$33.00/0.12oz. – $275.00 per ounce
The formula is said to have “intense color” with a hydrating base that includes things like jojoba and mango butters, as well as hyaluronic acid (and gugul resin) to “help smooth and plump lips.” I would describe the formula as somewhere between semi-opaque and opaque, often buildable, with a luminous sheen that looks like there are very, very fine pearls, but less pronounced shimmer (except for the shades, which are actually shimmery).
I find the formula’s magic lies in its finish – it shines, illuminates and absolutely smooths lips without compromising hold (four to six hours, sometimes longer). The formula is very moisturizing and comfortable to wear. They have a sweet, floral scent but no discernible flavor to me. The updated color palette appears to have more emphasis on midtones of coral and red and less beige than before.
The Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colors have been updated, but mostly in terms of packaging and color palette, as the formula itself (according to the brand) hasn’t changed. The lipsticks are now available as refills for $32.00 each and then one can choose from a selection of cases ($15.00 each), although each refill comes with a small plastic cap that prevents the refill from drying out, while waiting for the sale. The refill cap seems to be enough to keep the lipstick long-term, but I can’t say that from experience. I haven’t tested every shade for wear, but the shades I’ve tested, first samples and uses and the like make the formula appear exactly the same as before.
The old Rouge G cases don’t fit the new refills because the case won’t hold without a magnet (it just slips off). I don’t have any of the cases yet as they weren’t available for purchase but plan on getting one or two just to see how they feel (probably the original to see if the weight changed , and then something new).
A major benefit of refillable packaging is that they are actually significantly cheaper when bought individually than when bought all at once. The original Rouge Gs last sold for $58.00 for .12 ounces and now the all-in-one price is effectively $47.00 for .12 ounces. — that’s a discount of almost 19%.
Browse all our Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color (2018) swatches.