Let me just preface this entire post by saying that I expected nothing less than perfection from this new gloss formula from Guerlain, the Rouge G de Guerlain L'Extrait, but they are seriously THAT amazing that I'm knocked out with a feather. And it's made EVEN BETTER by the fact that the 7 shades are named after the 7 cardinal sins.
You guys... you know how I loved the YSL Glossy Stains... the Guerlain is on a whole other level than the whole other level that the YSL was on. As much as I wanted all seven of these shades, I chose two - Avarice (aka greed) and Luxure (aka Lust).
What the Neiman Marcus website has to say about Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L'Extrait:
Liquid, creamy, consistent, ultra-pigmented and velvety, Rouge G L'Extrait exceptional lip color is the perfect combination of a lipstick and a gloss and will ensure an incredibly sophisticated look.
The liquid texture glides gently over the lip and within a few moments, the silky color becomes matte. This non-sticky, non-drying and non-feathering texture leaves your lips looking flawless for hours.
Avarice is the perfect rosy nude. A shade that can be worn ANY time.
Luxure is described as brown. I have no idea why. It's clearly a red. It's the shade I salivate over for everything... lips, clothes, cars... you name it. No exceptions here. Warning, not for the faint of heart.
Formula wise, the Guerlain L'Extrait is much more matte (though not as flat as you'd expect) than the YSL Glossy Stain (justifies owning both, just saying) and a lot thicker. L'Extrait will hug your lips in a cloud of pigment and stain, making your pucker perfectly pouty for the duration of whatever event you're wearing this to (it really should be any event you don't feel like reapplying your lip at). Thankfully, they do not feel uncomfortably sticky AT ALL. A bit so, but not even as much as the YSL (which weren't that bad themselves).
Some tips. It's matte. It really shouldn't even need to be said that you should exfoliate before applying ANY matte lip product. You'll be fine throughout the evening after, but it takes like 30 seconds, and it's worth it. Also, it's a stain. That being said, watch the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of your lip line. The doe foot applicator makes for a more precise application, and thank the heavens it comes with that mirror. If you're worried, treat yourself to a clear lip liner. I line the outer part of my lip line to prevent bleeding, staining, etc.
Another FINE point of this lipstick, that I'm sure moms around the world can appreciate, the tube has that slide release and twist feature. MY DAUGHTER CAN'T OPEN IT. Buwhahahhahahha! YES!
I will own all seven. It's a matter of budgeting. I can do this *eyes dart nervously around the room*. Next on the list is definitely Envie (aka Envy) and Colère (aka wrath).
For more information on this product, please see the Official Press Release.