My first experience with a liquid lipstick didn’t go very well. It was from Stila and it was so awful. It feathered out, never dried properly on my lips, and was just a pain in the neck to use. It would suffice to say that because of that experience, I never really bothered to try out any other liquid lipsticks since. I never though I’d be able to persuade myself into buying a liquid lipstick again until one fateful day when I chanced upon the Guerlain beauty counter at Rockwell and I found out that they were having a sale: 30% off on all of their products. Being the makeup addict that I was, I literally went crazy trying out almost all their products. I’m a college student living on a college-student allowance so I never though I’d be able to purchase my first designer makeup piece so soon. I was checking out the solid lipsticks at first, and then at the last minute, I chanced upon the liquid lipsticks. I swatched and I swatched and…What can I say? It was love at first application. :)
I have so many things to say about this lippie. Let’s start with the packaging. The liquid lipstick is encased in a gorgeous metal tube that reminds me of a bullet. The tube itself is silvery gold in color. It is quite heavy and for the heavy price tag that it comes with but I’m not complaining. It doesn’t feel flimsy at all but it’s quite the finger print magnet. Holding the lipstick give me a whole new experience; I love that it feels so luxurious in my hands. It’s the type of lipstick that would make you want to keep on applying touch-ups in the public. Opening it was quite easy: you just have to pull the cap and twist and a super handy mirror opens. Now getting the product to close was a challenge and it took me quite a while to get a hang of it. For a minute, I though I was going to break it. ha di ha.
Next, let’s talk about the shade. There’s something about Guerlain that makes me imagine red lips when I think about Guerlain. Despite the growing number of red lippies in my collection, I just knew that I had to get a red shade for my first ever Guerlain purchase. I found a gorgeous dark plum shade that looked like it came from the high end fashion magazines out there. I joked around with Josh (the boyfriend), if he’d still love me if I purchased the shade. He said yes. haha! It was good to know that he’d support my bold makeup choices but I finally went with a seemingly classic red shade with a twist.
I purchased the shade, COLÈRE because I felt like it was a red that I’d be more comfortable wearing even on a normal basis as opposed to my first choice. Colère is a bright red shade with a hint of orange in it. The shade is so unique that it almost looks like it has bits of neon in it when it’s under yellow light. Its very opaque; one swipe is enough. It has a doe foot applicator which makes application a breeze. The best part of this liquid lipstick for me is its incredibly moisturizing formula. The consistency of the lipstick is very creamy and it feels SO LIGHT on my lips when it dried out. My dry lips did not experience any cracking despite the lipstick being a matte formula. It takes a few minutes before it dries but I fast forward the process by patting on some translucent powder on my lips.
This has been by far my most expensive lipstick purchase ever; it is most definitely a memorable purchase for me because it IS my first designer brand makeup purchase. I know that it’s not so easy to shell out 2,500 pesos for a lipstick because you can buy a lot with P2,500. I can buy a high end foundation and more with P2,500. The quality of the lipstick rightfully matches the price.Personally, I do think that this lipstick is worth my money and I’m really glad with my purchase. I guess it’s just really for some people who are willing to shell out that kind of money for a lipstick but it’s completely understandably for those who aren’t willing to do so. I think the fact that I was able to snag this for Php1,700 soften the blow on my wallet. haha. I think this purchase has lit up the spark with my secret love affair with high-end brands and I hope I get to try out more in the future. :)