Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Spring 2011: Rouge Sensuel

Just in time for spring, Guerlain is giving us four new and limited edition shades of their luxurious Rouge G
lipstick in a black lacquered case (as opposed to the metal casing). (To see the other shaes, see details here.) Rouge Sensuel is a semi-opaque coral-red with subtle gold micro-shimmer. Surprisingly, I think this shade would work on both cooler and warmer skin tones, despite the orange base, because the red definitely dominates. It’s almost a mix of pink, red, and orange.

Long-time readers will know that Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks, so I always look forward to new and seasonal shade releases. Rouge G colors have certain nuances to them just seem to make them more flattering when worn. The formula is moisturizing, long-wearing (four to six hours), and comfortable to wear–never heavy but generally opaque in color. I’m still crossing my fingers for refills, because as elegant as the case is, so much of the price must be attributed to it, and it would be nice to be able to reuse it.

The one thing I noticed about these is though the weight feels the same (we actually whipped out the scale, it was a 0.06 oz. lighter), the magnet enclosure seemed slightly weaker.  If you throw ’em around, the black lacquered case’s lid will fall off easier than the metal one (which also slips off if you put it through the tests we did, haha).  I carried one in my purse all day, though, and it was fine.

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

RECOMMENDATION: It seems a little sheerer than the average Rouge G, but the formula itself is every bit as true to the range otherwise.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011

See more photos & swatches!

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Rouge Sensuel? How much is it?

Guerlain counters and retailers like Nordstrom and Sephora, but not until January 2011; $46.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Cargo's Cherry Kiss is deeper; Clinique Parisian Red is redder.

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32 thoughts on “Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. NeenaJ

    I know the quality is totally different. But, on screen, the color looks like it could be close to Viva Glam Cindy. Do you think it’s similar enough to save the $30 difference?

  2. M

    I like Rouge Gs, too. I might grab this one just for the James Bond-looking tube. Is it as weighty as the regular Rouge Gs?

  3. *Sigh*. Spring from CHANEL and Guerlain are doing to burn a hole in my bank account. I love the black cases they have for this collex, I’m picking up a couple of Rouge G’s and the divine blusher! This color is really pretty on you Christine!

  4. Vanessa S

    This color looks amazing on you!! Too bad my lip color changes all the color of any lipstick i try (too pigmented) or i’d love to buy this shade, GRRRRRR.

  5. Dianna*

    What are you wearing on your cheeks, Christine?

  6. Hilary♥

    That’s exactly the kind of red I like to wear – not too bright for my fair skin. I also love the package ♥__♥ but I bet it’s too expensive for my budget.

  7. Nora

    If I were to get a Guerlain lipstick, this would be the one I’d choose. Absolutely amazing color. I love the shimmer.

  8. Victoria

    This looks a lot like Revlon Cha Cha Cherry — same sheerness but without the shimmer

  9. Julia

    Gorgeous! Do you find it more moisturizing than the original Rouge G formula? Sometimes I find sheerer formulations provide more moisture…

  10. Gayle

    Dying here. The color is even more beautiful on you than I expected. I may not survive until January. Want. Now!!!!

  11. baby in a corner

    i like the way this looks a little sheerer and see through! You have me addicted to rouge gs Christine!

  12. Jean

    That’s really beautiful and looks quite wearable for a red! Will have to check this out.

  13. Jacquii

    This color is gorgeous on you! I have similar coloring but I’m more of an NC35. Its too bad its almost $50 bucks! Maybe I can use my $25 Sephora gift card and get half off. Oh my, but so worth it!!

  14. Mangoo

    Oooh that color is so lovely on you!!

  15. Alyssa

    Ah, it’s so gorgeous!

  16. Meta

    Great review as always Christine! I love the black casing! I just wish the red was blue based red though, not coral based. Is there any blue based reds in this Spring collection?

  17. Really loving this colour. And really disliking the tube.
    I simply like a lipstick to look like a good ol’ fashioned lipstick in a regular tube… Old school that way!

    Pricey. But heck, why not?
    Great colour.

  18. Looks a bit like Viva Glam Cindy, don’t ya think?

  19. kfm

    Stunning colour! So far, I’ve only bought one Rouge G because of the price ($50 here in Canada), but if this colour looks half as good on me as it does on you, Christine, I’ll have to take the plunge for #2.

  20. Maria

    So I bought this today, and I have to say, it’s even prettier in person than swatched! I have very pigmented lips, so it looks a little deeper red, but it’s just perfect for any occasion! And it’s not too bright for work. Definitely my new favourite!

  21. Amy P

    My lips are cool toned and moderately pigmented…Rouge Sensuel melts into them to create my perfect daytime red. Just picked it up today, and after wearing it around the house for a while I’ve decided that this is officially HG status in both color and formula…oh happy day!