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Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Member Name: Dryad
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Advantages: A smashing well constructed case, and a lovely long lasting colour.
This lipstick comes in a good range offering 25 different shades with differing levels of opacity and creamy to shimmer finish. They are split into colour ranges encompassing "Les Roses, Les Rouges, Les Beiges and Les Oranges" and would cost if buying on the high street about £24.50 (at time of writing available in Debenhams for £22.05). The weight of the actual colour is 0.12oz and to me the bullet doesn't look that big, but other lipsticks provide slightly less product so I think that the bullet just looks a little small in comparison to the biggish case.
Even though I didn't chose this my self (beggars can't be choosers) I really love the colour, though I suspect that I would use it even if I didn't! perhaps mixing with other colours or glosses to achieve a more desirable finish/colour. I'm not one to waste something of this calibre. The thing I like most of all though is the container it comes in. I'm like a toddler who wants to play with the box not the toy. It has a gadgety feel to it, as it is opened by sliding the bullet up via a 'button' on the side, I've apparently even been heard to make light sabre sounds while 'playing' with this.
While the slide up design has been around for some time this version does have a nice twist on it in that the lid does not slide off the tube, but is a little cover a bit like a skylight which slides across and down into the tube as you slide the bullet up. This design has been done before too but in my opinion never so stylishly and reliably. The mechanism operates beautifully, it is tactile and the slider needs a little pressure to move so doesn't accidentally operate when in your make up bag. Also the lid feels quite secure and well made, I had a lip balm that opened like this years ago and the pull back disk lid broke very quickly leaving the balm exposed. I haven't had this lipstick long yet but the tube has had some heavy use just playing with it by both me and my girls and there is no sign of wear thus far, not even to the gold finish on the plastic of the tube.
The case itself, for the price feels kind of lightweight, I have had high end lipsticks before (usually bought on discount sites) which are quite heavy and even made of thin metal which enhances the durability and expensive feel of the product. This is clearly made of plastic (albeit well put together and slightly heavier gauge plastic) and is fairly light in the hand. However if you have several things to lug around with you either in bag or pocket this is probably more of a plus than minus. It seems to be durable enough and is very aesthetically pleasing. It is also surviving knocking around in my make up bag every day and being used regularly very well so far. I love not having to worry about losing or cracking the lid too as these are things that happen too many of my lipsticks eventually.
The square casing which is 'further out' from the actual bullet of colour than usual does sometimes make for slightly awkward application. Especially if you only want to push the lipstick up a little bit, it gets in the way somewhat. So my beautifully chiselled tip has taken on a slightly less steep angle 'flattening out' somewhat to accommodate the case. I am a bit of a klutz though so you may find no problem with this. I find if I hold the tube up in the air rather than approaching from a lower angle this helps.
Unusually on the Guerlain website they offer a description of the lipsticks fragrance which reads like a perfume sales pitch. I must admit I do like the scent of most lipsticks and this has a pleasant smell which is a little different to average high street products and has a hint of luxury about it, although it is obvious I don't mind it I don't find it overpowering nor does it 'taste like it smells' being relatively neutral in that department, if you are interested to see Guerlain's description of the aroma you can find it easily on the Guerlain website http://www.guerlain.com/int/en/base.html#/en/home- makeup/ under the relevant lipstick.
The texture is super smooth and feels hydrating but not heavy on the lips. The colour is fairly shimmery though not frosted, and is a mixture of light and deeper beiges which looks quite natural but 'better', on my lips there seems to be a slight pink/heather undertone and to me it seems that there is definitely a little rose hue mixed in there too. Though that could be my deep pink but slightly purple oxygen deprived asthmatic lips showing through a little. In the bullet it looks a little milk chocolatey/light chestnut but on the lips it isn't as 'brown' which is good for me as a true brown lipstick doesn't suit me. I do sometimes add a dab of lightish pink gloss to this to pink it up a little more. The formula is hydrating but not of course as much as a balm would be, but this is one of a few lipsticks that leave my lips either as soft as before it went on or a little softer.
This colour doesn't last for ages on me about 3 hours max. However I see this as pretty good as lipsticks don't normally last long on my lips. Especially as it's a moisturising formula not a lasting one, and not a deep more 'staining' colour either. This is one lipstick I would not mind applying in a less than private place and I'm normally quite shy about that kind of thing. It has a hint of glamour about it which is delicious, but not so much as to tip it into tacky territory and I have had people (mostly women) snatch it off me and ask what it is and where I got it. Like me they seem fall in love with the packaging. My cousin kept the colour 'Mitsouko 140' which is from the orange stable, and I have to admit it is gorgeous, very sheer and almost shimmery gloss like in appearance. It doesn't look orange on her at all more of a rosy peach; though she did mention - when I interrogated her - that it needs reapplying quite often as the colour is quite subtle and seems to wear off fairly quickly. I would like this colour myself but short of robbing my cousin there is no chance of getting my hands on this.
Although I really love having some fancy lipsticks in my make up bag again I can't really see me paying over £20 for this, as I have access as most people do these days to discount sites where I can get hold of some higher end lippies for the price of a Maybeline product and sometimes even cheaper if I should so wish. Although if you are desperate to get this specific lipstick you may have to pay full price. Also although I do adore this lippie I have had equally lovely colours and lasting finishes in highstreet products such as Maybeline, and Collection 2000. Where these high end lip colours do seem to shine above the cheaper brands is the hydrating and conditioning qualities. I have owned several high end brands from Diore, Ysl, Guerlain and others (years ago when I was working in a proper job) and I did find them better in that respect than many cheaper brands.
A gorgeous product to wallow in and enjoy, but bloomin expensive. Thank you Mel.
Summary: A lovely product in every respect but expensive.