This is the last of my catch-up posts for Project Pan. I’ll be back in sync next Monday. 🙂
Today I’m taking a closer look at an item that has made a few appearances on the blog before but never had its own limelight – the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in 06 Garance:
While I like some higher end makeup brands, I’m by no means into “designer” makeup brands. I don’t own any “signature” lipsticks from the likes of YSL, Chanel, Dior… the Guerlain Rouge G is the most expensive lipstick I own (I also have another shade, #863 Provocative, a limited edition from 2013 in a black tube) and it cost me C$52 back in 2013 for this. They now retail for C$59 for 3.5g of product. 😮
Firstly, the packaging. This is really what you’re paying for when you shell out $59 for a lipstick. It is stunning and the first time I held it, I shed a little tear. I’ve heard of the tube referred to as a “space coffin” design:
The lid of the lipstick tube houses a mirror. It’s as if Guerlain combined a regular lipstick tube and one of those lipstick cases that you can find for $2 in Chinatown:
But in a much sleeker packaging of course – it even has a magnetic closure!
The weight of the lipstick tube requires warming up of the bicep and forearm muscles before attempting to lift it. Honestly, I don’t know how little old ladies even carry this lipstick around in their purses?
And that gets me to a major negative with this product. Although the lipstick case is great with the mirror – it’s so dang heavy and bulky that I really detest lugging it around, never mind trying to bring it with me for special events when I have a tiny clutch. There were so many times I chose another lipstick simply because I didn’t want to deal with the packaging.
Guerlain describes the formula of Rouge G as:
Lipstick is reinvented in an exceptional jewel with Rouge G, a subtle balance of intense colour and the comforting pleasure of a creamy lip balm. Behind this magical creation is an astounding formula: the unique combination of ruby powder for spectacular radiance, hyaluronic acid spheres for perfectly smoothed lips and wild mango butter for lasting hydration.
I agree, the formula is very easy to wear – it has a slight sheen and micro-shimmer and just a bit of slip, making it fairly long lasting formula (around 4 hrs). It feels comfortable on my lips – I don’t even need to wear a lip balm underneath.
I wouldn’t call the colour pay-off to be intense, I’d say it’s strong, but it doesn’t stain my lips nor is it opaque in one swipe. There is a soft vanilla scent to this lipstick but it’s barely detectable.
Garance is a very wearable MLBB type shade – I would describe it as a warmed up mid-tone pink. It’s a near dupe to my beloved Elizabeth Arden Breathless.
Here’s a comparison of Garance against other MLBB type lipsticks I have in my stash – I tried to pick out ones that I haven’t compared against Garance before:
• Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in #45 – milkier, more beige, sheerer
• BITE Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk – more brown and creamier
• Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Garance
• Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien – browner, more sheer
• Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rush – rosier, more opaque
• Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Venetian Rose RS711 – deeper, cooler, more opaque
Fun fact: all of Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks have female names that begin with the letter “G”. They are made in France.
• Unique packaging
• Comfortable cream formula
• Flattering wearable colour
• Long wearing
• Cumbersome packaging
Stash worthiness: 8/10
Is this lipstick worth almost $60? Well kind of, mainly for the packaging (which is also its downfall). The formula itself really is lovely and the colour suits me well, but objectively it’s not my favourite lipstick formula Of. All. Time. (I prefer the formula of Shiseido Perfect Rouge, BITE Beauty Luminous Crème, and MAC Amplified Crème more) Subjectively, I would say this has to be one of my favourite formulas because more expensive means better, right? 😉 I do cherish this lipstick – it is striking and special in my collection.
Hurrah, the weight of this lipstick went down! I’ve been wearing this non-stop at work and my coworkers keep asking me what this shiny metal thing is on my desk (I need to keep it in sight or else I forget to use it). And to show how hefty the packaging is – here it is with the cap on – more than double the weight:
I’ve noticed the weight of a couple of other items going down too – the KATE Stick Concealer, the Body Shop foundation, and most exciting of all; the MAC eye shadow quad! 😀
What’s the most expensive lipstick that you own? Do you think it was worth it?