Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00) is a softened pinky-beige with a light, glossy finish and nearly no distinguishable shimmer. At first, I thought Gardenia was similar to Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick, but this is significantly warmer and brighter. I think maybe it was just that very creamy, solid color with a glossy sheen that made me connect the two. Of course, at $45, it wouldn’t have been the more affordable option! 😉 Rouge Gs are always outstanding in their color pigmentation–very near full coverage in most instances, and the feel of these is amazing. It’s a comfortable lipstick that goes on smooth, creamy, and keeps lips moisturized while its worn. I get four to six hours with these, depending on the shade (lighter ones tend to fade faster).

Is this the right peachy nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches…

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

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28 thoughts on “The Spring Season: Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

  1. Lyndsay

    That is a gorgeous color and I think it would look great for the spring on my coloring…I just can’t justify $45!! I’ll be on the hunt for a more affordable option

  2. lmnmakeup

    Hi Christine,

    I was wondering if the Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks have better staying power or the Cle de Peau Extra Silky Lipsticks? Thanks!

    • About the same on me – four hours a piece. (Though I was impressed by Cle de Peau, since it has a lot of slip, I expected it to slide away within an hour or two.)

  3. This is a lovely shade, but I don’t think I can afford to splurge on this lipstick. :( Do you think this color would be too light for medium yellow-toned skin?

    • No, I don’t think it’d be too light! But if it’s too expensive, I’d definitely try it before buying it… or else from a store with a good return policy.

  4. Anitacska

    I love Rouge G’s, but this shade isn’t one of my favourites.

  5. Lopa

    My Goodness! This looks plain simple STUNNING! Period.

  6. Ryan

    Christine this lipstick is beautiful and looks like a great nude color… I can just imagine this with a super intense black eye (=. But im curious how long guerlain lipsticks last? If im gonna spend $45 it better be remarkable.

    • On me, I get around four hours of wear, which is about average for me. I don’t find that the Rouge Gs last particularly long relative to other high-end lipsticks. Some of the darker shades I’ll get longer wear with, but I find that’s true across many brands (since darker lip colors often stain, too).

  7. Jenny

    Beautiful color! :) I noticed with these more expensive lipsticks that in the pictures your lips appear fuller, is that just in photos or does it appear like that in real life too? If so, that just encourages me to check out these lipsticks out even more.

  8. Andrea

    I MUST have this one!!!

  9. Lorna

    that’s the most beautiful peach color i have ever seen.

  10. Jenn

    It almost reminds me of YSL’s Tender Peach!

  11. M

    Hi Christine! It’s a bit late but I FINALLY managed to try on Giulette. OMG LIKE I AM SOOO IN LOVE! I didn’t buy it bec the price tag is so darned scary. But I am OBSESSED with it bec I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Gorgeousness. Now if I can just get over the price and just buy it.

  12. If it weren’t $45 I would jump on it, it’s gorgeous!!!

  13. Sunshine

    Hi Christine! This looks so gorge and creamy on you! Could you think of some other lippies that would be somewhat close to this shade? Maybe in a different finish? Love colors like this!

  14. Jenny H

    LOVE the way it looks on you.. but I am dying with the price tag

  15. eblu

    This is such a pretty color! I’ve been trying to look for that shade but w/ a less steep price tag. Any suggestions Christine?

    • I haven’t found a dupe yet!

      • Sunshine

        Thanks Christine! I tried Gardenia and it turned into a brownish nude on me with a touch of rose. I haven’t expected it that dark. Nothing to write home about especially for the price. Sigh. It looks awesome in your photos though. Wish it looked like that for me, pinky-peach and light, not brown. I should have read your description. For the dupe, it’s nearly the same to Estee Lauder Mocha Pink (#50) l/s. MAC Shy Girl is similar but way lighter and less brown.

      • Chelsea

        I have Gardenia and find it very similar to Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Beige Champagne in both colour and glossy texture.

  16. Jennifer S.

    Argh! Another nude color that went yellow on me. I ordered this from Sephora and found it made my skin and teeth look too yellow. The swatch looks so lovely and shows beautifully on you. I would love to see more reviews on Rouge Gs in pinks and nudes because the formula is so amazing but you really need to love the color to justify the cost. Thanks.

  17. jaspreet

    very sexy shade

  18. Nevaeh

    Which of these would u say is ur fav of lip colors:


    For me it depends on the shade of these 4! For nudes I perfer almost the exact shade of my own skin and pare it with a really dark, intense eye! For pinks I enjoy bubble gum 😛 Reds, I love dark brick reds cuz it looks amazing with my red hair! Plums? hhhhmmm im not really a big fan of them on me but they look very alluring with dark skin tones!!! ;D