Say hello to my two newest lipsticks, the latest additions to my eye wateringly expensive collection. These little silver beauties are Guerlain's Rouge G lipsticks, and they have absolutely gorgeous packaging, gorgeous colours, and are all named with ladies names starting with G. So, you know, I couldn't really avoid buying the one called Gemma, right? And a friend to keep it company, of course.
First off, packaging. These are incredibly heavy. Equivalent of about three normal lipsticks, I reckon. All that weight comes from the lid - the G-embossed hinge holds down a flappy uppy lid, which pops up as you slide the lipstick out. The lid contains two excellent quality mirrors, which are ideal for on-the-move application. Even given the practical nature of the mirror, these lipsticks are definitely built for beauty and style - they're shaped more like curved trinket boxes than lipsticks, and feel utterly luxurious and expensive in the hand. No surprise, then, that the casing has been designed by a Parisian jeweller.
Left to right: Gemma and Gracia
The formula of these lipsticks is every bit as luxurious as the packaging. Pigmentation wise, they're not insanely full on - it takes a couple of swipes across the lip to get a opaque coating of colour, allowing you to wear the lipsticks either reasonably sheerly or fully opaque. The texture is simply gorgeous - buttery smooth, moist but still adhesive, and light as air on the lip. They remind me very much of the Estee Lauder Pure Colour range, which are around £13 cheaper, but significantly less luxurious. Wear time is good, at around 4 hours, with the colour feeling comfortable throughout, although I did notice a little bit of uneven fading around the 4 hour mark.
Anyway, on to some swatches.
Gemma, shade 64, is a beautifully cool pink with a lilac undertone. It's got a tiny bit of shimmer shot through it, but only the tiniest dusting - enough to make the lip look dimensional and pretty, but not enough to push the shade into being frosty.
Gracia, shade 66, is a very wearable plum pink that's still neutral enough to be paired with a stronger eye or cheek. Again, it has a tiny bit of shimmer shot through it, with a similarly soft and pretty effect.
So, would I buy more of these? You bet I would. These lipsticks scream luxury, and I can't help but feel proud to own such beautiful lipsticks - which is saying something for someone with a lipstick collection as big as mine. At around £29, they are definitely a high end, treat yourself purchase - but if you're a serious lipstick lover like I am, you'll probably think it's worth it.
Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks are available at Guerlain counters and concessions across the land, and online via Escentual. What do you think? Would you? Let us know in the comments!