Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick

Here are the last three shades of the new Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. You can check out all the shades reviewed here. To recap: the KissKiss formula falls somewhere between Rouge Automatiques and Shine Automatiques; it has more of the slip and feel of the Shine (and also a glossier finish), but the color payoff is more in line with the Rouge. I don’t think they are comparable to Rouge Gs; they have a thinner, more emollient consistency and wear shorter (on average). They have a violet scent but no discernible taste.

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned red with gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a light translucency where the natural lip color came through and kept the color from looking “heavy” on. The shimmer is fine, and I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer until the very last hour of wear. It lasted for five hours on me and left a light stain behind, and it was lightly hydrating. Kat Von D Adora (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is redder. Guerlain Coque d’Or (P, $35.00) is sheerer, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Red Hot (328) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous finish. This one didn’t have any shimmer. The consistency had a bit more slip than other shades, so the color had a glossier look, and it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades I’ve tested. It is moderately hydrating, which was a plus, and the glossier finish makes lips appear smoother. On me, the color wore well for five hours. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is darker. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is slightly brighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Very Pink (360) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but like Red Hot, the consistency had a bit more slip to it, so it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades do in the range (but it is not too noticeable). The color wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 8th, 2014

Guerlain Forever Brown (305) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Forever Brown (305) KissKiss Lipstick

I just wrapped up testing two more shades from Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.), which has a staggering twenty-five shades to choose from. I haven’t spotted it at too many retailers yet, but Saks has it online now at least. You can check out my first review from earlier this week if you missed it. The KissKiss formula falls somewhere between Rouge Automatiques and Shine Automatiques; it has more of the slip and feel of the Shine (and also a glossier finish), but the color payoff is more in line with the Rouge. I don’t think they are comparable to Rouge Gs; they have a thinner, more emollient consistency and wear shorter (on average). They have a violet scent but no discernible taste.

Forever Brown (305) is a medium-dark, plummy-brown with warm, red undertones and a very subtle, gold micro-shimmer (it looks glossy but not really shimmery). It had mostly opaque color coverage–there’s a very light translucency that gives the formula a lighter look on. The color wears four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating on me. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned, less red, more shimmery. Maybelline Untainted Spice (950) (P, $7.49) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is redder, brighter. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is much lighter. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is slightly darker, more matte. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Chanel Imperial (DC, $32.00) is more plum, less brown. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rouge Kiss (325) is a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. This shade didn’t appear to have any shimmer, for those who prefer their lipsticks to be shimmer-free. It had mostly opaque color coverage that looked and felt lightweight and comfortable. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is more orange. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is more matte, lighter. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly more orange. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs for Fall 2014
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs for Fall 2014

Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($63.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Les Aciers Grays
  • Les Sables Rose, brown
  • Les Violines Plums

Availability: Now @ Saks; August 2014 at other Guerlain retailers

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick

Launching this August at Bergdorf Goodman/Neiman Marcus and later on in September at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks, Dillards, and Bloomingdale’s, Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) introduces twenty-five shades in its reformulation. The updated formula is supposed to have a “lip-shaping and plumping effect” from hyaluronic acid spheres and “incredibl[e] hydration” with a “fine, even, and rich creamy texture … with impeccable hold.” So far, my experience with these is that they’re a lightweight, very creamy and fairly emollient/slippery formula that’s lightly hydrating and gives lips a smoother appearance. I find that they have more color and less slip compared to Shine Automatiques but more slip and shine than Rouge Automatiques. They’re lighter-weight, more emollient, and less hydrating than Rouge Gs. They wear longer than Shine Automatiques but shorter than Rouge Automatiques and Rouge Gs. If you like the shine and shimmer of the Shine Automatique range but want more color coverage, then this might be the right formula for you. If you prefer the wear and hold of Rouge Gs, this formula is noticeably different. The lipsticks are violet-scented but have no discernible taste.

Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark plum with subtle warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that felt and looked lightweight and had a glossy shine. I can feel the shimmer slightly when I apply the lipstick, but the color goes on evenly and smoothly. I don’t notice the shimmer in it once on until after three hours of wear. It lasts for four hours on me when I tested it. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is similar. Chanel Scenario (P, $34.00) is warmer. MAC One of a Kind (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Giorgio Armani #526 (P, $32.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is is a light-medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones. Against my warmer skin tone, it tends to pull neutral-to-warm, but in the tube and swatched, it has a very subtle cool-ish cast to me. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly for the most part. The consistency was nicely creamy but not too slippery, so it stayed in place well. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick for Fall 2014
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick for Fall 2014

Guerlain KissKiss is not just another lipstick—it’s a story of seduction. KissKiss, with its iconic symbol of love and eternal femininity, is an essential for every woman. It is an ode to color, the stunning result between great design and unparalleled cosmetic artistry. For 2014, Guerlain has revamped the KissKiss collection to include 25 dazzling new dazzling, effortless shades encased in irresistibly sexy black lacquer.

An ultra-smooth texture, KissKiss’ unique formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid spheres, which gives KissKiss an incredible lip-shaping and plumping effect. Commiphora Myrrha oil and mango butter ensure that lips are smooth and incredibly hydrated. KissKiss’ fine, even and rich creamy texture provides a satiny, vibrant finish with impeccable hold.

KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00) (New, Permanent)

  • 360 Very Pink
  • 320 Red Insolence
  • 300 Golden Girl
  • 340 Miss Kiss
  • 361 Excessive Rose
  • 321 Red Passion
  • 303 Beige Booster
  • 341 Peach Kiss
  • 362 Cherry Pink
  • 322 Red on Fire
  • 304 Air Kiss
  • 343 Sugar Kiss
  • 363 Fabulous Rose
  • 323 Spicy Girl
  • 305 Forever Brown
  • 344 Sexy Coral
  • 364 Pinky Groove
  • 324 Red Love
  • 366 Fall in Rose
  • 325 Rouge Kiss
  • 368 Baby Rose
  • 326 Love Kiss
  • 369 Rosy Boop
  • 327 Red Strass
  • 328 Red Hot

Availability: August at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and the Guerlain boutiques and starting September at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Dillards, Sephora and Nordstrom.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Reader Ammara requested a top five for berry-hued lip colors for summer, so here are my top picks! :) I’d love to hear yours — please share your recommendations in the comments.

  1. Guerlain Gladys — a brightened, fuchsia-berry
  2. Burberry Bright Poppy — a rich, reddish-berry with a matte finish
  3. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry
  4. Too Faced So Berry Sexy — a slightly brightened pink-berry with a soft shine
  5. Urban Decay Rapture — a warmer, muted plum

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