Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait
There’s Avarice in Your Heart
Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a warm rose with a hint of beige-brown in it. It’s neutral, but there’s a healthy dose of pink in the color. Again my complexion, it almost reads as a subdued coral. Cle de Peau Comtesse de Cayla is lighter and shimmery. MAC So Vain is lighter and pinker. Guerlain Jicky is similar but much sheerer. MAC Spice is browner. Guerlani Galante is darker, redder.
Rouge G L’Extrait is such an interesting formula, because it has a lot of the components of long-wearing, liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t have the same dry-down. It clings, but it doesn’t develop a full on second-skin as do other products in the category. As a result, it doesn’t flake away but wears away evenly over time. The flaking is one of the problems with long-wearing, liquid lipstick, which can make reapplication difficult, as it needs to be fully removed before reapplying. However, there is a trade-off: this formula isn’t transfer-free or even transfer-resistant. It certainly wouldn’t pass a kiss-test! Avarice wore for a lengthy eight hours, and it’s hydrating both during and after it fades away. It’s opaque in a single pass, and you’ll want to use less product than you’d expect, because you don’t need much for full coverage.