Despite the fact that I can proudly rock a red lip up and down the street nowadays, all the way until two months ago I was very skittish. I don’t think I will ever go back to feeling uneasy about sporting opaque reds, but I also understand it’s not for everyone (or not yet in any case). It seems that holiday offerings inevitably revolve around red, red, and more red. What are your options if you’re just not (yet) a fan?
Dear readers, I give you Guerlain Lou-Ling Shine Automatique and its sister Nail Lacquer! If you want something that is not very typical this season, why not take a look at the sparkling raspberry/fuchsia pink lipstick and deep plum nail polish?
Left: Lou-Ling Shine Automatique (760) Right: Altoum Shine Automatique (700)
I have reviewed the packaging of Guerlain Shine Automatique and Rouge Automatique several times here, and I still am a fan of the mechanism! I have used many of mine repetitively, and none of them has showed any signs of wear. Even if it may not be the most hefty lipstick around, it is definitely solid enough!
Lou-Ling Shine Automatique looks like a deeper plum laced with golden and ruby shimmer, but once swatched it is actually a lot lighter. The Shine Automatique formula is supposed to be rather sheer, hydrating, and shiny (both in terms of the sheen and shimmer). If you get this sight unseen and expect it to look the same on, you might be disappointed. Once you set your expectations right however, you might just be impressed!
Because of how sheer Shine Automatiques are, individual skin tone and undertone play a big role in how they look. On me, Lou-Ling looks different in different lighting. It goes from raspberry- to fuchsia-tinged pink. With one pass the coverage is semi-sheer, but with another layer it can be opaque.
Formula-wise, Lou-Ling glides on very easily, but it never slips around. The shimmer looks amazing on and doesn’t travel, though if I do two layers I can feel a bit of grit. Lou-Ling wears for about 4.5 hours on me, and surprisingly enough it leaves a light stain that hangs around for another hour or two. Like other Guerlain lipsticks I’ve tried, Lou-Ling wears comfortably and is definitely hydrating!
Bottom line: I would definitely recommend Rouge Automatique formula if you’re looking for something that is somehow sheer, very hydrating, and very sparkling (without being juvenile or over the top). Lou-Ling is a raspberry- fuchsia- pink on me, and it is a great alternative to all the reds we’ve been seeing in the holiday collections. It’s rich, but because it’s sheer and buildable, you can decide how bold you want your lips to be!
Left: Lou-Ling Nail Lacquer (04) Right: Altoum Nail Lacquer (03)
The Lou-Ling Nail Lacquer (04) is a deep plummy red wine. It has very subtle shimmer that doesn’t really show on the nails, unless you stare at it in decent lighting. The brush is easy enough to use. The consistency is slightly more liquid-y, but it doesn’t end up getting all over the place. You can achieve opacity with two coats, and there are no brush strokes at all.
It is a sophisticated shade for sure!
Bottom line: Guerlain Lou-Ling Nail Lacquer has a solid formula, and if you are a fan of deep burgundy shades like I am, you might really enjoy it!
Have you seen Guerlain Lou-Ling Shine Automatique and Nail Lacquer in real life? Have you tried any Guerlain lipsticks? Are you ready to take on opaque reds this season or would you go for a more easygoing alternative like this one?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx