The eye palettes from Guerlain's Champs-Élysées Collection for Fall 2010 have stolen the spotlight from some very worthy lip colors. Guerlain introduced a new lip product with its fall collection.
KissKiss Gloss Essence de Gloss ($31) "brilliantly combines the art of lip care with the magic of colors." The extreme-shine formula, combined with anti-aging active ingredients, helps lips look and stay beautiful by smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Instantly and day after day, Guerlain promises your lips will be beautified, smoothed, plumped, and rejuvenated. That all sounds very nice. I'm easy, though. I love the way they look and feel!
On some sites, e.g., Neiman Marcus, you are going to see Essence de Gloss referenced as KissKiss Gloss Serum. I can't explain the discrepancy. The boxes they came in have Essence de Gloss printed on them.
I purchased two KissKiss Essence de Gloss shades. I might have bought more of the colors if I hadn't spent so much money the day I bought the eye palettes. I have a suspicion I'll be going back for more. You can see the little swatch shades from the Neiman Marcus site at the bottom of this post.
"My" two shades, shown on my arm photo at right, are #421, Grenat, shown at top and #461, Baie Rose, below. Grenat is not as coral as it appears here - or as it looks on other blogs or in the photo at the bottom. To my eye, it's a complex warm mauve rose with a touch of brown and coral. I think one's own skin/lip color will determine how Grenat translates. Baie Rose is clearly pink.
The glosses have a lot of pigment, so you can wear them without lipstick underneath if you wish. They have a doe-foot applicator, which I like. They feel great on the lips - moist and not at all tacky. The elegant gold container is too pretty to hide. A little touch-up in public might be OK with a lip product this pretty!
I'm very happy with both shades. Check out the photo below from the Neiman Marcus Web site to see if there's one that catches your fancy. You can purchase KissKiss Essence de Gloss and all of the items from Guerlain's Fall 2010 Collection at Saks, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.
With the exception of my arm photo, photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus