Over the years, I have seen Guerlain churning out products that were one of a kind. From their Meteorites to their Holiday Sprays and even Noir Rouge G Lipsticks. They were considered as fitting for such a luxurious brand that was held into high regards not only for formula and design but also the name.
This fall, we have yet to see another innovative product from Guerlain, the Rouge G L’Extrait.
Guerlain probably has one of the most unique packaging ever for Rouge G / Noir G related products. Basically, anything with a G at the end is in a Guerlain metallic styled case. Heavy in weight but it is worth the weight right? Like gold, the heavier it is the more expensive it becomes. Rouge G L’Extrait is no stranger to the family.
Today, we will be featuring both M27 Luxure, and M65 Paresse.
Even though the case looks quite similar to Rouge G lipsticks, there is still a mechanism that needs to be followed. What you need to do first is pull out the cap of the lip color that is connected to the mirror top. Then unscrew it slowly to disclose the wand and the product.
Awesome design, however I was mind boggled / puzzled for a bit regarding these lip colors. It occurred to me that the packaging has one major flaw. Do you know what the flaw is? You see, there is a set of different lip colors and the plastic red dot (the connector to the wand) has no special meaning and therefore is quite useless. I understand that it is a generic wand, one color fits all. However, to a consumer it is quite poorly designed because it does not differentiate the lip color nor does it have a use to it. I know the name of the color and ID # is etched on the packaging itself, but if you wanted to show a piece of the wand out at least color it appropriately to obsolete ambiguity!
Here is a photo of the wands popped out and both colors on the applicator (Luxure is shown on the left as Paresse is shown on the right).
Let’s talk about the past first before we talk about the swatches and how these lip colors pan out. The previous Rouge G lipsticks were phenomenal products. All around they were luxurious and super hydrating on the lips despite the pricier price tag. They were great all around products with excellent color payoff and they really meant something to the lips.
Don’t get me wrong, these L’Extrait are highly pigmented which can be seen in the swatch below. They will color over any natural lip color so you get what you see. Feeling is very comfortable, velvety, smooth, dries to matte finish, and ultra long lasting. But! They are tacky and transfer slightly. Finally, they aren’t as moisturizing as the Rouge Gs. For as little as 1o minutes I could feel that my lips started drying out. In this case long lasting and moisturizing don’t go hand in hand, even though it’s in a liquid formula.
Some may call these lip colors to be amazingly innovative in design while others might call it a dupe of an existing design without creativity. Though whatever they are called, they deserve at least a bit of praise for the high pigmentation and long lasting factor. It does serve its function and does it quite well with the exception of the sorta tackiness and lack of moisturization like its sister the Rouge G lipsticks. Whatever the cause maybe, it is still Guerlain after all and they do hold a nearly uniquely marvelous design.