I don’t know if you remember this, but I really only fell in love with plummy pink lipsticks not so long ago. In the past, I just didn’t have the blush(es) it takes for them to look their best. Now that I have discovered a couple (like this one and this one), I have been pulling my plummy pinks out an awful lot! Guerlain Illusion Rouge Automatique is new to the plummy pink department of my stash and what can I say? It’s another hit!
One thing I am a little puzzled about Guerlain Illusion Rouge Automatique (660) is the orange accent. It would have made more sense if it were pink (like Provocative), but it’s the content that counts!
Guerlain Illusion Rouge Automatique is a plummy pink with a beautiful dusting of violet shimmer. The great thing about the shimmer here is it seems to fade along with the color, instead of looking more prominent once the lipstick has started to wear off. It doesn’t feel gritty at all, either. Illusion seems sheer when swatched, but it “covers” nicely with one pass, with some translucency for the natural lip color to become one with it. For this reason, it will look different on different people. Illusion lasts for about 5 hours on me, and it is nicely hydrating.
Here is how Guerlain Illusion Rouge Automatique swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.
This is how it looks on my lips with one pass:
Illusion reminds me a lot of two limited edition Shine Automatiques we have seen from Guerlain recently, namely Lou-Ling (760) and Flirt (761). Here is the three of them swatched side by side (Illusion, Lou-Ling, Flirt):
I would say all three of these are rather similar on my lips, but Lou-Ling is slightly gritty, and Flirt is more intense. If you missed out on both, it’d be a great idea to pick Illusion up. If you own one or both, you might not “need” Illusion (but no doubt you’ll want it anyways).
You have seen Illusion on me here:
Bottom line: A sparkling plummy pink with beautiful, fine shimmer that disappears as the lipstick wears off? I’m game! Guerlain Illusion Rouge Automatique does what a lot of shimmery lipsticks fail to do, namely not leaving the lips littered with shimmer once the color has worn off. There’s nothing I can nitpick about the texture, either! What’s more, if you want enough color but not TOO much of it, the pigmentation level of Illusion is spot-on.
What are your favorite plums?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx