High-end Lipstick Review Series: Rouge G de Guerlain

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in 15 "Galiane"

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in 15 “Galiane”

This is the seventh lipstick in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! I picked up this lipstick during a Las Vegas shopping trip this summer in the actual Guerlain Store in the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. I chose the shade Galiane, a warm nudey-pinky-beige. It’s a very wearable “my lips but better” type of shade.

In Canada, Guerlain is online through The Bay and Sephora. The Rouge G de Guerlain jewel lipsticks are $53 CAD. Galiane isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site, but is available on the Nordstrom site which ships to Canada (but it sells for $62.04 CAD on there!).

Swatch: Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 “Galiane”

Here’s how the Rouge G de Guerlain did:

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I wish I could give this even more than 3/3 Duchess points!!! I really don’t know how lipstick packaging could get any fancier or more high-end than this “luxury jewellery lipstick”. I love the silver metal case – it weighs a ton. And the magnetic cap pops open to reveal a mirror! It looks so fancy to take out of your purse to re-apply. I don’t have any other lipsticks that even compare to this one.

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Here’s how Guerlain describes it: “a subtle balance of intense colour and the comforting pleasure of a creamy lip balm…the unique combination of ruby powder for spectacular radiance, hyaluronic acid spheres for perfectly smoothed lips and wild mango butter for lasting hydration.” Those are some fancy (i.e expensive) ingredients! Ruby powder? An ingredients check revealed its synthetic ruby powder, which the Patents site says is “excellent in the effects of covering wrinkles and roughness in the skin”, has “a texture close to the skin in optical deepness”, and photographs well.

I love the formula, which I found creamy, slightly glossy, very hydrating, and it really doesn’t settle into any lines or emphasize any dryness at all. It reminds me a lot of MAC’s Lustre finish, which is my favourite, and like the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine I could apply it in lieu of lip balm. 3/3 Duchess points

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Because this lipstick is glossy and a bit on the sheer side (which looks really pretty) it isn’t the most long-wearing of lipsticks. You do have to re-apply more frequently than with some other lipsticks. 2/3 Duchess points


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According to Guerlain, its the “light, delicate scent of a vanilla “floriental”…Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness.” Whoa. After all that you’d think this lipstick would be perfumey as all heck, but it actually isn’t. To me it has a slightly old fashioned lipstickey smell that isn’t too bothersome but that I could take or leave. 2/3 Duchess points

I have used this lipstick quite a lot and have never had any reaction to it. Passes the sensitivity test! neutral Duchess points

MAC Test
I like this lipstick as much as MAC for sure. Like I said, its very similar to the MAC lustre lipsticks. neutral Duchess points

Would I pay $53 for another one?
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This is a tricky one. My initial response is “YES!!! ONE IN EVERY COLOUR!” But then my more practical side says, “calm down, you don’t need $50 lipsticks crazy lady.” This lipstick is a real splurge, and I definitely think its worth the splurge, just maybe not more than once 🙂 But who knows…I actually would really like to try out some more of the Guerlain lipsticks like the KissKiss and the Rouge Automatique. If you do have some extra money to play with, I really don’t think this luxurious, stunningly packaged lipstick would disappoint. 1 Duchess point

Rouge G de Guerlain total: 11/14 (totally splurge-worthy!)

high-end lipsticks comparison chart

At the end of the series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


Filed under Giveaways, Lips, Lipstick, Reviews

19 responses to “High-end Lipstick Review Series: Rouge G de Guerlain

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  10. I’ve been lusting after one of these for months! You’re excellent review may push me over the edge. Hehe. That mirror feature is the coolest. 🙂

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  11. These are mah thing! I have 5 and I’m glad that I went CF and stopped buying them, because my addiction for these was getting out of hand! They really remind me of Bite Beauty though! I will say, the deeper shades are more opaque, rich and longer wearing. I never got to try the Kiss Kiss, but the Automatiques weren’t my favorite. Nice, subtle, cheap packaging; fine, but not worth $36 USD IMO


    • I can see how these could be totally addictive! Thanks for the advice on the Automatiques. I think I’ll try out the KissKiss instead. I also really need to try the Bite lipsticks – I keep hearing so many good reviews.


  12. rasilla

    I have to say that Guerlain is also my fav high end. I don’t actually buy it for myself, as I cannot sustain the cost addiction, but I do get it for Mom. They just do feel great on the lips~ Anyway great colour to select!


  13. plus+beauty27

    Love that shade! Looks gorgeous! 🙂


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