Guerlain Air Kiss (304) & Rosy Boop (369) KissKiss Lipsticks

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.

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Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Air Kiss (304)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick for Fall 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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5 Berry Lipsticks to Try for Summer

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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Makeup Look: Makeup Geek Smoky Eye

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil ($57.00 for 0.7 oz.) is supposed to be a mattifying, translucent loose powder and comes in three shades. I tried Medium, and it was darker than the previously-released variation on this product that I have (but I don’t think I ever got around to reviewing) in Medium, which was frustrating as a long-time customer (consistency is important, especially in foundation shades!). It seems darker than their medium liquid shades (like #03s), just as a heads up, but it is a good match for Joli Teint’s Natural. I wish they had more shades available as well (there is one lighter and one darker).

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Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil
Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil Medium
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation ($53.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as lightweight, imparting a “radiant glow,” and is supposed to “work as a base prior to [applying] Terracotta Bronzing Powder.” The whole idea is that it’s supposed to help the skin look warmer, radiant, and smoother. It’s available in five shades, and the one I tried was Natural, which appears to be the second in the range.

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation Natural
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%