Guerlain #75 and #99 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

#75

Guerlain #75 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, deeper berry with cool, pink undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly across my lips without dragging or tugging. The consistency was lightweight, creamy enough to glide but not enough that it felt slippery or emollient on my lips. This was one of the better-applying shades in the range, as it made my lips looks fairly smooth except my very deeper lip lines (center, bottom lip). The color stayed on well for over six hours, left a fuchsia stain behind, and was slightly drying.

Pat McGrath Executive Realness (P, $38.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar).NARS Vivien (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Tarte Escape (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Bobbi Brown Razzberry (P, $37.00) is lighter (85% similar).Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).Anastasia #5 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar).Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).YSL Violet Conviction (15) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar).Colour Pop She Said (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (80% similar).Bobbi Brown Telluride (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (80% 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

#99

Guerlain #99 Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lip Color ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, though it wasn’t quite opaque. The texture felt lightweight, emollient and not quite as powder-like compared to other shades in the range, which I think was a good thing as it didn’t “clump” up as I applied as a few shades did. The color applied evenly without accentuating my lip lines, but it did not smooth them out as promised. It wore well for five hours and was slightly drying over time.

MAC Modern Temptress (LE, $18.50) is less glossy (95% similar).Make Up For Ever M104 (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).MAC Patricia Bright (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Rust (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar).NARS Lonely Heart (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).MAC Antique Velvet (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Anastasia #6 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).Maybelline Chocoholic (DC, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar).Kat Von D Crucifix (P, $19.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar).MAC Film Noir (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (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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