Review: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipsticks in #521 (Red Strass) and #525 (Folie de Grenat)

By Voxy  

I had a few other products next in line for review, but none of them came from Sephora and I figured that since the F&F sale was still going on, I ought to do products that are available at Sephora in case any of you want to pick any of them up for 20% off.

My love affair with the red lip continues (and will probably last through early January). These are two lovely red lippies by Guerlain, from their (less expensive) Kiss Kiss line. As I remarked elsewhere, I hate the Betty-Rubble-esque packaging, but the products are quite nice.

Both of these shades are blue-based reds, and neither one is what I would call a “starter” red lippie along the lines of the Shiseido Natural Red or a red gloss like Lancome’s Rouge Magnificence or 3CC’s Candy Apple. These are definitely lippies for red-letter days, or, as I like to call them, Tuesdays. #521, Red Strass, is a festive, cheerful, happy, look-at-me! lip color: a vibrant red with just-noticeable-enough gold shimmer. #525, Folie de Grenat (pictured at top), is its more sophisticated, slightly darker, unshimmery older sister: the Beezus to 521’s Ramona, the Jo March to its Amy, or Elizabeth Bennet to its Lydia.

(This is not to say, of course, that if you wear #521 Red Strass you are liable to find yourself ruining other people’s birthday cakes, falling through thin ice into a freezing pond, or running off scandalously with a dashing but unsuitable scallywag. Or if you do, don’t blame it on the lippie.)

These lipsticks are moderately creamy, and I find them neither moisturizing nor drying. I haven’t noticed any feathering BUT they are quite bright and so I have always religiously used a lipliner and primer with them. Wearlength is about average given the intensity of the color: about 3 hours plus some staining.

Swatch-a-roonies!

#521 Red Strass:

Naked lip, and lip with #521 Red Strass:

#525 Folie de Grenat:

Naked lip and lip with #525 Folie de Grenat:

They don’t look as different in the swatches as they do in the tube, but Folie de Grenat is definitely darker and more sophisticated, while Red Strass is lighter and less serious.

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipsticks in #521 Red Strass and #525 Folie de Grenat: $31 each at Sephora ($24.80 each during F&F sale!)

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good.

Purchase again? Yes, I’d try other colors.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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