fix them (also the comments on specific posts -pages- are not visible although they are here) plus a few other things to fix. Hopefully I’ll get there or I’ll have to revert 🙁

thank you for letting me know sweetie 🙂

ifmakeupcouldtalk 25 September, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Hello Sonia,

You are my hero for purchasing these beauties and reviewing them. That quad is lovely, and worthy a purchase. I really wanted to try the lipsticks, but then a Youtuber said they contain heavy fragrance. Why Gucci…why? As always wonderful post dearest Sonia.


Sweet Make-Up Temptations 27 September, 2014 - 9:50 pm

yes I heard that too, and then a friend said even though the scent was strong that didn’t bother her… so I don’t know, I hope to see them in person soon!! Still loving my quad so so much!

isabel moreno 26 September, 2014 - 11:50 pm

yo estoy buscado reseñas para ver los tonos de todo , pero es realmente difícil creo que comprare algún labial, soy de sombras mates y realmente no se si hay ? jejeje

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