Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique Makes a Happy Birthday Girl!

Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique review

I celebrated my 29th birthday last week (a friend kindly reminded me this is my last year as a twenty-something *sharp intake of breath*). The birthday girl’s lipstick of choice? Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique (166)! I had seen it not so long ago on a fellow Lipstick Bandit‘s blog, Rocaille Writes and put it straight on my wish list. As luck would have it, I found this baby in the nice birthday parcel arriving a day before my birthday! Long story short, up on this older girl’s lips it went!

Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique  packaging

I have reviewed the packaging of Rouge Automatique many times before, so I won’t waste your time here. I did take a few more photos this time because I somehow felt more inspired. I got the card a while ago when I attended the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette launch. I had a lot of fun stitching the dress up on my way home!

Guerlain Rouge Automatique packaging

Guerlain Rouge Automatique mechanism

Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique is a bright pink with subtle fuchsia shimmer. The undertone is rather neutral on me, and the shimmer is so subtle that I find it hard to spot on the lips! As other Guerlain Rouge Automatiques I have tried, Shalimar has a nice creamy sheen. It is mostly opaque with one pass, very lightweight, moisturizing, and long-lasting (I get 5-6 hours with food and drinks. It also stains a little).

Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique (166)

Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique (166) closeup

Here is how Shalimar swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built-up:

Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique (166) swatch

A couple more photos to show you how it looks on me!

Guerlain Shalimar FOTD

Guerlain Shalimar

Guerlain Rouge Automatique is the first lipstick formula I really fell in love with, and even after everything else I have tried, that fact remains unchanged. I am systematically blown away by how easy it goes on, how shiny the finish is, how much pigment it packs, and how moisturizing the formula is on my lips!

Bottom line: Guerlain Shalimar Rouge Automatique is a stunning shade in an excellent formula. It’s bold enough, but at the same time easy to wear. If bright pink is your thing, do check out Shalimar for the coming season!

Do you own a Guerlain Rouge Automatique? Which shade is your favorite?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny, Happy (belated) Birthday!!!! Guerlain Shalimar does seem like a wonderful gift for the occasion and it’s such a pretty pink. I bet a lot of thought went into creating it — after all it does share a name with one of Guerlain’s iconic scents :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Dovey!!! I like how they tie these to their scents as well. So much history πŸ˜‰

  • Teri

    Isn’t it awesome that our birthdays are just one day apart? ^^ Shalimar is one of those lippies that I have to own at some point, it’s close to Champs-Elysees but I love the golden shimmer in this one. Great fuchsia colour on you, it looks cooler toned than I imagined somehow, really interesting!

    • Sunny

      It totally is awesome! You should try Shalimar on. I can see it looking different on different people, but in any case it’ll be pretty!

  • Rachel

    Happy belated birthday! I don’t own any of the Rouge Automatiques yet (I can’t decide where to start!) but last autumn I celebrated turning thirty with a Rouge G L’Extrait. Guerlain definitely makes some of the best birthday presents. :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Rachel, I’m glad to hear you got a Rouge G L’Extrait! I keep thinking I need more of those too! Hands down the best liquid lipstick formula I have tried!

  • lyn

    Happy belated birthday! This shade is so pretty on you! I only have Lou Ling and Flirt, both of which I adore, but I do want an everyday shade and Shalimar looks like something that will fit the bill.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lyn! You should definitely check out Shalimar. It’s incredibly easy to wear AND very eye-catching. Win win!

  • Anne

    Looking great, Sunny (so, pff, who cares about age? :) )! Happy belated birthday!
    I only own Samsara (but Flirt Shine Automatique is on its way -thank you, coupon!), but I’d also love to own Liu, Nahema, Voilettes de Madame and Coque d’Or. I’ll try to swatch Shalimar next time I’m at the counter!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Anne! I’m not too bothered, but next year it might be a little more scary :p

      Coque d’Or was my first red! I think it’s the lipstick that taught me red doesn’t have to be scary!

  • Ruby

    Happy belated Birthday, Sunny. This is indeed a wonderful gift. I feel in love with Guerlain Automatique lipsticks as well and their pigmentation is indeed impressive!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Ruby! I like the pigmentation as well as how incredibly hydrating they are. They can pretty much work as a lip balm!

  • beauties

    This colour is too fierce for me but it works really well for you :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Eva! It’s actually not too much. You should try it on to see for yourself πŸ˜‰

  • Lien

    I’m so in love with this lipstick! Beautiful look!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lien! You can hardly go wrong with a Guerlain lipstick. That’s what I learnt over the years πŸ˜‰

  • Procrastinator

    The colour is perfect for you =) happy belated! May this be your best year yet!

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl! I’m getting a pretty good vibe πŸ˜‰

  • Claire

    happy belated birthday πŸ˜€ I love shalimar! the colour suits me even more now I think, my only pink lipsticks I am not afraid to use, never too loud or scary xxx

    • Sunny

      Thanks Claire! Shalimar is actually a pretty bright pop of pink, but for some reason it still looks classy and not out-of-place. No idea how Guerlain did that!

