A Kiss of Gold for Your Lips & Tips: Guerlain Altoum Shine Automatique & Nail Lacquer!

Gold is another shade that is everywhere this time of the year, but guess what? Guerlain has come up with a gold lipstick and nail polish that will work for more skin tones than other golds around. Meet Guerlain Altoum Shine Automatique and Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer!

Guerlain Altoum Shine Automatique (700) has a rather sheer base. It offers just a touch of gold, so even with two layers your natural lip color will definitely show through. Like other Shine Automatiques, there is an insane amount of shimmer in Altoum. If I use one layer I can barely feel it, and if I use two the slight grit is a bit more apparent. However, it is definitely not rough on the lips!

According to Guerlain, Altoum Shine Automatique can be used in three ways: a single layer on the lips for a sophisticated nude veil, over another shade for a the shimmery effect, or in the middle of the lips to give them a plumper appearance. It glides on easily, doesn’t move around, and is seriously hydrating. As the color is rather sheer, it doesn’t wear as long on me as the other Shine Automatiques. I get about 3 hours and a half. It doesn’t leave a stain, but some of the sparkle hangs around.

As you can see, even when it’s built up it doesn’t offer a lot of “color.”

I wasn’t expecting to like this at all when it is worn alone, but as you can see in the pictures it really isn’t bad! The fact that it is rather sheer and allow natural lip colors to show through, instead of covering it up with something frosty and metallic, is what will let you get away with it. I have also tried to pat this on after a long-wearing matte lipstick has worn off to a stain, and it definitely works well that way as well!

See how it shines?

Bottom line: If you want the choice of adding some sparkle to your matte lipsticks, Guerlain Altoum Shine Automatique is a shortcut to the holiday glamour! It definitely doesn’t look bad alone either, which makes it more versatile!

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer (03) is a pale metallic gold. What makes this shade special for me, is that under warmer lighting it is a rose gold on me. The consistency is slightly thicker, but it is still easy to work with. You can achieve opacity with two coats. I experience no problem working with it, though with a metallic finish some brush strokes are visible. A top coat will make it seem much smoother, so it is not a deal breaker for me personally. This one also dries faster than average, which is great when you have less patience/time!

It looks as gold as it can in this photo. Most of the time (including in the photos with my hand next to my face) it looks more rose gold!

I’m wearing Guerlain Liu Eye and Lip Calligraphy Palette on my eyes. I’ll show pictures of the eye look when I review the palette. That and yes, I’m officially going through a black lace period! Can’t get enough of it!

Bottom line: If you have always wanted a gold nail polish but are worried it’ll contrast badly with your skin tone, Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer might be worth looking into. The paleness of the shade flatters more skin tone than yellow golds.

Where do you stand on pale gold? Is Guerlain Altoum Shine Automatique or Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer something you might be interested in?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



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

    looks good on you :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly!

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    They have two fans already…you and…me! Love it!

    • Sunny

      Haha two for team Guerlain!

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

    You look so pretty and natural in that picture. That gold lipstick is crazy. I love it.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Marla! Altoum is a really fun one!

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com Ruby

    I think altoum looks very versatile. Almost like a nude with the golden kick :)

    • Sunny

      Versatile is definitely the word! It works well alone and layered!

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.blogspot.com Chris

    I’m digging the gold nail lacquer but the entire look looks beautiful on you :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Chris! I have a real soft spot for this one because it looks like a rose gold on me most of the time :)

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    i think guerlain did a right thing to make this lipstick very sheer otherwise it would have been an editorial lipstick!
    love the subtle shine of this color on you.
    Altoum is Turandot’s father (the emperor) and usually appears on stage all gold-blingy. what a perfect name for the shade! :)

    • Sunny

      My thoughts exactly, Lena!

      Thank so much for the explanation! I went as far as to finding out who Altoum is, but I had no idea that’s probably why Guerlain named it that way!

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

    HOLD THE PHONE. That gold polish! WOW. You are right! I think I can wear that one!! I will look for it for sure! Thanks Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Yaaay Tracy, I’m glad to hear you like it! It’s pretty pale and not too yellow. I hope it’ll work well for you!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    You look so ravishing in these pics ! The gold though isn’t really my thing.

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Eva! It’s probably not something I’d want to wear every day, but for the season it’s more than appropriate :)

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

    You are SO pretty–I love that first picture of you so much!! :) And Altoum Shine is really very pretty, but I don’t know that I would pay that much for what is essentially a sheer, shimmery gold balm :/

    • Sunny

      Thanks SO much Becca! I know what you mean, but it’s pretty handy to have something similar around for the holiday season. I’ve spiked some matte reds up with it and it’s super glam!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, what a gorgeous pale beige gold times two! I love the look you put together :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Dovey! The lipstick is actually amazingly easy to wear. I’m glad it’s pretty sheer. Wouldn’t know how to handle an opaque gold in real life!

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    *loves* Looking ultra feminine here too Sunny :-)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lily! I’m going through a lace period and I think that adds to the feminine factor ;)

  • Libby

    It looks gorgeous on you! I wouldn’t normally be interested in such a shade but it looks really lovely and I’m actually pondering it now…oh boy, just what I need, more things to spend money on xD

    • Sunny

      Thanks Libby! I know what you mean. There are many shades that unless you’ve seen on someone, you’d write it off. But that’s what I’m here for haha

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