Sneaking Chic Into Your Day, Guerlain’s Spring 2013 Automatique Lipsticks in Flirt and Ballarde Unleash Your Inner Lipstick Ninja

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Guerlain Rouge Automatique 600 Ballarde

Here I’m wearing Guerlain’s $35 Rouge Automatique in 600 Ballarde, one of four Automatique Lipsticks from Guerlain for spring 2013

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.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique 600 Ballarde Product Shot

Rouge Automatique in 600 Ballarde ($35)

Guerlain Shine Automatique 761 Flirt Product Shot

Shine Automatique in 761 Flirt ($35)

Guerlain Rouge Automatique 600 Ballarde Guerlain Rouge Automatique 600 Ballarde Swatches

Swatches of Rouge Automatique in 600 Ballarde on the left and Shine Automatique in 761 Flirt on the right

Guerlain Shine Automatique 761 Flirt

Wearing Shine Automatique in 761 Flirt


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

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris El says:

    You look so fresh faced and ready for spring. I really like Ballarde 🙂
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  2. Teri says:

    Your top is so perfect for these lipsticks, happy and bright! Flirt is definitely my favourite because I’m really obsessed with shades like that for spring! Although Ballade is a very pretty shade too ^^
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  3. Chelsea says:

    So colorful and springy, and the top is perfect for the colors!

  4. Christina says:

    Very pretty! What is the name of the nail polish you are wearing? Thank you!

  5. hanna says:

    So springy 🙂
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  6. Gladys L. says:

    Is chanel or burbbery more moisturising or they perform all equally well?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gladys,

      Is there a particular lipstick from either of the line that you’re interested in? There are a few different formulations, and they all behave a little differently.

      • Gladys L. says:

        Thx Karen for replying!

        I finally went through some comments online to know better the lipstick lines of the 3 brands.

        I just wonder if Guerlain Automative (both lines) is as moisturizing as Chanel co co rouge and regular burberry, or should I pick Guerlain G ones instead for my friend that go allergic to average lipstick.

  7. Sunny says:

    My love for Guerlain lipsticks knows no bounds! The first lipstick I fell for is a Rouge Automatique (Coque d’Or), and no matter how many other lipsticks I try, Guerlain lipsticks never fail to make my heart skip a beat! I like Flirt on you better than it on myself, but if I sheer it out it becomes a very bright fuchsia. It’s like owning 2 lipsticks in one!

  8. Seeing you with such a glowing, fresh, pretty complexion/makeup REALLY is making me yearn for spring!! Love everything about your look!
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  9. Kim says:

    These are gorgeous and I love that they’re moisturizing! My list of lip products I don’t need but want to buy is growing. Thanks for that! HAHA!

  10. Jennifer says:

    They look really bautiful on you but I’m not sure about all these bright colors!
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  11. Vineetha says:

    Colors are really awesome!They are mositurizing too and not to forget the ninja part 🙂
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  12. You look so fresh and pretty here Karen! Flirt is gorgeous!

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