I am perhaps the only person on the planet who doesn’t like Guerlain’s lip product packaging. I’m sorry. I am, evidently, a Philistine. The much-vaunted Rouge G lipstick packaging is, to me, about five pounds of sheer annoyance, and the packaging for the Kiss Kiss line of lippies makes them look like something that Betty Rubble might pull out of her Coach mammoth-skin purse. Very Flintstones.
The new Kiss Kiss Gloss Serum comes in packaging similar to that of the Kiss Kiss lippies, but it’s moderately less prehistoric-looking. Guerlain advertises these as combining “the art of lip care with the magic of colors. This extreme-shine formula, combined with anti-aging active ingredients, helps lips look and stay more beautiful by smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Instantly and day after day, lips are beautified, smoothed, plumped and rejuvenated.”
OK, but is it really all that?
It’s a lovely gloss, and I really like how the shade I purchased (Violine, a deep raspberry) can be used with other lippies to make them a little darker and richer, which is so in for fall and which is the reason I bought it in the first place. It also performs reasonably well on its own and it does feel moisturizing. When applied alone it works more as a MLBB shade; it looks pigmented on my skin but over lips it doesn’t actually add that much pigment. I admit that I prefer it over lipstick or lip liner. Is it “extreme shine”? Gotta say no. I’ve used much shinier glosses — however, since “extreme” shine in a lipgloss isn’t a must-have for me, I’m OK with that. As for the plumping/anti-aging properties, I can’t say I’ve noticed them. Then again, I haven’t worn the gloss all-day every-day for an extended period (sue me, I’m fickle), so the jury is out on that one. The gloss is fairly non-sticky; if you are super-sensitive to stickiness you may notice it, but I get used to it after a minute or two.
Gimmick: The clear thin band that separates the cap from the gloss container fills up with the product when it’s first opened, so you can see the color. While this is a cool effect, does it also mean that some of the 0.20 oz you are paying for gets siphoned away to show the color? Why, yes, it does.
Colors out for this fall include:
• Vermillon (420) — this is a gorgeous red. Sheer enough for red-lip-o-phobics.
• Grenat (421) — brownish rose
• Myrrhe (440) — pale nude
• Tonka (441) — sheer light caramel
• Cuir (442) — sheer brown
• Ambre (460) — light pinky nude
• Baie de Rose (461) — light rose
• Violine (462) — raspberry; the darkest of the shades
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss Serum in Violine (462): $31 at high-end department stores
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair.
Purchase again? Probably, though I’m not planning on being exclusive (see above, in re: fickle).
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)