During the recent Sephora sale, I decided to splurge on an everyday, slightly shimmery, dummy-proof lipstick, and I chose Guerlain Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour in Gracia to fill this void in my lipstick collection (my current everyday lipsticks are either creams or properly shimmery). I am not one to usually purchase expensive lipstick. I mean, MAC, Clinique, and even Revlon make me pretty happy, so do I really need a lipstick that costs more than double…er, how about nearly triple…what those cost? (At least I got it 15% off + 4% eBates!)
Another part of the reason I’ve waited so long to try Rouge G, despite its rave reviews and my growing curiosity, is that I had swatched a couple of them before and was not super impressed. I mean, they were nice, but $$$ nice?
And…I kind of don’t like the packaging.
Blasphemous, right? I really don’t like it. Sorry, case designer Lorenz Bäumer! It’s heavy, bulky, awkward to use and it can’t stand up on end. It looks like a casket. (The husband likes the weight of it. “Why are you complaining about the weight? Your handbags weigh a ton, anyway.”)
The entire case is mirrored, so while it’s pretty and shiny, it gets fingerprints all over it. There is also a mirror on the lid that flips out when you uncap the lipstick. I had this sort of contraption before on some (now discontinued) Lola lipstick, and it was cute there with Lola’s retro styling, but it was also annoying.
Also, I feel like the packaging is missing a trick by not including a velvet bag. It just looks exactly like the kind of lipstick that should be stored in a black, purple or red velvet pouch.
So, now that I have offended everyone who adores the packaging of this lipstick (if it makes you feel any better, I also think YSL lipstick packaging is hideously gaudy looking)…
Here I am with Gracia (66) in my hand and a smaller Mother’s Day gift budget. It’s a little understated in the tube, which is a massive contrast with the container that houses it! The shade is a soft mauve-y plum with fine, warm gold shimmer running through it.
In my lightbox photos, Gracia comes out looking warmer than it really is, because of all that warm gold shimmer.
The base color is really mauve-y plum, as you can see a bit better in the sunlit shot below. (It looks downright cool-toned mauve in dim light, actually, and not auburn like it does in brightly lit photos.)
On the lips, Gracia feels nice and smooth, though not weightless, and it is very slightly tacky/sticky. The staying power is not bad, maybe four to five hours, and it wears off nicely. The color suits me, but it’s nothing too special. It’s not fully opaque with one stroke, so you can build the color up nicely. The fine shimmer is very pretty—that’s the main thing it has going for it. I suppose that’s the ruby-powder that they advertise is an ingredient. (I’m going to try layering it over other lipsticks just to get that pretty subtle shimmer on other lip colors.) Otherwise, I don’t feel it’s any better and doesn’t warrant the high price tag.
Perhaps other colors in the Rouge G line perform better; the bolder shades might pack more punch and wow factor. I can’t say I’m dying to try them, though. So far, I’d rather spend the money on 1.5 NARS Audacious lipsticks.
But, at least I got what I was looking for. Gracia is certainly is a good everyday lipstick color, it has some lovely shimmer, and it’s pretty much dummy-proof!
Guerlain Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour is US$53 / CA$55 and is 0.12 oz / 3.5 g. It is made in France.
Guerlain is a fragrance and cosmetic company based in Paris, France. It was established in 1928 and is one of the world’s oldest perfume houses. LVMH acquired Guerlain in 1994.