Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Guerlain Gaela Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is the ultimate in lip luxury. This lipstick’s compact was designed by Lorenz Bäumer, a famous jeweler from the Place Vendôme in Paris, which is one reason this lipstick compact comes with a high price tag.

Gaela is a pretty-in-pink shade. It’s a medium pink with a slight sheen but not a whole lot of shimmer. I’d classify it as a neutral-warm pink, and it’s bright enough to add a pop of color to lips, but it’s not so bright that it stands out from miles away. It applies opaquely with one layer, and even from the tube, it goes on fairly evenly.

Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipsticks are creamy, long-wearing, often opaque to semi-opaque in color pay off, and they feel hydrating once slicked onto lips. The wear-time depends on the intensity of the shades (e.g. darker shades like reds and burgundies will last longer and easily get through a meal with minimal fading, but lighter shades disappear a bit faster), but I get no less than six hours of wear with these babies. I can even get through drinking/eating, too. I do find that there is some noticeable fading after eating a meal, but it’s not a deal-breaker. These just feel very lightweight and yet give you amazing color with a few swipes. They last long enough to get me through the day without worrying about fading lip color, and they leave my lips feeling hydrated.

The packaging is sleek, luxe, and more than most look for in lipstick packaging. It’s a heavy, metal-based compact (the heaviest lipstick I’ve personally owned) with a flip-top mirror on the outside casing, which can be handy for re-application. Now, I’m not willing to fork over extra money for a mirror (hey, I can buy a $2 mirror and keep that in my purse instead!), and even though I love innovative packaging, I’m not sold on paying for it, you know? The packaging does keep fingerprints like other Guerlain packaging, but I will say that fingerprints are a lot less noticeable (hardly noticeable, in fact) compared to their other packaging. It’s most noticeable when I take flash photography of the product (ha!), but not when you’re just looking (admiring?) it. Bottom line: packaging is gorgeous and every bit luxe, but I’d rather pay $35 and skip some of the bells and whistles of the case.

For those who love to splurge on luxury beauty items, Guerlain Le Rouge G de Guerlain didn’t disappoint me. In fact, I really love the lipstick formula itself, and I’d love to see it offered sans the heavy-duty luxe packaging if only so I could feel better about purchasing these!

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re feeling like a splurge, Guerlain’s Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipsticks aren’t a bad place to start. The formula is outstanding, but the price tag is tough to swallow–pretty much the only reason this product isn’t rated an A.

Availability: Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Sephora

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Guerlain Gaela Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick

Gabrielle (left), Gaela (right)

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35 thoughts on “Guerlain Gaela Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

  1. Eden Landers

    i love it! what a pretty pink

  2. Andrea

    I love Gaela!!!! I must check it out!!!!

  3. This is so beautiful but so pricy! I’m with you – I would totally spend $35 and skip the case. But $45 for one lipstick is just so much harder to swallow. Especially since I have such a nice collection of compact mirrors already hahaha.

    • Exactly! Argh, I’ve heard rumors they’re going to make the formula available sans the fancy case… and I have heard they’re going to make them refillable as well, BUT my question is whether the older Rouge Gs will be refillable…

  4. Anitacska

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I’ve not tried these lipsticks yet due to their high price, but might check out eBay as you can often get them as testers – I don’t care about the case anyway.

  5. Moon

    Look at that gorgeous packaging!!

  6. Melissa

    Gaela is such a pretty color, something that would look beautiful on a bride. The case is interesting, very different from the norm. But, seeing fingerprints on it would irk me. I ordered Chanel’s Dragon Rouge Allure Laque after reading your review and seeing the pics. That, to me, was worth the splurge. Something about the Guerlain is not. Maybe I’d feel different seeing it in person.

    • I’m happy to say that fingerprints are very, very subtle in normal lighting. They’re more noticeable with bright lighting/flash photography. If pressed, I’d probably go for Chanel over Guerlain for the formula, BUT these are definitely different (feels like a lipstick) and the color range is completely different from Chanel’s (more subtle shades).

  7. aradhana

    it would be nice with such nice packaging if it were possible to buy refills…so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill, or maybe interchangeable lipstick bullets that fit into the case….

  8. amy

    such a lovely colour. the packaging looks a bit like a swiss army knife when it is closed to me.

  9. Brandi

    Wow it looks so pretty on your lips! But that price….it hurts my heart.

  10. Carrie

    I love the colour and the packaging is unique and pretty, but I can’t really justify $45 for a lipstick when I could get three MAC lipsticks for the price of this one.

  11. Ruth

    Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks are my favorite lipsticks ever !!!!!!!!!!

  12. Very pretty, but the price tag scares me. I can just imagine it being over $50 here in Canada.

  13. abbyL

    omg i love this formula as well. i sometimes put some on before bed b/c it feels so hydrating to me! i have gardenia, gabrielle and gemma… but now i NEED gaela!!! it looks so beautiful on you christine and thanks for the terrific swatch

  14. Lorna

    thank god i was already on a pink lipstick high otherwise i would need to have this.

  15. maddie

    i bought the Ginger… its a little coppery.. i love it!!! its pricey but im glad i have it!!

  16. Do you know of a good cheap dupe for this?