Guerlain #27 and #40 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#27

Guerlain #27 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without dragging. The texture was lightweight and more velvety, but thin, so it clung more noticeable against my lips but didn’t emphasize my lip texture, though it definitely didn’t smooth out my lip lines or make my lips appear fuller. It lasted for five hours, left a faint stain behind, and was slightly drying over time.

NARS Light My Fire (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar).Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Chanel Vibrante (182) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Cruella (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Chanel Ardente (175) (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Chronos (LE, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar).Colour Pop K Bop (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).MAC Augmented Reality (LE, $18.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$33.00/0.12 oz. – $275.00 Per Ounce

The Matte formula is supposed to have a “semi-matte” finish that has “the perfect balance between hydration and vibrant color” and contains “hylauronic acid and blurring powders” to help “smooth and volumize the look of lips.” The coverage was semi-opaque to opaque, somewhat buildable, but there was enough slip that it was better to keep it two layers or else I experienced the color clumping up on itself and becoming more uneven in overall application. The texture was velvety and thin, I get that “blurring powder” feel that some of the recent matte formulas have had in them–a little “dry” and more prone to clinging on my lips. They wore between three and six hours but fade evenly and more red-based shades left faint stains behind. I didn’t find any of them hydrating, and some of them felt drying to me. They had the typical violet scent but no taste.

For me, Rouge G was all about making my lips look better: smoother, plumper, and delivered good wear with a hydrating formula, but the Mattes left me wanting, as they weren’t hydrating, didn’t smooth out my lip lines for the most part, and felt a bit tight to wear after a few hours. One of the tell-tale signs of a drying formula is during the swatch-a-thon; given that there were only 11 shades to swatch, it should have been easy, but my lips felt a little raw afterward, which is typical of swatching more drying formulas for me.

Ingredients

#40

Guerlain #40 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vivid pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, but the color did not apply that evenly and sank into many of my lip lines. I also found that the color balled up and appeared clump (most noticeable on my upper lip in the close-up photo). I could feel that as a textural element, too, which made it a curious product to wear. The texture as the lipstick went on was smooth, velvety, and comfortable to apply as it didn’t drag, but it felt clingy and my lips felt a bit raw after wearing it. The color stayed on well for four and a half hours but was drying over time.

Fenty Beauty Unattached (P, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar).NARS Rouge Immortel (LE, $27.00) is darker (95% similar).NARS Flame (LE, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar).Urban Decay Tryst (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Miranda May (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar).Hourglass All of Me (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar).Chanel Vivant (144) (P, $37.00) is less glossy (90% similar).Makeup Geek Tango (LE, $12.00) is less glossy (90% similar).Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Naked Ladies (LE, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$33.00/0.12 oz. – $275.00 Per Ounce

The Matte formula is supposed to have a “semi-matte” finish that has “the perfect balance between hydration and vibrant color” and contains “hylauronic acid and blurring powders” to help “smooth and volumize the look of lips.” The coverage was semi-opaque to opaque, somewhat buildable, but there was enough slip that it was better to keep it two layers or else I experienced the color clumping up on itself and becoming more uneven in overall application. The texture was velvety and thin, I get that “blurring powder” feel that some of the recent matte formulas have had in them–a little “dry” and more prone to clinging on my lips. They wore between three and six hours but fade evenly and more red-based shades left faint stains behind. I didn’t find any of them hydrating, and some of them felt drying to me. They had the typical violet scent but no taste.

For me, Rouge G was all about making my lips look better: smoother, plumper, and delivered good wear with a hydrating formula, but the Mattes left me wanting, as they weren’t hydrating, didn’t smooth out my lip lines for the most part, and felt a bit tight to wear after a few hours. One of the tell-tale signs of a drying formula is during the swatch-a-thon; given that there were only 11 shades to swatch, it should have been easy, but my lips felt a little raw afterward, which is typical of swatching more drying formulas for me.

Ingredients

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