Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick

Ahh, Rouge G — I Still Love You

Guerlain Galante (09) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly brown-tinged, plum-kissed pink. Sephora describes it as a “rosy plum,” and I see the plum, but I also feel like you can’t not say there’s some brown in there, too. It’s a shade that’s difficult to describe. Not that that really matters, because it’s such a beautiful shade.

Every time I apply one of the Rouge Gs, I am reminded of how amazing the formula is. It’s soft, smooth, and moisturizing while delivering rich color in a whole slew of universally flattering shades. Galante has this subtle light rose pink micro-shimmer that dazzles and shimmers in the light in such a lovely way. I love the way they feel and wear–I get anywhere from three to six hours, depending on the shade. With a shade like this, I usually hit the four or five hour mark.

Guerlain’s Rouge Gs are scented with fragrance, so if you’re sensitive to scents, you may want to stop by and give it a whiff before committing $46 to it. I don’t notice it when I wear it, only when I smell the tube itself, but I’m not bothered by it either way. I still have a secret wish that they made the Rouge G formula available without the fancy case (which is truly fancy with its substantial weighty feel and flip mirror), just so the price wouldn’t be as high.

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

RECOMMENDATION: This is one of my favorite shades of Rouge G — it’s so flattering without being neither bold nor subtle!

AVAILABILITY: Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora

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Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick

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44 thoughts on “Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Galante (09) Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Laia

    It kinda reminds me of Chanel Rouge Allure Incognito… it’s a really nice colour and my ‘nude’ lipstick :) this looks gorgeous on you!

  2. I really do love this color. I have to review my collection to see what I have that’s similar. Its just such a pretty rose!

  3. Lady Di.

    Hi Christine! This lipstick is so pretty for the fall, I definitely see the brown in it too, great shade on you!

  4. It’s a very pretty color, but $46 is more than I’d like to spend on lipstick…

  5. Ra-jin

    Is there a MAC or another brand with a color similar to this?

  6. Valerie

    I’ve been craving a Rouge G for a long time (I don’t own any), but I was waiting to fall head over heels for a color. I think this is the one!

  7. Sheer?? I think the color payoff is amazing :O

  8. lia

    hmm, it looks pretty intense in your last picture but you mention that it goes on sheer – do you think it’s pigmented enough to show up on a darker skinned girl?

  9. natasha m

    I think the shade looks beautiful on you!

  10. The lipstick looks so gorgeous on you! I’ve always wanted to try a lipstick from Guerlain, but I can’t justify paying $46 for one!

  11. Sharon

    This is just a gorgeous, gorgeous color on you, Christine! I almost did a double take when I saw it on you, ’cause you looked so stunning wearing that shade. 😀

  12. weng

    i just bought this one 3 days ago and seeing how it looks in your lips now, really made me realize how a lipcolor can look different from one person to the other.This lipstick looked reddish brown on me.Its really pigmented and moisturizing and one of my fave lipstick at the moment.It doesnt make my lips dry and chapped…highly recommended.

  13. Elusive

    The colour is stunning! Is there a close dupe for this?

  14. Connie

    You got me hooked on these lipsticks. I own three right now. I don’t mind the fragrance on these as much as the Chanel lipsticks. With both, the smell goes away after applying so that isn’t a deal breaker for me. I have Gil, Giulette (love love love) and Gentiane. I think I spelled them all correctly. These lipsticks really are amazing.

  15. Beth

    I am loving this one hardcore. I don’t wear lipstick but this looks so wearable that I want to at least try it out.

  16. Tiffany

    I can tell how amazing the formula must be just by the look of it on you.

  17. Alicia

    Could you show picture of the case

  18. Looks gorgeous! I think I’m sold!

  19. CeeBee

    Beautiful! I’d call that colour cinnamon rose – it’s not quite brown, not quite pink, not quite berry but altogether lovely!

  20. Gaby

    It’s a really pretty color, looks awesome on you!… but I’d never spend $46 on lipstick…

  21. wow! this shade is so good on you. now i think i’v found my nude lippie only the price gets on me LOL

  22. Alison

    I LOVE this color and it looks especially gorgeous on you. I must try this one in store to see if it suits me because this is EXACTLY my sort of thing. Very, very tempting.

  23. Bernice

    So beautiful !

  24. CeeBee

    How is it that Guerlain can release a lipstick line (and a ridiculously expensive one at that) with SOOOOO many beautiful colours, shades and textures and make me want them ALL… and something like YSL Rouge Pur (or even the Rouge Voluptes) just look so flat and one dimensional and bleh? (that IMO only, sorry to all the YSL lippie lovers!)

    Guerlain’s lipstick designer (is that even a job? If so, I want it!) is a genius.

    • Guerlain does lipstick color so well. I agree — Rouge Voluptes look rather one-note (and I do find a lot of the shades harder to wear alone). I would say Cle de Peau and La Prairie both do lip color similar to Guerlain. Chanel does lip color amazing well, too, but in a somewhat different way.

  25. joanne w

    It looks really pretty on you but I feel that it’d be way too dark on my skintone.

  26. Hilana

    Very Flattering colour indeed. And wearable too. I could see a business woman or a lawyer doing this shade in court and look pulled together and confident without being in your face.

  27. Lulle

    Lovely color and definitely something I could wear.
    I really appreciate your lippies swatches, cause I always have a hard time in stores imagining what a shade looks like when worn (no way I’d try them on my lips). I often skip shades that kind of look blah and then have a revelation when I see them on your blog!

  28. Kat

    Such a pretty colour but too expensive for my pockets! =(

  29. Jenn

    This is beautiful!! I am such a sucker for glossy, midtone neutrals, even though I almost never wear lipstick.