Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00) is a soft, cool-toned pink with a light frost and shimmer finish. It applies opaquely in just one or two layers, and it clings to lips without being drying. If you ignore the price for a moment, the lipstick is one of the best on the market — creamy, opaque color that applies evenly, easily, and really shimmers in a way that’s soft but noticeable. The price, obviously, can make it a little too pricey, but it’s always a nice shade to think about and, at least, give you some inspiration about what you’re looking for in a holy grail pink lip.

Is this soft pink the one 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…


Gentiane (left)

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48 thoughts on “The Spring Season: Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

  1. I love this color….simple, yet really nice!

  2. Angelique

    What an amazing color! It’s gorgeous! I love Guerlain, and i love their lipsticks! They’re indeed very creamy and they also last very long without turning ugly which is always nice. I think i’ve found my first must-have lemming for spring season ;-)

  3. Cherie

    Yeah – Spring Season!!! :)

    This colour is sooo pretty! I’m afraid the price is a deal breaker at this point but I will put on my ‘someday’ list.

  4. Wilcoa

    Gorgeous shade of pink and very wearable!

  5. Anitacska

    I actually bought this based on your review a little while ago and it’s gorgeous! I now have quite a few G lipsticks and really looking forward to the new ones (B’s) in the spring too I actually thought for a moment that you were reviewing those already). :)

    • I got a few of the Brilliants (and the new KissKiss) coming up :) Plus some more Rouge Gs fit for spring!

      • Liz

        Oh, Christine, you’ve got to do all Kiss Kiss Strass colors for the sake of my sanity. I’ve dying to see the reviews and swatches fir those ever since first time I heard about the spring collection

        • I’ll definitely do what I can! My Guerlain counter is very, very tiny and seems like they take FOREVER to get new stuff in. They didn’t even have a holiday displayer out and it was mid-December!

      • Anitacska

        Ooh, very exciting! :) Looking forward to it!

  6. Elizabeth

    So pretty, I’m very sad that it’s out of my price range!

  7. karen

    This color looks lovely.

  8. ezzie

    yay for spring season!
    pinks tend to look more violet on my skintone, but im so gonna be on the lookout for a pink that’ll actually look pink on me~ :)
    and this is a gorgeous color, by the way ^-^

  9. Nicole

    Ooooh this is lovely! I have never purchased a Guerlain lipstick before. I was on the fence about picking up a lipstick from Chanel’s spring collection, but forget those! I would choose this first. :p

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenni Jenni

    i love it!! but it will have to remain on my wish list for a while…

  11. Heather

    I love that color! If I didn’t spend a lot of money already on makeup I would probably consider getting it. The shade looks like it would be perfect for my skintone.

  12. amy

    So far I am loving all the Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks, especially the corals and the pinks. For some reason I have yet to see it at the counters or at Sephora, maybe my eyes just glaze over it because it is a bit pricey.

  13. omg, beautiful! but unfortunately out of budget =((

  14. the color looks great, love soft shade like tat.

  15. iliana

    Hi Christine, happy 2010! :)

    I just have a short question for you. I’m NC35/40 with uneven toned lips (I’m one of the unfortunate few who seem to have a darker outline on the upper lip). I’m wondering if this color would look okay on me. What do you think? I am looking for the perfect pink/peach shade for me (3 years and it has been so elusive!) I’m so looking forward to summer here already, I want to get my “summer color fix” through makeup. :)

    • I think this would look lovely on you, though it’s not quite the perfect peach shade if you’re hoping for that in this lipstick. It is a great pink though :)

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Erica Erica

    I cannot believe this one little lipstick is $45!! The color is gorgeous, but the price tag is out of the world! I’m willing to pay $25 or $30 for a great lipstick, but wow $45?!?! Is there something extra special about the packaging or formula?

    • Oh, it’s the packaging. A typical Guerlain lip product is around $30 or so, and this you could maybe justify paying an extra $3-5 for the formula (the shimmer is very, very fine but dazzling, pigmented, smooth). The case was designed by a famous jeweler, and it’s quite heavy. It also opens up and has a pretty decent mirror inside. I would say that the extra $10-12 is for the packaging. Would I pay for the packaging? It’s not really my style, so it doesn’t do it for me, but I *do* think a lot of the price tag is supposed to be allotted towards the packaging.

  17. Anna

    it looks gorgeous! i would wear it, but i’m not sure about the price..

  18. Meredith

    That’s a lot of money for a lippy, even for me. Chanel is $32, and that’s a splurge. Probably pass on this one.

  19. Sylvie

    gorgeous color but I can’t get over that price tag!

  20. Wow, I loved The Scarlet Season but suprisingly for me I am really excited about The Spring Season. This will be a great way for me to venture into the world of nude and peachy pink lip colours, something I haven’t tried before! Thanks for all you do, I think I speak for everyone when I say we appreciate it sooo much!

  21. 45 for a lippy. i can’t do it. :( although it’s SO pretty!

  22. Luisafer

    that pink I would wear… pretty!!!

  23. ak

    Yeah its a nice un-boring everyday soft pink on you Christine!

  24. Mia

    Nice color but WOW! $45 for a lipstick – yikes