Gucci Potent Violet & Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “intense color” and a “demi-glaze finish.” It is “packed with pigment,” “non-sticky”, hydrating, and scented with the brand’s “Blue Chocolate” fragrance. They also say “intense, saturated pigments.” I make a point to reiterate just how many ways Gucci called this a pigmented gloss, because you’ll see one gloss is nowhere near pigmented, and the other is some pigmentation but isn’t opaque. The gloss itself is mostly non-sticky–I get a little tackiness towards the last hour of wear–and has a lightweight, creamy, comfortable consistency with a fair amount of slip. It’s hydrating while on, but it does give me the same soapy taste while I wear it that I had with the lipsticks. I found the scent to be less intense than the lipsticks but still noticeable applied (not just in the tube). If brands want to have a single gloss formula with various intensities, all I’d like to see is the usage of shade descriptions like “sheer violet” and “opaque violet.”

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-lavender base with iridescent shimmer. The thinner texture of the gloss made it so I could feel some of the shimmer in it, though it wasn’t too noticeable. The color itself was sheer, and it wore well for two and a half hours. This was one of the most disappointing products that I bought from the new line. NARS Easy Lover (P, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is purpler. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is brighter, pinker. Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Asian Butterfly (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Perky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with a subtle gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage but a fair amount of the natural lip color comes through. There’s a little bit of settling, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is darker, redder. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is similar. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Potent Violet

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D
D
6
Product
4
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
66%
Total

Crushed Coral

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B
B
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

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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 Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Oh wow, certainly not what I was expecting from Potent Violet… Crushed Coral looks alright though, I really like the color and I actually like that it’s a tad sheer.

That first one LOOKS like you were swatching a MAC Dazzleglasses. Side note: I’m like the ONLY person I know who loves those. I don’t care how much product they have in the tube or how gritty they are… they’re PRETTY! Haha! I haven’t seen MAC do a limited edition Dazzleglass in YEARS it seems. Probably not as on trend anymore but I’d still love to see more of them πŸ™‚

LOL! Do you like the SUPER Dazzleglasses?

When I want my pretty sparkle, I go Bobbi Brown High Shimmer. Like Dazzleglass but better for me!

I completely agree with you – why call something pigmented when it’s clearly not? I’m kind of over this Gucci collection to be honest.

ugh Potent Violet looks like a huge miss to me πŸ™ I’m already not lipgloss kind of girl (but sometimes I still cant help it I still buy more lol) but this is a pass. thanks for saving me money Christine! πŸ˜€

Hi Christine, So sad to see Potent Violet get such a low grade. It looks so pretty on you I happen to like both of the shades. Very pretty. Maybe Potent Violet would perform better over a matte lipstick similar in shade but just to add shine and a bit of shimmer?

It’s a pretty shade, but if I had known it was sheer, I would have passed right along (it’s an easy shade to dupe, since it is so sheer!).

Awww, I’m so disappointed that these glosses are so crummy!
I’m gonna pass right now & go after more shadows. You look fab tho Christine- perfecto!

What a crying shame! The potent violet looks so promising in the container but so Meh! on your lips.
Come on Gucci! You are a high end company. If you say opaque then give us opaque!

Those colors look beautiful on you! I purchased the dark romance lip lacquer and it actually turned out more opaque than the shades you have shown but it could be because it’s a darker color, however I feel the same about the soapy taste. I love love love the way it wore and the gorgeous color but I just can’t get past the taste, it was like putting perfume on my lips. Sadly I won’t purchase the lip products again because of it. I also bought the autumn fire pallette which I haven’t opened to try yet but I hope it’s more promising than the lip products.

Hm, I find the sparkle in Potent Violet very pretty in the close up shots, but it certainly wouldn’t convince me to abandon Revlon’s Sugar Violet πŸ˜‰ Neither of these is really making my heart race, though. I wish companies would actually communicate between the marekting department and the production department. That way there would be fewer apparently misleading and disappointing product descriptions!

to me, Potent Violet looks like a lip gloss you could buy at Clare’s. It doesn’t even look like a name brand drugstore lip gloss.

They looked so pretty in the tube though! How disappointing. That eyeshadow in the top right corner though…I need that! Give it to me! lol XP

The violet-toned one reminds me of one of the YSL golden glosses, except the YSL one applies much more like what you see in the tube. If you were looking for something along those lines, I’d highly recommend that one.

The violet looks worse than a cheap lipgloss. The coral doesn’t look better than a cheap lipgloss. Soap taste is an instant “no.” How disappointing.

Not that I was likely to buy a $32 lipgloss, anyway.

Potent Violet looks soooo pretty in the tube. Sigh. Thanks for saving me $$.

The name “Demi-Glaze” seems to be at odds with the description. By the name alone I would think it to be between sheer and opaque.

I bought quite a stash of Gucci makeup and I am pleased with everything except the mascara. It’s fine but it irritates my eyes by the end of the day. I am super allergic to Armani’s Eyes to Kill. I can’t even apply it without tearing up and have to remove it immediately. I am very happy with my Gucci eyeshadows, blushes, and lipsticks and glosses. I think their taste is pretty minimal which is good because I hate a strong or perfumed taste and forget about mint (toothpaste) taste in gloss, yuck. I don’t taste any soapiness like you do, Christine. Guess it’s just different for different people. I’m sorry you don’t like yours but I guess that’s just the way it goes. We both love Rouge G by Guerlain so let’s hope they come out with more colors for Christmas!

I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one in regards to Armani’s Eyes to Kill! I bought that and a Chanel one during Nordstrom’s buy 2 get 1 free and I thought it was because they were old, but both bothered my eyes like crazy!

There is only one new Rouge G for Holliday 2014. It is called Rouge Parade. It’s red and it comes in a colored case to match the lipstick shade. There are also two Gloss D’Enfer: one is a red similar to the Rouge G shade and the other is a gold topper. That’s it for the lips. Promo pics and descriptions are already up online. The collection is called Un Soir Γ  L’OpΓ©ra.

Even though it got a bad grade I love how Potent Violet looked in the photo of the whole face. It was very pretty. The Crushed Coral was also pretty. Pity they dont’ get the descriptions right.

Crushed Coral looks nice but I’m really disappointed with Potent Violet. The shimmer is pretty but I wish it was more opaque.

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