I knew I was in trouble a couple of months ago when Guerlain released their Rouge Automatique lipsticks. The colors, the formula and the packaging were conspiring to make me want far too many of these little works of art. Eventually I managed to narrow it down a little, but there is more Rouge Automatique in my future. I chose two shades that are on the medium pink side and two brighter ones. Today we're talking about the more delicate colors: 160 Bal de Mai and 163 Rose Bengale.
160 Bal de Mai is the warmer of the two while 163 Rose Bengale is neutral-to-cool. Both are easy to wear and not overpowering while still giving the face a serious boost of color. Bal de Mai is supposed to have some kind of shimmer, but the formula of Rouge Automatique is so smooth and elegant that other than a slight sheen you don't see any particles in either one of the lipsticks.
These Guerlain lipsticks are smooth, creamy, give a full and long lasting coverage while being soft, comfortable and moisturizing. Rouge Automatique brings a much sought-after balance to the lipstick game: longevity and comfort are often at odds, but not in this case. Add to that the elegance of the art deco packaging: a cap-less case with a trap door that opens by sliding the square latch thing down. The result is a beautiful and luxurious product.
Bottom Line: a rock star among lipsticks.
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipsticks ($35 each) are available at the counters and from Sephora (not all shades are stocked everywhere, but 160 and 163 seem to be easy to find).
All photos are mine.