Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush ($67.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as “raspberry, pale pink, beige, and coral” that are supposed to be used together to “illuminate and highlight” with a “velvety finish.” It contains shades of light-medium, slightly cool-toned pink with a soft, frosted sheen; barely-there pale pink (I couldn’t get this one to show up well individually at all); pink-coral with a matte finish; and an orange-coral with a subtle gold pearl. Swirled together, it creates a medium-dark pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there satin finish–not totally matte but low shimmer. theBalm Argyle is lighter, cooler-toned. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is slightly cooler-toned. theBalm Frat Boy is warmer. MAC Divine Desire is more frosted, cooler-toned. Dior Pink Happiness is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is similar. Benefit Bella Bamba is similar in color but very shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and I experienced the best texture, feel, and color payoff when everything was swirled together and applied. Individually, the shades were less impressive with some being decent and one being particularly sheer and a little dry. The description of the blush is somewhat contradictory, because it is called a blush, but then it’s for illuminating and highlighting, which would usually mean sheerer color, so it seems like it’s maybe a combination of both.  Updated: The big thing I noticed is that the color payoff is much better after the raised circles get brushed down–I think it’s really the pattern that makes the payoff initially disappointing, because when your blush brush gets in there and in-between all the crevices, it’s not an issue applying it to the skin. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense the way it looks individually and then comes together with so much more color payoff.

The individual shades are not very large, so they don’t lend themselves well to individual application (and it is designed to be used together). I would say you’re be better off trying to use it as two halves, and then swirling and mixing as you please. If you want a cooler coloring, stay on the lower bottom shades; if you want something warmer, focus on the upper right of the palette. It lasted eight hours well on my skin when I wore it yesterday (you better believe I ripped open my order as soon as it was dropped off, ha!), and it had some faint signs of fading after nine hours. Because of the mostly matte finish, it did not emphasize pores, and as the texture was soft but not powdery, it sat quite nicely on the skin.

It comes in a glossy black, rectangular compact that opens with a full-size mirror underneath the lid, and then the blush compartment lifts up to reveal a pink-bristled, rounded brush. The whole thing comes with a “suedette pouch.” The powder is violet-scented, and it’s noticeable when I open the compact, but I didn’t notice it when applied. This palette definitely brings back memories of Blush G Serie Noire, and while there are some similarities (both are a blend of pink an coral), the finish is very, very different, as Blush G was a high-shimmer, high-frost product with a strong, golden sheen and a lighter pink base. Blush G was also more versatile and could easily be darkened or lightened, depending on which sections you applied from. The texture was also softer and more buttery–though this one is certainly soft and not at all stiff, it’s just a bit drier in a way. I like Blush G more, because I think it is more versatile, but I can see the more matte finish of Madame Rougit  appealing to many.  It’s disappointing, given Guerlain’s past face powders (many of which have become holy grails for people) and the price point.

P.S. — I’m going to keep playing with this one over the weekend, because I’m not having some of the issues that several of you have had. I’m concerned, as obviously that points to signs of inconsistent quality during production, and the last thing I’d want to do is recommend a product (well, I don’t recommend this!) that might be an outlier. I might even order a second one and see if that is better/worse. As always, thank you for sharing your experiences :)

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Madame Rougit

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The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and I experienced the best texture, feel, and color payoff when everything was swirled together and applied. Individually, the shades were less impressive with some being decent and one being particularly sheer and a little dry. The product seems to get better--softer and more pigmented--after the pattern is brushed away, which does take a few uses.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
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Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
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Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
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Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
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Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
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32 thoughts on “Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. *Thumbs up* for the satiny matte finish!

  2. Looks nice on you, but i was expecting at most C for this one, looking at the color pay-off of the pink shade, and almost plastic like texture of one third of the blush ( looking at your swatches I believe you have the same issues as me) I believe you were generous by your grading :-) Don’t you think when you use all of the shades at once, only the coral and the tan shade applies and the effect of other two can’t even me seen.

    • Hi Sara,

      I did not have any plastic texture or feel – if you use it a few times, you’ll notice that the color payoff actually gets a lot better once the circles/pattern gets brushed/used away – it’s those raised bits that seemed to cause a lot of the issues with payoff (in my experience). I definitely didn’t see just coral and tan working (as you can see, my swatch is quite pink, which wouldn’t make sense if it was just coral and tan :)). I averaged the pigmentation score (which was the biggest downfall of the palette) across five scores (one for each shade, plus one for all of them together, which was weighted higher, since the purpose of the palette is to use them together). It’s not a great product, and it’s disappointing for Guerlain (based on how amazing their past blushes have been) and for the price point. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. I had read on other blogs that the quality of this is not quite superb and I couldn’t wait to get your review in my inbox… For this price point, I need an A+ from you, Christine :). I’m definitely going to save my money for other items. Thanks for testing it so soon, I appreciate it a lot!

  4. I think I over-hyped this a lot in my mind when I first saw the promo pictures haha. I wish the shades were better individually.

