Gucci Bitter Grape & Fever Audacious Color Intense Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Gucci Lipsticks
Gucci Lipsticks

Gucci Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to “grip the lips for bold, saturated color” while feeling “weightless.” It is supposed to have “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” I had a good experience (aside from taste) with one shade, and a less impressive experience with the other shade I purchased. Both were pigmented, though, and they wore for a good length of time (see below for wear times).

The formula is scented with “Blue Chocolate,” which I have no idea what that translates to (initially, I thought it was a scent they had, but I couldn’t find anything on it). It has a sweet, vanilla base with a little earthiness, but it has a “perfume-y” feel overall. The scent is noticeable applied, not just in the tube, and it created a constant taste of soapiness when I wore both shades. As in, for the entire length of time I wore each shade, I felt like I had a bar of soap in my mouth. I don’t normally have issues with taste on most products. You may be less sensitive to taste, or may taste more appetizing to you, so your mileage may vary.

You may be wondering what the difference is between the Audacious Color-Intense formula and the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula. The description Gucci gives for the latter is that it “delivers bold color with an opulent finish” that “moisturizers” with “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” The reality is that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula really only seems to emphasize that it’s hydrating (and has an “opulent finish,” which could mean anything!). My experience was that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula is more emollient, thinner, and has a wetter feel overall; the finish is glossier, the wear is shorter (in comparison), and is slightly more hydrating (but both formulas are hydrating). I actually wore Bitter Grape on half my lips with Tiger Lily on the other half (they’re very similar in color), and the difference is fairly pronounced in that side-by-side, particularly when I pressed my lips together. The Audacious formula holds onto lips (but not in an uncomfortable, clingy way) and therefore tends to wear longer and has a less glossy finish.

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a purpled-berry with cool undertones and a light dusting of violet shimmer. The shimmer is fine and subtle enough that it doesn’t really seem to be present indoors–only under sunlight. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color did come through. It had a lightly glossy finish, and it wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less glossy, redder. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with with subtle, very fine gold shimmer. It had opaque color coverage and a luminous finish. I had a lot of application trouble with this one (and it doesn’t seem to show up as much in the photos as it does in real life), as it is overly-clingy so it clings to itself and clumps up on the lips and will catch on any imperfections on the lips. It tugged a bit during application, but it didn’t feel dry. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more orange. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less shimmery. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Fever
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
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Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick
Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
  • Gucci Coral Flower Blush
On eyes:
  • Gucci Iconic Ottanio Eyeliner

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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As pretty as these colors are, a lipstick has to be perfect to go for $40 a pop. I can handle a certain amount of taste in my lip products, but soapy doesn’t really sound up there with ones I prefer. It’s a shame because I like the packaging on these – sleek on the outside with the more ornate inside.

I know that I noticed the taste particularly in the Dior Fluid Sticks and the Maybelline Color Elixirs, but in general I don’t notice too often…

Bitter Grape is pretty. Reminds me of an iridescent fuchsia/purple called Sea Fleur in the L’Oreal Colour Riche line. Which I don’t see in stores anymore so I hope it’s not discontinued!

Both look very lovely on you! However, I do not think I’d be able to get over the soapy taste. πŸ™ This is a pass for me. Thank you for all that you deal with in order to review products for us! You have turned me on to new products, and have helped me save money on others. (:

That’s a shame about the soapy taste – I can’t imagine that anyone would find that pleasant. Yikes. Bitter Grape looks especially lovely on you, but a soapy flavor is pretty much a deal-breaker.

I know that a couple of products I’ve had problems with as far as taste goes, others don’t mind and vice versa. It was a definite deal breaker for me, lol!

Totally gross about the taste! I know exactly what you mean though. I’ve purchased a couple of lip products that I can’t wear because I can taste and/or smell them the entire wear time. Thanks for the heads up Christine!

