[Edit: I originally reported that these lipsticks have no scent. They do, but the testers seem to lose theirs after prolonged exposure to air.]
Let’s talk about Rouge G de Guerlain! Guerlain has added a new lipstick to the family: The new formula has Liplift primer built in, which supposedly keeps it from feathering and helps the color last longer. It also contains vitamins and minerals, hyaluronic acid microspheres (which absorb water and swell to six times their volume, filling wrinkles), mango butter, and ground ruby monocrystals (to reflect light). There are 25 shades (each starting with the letter G) — and each lipstick is $45.
The elaborate “space coffin” case was designed by jeweler Lorenz Baumer. It has a mirror built in and the cap is magnetized. The case has no flat surface, so good luck standing it up anywhere.
It’s really hard to evaluate this lipstick on account of the price. $30 is high. By $45, I’m in denial. Let’s forget about the price for just a minute. This lipstick does feel nice — nice like Chanel Rouge Allure, like Clinique High Impact lipsticks. It doesn’t have a scent (YAY!), and though the shades are nothing earth-shattering, I found three I liked (20 Gina, 60 Gabrielle, and 02 Gardena). Rouge G also offers a range of finishes (some seem more sheer, a few have sparkles, and at least one looked metallic or frosty).
01 Guerlinade (peach nude)
02 Gardena (neutral pink)
03 Galia (terracotta pink)
04 Gentiane (red pink)
05 Gracieuse (warm brown-peach-copper, maybe a little sparkly?)
06 Garance (plum pink)
07 Gaby (copper rose, might look metallic or frosty)
08 Gisele (wine rose)
09 Galante (wine)
10 Gaia (brown)
20 Gina (coral red)
21 Gala (cherry red, blue-red)
22 Greta (deeper, purple-red, still contains blue)
23 Geisha (true red)
40 Gil (sparkly coral)
41 Gipsy (intense mango with some sparkle)
42 Giuliana (deep, reddened coral with some brown, some pink)
43 Ginger (orange brown with gold sparkle)