I have always been enamored with Guerlain lippies. From Rouge Automatique to Rouge G, from Shine Automatique to Rouge G L’Extrait. You name it, I love it. For the longest time however, I completely overlooked KissKiss. I am not sure what it was. It could have been the packaging. It could have been the fact that there was nothing new in the line-up for quite a while. Either way, Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour is new in my life, and I am not even surprised that I have yet another Guerlain formula to fangirl over!
The new packaging of Guerlain KissKiss is the brainchild of the jewelry designer, Hervé Van Der Straeten. It features a glossy surface, structured silhouette, and gold accent. It is slightly heftier than Rouge Automatiques/Shine Automatiques, but no way as heavy as Rouge G’s (seriously, if you put a couple of those in your handbag, you can use it as a dumbbell). It snaps shut with that addictive “click,” which I can’t pretend I don’t have a real soft spot for!
The new line-up is composed of 25 shades in different color families, so chances are you will find something that tickles your fancy! The formula has a typical lipstick scent from what I can tell.
Let’s take a closer look at *Rouge Kiss (325. It is the shade Natalia Vodianova sports in the campaign image) and *Pinky Groove (364. RRP in Belgium: 37 euros).
Rouge Kiss is a bright coral red with an incredibly lip-plumping sheen. Guerlain didn’t dub these as “shaping cream lip colour” for nothing, as the second you put it on, you’ll notice your lips seem much fuller!
Rouge Kiss glides on with ease, and it delivers opaque color with one pass. There is still some kind of translucency to keep it wearable and not heavy-looking, but the color payoff is excellent. The formula is lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear. Like what I expect from Guerlain, it is hydrating. Rouge Kiss fades evenly after a full meal, and enough color lingers. All in all, I say you can eat a big meal and have a couple of drinks before you need to reapply!
Guerlain Rouge Kiss KissKiss one pass/built-up:
Guerlain Rouge Kiss KissKiss on my lips:
The look in context:
Isn’t it a pretty coral red?
Guerlain Pinky Groove KissKiss (364) is a mauve pink with quite some shimmer and a slightly frosty sheen.
While I am not exactly a big fan of anything remotely frosty, you’ve got to admire the way Guerlain gets their shimmer right. Not only is the shimmer fine enough not to feel scratchy (even if you rub your lips together, you can’t feel anything at all), it also wears off with the lipstick. I must have ranted here about how sometimes shimmer becomes more and more “in your face” once the lipstick starts wearing off. It is not an issue here!
Guerlain Pinky Groove KissKiss swatch. Left: one pass. Right: built up.
Pinky Groove on my lips:
Here you see it in context:
Pinky Groove is also lightly hydrating and stays well on the lips. You don’t necessarily need to touch up after a meal with this formula, which is great because I can be pretty lazy about it.
All in all, Guerlain has come up with another solid formula with the new KissKiss. For me, it is a cross between Shine Automatique and Rouge Automatique with an extra plumping effect. If you are a fan of those two, you might really enjoy this!
Bonus time: a sneak peek of some other Guerlain novelties (detailed reviews will soon follow)!
I am really glad that Guerlain decided to add 3 Natural to the Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster range. I very unfortunately fell through the cracks before, but 3 is a pretty good match!
Also new in the Lingerie de Peau family is the Nude Powder Foundation compact. The shades are supposed to correspond to the liquid foundation. The texture is extremely creamy, and the finish is a silky matte.
Last but not least, La Petite Robe Noire Hair Mist! It works with every fragrance in the family. If you like any of those, now you have the hair mist to add to the collection!
Have you tried the new Guerlain KissKiss? Did any of the novelties catch your eye?