Ever since I raved on and on about Guerlain Rouge Automatique, my obsession with Guerlain lipsticks has not been a secret. I’ve tried great lipsticks afterwards, but to me personally Guerlain remains THE brand that knows all the secrets about great lipsticks. Should we see if Shine Automatique, a new line of Guerlain lipsticks that was launched very recently, lives up to the same expectations?
I know nothing about the technology involved in making a lipstick formula, but Shine Automatique makes a lot or promises! In a nutshell, it is supposed to offer coverage without being thick or heavy, radiant color without being frosty, and shimmery pearly particles that give lips exceptional shine.
Sous Le Vent (200) is a nude-ish brownish shade. I suspected that like all nudes, it would wash me out. But lo and behold, it does NOT! I think it deserves a prize for that, because anything REMOTELY nude-ish usually washes me out beyond recognition. The shimmer in this one is slightly less apparent, but it’s definitely still there.
Extrait de Rose (262) is a beautiful fuschia. The shimmer in this one does shine like crazy, and to be honest it’s probably my favorite out of the bunch! It’s such a happy color!
A La Parisienne (263) is a very complex shade. It looks pretty red in the tube, but on me I see pink, red, and coral. It is very beautiful, and I don’t think I own anything comparable!
Rose Pompon (264) is a brownish raisin color. It’s another color that I suspected wouldn’t work for me. If this shade were opaque I would definitely not be able to make it work. However, this formula magically enables me to wear it!
Here is the arm swatch if you want to see it. I’m really sorry I made a mistake and swatched Rose Pompon (264) before A La Parisienne (263), but I did label the swatches so hopefully there will be no confusion!
I have reviewed the packaging and smell in details in my Rouge Automatique Coque d’Or post, and they stay the same. I am a fan of the mechanism, the precise tip, and the slight perfumery smell does not bother me.
Shine Automatique are a different type of lipsticks, and I think it will all come down to personal preferences between Shine Automatique and her big sister, Rouge Automatique. Despite the fact that the colors are not “opaque,” in a strange way these lipsticks do provide lips with just enough color and shine. The shimmer is very beautiful and fine. It is not the rough type of glitter that makes your lips feel like sandpaper. If you wear it the whole day, with all the talking, drinking, and eating, you will find some shimmer around your lips. However, it doesn’t travel far, and it is so fine that it doesn’t bother me (read: no risk of looking like a disco ball). The texture is spot-on. It’s creamy enough to glide on, but not slippery so it slips right off you. It won’t survive a meal, but it doesn’t entirely disappear after a drink. On me it wears around 2.5 hours. It’s as moisturizing as Rouge Automatique. I have woken up with slightly drier lips, but a while after applying it my lips became as smooth as they would be with a good lip balm! Also, it doesn’t cling onto the dry bits or imperfection. It’s very comfortable on the lips and not waxy at all!
Bottom line: What I love about this formula is I think it makes every shade wearable for everyone. If you have always wanted to wear a certain type of colors but can’t make it work for you, these are a good bet. It’s moisturizing, glossy, and it does shimmer in the best possible way. For everything this lipstick promises, it truly delivers. With that said, I remain a die-hard fan of Guerlain lipsticks! I want to check other shades out now!
What do you think? Is Shine Automatique something you might want to look into? How do you feel about the general lipstick/balm/gloss hybrid lip products that have been sprouting up on the market?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.
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