Now that I’m back from my summer travels, it’s time to go through the (embarrassingly large) stash of products I came back with and start reviewing them!
One of my trips just happened to be to a city with multiple large Sephoras. (Did I visit them all? Every one? Of course I did!) Some of these stores had displays and testers of products that my own Sephora doesn’t carry and that I’d been hoping to swatch in-store before purchasing. I’ll buy blind online for some things, but I was in the market for some lipsticks and those are just so dangerous to buy unswatched. This is especially true when the price of the lipstick is several body parts and a second mortgage. But I’d been wanting a Guerlain lipstick for awhile, and the Rouge G is their top-line lippie. (I also picked up a few of the less-expensive Guerlain Kiss Kiss Strasse lipsticks, which I’ll be reviewing after I photograph them.) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try some on. (Fortunately, this one was the only one that really suited me out of the ones for which they had testers, a small tragedy for which my removable wallet is extremely thankful.)
Guerlain lipsticks are lusciously creamy and have a wonderful lip-feel: smooth and silky but not greasy. They are non-drying and have a slight fragrance, but I don’t find it objectionable, and I stop noticing it as soon as I’m done applying. For me, the wearlength was normal (about 3-4 hours over TFLI); because Galante is a My Lips But Better shade, it didn’t leave a noticeable stain after it wore off. The deeper, more pigmented colors — which are lovely, just not on me — might leave a stain, so you might in effect get a slightly longer wearlength. Anyone who tries to tell you that these are “long-wearing” lipsticks, though, is pulling your leg.
It might seem odd to spend this amount of money on a MLBB shade, which tend more towards the subtle than the sublime, but really, if you’re going to do My Lips But Better, you might as well do My Lips But Way More Fabulous. The description of Galante on the Sephora site is “rosy plum,” and I’d say that’s pretty fair. It’s a color that will be good year-round but that will be particularly nice for fall as it will complement jewel-toned eyeshadows nicely. All the Rouge G shade names begin with G, which I find just a little precious. Then again, I coordinate the color of the pencil I’m using on any given day to match what I’m wearing, so who am I to talk?
The packaging is the other big deal about this lippie. When closed, it’s a heavy, bullet-like thing. In fact, if you were to throw it at someone who was attacking you in a dark alley I bet you could do some serious internal damage. As soon as you loosen the lipstick from its case, the top part opens and a mirror smoothly unfolds itself with the grace and poise of a Ginger Rogers développé. This is utterly captivating for the first five minutes, and I guarantee you will sit there for quite awhile just opening and closing your lipstick and clapping your hands together gleefully. Then it becomes Really Freaking Annoying. It weighs a ton and frankly it’s packaging I just don’t need. The lipstick tube cannot stand up on its own since the bottom is rounded. It’s kind of like a Weeble, except that it does in fact fall down, which is dangerously unsanitary if you’re using it in, say, a public bathroom. Of course, if you actually get out a Rouge G lipstick in a public bathroom, it will probably squeal in horror and dive back into the darkest recesses of your purse.
Close-up and swatch!
Lip with Guerlain Rouge G in Galante:
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Galante: $46 at Sephora (you cannot buy directly from the Guerlain website; in fact, much of the time you cannot even get the Guerlain website to load)
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): If sophisticated and elegant packaging is important to you, then Good. Otherwise, Fair. I’d rather have the same lipstick in a less luxe case for less money. However, there are lippies on the market that cost more than this.
Purchase again? Probably not. I really hate that packaging.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)