Did I have to try very hard to feel fancy with shimmery pink Rouge Automatique in Ballarde and creamy berry Shine Automatique in Flirt, two of four $35 full-coverage Guerlain Automatique Lipsticks for spring 2013, in my makeup bag last weekend?
Nope, not at all. Actually, it was Automatique.
Good thing, too, because $35 is a lot for a single tube! Heck, for $35, these better be like little lipstick versions of extra tall, diamond-studded tiaras.
So, just how do these elevate your day (and your lipstick game) to make you feel fancy? Let me count the ways…
1. The Transformers-style gold tube
Whenever I slide the little “G” button on side of the tube, and the lipstick emerges from the trapdoor top like a rabbit from a magician’s hat, wow! — that’s makeup magic.
From top to bottom, these are dressed to the nines, and I also love the little details, like the scripty Guerlain font at the top of the cap and the base of the bullet.
2. The tea rose flavor and scent
Light and fresh, like fragrant petals strewn across a satin pillow, the fragrance and flavor are just little touches, but they enhance the whole, “You’re being pampered,” experience.
3. The moisturizing, long-lasting formula
I’m hesitant to use these in a sentence with “stretchy pants,” since Guerlain positions itself several steps above that, but dang if these don’t feel that comfortable to me. My dry winter lips love the moisturizing formula.
And I almost can’t believe that non-matte lipsticks as slick, smooth and lightweight as these can last as long as they do — from 3-5 hours. That’s kind of epic.
4. They make me feel like a straight-up lipstick ninja!
I’ve been sneaking around with two of these Automatiques for days, stealthily slicking my lips on the sly, and no one’s been the wiser.
You know how sometimes when you go out to dinner and want a touch-up after the meal but don’t want to make a big production out of it? I’ll pull one of these from my purse, flick the switch on the side with my thumb to engage the lipstick bullet, slide a single layer on my bottom lip, rub my lips together, and check my reflection in the reflection on the side of the golden tube. Ninja style. Takes all of about five seconds.
Consider the possibilities! You could keep a tube in your sleep-over bag for early morning touch-ups, or slick a little lipstick on right before that handsome stranger sits next to you on that long plane ride…
Okay, so maybe you could do the same thing with a lip balm or almost any sheer gloss, but with Guerlain, you also get the little extra touches that all add up to making you feel like Grace Kelly on her wedding day.
Gotta love that.
PRICE: $35 each (that’s the only big problem)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Bloomingdales stores, and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,