I predict that Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipsticks will appear in many of the year in review posts. This range is as close to lipstick perfection as we can get, from the beautiful packaging to the excellent formula and many color options. It doesn't hurt that Guerlain chose to name the shades after their perfumes, past and present.
Champs-Elysees 165 is a cool-leaning red-based pink. It's not quite fuchsia, and the somewhat sheer formula allows just enough of my natural lip color to show through, so that the bold color of the lipstick doesn't take over. It still has all the pigment one needs to make a statement, and an impressive lasting power. The texture is a wonderful as the other Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipsticks in my possession and the very fine and subtle shimmer is flattering and elegant.
Bottom Line: one is not enough.
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35) in 165 Champs-Elysees and close to 30 other shades can be found at the counters and Sephora.