Who Says Holiday Should Be All about Red? Guerlain Lou-Ling Shine Automatique & Nail Lacquer Beg to Differ!

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



  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Love them both Sunny! Especially the polish! I love deep burgundy anything lately!

    • Sunny

      Yaay glad to hear you like them too, Tracy! I have some similar shades but no dupe!

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com/ Claire

    Lou-Ling <3 love this lipstick, even though is is sparkly I don't find the texture gritty at all. Got lots of compliments wearing it. GUERLAIN <3 love the last picture Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Claire! I feel a bit of grit if I do two layers, but I’m not too bothered because at least the shimmer looks good! If it’s glitter it might be another story!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    love the lou-ling nail polish :D

    • Sunny

      It’s a great shade for the season, though I’d personally wear something like this all-year-round :)

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    I love Guerlain Automatique lipsticks. They glide on my lips so nicely and the colors are gorgeous.

    • Sunny

      Good to know, Marla! Guerlain is my first lipstick love, and every time I put one on it reminds me why I fell hard and fast in love with the brand!

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    i’d probably pass on the nail polish although it is a fab color. i simply have too many deep burgundy shades like that.
    the lipstick, however, i’ve been lemming for some time now. what a beautiful color!
    you look beautiful, Sunny! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Lena! Do check Lou-Ling Shine Automatique now, or more broadly all Guerlain lipsticks! The formulas are amazing in different ways :)

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.blogspot.com Chris El

    The Lou-Ling lip and nail combo looks gorgeous on you!! So holiday chic! Besides red lips, I’m also obsessing over berry colors. :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! You look REALLY good in red, but this is great for when you don’t want to attract as much attention.

  • http://jadeinthepalace.blogspot.de/ Pamela Ridwan at Jadeinthepalace

    I love the nail polish! it’s a perfect color for fall and winter…
    I’ve tried once guerlain lipstick, but I cant remember which one.. it was a deep matte red color and I loved it so much :))
    it’s always a pleasure reading your review,Sunny! :)

    • Sunny

      Haha could it be one of the Rouge Automatiques or Rouge G’s? I haven’t found a single Guerlain lipstick formula that I don’t like! Thanks for stopping by Pamela :)

  • http://mybeautysample.com Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    This is *gorgeous* on you!! I love that it’s bright, but it’s a wearable bright! I still don’t own any Guerlain lippies but I REALLY want one, if not just for the amazingly luxe packaging ;)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Becca! I’d definitely urge you to look into Guerlain lipsticks, if not for the great formulas then yes, for the luxe packaging!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, I love the Lou-Ling nail lacquer on you! I thought it was going to be just another dark red for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s a plum instead :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Dovey! This one has an interesting twist for sure :)

  • http://beautycabby.com lyn

    Lou-Ling is definitely my favourite lipstick this season. It looks absolutely gorgeous on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lyn! Shine Automatiques are so easy to wear!