Bonjour, Madame! The Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines in Madame Batifole, Madame Flirte and Madame Fascine Have Arrived

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Guerlain 861 Madame Flirte Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine

Wearing Guerlain 861 Madame Flirte Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30), one of three new limited edition shades in the Voilette de Madame Fall 2013 Collection

Once certain lines get crossed, there’s just no turning back.

Like when you try the ultra soft toilet paper for the first time or make the jump from average pet owner to Crazy Cat Lady.


Or when strangers stop calling you “miss” and start calling you “ma’am.”

Yup…I’m a ma’am now.

It’s okay, I guess, but I think I like “madame” better… Sounds more chic. 🙂

Case in point: the three new Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines from the Guerlain Voilette de Madame Fall 2013 Collection ($30).

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shines in 861 Madame Flirte, 860 Madame Batifole and 863 Madame Fascine

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines in 861 Madame Flirte (a sparkling red), 860 Madame Batifole (a sparkling fuchsia) and 863 Madame Fascine (a sparkling deep purple)

All of them madames with regal, refined names, they definitely don’t sound like their apartments are furnished with castaway pieces bought secondhand from stoner grad students on Craigslist (been there, done that). No, these madames probably own complete sets of Le Creuset pots and pans.

Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Swatches in 861 Madame Flirte, 860 Madame Batifole and 863 Madame Fascine

Swatches from the left: 861 Madame Flirte, 860 Madame Batifole and 863 Madame Fascine

And these three limited edition lipglosses have more in common than their names. All of them also tint lips with sheer, shiny color.


Fuchsia 860 Madame Batifole, sparkling red 861 Madame Flirte and deep purple 863 Madame Fascine look dark and intimidating in their tubes, but they’re completely drama-free. Each one applies as a gentle wash of color, no mirror necessary, either.

What else should you know?

  • Lightweight, smooth and non-sticky, these feel a lot like Chanel Aqualumiere glosses to me (which is great!).
  • The flocked doe-foot applicator makes precise application easy.
  • The rose flavor and scent lingers as long as the formula lasts on my lips, which is about two hours.
  • These look super sparkly in their tubes, but the shimmer isn’t very noticeable on my lips until I walk outside, where they really sparkle in full sunlight.
  • I like that these are sheer enough that I can still see my natural lip color peeking through, yet they’re also pigmented enough to each look distinct on my lips.
  • If I had to pick a fave, I’d choose red Madame Flirte. Of the three, I think it brightens my face the most.

Guerlain 860 Madame Batifole Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine

860 Madame Batifole

Guerlain 863 Madame Fascine Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine

863 Madame Fascine

Methinks these glosses will probably appeal most to die-hard Guerlain fans who love the look of semi-sheer color and high-end lipgloss lovers looking for a fun layering gloss that feels comfortable and moisturizing.

I do like these, but they’re pricey for the level of pigment they contain, and as far as splurges go, I find myself drawn to the limited edition Rouge G lipsticks from the same launch even more. While these are definitely luxurious, I figure, if you’re going to pay upwards of $30 for a lip product, you might as well get plenty of pigment and heart-stopping packaging that brings you to your knees.

PRICE: $30 each
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition; available now at Guerlain counters and coming soon online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. camille says:

    I don’t know if I’m sidetracking like crazy, or what, but I feel like you’re on a roll with posting stuff! 🙂 I love LOVE reading your blog, but it’s one of my go-to distractions (besides ebay & poshmark). Looks like another late night of reading for me.

    These are pretty! I like the Madame Flirte, as well! It’s subtle, yet noticeable. I need to get to a mall, soon! All these reviews, and my list of things to try out is growing!

    P.S. I have grown more comfortable with being called “Ma’am”. A lot of military personnel say it, so I have thought of it as them minding their manners. I like it when people with lovely southern accents say “Ma’am”. There’s just something so…..Gone with the Wind, about it 🙂

    Have a lovely night, Karen! Snuggles to T-$ 🙂

  2. Gi says:

    Hi Karen! Please tell me who makes the beautiful triple gold hoop earrings you are wearing. You look fabulous!

  3. I love the Guerlain Gloss d’enfer maxi shine glosses! I have Tangerine Vlam and Magenta Waouh and both are just such beautiful shades! The fall collection glosses look a little thinner in consistency and less pigmented than the permanent collection but the colors are pretty!
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  4. Amy says:

    The 860 looks nice on you! I’ll probably skip these though. I’m less of a gloss girl, more of a stain/tinted balm gal lol

    I was ma’am-ed recently. By a woman who was older than me and had 2 kids in tow! I just thought it was funny since people usually assume I’m younger than I actually am. It kinda startled me. Oh well!


    I actually love your scarf more then the gloss, lol. So pretty.

  6. Icaria says:

    I love this new collection but I agree with you, the glosses although nice could be a little more pigmented. I’ll be having a closer look at Rouge G and Madame Rougit blush.

    I’ve been hearing the term Madame for so long that I don’t know how Mademoiselle feels anymore! I must say that here, in Montréal, it’s almost politicaly “incorrect” to call one Mademoiselle even if you’re in you early 20s so I got used to Madame a loooong time ago! 🙂

  7. Elena says:

    Karen, I just saw your tweet about growing your eyebrows. I’m doing it too and find it quite difficult! Any chance of a post on brows? Thanks 🙂

  8. Kim says:

    They’re very nice but I agree they’re a bit spendy for what you get. On a side note, if you ever come to visit, Montreal is a quick 45 minute drive away and people will call you Madame all day long. 🙂

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