A lovely reader asked me last week on Facebook, if I was going to review any Christmas/Holiday sets/collections from Sephora or any high-end brands this year, and my answer to her was that I wasn’t. I haven’t had any access to any of the Holiday collections, and I’m not particularly keen to buy a lot of products I may not necessarily want, just for the sake of blogging about them. So, I’m spending my money on things I particularly want and enjoy.
And for me, my sole Christmas/Holiday collection purchase this year comes from Guerlain. Is it a surprise? I throw my money at Guerlain every year it seems LOL! Don’t believe me? Here’s what I bought in 2014, 2013 and 2012 just to name a few!
Guerlain’s theme this year appears to be that of a winter wonderland. The special edition Meteorites pearls comes housed in a jar not unlike a snowglobe, and is stated to be for face and body. In fact, the gold and white powder balls are rather sparkly, which is why despite my obsession with Guerlain Meteorites, I balked at the purchase. I know, I must be running a fever of some sort 😛
But just when I thought I’d walk away empty handed, my gaze fell on the limited edition Rouge G in Merveilleux Rose 867, and next thing you know, it was coming home with me.
While Guerlain has maintained the metallic silver packaging as in the regular line, the seasonal touches comes in the gold on the oval logo, and the snowflake design on the cover. I’ve shown last year’s Rouge G in Rose Parade for comparison. But the packaging wasn’t why I bought this – it was the colour.
Most years, Guerlain makes a lovely red lipstick for Christmas. It’s always a treat, because their lipstick formulas are amazing, and the shades are always beautiful.
This year, they dialed back the colour and went instead for a fairly neutral rose-pink.
Incidentally, this fit right into my lipstick wardrobe that I’m rocking at this moment, because I’ve been wearing a lot of pinks and rose shades lately.
The colour in tube looks fairly nondescript, if you ask me. It’s quite a typical rose-pink shade and it even swatches that way. It doesn’t take guts or courage to wear a shade like this. In fact, it is a shade you can and will wear daily, simply because it’s just so wearable and flattering!
Just by way of example, here’s how Merveilleux Rose looks on me, when I wear it.
On me, the colour is a rose-pink with a touch of warmth. I think my lips make it look a little more red, while I’ve seen other people wear it, and it looks more pink on them. Either way, it is fairly neutral, by my standards, in a creamy opaque formula that swipes on colour in just 1 slick of the tube on lips. It is flattering to the complexion, having the right amounts of red and pink in there to lift the complexion.
In terms of colour, I’d be perfectly honest and say that it isn’t terribly special. You may even be able to find a more affordable dupe, except I have no idea where to start looking 😛
What makes the Merveilleux Rose a standout however, is the formula. Long time readers will know that the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick formula is a personal favourite of mine, and I am very partial to their texture, despite the hefty pricetag. The formula is creamy, opaque, non-drying and longlasting.
You may notice from the close up photo, that there is some shine imparted, but don’t worry. There’s no shimmer. It is all in the formula, that makes lips look plumped and glossy and just overall gorgeous. Really, Rouge G has done no wrong for me all this time and unless Peter Phillips goes over to Guerlain, it will probably stay that way LOL! 😀
Unless things change, this then is my sole Christmas beauty treat this year. Goodness me. I’m either a) losing my touch b) growing up or c) really bored! 😛 Or perhaps even all 3!
IN A NUTSHELL
Buy it. Fin. 😛
Seriously, the Rouge G lipstick formula is par excellence. It is creamy, longlasting, not drying with excellent pigment and has a flattering range of colours. The packaging is unique, and although I sneered at the mirror in the lid a long time ago, I now find it incredibly handy for applying lipstick on the go. Merveilleux Rose is a rose-pink shade that I feel will flatter most skintones, having the right depth and lightness of colour to lift the complexion. If you treat yourself to just one item this Christmas, the way I have, this is the one you should consider because you will enjoy it every day of the year.
PROS: Creamy, opaque texture, Pigmented, Not drying, Pretty packaging and the mirror in the lid is very handy, Wearable colour that should suit most skintones
CONS: Pricey, Limited Edition
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes a creamy, opaque texture in lipstick, Anyone who wants a wearable and flattering rose-pink lipstick
This is Merveilleux Rose compared to Rose Parade from last year. It looks fairly bland and even insignificant next to one of the prettiest red lipsticks I’ve ever owned. Yet, it exudes a soft, quiet elegance that allows it to hold its own against its bolder brethren.
Me, I say “Get it while you can!”
Did you get the Merveilleux Rose Rouge G? What about the other bits and bobs from the Guerlain Christmas collection?
I’m holding off other items for now. I suppose I’m just comfortable where I am, so for now, this new lipstick is what makes me happy. I might even say I’m considering getting a back-up except I probably won’t because that’s just silly. By the time I’m done, I’d probably have found something else to enjoy 😀
Guerlain Rouge G Merveilleux Rose 876 Price: RM196 | US$55 Availability: Guerlain counters and Sephora Limited Edition: Yes, Christmas/Holiday collection 2015