Ugh, my love for Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks know no bounds! Ugh I say, because they’re such luxurious treats that cause a serious dent to the wallet, and to the head of someone who you throw this at. I always say the Rouge G is like a weapon. When they called it a lipstick bullet, I didn’t think they meant it literally until the Rouge G came along LOL! :D
I have quite a thing for the Guerlain Rouge G formula and while the regular heavy silver bullet is luxury personified, Guerlain shows off their playful side in their few limited edition Rouge G offerings. I have a few of them from previous collections so when I saw that there was a new one out, I was champing at the bit to get at it!
As luck would have it, one of the limited edition beauties landed on my messy desk and with a squeal of delight, it was the one I was lusting after – Rouge G in Rose Grenat 864.
Guerlain has gone after all pink lovers’ hearts by making a limited edition bright pink case to house the limited edition Rose Grenat and a pale pink case to house its sibling Rose Glace (866) which is a light pink – a colour I wouldn’t wear.
But let me tell you about Rose Grenat, because it’s flying off the shelves, despite the hefty pricetag and if you still don’t know what the fuss is about Rouge G lipsticks, you have to get Rose Grenat because it embodies everything that’s wonderful about these creamy lipsticks. I hesitate to say “must have” but if pockets allow, this is a must have… unless you have Provocative ;) Let me show you what I mean.
We should be familiar with the Guerlain Rouge G packaging by now, but if you aren’t, this is one of the heaviest lipsticks out there. I haven’t weighed it but trust me, when you’re carrying 3 of them in your makeup pouch at one go, you definitely feel the weight.
Aside from the hot pink enamel cover, the packaging is pretty much the same as the regular Rouge G line. The lipstick fits with a magnetic click into the cover and when you pull it out, it pops open to reveal a very handy mirror. It’s saved me countless times from having to pull out a separate mirror for touch ups (that you don’t really need anyway!)
The bright pink cover is a surprise departure. Previous limited edition designs had the body come in a black case or a cover with a design on it. This one’s different and while pink or hot pink isn’t a colour to get my blood rushing, the lipstick colour is.
Rose Grenat 864 is a beautiful rose red with a slightly cool base. This colour is one I can quite safely say will flatter most skintones, light or dark, cool or warm. It has a wonderful mix of shades and tones that makes it so wearable. The texture is creamy as with all Rouge G lipsticks, it is opaque in one swipe and it feels and looks incredible on lips.
I love the colour to bits, but I couldn’t help feeling that it looked rather familiar. It wasn’t until I did a side by side swatch test that I realised why I fell in love with Rose Grenat.
It is almost a perfect dupe for the Limited Edition Provocative Rouge G that was released for Christmas 2013! Just look at the swatches above (just 1 swipe mind you!) and tell me I’m not seeing things.
Madame Batifole (another fave – what am I saying, I love all the Rouge G colours I have!) is a much cooler and deeper fuchsia as compared to Rose Grenat and Provocative. The latter two are practically the same colour! So, if you already have Provocative then you won’t need Rose Grenat, unless you love pink and want the pink cover, or you are kicking yourself for not getting another Provocative Rouge G when it was available. Now you can get a colour that’s practically the same.
I don’t quite mind having 2 of the same or similar shade because I love this colour. It’s a colour that really brightens the complexion and makes you look alive. The opacity and pigment is incredible, staying put for hours if that’s your thing and even lasting quite well through food and drink. Did I mention how incredible the Rouge G formula is? I have haven’t I? I’m raving aren’t I? :D Ok I’ll stop now.
But for the sake of completeness, since I realise that few of us wear lipstick on our arms, here’s how it looks when I wear Rose Grenat.
The colour is absolutely stunning, and I love bright shades like this because it means I can downplay the rest of my makeup! It’s far easier and quicker to slick on a bright lip as opposed to messing about with the eyes and getting it wrong (as I’ve been wont to do lately) so Rose Grenat has been quite a saviour for me in the mornings.
So if budget permits, run, don’t walk to your nearest Guerlain counter and pick this one up :)
In a nutshell
I love Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks as is well documented on the blog whenever I come across it. The texture is creamy yet light, the opacity and colour pigment is incredible and the staying power is wonderful for a product so opaque. Rose Grenat is a limited edition colour for Spring 2014 and comes in a limited edition case with a hot pink cover. The colour is a beautiful rose-red-pink that I feel will flatter almost every skintone but it is incredibly similar to Provocative from Christmas 2013. So, if you have Provocative, you can pass on Rose Grenat. But if you missed out on Provocative or want a back up, then this is it. Love!
Pros: Creamy texture yet light on lips, Opaque in 1 swipe, Strong pigment, Good lasting power on lips, Beautiful lip shade that will flatter most skintones, Mirror included in the cover is very useful, Beautiful packaging as befits the brand
Cons: Pricey, Limited Edition
Who will like this: Anyone who likes wearing creamy, opaque, pigmented lipstick
I’ve slacked off checking out limited edition stuff this year. It’s just a turn I’m taking, preferring to go back to basics i.e. what works from each brand, which means permanent items. A lot of limited edition items just aren’t living up to standard, but with this lipstick, Guerlain has scored a winner!
Did you check out Rose Grenat or Rose Glace with their limited edition pink covers? Do you have a favourite Rouge G colour?
I love all the Rouge G lipsticks I have but I have to say that the bright shades and reds are among the best I’ve come across in a lipstick from any brand. A personal favourite is Garconne (25), a permanent colour and a bee-yoo-ti-ful red. If you’re ever in the market for a flattering red lipstick, check out Garconne. I hope to remember to review it at some point :P But if you prefer something more fun, get Rose Grenat. Promise you, you won’t regret it ;)
Guerlain Rouge G Rose Grenat 864 Price: RM182 Availability: Guerlain counters and Sephora Limited Edition: Yes, Spring 2014