Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Blondie, Betsy, Bianca

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick: Betsy, Bianca, Blondie

Rouge G de Brilliant ($46.00 each) launched earlier this spring with ten shades (all permanent). Like the original Rouge G line-up, there is a theme–all of the names begin with a B. Brilliants different from the traditional Rouge G formula, because they are sheerer with more shimmer and a glossier finish. These are touted as a more natural lipstick. It feels lighter than Rouge Gs, but it looks considerably lighter on lips as well. These have a kind of “wet” look to them, so you may not need a gloss to give you that glossy sheen.

While the formula itself feels amazing on lips, without the wear (I only get about three to four hours as compared to four to six on regular Rouge Gs) and the rich pigmentation of the traditional Rouge Gs, I still prefer the original Rouge Gs over these, if I’m shelling out $46 a shade. But keep in mind that these were designed to be sheerer and glossier, so Guerlain hit the mark there. But for me, since I like my lipsticks pigmented, they’re not my favorite when I know the pigmented Rouge Gs exist!  These are, however, not ultra sheer–they do pack some color and change-up my natural lip color.

  • Betsy is a softened berry plum with subtle gold shimmer. Applied, it has this wet, shimmering look–very pretty and a color I’d slick on in a rush during the fall.
  • Bianca is a semi-sheer pink-coral with barely-there shimmer. This is one of the more pigmented shades of Brilliant that I’ve tried–this is more semi-opaque than semi-sheer–and it imparts a healthy color to my natural lip color.
  • Blondie is a subtle nude beige with champagne shimmer. On my lips, it actually does a fair job of giving my lips enough color, but it’s still sheer enough where your natural lip color can greatly affect how the color shows up on your lips. I see this turning much pinker and less nude on those with more naturally red lips.

Packaging wise, these have the same fancy-pants packaging as Guerlain’s Rouge Gs, which is luxe, heavy metal. It’s a very solid piece of makeup, but I’ve always felt that a lot of the price tag of Rouge Gs goes towards that indulgent packaging (which is nice, but I’d happily pay less for regular packaging!).

Much of the value gets eaten up by this packaging, because this is a formula that I’d pay $30-35 for (which is typical for high-end lipsticks), while at $45-46, it’s more about finding those perfect shades you’ll wear over and over again.

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

Recommendation: If you like softer, sheerer lipstick color that goes on and feels almost like a thin yet creamy gloss, Rouge G de Brilliant hits the nail on the head. Colors are easy to wear, the formula feels fantastic on lips, and it is all housed in space-age packaging.

Availability: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue

See photos & swatches!

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Betsy Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Betsy Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Betsy Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Betsy Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Bianca Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Bianca Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Bianca Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Bianca Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Blondie Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Blondie Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Blondie Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Guerlain Blondie Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick

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12 thoughts on “Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos: Betsy, Bianca, Blondie

  1. Alexis

    I like all three on you. I’m wondering what it would like on darker pigmented lips like mine. Chances are not as pretty…boo!

    • Christine shen

      you and I are in the same boat, a lipstick has to be nearly full coverage to look goog on me =(

      • SiaM

        Agree~ I have pigmented lips and I think they will all look about the same on me, but I really like the fact that on other skin tones they can look really great(example my friend she is lighter and loves natural tints and sheer lip and these could be perfect for her)….
        I really like how they can look different is like there is a subtle tint that isn’t quite there and looks very natural…

  2. Casey

    Bianca & Blondie are my favs! I don’t mind glossy sheer lippies…my lips are sooo pigmented already that a dash of color & shine suits them just fine =)

  3. Christine shen

    HI Christine,
    I really want to try one of these lipsticks, from all of your swatches I like the Gardenia the best, which is more opaque right? Do you recomment that one for more pigmented lips?

  4. I’ve got Bianca, it’s one of my favourite shades of these Rouge G de Brilliant lipsticks. I’m really wanting to get Brit (#40) though as it’s an amazing shade, but haven’t given into paying the full price yet. :) Betsy’s nice too, might get that as well. But I do agree, the regular Rouge G lipsticks are better.

  5. Connie

    All three look so nice but Bianca is my fave! I prefer lipsticks that are more sheer so I’m definitely drawn to these. *sigh* Just when I thought I’d never spend$32 on lipstick… =P

  6. Andrea

    I swatched Bianca the other day and loved it!!

  7. Luisafer

    way expensive, don’t think I would get them, I don’t love them…

  8. Alison

    Hi Christine! Would you happen to have any looks where you’ve used these so I can get a full-face shot as an idea?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. I love the last two but after buying Korres #13 and having it not look as beautifully pink on me as it did on you, I have no hope of these looking like they do here on me! My lips are way too pigmented. =(