Guerlain's Rouge G ($48) shades for spring have arrived in stores. Interestingly, the lipsticks to be purchased arrived before the testers. I waited to try the shades before I purchased, and I'm glad I did. My first impression had been to go with the cool pinks. I ended up buying the two warmer pinks.
The four glamorous new shades were created as an ode to pink. With a dash of ruby powder, hyaluronic acid to smooth and plump, a hint of filling guggul resin, plumping tiger grass, and wild mango butter for perfect hydration, your lips will be left radiant - and as soft as a flower petal.
The four limited-edition “Pink Collection” Rouge G shades are #72, Rose Innocent; #73, Rose Ensoleillé; #74, Rose Piquant; and #75, Rose Barbare. Even though I find the Rouge G cases to be too heavy for me, I couldn't resist two of these gorgeous shades. Remember, I'm trying to be more "selective." Plus, there's word that we may see refills some time this year, adding to their allure.
I purchased #73, Rose Ensoleillé, and #74, Rose Piquant. They were the two shades that looked the warmest to my eye. They are shown above in Guerlain's photos as the second and third photo. Rose Innocent (#71) is a very light blue-toned pink (shown at top), and Rose Barbare (#75), shown immediately above, is a vibrant fuchsia pink. Both of my selections are sheer (as are the other two shades), and I'm thrilled with them.
I had to hold the lipsticks to get photos of my new Rouge G's in the tube. Those little rounded bases refused to stand still on the ground. Rose Ensoleillé (#73) is shown at left, and Rose Piquant (#74) is shown below right.
I know the shades don't look significantly different in these photos. I hope you can see that Rose Ensoleillé is much more peach-pink than Rose Piquant. The swatch photos do show that, I think.
I took my swatch photos in full sun, so these beautiful shades reflected light much more than they do on my lips. Both shades are light, sheer (as you can see below), and extremely pretty.
Rose Ensoleillé, shown at the top of my arm, is a peachy pink, not quite as "tangerine" as it looks in the tube, but definitely provides a peach lip on me. It's enormously flattering. Rose Piquant is a pure baby pink, not too blue, not too peach. If anything, it's a little cooler than it appears in the tube - but not much.
Most of my other photos show way too much reflected sunshine. On the lips, these colors gleam. If you want more shine, top them with one of the new KissKiss Glosses. The combinations you'll be able to create for spring are exciting. I know I can't wait that long. I'll be wearing these new Rouge G's immediately.
Look for Guerlain's Spring 2012 Colour Collection now if you want any of the limited-edition shades. The collection has arrived at most Guerlain counters. You should be able to find it this month at select locations at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, and at Bergdorf Goodman. I purchased my treasures at Neiman Marcus.
Top four photos courtesy of Guerlain; other photos by Best Things in Beauty