I always thought of Guerlain as the ultimate beauty treat.
Everything about the brand screams luxury. Elegance. Perfection.
Especially the lipsticks. Those (and the Meteorites) are the stuff I covet the most.
So, when at her Secret Santa Event, Ana Maria from Beauty Barometer, handed me a deluxe sample of Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Rouge Kiss, my heart started beating that little bit faster.
I swiped it on, convinced I would hear bells ring and angels sing.
I fell firmly back on earth instead.
Don’t get me wrong. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Rouge Kiss is pretty awesome. But, no different from other lipsticks. I guess, after waiting so much to try something from this range, my expectations were unrealistic. I’ll try not to get that affect my rating.
The colour is absolutely gorgeous, isn’t it? Rouge Kiss is a bright coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. When you apply it straight from the tube, it’s almost opaque in one stroke, but when you use a brush it takes a while to build up the colour.
That’s both a good and a bad thing. Bad because bright shades like this are easier to apply with a brush, so, in this case, it’ll take you a while to reach the desired intensity. Good because its buildable colour payoff makes it suitable for absolutely everyone.
Even those of you who are scared of the power of a red lippie. Just apply a subtle wash of colour and you can rock it without feeling self-conscious. No matter how you wear it – subtle or bright – it always beautifully brightens up the face.
And, it lasts for ages. I get at least 5 hours of wear from this – when I don’t eat. If I have lunch or dinner, then obviously it disappears. It’s not one of those stubborn red shades that can withstand anything. I can live with that. Anything that lasts more than a couple of hours is a win in my book.
Where this lipstick fell short, for me, is the texture. When I splurge on a luxury lippie, I usually spluge on Lancome. Their lipsticks are the creamiest and so hydrating! I can skip the lip balm and my lips never feel uncomfortable.
In comparison, Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Rouge Kiss has a much drier texture. Dry may not be the right word. The texture is creamy and glides smoothly on the lips, but emphasizes dry patches and is hardly moisturizing. It feels more like a good drugstore lippie than a luxury one, if you know what I mean?
I’m wearing it as I’m writing this. I put it on two hours ago, just after lip balm, and my lips are just started to feel tight – that tell-tale sign they need more moisture. This never happens with Lancome. Mind you, it’s not that big deal. If I’m making it into one is only because this stuff retails at £27!
A luxury price should come with a luxury texture, no?