Review/Amend the Trend: Wearing Orange (Pt. 2) with Guerlain Rouge G Serie Noir in Orange Euphorique

By Voxy  

Longest. Post. Title. EVER.

In my previous post on the current trend of wearing orange, I said I had an orange lippie winging its way to me and I was anxious to try it out. Behold! Here it is.

As I mentioned in my previous review of a Guerlain Rouge G lipstick, Rouge G is Guerlain’s signature line, and carries both the fanciest packaging and the highest price tag. The Rouge G “Serie Noir” line extension is new for Spring 2011, and features the same product design in packaging that is not silver but … well, black, natch. (Yay! Marketing language that is not a lie!)

So of course my internal dialogue over purchasing this lippie went something like this:

Glamour Hound Voxy: Look! Look! It’s a new Rouge G limited edition lipstick! And it’s ORANGE! I want it I want it I want it I want it.

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: Uh, I don’t think so. It’s forty-seven dollars. (Writing the price out in words makes it look even higher.)

Glamour Hound Voxy: So? It’s ORANGE!

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: That doesn’t change the fact that it’s also forty-seven dollars.

Glamour Hound Voxy: But orange is really in — and this looks like a wearable orange! It’s not some bizarre shade that I could pick up from Wet ‘n’ Wild at the drugstore for $4.

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: Comparing it to a worse product that you don’t even want is not helping your case.

Glamour Hound Voxy: OK. Lookit. You know how you sometimes can get away with wearing peaches and warm tones, even though your skin tone is cool — and may I say, just by way of passing, that I think your skin has been looking ravishingly good lately?

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: Mm-hmm. Flattery will get you nowhere. Go on.

Glamour Hound Voxy: Well, isn’t it a problem having a good shade of peachy lipstick to wear with those lovely delicate blushes?

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: I already have NARS Petit Monstre. That’s a lovely shade of terracotta.

Glamour Hound Voxy: Terracotta?! For SPRING? ::is shocked:: Oh, dear me, no. That’s not the same at all.

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: Well, I do wish I had a nice peachy lip color that I could actually wear — but still! Forty-seven dollars!

Glamour Hound Voxy: But think of what a classic it will be. You’ll be able to wear it year after year — because you know you’ll never finish it, right? So it’s really a mere $47 for a lifetime investment in a beautiful peach lip. Why, the cost per use is surely only a few cents. Just pennies a day!

Fiscally Responsible Voxy: I don’t like how this is going. You’re almost starting to make sense. This is never a good thing.

Glamour Hound Voxy: Pucker up, baby. I just hit the “Place Order” button while you weren’t looking. Ha! Got you again!

Fiscally Responsible Voxy is going to need to learn some new tricks, I think.

Glamour Hound Voxy, on the other hand, is pleased to report that it is just as delectable in person as she had hoped it would be. If you are looking for a peach lipstick this is definitely one to consider, especially if you are cool-toned and normally have trouble finding peachy tones that look good on you. Some people may complain that the color is sheer, because they don’t want to pay a lot of money for a product that doesn’t give full coverage in one swipe. In a case like this, where the color is orange, I think that’s actually a good thing, because it means you can build up coverage to a level you’re comfortable with. It makes it much, much more wearable. Don’t get me wrong: I love a good red lip as much as anyone, but there’s no question that when you’re wearing, say, Chanel Dragon or MAC Russian Red or Ruby Woo, you might as well hang a sign over your head that says LOOK I AM WEARING RED LIPSTICK!!!!

Occasionally, even I want to be a little more subtle. I know that may be hard for some of you to believe. ;)

Anyway, if you can get over the cost, there is nothing not to like about this lipstick. It’s a beautiful sheer apricot color that you can build, and it looks just orange enough to be on-trend without going way over the top. If it’s not orange enough for you, you can always add an orange-toned gloss. Because it is sheer, it also wears off well; I get about 4 hours out of it before it noticeably needs reapplication.


Hand swatch:

Naked lip:

Lip with Guerlain Rouge G Serie Noir Orange Euphorique:

(I swear all of those pictures were taken in the same light tent. My hand looks much warmer-toned than my face for some reason. Sigh — must continue to work on photo skillz.)


Guerlain Rouge G Serie Noir lipstick in Orange Euphorique (shade 45): $47 at Sephora (you can’t buy directly from the Guerlain website)

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fiscally Responsible Voxy refuses to let me rank this any higher than Fair.

Purchase again? Yes, if another equally unique and suitable shade comes out. I love the two shades I have but don’t feel compelled to replace all my other lippies with Rouge Gs.

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


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  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted April 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love it. But I am not going to buy it. I’m BAD ENOUGH without being addicted to $47 lipsticks too.


  2. avatar AmmieM
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    Brilliant review! I sound just like you when I’m discussing purchases with myself!


  3. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 7:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    I want this. I think the light pink one might be a better shade for me than orange, though. And I love your internal dialogue — Glamour Hound Voxy is SO much more fun than Fiscally Responsible Voxy!

    In other (unrelated) makeup news, I sharpened my NARS Velvet Gloss lip pencils this morning, and it did not damage them at all. They make a bit of a mess of the sharpener, but I’m less bothered about that.


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