I’m looking at the ingredient list that you were kind enough to post and see a LOT of ingredients that have little to do with designer quality lipstick but a LOT to do with perfume. Beside the generic term “parfum/fragrance” I recognise:
(70+ letters of chemi-jibberish…)-cinnamate, ethyl vanillin, linalool, limonene, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl salicylate, eugenol and geraniol. Yikes! No wonder these lippies tasted like Ivory soap dissolved in expired Chanel #5!
The colors and texture are to die for, but sorry, Gucci, if I want perfume, it’s going on my wrists, not my kisser!
I am so grateful to you, Christine, for testing these products and posting your honest reviews so cosmetic consumers like me don’t have to go through what you just endured (ptui!).

I think Tom Ford violet fatale can be a dupe for bitter grape, but bitter grape has more shimmer. I love this shade. Bitter grape is lovely on you Chistine!

I was thinking of maybe picking up one of the lipsticks but soap, vanilla and perfume don’t sound like the best combination, lol. Maybe one day I’ll try them in an actual store! πŸ™‚

Dont think Ive ever seen any makeup by Gucci before this! Love the packaging! The colours aren’t terribly unique IMO but you make anything look good Christine!

Both of these colours are pretty (especially the purple, obviously πŸ˜‰ ), and they look quite nice and smooth, and it’s nice to hear that they’re hydrating…

…but the SOAP THING! πŸ˜› I couldn’t do it…

Do you think bitter grape can be a dupe for MAC riveting rose? Riveting rose is my favorite color. I been trying to find another lipstick shade similar to it. I am on my last tube!

Wow… The amount of times the Gucci symbol is embossed on the lipstick (and box packaging) is a little overkill. I wish they kept it a little more simple, like YSL lipsticks. As for the odd soapy taste it has, i’m probably going to skip out on this lippy.

I just ordered a red lippy and eyeshadow from Gucci. I hope I don’t get disappointed wit the products, pretty pricey. The packaging is so pretty and looking at their site they did a pretty big launch of was expecting only a few items. Anyways fingers crossed that kind like them.

My lipstick and shadows came. Haven’t tried out the eyeshadow yet however I know what you mean with the ‘soapy’ taste. I love the finish its hydrating and I’m loving the smell of the lipstick lol they’re really have logo’d their gucci sign allllllll over the lipstick. They need to make some super matte lipstick. I bought wild amarena it looks matte when I forst looked at the lippy. Overall it’s not bad I like it however they can defo do better.

The lipstick formula definitely seemed weaker than you’d expect (at $39 and for luxury) – I think of all the types of products, a good lipstick is one of the easier types to find at any price, so I’m surprised!

I agree, I did have higher expectations for the lipsticks. It’s not too bad for a debut however for the price it’s a little too much, with that price Id expect more higher quality. Hopefully from this they can make the range better.

I bought “Nude Satin” the week it came out on Gucci.com. I loved the moisture but the scent disappointed me. It smelled strongly like little girl’s perfume, like “Tinkerbell”. Nothing gourmand. I prefer Tom Ford’s gourmand lipstick scent 100x more than this!

It’s funny you say that. Thank you very much! I’ve only recently began cherishing it more. I grew up wanting to wear a pink lip. I couldn’t. Not much works on them and I used to be all out trying to find ways to cancel out, or neutralize to get a look that’s a even close to others’ lips! I envy pale lips. I’m see through pale, so it’s an odd combo that companies don’t cater to. So I really appreciate your compliment because it is something about myself I’ve learnrd to love slowly. Recently, the new dkin care has been helping the health of my lips and they really show through again, and I realized that I LIKE them. I love them. No, they won’t play the coloring book, and I can’t do many looks I like, but I never thought that someone who could would say how pretty that sounds. I’m very humbled and thankful for your words. πŸ™‚ I get to enjoy your multiple lip colors a la blog, and you help me find colors that boost my color or shifts the tone, so you’ve been an integral part in my coming to terms with my big ol dark lips. Again, thanks. πŸ™‚ You are so kind.

I love the lipstick! I purchased bitter grape. The soapy “taste” doesn’t bother me…not trying to taste the lipstick but I love the scent the lipstick leaves behind when I rub them together. My lips feels smooth and hydrated.

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