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?

eat the cup 2018 :: welcome, comrades!

even regular followers of this blog might be surprised to learn that the longest-standing tradition on more like space is not tied to politics, makeup, mental health or even writing, but sport. i started the quadrennial eat the cup "challenge" [in quotes because i'm not actually challenging anyone but myself] way back in 2006 as a way of combining my growing love of soccer, my love for cooking and my still-new blogging habit. i determined that, as i followed the world cup, i would cook dinners to honour the winners of different games, meaning that the meal would, as far as possible, feature traditional dishes from those nations. in subsequent iterations, i started to do dishes that were combinations of different winners from the same day or, as the competition wore on, combinations of the different combatants.

finding certain ingredients can be a challenge, even in a diverse city like montreal [and i live on the cusp of some of its most diverse neighbourhoods], but what…

mental health mondays :: alarming

we have a huge mental health problem. it can be solved and that will take work on a lot of different fronts. people are killing themselves in astounding numbers. people are killing themselves at a greater rate than at any time in the last twenty years and the situation is getting worse. relationship problems, financial struggles and [or course] mental health issues all contribute to the staggering rise, along with a number of other factors. there are no rules about who kills themselves, although there are some groups where the risk is higher.

improving mental health care, reducing the desperation that financial struggles can cause, and finding effective ways to deal with problems like substance abuse take time because they require larger scale action, but relationship-building is something that is built from the ground up. so while we're all calling for change on a larger scale, it is at least somewhat mollifying to know that we can do some things that make a difference without h…

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…