Ask me to name a favourite lipstick formula and I’ll hum and haw for a while, but I’ll eventually get round to putting in my vote for the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick. I liked my first but I wasn’t in love. It wasn’t until I bit the bullet and bought the Rouge G in #25 Garconne that I fell truly head over heels for this lipstick and its beautiful creamy formula. Garconne, as you may have guessed, is a red. Not just any red, one of the best red lipsticks ever. Some day, I might even get round to sharing my thoughts on it.
But you know what? The Guerlain Rouge G in #860 Madame Batifole is a close second and you might want to check it out before it’s gone for good. Darn these limited edition goodness!
Part of the Voilette de Madame Fall 2013 collection, the signature Rouge G packaging has a slightly different design embossed on its cover. “Voilette” translates into “veil” which is shown in the promotional pictures for the collection, and which also reflects the design on the cover. Imagine if you will, a lace veil super imposed over the case. At certain angles, it has also been said it looks like a fish LOL!
Like the regular Rouge G, this one is heavy. Place it in your clutch and you could brain the next person trying to harrass you. Assault with a deadly lipstick – has an interesting ring to it
Slip out the lipstick and the in-built mirror springs open, ready for your close up. This isn’t the first lipstick brand to make a design like this, but this is the most elegant one I’ve come across. The mirror won’t stay shut till you slip the lipstick back into the cover where it stays put with a soft magnetic closure. All very smooth and very elegant – just like you, when touching up your lipstick. It might be a faux pas to touch up your lipstick at the dinner table, but you know, when I have this one, I do it anyway – faux pas or not
But then, you won’t really have to do much touching up of your lip colour even after a meal (if you are a little careful with your eating habits) because the colour stays on. A long time.
Madame Batifole (860) is the colour used in the Guerlain promotional pictures for the Voilette de Madame collection. In the tube, and under slightly warm natural lighting, it looks a cool toned red in the tube. However, when applied on skin, it is in fact, a berry-toned fuchsia that is a little deeper than the colour in tube implies.
I must say it surprised me a little because I wasn’t expecting that pop of fuchsia. The promotional pictures hint at a deep berry while the colour in tube hinted at a cool toned red. But nope, it’s a berry-fuchsia with micro shimmer.
Guerlain Rouge G Madame Batifole (860) swatch – 1 layer
This is as close to real life as I could get it to show. Madame Batifole as you can see, has decidedly cool blue tones with a noticeable pink-berry base. It is a beautiful, very flattering and very elegant colour although I can imagine that those who aren’t comfortable wearing a bright lip shade will still shy away. But if you are brave enough to give this a try, be ready for the compliments that come your way!
One layer is opaque and that is seriously impressive. The texture is creamy, highly pigmented, very long lasting, non drying and just beautiful. The only drawback therefore is the fragrance which is quite strong, and is Guerlain’s signature scent of violets. It does dissipate but it is quite assuredly there.
Madame Batifole is a very lovely, complexion brightening lip colour and is thus far, the only lip colour I’ve been impressed with from all the Fall collections of 2013. If you just want one, this is the one you want.
Keep your eyes and rest of the face neutral. Madame Batifole on lips will give you the statement you want. The micro shimmer that is present adds dimension to your lips and the staying power is excellent, leaving behind a lovely stain. Top it up with lipgloss or renew the colour by applying a different lipstick over. I can tell you that Dior Addict Icone over the Madame Batifole stain is similarly gorgeous!
In a nutshell
Madame Batifole is one of 3 new and limited edition Rouge G lipsticks released by Guerlain in their Fall 2013 Voilette de Madame collection. Like the regular Rouge G collection the lipstick is creamy, pigmented and very long lasting. The colour is a cool toned berry-pink which I feel is the most impressive of the 3 shades available. The other 2 were almost insipid next to this one. If budget permits, Madame Batifole is a beautiful investment.
Pros: Highly pigmented, Smooth and creamy texture, Long lasting, Not drying, In-built mirror makes for easy and elegant touch ups
Cons: Pricey, Heavy, Scented
Who will like this: Fans of Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks, Anyone who wants a statement lip that is slightly different from the regular red
You might be wondering what Madame Batifole means? Yeah, so did I. So I looked it up and it appears that “batifole” can mean “flirt” so “Madame Batifole” could mean “Flirtatious Madam”? With a lip shade like that? I say yes!
Did you pick up anything from Guerlain’s Fall 2013 collection? Have you tried a Rouge G lipstick yet?
I’m still loving the Madame Rougit blush and now Madame Batifole Rouge G. Didn’t bother with the rest of the collection which didn’t stun me the way these 2 products did.
Guerlain Rouge G Madame Batifole (860) Price: RM188 Availability: Guerlain counters Limited Edition: Yes, Voilette de Madame Fall 2013 collection