Rouge Automatique Lipstick
This lightly fragranced, creamy lipstick has a smooth consistency that leaves lips feeling lightly hydrated, not heavy, greasy, or tacky. The shades go on evenly with a semi-opaque finish and a subtle hint of shine that looks natural.
You can count on a solid couple hours of wear before you need a touch-up, and the pigmentation is rich enough that you're left with a faint stain of color as it wears away. Variety is on your side, with several attractive colors that complement a wide range of skin tones.
The "Automatique" part of this lipstick's name comes from the gliding lever that pushes the lipstick out of the tube and then recedes when you pull the lever down. If you tend to lose lipstick caps, you'll appreciate this added feature.
The only drawback is the price; you'll find equally superior lipsticks at the drugstore, but if the allure of Guerlain proves too strong, this won't disappoint.
- Creamy smooth consistency leaves lips lightly hydrated.
- Attractive semi-opaque shades that complement a wide variety of skin tones.
- Lasts longer than most creamy lipsticks.
- Not fragrance-free, although such a low amount of fragrance isn't much cause for concern.
Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.
Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.
Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.
Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain linetoo bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.
Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.
For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.
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