      • Claire

        It’s amazing because it is guerlain! πŸ˜€ they have done such an amazing job on the lippies <3

  • Larie

    Happy belated birthday! What a fab present. What did you do to celebrate? Any yummy food??? πŸ˜€

    • Sunny

      Thanks Larie! I had Thai hot pot with my Belgian family. I don’t think I’ve seen so much fresh seafood on the same table since I got here *sheds a tear* LOL

  • ValleyDoll

    oh god, I MUST have this one, so gorgeous !

    • Sunny

      Hey Eva, I can see this looking really hot on you! Definitely check it out!

  • Marijke

    Really pretty lipstick!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Marijke! It’s really bright but still very wearable :)

  • Dominique

    Happy belated birthday ! Gorgeous shade, it’s pretty and classy on you !

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Dominique! I think it’s a very grown-up way to wear a real pop of pink!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    i love this color on you!!! so pink and pretty!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Joyce! It’s a bubbly happy pink!

  • Isabelle

    The formula on Guerlain lipsticks is just impeccable.. Love that pink on you! I wouldn’t be able to sport it :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Isabelle! You should try really! I think this one will look subtly different on different skin/undertones!

  • Jacqueline

    Happy bleated birthday Sunny. What a lovely birthday gift, Shalimar looks gorgeous on you.

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Jacqueline! I love how it looks on you as well! Guerlain lipsticks do not disappoint :)

  • Tina @ My Highest Self

    First: Happy Birthday, ohmygosh you look like a teenager!! Second: I love everything about this lip color, it is SO my style :).

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Tina! That’s reassuring and worrying at the same time LOL

      You should definitely check Shalimar out! It’s bright yet wearable! Nothing shocking but still very eye-catching!

  • VickyM

    Hello Sunny, Happy Birthday πŸ˜€ , hope you had a great day with your loved ones. By the way 29 is extremely young, if you had told me you turned 19 I would have believed you, not only do you look young but you are young. I remember when I was 19 and turned 20 how traumatized I was because I was not a teenager anymore officially and felt old. My mother laughed at me and told me that I can consider myself a mature lady when I become fifty and a beautiful old lady when I turn seventy, and a pretty even older lady when I turn eighty, and before that I can consider myself a young girl. She always says that the best age of a woman is between her 20 birthday to her 50 birthday so according to that you have a long way to go πŸ˜€ .
    I remember trying out Shalimar at the Guerlain counter and choosing Champs Elysee instead, however itΒ΄s a pretty lipstick. Actually yesterday I got to swatch Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine and loved it, I got a glossimer ( Pink Teaser) though since I didnΒ΄t have any Chanel glosses at the moment, but now I think I will be going back to get suspense because I loved it. Lately I have been ignoring Guerlain in favor of Chanel and Ysl, maybe I should go and swatch again that Chamade lipstick automatique that I loved the last time I was at Guerlain.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Vicky! I did have a great day! I was lucky with the weather and I had so much yummy food!

      I like your mom’s words of wisdom! My mom said I’d panic right before turning 30, but at some point I’ll feel really young again. We’ll see!

      I do really like Champs-Elysees AND Chamade! Suspense is such an interesting shade. I saw the commercial on Youtube earlier tonight. I’m pretty sure the model is sporting Suspense. Go check it out. I love how the shade plays with light!

  • Liz

    Happy birthday! Looks like a lovely birthday treat. You have a lot of youth left — enjoy your year! :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Liz! I’m not really worried. If I had to age I’d hopefully do it gracefully πŸ˜‰

  • Lily

    Happy belated birthday :-) 30s is only the beginning of womanhood!!
    Love Shalimar on you

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Lily! Now I’m a little less scared πŸ˜‰

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Happy belated birthday Sunny! Ahh, you are still a baby! πŸ˜‰
    LOVE the look of Shalimar on you! And I love the name of it too!

    • Sunny

      LOL thanks Tracy! I bet Shalimar will look good on you too!

  • Greet

    Happy -very pretty pinky- birthday! And congratulations with your ‘finaliste blog awards Weekend Knack’, I’ve voted for you!! :-)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Greet!!! It’s so sweet of you :)

  • Sofia

    Happy Birthday Sunny! (belatedly ofcourse). Don’t think about the decades, you’re gorgeous and I bet your lovely personality will make you feel and look young for a looooong while :) This colour lipstick is so cute!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Sofia!!! I hope my personality will stay about the same as well :) Shalimar is a very happy, bubbly color!

  • Taylor

    Happy Birthday Sunny! (Belated) what a perfect way to celebrate! This shade is a lovely celebratory shade for the Birthday Girl. Maybe just maybe ill celebrate with a Givenchy Le Rouge! Enjoy your last bit of your twenties!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Taylor! You should! The formula is pretty awesome! And I will :)

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    Happy belated birthday Sunny!
    I hope you had a good time :) That’s a beautiful blue toned pink on you! It makes you look more radiant :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Meryl! I did have a great one! I like neutral pinks because they are very brightening. In the beginning I avoided them because I am warm-toned. Guess what, they could totally work too :)

  • Libby

    Happy Belated Bday!!

    That’s a gorgeous pink on you :) It’s a perfect Spring/Summer color and I love the formulation of these Guerlain lipsticks.

    Hope your birthday was full of fun!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Libby! It was a great day indeed!

      Shalimar is such a happy, bubbly pink. I’ll try to bust it out often before the vampy shades take over again :)