[unpaid/sample] Ooh, well it does feel time for some Parisienne chic, doesn’t it? Incoming is Guerlain’s new Rouge G Luxurious Velvet Matte lipstick – the first creation for the brand by their new creative director, Violette Surrat. I think we are going to see some major changes across this brand which has been steadily constant in its output for many years. Violette has had an interesting career as make up artist and vlogger, a Dior Makeup Designer then onward to Guerlain via Estee Lauder where she spent time as Global Beauty Director.
These are very sumptuous mattes – the kind of earthy, stone matte that makes me wish I could wear them as easily as I can wear glossy tints. They’re not the kind of lipsticks that you can apply in the dark – this is a proper sit-down job to apply absolutely meticulously and perfectly in the almost forgotten ritual of attention to detail.
There are six new cases, all of which feature textiles that are rustic or tweedy in nature. I immediately want a handbag in all of them for winter and failing that, cushion covers! The two I have here are French Chevron (black and white) and Tweed in Paris (red) – it’s an interesting hand feel with the warmth of the fabric and the cool of the metal case.
In the Rouge G Luxurious Velvet Matte Lipstick, I have Black Red and Flame Red – both full on with the drama. I’m having to transport myself well into autumn and think black polo sweaters and leather jackets for both of these because they don’t feel quite right for exactly now. But, they are big on pigment and surprisingly soft on the lips (mango butter, thank you – and silk wood extracts to do the mattifying). Once on, they’re the kind of colours that you probably want to drink your wine from a straw while wearing – they stay but you have to maintain it and I don’t like to lose the bit in the middle which on me, at least, always fades first.
Please excuse the scratch on my arm courtesy of my rose bush! But, you can see the shades are deep impactful. Flame Red has a distinct orange tone to it while Black Red is almost wicked! I’m going to put a slick of gloss over that and make it into an Instagram post I think (if courage prevails!). The cases are £32 (they flip open to reveal a mirror so you’re never caught out with reapplication) and the lipsticks are £26 HERE.
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