Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guerlain Rouge G Fall 2010: Gilian and Giny

A few days ago I posted some photos of Rouge G #13 Giny from Guerlain's fall collection. I spent way too much time last Saturday at the Saks counter trying to decide between Giny and the other neutral shade that was released with this collection, #14 Gilian.  These shades look so incredibly similar in the tube and even when swatched on the arm. I couldn't imagine why Guerlain would release such similar shades in the same collection (unless it was just some kind of crafty marketing ploy to tempt someone as indecisive as myself into splurging for both of them!).  So...I ended up going home with just Giny, but kept thinking about Gilian, and (because I have zero willpower) I went ahead and ordered it, and it arrived today!

The funny thing about these lipsticks is that the color brightens up and intensifies slightly once it has settled on your lips for a while, and this is when I really see the difference between these two: they are both neutral shades, but Giny is warmer with peachy-brown tones, whereas Gilian is a bit lighter and cooler, with slightly more shimmer and pink tones.

In the end, I'm quite happy with them both because they are neutral shades that contain just the right amount of brightness to avoid giving a washed-out look and are an easy choice when you want to emphasize the eyes with dark and smokey or colorful looks. Although I really like the way some light nudes look on some people, they can be hard for me to pull off, so these are a nice alternative!


Below you can see just how similar they look:



Photo above taken outdoors in sunlight

Photo above taken in indoor lighting with flash


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