Thursday, October 29th, 2009


Guerlain: Grace Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Grace Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of two new, limited edition shades of Rouge G from Guerlain’s Holiday Collection. (The other shade is Gems.)

If you’ve been following my coverage of various permanent shades of Rouge G, you’ll know the formula is smooth, luxurious, and often, shades are opaque. The lipstick contains a smoother, softer shimmer that’s not frosty or glittery. Wear time is about four or five hours, though it’s not a long-wearing lipstick, so it won’t last through dinner and drinks.

Grace is a soft, beige-y pink with a soft pink-peach shimmer. On my lips, it does look a lot like a subtle enhancement of my natural color and doesn’t really pack a punch as far as color goes. Depending on your tastes/needs, you may l ike the subtly and softness of this holiday shade, while others may find the muted color too bland for their liking.

Bottom Line: It’s a nice shade, and it’s something you can easily wear any time–not just the holidays–and for any occasion. The price will always be a sticking factor for some, and Rouge G isn’t for everyone (I’m pretty sure Guerlain was well aware of that fact when they priced these at $45 a pop), but they are very nice splurge items, particularly when you find just the right shade for you.

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

Recommendation: Grace is a fitting name for this shade, because it’s perfect for wearing everyday or with a smoky eye — it’s a versatile shade even though some may find it’s too bland to warrant the splurge.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Grace (right)


Guerlain Grace Rouge G Lipstick

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30 thoughts on “Guerlain Grace Rouge G Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

  1. Anitacska

    This is very pretty. Might go well with the new eyeshadow quad. Will have to check it out. :)

  2. Cathy

    That is really pretty! but i just cant seem to convice myself to pay that much for a lipstick…i usually just buy MAC lipstick. I have one shu uemura lipstick and almost didnt buy it cause it was $22.

    • Cathy, I can totally understand — and I used to be able to relate! Ever since I bought a Cle de Peau gloss last year… and the Le Metier de Beaute glosses earlier this year… it doesn’t seem so bad, LOL. But I think it’s all relative and more important that you do what’s best for you. Some look at MAC and use it to guide them to find dupes in NYX! Others steer clear and only go after the ultra luxe brands like Chantecaille and La Prairie.

  3. Heather

    That don’t look like anything special. Especially at $45.00 a pop.

  4. Jenny

    I can’t imagine that there aren’t cheaper dupes out there but it’s still a lovely shade.

    • It wouldn’t surprise me if you could find something close enough – I think the hardest part to replicate from the Rouge G formula is the shimmer part. They use a very fine, almost like a microshimmer, that still has a lot of sparkle. Not to say the shimmer alone necessitates a $45 price tag, but I see it as a very distinguishing feature!

  5. Faye

    I just bought this and the Guerlain holiday shadow quad, and I love both. The lipstick is very subtle but an interesting color, especially for a paleface like me. Not the typical holiday color scheme but I love it! I have a soft spot for the Guerlain Rouge de G lipsticks (also have Greta and Gabrielle), even though they are crazy expensive. They just feel so nice on!

  6. Rachael

    This color is gorgeous, so beautiful.

  7. Ruth

    I tried both of the holiday colors and they were both too pale for me, boo :-(

  8. Pretty color, but the price is kind of out of my budget for a lipstick.

  9. Lorna

    it looks like a soft coral to me.

  10. Cherry

    Its a Pretty Color.. i like it!! The Color will be awesome to partner in Guerlain Spring Collection..
    Im so Buying this lipstick & The other one Called Gems..

  11. mary

    lovely colour, but i was wondering if you would wear it by itself or over lipliner for better staying power?

    • I’d definitely wear this by itself, and I wouldn’t doubt if you filled in your lips with lip liner that it would make it last a bit longer, too!

  12. laura

    I bought the grace , the sublime powder and the holiday edition meteorites powder balls! Wow i think this is the best collection in ages!! Im in love with the Grace lipstick! I think i need Gems though and the eyeshadow quad!haha! Reading the other comments about the price of the lipsticks! Yeah they are expensive but they come like a work of art! They are so heavy and well made! The mirror is so handy also! And the formula is like no other! And i have tried TONS! LOVE Guerlain! ;)x

  13. Christine, I’m getting Grace today because of this post! Love your reviews of lipsticks (‘specially the higher end MOISTURIZING ones). My lips get so dried out from brands like MAC and NARS. Chantecaille and Armani and Guerlain seem to be worth the splurge in that respect! Keep up the lovely swatching and reviewing, Christine. =)