Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


Guerlain: Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss

Guerlain Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a lovely semi-sheer shade of plummy brown with gold and plum shimmer throughout from Guerlain’s Holiday Collection.  KissKiss Gloss is one of my favorite gloss formulas, so I’m always excited to see what new, limited edition shades are launched by Guerlain.  It’s a non-sticky, moisturizing gloss that runs sheerer rather than ultra pigmented, but some shades are ultra sheer while others are semi-sheer and provide decent color to lips.  Rubis Rose is one of the latter types — it’s dark without being too dark, so you can wear it alone or over another color to add more depth.

It has a rose-floral scent, a slightly perfume-y scent, which I know some people really dislike, but I like it (I don’t love it, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t bother me).  What I like about the KissKiss Gloss is that it lasts a good amount of time for a lipgloss when its worn on its own — I get about four to five hours of wear before it starts to fade/disappear.  I’ve always loved the sparkle factor, too, which is noticeable and bright and fun.

Price-wise, these aren’t the best bang for your buck, and by their nature, they’re not something everyone is going to rush out to buy.  To each their own, I say!   Price analysis tells us that Guerlain’s KissKiss Glosses are some of the pricier high-end lipglosses, being more expensive than many of its direct competitors like Dior and YSL, but still less expensive than Stila and Smashbox, by the ounce.

Bottom Line:
The packaging is pretty and elegant, the formula is stellar, and the color itself is perfect for the fall/winter seasons.  The only downside is the price, and I think Guerlain fans won’t find the price to be much of an obstacle.


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

Recommendation: If you love the KissKiss formula and are looking for a nice plummy shade, check out the new Rubis Rose!

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora.com

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Guerlain: Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss
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Guerlain Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss


Guerlain: Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss

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21 thoughts on “Guerlain Rubis Rose KissKiss Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

  1. KrisBliss

    So pretty! I have yet to purchase a Guerlain gloss, but I think this might be my first!!

    Also, for me, I would rather buy this BEAUTIFUL gloss that happens to be in limited packaging rather than buying MAC’s Buroque Boudour Collection just because of the packaging when the product is the same, but at a higher price!

    • From past collections, sometimes the formula is different, but it’s probably not substantially different enough to really validate the price hike. I think this year’s packaging is pretty so-so in terms of above and beyond normal MAC packaging vs. Couture or Stylistics, which did feel more luxe and just more than what MAC does with LE packaging. MAC putting a different color or print is part of their LE collections, so it didn’t leave me breathless this year.

      Previously, the glosses were much like dazzleglasses, but now that those are available… well, they’re not so special, you know?

  2. amy

    The lacy print packaging is pretty, but at $29.00 a pop, I rather pay another $10.00 to get another Chanel Rogue Lacque because I know I will love those. Plus I can always buy them ago, unless they discontinue the colour. The next two on my list is Santal and Phoenix

  3. Anitacska

    This looks nice. Have you tried the other two glosses from the collection as well? I can’t wait for this collection to come out in the UK!

    • I’ve tried just one other (which I will review as well), which is sheerer and doesn’t have much color (reminded me of Chanel’s holiday shades, actually).

  4. Connie

    I just ordered the kisskiss lipstick from sephora and now I may need to place yet another! lol The color and packaging is gorgeous but I’m not totally sure about the glitter in it..

    BTW, What’s the swatch on the right (1st pic) of? :)

    • What lipstick did you order, Connie?

      It’s of Grace (I think that’s it — it’s one of the two limited Rouge Gs from the holiday launch, but I know it’s not Gem, so it’s the other one… which I think is Grace) Rouge G Lipstick!

  5. Brie

    Well that is a gorgeous Fall color!

  6. babicsek

    Will there be any swatches for the other two shades?

  7. J

    Hmm Im not too impressed with how it looks on the lips, but the packaging is gorgeous XD

  8. Luisafer

    what’s not to love??? like the packing, the color… everything!!!

  9. wenny3kiwi

    first time i see this gloss i think its purple :P but i still love it, i love purple gloss so much [have one, MAC plushglass!!! so good u must have one] i want to buy one :)

  10. don’t know about the formula but the color and microglitter effect is replicated pretty closely by wet and wild’s speed glosses. to me that sparkly depth is what’s so great about this gloss (never tried the formula it must be great for the price!) and you can get it for much cheaper