Skip to main content

making faces :: quick peek [guerlain rouge automatique shine]

a new guerlain lipstick formula is always a good reason for a girl to get excited. how kind of them to put so much effort into making us all happy. their rouge g formula is spectacular and offers a great range of shades that one could wear every day [although they've been getting a little more daring lately]. last year, they introduced the slightly more affordable rouge automatique formula, which was a little lighter and had a splashier palette. this year, they bring us rouge automatique shine, a sheerer version of the regular rouge automatique with lots of shine and sparkle.

i grabbed the opportunity to swatch most of the shades this weekend while i was strolling through the city and my wallet sincerely wishes i hadn't. luckily, these are a permanent addition to the guerlain line up, so that we don't all have to rush drooling to our local guerlain counters. although we might. well, i might. self-control isn't a big thing with me when it comes to lipstick or music.

although i haven't had the opportunity to try these out over several hours [yet], they remind me a great deal of the rouge bunny rouge succulence of dew semi-sheer lipsticks. to that end, i'd expect them to be moisturising but not extremely long-lasting.

there are twelve shades included in the launch [hey, isn't that the same number that armani just launched?] and there's a pretty good variety of browns, corals, pinks, reds and plums. as you might expect from semi-sheer lipsticks, the lighter colours are sheerest, but the truth is that virtually all of them have pretty good pigmentation.

a lot of people have expressed some reservations about the fact that the formula is described as "shimmery", which often means very frosty. i promise, these are not like traditional frosts at all. yes, they have shimmer, but they're not frosty. they sparkle in the light, but the appearance is very wet and juicy.

again, i'm sure i'll have more to say once i have the opportunity [and the budget] to purchase a couple of these, but i thought i'd share some swatches with you. these were taken under less than ideal lighting conditions, so you really don't get a sense of the shimmer and shine, but the colours are fairly accurate.

left column [top to bottom] :: pour troubler, rose imperiale, mi-mai right column [excluding the two you can barely see on top] :: rose pompon, a la parisienne, rouge de damas

left column [top to bottom] :: pour troubler, rose imperiale right column :: pamplune, pao rosa, rose pompon, a la parisienne
missing from the selection are: sous le vent and vague souvenir [both browns], jardin de bagatelle [soft pink that i couldn't get to show against my skin] and extrait de rose [cool fuchsia-pink]. although i believe that there is something in here for everybody, the colours do tend to lean a little cool.

best bets :: pao rosa [burgundy berry with incredible depth], rose imperiale [check how it shifts from pink to coral!], pour troubler [brilliant, summery cherry red]

meh :: jardin de bagatelle [there is such a thing as too sheer]

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

presidenting is hard :: these people are not your friends

hello mr. president! a while back, i promised that i would periodically be giving you some advice on how to do your job, since you seem a little unclear on how everything works. i didn't mean to go so long between missives, but the fact is that i've been busy and you're administration has been in overdrive giving me things to write about. what i've realised is that many of those things are ones i can't help you with: if you or anyone in your immediate circle worked with russians to compromise the 2016 election, that shit is done. robert mueller is going to find that out, because he's the kind of person who looks like the theme from dragnet just automatically starts playing every time he enters a room. so that's your problem. i'm just here to talk to you about what you can do now that you are, by law, the president. because, while chief detective mueller is doing his thing, we all need to live with your decisions. i'm even less happy about that than…

write brain

i was talking to a friend of mine about coffee, specifically about our mutual need for coffee, yesterday and, literally as i was in the middle of a thought, an idea occurred to me that i felt like i had to note. so there i am, scribbling a note to myself that was really just a word salad of related terms, which i later transformed into a weird but more comprehensible note that i could refer to later. [i don't want another beatriz coca situation on my hands.] i feel like this idea isn't a story on its own, but something that i could incorporate into a larger project, which is good, because i have a few of those.

now, of course, i need to sit down and do research on this, because it's become terribly important to me that the details of this weird little idea that i'm planning on incorporating into a larger thing be totally plausible, even though no one but me is ever going to care. i'm increasingly convinced that the goal of every writer is to find someone who will t…

luck of the irish?

i like st. patrick's day. i like the fact that there is a holiday that celebrates celtic-ness and drunkeness at once (you could argue they were pretty close to begin with). in fact, it's probably second only to halloween as my favourite publicly recognised holiday.

so every year, i have to have my little ritual and that ritual involves visiting a pub and partaking of the cheer. i've made attempts at watching parades in various cities, but i've more recently given up that practice because a) eight out of ten times, it's freezing cold and/ or snowing in canada on march 17th and b) the parades seem to consist entirely of trucks carrying people who are as drunk as i would be, if i weren't freezing my tush off watching them. so i've backed off the parade in recent years.

however, a visit to the pub, the longer the better, is still an important thing for me.

next year, however, i'm going to have to plan things a little better.

first of all, i didn't …