If you read beauty blogs, you have probably come across Guerlain lipsticks. I feel that there is less hype about them because the majority are not “limited edition (and also, let’s face it, they are by no means cheap thrills),” but people who have tried seldom report disappointment. I had to try it on for myself, and basically it felt like hitting the jackpot!
The packaging of Rouge Automatique is what you would expect from a luxury brand and some more. It is not as elaborate as Rouge G, but the much friendlier price and reduced bulk are good in my book. The gold casing renders it a regal air, and it gets brownie point from me because it doesn’t hold fingerprints! I’m pretty sure it’s plastic, but it’s luxurious-looking plastic! It doesn’t have a cap. You only need to drag the square trigger (that has the Guerlain logo on) down, and the lipstick emerges in front of you. It certainly feels very high-tech and gadgety!
As you can see, Rouge Automatiques have fine and precise tips. I personally adore precise tips, as they make my lips look more sculpted. The texture is by far the best I have ever tried. It’s creamy and moisturizing, highly possibly more comfortable to wear than a lot of lip balms. It is lightweight without being slippery. You wouldn’t see a dent in your lipstick soon, and it stays pretty well on my lips. In my experience, it survives drinks but not really food, but it easily wears for 4 hours or more. In other words, you get the best of both worlds with Rouge Automatique: it is creamy enough to glide beautifully, smoothly on, but not slippery so that the color doesn’t go all over the place on your lips. Now we’re talking about perfection! With one pass there is enough coverage, and it leaves a lovely stain behind once most of it is worn off during eating/drinking. It has a perfume-y smell, but it’s not very strong and disappears quickly enough.
Coque d’Or (meaning golden shell. It is originally the name for a Guerlain perfume launched in 1937) is a sheer, juicy red with golden shimmer. The shimmer is amazingly fine, and I can’t feel it (no grittiness) on my lips. It doesn’t have the tendency to travel around my face, either. It is a training wheel red, and one that exudes class. If I compare it with Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart, which is the other of my training wheel red, you will see the base color is similar enough (Cherry Tart on the left, Coque d’Or on the right).
However, the texture, precise application, staying power, and lack of traveling glitter make Coque d’Or beat Cherry Tart hands down (I do understand it is unfair to compare a luxury item with a drugstore one). This is not a lipstick you have to make compromises for. It takes lipsticks to another level.
The only thing I would caution you about then, is once you know how good a lipstick can be, it is very difficult to fall in love with anything else. I received this one from a dear dear friend, but I am sure this won’t be the only Rouge Automatique I own!
Marina from Makeup4all wrote about the upcoming Guerlain Shine Automatique lipsticks that are coming out in March. Most of them look very shimmery, but with my positive experience with their older sisters, I am really looking forward to seeing them in person!
What do you think? Have you tried any Guerlain lipsticks? If you own any, what are they? I’ve got my eyes on 103 Chant d’Aromes (it’s the perfect nude for me), but I could always explore more!