  5. I’ve been waiting for this review. But, now that I’ve seen swatches and read your thoughts, I’m thinking of passing this one up and focus on the lip products and eyeshadow duos instead. :( By the way, Flirte looks good on you, Christine. :)

  6. What a beauty! The blush. Oh and you too of course, but I bet you already knew that :-) But seriously, the all over effect of the blush is just gorgeous on you.

  7. Dominique

    I love the name, and even if it’s not a must-have I will get it, I am definitely a blush woman ( a most of all a lipstick one ^^ ), this one looks lovely. I don’t think it’s worth the price though….

    • No, at this price point, I wouldn’t say it’s worth it – really at this price point, it should be virtually perfect. At the very least, in ways that aren’t as impacted by the user (like wear, which can depend on skin type, application, paired products, climate, etc.!).

      • Dominique

        I fully agree. And you said that Rose Initiale was quite similar… I’ll purchase it though but B is not perfection and Guerlain ought to aim at creating perfect LE blushes !

  8. The compact is really pretty, but not practical imo. I like the combined colour, but have Chanel Rose Initial. The two look very similar.

  9. Mimi Maldonado

    Yup! I love the matte finish, and if you say it doesn’t really emphasize pores… even better! I can see this as an everyday blush for me (I would wear it swirled together), which would justify me paying this price tag for a blush (I wouldn’t pay this much otherwise!!). I’m seriously considering this.

  10. grlnxdor

    I’m so glad you reviewed this Christine. It would have been such an impulse buy because of how beautiful it looks in the pan. I already have Chanel Rose Initiale, so I will pass on this.

  11. OMG this shade is sooo pretty! And the packaging is beyond perfect… I don’t know how I am going to afford it. Is this already available in Europe?

  12. niche

    I’m definitely picking this up but its crazy expensive. It reminds me of an old LE Estee Lauder blush I had that I dropped and broke. Also, this is a better blush than Blush G in my opinion as I don’t like going to the office with a high shimmer product on my face. Even with a light hand, I can still see it on my face. And since 5 out of 7 days, I go to the office, its basically like i can’t wear it. Maybe Guerlain heard my complaints. :)

  13. Avatar of Mirian Vermeulen mirian

    I was incredibly disappointed in this when I swatched. I had to dig my fingers into the blush to even get a good amount of product to pick up and swatch. No bueno for that price.

  14. This was a disappointing blush for me. The texture is rock hard. Color is too pink with almost artificial finish. It is as if it was produced in a hurry. At this price range, I would not recommend this one.

  15. P.S. — I’m going to keep playing with this one over the weekend, because I’m not having some of the issues that several of you have had. I’m concerned, as obviously that points to signs of inconsistent quality during production, and the last thing I’d want to do is recommend a product (well, I don’t recommend this!) that might be an outlier. I might even order a second one and see if that is better/worse. As always, thank you for sharing your experiences :)

  16. Very cute name but not for me (price or colour).

  17. A $70 blush should have at least an A rating

  18. VickyM

    I was more interested in the Rouge G from the beginning, however even though I am going to buy a Rouge G limited edition or permanent line, I have to recognize I need another lipstick like a hole in the head, but I do need more blushes on the other hand, and I was considering this, and now from the comments I´m starting to think this apparently unique blush might not be worth it :( , however it looks so lovely on Christine I will still swatch it anyway and see if I love it or not.

  19. Avatar of Amanda Amanda Tetreault

    Im so glad i have your reviews to look at! If i hadn’t seen your review or the comments here i would have bought it based on the assumption that guerlain is usually good quality and because the packaging and design is to die for! Thanks for saving me some cash Christine! lol

  20. Kate

    How disappointing. I’d already set aside the money to buy this, having suffered love at first sight. I’ll still swatch it at the counter tomorrow, but from the swatches here I already know it won’t be good for me. On the plus side, I can put that money towards Tom Ford Love Lust which I’ve wanted for months now. For anyone wondering Madame Rougit is available in the UK right now (Selfridges, Frasers, Harrods, etc), £42.

  21. Beautiful packaging and shades are pretty too

  22. tasleema

    That thing looks like it has the smallpox virus. …guerlain, what were you thinking? ?

  23. I actually liked this one. I found it swatches terrible on tester, but goes really nice on cheeks -yet, you need to apply with a dense blush brush (like Tom Ford cheek) to get the best result. I did some swatching to see if I had another similar shade in my stash, and seemed to me that Shiseido Orchid might come close.

  24. I’ve actually bought this and played with it a bit… I don’t think the two smaller strips of colors, especially that pale pink, are meant to be used individually. They are more shimmery in nature, and I think are meant to be used with their neighboring more pigmented shades to give that illuminating effect. If they are any softer to the touch, the blush will end up being far too disco-ball shimmery. Instead, if you used the blush with all 4 shades swirled together, or individual halves (top half being warmer, lower half cooler), it is actually very well pigmented and leaves a satiny glow.