Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick

Something Everyone Can Wear

Guerlain Gillian (14) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light pink muted with brown shimmered with champagne sparkle. It’s mostly opaque, despite its lightness in overall color, with a high gloss finish (seems glossier than the average Rouge G). It’s such a your-lips-but-better kind of pink. Gillian is the complete opposite of Gigi!

This is a universally flattering shade, because it’s a neutral pink that’s light without being pale or pastel. It has the same lightweight texture and creamy, smooth consistency as found in the Rouge G line. (I have not had a single Rouge G disappoint me in terms of feel, formula, or texture!) I know for some, this is a “So what?” kind of shade that doesn’t justify the price tag, but for others, it’s a shade they’ll wear often and merit the cost.

Edited @ 7AM:  Pictures fixed!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love shades that are ultra wearable and your-lips-but-better, I think you’ll love Gillian.


See more photos & swatches!

Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gilian Rouge G Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Gillian? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $46.

How does it compare to Giny?

Giny is a nude/beige; they look very similar in the tube, but on my lips, Giny is definitely nude/beige while Gillian is pink.

Any more affordable dupes?

First, it is kind of similar to Gabrielle, which is another shade in the line-up (though a bit darker, less pale). Urban Decay Peroxide is similar but a little paler and frostier.

How long does it wear?

4 to 6 hours.

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47 thoughts on “Guerlain Gillian (14) Rouge G Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. It’s nice but I prefer Gigi. :) Can’t see any lipswatches though, is it me or there aren’t any? Thanks.

  2. Hilana

    This totally reminds me of the first lipstick I ever bought. I remember it was a Revlon in a green tube…. :)

    I still love this kind of colour. Especially if you want to look “together”, yet not made-up.
    Steep price though.

  3. Charlotte

    in the swatch it looks similar to UD Rush, what do you think?

    • It doesn’t look anything like Rush to me, IMO. Rush is very pink, no brown at all.

      • Charlotte

        Your swatch of Rush is very different to how it looks on me (and also on KarlaSugar), I wonder why that is. Although having now seen your lip swatches it’s much frostier and a little darker.

        • Everybody’s lips are different – your natural pigmentation can change a color up quite a bit. Rush is completely pink on me, so even without the frostiness, they are quite different on me :)

  4. Taba

    Hi, Can you post a picture wearing this shade on your lips? Your lip swatches are very helpful for me in deciding whether I want something.

  5. Gillian

    My name is Gillian, therefore I just have to have it :) Is Guerlain makeup available in the UK do you know? Loved the post, very clear and in depth. x

    • I believe it should be! Guerlain is based (I believe!) in Paris, so I’d be surprised if it wasn’t in the UK!

    • It is available! You can find Guerlain counters in bigger Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Harrods, John Lewis, etc. You can also order online from Debenhams and John Lewis. I buy a lot of Guerlain make up from eBay, but you really need to know your stuff because there are fakes around! Hope this helps.

      • baby in a corner

        Just to echo what Anitacska said, its definitely available. I bought one in belfast for £27 so it should be the same in the UK mainland!

  6. Jennifer S.

    Thanks Christine! I will keep this shade in mind. So far I have Gwen and Greta on my list for my visit to the store.

  7. Bina

    I have this and enjoy the pretty, natural look that it gives. Thanks for introducing me to the Rouge G’s. I love them. They are now one of my favorite lipstick lines (my wallet is not so happy though!)

  8. Hend

    This shade is really wearable and very fall-winter like !
    It’s a good choice for people like me who want to follow the fall trends but hate the idea of wearing a dark lipstick !
    The formula of this lipstick is brilliant !!

  9. Amy

    Christine–this looks lovely on you! For me (NC 15/ Chanel Intensity 1.0) this is an HG nude. I keep in my purse because it seems to look right with almost anything.

    • It is such a great go-to. Like part of me resonates with only buying unique colors at $46 kind of prices, but then realistically, don’t you want to use all of that $46 lipstick? So then a shade you’d actually wear regularly makes more sense!

  10. Deb

    It reminds me of MAC Viva Glam V, but I’m not very good at distinguishing neutrals.

  11. Anna

    Looks beautiful but wayyy too expensive!

  12. Arantzazu

    I like this colour ‘your-lips-but-better’.
    I know it’s not the post but I LOVE the eyes =)

  13. baby in a corner

    I love your rouge g reviews! I think this is too brown for me though. I looked at the YSL Rouge Volupte today in forbidden Burgundy and I think I might get it next week. You have totally introduced me to lipstick, I never wore any before I started reading Temptalia a few months back and now i’ve loads! I love all the recommendation though!

  14. CeeBee

    Perfect princess pink! That would look good with anything from a bright purple or green eye (or blue, hah!), full on smoky, mod look or… just about anything.
    I’d buy that in a heartbeat!

  15. Sally

    LOVE the eyes! Is the liner UD Deviant?
    The lipstick looks pretty, too, but I don’t wear any enough to warrant the price!

  16. Eileen

    b–o–r–i–n–g! lol

  17. Pamela

    Looks great on you! Good choice for eye color!

  18. Ashley D.

    I like it a lot, I think it gives a “my lips but better” look.

  19. Jay

    this is deff u color!! looks so petty on u! wayy better then the daks and reds.

  20. Alison

    I love that aqua look on you, Christine…

  21. Bernice

    So lovely!

  22. Lani

    This reminds me of an LE MAC lipstick in Pink Apertif from years ago. I absolutely loved it and when I was running out, I bought 3 back ups. I’m now down to the end of my last backup and have been on the search for something similar in color and texture for a while and now I’ve think I found it (smiling yet crying at the same time). Oh why does it have to be something $46!?!

  23. Lyn

    that’s a gorgeous shade on you!

  24. Gillian

    I usually wear crazy bright colours, but I have have have to get this because my name is Gillian!!!

  25. Jennie

    Too bad this shade isn’t available at Sephora. :(