Guerlain #44 and #61 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#44

Guerlain #44 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that didn’t build up beyond that as it was a bit too emollient to do so (it just seemed to move the product around). The texture was lightweight, thin without being clingy, and prone to emphasizing lip texture/imperfections. The lipstick applied fairly evenly, but it sank into my lip lines and highlighted my lip texture, so it wasn’t the most flattering finish (and it was supposed to be more smoothing). It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar).Guerlain Orange Fizz (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar).Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar).Bite Beauty Saffron Fire (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar).Bobbi Brown Sunset (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Jagger (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar).Dose of Colors Hot Fire (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (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

#61

Guerlain #61 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color coverage that adhered somewhat evenly, but it had a tendency to pull away from itself and looked a bit clumpy in places. There was also some product that slipped into my lip lines, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The texture was thin, lightweight, and emollient enough to apply without dragging, but it seemed to feel “tight” while worn. It stayed on well for four and a half hours and was lightly drying over time.

Hourglass I Always (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar).Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).MAC Just My Type (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Jasmine (LE, $7.00) is darker (90% similar).Too Faced Troublemaker (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).MAC Good Kisser (P, $18.50) is darker (90% similar).MAC Tats (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).Colour Pop All Tea (P, $7.00) is less glossy (90% similar).Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced It’s Happening (P, $21.00) is less glossy (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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